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Tyson Fury Reveals Why he Licked Deontay Wilder’s Blood During Fight
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Tyson Fury Reveals Why he Licked Deontay Wilder’s Blood During Fight

British boxer, Tyson Fury, has spoken about his victory over Deontay Wilder last year and revealed why he licked blood off the American’s body. Just over a year after their first bout ended in a controversial draw in December 2018, the Gypsy King produced the performance of his career to beat Wilder by knockout in the seventh round, after the Bronze Bomber’s corner threw in the towel last February. A dramatic moment during the fight came in the sixth round, when Fury licked the blood on Wilder’s neck, whilst the two boxers were in a hold in a corner. Fury has now told ESPN: “In a pre-fight interview I said I would taste Deontay Wilder’s blood this time. “I had an opportunity in round six so I had to taste his blood to see what my prey would taste like.   “I was the h...
Dillian Whyte’s Rematch With Povetkin Gets New Date
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Dillian Whyte’s Rematch With Povetkin Gets New Date

  The boxing heavyweight rematch between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin will now take place on March 27 in Gibraltar. The bout was originally fixed for March. But COVID-19 travel restrictions has seen the fight pushed back three weeks. Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, said: “In the current environment we are always having to think on our feet,” said Hearn. “We did everything to try and make March 6 happen but with the new travel restrictions, it was impossible. “Now we have something outside the box, compelling and a unique setting for one of the heavyweight fights of the year – roll on the Rumble on the Rock!” Whyte is attempting to avenge his shock knockout defeat last summer.
Champions League Squad Ahead of Atletico Madrid tie [Full list]
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Champions League Squad Ahead of Atletico Madrid tie [Full list]

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has released a 25-man list for the Champions League knockout stages. The west London Blues face LaLiga giants, Atletico Madrid in the knockout stages of the competition after finishing top of their group. The first leg takes place on February 23, in Madrid while the second leg comes up in Stamford Bridge on March 17 Two names have been removed from the first being Fikayo Tomori who joined AC Milan on loan and Ian Maatsen after his loan move to Charlton Athletic. Young duo, Nigerian-born Tino Anjorin, and Henry Lawrence have made the knockout squad. The list also has Billy Gilmour, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount all included on List B. Here is the confirmed squad list in full: List A: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso,...
Boxer Muhammad Aslam Khan Dies at 27 after Collapsing in the ring Following Brutal Knockout by Opponent 
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Boxer Muhammad Aslam Khan Dies at 27 after Collapsing in the ring Following Brutal Knockout by Opponent 

Pakistani boxer, Muhammad Aslam Khan has died after collapsing in the ring following a brutal knockout that left him with fatal internal injuries. The 27-year-old was taking on Wali Khan Tareen during a recent charity bout when he suffered a brutal knockout in the fourth round. According to local reports, Aslam Khan was taken to a private hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, where he died as a result of internal injuries. BOL News said “He didn’t die in the ring, he suffered facial injuries and there wasn’t anyone there to look after him.” It has been claimed that there were no medical personnel present at ringside for the clash when Aslam Khan collapsed in the ring after being hit by Wali Khan Tareen. Aslam Khan's death is being investigated by the authorities as it h...
Arsenal vs Benfica Europa League Game Could be One-legged Tie
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Arsenal vs Benfica Europa League Game Could be One-legged Tie

Arsenal’s round of 32 Europa League clash with Benfica, could be played as a one-off tie on a neutral ground, under new UEFA rules, the UK Mirror reports The two-leg tie is facing difficulties, because of the new COVID-19 rules in the UK that affects arrivals from Portugal. The rules would require Arsenal players and staff to quarantine for 10 days when they return from the first leg and also stop Benfica from entering the UK for the second leg. One solution would be for the game to be played at a neutral venue, a scenario UEFA’s competition regulations for the Champions League and Europa League knockout phases permit. Under rule K.1.8 of the respective competitions’ rule books, it states, “The UEFA administration has the right to assign an alternative venue for any particu...
Chan 2021: ‘It’s going to be a cup final’ – Uganda’s McKinstry on Morocco tie
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Chan 2021: ‘It’s going to be a cup final’ – Uganda’s McKinstry on Morocco tie

The Cranes will need to see off the reigning champions if they are to progress to the quarter-finals Uganda national team head coach Johnathan McKinstry has termed their final Group C match against Morocco in the African Nations Championship as a cup final given the high stakes it carries. They need to win against the reigning champions if they have to book a place in the quarter-finals and McKinstry is hopeful they can beat the odds and advance. Uganda’s loss to Togo in the second group game complicated their chances of earning a first-ever place in the knockout stage of Chan.
Braga 3-3 Leicester City: Vardy seals Europa League progression in frantic fashion
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Braga 3-3 Leicester City: Vardy seals Europa League progression in frantic fashion

