Super Falcons forward Ifeanyi Chiejine died after a brief illness.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have announced the shocking demise of former Super Falcons forward Ifeanyi Chiejine who died after a brief illness.
According to the statement by the Nigeria’s Football governing body, the former Confluence Queens of Lokoja striker died on Wednesday, August 21.
But the details of her untimely death was not revealed by the Nigeria’s Football body.

 

During Chiejine’s active playing days, she captained the first set of the U19 National Women’s team to the first U19 (Now U20) FIFA World Cup in 2002.
She was also the youngest female player to play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup when she made her debut in 1999 at the age of 16.
Before her tragic death, Chiejine was playing for SSVSM-Kairat Almaty in the Kazakhstani Championship.

 

Previously, Legit.ng had reported how ex-Nigerian star and Goodland Rangers FC head coach Ajuma Ottache was reported dead.
Before her death, she was the only woman managing a man’s club in the Nigerian Nationwide League before passing on Saturday, November 10, 2018.
She was said to have been battling a rare muscular disease which resurfaced while on national assignment during Flamingos last qualifying matches in Benin city.

 

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Junior Agogo died at 40.

Former Ghana and Nottingham Forest forward Junior Agogo has passed away in a London hospital at the age of 40.
Although the cause of his death is yet to be known, Agogo suffered from a stroke in 2015 and had to battle public stigma during his recovery.
The ex-Ghana international had several stints across England, USA, Egypt and his last competitive outing was at Hibernian back in 2012.

 

He was a standout player for Ghana at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil where he scored three goals in six outings as the Black Stars settled for third-place.
His notable contribution during the continental competition was his late match-winning effort that gave Ghana a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Nigeria.
Agogo made his international debut for the West African country in 2006 and he went on to score 12 goals in 27 international appearances.
Prior to his death, the former Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol Rovers attacker went into the fitness training business in England.

 

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Why Taribo West confessed?

Former Super Eagles hard-as-nails defender Taribo West has sensationally revealed how he and his national teammates sneaked women – both local and foreign – into camp during national assignments.
The former AC Milan centre-back turned pastor on retirement from football said it was rampant during his era as a footballer but added he could only talk about it because he was now a born-again Christian.

“Sometimes we (the players) will import ladies from other countries and keep them in different hotels. As the competition progressed, more ladies would keep coming and going. It’s something we all did but my teammates won’t talk about it. I can talk about it now because I’ve given my life to Christ,” Taribo told Sports Extra.

 

“We normally kept the girls in different locations, but once everyone was asleep, around 2am, we would bring them into our hotel rooms. It happened in every tournament we competed in, from the Africa Cup of Nations to the World Cup.
“We had a teammate who the other players waited for to bring in his girl first, because he always had fine women. Once we saw the shape and height of his girl, we would call our own boys to go out and negotiate for girls more beautiful than this player’s own. It was more like a competition for women amongst us then.

 

“We had crazy guys in the team but there was discipline, that’s why we had to sneak the ladies into camp.”

Globally-acclaimed for his various unusual and colourful hairstyles during his playing days, Taribo featured for French side Auxerre before going on to play for both Milan clubs, Inter and AC.

 

He also appeared in the top leagues of England (Derby County) and Germany (Kaiserslautern).
Internationally, Taribo won gold at the 1996 Olympic Games with the U-23 side. At senior level, he had 42 caps for Nigeria between 1994 and 2005, played at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and the 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations.

 

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Jay-Z is going to have a “significant ownership interest” in an NFL team

Jay-Z is about to have more skin in the NFL game than originally anticipated — he’s reportedly about to become part owner of an NFL team.

Earlier this week it was announced that Jay-Z’s company Roc Nation had partnered with the NFL for live entertainment programming. However, TMZ Sports is reporting that the rapper will have a much bigger role with the league.

Jay is going to have a “significant ownership interest” in an NFL team, TMZ reported on Friday, although it’s not known what team that will be.

 

“It is going to happen in the near future,” a source told the website. “He’s a huge fan, already has a sports business and wants to continue to be a change agent for the NFL.”

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/northamerica-life-arts/jay-z-to-become-part-owner-of-nfl-team-report/ar-AAFVqI9?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

Why MAN U Players were banned from signing autograph?

Manchester United have barred players from stopping to sign autographs at one of the entrances to the club’s training ground amid safety fears.

A large sign has been erected near the rear entrance to their Carrington base telling supporters that players are no longer permitted to stop in their cars due to “danger on the road”.

Large crowds of autograph hunters regularly congregate near what is a blind bend at the junction of Sinderland Lane and Birch Road, from where the training base can be accessed, and United are increasingly concerned about the threat that poses to those fans’ safety.

 

It is not uncommon for groups of as many as 50 supporters to gather in the summer holidays especially and the club have taken the decision that the situation poses too great a safety risk to be allowed to continue.
The large crowds also present issues for the local farm and residents that United are mindful of.

The newly erected sign reads:

 

“Players are not permitted to stop and sign autographs due to danger on the road. No congregating.”

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the United manager, and forward Daniel James were pictured leaning out of their cars to stop to sign autographs on Wednesday.

Fans will still be able to gather for autographs at the other entry point to Carrington on Isherwood Road but United feel they have been left with no other choice but to enforce the ban on the Birch Road side.

Solskjaer is hoping United will finally be able to call upon a settled defence this season as they bid to atone for last season’s struggles.

United have frequently been forced to chop and change at the back due to injuries and poor form in recent years but, with the arrival of right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and centre-half Harry Maguire during the summer, Solskjaer is looking forward to having a more familiar line-up in defence.

United face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Monday after an impressive 4-0 win at home to Chelsea in their opening Premier League match.

“Any successful team will have to build from the back and have a foundation to play from,” Solskjaer said. “We always say ‘you have to earn the right to win a game of football’. You earn it by defending well, you have a foundation and hopefully a settled team.

“Hopefully, we won’t have to make too many changes. Over the last few years, I’ve always had the feeling there’s been so many players with bad luck concerning injuries. Both Jose [Mourinho] and Louis [van Gaal], maybe even David [Moyes], had to chop and change the back four, especially the centre-backs. Hopefully we can get a settled line-up.”

Meanwhile, Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted he knocked back an approach for Jadon Sancho in spring but has left the door open for the England winger to potentially leave Borussia Dortmund next summer. United are thought to have been deterred from moving for Sancho this summer by Dortmund’s insistence that it would take a bid of well over £100 million for them to consider parting company with the player.

“A chief of one of the super clubs asked me back in spring if there was a chance [to sign Sancho] but I told him straight away he should forget about it and he never contacted me again,” Watzke said. “He knew I meant what I said. There aren’t many 19-year-olds with such a potential.

