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Boxing legends, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr fight to draw in eight-round exhibition bout
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Boxing legends, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr fight to draw in eight-round exhibition bout

Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. fought to a draw in one of the most impressive performances from the two during their exhibition clash which took place at the Staples Center on Saturday night, November 28.   The American boxing legends met in an eight-round pay-per-view exhibition bout, billed as “Frontline Battle. The pair displayed their boxing skills, power, and athleticism despite Tyson being the aggressive fighter throughout the clash.     The fight was Tyson’s first since losing to Kevin McBride in 2005 in his last professional outing. While Jones returned to the ring, two years after he retired from the sport.   The unofficial judges for the clash were three boxing Hall of Famers; Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza, and Chad Dawson.   ...
Messi’s Performances “Can Still Be Better” – Koeman
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Messi’s Performances “Can Still Be Better” – Koeman

Lionel Messi's performances "could be better" but the Barcelona captain is "happy", says new manager Ronald Koeman. Argentina forward Messi, 33, tried to leave the club this summer and called the transfer saga "a brutal drama". He has scored once so far this season. "I don't have any complaints or doubts about his effort," said Koeman, whose side open their Champions League campaign against Ferencvaros on Tuesday (20:00 BST kick-off). "Right now his performances could be better. On a day-to-day basis, he's happy and wants to play and be the team's captain." Messi is in the final year of his contract and will come up against Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo in Group G of this season's Champions League, a competition they have not won since 2015. Italian champions Juve wi...
Arsenal yet to start contract talks with Lacazette – Arteta
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Arsenal yet to start contract talks with Lacazette – Arteta

The Gunners boss confirmed there were no contract talks underway with their French forward but stressed he has been happy with his performances Arsenal are yet to begin contract talks with Alexandre Lacazette, manager Mikel Arteta confirmed. Lacazette is contracted at the Premier League club until 2022 after joining from Lyon 2017, but there has been speculation over the forward's future. The Frenchman scored his 50th goal for Arsenal during Saturday's 2-1 win over West Ham at Emirates Stadium.
Balogun Glad After Winning Rangers Debut, Allays Injury Fears
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Balogun Glad After Winning Rangers Debut, Allays Injury Fears

The Nigeria international has reacted after playing his first game for Steven Gerrard’s men at Pittodrie Stadium Leon Balogun has expressed his delight after helping Rangers secure a 1-0 victory over Aberdeen on his debut appearance on Saturday. The 32-year-old defender teamed up with the Ibrox Stadium outfit from Championship side Wigan Athletic last month after his contract with the Latics ended. The centre-back was immediately handed a starting role in the Gers’ first game of the 2020-21 Scottish Premiership season and delivered solid defensive performances.
Tottenham vs Arsenal: Jose Mourinho Reacts to 2-1 Victory
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Tottenham vs Arsenal: Jose Mourinho Reacts to 2-1 Victory

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has reacted to his side’s 2-1 victory against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday evening. Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for Mikel Arteta’s men in the first half before Son Heung-min equalised for Spurs two minutes later. Toby Alderweireld then scored a late second-half goal to give Mourinho’s men all three points against the Gunners. Mourinho said his players did everything he asked them tactically and emotionally. He also said that he was proud of his player’s performances against the visitors, adding that they now need to fight for the Europa League spot. “The way the match was, everybody forgot that [about the less time to prepare],” Mourinho told a post-match press conference after the game. “They did...
Matic: Man Utd’s maturing starlets must improve for Premier League glory
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Matic: Man Utd’s maturing starlets must improve for Premier League glory

The Red Devils' form since the winter has led to whispers of a resurgence but the midfielder says that the club is not getting ahead of itself Nemanja Matic says that he believes Manchester United's young stars have matured over the past few years but that he believes more improvement must be made if the club is to challenge for Premier League glory once again. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are unbeaten across all competitions since late January, fired in no small part by the performances of their youthful talents, including academy breakout Mason Greenwood and former Sporting starlet Bruno Fernandes. United have not won the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson's final season at the helm in 2013 but whispers have started to grow that the Red Devils may be finally poised to return ...
Fantastic’ Fernandes can lead Man Utd back to the top – Costinha
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Fantastic’ Fernandes can lead Man Utd back to the top – Costinha