Jamie Vardy's 95th-minute equaliser against Braga proved enough to send Leicester City into the knockout stages of the Europa League. Jamie Vardy scored a last-gasp goal amid a dramatic finale as Leicester City clinched their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League in an enthralling 3-3 draw at Braga. With AEK Athens losing to Zorya Luhansk in Group G's other game on Thursday, the Foxes needed a point to book their place in the last 16, and thought they had it when Luke Thomas scored his first senior goal in the 78th minute to make it 2-2. Yet Braga, who led at half-time thanks to goals from Al Musrati and Paulinho either side of Harvey Barnes' equaliser, seemed to have snatched the win when substitute Fransergio slotted in on the counter.
Molde 0-3 Arsenal: Pepe makes amends as Gunners reach next round
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Molde 0-3 Arsenal: Pepe makes amends as Gunners reach next round

Nicolas Pepe scored a fine goal as Arsenal beat Molde to secure their place in the last 32 of the Europa League. Nicolas Pepe was on the scoresheet as Arsenal won 3-0 at Molde to secure their place in the Europa League knockouts. The winger was chastised for being sent off for a headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski during the 0-0 Premier League draw with Leeds United last Sunday. Pepe was handed a chance for redemption by boss Mikel Arteta and duly responded with an impressive performance capped by a fine goal that broke the deadlock at Aker Stadion.
Tottenham 4-0 Ludogorets: Vinicius off the mark as Winks nets outrageous 54-yard lob
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Tottenham 4-0 Ludogorets: Vinicius off the mark as Winks nets outrageous 54-yard lob

Two goals from Carlos Vinicius and a long-range strike from Harry Winks helped Tottenham to a big win over Ludogorets in the Europa League. Carlos Vinicius scored twice as Tottenham claimed a comfortable 4-0 win over Ludogorets and edged closer to a place in the Europa League knockout stage. Brazilian striker Vinicius, on a season-long loan from Benfica, netted for Spurs for the first time with two clinical finishes in a one-sided match on Thursday. But the pick of the goals belonged to Harry Winks, as a spectacular long-range effort drifted over Ludogorets goalkeeper Plamen Iliev from 53.7 yards, before Lucas Moura added a fourth with a crisp finish.
Champions League: UEFA considers continuing with single-game knockout format
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Champions League: UEFA considers continuing with single-game knockout format

UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, has said the single-game knockout format which was used in the Champions League this year from the quarter-final stage, could be continued in future. The format was introduced to allow the competition to be completed in a shorter span, after COVID-19 halted football for several months. Eight clubs headed to Lisbon and Bayern Munich will meet Paris Saint-Germain in the final on Sunday. "We were forced to do it but in the end we see that we found out something new," Ceferin told Reuters. "So we will think about it in the future for sure." Ceferin noted that without a second leg to play, teams have been forced to go for goals. However, the current two-legged format is locked in place contractually until 2024/2025, but discussions are ...
All Champions League Knockout Games to be Played in Lisbon
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All Champions League Knockout Games to be Played in Lisbon

UEFA is planning to play all Champions League knockout games in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Sky Italia reports that the final will be played August 23, following 12 days of matches. However, UEFA’s executive committee must agree on the plan on Wednesday, among a series of decisions to reschedule international soccer, after COVID-19 disrupted the global sports calendar. The final is likely to take place on a rare Sunday at Benfica’s Stadium of Light. It was originally to be played on Saturday, May 30 at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. Semifinals will be split between the Stadium of Light and the home stadium of Sporting Lisbon close by on August 18-19. Four quarterfinals are planned on consecutive nights from August 12-15. ...
Pulev Will Knockout Anthony Joshua – Pulev’s Manager, Ivaylo Gotsev Brags
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Pulev Will Knockout Anthony Joshua – Pulev’s Manager, Ivaylo Gotsev Brags

According to the Bulgarian’s manager Ivaylo Gotsev, Kubrat Pulev will inflict another crushing defeat on Anthony Joshua – and then offer him a rematch. Pulev is the IBF mandatory challenger for Joshua, who avenged his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr with a points victory in an immediate rematch in Saudi Arabia in December. And Gotsev has suggested that Britain’s heavyweight star will again need a return bout after suffering another setback in his rescheduled world title fight with Pulev. “Yeah, we’ll give it to him, just like he did with Ruiz, but I can assure one thing – Kubrat is going to be ready for the rematch as well,” Gotsev told Sky Sports. “He’s not going to let himself go like Ruiz did, for whatever reasons. I mean that wasn’t serious. Kubrat is a serious contender, he...
‘He made us believe we could do this’ – Reyna hails Pulisic as inspiration for American players
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‘He made us believe we could do this’ – Reyna hails Pulisic as inspiration for American players