“He is also not a player from the region or one who would have any connection to it. When you have a player like Jadon Sancho, you must reassess the situation every single year. Everything else would not be honest. If a foreign player is not convinced that the club is right for him at the exact time, it just does not make any sense.”

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/football/manchester-united-ban-players-from-signing-autographs-at-training-ground-entrance-amid-safety-fears/ar-AAFSyDZ?ocid=spartanntp

 

 

Nigeria’s first ever Commonwealth Games medalist passed on at the age of 95.

Nigeria’s first ever Commonwealth Games medalist Alhaji Karim Ayinla Babalola Olowu has passed on at the age of 95.

KAB Olowu as he was fondly referred to died on Wednesday, August 14 and has been buried the following day according to Muslim rites.

The former athletes was part of the country’s contingent to the 1950 British Empire Games (now the Commonwealth Games).

 

He also represented Nigeria at the 1952 Olympics Games in Helsinki, Finland where the delegation failed to appear on the medals table.

AllAfrica.com reports that the deceased daughter Mrs Mosunmola Oridota confirmed the news admitting her father died during the week.

“With total submission to the will of the Almighty God, I wish to announce the transition to glory of my father, Alhaji Karim Ayinla Babalola Olowu, OON,” read the statement.

 

During his active days, KAB Olowu represented Nigeria in the sprint and long jump events and won two silver medals in the process.
He was runners up in the long jump and the 4×110 yards relay race at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games held in Canada to become the first ever Nigerian athlete to win two medals at the Commonwealth Games.

 

The late athlete also became the first official from the country to officiate at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

KAB Olowu also became the first Nigerian Olympic torch-bearer at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in Spain.

Before his death, he was one of the key members of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for many years.

He was also instrumental to setting up the sports complex at the Nigerian Prison in Kirikiri, Lagos where he worked for some years and set up the then Prisons Athletics Club which produced so many athletes for Nigeria.

Meanwhile, former Lagos state governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu has described the former athlete as one of the foremost Nigerian stars according to Daily Post.

“Nigerian sprinter and long jumper who was part of Nigeria’s first delegation to the 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland, New Zealand (now Commonwealth Games).”

“Many of us in the family grew up under his watch and mentoring for which we remain eternally grateful. I particularly drank from his fountain of knowledge and wisdom,” Tinubu said.

Legit.ng earlier reported that former Argentina international Jose Luis Brown has been reported dead in La Plata in his home country at the age of 62.

The ex-defender was said to have battled Alzheimer disease before finally passing away earlier this week.

Meanwhile, his family was said to have recently admitted that the sickness took a toll on the former footballer before his eventual death on Monday.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/other-sports/nigerians-mourns-as-1st-ever-commonwealth-medalist-dies-at-95/ar-AAFTqiu?li=BBQbhAJ&ocid=spartanntp

Why Neymar transfer bid was cancelled?

Barcelona and Real Madrid have both had bids rejected for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, according to reports.

Neymar joined the French giants for a world record fee of £200m in 2017 but is looking to leave Thomas Tuchel’s side before the European transfer window shuts on September 2.

Barcelona , the Brazilian’s former club, are interested in a reunion with the 27-year-old, who has also been heavily linked with a switch to Spanish rivals Real Madrid since completing his move to France.

 

And Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims that both La Liga clubs have made unsuccessful bids for the forward.
According to Balague (via BBC Sport ), Barcelona are believed to offered £92.4million (€100m) and Philippe Coutinho in an attempt to bring the Brazil international back to the Camp Nou.

 

It is claimed that the Spanish champions also raised the possibility of including Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic in a potential deal – only to see their attempts rebuffed.

Real Madrid are also understood to have had a player-plus-cash offer rejected which would have seen Bernabeu outcasts Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez head to the Parc des Princes.

Although PSG would reportedly rather sell Neymar to Los Blancos, Balague reports that the French giants want different players from Zinedine Zidane’s squad and have requested that Vinicius Junior be included in the deal.

Since making the move to French capital two years ago, Neymar has scored 51 times in all competitions and has helped the club to back-to-back Ligue 1 titles.

 

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However, the Brazilian’s relationship with the club has soured in recent times as he continues to push for a return to Spain.

He missed PSG’s opening game of the season against Nimes on Sunday, which saw a number of fans hold up a banner telling the striker to “go home”.

The champions’ 3-0 win came just a day after sporting director Leonardo confirmed that discussions over the Brazilian’s exit are “more advanced than before.”

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sports/soccer/psg-make-decision-on-neymar-transfer-bids-from-barcelona-and-real-madrid/ar-AAFOVsx?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

What killed Walter Martinez?

Walter Martinez, 37, has died of heart attack – nine years after representing Honduras at the 2010 World Cup.

The UK Sun report claims Martinez, who also represented American side San Jose Earthquakes his active days, suffered a heart attack after a night out with a mate.

The Honduran FA confirmed his passing on courtesy of a tweet on its official Twitter account.

 

“With sadness that overwhelms the family of Honduran football, we regret the death of Walter Julian Martinez.

“Solidarity and a balm of divine peace for your family and friends. RIP.”

At the last count, Martinez played a key-role in helping Honduras to qualify for their second World Cup appearance at South Africa 2010 , ended his football career after representing El Salvador side FAS.

 

Martinez netted six times in 20 appearances before bowing out of the game in 2015.

Martinez, who reportedly joined Chinese Super League side Beijing Gouan last year, saw supporters lay flowers in his honour in front of the club’s stadium after hearing of his demise.

Martinez is reported to have suffered the heart attack while at the home of a teammate Jose Chepo Fernandez in New York.

Fernandez was quoted as saying to a Honduran newspaper that they took time out at an El Copaneco club in the Bronx area of the city where they stayed until the wee hours.

But surprisingly after a few hours he found Martinez on the floor of his bedroom.

“I was inside my room and when I left I found him on the floor. I tried to revive him but I couldn’t.

“Immediately I called the ambulance and minutes later they were there but nothing could be done,” Fernandez said.

Martinez scored 12 goals in 49 caps for Honduras.

His club career saw his ply his trade with nine different clubs that includes three stints with Beijing Guoan.

Martinez also starred for Spanish club Alaves and San Jose.

Legit.ng reported earlier that on Monday, August 12, 2019, 30 years ago, the entire Nigerian football fraternity mourned the untimely death of Samuel Okwaraji, former Super Eagles star.