The ex-Porto star has enjoyed watching his compatriot make an instant impact on the Premier Leaguel having twice missed on a move to England himself Former Portugal captain Costinha has been impressed with Bruno Fernandes' fantastic performances for Manchester United and feels that the midfielder can bring the glory days back to Old Trafford. Fernandes joined the Red Devils from Sporting CP during the January transfer window in a deal worth an initial €55 million (£47m/$60m) and made an instant impact on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side. The 25-year-old has contributed three goals and four assists in his first nine appearances for the club as United push for a place in the Premier League's top four, as well as gunning for trophies in the FA Cup and Europa League.
‘Pogba must be more consistent to earn Real Madrid move’ – Man Utd talisman yet to fulfil potential, says Herrera
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‘Pogba must be more consistent to earn Real Madrid move’ – Man Utd talisman yet to fulfil potential, says Herrera

A man who witnessed the Frenchman's talents up close at Old Trafford says he must prove he can deliver the goods week in, week out Paul Pogba must be more "consistent" to earn a move to Real Madrid, according to Ander Herrera, who does not think the Manchester United midfielder has reached his full potential. Pogba has flattered to deceive at Old Trafford since making his way back to Manchester for a second spell at the club in 2016. United forked out £89 million ($113m) to bring the 27-year-old back from Juventus, but he has only shown flashes of the brilliance which saw him emerge as one of the top players in Europe at the Allianz Stadium. Critics have often singled Pogba out as a scapegoat for United's mediocre performances in recent years, leading to plenty of speculation over h...
George Floyd: WWE condemns Racial Injustices, stands with Blacks Over Death of American
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George Floyd: WWE condemns Racial Injustices, stands with Blacks Over Death of American

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has released a statement in regards to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old African American murdered by the US police. Recall that following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, there has been serious unrest and tension in most states in the United States. Some Americans have for days continued to protest the injustice and police brutality meted out to people of colour. Reacting, WWE, in a statement posted on its official Twitter account on Tuesday, offered condolences to the family of the late George Floyd and also condemned the unfortunate racial injustices happening across the USA. “WWE supports an inclusive society and condemns racial injustice,” the statement read. “We stand beside ou...
Agent expects Barcelona move for Liverpool target Gustavo Maia
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Agent expects Barcelona move for Liverpool target Gustavo Maia

Liverpool have been dealt a significant blow in their pursuit of Sao Paulo whizkid Gustavo Maia. Barcelona agreed to part with €1million for the option to sign him before the end of this month after Maia's performances at Copa Sao Paulo. The Catalan giants are now required to pay another €3.5m, and agent Danilo Silva is confident the deal will happen. "We are sure Barcelona will complete the purchase," agent Danilo Silva told Radio Transamerica. "There was already a signal from the club and [on Monday] Maia started private Spanish lessons to get more prepared. "Other clubs came to us in the last few months but he never had any doubt, he always wanted Barcelona.
Unai Emery Reveals Player he Wanted Arsenal to Sign Instead of Pepe
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Unai Emery Reveals Player he Wanted Arsenal to Sign Instead of Pepe

Former Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has revealed he wanted the club to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace instead of Nicolas Pepe. Pepe became the Gunners’ record signing, when he completed a £72million move from Lille last summer. However, the Ivorian winger struggled to live up to that price tag in the early stages of the season. Pepe netted just one goal from the penalty spot in his first 12 Premier League appearances, with the last of those coming in Emery’s final game against Southampton. His form has, however, improved under Mikel Arteta and he has scored three times in the league since the Spaniard took charge. Emery says he was always worried the 24-year-old would take time to adapt. “We signed Pepe. He’s a good player but we didn’t k...
Liverpool’s Interest in Milot Rashica Confirmed
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Liverpool’s Interest in Milot Rashica Confirmed

Agim Amedi, the president of the Kosovan Football Federation, has confirmed Liverpool’s interest in Werder Bremen midfielder, Milot Rashica. According to Amedi, the Premier League leaders want to sign the player and have sent scouts over to Germany to watch him in action, and it appears the Reds have been impressed by his performances. “There are many requests for him,” Amedi told Syri TV. “I know that Premier League giants, Liverpool wants him, but also Leipzig in the Bundesliga. “I’m sure that he will be advised in the best way to make his decision.” Rashica has been impressive for Bremen in the Bundesliga so far this season. He has scored 7 goals in 20 appearances for his German club this campaign. The 23-year-old can play as both a left-wing...
There is no reason to wait’ – Zidane should try to lure Pogba to Madrid this summer, says Dugarry
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There is no reason to wait’ – Zidane should try to lure Pogba to Madrid this summer, says Dugarry

