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City extend Premier League record; Blues, Arsenal win

City extend Premier League record; Blues, Arsenal win Manchester City racked up a 16th consecutive English Premier League win as the runaway leaders routed Tottenham 4-1, while Mesut Ozil’s stunning strike fired Arsenal to a 1-0 success against Newcastle on Saturday. Ilkay Gundogan opened the scoring at Eastlands before Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling netted after the interval...... more

Super Eagles lose 3 points in World Cup qualifier

Super Eagles lose 3 points in World Cup qualifier Nigeria’s Super Eagles have lost three points in their 2018 World Cup qualifier. The loss came as FIFA gifted Algeria a 3-0 walk-over defeat of the Eagles, because Nigeria fielded an ineligible player in the match. The fixture on Nov. 10 had ended 1-1, but FIFA on Tuesday added that the...... more

UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid draw formidable PSG, as Chelsea get FC Barcelona

UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid draw formidable PSG, as Chelsea get FC Barcelona Title-holders Real Madrid will have to overcome a sizeable obstacle when the UEFA Champions League resumes in February, after Monday’s draw pitted the 12-time winners against Paris St Germain (PSG). Bidding for a third successive title in Europe’s elite club competition, Real paid a heavy price for not winning their group....... more

Man City down title rivals Man Utd, establish 11-point lead in Premier League

Man City down title rivals Man Utd, establish 11-point lead in Premier League Manchester United’s defensive deficiencies gifted Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City a 2-1 derby victory on Sunday that allowed them to establish a massive 11-point lead in the English Premier League. Romelu Lukaku was United’s fall guy, his failure to clear two set-pieces enabling David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi to score either side...... more

Cameroonian hard tackler who committed World Cup’s “worst tackle” dies

Cameroonian hard tackler who committed World Cup’s “worst tackle” dies Former Cameroon international Benjamin Massing, whose crunching tackles at the World Cup in 1990 earned him an infamous reputation, died aged 55 on Sunday, local media reported. The defender’s scything body check on Claudio Caniggia in the opening game against Argentina in Milan was later dubbed the worst tackle in World...... more

Owerri community celebrates Ex-Falcons Keeper, Ann Chiejine, other achievers

Owerri community celebrates Ex-Falcons Keeper, Ann Chiejine, other achievers  Nigeria’s foremost female goalkeeper, Ann Chiejine, was among distinguished awardees at the 2017 edition of the Umunahu Community Development Union, Lagos, Awards. She was honoured with the Excellent Leadership Award by the community where she hails from, in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State. Organisers of the award ceremony,...... more

BREAKING NEWS: Ronaldo pips Messi to win 2017 Ballon d’Or

BREAKING NEWS: Ronaldo pips Messi to win 2017 Ballon d’Or Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Ballon d’Or for world player of the year on Thursday for a joint-record fifth time, going level with eternal rival and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi as the player to have won the prize the most times. The Real Madrid forward won the award, handed out...... more

2018 FIFA World Cup: 1.3m tickets requested in 24 hours

  2018 FIFA World Cup: 1.3m tickets requested in 24 hours  Yusuf-Badmus Less than 24 hours of resumption of sales of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets, a total of 1,318,109 tickets have been requested for. Ticket sales for the world football tournament in Russia resumed on Wednesday exclusively on FIFA.com/tickets and the excitement sparked by Friday’s final draw brought another wave...... more

Haggai Sports kits Nationwide League One teams

   Haggai Sports kits Nationwide League One teams Nigeria’s leading sports wears manufacturing company, Haggai Sports has moved swiftly to kit the country’s Nationwide League One (NLO) teams in keeping with its status as the NLO Official Merchandise Partner. On Wednesday morning in Katsina, the company’s CEO, Mr. Paul Maduakor presented ‘Haggai Jerseys’ to teams in the #NLOSuper8. Maduakor,...... more

Russia 2018: Draws a blessing to Nigeria — Taye Ige

Russia 2018: Draws a blessing to Nigeria — Taye Ige  Contrary to some views that the Super Eagles are disadvantaged haven been drawn alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia, veteran sports journalist and broadcaster, Taye Ige, has said that the draw is a blessing to the country. Ige, who is the Chairman/CEO of Hotsports...... more

