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Inter 3-1 Bologna: Hakimi strikes twice to close the gap on Milan
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Inter 3-1 Bologna: Hakimi strikes twice to close the gap on Milan

Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku were on target as Inter made it three wins from three in Serie A to move within two points of leaders Milan. Inter closed the gap on Serie A leaders Milan as Achraf Hakimi scored twice to help Antonio Conte's team to a 3-1 victory over Bologna. With Milan not playing until Sunday, Inter took the chance to move to within two points of their city rivals as they claimed a third straight league win. Romelu Lukaku got the ball rolling with his 12th goal of the season in all competitions, before Marcelo Brozovic's sublime pass played in Hakimi for a second.
‘We’re still Liverpool!’ – Klopp says expectations remain high despite injury woes
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‘We’re still Liverpool!’ – Klopp says expectations remain high despite injury woes

The Reds boss says he will not use absences as an excuse as the team prepares for a busy December Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool would not use injuries as an excuse, saying the club's status meant they were still expected to win. Liverpool have endured an injury crisis to begin the season, but are second in the Premier League and have reached the last 16 in the Champions League. In a boost, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita returned to training on Friday, two days before the champions host Wolves.
‘Fred would never play for me again!’ – Solskjaer urged to axe ‘pathetic’ Man Utd midfielder after PSG defeat
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‘Fred would never play for me again!’ – Solskjaer urged to axe ‘pathetic’ Man Utd midfielder after PSG defeat

A former Red Devil has slammed the Brazilian for needlessly putting his team at risk, while also criticising his manager for failing to bring him off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged to axe "pathetic" Fred after Manchester United's defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, with Michael Owen claiming the midfielder "would never play for me again". United missed the chance to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages after suffering a 3-1 defeat to PSG at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Neymar volleyed the visitors into a sixth-minute lead in Manchester, and they almost added to their tally moments later when Alessandro Florenzi's fierce shot was parried away by David de Gea.
Ronaldo scores 750th career goal in Juventus’ Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev
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Ronaldo scores 750th career goal in Juventus’ Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev

The Portuguese star reached a personal milestone as he fired his team's second goal of the game on Wednesday Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 750th career goal on Wednesday, while netting his 75th Juventus strike in the process. The milestone goal came in Juve's Champions League group stage clash with Dynamo Kiev, with Ronaldo giving the Italian giants a 2-0 lead. Ronaldo's finish came in the 57th minute, with the Portuguese star tapping into a wide-open net after an Alvaro Morata shot was pushed out in his direction.
‘Cavani has nothing to prove’ – Tuchel well aware of threat ‘reliable’ Man Utd striker will pose PSG
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‘Cavani has nothing to prove’ – Tuchel well aware of threat ‘reliable’ Man Utd striker will pose PSG

The German head coach talked up the quality of his former player ahead of the French champions' trip to Old Trafford Thomas Tuchel insists Edinson Cavani has nothing to prove against Paris Saint-Germain, and that he's well aware of the threat the "reliable" Manchester United striker will pose his team. PSG travel to Old Trafford to face Group H leaders United in Manchester on Wednesday, with all eyes on star centre-forward Cavani. Cavani joined United on a free transfer on deadline day in October, having left PSG as the Ligue 1 champions' all-time leading scorer with 200 goals to his name in June.
Chile-Zambia friendly called off due to Covid-19 cases
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Chile-Zambia friendly called off due to Covid-19 cases

  The test game was cancelled just hours ahead of kick-off due to a number of positive coronavirus tests within the visitors' team Chile's second international friendly match against Zambia was called off on Tuesday after the visitors were put into quarantine by local health authorities due to a spate of Covid-19 cases. The South Americans suffered a 2-1 defeat against the Olympic Games-bound Copper Queens after strikes from Barbara Banda and Racheal Nachula helped the Africans to a comeback win last Thursday. The pre-Olympic preparation match in Santiago was in doubt from the moment Chilean health officials declared their decision regarding the Zambian travelling party.
Ludogorets 1-3 Tottenham: Kane scores 200th goal in routine win
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Ludogorets 1-3 Tottenham: Kane scores 200th goal in routine win