On that faithful day Samuel Okwaraji died, he was playing for the Nigerian national senior team after 10 minutes from the end of a 1990 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Angola in Lagos.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/football/37-year-old-footballer-dies-of-heart-attack/ar-AAFKXNy?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

JOSHUA VS. RUIZ JR WEIGHTS & RUNNING ORDER — FightPost: MMA & Boxing News

JOSHUA VS. RUIZ JR WEIGHTS & RUNNING ORDER Heavyweight sensation makes US debut at Madison Square Garden DOORS 16:30 BOXING STARTS 16:45 8 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest SOULEYMANE CISSOKHO 156.8 lbs v WLADIMIR HERNANDEZ 162 lbs (Bagnolet, France) (Denver, Colorado) 17:00 EASTERN: LIVE ON SKY SPORTS BOX OFFICE 17:30 EASTERN: LIVE ON DAZN 12 […]

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Anthony Joshua against Andy Ruiz Jr. rematch on Dec.7

Anthony Joshua will be heading to the Middle East on December 7 as the deposed heavyweight boxing champion attempts to wrest back three of the four principal world title belts on neutral territory from nemesis Andy Ruiz Jr, The Telegraph can reveal.

It is understood by Telegraph Sport that it will be announced officially today that the Londoner will face the Californian for the IBF, WBA and WBO titles in Riyadh with Saudi Arabian sports entities – with DAZN in the USA and Sky Box Office in the UK airing the championship fight – having put up close to 100 million US dollars for the contest to take place there, according to sources.

There were other options. An offer was tabled by the Dubai authorities while Cardiff’s Principality Stadium was also in the running for the much-anticipated rematch after Ruiz stopped Joshua at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1, in one of the most seismic upsets ever witnessed in the history of heavyweight boxing.

On a dramatic night, having been dropped to the canvas himself by Joshua in the third round, Ruiz then responded by felling the Briton twice that round, before referee Mike Griffin waved the fight off in the seventh round with Joshua having been felled twice more, and in his view, not fit to continue.

 

Ruiz had taken the fight on five and a half weeks notice, after Joshua’s original opponent Jarrell Miller had tested positive for three banned substances in random tests leading up to the June 1 contest.

In the last eleven months, Saudi Arabia has hosted two major bouts involving high profile British boxers. In September last year the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight tournament final between Callum Smith and George Groves took place in Jeddah, won by Smith, along with Amir Khan’s last contest last month against the Australian Billy Dib.

It is also expected that British heavyweight Tyson Fury’s next contest will be announced imminently for September 14 in Las Vegas against Sweden’s Otto Wallin.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/other-sports/exclusive-anthony-joshua-to-face-andy-ruiz-jr-in-saudi-arabia-on-december-7-in-70-million-pound-contest/ar-AAFyJhq?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

 

Why two people will be jailed over Sala image?

Two people have been warned they face jail after admitting accessing CCTV footage of Emiliano Sala’s post-mortem examination.

The 28-year-old footballer had just signed for Cardiff City when the private plane he was travelling in crashed into the English Channel north of Guernsey on 21 January.

His body was recovered from the wreckage of the plane on 6 February and a post-mortem examination was carried out the following day at Bournemouth Mortuary.

 

A police investigation was launched after an image purporting to show Sala’s body was widely circulated on social media.

It was understood to show his torso, with a distinctive tattoo on his arm, mid-examination.

Sherry Bray, 49, and Christopher Ashford, 62, appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Friday where they admitted accessing CCTV footage of Sala’s post-mortem examination.

Ashford, of Calne, admitted three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between 9 and 11 February this year.

Bray, of Corsham, admitted three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between April last year and February this year.

Two of these related to her using using the CCTV equipment at Bournemouth Mortuary to access the post-mortem examination of Sala in February, while the third related to the autopsy of another person Andrew Latcham.

 

 

 

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Bray also admitted perverting the course of public justice by instructing Ashford to “delete your pics” on 12 February, and the next day deleting the post-mortem cameras from the live feed camera facility and deleting the post-mortem image of Sala from her mobile phone.

Judge Peter Crabtree warned the pair both faced jail.

“The starting point is custody undoubtably in this case, it’s extremely serious,” he said.

Bray and Ashford were both released on bail to appear at the same court on 20 September.

Speaking about their crimes, Detective Inspector Gemma Vinton of Wiltshire Police said: “They have been very distressing for the families involved at what is already a traumatic time when people are grieving for their relatives.”

 

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https://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/football/pair-face-prison-over-emiliano-sala-death-images/ar-AAFzNet?ocid=newswrap

 

 

Why Forbe”s list of highest paid athlete goes to Serena Williams?

Serena Williams tops Forbes’ list of highest-paid female athletes for the fourth year in a row.

The 23-time grand slam singles champion earned 29.2 million US dollars (approximately £24million) ($AU 43.41 million) for the 12 months to June 1, only 4.2million dollars of which was in prize money.

 

Naomi Osaka became just the fourth woman to earn more than 20million US dollars in a year after Williams, Maria Sharapova and Li Na.

The young Japanese star’s earnings leapt to 24.3million dollars (approximately £20million) on the back of her first two grand slam titles at the US Open and the Australian Open.

Osaka, who is of Japanese and Haitian heritage but has lived in the United States for most of her life, is seen as one of the most commercially attractive sports stars.

Tennis players once again dominated the list, with last year’s Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in third ahead of this year’s SW19 winner Simona Halep.

The highest-placed athlete from another sport was United States footballer Alex Morgan in 12th, who earned 5.8million US dollars (approximately £4.75million), nearly all of it in endorsements.

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu and Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn were the other non-tennis players in the top 15.

Full list

  1. Serena Williams – $29.2 million (Tennis)

  2. Naomi Osaka – $24.3 million (Tennis)

  3. Angelique Kerber – $11.8 million (Tennis)

  4. Simona Halep – $10.2 million (Tennis)

  5. Sloane Stephens – $9.6 million (Tennis)

  6. Caroline Wozniacki – $7.5 million (Tennis)

  7. Maria Sharapova – $7 million (Tennis)

  8. Karolina Pliskova – $6.3 million (Tennis)

  9. Elina Svitolina – $6.1 million (Tennis)

10 (equal). Venus Williams – $5.9 million (Tennis)

10 (equal). Garbine Muguruza – $5.9 million (Tennis)

  1. Alex Morgan – $5.8 million (Football)

13 (equal). P.V. Sindhu – $5.5 million (Badminton)

13 (equal). Madison Keys – $5.5 million (Tennis)

  1. Ariya Jutanugarn – $5.3 million (Golf)

 

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https://www.msn.com/en-au/sport/tennis/serena-williams-revealed-as-highest-paid-female-athlete-for-fourth-year-in-a-row/ar-AAFsEHk?li=AAgg0Zv

 

How Messi was suspended for making accusation of corruption.

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) Soccer body CONMEBOL suspended Lionel Messi from international matches with Argentina for three months because of accusations of corruption he made at the latest Copa America.
The South American body also said Friday that it fined the superstar in $50,000 for his comments after Argentina’s 2-1 win against Chile in the third-place playoff of the tournament in July.