Kida, Onyedinma, Agbamu, Okumagba, Idahosa honoured at Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence •D’Tigers, D’Tigress, Plateau Utd also

Kida, Onyedinma, Agbamu, Okumagba, Idahosa honoured at Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence •D’Tigers, D’Tigress, Plateau Utd also The story of the maiden Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence (NASE) will be incomplete without mentioning the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) President, Engr. Musa Kida; FCT Sports Director, Chief (Mrs.) Dili Onyedinma; SCOA Plc Chairman, Chief Barr. Henry Agbamu; Nigeria Football Supporters Club National Chairman, Prince Vincent Okumagba; and BJ Foundation...... more

Enyimba Stadium to be ready soon, says Ikpeazu

Enyimba Stadium to be ready soon, says Ikpeazu The long wait by supporters of Enyimba International Football Club of Aba to watch the Premier League side play at home will soon be over, according to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State. Governor Ikpeazu gave the assurance while inspecting reconstruction work at the stadium located at the heart of Aba,...... more

Doping: Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics

Doping: Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics Russia has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea over the country's “systemic manipulation” of anti-doping rules. However, Russian athletes who can prove that they are clean will be “invited” to compete in Pyeongchang, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday. It is the most wide ranging punishment...... more

Aruna Quadri, Victor Moses, Obafemi Martins, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Asisat Oshoala shine at Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence

Aruna Quadri, Victor Moses, Obafemi Martins, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Asisat Oshoala shine at Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence   For Aruna Quadri, Victor Moses, Obafemi Martins, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Asisat Oshoala, it was a night of glory as they carted away plaques of honour at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence (NASE) held on Saturday night, December 2, at Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.  At the event...... more

Cameroon fires coach for failing to lead Indomitable Lions to 2018 World Cup

Cameroon fires coach for failing to lead Indomitable Lions to 2018 World Cup Cameroon have fired coach Hugo Broos less than a year after he led the country to the African Nations Cup title and two months short of the end of his two-year contract. The 65-year-old former Belgian international led the Indomitable Lions to a surprise triumph in the tournament in Gabon at...... more

Akpabio crowned Nigerian Pillar of Sports 2017

Akpabio crowned Nigerian Pillar of Sports 2017 Senate Minority Leader, Chief (Dr.) Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, has been voted Nigeria’s Pillar of Sports 2017 by the Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence (NASE). He was presented with the award during the maiden edition of NASE held on Saturday night, December 2, at Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. The immediate past...... more

Night of glamour, fun as Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence holds in Lagos

Night of glamour, fun as Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence holds in Lagos It was a night of glamour and fun as the country’s biggest sports awards, the Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence (NASE), successfully debuted over the weekend in Lagos. The atmosphere, on Saturday night, at the Osun Hall of Airport Hotel, Ikeja, venue of the event, was like that of a carnival....... more

Stage set for Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence holding this evening at Lagos Airport Hotel •HotSports CEO to chair ceremony

Stage set for Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence holding this evening at Lagos Airport Hotel •HotSports CEO to chair ceremony  Bigwigs in Nigeria’s sporting circles will congregate at Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, this evening of Saturday, December 2, 2017, for the maiden edition of Nigeria’s biggest sports awards, the Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence (NASE). The event, which starts at 5pm, will hold at the Osun Hall of the famous hotel....... more

Russia 2018 World Cup Draw winners and losers

Russia 2018 World Cup Draw winners and losers The groups for the 2018 World Cup are set. The tournament schedule is locked in. So who came away from Friday’s World Cup Draw with favorable itineraries for next summer in Russia? Who were the winners and losers of the day? First, a look at the groups, with teams listed in order from Pot 1 to Pot...... more

Nigeria’s biggest sports awards holds Saturday •D’Tigers, D’Tigress, Plateau United, Aiteo and Access Bank shortlisted

Nigeria’s biggest sports awards holds Saturday •D’Tigers, D’Tigress, Plateau United, Aiteo and Access Bank shortlisted All is set for Nigeria’s biggest sports awards, the Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence (NASE), holding tomorrow, Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Osun Hall of Airport Hotel, Ikeja Lagos. A statement issued on Friday by the organisers said that in addition to honouring Nigerian sportsmen, women and administrators who distinguished...... more

BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria draws Argentina in Group D of 2018 World Cup

BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria draws Argentina in Group D of 2018 World Cup Nigeria has been drawn in Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia. The Super Eagles will face Croatia in their opening match. Analysts see the draw as favourable for the Super Eagles, who recently defeated Argentina in a top grade friendly match...... more

BEAKING NEWS: Super Eagles star Ezenwa signs for Enyimba

BEAKING NEWS: Super Eagles star Ezenwa signs for Enyimba Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has sealed contract with two time African Champions Enyimba International FC of Aba. The deal which was strengthened and signed today will the national team safe gloves naming the post for the Peoples Elephant as the Abia State team campaigns for the NPFL and CAF Confederation...... more

Shell JV introduces UK summer scholarship for NNPC/Shell Cup Most Valuable Players

Shell JV introduces UK summer scholarship for NNPC/Shell Cup Most Valuable Players The Shell Petroleum Development Company Joint Venture (SPDC JV) has introduced an additional education award to the prizes for one of the two Most Valuable Players in the 2017 NNPC Shell Cup for All Nigeria Secondary Schools Football Championship, aside from attending the Feyenoord Youth Academy. The scholarship will take either...... more

Willian saves Chelsea, United close gap on EPL leaders

Willian saves Chelsea, United close gap on EPL leaders Chelsea rode their luck to salvage a 1-1 result at Liverpool thanks to Willian’s late leveller, while Manchester United cut Manchester City’s Premier League lead to five points with a 1-0 outcome over Brighton on Saturday. Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were five minutes away from suffering a major blow to their hopes...... more

Messi extends Barcelona contract till 2021

Messi extends Barcelona contract till 2021 Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with a buyout clause worth 700m euros (£626m). The 30-year-old Argentina international’s deal now runs until the end of the 2020-21 season. Since joining the club at the age of 13, Messi has helped Barcelona win eight Spanish league titles and won...... more

Pogba back with a bang as United dazzle in EPL •Arsenal win derby

Pogba back with a bang as United dazzle in EPL •Arsenal win derby Paul Pogba marked his comeback with a goal and an assist as Manchester United fought back to beat Newcastle United 4-1 on Saturday and stay on Manchester City’s tail. Sidelined since mid-September by a hamstring injury, France midfielder Pogba made a decisive return as Jose Mourinho’s side restored the eight-point gap...... more

Nigeria qualifies for Winter Olympics for the first time ever

Nigeria qualifies for Winter Olympics for the first time ever Nigeria’s women’s bobsled team, consisting  the trio of Akuoma Omeoga, Seun Adigun and Ngozi Onwumere,  has qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The three-member team — which was only formed in 2016 — is the first to represent Nigeria at the winter event, to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in...... more

Super Eagles demolish Argentina 4-2 in Russia

Super Eagles demolish Argentina 4-2 in Russia Sergio Aguero moved clear in third place on Argentina’s all-time scoring list before Jorge Sampaoli’s side fell apart in the second half. Alex Iwobi scored twice as Nigeria fought back from 2-0 down against an Argentina side missing Lionel Messi to secure a stunning 4-2 friendly victory in Krasnodar. Sergio Aguero...... more

3 things to look out for when Super Eagles face Argentina this evening in Russia

3 things to look out for when Super Eagles face Argentina this evening in Russia Few countries, especially those from different continents, have met each other more than Nigeria and Argentina. They have met at Under-17, Under-20, Under-23 and senior level, dating back to 1993 when Nigeria’s U17s played Argentina for the first time. A year later, the senior sides met at the 1994 World Cup...... more

Italy fails to qualify for World Cup for the first time in almost 60 years

Italy fails to qualify for World Cup for the first time in almost 60 years One of world football’s most storied – and successful – teams will not be heading to next year’s World Cup in Russia. Italy, who have appeared at the finals of every World Cup since missing out in 1958, were held to a goalless draw by Sweden in Milan. The Swedes advance...... more

 

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