Harry Kane scored one and set up another in his 45 minutes on the pitch against Ludogorets, reaching 200 Tottenham goals in the process. Harry Kane scored his 200th Tottenham goal in a comfortable 3-1 Europa League victory over Ludogorets at the Huvepharma Arena on Thursday. Captaining the team on his 300th appearance in all competitions, Kane became the third Spurs player to score a double century of goals when he headed in Lucas Moura's corner in the 13th minute. The England international and Lucas then reversed roles for the latter to double the scoring after the half-hour mark, with Jose Mourinho's decision to make seven changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Royal Antwerp in their previous Group J outing paying dividends.
Jose Mourinho Furiously Rips Into Spurs Team After Royal Antwerp Defeat
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Jose Mourinho Furiously Rips Into Spurs Team After Royal Antwerp Defeat

    Jose Mourinho slammed his Tottenham team following their 1-0 defeat to Royal Antwerp, claiming he now has "easy choices" when naming his side. Spurs lost 1-0 to Antwerp in the Europa League as Mourinho made wholesale changes, drafting in the likes of Dele Alii and Gareth Bale. But Dele and Bale failed to complete 90 minutes as the Englishman was replaced at the break while the Welshman lasted just 58 minutes. That's the second time the midfielder has been substituted at half-time as he failed to take his chance to impress Mourinho. And speaking after the game, the Portuguese manager pulled no punches during a scathing rant. When asked about Dele's performance, he replied: "I don't want to analyse individually. "It's fair to say that players with bad pe...
He’s a good choice for Nigeria’ – Ordega breathes sigh of relief after Waldrum appointment
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He’s a good choice for Nigeria’ – Ordega breathes sigh of relief after Waldrum appointment

The Super Falcons have been without a coach since September last year and the striker was elated by the American's appointment Francisca Ordega has abacked Randy Wandrum to succeed as Nigeria's women team coach, conceding the wait for his engagement took longer than expected. The Super Falcons had gone without a substantive tactician for more a year since the resignation of Thomas Dennerby in September 2019. But early in October, Waldrum, who previously handled Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the US U23 national team, was named as Dennerby's replacement by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi announces coaching retirement
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Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi announces coaching retirement

Former Italy, Juventus, China and World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi has retired from coaching.   Lippi, 72, has been unemployed since resigning as China head coach in November last year following a 2022 World Cup qualifying defeat to Syria.   He lasted just six months in the job, his second time coaching China's team.   After spells with Atalanta and Napoli, Lippi took charge of Juventus in 1994 helping them to three Serie A titles and the club's last Champions League trophy in 1995-96.   Across two stints as Juve coach, and a one-year reign with rivals Inter, Lippi won five Serie A trophies, four Supercoppa Italiana crowns, the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Coppa Italia.   After leaving Juventus in 200...
‘Mourinho is misunderstood’ – Son says Tottenham manager’s ‘winning mentality’ can bring success
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‘Mourinho is misunderstood’ – Son says Tottenham manager’s ‘winning mentality’ can bring success

 The Portuguese is approaching a year in charge of Spurs and the South Korea international has been impressed by the impact he has made Son Heung-min believes Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has been misunderstood over the course of his career, and admitted he was 'amazed' when he got the chance to work with one of the game's ultimate winners for the first time last year. Speaking to Goal at an Amazon Prime event to promote the All Or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur documentary, South Korea international Son insisted Mourinho's reputation for falling out with players has not been in evidence in his first year as Spurs boss. The documentary showed the former Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager being brutally honest with his players at times, yet Son suggests...
Actor, Jeff Bridges reveals he’s been diagnosed with lymphoma
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Actor, Jeff Bridges reveals he’s been diagnosed with lymphoma

American actor, Jeff Bridges has been diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system, The Oscar-winning actor, best known for his roles in films like "The Big Lebowski" and "Hell or High Water," said he's starting treatment and the "prognosis is good."   The 70-year-old actor wrote on Twitter: "As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light. I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery."   "I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Becau...
Ex-West Ham defender Collins confirms retirement
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Ex-West Ham defender Collins confirms retirement

  Former West Ham United defender James Collins has announced his retirement.   The Wales international, at 37, has declared he's hung up the boots. Collins has been without a team for over a year and has preferred to step away from the game. In his career, he made almost 300 appearances in the Premier League and participated in the 2016 Euros.  
Rohr anticipates Nigeria selection headache ahead of Sierra Leone clash
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Rohr anticipates Nigeria selection headache ahead of Sierra Leone clash