The Blancos head coach has been advised to make a move for the Manchester United midfielder when the transfer market reopens Former France international Christophe Dugarry has expressed his belief that Zinedine Zidane should attempt to lure Paul Pogba to Real Madrid this summer, insisting there is "no reason to wait another year". Pogba has endured a hugely frustrating 2019-20 campaign at Manchester United, with a persistent ankle injury significantly limiting his contribution on the pitch. The 27-year-old has only featured in eight matches in all competitions, and it has been suggested that the Red Devils could cash in on a prized asset before he becomes a free agent next year. Since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016, Pogba has seen his commitment to United's cause...
Seaman backs Everton keeper Pickford to remain as England number one
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Seaman backs Everton keeper Pickford to remain as England number one

David Seaman admits Jordan Pickford is still England's number one goalkeeper. The Everton star has produced a number of poor performances this season, leading to calls for him to replace as the Three Lions number one. But Arsenal and England legend Seaman still thinks Pickford is Gareth Southgate's best choice heading into next year's Euros. England legend Seaman said: "Jordan is No1, no doubt. He's made a couple of mistakes but, as a goalkeeper, you do that and it's how you react afterwards is what's important. That's what tells you how good they are going to be. "Jordan always rebounds in a positive manner and he's a confident lad anyway but you don't dismiss World Cup experience, the Nations League and the qualifiers. "You can't throw that away at the first sign of troubl...
Juventus willing to use De Ligt to trump Liverpool for Torres
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Juventus willing to use De Ligt to trump Liverpool for Torres

Liverpool are battling Juventus for exciting Valencia talent Ferran Torres. Tuttosport says Juventus have upped the ante in their pursuit of Torres as the Old Lady look to get a jump on Liverpool in their bid to land the 20-year-old this summer. Torres has emerged as a target for a number of clubs with his dazzling performances at the Mestalla this season. The Spaniard has netted six goals and provided seven assists in his 35 outings for the club this campaign. Liverpool have been heavily linked with the £53million-rated star, but Juventus are looking to steal a march on their European rivals. Juve are looking to throw Mattia De Sciglio or Daniele Rugani into a deal for the 20-year-old.
Manchester United to Sign Odion Ighalo for £15m in the Summer
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Manchester United to Sign Odion Ighalo for £15m in the Summer

Manchester United are reportedly ready to sign Odion Ighalo following his impressive performances at the Premier League club. According to Daily Mail, Manchester United will pay up to £15million this summer to sign Ighalo as his temporary move from Shanghai Shenhua is set to end on May 31, earlier than most loan deals. The good news comes days after it was revealed that Shanghai are prepared to sell Odion Ighalo and have put a £15m valuation on the player. The publication also disclosed that while the club are ready to sign Ighalo permanently they are also looking at negotiating an extension of the loan with Shenhua if the Premier League season which is on hold until the end of April continues into June because of the coronavirus pandemic. Since signing for the club in the ...
Champions League: Mourinho Blasted after RB Leipzig Eliminate Tottenham
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Champions League: Mourinho Blasted after RB Leipzig Eliminate Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has been blasted by former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, after his side were eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday night. Spurs who lost the first leg of the last-16 clash 1-0, were hammered 3-0 in Germany. Mourinho has now overseen a six-game winless run in all competitions. Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand explained how the Portuguese coach has damaged the confidence of his players. “You’ve got to build them up and give them confidence. Talking about going to a gun fight without bullets – what does that do to the confidence of the likes of Dele, Lucas Moura? “That hasn’t been forthcoming from Jose. You see a hint of that in the performance tonight,” Ferdinand said.
Popular Singer, Ejiro Emokiniovo Dies in Dubai
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Popular Singer, Ejiro Emokiniovo Dies in Dubai

Female lead vocalist of popular singing group, Veentage band, Ejiro Emokinovo, has died. Ejiro passed away in Dubai after an unsuccessful surgery on Thursday March 5th. Ejiro who runs the band with her hubby, Desmond, was in Dubai to perform at the 90th birthday party of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamilia. After the party, she went in for a surgery where she sadly passed away.   Her devasted husband, Desmond, took to Instagram to mourn her death. Sharing photo of a burning candle and a video of one of her performances, he wrote Of a truth, there's no justice in this world.... The worst day of my entire existence... Dear Lord ... You always answer any time we call. Why you chose not to answer yesterday remains a mystery.. ...
Watford Coach Reveals Why Liverpool Lost 3-0
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Watford Coach Reveals Why Liverpool Lost 3-0