 

Messi and Argentina can still appeal the decision, which stops the striker from playing in four friendlies this year.

The 32-year-old will not play for Argentina matches in September against Chile and Mexico, plus another two in October versus Germany and another adversary to be picked.

Neither Messi nor Argentina’s soccer association have made comments about CONMEBOL’s decision.

Messi is already suspended from the first match of the South American World Cup qualifiers next March because of the apparently undeserved red card he received against Chile.

The Argentine was sent off for only the second time in his career after a shoving match with Chile midfielder Gary Medel, who also was ejected.

Messi avoided the medal ceremony in protest and later said Argentina ”shouldn’t take part in this corruption.”

 

The Argentinian also said the tournament was set for hosts Brazil to win.

Messi had already complained against Copa America refereeing after Argentina’s 2-0 loss to Brazil in the semifinals.

 

When asked if he feared being suspended for his comments, he said ”the truth needed to be told.” Messi later sent an apology to CONMEBOL for his remarks.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/football/messi-suspended-from-argentina-for-3-months-for-comments/ar-AAFgUBu?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

 

 

 

How Nigeria moved from 45th to 33rd position in FIFA World Rankings.

Nigeria have moved up to 33rd place in the Fifa World Rankings released on Thursday for the month of July.

On the back of their bronze-winning feat in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles climbed 12 places from their 45th position in June, accruing 1481 points.

After finishing second in the group stage, Gernot Rohr’s men edged out five-time African champions Cameroon in the Round of 16 and went on to defeat 1996 champions South Africa in the quarter-final.

The three-time African champions, after losing to Algeria in the semi-final, clinch a narrow 1-0 victory over Tunisia in the third/fourth-place playoff to claim their eighth bronze medal in the tournament.

The Super Eagles, however, remain third in Africa behind Senegal (20th), who won the silver medal in the continental tournament in Egypt and Tunisia (29th), who finished fourth in the competition.

Reigning African Champions Algeria moved up 28 places to 40th position and fourth in Africa while Morocco (41st) are placed fifth.

Belgium remain the top-ranked team in the world while reigning South American champions, Brazil are second and France third.

 

 

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https://sports.yahoo.com/nigeria-climb-33rd-latest-fifa-113325835.html

Super Eagles star buys new G wagon for his wife as birthday gift — www.Mlst.blog

Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has exemplified one of the qualities of being an husband after buying a new G wagon for his wife Fortune as gift for birthday. Ndidi and Fortune dated for many years before they recently married in a big traditional and church wedding held in Abuja. The wedding was attended by […]

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See Nigeria Player who missed AFCON 2019. — www.Mlst.blog

LAGOS, June 10 (Reuters) – Nigeria have cut Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho from their final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts in Egypt next week. Iheanacho was the only major omission by coach Gernot Rohr, who retained 15 players from the squad that went to the World Cup in Russia […]

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How Iheanacho’s 10-month old goal drought stopped.

Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first pre-season goal for Leicester City in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over

 
The goal ended Iheanacho’s 10-month old goal drought, which dates back to September 2018 when he last found the back of the net for Leicester City.
The Nigeria international was a substitute in the Foxes pre-season 3-0 thumping of Cambridge United and he hit the net in the 83rd minute, courtesy of a header, for his side’s second goal on Tuesday night.

Before the goal, the 23-year-old had missed a sitter but he went on to redeem himself by netting a second for Leicester minutes later.
Elsewhere, Semi Ajayi made his first start for West Bromwich Albion in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with his former club, Rotherham United, just three days after joining the club.
Ajayi gave away a penalty two minutes into the game, when he tripped Freddie Ladapo. Ladapo roofed the resultant spot-kick before Dara O’Shea salvaged a draw for the Baggies.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sports/soccer/iheanacho-scores-after-10-months/ar-AAEMim8?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartanntp

 

“This man’s entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name,”–Floyd Mayweather.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. criticized Manny Pacquiao after he impressively defeated a previously unbeaten Keith Thurman by split decision to claim the WBA welterweight title last weekend. Then Pacquiao fired back as the two traded trash talk.

As boxing fans called for a rematch of a blockbuster 2015 Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, Mayweather went on social media to take credit for Pacquiao’s popularity.

“This man’s entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name,” Mayweather wrote Tuesday, in part. “Let that man’s name hold weight of its own.”

Pacquiao found it as an opportune time to jab at his old rival and call for a rematch; Mayweather won by unanimous decision in ’15, when Pacquiao said a shoulder injury kept him from being 100%.

“You come to my fight and then use my name in a post but I’m the one that is trying to stay relevant?” the 40-year-old boxer wrote in response later Tuesday. “If you want to be relevant again…#MayPac2.”

.@FloydMayweather You come to my fight and then use my name in a post but I’m the one that is trying to stay relevant? 🤔 if you want to be relevant again… #MayPac2
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) July 24, 2019

Pacquiao’s rebuttal didn’t sit well with Mayweather, who went on an Instagram rant early Wednesday. The 42-year-old claimed that because Bob Arum is no longer Pacquiao’s promoter, Mayweather Promotions and PBC events fall under his umbrella and made him the “head (person) in charge” of Pacquiao’s fight.

“Bottom line, I make more money than you; I beat you, then I signed you! I was only at your fight supervising you, my employee, as any real BOSS would do,” Mayweather wrote.

Mayweather added:

 

“You made $10 million for 12 rounds, when I just made $9 million in under 3 minutes playing around in an exhibition with a pizza delivery guy! I beat you mentally, physically, and financially!”

But the back-and-forth didn’t end there. Pacquiao took to Twitter on Wednesday,

 

“Excuse me Floyd, your name has not been on any of my PBC contracts. But if you would like to be on the next one, I will have one drawn up and sent to you. #CounterfeitMoney”

 

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/boxing/2019/07/24/floyd-mayweather-manny-pacquiao-spar-social-media-fueling-hype/1812604001/

 

How Neymar made Paris Saint-Germain’s 33-man squad for their pre-season tour of China.

Neymar has been named in Paris Saint-Germain’s 33-man squad for their pre-season tour of China, despite heavy speculation regarding his future.

Thomas Tuchel is taking his team to China from July 23 to August 4 as part of their preparations for the new season, when PSG will look to defend their Ligue 1 title and challenge in the Champions League.

The 27-year-old Neymar has been constantly linked with a return to Barcelona and, more recently, a shock move to Real Madrid, but for the time being at least he remains a PSG man.

 

Leonardo, the club’s sporting director, confirmed over the weekend that they are yet to receive a concrete offer for their flagship star despite weeks of persistent speculation.