The Borussia Dortmund star hailed the Chelsea winger for paving the way for the current group of up-and-comers Gio Reyna credited Christian Pulisic for paving the way for him at Borussia Dortmund, adding that the current Chelsea star made young Americans believe they could make it at Europe's biggest clubs. Reyna broke through with Dortmund's first team in January before scoring a stunning goal against Werder Bremen in the DFB-Pokal to mark his spot in the first team. He's played a total of 11 senior matches so far, including a substitute appearance against Paris Saint-Germain that saw him notch an assist while becoming the third-youngest player ever to appear in a knockout game in the Champions League.
More Photos from WBC Champion of Tyson Fury’s Sensational Win Over Deontay Wilder
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More Photos from WBC Champion of Tyson Fury’s Sensational Win Over Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury on Sunday morning became the WBC heavyweight champion of the world, defeating Deontay Wilder in the 7th round in the Heavyweight championship clash in MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas. Fury got a technical knockout over Deontay Wilder in the seventh round after inflicting many devastating headshots on the American.   Fury knocked out Wilder in the second round, making the American fall down to the canvas, his second time of touching the canvas in his career, which ultimately led to his loss against a much fitter and energetic Fury. Both men made stunning ring walks in front of a packed-out MGM Grand, with Wilder donning a shiny suit of armour with his lighted mask while Fury entered the ring sitting on a golden throne. It was the second time both fighte...
Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder in Brutal Seventh-round KO to win WBC Heavyweight Championship
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Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder in Brutal Seventh-round KO to win WBC Heavyweight Championship

Tyson Fury has become the WBC heavyweight champion of the world, defeating Deontay Wilder in the 7th round in the Heavyweight championship clash on Sunday morning Feb 23rd at MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas     Fury who came in as the challenger, surpassed the odds, by getting a technical knockout over Deontay Wilder.   In the third round, Fury knocked out Wilder, making the American fall down to the canvas, his second time of touching the canvas in his career. In the last round (seventh), Fury smashed Wilder in the face with a straight right, and Wilder was trapped in the corner, causing his people to throw in the towel after noticing that he had a bloody cut on his mouth and blood dripping out of his ears. The referee immediately called off the...
Ex-Man Utd Star Antonio Valencia Wishes Ighalo Success After Taking his No.25 Shirt
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Ex-Man Utd Star Antonio Valencia Wishes Ighalo Success After Taking his No.25 Shirt

On Tuesday, Manchester United confirmed that Odion Ighalo will wear the no. 25 jersey, the shirt number that was vacated by the club's former star, Antonio Valencia. The 34-year-old Ecuadorian right-back, who now plays for L.D.U. Quito after leaving Manchester United in 2019, has sent a message to Odion Ighalo following the news that he has taken the No.25 shirt he used to wear at the club. Reflecting on what the No.25 shirt meant to him as he wished his successor well, Valencia said the jersey was an inspiration which helped him worked beyond his dreams. Sharing a photo of Odion Ighalo posing with the No.25 jersey, he wrote:“I always saw the number as an opportunity to work beyond my dreams,” Valencia tweeted. “It has been my inspiration and became my amulet. I wish you al...
Deontay Wilder Hits Hard, But He’s No Mike Tyson – George Foreman Says
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Deontay Wilder Hits Hard, But He’s No Mike Tyson – George Foreman Says

With fans alike currently debating if Deontay Wilder has a harder punch than Mike Tyson, George Foreman believes Tyson was too far ahead of Wilder. After Deontay Wilder's amazing knockout against Luis Ortiz earlier this Month, many fans and Pundits have been debating if Wilder has the strongest punch Boxing has ever seen. However, Boxing legend George Foreman believes that Wilder is still behind a few legends, including Iron Mike Tyson. When asked about Wilder's power, Foreman had this to say about the Bronze Bomber: "He's good but he hasn't approached Joe Lewis, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson. No, he hasn't approached that kind of recognition yet. No way." Foreman went on to say that Wilder needs a big win against a top Boxer to cement himself among the elite. Wilder was only able...
Salah and Keita resume training with Liverpool
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Salah and Keita resume training with Liverpool