The Super Eagles coach says it will find it tough to pick a team for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualification against the Leone Stars Nigeria’s international friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia will give Gernot Rohr selection headaches ahead of November’s Africa Cup of Nations qualification double-header against Sierra Leone. The Super Eagles bowed 1-0 to the reigning African champions in their first game before settling for a 1-1 draw with the Carthage Eagles on Tuesday. In the absence of the likes of Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi, Rangers’ Joe Aribo, Galatasaray's Peter Etebo and goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, the games played in Austria gave the German tactician a chance to try new legs.
Judge rules in favor of Nicki Minaj in Tracy Chapman copyright dispute
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Judge rules in favor of Nicki Minaj in Tracy Chapman copyright dispute

A Judge has ruled in favor of Nicki Minaj in the copyright dispute between the rapper and four-time Grammy winner, Tracy Chapman. Back in 2018, Tracy Chapman sued Nicki Minaj for 'stealing her song' 'Baby Can I Hold You.' She alleged that the rapper used 'half of the lyrics and vocal melody' of the 1988 hit to make her track “Sorry.” In her lawsuit, the American singer-songwriter sought damages and an order to prevent Nicki and her team from releasing “Sorry.” She also claimed that Nicki’s team made “multiple requests” to license “Baby Can I Hold You” and was denied.   As at that time, Minaj denied committing copyright infringement, stating that her interpolation was protected by the doctrine of fair use.   A judge has now handed Nicki victory in court on Wednes...
Dier says he signed new Tottenham contract because of Mourinho
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Dier says he signed new Tottenham contract because of Mourinho

The England international is looking forward to continuing to work with the Portuguese boss amid long-term plans to change his role in the team Tottenham star Eric Dier has revealed that his biggest motivation for signing a new contract with the club was manager Jose Mourinho. The England international, who arrived at Spurs in 2014 from Sporting CP, penned a new deal in July that will see him through with the Londoners until June 2024. The 26-year-old was “excited” to do so because of his relationship with the Portuguese boss, who is willing to allow him to develop his game in the manner he believes is best.
Abia: Gov. Ikpeazu reveals plans for Proposed University of Science and Technology
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Abia: Gov. Ikpeazu reveals plans for Proposed University of Science and Technology

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has received the report of the Exploratory Committee on the Establishment of Abia State International University of Science and Technology, Aba. The Governor while, speaking after he was officially presented the document by the chairman of the committee, Prof Anya.O.Anya, at a virtual session, said, “Time has come for the people of Abia to embrace science and technology in order to remain relevant in the ever-evolving world.” He also said that the project will fill a very important void of redefining the state and equally make a way for the present and future generation. The governor, who made it clear that, he is mindful of the huge financial burden that comes with such a gigantic project, noted that by the grace of God, the idea will ...
Former Super Eagles defender Babalade dies of cardiac arrest
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Former Super Eagles defender Babalade dies of cardiac arrest

The former Nigeria international shone in the domestic league with Stationery Stores, Heartland FC and Shooting Stars FC during his playing career Former Super Eagles and 3SC defender Ajibade Babalade is confirmed to have died of cardiac arrest in Ibadan on Friday. He died at the age of 48 and he was the team manager of Nigeria National League outfit Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) before his demise. Babalade played for the Nigeria national team in the 90s and he was part of the team that won bronze at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal.
Davido And His Team Pays Courtesy Visit To Ned Nwoko And Wife, Regina Daniels
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Davido And His Team Pays Courtesy Visit To Ned Nwoko And Wife, Regina Daniels

Nigerian singer and DMW boss, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido, and his crew DMW has paid a courtesy visit to Ned Nwoko and his wife Regina Daniels. The Fall crooner and his team visited the Nwoko family house in Abuja, just few months after they welcomed their newborn baby, Prince Munir Neji Nwoko. Watch the video below: https://youtu.be/0kpKmNrE7Ho
Horoya AC misplace players and coaches’ passports ahead of Caf Confederation Cup trip
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Horoya AC misplace players and coaches’ passports ahead of Caf Confederation Cup trip

The Guinean giants have announced the loss of a bag that contains the travelling documents of their players and staff Horoya AC are ready to offer a reward for the safe return of their players and coaches’ passports ahead of their Caf Confederation Cup trip to Morocco. The Ligue Pro 1 giants announced that the passports, packed in a bag, went missing on Sunday in Conakry - the nation's capital. The bag was handled by the team manager as he finalises plans for Horoya’s trip to Morocco on August 24.
Tekashi 6ix9ine Quits Instagram For His Safety
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Tekashi 6ix9ine Quits Instagram For His Safety