Watford coach, Nigel Pearson, has said that his side defeated Liverpool 3-0 in the Premier League on Saturday night because his players were at their best. He also singled out Senegalese winger, Ismaila Sarr, for praise following the 22-year-old’s impressive display against the Premier League leaders. Watford defeated Jurgen Klopp’s men at Vicarage Road to end the Reds’ 44-game unbeaten run, thanks to two goals from Ismaila Sarr and a strike from Troy Deeney. Speaking after the match, Pearson was quoted by Watford’s official website as saying: “To beat the best club side in the world at the moment is testament to how we played. “We were at our best today [against Liverpool], and I am proud of my players’ performances. “It is a vital three points, and we have got ten game...
Man United’s Fred Named in UEFA Europa League Team [Full list]
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Man United’s Fred Named in UEFA Europa League Team [Full list]

Manchester United midfielder, Fred, has been named in the UEFA Europa League team of this week. UEFA released the Europa League team in a post on its official website on Friday following the conclusion of the round of 32 second-leg fixtures. Fred was included in the team after his impressive performances for Man United against Club Brugge. The Brazilian scored two goals for the Red Devils against the Belgium giants at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men qualified for the last 16. Fred made the list, alongside Wolves’ Matt Doherty and İstanbul Başakşehir’s Edin Višća. Below is UEFA Europa League team after round of 32: Goalkeeper: Giedrius Arlauskis (CFR Cluj) Defenders: Matt Doherty (Wolves), Martin Škrtel (İstanbul Başakşehir), Pape Abou Cissé (Olympiacos),...
Pique Chooses Better Player Between Messi, Maradona
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Pique Chooses Better Player Between Messi, Maradona

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has said Lionel Messi is a better player than Diego Maradona, because of his consistency. The two footballers have often been compared to one another, having both played for Barcelona and Argentina. However, Pique feels Messi’s performances at the top level, sets him apart from Maradona. “Maradona was a unique player in the history of football, he went through Barca and Napoli, he will be remembered forever. “But if you ask me to choose between Leo or Diego, I would say Messi because of his consistency and the magic he produces on a daily basis,” Pique told a press conference on Monday. Barca travel to Napoli in the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday.
Simeone Reveals Why Atletico Madrid Defeated Liverpool
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Simeone Reveals Why Atletico Madrid Defeated Liverpool

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, has disclosed that his side defeated Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg encounter on Tuesday night because his players started very well and got an early goal. He also hailed his players for their impressive performances against Jurgen Klopp’s side. Simeone’s men defeated the Premier League leaders at the Wanda Metropolitano, thanks to an early goal from Saul Niguez. Speaking after the match, Simeone was quoted by Atletico Madrid’s official website as saying: “We started very well and found a goal against Liverpool, and then we understood that we could defend well against them regardless of where the match took us. “This is one of those nights that you never forget, beating the best team in the world. “My player...
ID Africa Announces new Format for 8th Edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference
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ID Africa Announces new Format for 8th Edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference

ID Africa, owners of theNETng and producers of Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NECLive) have announced a new format for the 8th edition of the long running conference to be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. NECLive which is the premier and largest gathering of entertainment industry professionals in Nigeria will be expanding its format to accommodate new activities, events and programmes in order to deepen its impact and shore up its contributions to Nigeria’s entertainment and creative industry. For the past seven years, NECLive has run as an intensive full day, nine-hour event featuring powerful panel sessions, insights from industry leaders and critically innovative conversations. Past editions of NECLive have seen over 12,000  attendees, reached over 60 million viewers onlin...
Manchester City Beat Barcelona to Sign new Dani Alves
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Manchester City Beat Barcelona to Sign new Dani Alves

Manchester City have beat off Barcelona’s offer for Coritiba full-back Yan Couto. The English side are now ahead of La Liga giants in the race for the 17-year-old, according to Yahoo Esportes. The Brazilian sports outlet reports that City have submitted an offer that could reach €15 million, a purchase offer of €9 million plus potential add-ons of €6 million. It further claimed that a deal is just awaiting a medical before the transfer can become official. The 17-year-old, however would not make the switch to England until June with the club having to wait until after his 18th birthday in early June. Barcelona had offered a figure in the region of €10 million – €5 million below that of Manchester City. Despite being just 17-years-old, Yan Couto has already been compar...
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Messi Finally Speaks as Barcelona sack Valverde, Appoint Setien

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has penned a farewell message to Ernesto Valverde, who was sacked as manager on Tuesday. Valverde was fired despite winning the La Liga title in each of the two seasons he spent with the Nou Camp side. But it is his poor performances in the Champions League and last week’s defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup semi-final that cost him his job. Messi has now taken to social media to share a parting message. “Thank you for everything,” Messi posted on Instagram . “I’m sure you’ll do great wherever you go because besides being a great professional you are a magnificent person. “Good luck and a big hug.” Quique Setien has since been appointed as Barca’s new manager.
Muyiwa Ademola, Woli Agba, Dele Omo Woli, Deliver Triple Treat At Laf Up Ibadan With Maltina
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Muyiwa Ademola, Woli Agba, Dele Omo Woli, Deliver Triple Treat At Laf Up Ibadan With Maltina