The Africans stars are back with the Reds ahead of Sunday's Community Shield encounter against Man City Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita have resumed training with Liverpool ahead of the 2019-20 season. The duo were granted extended break after their international outings at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, although Keita had to fight his way back from an abductor injury. Salah was part of Egypt’s squad which exited the continental tournament in the Round of 16 after a 1-0 loss to South Africa, while Keita could only feature in the group stage as Guinea bowed out in the knockout round.
Watford sign Nigeria’s Tom Dele-Bashiru on six-year deal
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Watford sign Nigeria’s Tom Dele-Bashiru on six-year deal

The Hornets have completed the signing of the Nigeria youth international on a free transfer after his contract expired at the Etihad Stadium Premier League club Watford have announced the arrival of Nigeria's Tom Dele-Bashiru on a six-year deal. Dele-Bashiru left Manchester City following the expiry of his contract and will now continue his career at Vicarage Road until 2024. The 19-year-old midfielder was part of the Nigeria U20 team at the 2019 Fifa U20 World Cup in Poland and he scored a goal in three games before their exit in the knockout round.a
Senegal 1 Tunisia 0, Own goal the difference as Cisse’s men reach AFCON final
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Senegal 1 Tunisia 0, Own goal the difference as Cisse’s men reach AFCON final

Dylan Bronn's own goal 10 minutes into extra time gave Senegal a 1-0 win over Tunisia in an action-packed semi-final in Cairo. Senegal have reached the Africa Cup of Nations final for just the second time in their history having beaten Tunisia 1-0 after extra time in a dramatic match that saw both teams miss penalties. The 2002 runners-up edged past Uganda and Benin with 1-0 victories in the previous two knockout rounds and maintained their impressive defensive record in Cairo as they eventually found a way past unfortunate Tunisia, who were denied another clear penalty late on. Henri Saivet wasted a glorious chance to send Senegal through towards the end of normal time in Sunday's clash when failing to convert from the penalty spot, five minutes after Ferjani Sassi had done l...
Afcon 2019: ‘We are the second favourites’ – Rohr hopes Nigeria can challenge Algeria
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Afcon 2019: ‘We are the second favourites’ – Rohr hopes Nigeria can challenge Algeria

Despite his side’s recent win against Bafana Bafana, the tactician is wary of the challenge his side will face when they take on Djamel Belmadi’s men Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr denied suggestions his team are favourites going into Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations clash against Algeria.The North Africans triumphed over Cote d’Ivoire on penalties to secure a place in the last four while the Super Eagles defeated South Africa in a fiercely contested quarter-final game. Ahead of this clash at Cairo’s football cathedral, Rohr’s men are widely perceived to be odds-on favourites having silenced Bafana Bafana, who knocked out hosts Egypt. The German, however, does not feel his side should be considered the favourites against Djamel Belmadi’s side, who finished as group winners. ...
Afcon 2019: Madagascar looking to surprise DR Congo – Dupuis
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Afcon 2019: Madagascar looking to surprise DR Congo – Dupuis

The French manager wants his men to continue defying the odds in debut Afcon campaign, following their group stage heroics Madagascar head coach, Nicolas Dupuis, has charged his troops to spring up another surprise ahead of their first ever Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) knockout round match against DR Congo on Sunday. The Indian Ocean nation shocked three-time Afcon champions Nigeria in a 2-0 win to finish top of Group B. The Barea garnered seven points in the group stage, recording wins against Nigeria and fellow tournament first-timers Burundi. They held Guinea to a 2-2 draw in the opener.
Afcon 2019: Algeria look the best team going into the Round of 16 – Herve Renard
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Afcon 2019: Algeria look the best team going into the Round of 16 – Herve Renard

The Morocco boss names Algeria as the most impressive team at Africa Cup of Nations heading into the knockout stages Morocco coach Herve Renard has singled out Algeria as the toughest team at the Africa Cup of Nations finals. Both Morocco and Algeria reached the knockout stages of the competition in Egypt, but it was the nature of Algeria’s 1-0 victory over title favourites Senegal which caught the eye of two-time title-winning coach Renard. “I think there will be a lot of observers who will agree with me. I think up until now Algeria have been the best team at this tournament, notably in the match against Senegal where they performed very, very well,” Renard is quoted by Capital News.
Afcon 2019: Nigeria face Cameroon in Round of 16
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Afcon 2019: Nigeria face Cameroon in Round of 16

