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Chelsea Legend John Terry set to leave the club at the end of this season, after 22 years

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John Terry and Chelsea Football Club Monday jointly announced that the captain will leave the club at the end of the season. Terry has played for Chelsea 713 times since his debut in 1998, scoring 66 goals. He is the club’s third highest all-time appearance-maker and has captained Chelsea a record 578 times.

In his statement announcing his exit at the end of the season, Terry said:

‘After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club. From coaches, team-mates and staff to the fans who have given me so much support down the years, I can’t thank you enough. There will be opportunities for me to speak further about this over the coming weeks’.

He continued to say:

‘I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season.  ‘The club and I have always had a fantastic relationship, which will continue beyond my playing days. We had some really positive talks but with everything taken into careful consideration I have decided it’s the right time for me to leave. I’ve always been conscious that I depart at the right time, in the right way, and I feel that the end of this season is the right time for the club and I. I feel I still have plenty to offer on the pitch but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited for me. I’m eager to carry on playing and so will be looking to continue with a new challenge. I will of course always be a Blue and am desperate to end my final season as a Chelsea player with more silverware.  Finally, words cannot describe the love I have for our football club and our amazing Chelsea fans. I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for the unbelievable support you’ve shown me over the years.

You mean the world to me and every trophy we’ve won during my time at the club we’ve won together. I will never forget the incredible journey we’ve been on. Thank you so much for everything.’

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said:

‘Everyone at Chelsea would like to place on record our thanks to John for all he has done for this football club. He has been an outstanding player, inspirational captain and has always demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the cause.  ‘In that time, Chelsea has grown into one of the world’s top clubs and it is only right that John’s contribution is recognised. He will always be held in the highest regard by everybody at Stamford Bridge and we look forward to welcoming him back in the future.’

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Mikel scores his first CSL goal as Tianjin win

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Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi was on target as Tianjin TEDA secured their first Chinese Super League win of the season on Sunday after three games.

Tianjin beat visiting Chongqing Lifan 2-0, with a goal from Mikel in the 48th minute.

Their other goal was an own goal from Chongqing Lifan’s Goran Milovic in the 82nd minute.

The goal was Mikel’s first after three games in the Chinese Super League, since joining Tianjin TEDA from Chelsea in the January transfer window.

Also in action for Tianjin TEDA was Mikel’s Nigeria teammate Brown Ideye who was replaced in the 65th minute by Dong Wang.

The game was Ideye’s second league appearance for Tianjin TEDA.

The win means  are now eighth in the league on four points, after drawing once and losing once in their first two games of the season.

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Brazil becomes first country to qualify for Russia 2018 World Cup

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Brazil has officially become the first country to qualify for next year’s World cup in Russia after the South American nation defeated Paraguay 3-0 on Wednesday morning, and then watched Peru’s inflict a 2-1 victory over Uruguay.

The win over Paraguay, inspired by country captain Neymar, was Brazil’s 13th match without a loss, booking their place in Russia.
In Brazil’s group, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile occupy the remaining three guaranteed World Cup spots..

Brazil even though they lost their first game during qualifying, to Chile, have not lost in the 13 subsequent matches. A run which means Brazil sits on 33 points after 14 matches, with 10 wins, one loss and three draws.

“When I look at my family — the players — and when we talk to the fans and see how happy they are, that’s when you think ‘I’m part of something very special,’” Head coach, Tite said after Brazil’s qualification was confirmed.
Congrats to them!
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Mikel Obi’s partner, Olga recollects how she met him at her father’s house

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Olga, the mother of Mikel’s twin daughters, took to her IG page minutes ago to celebrate their love. Recalling how she met him at her parents house 5 years ago and how they went on their first date a year after, she wrote:

“Five years ago today you walked into my parents house and into my life. A year later on that exact day we went on our first date, you are persistent @mikel_john_obi. I am so lucky to share my life with you and our precious little peanuts. Love you #March29 #pooh1 #pooh2 #pooh3 #pooh4”

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Nigerian Women in Sports :Nigeria’s Amusan posts 2017 world’s fastest 100m hurdles time

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Tobi Amusan set the world leading time in women 400m hurdles… at the weekend. She is now the second fastest Nigerian of all time

 

Tobi Amusan, who made the semifinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics, at the weekend clocked a 12.63 seconds lifetime and 2017 world leading 100 metres hurdles best on at the University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) Springtime meet held at the school ground, the Kidd Field.

The time, which broke a 34-year-old UTEP record, also shot the petite sprint hurdler up as the second fastest Nigerian of all-time in the event behind Africa and Nigeria’s record holder, Glory Alozie (12.44).

