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Chelsea Announce Record Signing Madrid Striker

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Alvaro Morata

Chelsea have announced a transfer deal to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

The Blues have reached an agreement with Real to sign Morata for a fee in the region of €80 million (£71m) to become the most expensive Spanish player ever.

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The 24-year-old has been tipped to leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer after getting frustrated at his lack of chances under Zinedine Zidane. Manchester United were close to signing Morata earlier this summer but the Red Devils pulled out of a deal to sign the player due to Real Madrid’s valuation of the striker.

Chelsea have now moved ahead of their league rivals, to seal a deal for Alvaro Morata, announcing the deal, the club released an official statement which read:‘Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge,

‘The move is now subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical,’

The former Juventus forward who is currently on preseason tour with Real Madrid in Los Angeles, United States,  is expected to fly into London later this week to finalise the terms of contract and a medical before being presented as a Chelsea player.

Antonio Conte is understood to be a keen admirer of Morata’s abilities having coached him during their time at Juventus.

Alvaro Morata has also admired the qualities of Conte earlier this summer, he said:

‘Conte is the manager who most ‘bet’ on me, without even ever having had me in his team,

‘I’m very conscious of that: he bet on me for Juventus but left before I arrived; then he wanted me at Chelsea come what may. He knows me better than I could imagine, I’m sure, and that’s important: it motivates you to work hard, train well.

‘I feel indebted to him because he’s the coach that most trusted in me, most wanted me, who made me feel I could perform at the highest level.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Confirms Girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez Is Pregnant With His Fourth Child

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Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has finally confirmed his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is pregnant with his fourth child,  just weeks after the birth of twins.

The football star confirmed the good news to newspaper El Mundo after months of media speculations.

When asked by El Mundo: How are your two babies like?
Cristiano: They are precious, I am delighted.

El Mundo: Do you change their diapers?
Cristiano: I’m not very good at it, but I try.

El Mundo: You look delighted.
Cristiano: Very, I’m really happy.

El Mundo: And are you happy with the one on the way?
Cristiano: Yes, very much.

He was asked if he was “happy” to have another child on the way, he replied: “Yes, very much.”

Georgina Rodriguez is carrying her first child for the footballer who already has three children from a surrogate mother.

According to 101GreatGoals reports, Georgina and Ronaldo are also planning to tie the knot after she recently started following popular Spanish wedding dress accounts on social media.

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Alex Iwobi Wins Arsenal’s PFA Community Champion Award

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Super Eagles and Arsenal sensation Alex Iwobi was awarded the male winner of the Arsenal’s PFA Community Champion award for his sense of duty to the community amid the 2016-2017 season.

The most recent feat accomplished by Iwobi was reported on the Gunners official site of Arsenal, on Tuesday(yesterday)

As expressed on the official site, Iwobi showed an immediate understanding for the importance of our community our work in his first full season with the first team. The Nigerian international joined his colleagues in giving a day’s wages to The Arsenal Foundation last December and bolstered the Arsenal for Everyone matchday against Hull City – a game devoted to celebrating the differing qualities of the Arsenal family.

Iwobi also invested significant time to visit various community projects last term – making trips to the Arsenal Hub – home of Arsenal in the Community and our Estate football program at Elthorne Park, close to Emirates Stadium.

 

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Nigerian striker, Victor Anichebe joins Chinese club Beijing Enterprises

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Former Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion and Everton striker, Victor Anichebe, is the latest ex- Premier League star and Nigerian footballer to make a big-money move to China after completing his transfer to Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises Group FC.
The club manager Gao Hongbo made the announcement at a recent press conference.
“We are delighted with the signing of Victor, who played in the Premier League,”
“It’s a positive development for our whole club.
“Victor hasn’t trained on the pitch since the Premier League season ended, so it may take a while for him to integrate into our team. We have to be patient.”
The 29-year-old football star was released by Sunderland following their relegation from the Premier League.
Anichebe joined the Black Cats on a short-term contract as a free agent last September, but his brief spell at the Stadium of Light was frustrated with knee and hamstring injuries.
He scored just three goals in 19 appearances and was not offered a new contract at the end of the season.
Details of the mouth-watering deal are yet to be revealed. The striker has now joined Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo and Brown Ideye among the few Nigerians playing in China.
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5 Nigerians Get Drafted Into The NBA’s (Photos)

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For the first time in history, 5 Nigerians have been drafted to play in the new Basketball season by the National Basketball Association (NBA).