The Super Eagles must find their way past the Indomitable Lions to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the competition in Egypt Nigeria will face defending champions Cameroon in the Round of 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt. The Super Eagles qualified for the knockout phase after finishing as Group B runners-up following their 2-0 defeat to Madagascar. They now face the Indomitable Lions who booked their place in the knockout phase after Benin Republic held them to a 0-0 draw at Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia on Tuesday.
Afcon 2019: Kenya bow out after Benin draw against Cameroon
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Afcon 2019: Kenya bow out after Benin draw against Cameroon

Harambee Stars will have to return home after Benin earned a point against the Indomitable Lions on Tuesday Harambee Stars chances of making it to the Last 16 of the competition were left in tatters after they lost 3-0 to Senegal in their final Group C match on Monday. That defeat meant Kenya were relying on Mali and Cameroon to beat Angola and Benin respectively. However, Benin managed to squeeze a barren draw against the Indomitable Lions, meaning they will now qualify for the knockout stages at the expense of Kenya.
Afcon 2019: Senegal knew Kenya would be tough to beat – Sadio Mane
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Afcon 2019: Senegal knew Kenya would be tough to beat – Sadio Mane

Senegal cruised into the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations with an ultimately comfortable 3-0 win over Kenya Senegal forward Sadio Mane says they knew it will not be easy to beat Kenya in the final Group C match of the Africa Cup of Nations finals on Thursday. The Liverpool winger missed a penalty before scoring twice to add to Ismaila Sarr’s opener as the Lions of Teranga cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win at the 30 June Stadium. “They are a team who ran a lot, who were well placed, and they obviously wanted to qualify. We knew that wouldn’t be easy,” Mane told Goal after the match.
Buhari Nominates Dalung, 10 Others As FG’s Delegation To 2019 AFCON
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Buhari Nominates Dalung, 10 Others As FG’s Delegation To 2019 AFCON

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the immediate past Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung as a member of an 11- man delegation to Egypt to support and cheer the Super Eagles at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations. In a letter signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, President Buhari nominated the former Sports Minister as a representative of the Presidency. The delegation will be led by the Senate President, Senator Lawan Ahmed. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr Boss Mustapha , the Executive governors of Lagos and Delta states, His Excellencies Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu and Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa are also on the list. Other delegates on the Federal Go...
Afcon 2019: ‘We don’t need calculators, no permutation this year’ – Nigerians celebrate Round of 16 berth
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Afcon 2019: ‘We don’t need calculators, no permutation this year’ – Nigerians celebrate Round of 16 berth

The Super Eagles sealed their second win in Egypt on Wednesday to confirm their progress to their last-16 stage of the Africa Cup of Nations Kenneth Omeruo's header earned Nigeria a 1-0 win over Guinea in their second Group B fixture, which secured their spot in the knockout round of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. After a goalless first half, the Chelsea loanee powered Moses Simon's corner-kick into the back of the net with his header in the 73rd minute, to extend the Super Eagles' tally at the summit of their group table to six points after two games.
Nigeria 1 Guinea 0: Omeruo sends Super Eagles through as Keita struggles
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Nigeria 1 Guinea 0: Omeruo sends Super Eagles through as Keita struggles

Naby Keita failed to spark Guinea's Africa Cup of Nations campaign into life as Kenneth Omeruo's goal sent Nigeria into the last 16. Nigeria became the first team to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations knockout phase as Kenneth Omeruo's goal earned a 1-0 win over Guinea in Group B. In a largely uneventful contest in Alexandria, Nigeria made the breakthrough when Omeruo headed in from Moses Simon's 73rd-minute corner. Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita returned to fitness to make his first start for either club or country since May 1, but could not inspire Guinea, who are in real danger of an early exit.
Penalty punishment rule temporarily changed for shootouts in Women’s World Cup
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Penalty punishment rule temporarily changed for shootouts in Women’s World Cup

Goalkeepers will not be booked for encroaching off their line during a penalty shoot-out during the knockout rounds of the tournament in France Women's World Cup goalkeepers will not be booked if they move off their line during a penalty shoot-out, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has confirmed. The new ruling, which sees a penalty retaken if a goalkeeper does not keep two feet on the goal line, has been tested during the tournament in France. It has caused controversy, with the use of VAR meaning goalkeepers have been penalised, and then booked, for moving a matter of inches only moments before spot-kicks have been taken.
Women’s World Cup: Indomitable Lionesses advance into Round of 16 after narrow win
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Women’s World Cup: Indomitable Lionesses advance into Round of 16 after narrow win