From the moment we saw the line-up of comedians for Laf Up Live, we knew that we would be grossly entertained with funny jokes and we were not wrong. On December 26, Jogor Center, Ibadan was filled to the brim with comedy lovers as they enjoyed the very best of comedy at Laf Up Live Ibadan. Joining the host of talented comedians at the comedy show were popular Instagram comedy sensations, Woli Agba and Dele Omo Woli and Nigerian Nollywood actor, Muyiwa Ademola. These three gave us a run for our money as they pulled a show stopper during their performances. Muyiwa Ademola is an award-winning Nigerian Nollywood actor, film-maker, film producer and director. You will often catch him starring in major Yoruba comedy shows making us laugh our hearts out. We were able to enjoy some of hi...
What Cristiano Ronaldo Said After Setting New Record In Juventus
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What Cristiano Ronaldo Said After Setting New Record In Juventus

Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, on Sunday, insisted that individual performances do not matter after setting new record in his side’s Serie A 3-1 win over Udinese. The Portugal captain scored a brace against Udinese to become the only player in Europe’s top five leagues to hit double figures in all competitions in each of the last 15 seasons. Ronaldo’s two goals on 9 and 37 minutes saw him move up to 11 goals in 19 appearances for Maurizio Sarri’s men so far this season.Speaking after the match, Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia: “The most important thing was to win. “This is how we should play, with confidence. Individual performances aren’t what matters, but the collective effort.” Ronaldo will now hope to lead Juventus to victory when they take on Sampdoria on Wednesday....
Nigeria’s Ucheibe and Ghana’s Abambila help Assi win Norrbotten Cup in Sweden
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Nigeria’s Ucheibe and Ghana’s Abambila help Assi win Norrbotten Cup in Sweden

The Nigerian and Ghanaian players were influential in their Swedish side's triumph over Infjarden in the final Christy Ucheibe and Ernestina Abambila delivered impressive performances to help Assi clinch the Norrbetten Cup title after a 2-0 victory over Infjarden in the final on Tuesday. Nigeria's Ucheibe and Ghana's Abambila joined Sweden's Elitettan outfit in April and May 2019 respectively and made an instant impact in their side's campaign in the second division. Before the final, the African duo starred as their Risogrund based side defeated Notvikens 4-0 in the semi-final before ending the tournament on a high with a title triumph.
Villarreal Awards: Samuel Chukwueze Wins Best Breakout Player Award
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Villarreal Awards: Samuel Chukwueze Wins Best Breakout Player Award

Super Eagles Player, Samuel Chukwueze presented awards by the club’s supporters for their performances in the 2018-19 campaign. The Villarreal fans club has named Samuel Chukwueze the club’s breakout star for the 2018-19 season. The supporters club, also known as Agrupació de Penyes del Villarreal CF(AVP) presented the awards to the African duo alongside Santi Cazorla, who was recognised as the best player. Chukwueze had a memorable 2018-19 season as he broke into the Yellow Submarines first team.
‘Rodri plays at Fernandinho’s level’ – Laporte hails Man City’s record signing
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‘Rodri plays at Fernandinho’s level’ – Laporte hails Man City’s record signing

The Spaniard is capable of matching the Brazilian's consistently high level of performances, according to his Etihad Stadium team-mates Aymeric Laporte and Ederson are already confident Rodri is the right man to provide competition to Fernandinho in the Manchester City midfield. City lacked a genuine alternative to key man Fernandinho in the holding role last season, who is approaching the twilight years of his career at 34. Guardiola identified the need for defensive-midfield cover during the summer transfer window and Rodri has since arrived from Atletico Madrid in a club-record £63 million ($76m) deal.
Mane to battle Messi and Ronaldo for best Champions League forward award
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Mane to battle Messi and Ronaldo for best Champions League forward award

The Senegal international could be rewarded for his sterling performances last season in the European competition Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been nominated for the 2018-19 Uefa Champions League best forward award. The 27-year-old delivered impressive performances in the competition last season to help the Reds win the tournament for the first time in 14 years. Mane scored four goals in the run to the title, including his brace against Bayern Munich which helped his side claim a 3-1 victory in the second leg of the Round of 16.
Evra: I played with chicken in my boot for four months
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Evra: I played with chicken in my boot for four months