American rapper and songwriter, Daniel Hernandez also known as Tekashi 6ix9ine announced that going dark on social media. According to TMZ, Tekashi was advised by Lance Lazzaro, his legal counsel, to quit using social media for the time being as he fears that he will give away vital pieces of information that would show people where he’s been hiding. Tekashi and his team are currently plotting where to go once his house arrest is lifted. Twenty-two former law enforcement officers will work shifts to protect the rapper at all times. He also has five bulletproof SUVs to roll around in, he told the publication.
Man Utd vs Southampton: We Didn’t Deserve to Win – Solskjaer
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Man Utd vs Southampton: We Didn’t Deserve to Win – Solskjaer

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said they did not deserve the three points, after a late equaliser from Michael Obafemi gave Southampton a 2-2 draw on Monday. Marcus Rashford had cancelled out Stuart Armstrong’s early opener, before Anthony Martial put United 2-1 up. However, Obafemi struck late to ensure the points were shared at Old Trafford. The result means Solskjaer’s men stayed in fifth instead of going third on the Premier League table. “You think you have three points in the bag but we probably didn’t deserve three points today. “Southampton are a good team, they run, and run and chase. We never got into our rhythm today. We played some fantastic football at times. The two goals we scored were very, very good. “It was the worst time to con...
Nigerian Goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye Joins Sparta Rotterdam
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Nigerian Goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye Joins Sparta Rotterdam

Nigerian goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, has joined Dutch Club, Sparta Rotterdam on a two-year deal from German side, Fortuna Düsseldorf. Rotterdam made the announcement in a statement via the Club’s official website on Monday. “Sparta Rotterdam has strengthened itself, with the exception of the medical examination, with Maduka Okoye,” a club statement read. “The twenty-year-old goalkeeper comes over from Fortuna Düsseldorf transfer-free and signs for two seasons, with an option for another two years.” Reacting, Okoye, in a post on his Instagram page, said: “Happy to sign for this great and traditional Club! Can’t wait to get started with the new chapter in my career. Proud to be a Spartan!”. Okoye was born to a Nigerian father and a German mother. The 20-year-old started h...
4.48 Million Nigerians Apply for N-Power Jobs
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4.48 Million Nigerians Apply for N-Power Jobs

Recruitment of the third batch of N-Power enrolees has so far received 4.48 million applications. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq made the announcement via her Twitter handle. Farouq wrote; “My team and I continue to interface with stakeholders to ensure a successful transition for the @npower_ng. It has been 16 days since the portal opened and we have received 4.48 million applications to date”. Recall that sixteen days after the portal was opened for application, the ministry said over 4million applications have been received. The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development had also disclosed that only 400,000 applicants will be absorbed into the third batch of its N-Power ...
Mourinho Gives Reason Next Season will be Different For Tottenham
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Mourinho Gives Reason Next Season will be Different For Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho has disclosed that next season would be different for his team because Spurs are going to make some changes in their squad. The Portuguese also explained that Tottenham’s next season would not be so full of negative episodes like the current 2019/20 campaign because he would start working from day one. Mourinho said this following Tottenham’s Premier League 2-1 victory against Arsenal on Sunday. Mourinho’s men defeated the Gunners at home, thanks to two goals from Son Heung-min and Toby Alderweireld. Alexandre Lacazette did score for Mikel Arteta’s side. Speaking after the game, Mourinho told Football London: “Next season is going to be different from this one. “[I am optimistic] because I start working from day one, be...
‘Keita certainly has enough quality for the Premier League’ – Liverpool midfielder backed to find ‘rhythm’ by ex-Guinea boss
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‘Keita certainly has enough quality for the Premier League’ – Liverpool midfielder backed to find ‘rhythm’ by ex-Guinea boss

A man who has worked closely with the Reds ace at international level is certain he can turn his career on Merseyside around Naby Keita definitely has "enough quality" to succeed in the Premier League, according to former Guinea boss Michel Dussuyer, who has backed the Liverpool midfielder to find his "rhythm" at Anfield. Liverpool signed Keita from RB Leipzig for £53 million ($66m) in the summer of 2017 and he joined up with his new team-mates the following year after spending another season at Red Bull Arena. The 25-year-old was expected to slot straight into Jurgen Klopp's line-up, but has found himself in and out of the team amid persistent form and fitness issues.
Werner snubbed because Klopp doesn’t want a squad of superstars at Liverpool – Barnes
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Werner snubbed because Klopp doesn’t want a squad of superstars at Liverpool – Barnes