While Barcelona fans may have been dreaming of a Messi-Neymar-Griezmann front three, it has been suggested that the signing of the Frenchman from Atletico Madrid makes another huge transfer outlay on Neymar unlikely.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, have emerged as contenders over the last few days after it was reported that they could look to broker some sort of deal with PSG as they look to oust black sheep Gareth Bale.

After the injury problems which kept him out of Brazil’s Copa America win over the summer – their first major title since Neymar’s international debut in 2010 – it is unclear whether or not he will feature in PSG’s upcoming games.

 

The Parisians have friendly matches with to look forward to, before rounding off the tour with the Trophee des Champions against Rennes on August 3.

The match will be a chance for revenge for PSG after their Coupe de France final defeat to Rennes at the end of last season. They were shocked by a 6-5 penalty shoot-out defeat following a 2-2 draw in which Neymar scored.

Currently tied on eight titles each with Lyon, PSG are hoping to become the most successful club in the history of the Trophee des Champions.

Held for the second consecutive year in Shenzhen, China, this year’s match will also mark ten years since the event started taking place outside of France.

Since then, the match has been played in Morocco, Tunisia, Canada, the USA, Austria and Gabon.

PSG strolled to victory last year, thrashing Monaco 4-0.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/football/neymar-included-in-psg-squad-for-pre-season-tour-of-china-amid-transfer-speculation/ar-AAEKGVR?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

How Russian boxer Maxim Dadash died from brain injury.

Tragic news struck the boxing community on Tuesday.
Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev has died from brain injuries suffered Friday during his 11th-round loss to Subriel Matias at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., trainer Buddy McGirt confirmed with ESPN on Tuesday.

 

The super lightweight collapsed after the fight; according to ESPN, he underwent a two-hour surgery to relieve bleeding on his brain and was put in a medically induced coma thereafter. Over the weekend, a neurosurgeon at University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center informed Dadashev’s camp the boxer showed signs of severe brain damage,
McGirt gave Dadashev an impassioned plea to stop the fight, saying, “Please! You’re getting hit too much” before stopping the fight.

Upon learning of Dadashev’s passing Tuesday, many members of the boxing community took to Twitter to express their condolences.

 

Dadashev was 13-1 as a pro.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/other-sports/maxim-dadashev-dies-from-brain-injuries-suffered-in-fight-with-subriel-matias/ar-AAEKFMH?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartanntp

How Agbaje was awarded the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.

Featherweight boxer, Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje, on Sunday, July 21, emerged best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 19, held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos state.

Agbaje was awarded the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy and a cash prize of N1million after being voted as the best boxer on the night.
This will be the second time he will be winning the award after also clinching it last year.

 

The fast-rising boxer wowed the crowd with a commanding performance to defeat Waidi “Skoro” Usman, former African Boxing Union (ABU) champion, in their eight-round national challenge bout. He left no one in doubt of his mission from the first bell, as he twice left Skoro sprawling in the first round with vicious punches delivered at a high speed.
The 27-year-old, who is undefeated in eight fights, was quicker, more alert and energetic than the former ABU champion, who had a hugely punishing evening.

Another big winner on the night was Nigeria’s Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, the West African Boxing Union (WABU) champion, who knocked out Ghana’s Edem Biki in the final round of their 10-round international challenge bout.

 

Despite suffering a cut above his right eye, Babatunde remained undaunted and rallied back dramatically with three devastating left hooks to end the fight at the start of the last round. While the win saw Babatunde stretch his unbeaten record to nine, it was a first defeat for Biki in 10 fights.
In the national lightweight challenge, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu maintained his unbeaten streak, after seeing off Hammed “Ese Hammed” Ganiyu with a win via unanimous decision.
Also maintaining his unbeaten record is ABU lightweight champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, who knocked out Tope “Berinja” Agboola their eight-round national lightweight challenge bout.

 

The eight-round national featherweight challenge bout saw Tope “TP Rock” Musa, score a unanimous decision victory over Kazeem “The Light” Oliwo.

Adeyemi “Spirit” Adekanla defeated Isaac “I-Star” Chukwudi, Adekanla via a split decision in their national light welterweight challenge bout.

In the four-round female national bantamweight challenge, bout, Rodiat Yusuf saw off Fatima Sanni via a second round technical knockout, while Cynthia “Bobby Girl” Ogunsemilore, made light work of Abiodun “Lady Crusher” Adedeji, by securing a first round technical knockout win.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that super bantamweight boxer, Opeyemi ‘Sense’ Adeyemi, was voted best boxer at the GOtv Boxing Night 18, which held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan on Sunday, April 21.

Although the 19-year-old boxer finished his six-round bout against Sadiq Adeyemi with a draw, his performance on the night was enough to hand him a cash prize of N1 million, and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.

 

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Women’s 100 meters won by Fraser-Pryce in 10.78 seconds at the London Diamond League on Sunday.

LONDON (Reuters) – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce produced a superb display to outclass local favorite Dina Asher-Smith and Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou as she won the women’s 100 meters in 10.78 seconds at the London Diamond League on Sunday.

The 32-year-old double Olympic champion made a blistering start to dominate the race from start to finish, giving Asher-Smith (10.92) and Ta Lou (10.98) no chance of catching her.

“It’s a long season and I’ve been training and training. To come out here and run 10.78 is a fabulous time,” Fraser-Pryce, whose season’s best time of 10.73 came at home in Jamaica last month, said.

 

“I feel good. The aim is to make sure when I get to the Doha (world championships) that I’m on point. Right now the females are so close in terms of time so you definitely just have to come out and make sure that you’re ready to run.

“My aim for Doha is definitely to be on the podium. For me, its a long season from here so I am hoping my experience will come into play.”

Hellen Obiri sealed the women’s 5,000m in a time of 14:20.36 while fellow Kenyan Agnes Tirop also finished ahead of new mile world record holder Sifan Hassan who was third.

 

“In the last lap I was thinking, ‘work hard’ and said to myself when I went past Hassan ‘let me go, see if you can catch me,” Obiri, who set the best time of the year as well as a new meet record, said.

Akeem Bloomfield won the men’s 400m race with his season’s best time of 44.40 seconds, ahead of Jonathan Jones of Barbados and Jamaican compatriot Nathon Allen.

Swede Daniel Stahl surpassed Gerd Kanter’s 2010 meet record in discus with a 68.56m effort.

 

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How Cristiano Ronaldo escaped criminal charges.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo won’t face criminal charges after a woman accused the soccer star of raping her in his suite at a Las Vegas resort more than 10 years ago, a top prosecutor said Monday.

A new investigation by Las Vegas police failed to show that Kathryn Mayorga’s claim could be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said.

“Therefore, no charges will be forthcoming,” Wolfson said in a statement.

 

The decision represented a victory on one of two legal tracks tied to the 2009 allegation against one of the most recognizable and highly paid players in sports.