They are: Bam Adebajo picked by Miami Heat,

 

OG Anunoby picked by the Toronto Raptors.

 

Wesley Iwundu picked by Orlando Magic,

 

Semi Ojeleye picked by the Boston Celtics and Ike Anigbogu picked by the Indiana Pacers.

 

The 2017 annual NBA drafting list of 60 was released earlier today.

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“You name him, I beat him” Mayweather brags about his upcoming fight with McGregor

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Floyd Mayweather was seen in a gym in Los Angeles preparing for his fight with Conor McGregor which will hold on August 26. He spent over four hours training and kept repeating a mantra to himself during the workout

“You name him. I beat him.” Mayweather said to himself as he punched the boxing bag.

“I be trying to tell ya’ll … I can get a black eye, a bloody nose. I can have a bad day in the gym. At the end of the day, I don’t have a bad payday and I don’t have a bad night under the lights,” he continued while pacing.

He added, “I get bumps, bruises … but I don’t have a bad night.”

Mayweather retired from boxing in 2015 after beating Andre Berto but came out of retirement to fight McGregor. He made the announcement in early May that he was finally going to make the fight between him and Connor happen after weeks of hints and intimations

“For Conor McGregor … I’m coming out of retirement just to fight Conor McGregor. I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC. Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. Simple and plain, let’s fight in June,” he had told the crowd at a promotional event in May.

Source: TMZ

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Floyd Mayweather emerges from retirement to fight Connor McGregor on August 26

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The long awaited and much talked about boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC star Conor McGregor has now been made official and fixed for August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas. Mayweather confirmed the fight on his Instagram account as he shared a video poster of both fighters with the caption, “It’s official”.

Then a few minutes later, McGregor tweeted ‘the fight is on’ posting a picture of himself next to one of Mayweather’s father Floyd Mayweather Sr.

Mayweather, who retired in September 2015 after winning all 49 of his pro fights, will face a mixed martial arts fighter who has never been in a scheduled 12-round fight at the MGM Grand arena.

The fight that will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules. The fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena, but ticket prices have not been set yet.

Both Floyd and Conor will be tested by USADA for performance enhancing drugs.

Conor is expected to make around $100 million for the fight, he also sincerely believes he will knock Mayweather out.

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Saudi Arabia bans wearing of Barcelona shirts with possible 15-year prison Sentence & £120k fine

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The Saudi authorities have banned football fans from wearing Barcelona shirt which is being sponsored by Qatar Airways, with a possible 15-year prison sentence and £120,000 fine if anyone is caught. The ban comes after Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Libya, Yemen and the Maldives cut off all ties with its neighbor, after they accused Qatar of supporting extremist groups. Although, Qatar have rejected the claims.

According to Sky Italy, those caught wearing shirts with the Qatar Airways wording now face a £120,000k fine and up to 15 years in prison.
The Spanish football club that has been sponsored by Qatar Airways for the past four seasons, have already agreed on a new four-year deal with Japanese online retailer Rakuten from the start of the 2017-18 campaign.
Barcelona is not the only club affected by political tensions, Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain was also affected as the French club’s Qatari owners have a shirt sponsorship deal with Emirates.
Paris Saint-Germain, who have two more seasons with Emirates, told Le Parisien: “It will have no effect on the club, there is no worry.”
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Read the real reason Legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali converted to Islam revealed in new letter

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Muhammad Ali whose public conversion to Islam in 1964 shocked the whole World, a decision which cost him a lot and was highly criticized by several popular figures among others.
The Legendary American World Heavyweight boxer, who was known as Cassius Clay before embracing Islam initially offered different reasons for his conversion.
According to the 1967 book, Black Is Best: The Riddle of Cassius Clay, by former Sports Illustrated writer Jack Olsen, Ali said his first encounter came from a street-corner proselytizer in Harlem. He later told Olsen that it came at a Nation of Islam meeting in Miami in 1960 or early 1961, and he also said that his first meeting was in Chicago.
Now there is another version of Ali’s story which was first sighted by TIME.  In a never before published letter, Muhammad Ali tells his former wife why he converted to Islam which arguably has been described as most detailed reasons for his conversion.
In his forthcoming book ‘Ali: A Life’, which comes out in October from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, author Jonathan Eig excerpts a letter that Ali wrote to his second wife, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, who was married to the legendary fighter from 1967-1976.