The Reds legend believes no move was made for the Germany international forward now heading to Chelsea as “harmony” is vital at Anfield Liverpool passed up the opportunity to move for Timo Werner because Jurgen Klopp does not like to have “lots of superstars in the team”, says Reds legend John Barnes. A move to Anfield appeared to be on the cards for the Germany international forward at one stage. With Werner having opened the door for fellow countryman Klopp to make a move, Merseyside looked like being his most logical landing spot in the Premier League. The 24-year-old is, however, set to trade life at RB Leipzig for Chelsea, with the Blues confirming that they have reached a deal for the prolific frontman.
We Will Set Up A Strong Team To Investigate Obaseki’s Certificates — Edo PDP Chairman, Anthony Aziegbem
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We Will Set Up A Strong Team To Investigate Obaseki’s Certificates — Edo PDP Chairman, Anthony Aziegbem

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State, Mr Anthony Aziegbemi, tells PETER DAVID about the unfolding political intrigues in the state, following Governor Godwin Obaseki’s decision to join the party, among other issues How confident are you that the PDP will win the September governorship election in Edo State? We are very confident. We have our checklist and we are on the ground and ready to win the election because we have done it before. Was your choice of indirect party primary informed by the COVID-19 pandemic? It is constitutional. The PDP must have a state congress to elect its governorship candidate. Of course, we can have a consensus, but we do not do direct primaries in the PDP. So, it was not informed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The PDP has screened three...
What Mourinho said about Bruno Fernandes ahead of Tottenham vs Man Utd clash
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What Mourinho said about Bruno Fernandes ahead of Tottenham vs Man Utd clash

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has hailed Bruno Fernandes’ impact at Manchester United since his arrival. The Red Devils sealed a deal for Fernandes in January transfer window. Since then, the midfielder has scored three times for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and laid on a number of assists. Mourinho welcomes United in a Premier League clash on Friday night. Addressing the media today ahead of the game, he said about his compatriot: “He’s a good player, he plays in a good team in a big club. And normally good players, sooner or later, they adapt and they perform. “In this case he arrived and he found the team also in a good period, a good period of results. I think he’s doing very well.”
FG Okays Clinical Trial of new COVID-19 Drug, Dexamethasone
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FG Okays Clinical Trial of new COVID-19 Drug, Dexamethasone

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has announced that it will allow clinicians to add dexamethasone, the life saving drug recently discovered by a team of researchers from the United Kingdom, to their treatment regimen for trial. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire who made the announcement during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday June 18, said dexamethasone is not a "drug you should be using but a medicine that the doctor is to use." Osagie said;   “I did mention that there is a medicine that we are going to ask our clinicians to try. It is not a medicine that you should be using but a medicine that the doctor is to use. “Luckily this medicine is not new and it is well-known to be used for other purposes as a ...
Dallas Cowboys Running back, Ezekiel Elliott and ‘Five Other NFL stars Test Positive for Coronavirus
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Dallas Cowboys Running back, Ezekiel Elliott and ‘Five Other NFL stars Test Positive for Coronavirus

Dallas Cowboys running back, Ezekiel Elliott and five other NFL stars have reportedly tested positive for Coronavirus. Elliott's agent, Rocky Arceneaux told Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, that the running back tested positive for Coronavirus. He also added that Elliott is feeling good at the moment. At least two Cowboys players including Ezekiel Elliott and four Houston Texans players have tested positive for coronavirus, a source with knowledge of the results told USA TODAY Sports' Mike Jones. According to the publication, the person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal the medical information. But none of the players are believed to have been in their team facilities, and the teams have been following the proper health protocols. The two ...
Awaziem’s error cost Leganes defeat against Salisu’s Real Valladolid
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Awaziem’s error cost Leganes defeat against Salisu’s Real Valladolid

The Ghanaian came out victorious with his team as the Nigeria duo suffered defeat in their first league game since March Mohamed Salisu played a vital role in helping Real Valladolid defeat Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem’s Leganes 2-1 in Saturday’s La Liga encounter. The African stars were on parade from start to finish at Estadio Municipal de Butarque as goals from Ruben Alcaraz and Enes Unal secured maximum points for the visitors. Omeruo and Awaziem partnered each other at the centre of Leganes’ defence but the latter's error contributed to the opening goal in the opening minutes.
Mainz hit back at fan who cancelled membership because of black players
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Mainz hit back at fan who cancelled membership because of black players