In a lawsuit still pending in federal court, Mayorga alleges that she was pressured to sign an agreement to keep quiet in exchange for $375,000. Her lawyers want to void the deal and collect at least $200,000 more from Ronaldo.

Ronaldo’s attorneys have acknowledged that the soccer star and Mayorga had consensual sex in June 2009, but they denied it was rape. Attorney Peter Christiansen was traveling Monday and wasn’t immediately available to comment.

 

Attorneys for Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher, did not immediately respond to telephone, text and email messages.

The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but Mayorga gave consent through her lawyers to make her name public.

Her lawsuit says she met Ronaldo at a nightclub and went with him and other people to his suite at the Palms Hotel and Casino, where he assaulted her in a bedroom. Afterward, she signed a non-disclosure agreement under pressure from “fixers” trying to protect Ronaldo’s reputation, her lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, has said.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas accuses Ronaldo or those working for him of conspiracy, defamation, breach of contract, coercion and fraud for allegedly allowing terms of the settlement to become public in European publications.

 

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Her attorneys say Mayorga never wanted her name released but became worried that she would be identified after a 2017 media report apparently referred to the encounter.

Her lawyers have said in federal court documents that they were having trouble personally serving Ronaldo with legal filings. A judge has given them an Oct. 28 deadline.

Ronaldo plays in Italy for the Turin-based soccer club Juventus. He played previously for Manchester United in England and Real Madrid in Spain, where he earned a then-record sum of 94 million euros, or about $130 million.

Mayorga underwent a medical exam to collect DNA evidence shortly after she alleges Ronaldo assaulted her. Police closed their investigation in 2009 because Mayorga neither identified her attacker by name nor said where the alleged rape took place, said Wolfson, the elected prosecutor in Las Vegas.

Police have said she identified her attacker only as a European soccer player.

“As a result, the police were unable to … conduct any meaningful investigation,” Wolfson said Monday. “Detectives were unable to search for and impound vital forensic evidence. In addition, video evidence, showing interactions between the victim and perpetrator before and after the alleged crime, was lost.”

The investigation was reopened in last year at the request of Mayorga’s attorneys, shortly before they sued Ronaldo. She spoke again with police, and authorities this year obtained a sample of Ronaldo’s DNA through Italian authorities.

Police did not immediately respond Monday to messages about the case.

 

SOURCE:

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/football/cristiano-ronaldo-wont-face-rape-charge-in-las-vegas/ar-AAEJ5NB?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

 

How Algeria became Africa champion yesterday in Egypt.

Algeria became Africa Cup of Nations champions for a second time as they edged Senegal 1-0 in a scrappy final on Friday.

Djamel Belmadi’s side needed a sensational last-gasp Riyad Mahrez winner to beat Nigeria in the last four, but it was a scrappy early strike that decided this clash as Baghdad Bounedjah benefited from a huge deflection.

Further chances were few and far between in an ill-tempered affair as Algeria withstood almost constant pressure and also saw a Senegal penalty award overturned with VAR.

 

The single goal ultimately proved enough to hold on, Algeria triumphing on foreign soil for the first time to add to their 1990 success as hosts.

Algeria’s fortuitous opener arrived inside two minutes. Bounedjah cut inside from the left and saw a powerful strike loop up off the lunging Salif Sane, dropping over static goalkeeper Alfred Gomis into the top-right corner.

 

 

 

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Senegal responded well, getting into dangerous positions and winning countless free-kicks, mainly through Sadio Mane, but their final ball was repeatedly found wanting.

Frustrations threatened to boil over late in the first half, with Mane escaping punishment for an off-the-ball shove on Sofiane Feghouli, although M’Baye Niang went close with a fizzing long-range drive.

The two sides came together to confront the referee at the break – Senegal bemoaning a non-penalty award for Ismaila Sarr – and Algeria substitute goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja went down claiming contact in the ensuing fracas.

And Senegal were further infuriated on the hour mark when a spot-kick initially awarded as Adlene Guedioura blocked Sarr’s cross with his arm was struck off following a VAR review.

Niang rounded Rais M’bolhi but could only blaze high and wide, before the goalkeeper turned Youssouf Sabaly’s blast over the crossbar.

Aliou Cisse’s side kept pushing, yet there was no way through and Algeria clung to a scarcely deserved victory.

 

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”Olympia, who is my daughter, actually does the routine with me. And it’s safe for kids too. She’s only one-and-a-half and she loves it.”–Serena Williams.

Serena Williams and her daughter follow the same beauty routine.

The 37-year-old tennis player and 21-month-old Olympia – who she has with her husband Alexis Ohanian – share the same evening pampering procedure and the first step in their joint ritual is to apply coconut oil to their skin because it has ”amazing” moisturising properties and is also a great natural make-up remover.

 

Serena said:

 

”The first step in my routine, when I’m taking off my make-up and coming undone, I actually do something completely different. I use coconut oil because it’s amazing. I use it for everything you can think of. This could literally be your only step if that’s all you want.

”Olympia, who is my daughter, actually does the routine with me. And it’s safe for kids too. She’s only one-and-a-half and she loves it.”

Serena keeps her complexion bright and flaw-free by using a vitamin C enriched serum, which she discovered on her babymoon.

She added:

”I actually found this [Vine Vera Resveratol Vitamin C Serum $246] on my babymoon in Mexico. I just do a couple dabs and I always give Olympia some dabs. I feel like whatever you’re using under your eye is super moisturising and it can work for the whole face.”

 

The seven-time Wimbledon winner went on to reveal that since she hit aged 30, she has noticed she now has a ”5 o’clock shadow”, so Serena will use brightening products to make the area appear glowy and flawless.

Speaking in US Harper’s Bazaar’s ‘Go To Bed With Me’ YouTube series, she continued:

”Honestly, I have a little 5 o’clock shadow, so I put it on top of my moustache.

”I hit 30 and after that everything has become either moustache or beard, let’s just be honest ladies. So I do that there too because I think if it’s brightening, maybe it’ll brighten that too.

”The last thing I’m going to today, and sometimes honestly it varies, I’m not that routine type of girl – I have my Mario Badescu — I absolutely love this stuff. It gives me this crazy glow, but I always use it at night too because I like the way it smells.”

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/northamerica-life-arts/serena-williams-and-daughter-share-beauty-regime/ar-AAEpqOM?ocid=spartandhp

How unidentified gunmen kidnapped Samson Siasia’s mother for the second time.

Samson Siasia’s, mother, Ogere Siasia, has been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in Bayelsa state.
According to The Nation, information concerning the abduction of the septuagenarian, is still sketchy at the time of going to press.