The Indomitable Lionesses pipped New Zealand to move into the knockout stage of the competition Cameroon defeated New Zealand 2-1 in their final Group E encounter at the Women's World Cup in Montpelier on Thursday. The Africans lost their opening game 1-0 to Canada before bowing 3-1 to the Netherlands and needed to win to claim one of the four spots for best third-placed teams. Ajara Nchout's second-half brace was all Alain Djuemba's ladies required to overcome the Football Ferns at Stade de la Mosson. Nchout broke the deadlock in the 57th minute before Marie Awona's own goal helped the opponents level matters in the 80th minute.
All the 12 teams that have qualified for Round of 16 in 2019 Women’s World Cup
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All the 12 teams that have qualified for Round of 16 in 2019 Women’s World Cup

As at Tuesday morning, 12 out of the 16 spots in the knockout stage of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, have been taken. With the group games ending on Thursday, June 20, there are four more slots left. Here’s a rundown of Monday’s action: Germany 4 South Africa 0 Spain 0 China 0 Norway 2 South Korea 1 France 1 Nigeria 0 The teams that are now through to the round of 16 officially are: France Norway Germany Spain China Italy England Japan Netherlands Canada USA Sweden
African football legend Roger Milla sees no challenge for Cameroon from Ghana and company
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African football legend Roger Milla sees no challenge for Cameroon from Ghana and company

The ex-Indomitable Lions forward is confident of his team's chances at the upcoming continental fiesta Former Cameroon star Roger Milla believes the Indomitable Lions' 2019 Africa Cup of Nations group, which includes four-time champions Ghana, should pose no problems for their hopes of making the knockout stage. The defending champions are seeking to make it two successive titles and six continental titles in all at the June 21-July 19 tournament in Egypt. Minnows Benin and Guinea-Bissau are the other two nations in Group F.
Every Liverpool fan has Kloppomania!’ – Matip hails Reds boss’ impact
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Every Liverpool fan has Kloppomania!’ – Matip hails Reds boss’ impact

The defender believes his manager's passion and desire helped set the Anfield outfit apart from their European rivals in the 2018-19 season Liverpool’s Joel Matip has praised manager Jurgen Klopp’s impact on both the team and the city, suggesting that every Reds fan on Merseyside is experiencing ‘Kloppomania’ following their Champions League triumph. Matip played a vital role for Liverpool in their run to claiming a sixth European title, with the 27-year-old missing just one the club’s knockout matches in the competition. But rather than take any credit for the Reds’ glory in Madrid, Matip was indeed keen to highlight the difference Klopp has made on the side’s fortunes.
Anthony Joshua  Worst Mistake is to have Rematch with Andy Ruiz
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Anthony Joshua Worst Mistake is to have Rematch with Andy Ruiz

  British professional boxer, Amir Khan, has warned Anthony Joshua he is making the “worst mistake”, by taking an immediate rematch against Andy Ruiz Jnr. Ruiz dropped Joshua four times, before a dramatic seventh-round stoppage victory last weekend at Madison Square Garden. Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has this week confirmed that they will opt for a rematch against Mexico’s first ever heavyweight champion, with plans to stage the fight in November or December in the UK. However, Khan believes it is not a bright idea. “When I heard he was doing that I thought it was the worst mistake he could make. “Look, first of all, Ruiz will be full of confidence going into this fight and you’ve got Joshua who will be a little bit on the edge a...
Botswana brush aside Lesotho, Zambia beat Zimbabwe on penalties
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Botswana brush aside Lesotho, Zambia beat Zimbabwe on penalties

The Zebras beat Likoena to set up a Cosafa Cup final clash against the Chipolopolo, who needed penalties to knockout Zimbabwe The Moses Mabhida Stadium hosted the semifinals of the 2019 Cosafa Cup on Wednesday where four nations battled it out for two spots in the final. Botswana faced Lesotho in the first match which got underway at 17h00 as both teams looked to seal their passage to the final. The Zebras dictated the proceedings from the first whistle and managed to break the deadlock through the experienced forward Joel Mogorosi in the sixth minute.
Kanu, Aiyegbeni encourage Anthony Joshua after losing heavyweight titles
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Kanu, Aiyegbeni encourage Anthony Joshua after losing heavyweight titles

The Nigeria-born boxer lost four world heavyweight titles at Madison Square Garden on Saturday Former Nigeria internationals Nwankwo Kanu and Yakubu Aiyegbeni have shown solidarity with Anthony Joshua after his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday. Joshua was knocked down four times by the Mexican boxer, which prompted the referee to wave the fight off in the seventh round and announce Ruiz the winner by technical knockout. The loss was Joshua's first defeat in 23 professional fights as he lost his WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF belts in New York City.
South Africa U20 0-1 Korea Republic U20: Amajita on the brink of World Cup exit after another defeat
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South Africa U20 0-1 Korea Republic U20: Amajita on the brink of World Cup exit after another defeat

