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The UEFA Champions League resumes this week with matches in the group scattered all over the continent. While some team will be fighting for the top spots in the groups, others will be battling to qualify for the knock out stage and some others will be seeking places in the next round of the Europa League. Title holders, Real Madrid will be away to Apoel Nicosia...

Festus Abu The Nigeria Football Federation has halted talks with the European and South American football associations seeking to play warm-up matches with the Super Eagles to prepare their teams ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia. World Cup-bound England, Serbia and Peru are among the Russia 2018 teams reportedly interested in playing Nigeria. And our correspondent...

Three former football officials have been banned for life by the ethics watchdogs of FIFA. The officials are from Guam, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. FIFA said on Tuesday that they were banned as part of efforts to address widespread corruption in the sport. The officials are Richard Lai, the former Guam Football Association president and a former member of the FIFA...

Idris Adesina Lagos  State’s Anuoluwapo Opeyori and  Ogun State’s Dorcas Adesokan on Saturday won the 1st Mutual Benefits National Badminton Championships at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. Opeyori beat Godwin Olofua to win the men’s singles while Adesokan, who is a member of the national team, defeated Zainab Momoh of Oyo State to win the women’s singles...

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, will offload at least eight players in a massive clearout, after a disastrous start to the current La Liga season. Zidane has come under fire, as they trail rivals Barcelona by 10 points. The Frenchman has now reportedly informed club president, Florentino Perez, of the players which are not part of his plans at the Bernabeu,...

Festus Abu Dutch-born Ado Den Haag right-back Tyronne Ebuehi believes he  has already done enough to convince  Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr that he is worthy of a place  on the plane to Russia for next year’s   World Cup. The 21-year-old, who made his international debut  in a 3-0 friendly win over Togo on June 1 after switching his allegiance from Holland to...

Everton striker, Oumar Niasse, has become the first Premier League footballer, to be charged with simulation by the Football Association. Niasse won a controversial penalty in Saturday’s Premier League draw at Crystal Palace, after going down inside the box, with referee Anthony Taylor deeming the Senegalese had been fouled by Eagles defender, Scott Dann. Leighton...

A British businesswoman has made a formal offer of around £300 million ($ 397 million, 338 million euros) for Premier League club Newcastle United, according to British media reports on Monday. Several media outlets, including the BBC, said Amanda Staveley’s financial firm PCP Capital Partners had made a bid to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley. Newcastle are yet to...

FIFA’s ethics watchdogs have banned three former football officials from Guam, Nicaragua, and Venezuela for life as part of efforts to address widespread corruption in the sport, the world football governing body said on Tuesday. The latest officials to be hit by FIFA bans are Richard Lai, the former Guam Football Association president and a former member...

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Arsenal have appointed Borussia Dortmund’s chief scout Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment, the Premier League club announced on Monday. Mislintat has spent 10 years at Dortmund and is credited with helping to recruit players such as Shinji Kagawa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic. The 45-year-old German, nicknamed...

Manchester United striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has said his club can win both the English Premier League (EPL) and Uefa Champions League titles this season. Ibrahimovic, who returned to United’s squad for Saturday’s 4-1 league win over Newcastle, believes Jose Mourinho’s side can overtake league leaders, Man City. Manchester United are currently on second position...

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Edo State  Governor Godwin Obaseki has praised the Super Falconets for  their 5-1 victory over Morocco in the  second leg of their France 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifier  at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin on Saturday. The first leg in Morocco ended a 1-1.  Football fans in Benin and its environs   thronged  the  stadium to cheer  on...

Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah has created a new record at Liverpool after he scored twice in a 3-0 English Premier League win against Southampton at the weekend. The brace took Salah’s goals to nine after 12 matches of a league season, better than the eight of Robbie Fowler from the same number of games for the Reds. The Egyptian International is among 30 contenders...

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Jesusegun Alagbe Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel on  Friday won the Sports Governor of the Year award at the 2017 Nigerian Sports Award in Lagos. According to the organisers, the awards are aimed at honouring persons who have significantly contributed to the advancement of sports in the country. Other award categories were the Sports Personality of the Year,...

FC Barcelona scouts were at Stade Le Canonnier to observe Nigerian star, Henry Onyekuru, who scored his seventh league goal of the season in Anderlecht’s away win at Royal Excel Mouscron. Onyekuru scored Anderlecht’s winner after Govea had brought the home side back on level terms following Bruno’s opener for the guest. According to Het Laatste Nieuws, a Belgian...

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Festus Abu Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is currently in his home country Germany scouring the Bundesliga for  talent  as he aims to arrive  in Russia for  next year’s World Cup with a quality squad. The Super Eagles qualified for their sixth World Cup after winning four of their six games to sit atop Group B, which housed African champions Cameroon, Zambia and...

The UEFA Champions League resumes this week with matches in the group scattered all over the continent. While some team will be fighting for the top spots in the groups, others will be battling to qualify for the knock out stage and some others will be seeking places in the next round of the Europa League. Title holders, Real Madrid will be away to Apoel Nicosia...

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English Premier League table after Sunday’s match (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Manchester City    12 11 1 0 40 7  34 Manchester United  12  8 2 2 27 6  26 Chelsea            12  8 1 3 23 10 25 Tottenham          12  7 2 3 20 9  23 Liverpool          12  6 4 2 24 17 22 Arsenal            12...

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has vowed to kill his players if they fail to finish the English Premier League (EPL) season without the title. Guardiola said there was no chance of his team becoming complacent despite their superb form to the start of the season. Manchester City continued their EPL dominance with a 2-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday. City...

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Idris Adesina First Bank on Sunday finished third at the 2017 FIBA Africa Club Championship for Women in Angola after beating 2016 champions Inter Clube of Angola 70-61 in their  third-place match. The Nigerian champions are finishing third for the second consecutive time at the continental club competition after they won bronze in 2016. The Elephant Girls beat Kenyan...

Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion, on Monday sacked its head coach, Tony Pulis after the club was thrashed 4-0 over the weekend by Chelsea. Pulis took over at The Hawthorns in January 2015 and West Brom finished 13th, 14th and 10th under him. The 59-year-old gaffer won just twice in their last 21 league games for the Baggies, with the club just a point above...

Idris Adesina Kano Pillars coach, Sani Ahmed, has predicted a tough outing for the club at the 2017 FIBA Africa Club Championship in Tunisia from December 8 to 17. The Nigeria Premier Basketball League champions will  represent FIBA Africa Zone 3 along with fellow Nigerian side Gombe Bulls. The two clubs qualified for the competition after finishing first and second...

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane has spoken on Madrid chances of retaining the La Liga title. The Frenchman spoke after a frustrating 0-0 draw with city rivals, Atletico Madrid last night. Zidane, who said Real Madrid will fight till the end for the La Liga title, lamented that his team missed a lot of chances. The first Madrid derby of the season ended in a...

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Festus Abu Nigeria powerful defender Leon Balogun  has returned to the treatment room days after helping the Super Eagles beat South American giants Argentina 4-2  in Krasnodar in Russia on November 14. His German Bundesliga club Mainz 05 confirmed on their official Twitter account on Sunday that  the 29-year-old suffered a fracture to his left hand  on Friday...

Real Madrid have provided update on defender, Sergio Ramos’s injury after he suffered a broken nose during Saturday’s 0-0 draw in the La Liga derby at Atletico Madrid. The Real Madrid captain sustained the injury during a first-half clash with Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez. His nose was plugged by club medical staff while he played on until half-time and...