The one-time Red Devils defender was shown alternative uses for poultry during his time in Ligue 1 Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has claimed that he played with chicken in his boot for four months while at Monaco. The French defender had sustained an injury in an international fixture, but then-manager Didier Deschamps needed him to play through the pain and club doctors suggested that putting chicken into his boot would help. Evra’s chicken-assisted performances were so impressive that Manchester United eventually came calling and brought him from the Ligue 1 side to the Premier League, where he won five league titles, three League Cups and a Champions League.
Afcon 2019: The Big Interview with Joseph Yobo on the Super Eagles progress
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Afcon 2019: The Big Interview with Joseph Yobo on the Super Eagles progress

Goal caught up with the former Everton star, to talk about a wide variety of factors regarding the Super Eagles performances in Egypt Former Nigeria international Joseph Yobo has picked Ahmed Musa as the Super Eagles’ biggest threat at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). Musa has played in all of Nigeria's games in the continental showpiece with just an assist to his credit so far. He came on as a substitute in the opening match against Burundi and then started four games, but the concern is that he is yet to open his goal account in Egypt.
Copa America : Messi Blames Poor state of Pitches On His Woeful Performances
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Copa America : Messi Blames Poor state of Pitches On His Woeful Performances

While recognising that he has been far from his best in Brazil, the Barcelona star believes the grounds-keeping has also been sub-par Argentina captain Lionel Messi took aim at the state of the pitches at the 2019 Copa America after helping his team through to a semi-final clash with Brazil. Messi, however, once more failed to reproduce his best form, with a penalty against Paraguay his only goal in four matches so far in the tournament. Leo recognises that he has been far from his strongest; although according to the Barcelona star the Copa's groundsmen are also at fault. "I am not having my best Copa America," he told reporters at the final whistle in Rio. "In truth, the pitches are shameful. It is hard to control the ball and carry it. "The ball looked like a rabbi...
Why Artistes’ Preference For Singles Over Albums Is Increasing
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Why Artistes’ Preference For Singles Over Albums Is Increasing

Beyond the numerous hit singles, the exciting videos, the magical performances that characterize the careers of successful artists, the great albums that these artists create form part of their career highlights. For instance, it is almost impossible to detail Wande Coal’s career without a mention of the success of the Mushin 2 Mo’Hits album. Likewise, Tuface’s illustrious career would be made light without a testament to the impact of the Grass to Grace album. It is a lore: great artists have great albums to show in their catalogue. This long-existing belief is increasingly being reassessed in the scheme of things today, as the music industry continues to experience a technology-driven evolution which has changed the pattern of music consumption on a global scale. The heightened sp...
Brazil boss Tite: Peru rout ‘one of our best games’
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Brazil boss Tite: Peru rout ‘one of our best games’

The home nation's boss was happy to see his side finally playing at top form as they pushed five goals past their rivals on Saturday Tite labelled Brazil's 5-0 Copa America demolition of Peru as one of the Selecao's best performances. Copa America hosts Brazil reached the quarter-final by topping Group A thanks to Saturday's rout in Sao Paulo, where Casemiro, Roberto Firmino, Everton, Dani Alves and Willian were on target. Brazil had been booed by their own fans after a sluggish 3-0 win over Bolivia and an underwhelming 0-0 draw with Venezuela, but the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals hit their stride against Peru.
Kepa had an incredible end of the season’ – Moreno reveals why De Gea was dropped by Spain
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Kepa had an incredible end of the season’ – Moreno reveals why De Gea was dropped by Spain

The Chelsea goalkeeper has started La Roja's last three contests and appears to have claimed the No.1 shirt from his United counterpart for now David de Gea’s time as Spain No.1 is not over, according to Robert Moreno, but the assistant coach conceded Kepa Arrizabalaga’s end-of-season form has influenced the decision to start the Chelsea man in the short term. Kepa has now started Spain’s last three international clashes, and while Euro qualification matches against minnows Malta and the Faroe Islands did not raise eyebrows, his continuation in the lineup against Sweden did. De Gea came under fire with Spain for his performances during the World Cup, as well as the Nations League, leading to question over his place in the squad.
Adrien Silva: Leicester City striker Islam Slimani wants to rejoin Sporting Lisbon
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Adrien Silva: Leicester City striker Islam Slimani wants to rejoin Sporting Lisbon

The Algeria international has failed to reach the height of his career since leaving the Portuguese club Adrien Silva claims Leicester City striker Islam Slimani desires to return to Sporting Lisbon this summer. The forward enjoyed an impressive time with Sporting, scoring 48 goals in 82 league games, performances which saw the Foxes pay a club-record fee of £30million to secure his signature in 2016. At the King Power Stadium, he failed to make much impact and was sent on loan to Newcastle United, before he moved to Fernabache temporarily at the start of last season for a chance to rediscover his form.
I Failed at Man United Because I Didn’t Believe in God – Memphis Depay
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I Failed at Man United Because I Didn’t Believe in God – Memphis Depay