Amajita suffered their second successive defeat at the hands of the Korea Republic, meaning they are rooted at the bottom of the standings South Africa U20 national team suffered yet another defeat as they went down 1-0 to the Korea Republic in their second match of the Fifa World Cup on Tuesday night. Thabo Senong admitted prior to the match that this was a do-or-die encounter and he expected his charges to come to the party and beat the Korea Republic. However, it was the opposite as Hyun-Woo Kim of the Korean Republic scored the only goal of the game to dent Amajita's hopes of making it into the knockout stages.
Anthony Joshua’s Next Opponent Returns ‘Adverse Finding’ in Dope Sample
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Anthony Joshua’s Next Opponent Returns ‘Adverse Finding’ in Dope Sample

Anthony Joshua’s next opponent Jarrell Miller has returned an “adverse finding” in a drug-testing sample, says Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. American Miller, 30, is due to fight Briton Joshua, 29, at Madison Square Garden in New York on 1 June. Joshua is scheduled to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against the undefeated Miller, who has never fought for a world title. Hearn said Joshua’s “preparations continue” for his US debut. Hearn said he had been informed by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) about the finding from a sample collected on 20 March. VADA operates within boxing and mixed martial arts. “We are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon,” he said on Twitter. Miller’s promoter, Dmitriy Salita, sa...
Champions League: Manchester United Make History in 3-1 Win Over PSG
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Champions League: Manchester United Make History in 3-1 Win Over PSG

Manchester United have made Champions League history after their 3-3 aggregate win against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, who trailed PSG with 2-0 in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg at Old Trafford, defeated the Ligue 1 champions 3-1 on Wednesday night in France in the second-leg encounter . Two goals from Romelu Lukaku and a strike from Marcus Rashford ensured Manchester United dumped PSG out of the Champions League. However, Juan Bernat Velasco did score for PSG at the Parc des Princes Stadium. According to Manchester United, the result against PSG means, the Red Devils became the first team in the Champions League history to overturn a 2-0 home defeat from the first leg of a knockout round. “United became the first team i...
Dortmund optimistic as Tottenham take 3-0 advantage to Germany
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Dortmund optimistic as Tottenham take 3-0 advantage to Germany

Tottenham will take a 3-0 advantage into their Champions League last-16 second leg tie against Borussia Dortmund today, as they aim to reach the quarterfinals. Heung Min-Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente all scored in the opening game at Wembley three weeks ago, with Tottenham aiming for just their second Champions League quarterfinal. According to Skysports, Every team who has won 3-0 at home in the first leg of a knockout game in the competition has made it into the next round, and Mauricio Pochettino says his side are focused on victory. “We want to go to the next round in a very important competition like the Champions League,” he said. “We all agree that we need to perform in the best way, it will be a tough game, very difficult. “Always for me the most important is t...
Battle for Women’s League Title Begins
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Battle for Women’s League Title Begins

It will be outright fireworks Friday in Lagos among the four best teams in the land at the kick-off of the 2018 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 play offs at the Agege Stadium ‘Soccer Temple’ in Lagos. The biggest prize at stake as always will be who takes home the coveted trophy of the 2017/18 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL). The title has been resident in Lafia for the past one season courtesy of the City’s premier league side, Nasarawa Amazons’ triumph at the 2017 edition of the football showpiece in Benin City, Edo state. The Al-Makura Girls are very much in the race to defence their hard earned title against equally ambitious sides, Bayelsa Queens, Sunshine Queens and multiple champions, Rivers Angels. The quartet know e...
Man City Welcome Liverpool Chase, Says Bernardo Silva
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Man City Welcome Liverpool Chase, Says Bernardo Silva

Manchester City’s Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Swansea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on April 22, 2018. Paul ELLIS / AFP Bernardo Silva says Manchester City will welcome the pressure of chasing down Liverpool after beating their rivals to revive the Premier League title race. Champions City moved within four points of the Premier League leaders with a tense 2-1 win over the Reds in a frantic clash they could not afford to lose on Thursday. Liverpool had arrived at the Etihad Stadium unbeaten and on a run of nine successive league wins but City are now firmly back in the picture and Silva is relish...
Police Nab 6 Suspected Cultists, Armed Robbers In Anambra
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Police Nab 6 Suspected Cultists, Armed Robbers In Anambra