The Bundesliga team sent a strong response to a supporter who took issue with the latest starting XI Mainz have published an exchange with a fan who cancelled his membership because of the presence of black players in the team. While protests against racism and police brutality have swept the United States and various countries across the world in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, several Bundesliga players have expressed solidarity with demonstrators on the field. As tensions remain high, Mainz received a message from a supporter complaining about the multi-racial make-up of the squad and arguing German players are being denied a chance.
I planned to use Goretzka as a right-back, reveals Germany coach Low
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I planned to use Goretzka as a right-back, reveals Germany coach Low

In form in an attacking sense in recent weeks, the national team boss admits that he has had very different plans for the 25-year-old Germany boss Joachim Low has revealed that he planned to use Bayern Munich star Leon Goretzka as a right-back. The 25-year-old has been in eye-catching form with the Bundesliga leaders since the resumption of play following the coronavirus crisis by scoring two goals and laying on three more as FCB have extended their advantage over second-placed Borussia Dortmund to seven points. While the former Schalke man has been impressing with his acumen in the final third, Low admits that he has toyed with using the midfielder at the opposite end of the field.
Setien Reveals only way Barcelona can win Title Ahead of Real Madrid
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Setien Reveals only way Barcelona can win Title Ahead of Real Madrid

Barcelona manager, Quique Setien, has revealed that his team must win all their remaining eleven matches if they want to win the La Liga title ahead of rivals, Real Madrid. La Liga will resume on June 11 after almost three months of suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Barcelona is currently on top of the La Liga table with two points ahead of second place, Real Madrid with eleven games left to play. But Setien is now saying that the Blaugrana must not afford to slip up if they want to win the Spanish top-flight title again. “Normally you play games in preseason and measure the minutes played, and now that will be different,” Setien told Barcelona’s official website. “We have to win every game if we want to be champions. ...
FIFA Confirms Paying $700,000 Owed To Super Falcons For World Cup Participation In 2019
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FIFA Confirms Paying $700,000 Owed To Super Falcons For World Cup Participation In 2019

World football governing body, FIFA, has confirmed it has paid Nigerian Football Federation the outstanding $700,000 owed to the Super Falcons for participation in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Nigeria’s women’s team, the Super Falcons participated in the Women’s World cup in June 2019 and as at February 2020 had not received payment of $1m for participation. The NFF were due to receive $1m for reaching the Round of 16 in France, but $240,000 was deducted for the Super Falcon’s extended stay in France and rescheduled flight after their sit-in protest. In February, FIFA explained the payment delays. “Regarding your request, as part of our long-term vision to invest into the development of women’s football at all levels, prior to last year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in France, Fifa a...
Liverpool’s Salah picked me as role model – ex-Ghana forward Bekoe
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Liverpool’s Salah picked me as role model – ex-Ghana forward Bekoe

The former Black Stars forward claimed the Reds superstar looked up to him during his time at Egyptian side Petrojet Former Ghana striker Eric Bekoe revealed that Liverpool star Mohamed Salah looked up to him as a role model before heading for Europe. After helping Asante Kotoko win the Ghanaian top-flight title in the 2007-08 season, where won the top scorer’s prize with 17 goals in 23 matches, Petrojet beat Zamalek to Bekoe’s signature. There, he became an instant hit owing to his efficiency in front of goal. He also helped the team finish in the third position of the 2008–09 Egyptian Premier League season.
Afghan Reporter Killed As Govt Says It Is Ready For Taliban Dialogue
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Afghan Reporter Killed As Govt Says It Is Ready For Taliban Dialogue

A roadside bomb killed a television journalist in Kabul on Saturday, soon after a top Afghan official appointed to lead peace talks with the Taliban said his team was ready for the long-delayed dialogue. The insurgents denied responsibility for the blast, which targeted a minibus carrying 15 employees of private television channel Khurshid TV. The explosion, which claimed the lives of a reporter and a driver, punctuated an overall reduction in violence that has followed on from a three-day ceasefire the Taliban instigated May 24. Just hours before the blast, Afghanistan’s former chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, who has been appointed to head talks with the Taliban, said his team was positioned to start dialogue. Abdullah credited the general lull in violence for setting the t...
Carragher admits Milan were the better team in Istanbul final
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Carragher admits Milan were the better team in Istanbul final