Former Manchester United winger, Memphis Depay has blamed himself for his failure at the club. The player also shared the blame with former managers of the club, Luis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. Depay said he did not fulfil his expectations in England because he did not believe in God. Depay arrived at Old Trafford on the back of a sensational season with PSV and hopes were high of him to restore pride to a stagnant United side. The 25-year-old said both Van Gaal and Mourinho did not give him the chance to revive his career at the club. Depay, who left United for Lyon, thinks his rejuvenation in France has been helped by a new found outlook in life, and by actively interacting with religion. According to him, “I lost m...
Unlikely Liverpool hero Origi delighted at ‘unbelievable’ Champions League triumph
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Unlikely Liverpool hero Origi delighted at ‘unbelievable’ Champions League triumph

Usually a fringe player, the striker scored three crucial goals for his club on their way to becoming European champions for a sixth time Liverpool's surprise Champions League hero Divock Origi conceded he can barely believe the events of the last few months after getting his hands on the trophy after Saturday's 2-0 victory over Tottenham. Origi has been at Liverpool since moving from Lille in 2015, but the striker has rarely featured as more than a bit-part player at Anfield. This season, however, he wrote himself into club history with two memorable performances.
Divine Oduduru Qualifies for NCAA Championships in US
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Divine Oduduru Qualifies for NCAA Championships in US

Nigeria’s fastest runner in 2019, Divine Oduduru has qualified for the finals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA outdoor championships. The event is slate to hold between June 5-8 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. Oduduru, the fastest collegian this year in the men’s 100m and 200m, had an easy progress in both events. For clocking 10.06 in the 100m to finish second overall behind Cravon Gillespie, who recorded 10.01 and 10.03, Oduduru secured his spot in the final come June. Oduduru then placed second overall in the 200m with 20.08 behind Texas Tech teammate Andrew Hudson (20.04). The duo later teamed up to win the 4x100m in 39.00, just 0.03 ahead of an Oregon squad that featured Gillespie on the second leg. A flurry of speedy sprint performances hea...
Nigeria’s Para-Athletes Target Qualification for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
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Nigeria’s Para-Athletes Target Qualification for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

With the 2019 National Trials concluded successfully in Lagos, the leadership of the Nigeria Para-Athletics Federation said their focus now is to ensure that a good number of Nigerian athletes qualify for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan with the aim of winning laurels for the country. President of the federation, Hon. Amobi Chikwendu, stated this while addressing his athletes at the end of the two-day selection trials held at the main bowl of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos where Team Nigeria athletes to the World Para-Athletics Grand Prix holding from June 24 to July 1, 2019 in Tunis, Tunisia were selected. Hon. Chilkwendu commended the athletes for putting up brilliant performances which accounted for the improved standard recorded in this year’s championship Despi...
Solskjaer, Woodward Clash Over Pogba’s Move to Real Madrid
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Solskjaer, Woodward Clash Over Pogba’s Move to Real Madrid

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is prepared to let Paul Pogba join Real Madrid this summer in a £120million move, the UK Sun reports. Pogba was seen as key to Solskjaer’s rebuilding project at Old Trafford, when he took over last December. The France midfielder was keen on joining Barcelona last summer and, despite a mid-season upturn in performances, he remains keen on leaving the club and is said to have informed Solskjaer of his desire to join Real Madrid. United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, believes losing Pogba to the Spanish giants would be a major blow to United’s image and reputation across the world. However, Solskjaer feels he can’t afford to carry passengers, as he looks to rebuild the club and is willing to let Pogba leave. The Nor...
Gracia plans talks with Gomes to convince Watford keeper to continue playing
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Gracia plans talks with Gomes to convince Watford keeper to continue playing

The Hornets boss is keen for his Brazilian shot-stopper to be a part of his squad in the 2019-20 season Javi Gracia has revealed that he plans to sit down with Heurelho Gomes in the coming weeks to speak about the goalkeeper’s future in football. The Spanish manager has deployed Gomes exclusively in the domestic cup games, with his strong performances contributing to Watford’s run to the FA Cup final, which will take place this Saturday. Gomes had previously said that he is 99 per cent sure that he will hang up his boots at the end of this campaign, but Gracia believes that he can be convinced to stay on.
Lacazette speaks on leaving Arsenal for Barcelona
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Lacazette speaks on leaving Arsenal for Barcelona