However, reports from security details suggest the gunmen whisked away the aged-woman from her home at Adoni community Sagbama Local Government Area at about 2am on Monday, July 15.

 

Interestingly, this is the second time in four years the former Super Eagles manager will go in search of his mother.

On November 17, 2015, armed bandits stormed Siasia’s family house at Odoni community of Sagama Local Council Area of Bayelsa State in the wee hours and forcefully whisked away Mrs. Siasia way on a motorcycle.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that mother of Super Eagles winger Samuel Kalu has finally been released by the abductors who kidnapped her for almost a week.

 

The mother of Samuel known as Mrs Juliet was kidnapped in her home town of Umuamacha Umueze in Abia state. Initially, the abductors were said to have demanded the sum of N3 million ransom for Samuel Kalu’s mother to be released.

But after getting the agreed money, they changed their decision thereby asking for another N15m before they would free Samuel Kalu’s mother.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/nigeria/ex-super-eagles-stars-76-year-old-mother-kidnapped-by-gunmen/ar-AAEl4SW?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

How Marc Batchelor was gunned down in South Africa.

A former South African football star has been shot dead while driving in Johannesburg.

Marc Batchelor, former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates player, was gunned down in his car on Monday evening, police confirmed.

He was fatally shot when two gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on his vehicle in Olivedale, according to reports.

 

The motive for the attack is not yet known and a murder investigation has been launched, South African news broadcaster eNCA reported.

Images circulated on social media showed a bullet-riddled window on what was reported to be Mr Batchelor’s vehicle.

 

Police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini told Soccer Laduma:

 

 “Yes, he was shot this evening by two men on a motorbike.”

“He died in his vehicle and nothing was taken. The motive is yet to be established, but we are investigating.”

 

No arrests have been made.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/football/marc-batchelor-death-ex-south-african-football-star-shot-dead-in-his-car/ar-AAEnubm?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

Nwankwo Kanu hailed Nigerians for their support as Super Eagles slid into semi final of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.

Nigeria and Arsenal legend, Nwankwo Kanu has hailed Nigerians for their support as Super Eagles slid into semi final of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.

Kanu, who had earlier expressed confidence that Gernot Rohr’s men would beat the Bafana Bafana at the Cairo International Stadium, congratulated Super Eagles on their victory against South Africa on Wednesday night.

Samuel Chukwueze gave Super Eagles a 1-0 lead at the break after an assist from Alex Iwobi.

However, South Africa levelled in the second half, thanks to Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decision.

With the match looking to head into extra time, William Troost-Ekong forced the ball over the line in the final minute of play.

The 42-year-old, in a video posted on his official Twitter page on Wednesday, wrote:

“Incredible support from Nigeria Super Eagles fans. Another fantastic win well done boys.

“The boys gave it a great teamwork effort and push. We are all proud. Nigeria officially through to the #caf2019 semifinals. We thank God.”

The victory over South Africa means Nigeria will now play the winner between Ivory Coast and Algeria in the semi-final on Sunday.

Incredible support from @ng_supereagles fans. Another fantastic win well done boys.The boys gave it a great teamwork effort and push. We are all proud. Nigeria officially through to the #caf2019 semifinals. We thank God.
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— Kanu Nwankwo (@papilokanu) July 10, 2019.

 

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Nigeria Vs South Africa: How Kanu Nwankwo reacted to Super Eagles 2-1 AFCON victory [VIDEO]

“We are very happy we won this game against them–William Troost Ekong

Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong, has blamed himself for the first goal Nigeria conceived against South Africa at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nation, AFCON, quarter-final encounter on Wednesday night.

He also identified Gernot Rohr’s side as the favourite team to win this year’s AFCON after dumping South Africa out from the competition with a 2-1 victory.

The 25-year-old, who scored the winning goal against South Africa, noted that before the quarter-final, it was the host nation, Egypt that were favourite to win the AFCON but the Bafana Bafana defeated them last weekend.

“Before the game we showed South Africa a lot of respect because they are a good team,” Troost-Ekong told SuperSport.

“We played them last year in the qualification and they won us at home and we drew at their home.

“We are very happy we won this game against them. And I am happy to have scored the winning goal after the mistake I made in the goal we conceived against them during the second half.

“We have a very good team to win the AFCON and before the quarter final everybody were talking about Egypt as the favourite to win this year’s AFCON and South Africa beat them and after that they became favourite and now we have beaten South Africa.”

 

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Nigeria vs South Africa: Troost-Ekong blames one Super Eagles player, names favourite to win AFCON

Tunisia defeated Ghana 5-4 on penalties.

Tunisia defeated Ghana 5-4 on penalties Monday with Ferjani Sassi converting the decisive spot-kick to end a 54-year Africa Cup of Nations losing streak against the Black Stars.
After a 1-1 draw following extra time in Ismailia, Tunisia scored from all five penalties while Ghana substitute Caleb Ekusan had his attempt saved by Farouk Ben Mustapha, who came off the bench especially for the shootout.
Victory was sweet for Tunisia as they had lost six times to Ghana in the African football showcase from 1965 after drawing the first meeting between the nations two years earlier.

On Thursday, the Carthage Eagles play giantkillers Madagascar in a quarter-final in Cairo with the winners meeting Senegal or Benin for a place in the July 19 final.
Losing on penalties ended a Ghana run of six consecutive top-four finishes in the Cup of Nations and puts the future of coach Kwesi Appiah in doubt.
Four-time former champions Ghana changed two of the team that began a 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau that enabled them to pip Cameroon for top spot in Group F on goals scored.

 

Both alterations were on the left side of a 4-3-3 formation with defender Nuhu Kasim and midfielder Afriyie Acquah replacing Joseph Aidoo and Owusu Kwabena.
Tunisia coach and 1980s France star Alain Giresse reacted to an embarrassing 0-0 draw with minnows Mauritania in their previous match by dropping four of the team.
A big surprise was the exclusion of forward Wahbi Khazri, who had been the outstanding Tunisian attacker in the group phase and scored one of their two goals.

 

Bassem Srarfi, Naim Sliti and Karim Aouadhi were also relegated to the bench with Ghaylen Chaalali, Ferjani Sassi, Taha Yassine Khenissi and Anice Badri promoted.
After early yellow cards for Ghanaian John Boye, the first player to be red-carded in the group phase, and Tunisian Dylan Bronn, the first half became a cagey, even affair.
Ghana came close to scoring on 16 minutes when a Kasim header struck the post and Andre Ayew fired the rebound straight at goalkeeper Hassen Mouez.
Andre Ayew was convinced he had put the Black Stars ahead on 41 minutes when he backheeled a cross into the net, but the referee ruled that Thomas Partey handled in the build-up.
Replays showed the ball touching the chin of the Atletico Madrid midfielder rather than a hand and the disallowed goal infuriated the Ghanaians.
Midway through the second half Giresse had second thoughts about the composition of his attack, which was making little impression, and sent on Khazri in place of Badri.
Khazri needed just five minutes to make an impact with his brilliant backheel creating space for Wajdi Kechrida to cross and Khenissi scored with a shot that went in off the near post.
The woodwork foiled Ghana a second time when a Mubarak Wakaso shot from outside the box struck the far post 10 minutes from the end of regular time with Mouez beaten.
In the first minute of stoppage time, the Blacks Stars drew level with an attempted headed clearance by Bedoui looped over Mouez, who had strayed off his line.