The Nigerian wasn’t surprised she ran that fast. “I didn’t have any idea,” Amusan was quoted as saying by the El Paso Times when asked if she knew how fast she had run. “It felt so good, so easy. I wasn’t surprised. I have been working hard ever since I got back from (indoor) nationals. I don’t go into competitions with the idea of running a time. I go into competition trying to execute my race. It showed.”

To put her time in perspective, it would have finished last season tied for the 10th best time in the world and the best in the NCAA. As she crossed the line, her coach, Lacena Golding-Clarke, thought she had messed it up on her hand time.“My stopwatch gave me an inclination of what it was, but I was waiting for the official time,” Golding-Clarke said. “I had 12.4-something (a hand time in the 100 hurdles should be .24 faster than the fully-automatic time) and I thought, ‘That’s not possible.’ I was not thinking she was ready to run that fast. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. She’s trained so hard.

“I’m so, so happy for her. I was thinking maybe a sub-13, maybe a 12.90 we can work with, but to run 12.63 as a sophomore – that’s better than my (personal record). I ran pro for 11 years and my best was 12.65. And she’s just a sophomore,” Golding-Clarke told the El Paso Times.

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Roger Federer wins his fifth Indian Wells title

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Two months after winning the Australian Open, 35-year-old Roger Federer beat compatriot Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 to become the oldest champion in the tournament’s history, overtaking Jimmy Connors who was 31 when he won in 1984.

The Indian Wells is considered by many professionals to be the biggest tournament outside the majors and Federer said he had defied even his own expectations.

In his words,

 ‘for me, the dream run continues. I’m not as surprised as I was in Australia, but still this comes as a big, big surprise to me, nevertheless, to win here again and beating the players that I did and the way I did. I couldn’t be more happy. It’s an absolutely huge start to the year for me. Last year I didn’t win any titles. I don’t think I was in any finals except Brisbane. The change is dramatic, and it feels great.’

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Commonwealth Games 2022: Durban, South Africa Rejected From Hosting 2022 Games

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The 2022 Commonwealth Games was to be the first time the event has been held in Africa. However,it
will no longer be held in Durban, South Africa.

David Grevemberg, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said the city did not meet the criteria set by his organisation, and the search for a new host city had already begun.

Durban was awarded the Games in September 2015 and was due to be the first African city to host the event, which was first held in 1930.

Liverpool and Birmingham have expressed interest in staging the 2022 edition.

The Commonwealth Games are held every four years and feature athletes from more than 50 countries, mostly former British colonies.

Last month, South Africa’s sports minister Fikile Mbalula indicated Durban may not be able to host the 2022 event because of financial constraints.

“We gave it our best shot but we can’t go beyond. If the country says we don’t have this money, we can’t,” he said.

Grevemberg said:

“We are disappointed but it does not diminish our commitment to the African continent.We have had to postpone these ambitions to a later time. We all share disappointment that this ambition needs to be postponed right now.We remain committed to the inspiring potential of a Games in the continent.”

Grevemberg said the South African government had never signed off on the decision for Durban to host the Games.

“We have a host city contract,” he said. “It was signed by all parties on the day except for the South African government.

“We have engaged with the government to really try to work with their current circumstances but also uphold the commitments that were outlined in their bid. They were unable to do that at this time and we have had to look after the citizens and communities that our events serve.”

Grevemberg said an announcement on a new host city would be made by the end of the year.

“Discussions with a number of interested parties are under way,” he said. “I am confident an alternative host city will be found and that we will have an inspirational Games for the athletes and fans across the Commonwealth.”

A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: “We had heard rumours that Durban might be unable to deliver the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and have already indicated to the government that we are very willing to host them instead.”

Birmingham had already expressed an interest in hosting the 2026 Games.

Councillor Ian Ward, deputy leader of the city council, said: “We are aware of the decision from the Commonwealth Games Federation to seek a new host for the 2022 Games.

“Here in Birmingham we are already in the advanced stages of producing a detailed feasibility study on what would be needed for a truly memorable Games in the city.

“That is due to be completed in the coming weeks and we are in close contact with the government about the developing situation.

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UFC boss offers Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor £20.5million each to fight each other

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UFC boss Dana White has offered retired boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC Mixed Martial Arts champion Conor McGregor £20.5 million each for both of them to fight each other.

The pair have been bickering on the fight for some months now, with Mayweather saying McGregor needs to settle his issues with UFC before he thinks of fighting him, a fight that has been tipped to rake in close to $1b.

But now it’s been revealed that the UFC boss, is ready to allow the fight happen and will offer huge sums- about £41million ($50million) of the UFC’s money to the pair to engage in the fight.
Lance Pugmire, LA Times boxing and UFC reporter told Radio 5 Live how White will pay the pair of fighters $25 million each (£20.5 million) to face each other this summer.
He said:

 “Mayweather clearly believes he is the A side and rightfully so, I believe he is 49 and 0 and has dominated so many great opponents that he has fought throughout his career, so he’s going to want more money than that. But the fact that Floyd has come out today and said I’m un-retiring to fight Conor McGregor is something that should move the needle.”