Arsenal striker, Alexandre Lacazette, has finally responded to speculations that he could be on his way to Barcelona this summer. Lacazette has scored 19 goals in all competitions this term, five of which have come in the Europa League, to help his side book a final date with Chelsea. The Frenchman’s performances haven’t gone unnoticed and it is believed Barcelona are keeping tabs on his situation at the Emirates. With the LaLiga champions suffering yet another Champions League heartbreak this campaign, Barca chiefs are keen to bolster their attacking ranks this summer. When quizzed on the reported interest from Barca, Telefoot claim Lacazette said: “It is flattering.” The 27-year-old has two years left on his current deal.
Dimitar Berbatov Hands Man United Name of Player to Sign this Summer
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Dimitar Berbatov Hands Man United Name of Player to Sign this Summer

Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has advised the club’s manager to sign Ajax defender, Matthijs de Ligt, this summer transfer window. Berbatov, who scored 56 goals in 149 appearances for Man United during his time at Old Trafford, said this ahead of the club’s Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday. The ex-Bulgaria international believes De Ligt is the right player to solve Man United’s struggles at the defense. “Ole needs a centre-back who can control the ball, pass into midfield and not be intimidated — just like Virgil Van Dijk,” Berbatov told The Sun. “If I am a striker with Van Dijk in my team, I know it will be OK. They need someone like that. “For a player so young, De Ligt’s performances are incredible. Berbatov added: “He’s mature, com...
Liverpool Football Legend, Tommy Smith Dies at 74
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Liverpool Football Legend, Tommy Smith Dies at 74

Liverpool legend Tommy Smith, one of the key figures in the club’s first golden era, died on Friday at the age of 74. Smith’s no-nonsense performances at the heart of Liverpool’s defence saw him nicknamed the ‘Anfield Iron’ during his 18-year spell on Merseyside. Making 638 appearances for the Reds between 1960 and 1978, Smith won a host of medals as the club rose to prominence both domestically and in Europe. Under the management of the great Bill Shankly, Smith helped Liverpool dominate for two decades. Smith, who captained the club for three years, was one of the most influential members of the Liverpool team that won the FA Cup for the first time in 1965. Twelve years later, with Bob Paisley at the helm, he would head a crucial goal as Liv...
12,000 women develop VVF annually in Nigeria — Official
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12,000 women develop VVF annually in Nigeria — Official

Dr Aliyu Muhammad El-ladan, Medical Director of the centre, made the disclosure on Monday, when the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) capital projects verification team for 2016/2017, North West, visited the centre. According to him, the Federal Government intends to establish at least one VVF centre in each of the six geopolitical zones in the country for effective treatment of the disease. El-ladan said that the country needed more midwives, particularly at primary health care facilities at local government areas in Nigeria, to effectively check the condition. “Having enough qualified midwives at rural facilities will assist to stop obstructive labour which is the major cause of the disease. “Government should also do more on the training of personnel as well as sensitis...
Musa Wants to Win NPFL 2019 Season with Kano Pillars
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Musa Wants to Win NPFL 2019 Season with Kano Pillars

Kano Pillars Head Coach, Ibrahim Musa has said that he accepted to rejoin the club to prove his critics wrong. Musa was sacked immediately after the 2018 Aiteo Cup defeat to Rangers International during which Pillars surrendered a three-goals lead to eventually lose in the penalty shootout. Musa who later rejoined the team on Match Day 4 of this season insisted that he decided to return to the club to win the league and prove his critics wrong. “I want to prove my critics wrong this season by winning the league with Kano Pillars. We are on the right track by God’s grace, we want to be part of the three teams to make it to the continent this season and as well the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) ‘Super Six’ in our group”, Musa declared “I am focusing on winning...
Title Race Drama at The Camp Nou to Highlight another Exciting Laliga Weekend
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Title Race Drama at The Camp Nou to Highlight another Exciting Laliga Weekend

All eyes will be on the Camp Nou on Saturday evening for a top of the table clash which could either strengthen Barcelona’s hold on top spot or throw the LaLiga Santander title race wide open. Leaders Barça go into the weekend eight points clear at the top of the table after blaugrana captain Lionel Messi scored a 90th-minute free kick in Tuesday’s dramatic 4-4 draw at Villarreal. Second-placed Atletico de Madrid have kept up the pressure with seven victories in their last eight La Liga games, with Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann on the scoresheet in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Girona at the Wanda Metropolitano. Ernesto Valverde and Diego Simeone’s teams drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture last November – with Diego Costa and Luis Suarez on the scoresheet – but Atletico really need...