A decade-and-a-half on from the most unlikely of triumphs, the Liverpool star says that the 2004-05 Champions League runner-ups were stronger Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher has admitted that his team were not the better side on the night of their remarkable Champions League success against Milan in Istanbul in 2005. The Reds famously scored three goals in the space of six minutes to erase their rivals' lead in Turkey and force a penalty shootout, which they went on to win. The match is widely considered one of the most remarkable sporting feats of the 21st century, with Rafa Benitez's achievement still held in high regard by supporters and rivals alike, but reflecting on the match a decade-and-a-half later as he prepares to rewatch the game, Carragher has acknowledged that the...
Gift Otuwe: Nigeria striker the heroine as Neman pip Dnepr Mogilev
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Gift Otuwe: Nigeria striker the heroine as Neman pip Dnepr Mogilev

The Super Falcons star continued with her fine scoring form as her effort ensured her side maintain their winning run in the Belarusian top-flight Gift Otuwe netted the all-important winner for Neman as they beat Dnepr Mogilev 1-0 in a Belarusian Women's Premier League fixture on Sunday. The former Nigeria international had joined Denis Levchenko's team after parting ways with champions Minsk in 2019, bringing an end to her five-year stay at the club. The 35-year-old, who managed just a goal in seven outings for Neman last season made, an impressive start for the Grodno based outfit as her strike sealed the triumph at Bobruichanka on May 2. The four-time Belarusian title winner scored the solitary goal of the match with a header on the brink of half-time to inspire Levchenko's si...
Brazilian Club Botafago Slam Yaya Toure After he Refused to Sign for Them
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Brazilian Club Botafago Slam Yaya Toure After he Refused to Sign for Them

Brazilian football club Botafogo have slammed African football star Yaya Toure for allegedly backtracking on their transfer agreement after he appeared in a video with rival club Vasco da Gama. Botafogo started negotiations with the Ivorian in February after Toure became a free agent after leaving Chinese side Qingdao Huanghai last November. Toure was supposed to be signed in March by Botafogo when football was suspended due to the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak. Surprisingly Toure appeared in an Instagram video of aspiring Vasco da Gama president Leven Siano saying, “I want to thank Leven for inviting me for this project. I cannot wait to see all the Vasco fans very soon. It's going to be Vasco." A video that infuriated Botafogo officials who were hopeful that Toure ha...
Man Exposed After Buying Gun To Rob People In Niger
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Man Exposed After Buying Gun To Rob People In Niger

The Police in Niger State have arrested a 30-year-old man from Gwagwa for unlawful possession of firearm, Punch Metro reports. The suspect, Nasiru Abdullahi, was said to have been apprehended for unlawful possession of a locally-made rifle wrapped in a sack. It was learnt that Abdullahi was trailed and apprehended by a team of policemen attached to the Tafa Division following a tip-off. PUNCH Metro learnt that Abdullahi bought the gun from one James Pada of the same area for N70,000. “I wanted to use the gun to rob people and get something that I will eat; the times are hard; I have been robbing for the past three years and breaking into people’s shops and houses,” the suspect told our correspondent. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, ...
Tau’s different class – former Bafana Bafana midfielder Modubi
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Tau’s different class – former Bafana Bafana midfielder Modubi

The former South Africa under-23 international has offered his advice to the 26-year-old attacker, who has impressed in Belgium Ex-Bafana Bafana international Masilo Modubi says Percy Tau should be fearless if he wants to play in the Premier League. Modubi was once on the books of English giants Chelsea as a youngster, but the retired defensive midfielder never got the chance to play for the Blues first team. He had not earned enough national team caps for a United Kingdom work permit so he had to spend time with Belgian club Westerlo on loan from Chelsea until he was released by the London giants.
Obasi, Uche, Taiwo didn’t deserve to be in Keshi’s Super Eagles— Sylvanus Okpala
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Obasi, Uche, Taiwo didn’t deserve to be in Keshi’s Super Eagles— Sylvanus Okpala

Sylvanus ‘Quick Silver’ Okpala, has said no coach will allow players like Chinedu Obasi, Ike Uche and Taiye Taiwo in a team given their unprofessional conduct at the time late Stephen Keshi was coach of the Super Eagles. Okpala, who was part of Keshi’s technical team, spoke in defence of Keshi, who some ex-national team players have accused of asking for bribe. According to him, Keshi, who won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013, had good reasons not to pick Chinedu Obasi, Ike Uche, Brown Ideye and Taiye Taiwo as part of the 2014 Brazil World Cup-bound team. Meanwhile, Chinedu Obasi had said Keshi and his coaching crew asked him for money before he can be part of the team, adding that it was why other players did not make it to Brazil. However, Sylvanus Okpala, who said the pla...
Former Zimbabwe manager Mpandare likens Billiat’s Kaizer Chiefs situation to Pogba at Manchester United
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Former Zimbabwe manager Mpandare likens Billiat’s Kaizer Chiefs situation to Pogba at Manchester United