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African Female,Genzebe Dibaba Breaks Women’s World Record In Spain

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Ethiopian runner Genzebe Dibaba Keneni has broken the women’s 2,000m world record in  Spain at the indoor Miting International de Catalunya event.

Dibaba’s time of 5:23.75 beat the time set by Romanian Gabriela Szabo in 1998 by almost seven seconds.

The 25-year-old now holds the indoors records in the 1,500m, the mile, 2,000m, 3,000m, two miles and 5,000m.

Outdoors, she also has world record in the 1,500m.

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Cameroon Footballer,Christian Bassogog Named AFCON 2017 Most Valuable Player

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Eighteen months ago, Christian Bassogog was a teenager 6,000 miles from home playing third-division soccer on a last-place team before crowds of 2,500 on Cape Fear in North Carolina.

On Sunday, the Cameroonian winger was basking in the global glow of winning the African championship and being named the top player in the tournament.

The 21-year-old plays for AaB in Denmark. Bassogog was a mesmerizing presence on the right wing and, after a frustrating first half in the final, proved equally effective on the left. His 60-yard run won the corner that led to Cameroon’s equaliser and he also scored to confirm the semifinal victory over Ghana. Bassogog was this tournament’s breakout star and may well have secured himself a big move.

Now,he is being scouted by football agents. Bassogog’s journey began outside of Douala, Cameroon’s largest city, where he featured for Rainbow FC, a second-tier side. In November 2014, he was among about 40 players invited to a scouting combine arranged by the Rainbow organization for Wilmington Hammerheads General Manager Jason Arnold and U.S. agent Leo Cullen.

Bassogog is scheduled to rejoin Aalborg soon for the resumption of league play Feb. 19. He’ll return as a champion.

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Cristiano Ronaldo named 2016 world’s best paid athlete

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the world’s highest-earning athlete in 2016

Real Madrid and Portuguese striker, Cristiano Ronaldo has emerged the highest-earning athlete for 2016 after banking £70m. The former Manchester United star, who had a remarkable 2016, after winning the Champions League and Euro tournament, that saw him claim the Ballon d’Or and the Best FIFA Men’s Player. He was named ahead of his rival, Lionel Messi who sits second, having made £65M while NBA star, LeBron James completed the top three with £61.9M.

Tennis legend, Roger Federer made £54.4M and Golden State Warriors’s Kevin Durant scooped £45.1M to make the top five.

However, it’s the first time the football star is heading the list as a top earner.

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Andre Ayew blasts team-mates after their AFCON elimination

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West Ham and Ghana Striker, Andre Ayew told his team-mates to ‘shut up and go home’ after they were eliminated out of the Africa Cup of Nations by Cameroon on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The Black Stars were defeated 2 – 0 in the Semi- Final clash by the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon who are now in the Final competition game.

Speaking after their elimination from the tournament, the former Swansea star who is now Ghana’s joint top scorer in AFCON tournaments, said: ‘We have to be honest, Cameroon deserved the victory today, we didn’t do what we had to do. We are very disappointed, but there’s not much to say. We just need to shut up, go home, and prepare for the next two years.

However, it is now 35 years since Ghana won a title and will have to try again next two years to break the jinx.

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Frank Lampard retires from football with lengthy appreciaton

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English football legend, Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football at the ripe age of 38, after playing professional football for the last 21 years. Lampard first started his career at West Ham, before enjoying the best spell of his career at Chelsea, before joining New York City Football Club and Man City on loan.

 Lampard, who scored over 300 goals in his career, announced his retirement on Instagram saying:
‘After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer. Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life. I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing my country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300 career goals.’
‘I have many people to thank. I thank my parents for instilling in me the values of hard work, dedication and professionalism, values which I have carried with me in everything that I do. I am forever grateful for the support of my family, my wife Christine and my two daughters Luna and Isla. What you have given me off the pitch has always been my strength on it. I love you all very much. Also, my friends and my own team that have always been there for me. I would like to thank the amazing team-mates, coaches, managers and backroom staff that I was privileged to work with. I’d also like to pay tribute to the clubs that I have represented.
‘ Firstly, West Ham United who gave me my debut in 1996. Thanks to the people there that believed in me at that young age. More recently Manchester City and NYCFC. I greatly enjoyed my last playing years at these two clubs and really appreciate the support I received from City Football Group and both clubs’ fans.’
‘Of course, the largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories. I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together. It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there. All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m eternally grateful for everything and to everyone. Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammates such incredible support. Their passion and hunger drove me on personally to give my best year after year. I couldn’t have done it without them.
‘Looking forward, I’m grateful to the FA for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.’
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