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sports/soccer/tunisia-win-on-penalties-to-end-54-year-dominance-by-ghana/ar-AAE46eT?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartanntp

 

Why Serena Williams was fined?

Serena Williams was fined $10,000 on Monday after reportedly damaging a court before the start of the Wimbledon tournament.

 

The All England Club fined the American Tennis Pro for damaging a court during practice before the start of the Grand Slam tournament, although further details surrounding the incident were not immediately available.
According to DailyMail reporter Mike Dickson, the fine came after Williams reportedly threw her racket, causing some sort of damage to the famous English grass courts.

 

Williams has faced the largest fine of the tournament this year by far.

 

Italian Fabio Fognini was fined $3,000 during his third-round loss after saying he wished a bomb would hit Wimbledon.

 

Williams eased into the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 14th time Monday by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2. She is looking for her eighth Wimbledon title after losing last year’s final to Angelique Kerber.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

SOURCE:

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/serena-williams-fined-10000-for-reportedly-damaging-court-ahead-of-wimbledon

 

How Nigeria ousted holders and bitter rivals Cameroon from Nations Cup.

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) – Nigeria ousted holders and bitter rivals Cameroon from the Africa Cup of Nations as they scored twice in three minutes to come from behind and win a thrilling last-16 match 3-2 on Saturday.
Odion Ighalo gave Nigeria a 19th-minute lead but Cameroon hit back with two goals in quick succession before halftime from Stephane Bahoken and Clinton Njie to take a 2-1 lead.
Ighalo levelled again for Nigeria in the 63rd minute amid suspicions of offside before Alex Iwobi snatched the winner for the jubilant Super Eagles three minutes later.

 

The win earned Nigeria a quarter-final against hosts Egypt or South Africa who were meeting later on Saturday.

 

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Everyone within the club from the manager to the owner knows Paul’s wishes–Raiola

(Reuters) – Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is ready to leave the Premier League side in the summer with a transfer “in the process”, the French midfielder’s agent Mino Raiola told the Times newspaper.

Pogba, who moved to United from Juventus in 2016 for a then-world record fee of 89.3 million pounds, has produced inconsistent displays despite scoring 31 goals in 142 appearances in all competitions.

“Everyone within the club from the manager to the owner knows Paul’s wishes,” Raiola told the Times newspaper.

 

“Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We’re in the process of that. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are.”

British media has linked the 26-year-old World Cup winner with a move to Real Madrid, where he will link up with coach Zinedine Zidane, or a return to former club Juventus.

Pogba had suggested last month in Tokyo that now “could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else”.

 

He is currently in New York this week on a promotional tour, with United’s squad set to fly out to Australia shortly for a series of pre-season games that begin next week.

Raiola did not confirm if Pogba would make the trip. “I can’t tell you anything. I live day by day,” he added.

United kick off their new league campaign against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Aug. 11.

 

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Brazil deserved the victory– Peru coach Ricardo Gareca

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil didn’t need Neymar to win another Copa America title at home.

With its injured star watching from the stands at a packed Maracana Stadium on Sunday, Brazil beat Peru 3-1 to win its first South American title since 2007.

It was Neymar’s replacement, Everton, who led the team to victory, scoring a goal and setting up another to give Brazil its ninth Copa America trophy, and fifth at home.

 

Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison also scored for Brazil, which has won the title every time it hosted the tournament.

Everton was named player of the final and also finished as one of the tournament’s top scorers with three goals. Brazil’s veteran right back Dani Alves was voted player of the tournament.

Neymar and his son sat close to Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro among the crowd of nearly 70,000 at the Maracana.

 

Brazilian fans had some reason to worry after Gabriel Jesus was sent off in the 70th minute because of a second yellow card, but Peru couldn’t pull off one last upset after eliminating Uruguay in the quarterfinals and two-time defending champion Chile in the semifinals.

”Brazil deserved the victory,” Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said. ”We played better than we did in the previous match. We have improved as a team. We still have to improve more, but we are on the right track.”

Peru, which had been routed 5-0 by Brazil in the group stage and barely avoided early elimination, was trying to win its first Copa America trophy since 1975 and just its second overall. It hadn’t returned to the final since ’75.

The victory helped Brazil to regain the confidence of some supporters following its quarterfinal exit at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It will also ease some of the pressure on coach Tite, who had been criticized for his selections and the team’s lackluster performances.

Brazil hadn’t made it past the quarterfinals of the Copa America since beating Argentina 3-0 in the 2007 final in Venezuela. It didn’t even get past the group stage in 2016.

The last time it won the Copa America at home had been in 1989, when Romario scored the winner against Uruguay at the Maracana.

Brazil’s only other trophy since 2007 came in the 2013 Confederations Cup, also at home.

Brazil arrived as a heavy favorite but it was an even match from the start, with the hosts not being able to press too much despite being urged on by most of the crowd at the Maracana.

Everton opened the scoring in the 15th from close range after a well-placed cross by Gabriel Jesus, who made a surging run down the right flank.

The 23-year-old Everton was elevated to the starting lineup after Neymar was ruled out of the tournament because of an ankle injury.

Veteran striker Paolo Guerrero equalized for Peru by converting a 44th-minute penalty kick after a handball by Brazil defender Thiago Silva. It was the only goal conceded by Brazil in six matches.

Gabriel Jesus put the hosts ahead again in the third minute of first-half stoppage time with a low shot after an assist from midfielder Arthur.

Peru tried to take control after Gabriel Jesus was sent off for a hard foul on an opponent, but the visitors were not able to create many significant chances.

Brazil sealed victory when Richarlison, who had missed a few matches because of the mumps, converted a penalty kick in the 90th after Everton was fouled.

Both penalty kicks had to be delayed for video reviews.

 

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How USA Ladies won the female world cup back to back.

LYON, France (Reuters) – The United States beat the Netherlands 2-0 to win the women’s World Cup for a record-extending fourth time on Sunday.

 

 

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Captain Megan Rapinoe converted a VAR-awarded penalty in the 61st minute and Rose Lavelle wrapped up the victory eight minutes later as the U.S. added to their 1991, 1999 and 2015 titles.

 

 

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