 

In the letter, which Camacho-Ali says her ex-husband wrote some time in the late 1960s, Ali describes seeing a cartoon in the Nation of Islam newspaper, Muhammad Speaks, outside his hometown of Louisville.
The cartoon illustrated how white slave owners brutally beat their slaves while insisting that they pray to Jesus.
The transcribed letter reads:
‘One night at a skating rink in Louisville (I was on my way home), the skating rink was located at 9th and Broadway St., while I was standing outside the building in a crowd of about 400 people, all black people, like most boys [I was looking] for a pretty girl to say something to. A black brother dressed in a black Mohair suit, [with a] white shirt and a black bowtie, was [selling] some newspapers called Muhammad Speaks.
At that time it was the first time I had seen a Muhammad Speaks newspaper. The brother walked up to me and said, ‘my brother, do you want to buy a Muhammad Speaks newspaper, so that you can read about your own kind, read the real truth of your history, your true religion, your true name before you were [given] the White Man’s name in slavery?’ He said, ‘oh, by the way there is a meeting that we are having today on 27th and Chestnut St. at 8 o’clock this evening. And at the time it was about 6 o’clock in the evening. I told him OK, I will be there.
But I had no intention to go to any meeting. But I did buy the Muhammad Speaks paper. And [one] thing in the paper [made] me keep the paper, and that was a cartoon. And the cartoon was about the first slaves that arrived in America, and the cartoon was showing how the black slaves were slipping off at the plantation to pray in the Arabic language facing the east.
And the white slave master would run up behind the slave with a whip and hit the poor [slave] on the back with a whip and say, ‘what are you doing praying in that language, you know what I told you to speak,’ and the slave said, ‘yes sir, yes sir, Master. I will pray to Jesus, sir, Jesus.’ And I liked that cartoon. It did something to me. And it made sense.’
According to TIME, Camacho-Ali asked Muhammad to write the letter after she confronted him about his extramarital dalliances.
The author of the new book, Jonathan Eig who claims he paid Camacho-Ali $600 for the letter says: “The incident he describes in the letter—picking up the newspaper and reading the cartoon—may have been one in a series of influential events for his conversion.
Muhammad Ali died on June 3, 2016, at age 74. As today marks the first year anniversary of his passing, Camacho-Ali sees it as another chance to celebrate him, his flaws and all.
“Allah has opened the door for him in paradise,” she tells TIME. “He’s not suffering anymore. I cherish the good moments. There was more good than bad. It was a blessing to be a part of that journey.”
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Nigerian-American basketball sisters Join Global Brand Adidas Roll Call

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Nigerian-American basketball sisters, Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike, have been snapped up by global sport brand, Adidas; thus, adding them to the brand’s impressive list of female basketballers.

The sisters were voted Most Valuable Players (MVP) and champions, respectively, of the American Women National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Nneka Ogwumike is a reigning league MVP and WNBA champion, while Chiney is the 2014 Rookie of the Year.

In a statement released by Adidas,

“Nneka will continue to grow the game alongside her sister and 2014 Rookie of the Year Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun, 2016 WNBA Finals Champion Chelsea Gray of the Los Angeles Sparks and Alexis Jones, the No. 12 overall pick of the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx,”

 

 

Both Ogwumike sisters shared the news on Twitter:

According to Adidas, all players will sport the brand’s latest Crazy Explosive basketball shoe to tip off the WNBA season, as well as being hands on in creating new footwear and apparel.

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Arsenal Agrees £6.8m For Nigerian Footballer, Henry Onyekuru

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According to Sky sources,Arsenal have agreed a £6.8m fee with KAS Eupen for Henry Onyekuru.

The Gunners have been in talks with the Belgian club since last week and are said to be close to landing the 19-year-old Nigerian striker.

Although personal terms have not been sorted out, Onyekuru is an avid Arsenal fan and is reportedly keen on moving to the Emirates.

Onyekuru finished this season as the top scorer in the Jupiler League scoring 22 goals. He also attracted interest from Everton, Southampton, West Ham and West Brom. But it is the Gunners who have activated his £6.8million release clause. He has already turned down moves to Belgian giants, Brugge and Anderlecht.

Henry is currently on international duty with Nigeria, who take on Togo in an international friendly game on Thursday.

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Arsenal boss signs new two-year contract extension

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This is clearly not the kind of news alot of fans want to hear but Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has agreed to a new two-year contract, extending his 21-year reign at the club.   Wenger and club owner Stan Kroenke met on Monday to determine the Frenchman’s future, with the decision relayed to directors at a board meeting today.

Arsenal are planning to make an official announcement today.

The Gunners were fifth in the Premier League this season, the first time they have finished outside the top four since the Frenchman joined in 1996.

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