The police command in Anambra says it has arrested six suspected cultists and armed rubbers after a gun battle that left one of the suspects injured at Ogidi near Onitsha. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Haruna Mohammed, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Akwa on Sunday. Mohammed said one fabricated pistol, three live cartridges, an axe, tramadol drugs and some quantities of dry leaves suspected to be cannabis were recovered from them. He said “On Dec. 14, at about 4pm there was intelligence report at Ogidi Division that some suspected armed robbers/cultists were cited at Paradise Hotel, Ogidi brandishing dangerous weapons. “Following the report, police detectives attached to Ogidi division rushed to the scene and cordoned-off the area. “The gang on si...
Klopp praises Hat-Trick Hero Salah After Liverpool Win
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Klopp praises Hat-Trick Hero Salah After Liverpool Win

Jurgen Klopp hailed Mohamed Salah after his hat-trick against Bournemouth on Saturday propelled Liverpool to the top of the Premier League. The Egyptian opened his account midway through the first half, netting the rebound after Asmir Begovic parried Roberto Firmino’s fierce shot. He doubled Liverpool’s lead shortly after half-time with a neat finish and following a Steve Cook own goal, scored his 10th goal of the Premier League season after beating Begovic twice to complete a 4-0 win. The victory took Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table ahead of Manchester City’s match against Chelsea later on Saturday. Klopp described Salah’s performance as “brilliant”. “The whole game was brilliant from him today — not only the goals,” he told the BBC. “He wanted to help with runs in b...
GOtv Boxing Night 17: ‘Fijabi ’ll Taste First Defeat’
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GOtv Boxing Night 17: ‘Fijabi ’ll Taste First Defeat’

Fast rising light welterweight boxer, Yusuf Muftau, has declared that he will be the first opponent to defeat former West African Boxing Union title champion, Olaide Fijabi. Both boxers are scheduled to clash at GOtv Boxing Night 17, holding on December 28, at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. In an interview after a training session yesterday, Murphy said he is undaunted by his more celebrated opponent’s unbeaten record. He explained that the fact that Fijabi is yet to taste defeat as a professional boxer is a motivation for him. “I am very motivated to become the first boxer to defeat Fijabi. It will be a great thing to do. I have watched him fight many opponents, who clearly did not know what to do to defeat him. This time, there is no chance of him escaping defeat,” boasted...
Nigeria’s Young Emerges Kick-Boxing World Champion
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Nigeria’s Young Emerges Kick-Boxing World Champion

A Nigerian kick-boxer, Lovethpatra Young has emerged the new world champion after defeating Cynthia Arceo in a fight in California, USA. Young defeated Arceo by a technical submission knockout in the straw weight category to become the first female African to win a mixed martial arts World Championship title. Lovethpatra had in June fought Arceo for the title, with the fight ending in a draw Young, who is also a police DSP started kickboxing and boxing in 2005 in Rivers State Port Harcourt. In 2007, she won the Kick-boxing World Championship title in Kharsruhe Germany, by so becoming the first female in Africa to win the title. Speaking with Vanguard, an excited Young described her conquest as one of the greatest moments in her career. “I am very excited that I finally won this figh...
Roma Close In On Last 16 With Win Over 10-Man CSKA Moscow
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Roma Close In On Last 16 With Win Over 10-Man CSKA Moscow

Roma inched closer to a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over 10-man CSKA Moscow in the Luzhniki Stadium. An early Kostas Manolas header and Lorenzo Pellegrini’s neat finish just before the hour mark gave Roma a win that puts them three points clear of second-placed Real Madrid at the top of Group G ahead of the European champions’ clash with Viktoria Plzen later on Wednesday. Iceland midfielder Arnor Sigurdsson meanwhile was on target for CSKA. Manolas got Roma off to a flying start when he glanced Pellegrini’s fourth-minute corner past CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. CSKA poured forward trying to pull level but the visitors’ defence stifled the home team and left them trying fruitless long-range shots. The hosts ...
Neymar Wants To Return To Barca
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Neymar Wants To Return To Barca

Neymar regrets his decision to leave Barcelona for PSG and is desperate to return to the Nou Camp at the end of the season, according to a new report in Spain. Mundo Deportivo claims that the Brazilian has offered to rejoin the Spanish giants ‘several times’ already and that a big-money deal is ‘not impossible’. Neymar is said to have grown tired with life in Paris and wants to move back to Barcelona – and be reunited with Lionel Messi. Mundo Deportivo say that his relationship with the Argentine is a key factor, as are his friendships with the likes of Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic. Neymar is said to regard Barca as ‘his club’ and he has not been motivated by playing in Ligue 1, with PSG already eight points clear at the top of the table. The French champions were easily beaten by Re...