The Zimbabwean has seen limited action for Amakhosi this season, largely owing to injuries Former Zimbabwe national team manager Wellington Mpandare says Kaizer Chiefs winger Khama Billiat is being a target of criticism from “some people” who were angered by his move from Mamelodi Sundowns to Kaizer Chiefs. The Zimbabwe international joined Chiefs in June 2018 but has since failed to reproduce the form that saw him being a cult hero at Downs especially this season in which he has made just 13 Premier Soccer League (PSL) appearances. This has attracted some criticism which Mpandare feels is unwarranted. “It’s very clear that Khama is being targeted and there is nothing, really, at the moment that he can do right because a negative angle has to be sought and highlighted all the time...
Facebook buys animated graphics startup GIPHY
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Facebook buys animated graphics startup GIPHY

Facebook said Friday it had acquired the animated graphics startup GIPHY and would integrate the company in its Instagram visual social network. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the news site Axios said the California-based tech giant was paying $400 million. GIPHY is a platform and search engine for “stickers” and other products using the graphics interchange format or GIFs. “GIPHY, a leader in visual expression and creation, is joining the Facebook company today as part of the Instagram team,” Facebook said in a statement. “GIPHY makes everyday conversations more entertaining, and so we plan to further integrate their GIF library into Instagram and our other apps so that people can find just the right way to express themselves.” GIPHY was created in 2013 “with a s...
‘Arteta must be shown patience’ – Spanish boss needs time to complete ‘long-term project’, says ex-Gunners forward Baptista
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‘Arteta must be shown patience’ – Spanish boss needs time to complete ‘long-term project’, says ex-Gunners forward Baptista

A former Emirates Stadium favourite believes the club's current manager is capable of turning the team's fortunes around in the coming years Mikel Arteta can be successful at Arsenal if he is shown patience, according to Julio Baptista, who thinks the Spaniard will need time to complete his long-term project in north London. Arteta inherited the managerial reins at the Emirates Stadium from interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg back in December, after spending the last three years as Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City. The Gunners endured a nightmare start to the 2019-20 campaign under Unai Emery, who was drafted in to succeed legendary boss Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018.
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‘People don’t understand how important Ozil is’ – Leno backs ‘unbelievable’ Arsenal playmaker despite lack of assists

The pair are team-mates for club and country and the goalkeeper doesn't believe simple assist numbers show the midfielder's worth to his team Mesut Ozil’s creative ability is underrated by many fans, according to Arsenal and Germany team-mate Bernd Leno. The 31-year-old midfielder has seen his influence at the Emirates Stadium wane in recent years, and he has just six Premier League goals and four assists to his name since the beginning of last season. Leno, though, believes Ozil’s value is evident beyond basic statistics, and his vision helps open up space for his team-mates.
Igiebor: Why Super Eagles coach Rohr has not selected midfielder
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Igiebor: Why Super Eagles coach Rohr has not selected midfielder

The 29-year-old has only featured twice for the three-time African champions since the arrival of the German tactician Nosa Igiebor has revealed why he has not been playing for the Nigeria national team, suggesting he was frozen out by coach Gernot Rohr. The 29-year-old was involved in the German tactician’s opening two games but was dropped to the bench against Zambia during the 2018 World Cup qualifying game. The former Maccabi Tel Aviv midfielder explained he met with Rohr to know why he was not involved in the match, and the 66-year-old responded that he should move to a better league as the Israeli Premier League was not competitive enough.
I Missed 2014 W/Cup Squad Because I Refused To Pay Bribe- Chinedu Obasi
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I Missed 2014 W/Cup Squad Because I Refused To Pay Bribe- Chinedu Obasi

Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi, a former Super Eagles player and ex-youth international has revealed the cankerworms he had to live with as a Super Eagles player. Obasi, speaking with Kelechi Bernard on an Instagram Live Chat said he was asked to pay a bribe to make the Brazil 2014 World Cup squad despite his quality and form at the time. The team, which had many newbies, perhaps players of far less quality than the former TSG Hoffenheim attacker, got to the Round of 16 stage where they lost to France. Obasi currently plies his trade with AIK in Sweden, but revealed he has been through a whole lot, part of which is his experience of the corruption that has eaten deep into the fabric of Nigerian football. “I was playing for Schalke, I was playing in the Champions League and I was doing we...