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Man U win the UEFA Europa League, qualify for Champions League

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Manchester United on Wednesday night capped what will be termed a very successful season by defeating Ajax 2-0 to win the UEFA Europa League final, guaranteeing the Old Trafford club a place in next season’s UEFA Champions league tournament.

Two goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mhikitaryan was all Mourinho’s men needed to win their third trophy (League Cup, Community shield, Europa league) of the season- a tactical win that showed Man U’s experience over Ajax who had more of the possession and more passes.
Congrats to Man U.
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BATSHUAYI STRIKES AS CHELSEA CLINCH PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE

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Chelsea have won the Premier League title after defeating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the Hawthorns.

A late goal from substitute Michy Batshuayi   gave the Blues three points, which mean they hold an unassailable 10-point advantage over Tottenham.

It is the sixth time that the Stamford Bridge side have won England’s top flight and the fourth time since 2004-05 that they have claimed the Premier League title.

Their campaign has been one of virtual unabated excellence since a sticky period in September, when they lost successive matches against Liverpool and Arsenal saw them drop as far as eighth.

Manager Antonio Conte, who arrived in the summer to guide the team after a disappointing 2015-16 season, thereafter altered his side to play with three at the back, and that proved the catalyst for a 13-match winning streak that proved to be the decisive run as they claimed the crown.

Conte’s transformation of Chelsea from fallen champions to Premier League title winners inside 12 months was completed with victory at West Bromwich Albion – a remarkable success story in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

The 47-year-old inherited a squad that had declined from domestic superpower to mid-table mediocrity amid acrimony and the sacking of title-winning manager Jose Mourinho. But he has shown the personality, tactical brilliance and sure touch to put them back at the top of the English game.

The Blues lost London derbies against Spurs and Crystal Palace, while they also went down against a Manchester United side led by Jose Mourinho, sacked 18 months earlier as they made a woeful start to their title defence.

Ironically, though, Conte’s men seemed to be aided by their lack of European football, as it left their squad free to focus on domestic matters as their chief rivals faltered.

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SERENA WILLIAMS HOLDS BRIDAL SHOWER

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Serena Williams was showered with love by family and friends to celebrate her upcoming nuptials to Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian.

People magazine reported that Williams celebrated at South Beach’s 1 Hotel in Miami surrounded by 20 loved ones, including her three sisters and mom. They did yoga and meditated, got foot rubs and hung out by the luxury hotel’s pool.

“The shower really reflected Serena’s girlie and detail-oriented personality,” her friend and L.A. event planner Val Vogt of VLV Group told the publication. “There were lots of surprises for her throughout the weekend.”

People shared exclusive photos on Instagram on Thursday, including one of Serena with Venus.

The tennis superstar and Ohanian announced their engagement in December. In April, she announced she was pregnant with their first child with an accidental Snapchat post. She found out she was expecting two days before the Australian Open ― which she won.

“I was nervous. I wasn’t quite sure what to think, but I knew that at that moment, it was really important for me to just focus,” she said during a TED conference.

Williams also took some time to visit Disney’s Pandora: World of Avatar in Orlando, Florida. She shared a photo of her dressed in Avatar garb, looking like she had a blast.

So much to celebrate!

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JUVENTUS QUALIFY FOR UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL AFTER DEFEATING MONACO 2-1

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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri couldn’t hide his joy as his well tutored side powered into the Champions League final on Tuesday night after strikes from Mario Mandzukic and former Barcelona player, Dani Alves despite a consolation effort from Monaco whizkid Kylian Mbappe. Juventus will now face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff, Wales…More photos after the cut…

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‘It’s about time for me to buy an NBA team’ – Floyd Mayweather

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Retired American boxer, Floyd Mayweather has indicated interest in buying a NBA team.
Today Mayeather had a meeting with Magic Johnson a retired professional basketball player and current president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers.
After the meeting, he shared a photo on Instagram with the caption, ‘It’s about time for me to buy an NBA team, if you’re ready to sell your NBA team, please get in touch with me’.
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Check out Anthony Joshua’s customized N75m Range Rover with diamonds stitched into seats

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World heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua took delivery of a bespoke Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic shortly before his Saturday night fight with Wladimir Klitschko, who he knocked out in the 11th round to retained his IBF title and claimed the WBA and IBO.
The new whip which was presented by Jaguar Land Rover includes a number of amazing features just for the boxer, including door handles with unique boxing glove pattern surrounds, name-inscribed treadplates, a chrome B-pillar badge with AJ’s signature, and a custom equipment storage unit for all Joshua’s gear among others. The amazing SUV is said to cost £150,000 (N75m)
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Ogun govt set to honour Anthony Joshua

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The Ogun State Government  has revealed that it has  plans to honour  new world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.

Joshua defeated veteran Wladimir Klitschko  at Wembley  in London on Saturday, knocking out the Ukrainian in  the 11th round. The bout was watched by 90,000 fans inside the stadium.

The London 2012 Olympic Games gold medallist was born in England  to a Nigerian mother and  father, who comes from Sagamu in  Ogun State.

Ogun State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Afolabi Afuape,  told our correspondent on the telephone on  Monday that the plans to honour Joshua, who spent some of his early years in Nigeria before returning to England, had not been finalised.

Afuape  said, “Anthony Joshua has made us proud as our son. A decision will be taken on  how the state will honour him.

“We are planning that, it is still at an infancy stage. As soon as we conclude the plans, you will be informed.”

Meanwhile, Majority Leader of the Ogun  State House of Assembly Yinka Mafe says he will move a motion  to have the Sagamu  Stadium renamed Anthony Joshua Stadium, and the popular Cinema Street in Sagamu renamed Anthony Joshua Street, according to ESPN.

Of the two, the street is the most significant, as his family owns almost half the land and property on one side of the street.

The cinema, from which the road takes its name, was built by his great grandfather  Daniel Adebambo Joshua in the 50s, and is one of the oldest of such facilities in the country.

Mafe joined hundreds of Sagamu youths to watch the fight in an open air viewing event organised by the Sagamu Youth Congress, and was thrilled by both the turnout and the outcome.

“We are proud of what he has achieved as a son of Sagamu, and we will be happy to do our own little bit to show our appreciation and support for him,” Mafe said.

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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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Babyface Babatunde Wins N2m At GOTV Boxing Night In Just 10 Minutes

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On a night filled with Technical Knockouts (TKOs), Lagos based youngster and fast growing pugilist Rilwan “Babyface’’ Babatunde emerged the Most Valuable Boxer of the GOtv Boxing Night 11, held at the Obafemi Awolowo stadium, Ibadan on Sunday, March 26.

 
The sensational boxer won the N2m prize money after he defeated Waliu ‘Oganla’ Arogundade in the fourth round to win the national light welterweight contest in a total of 10 minutes.

Babyface pummeled his opponent heavily and floored him twice before the officials had to stop the bout.


In the national light welterweight bout, Vincent Essien was no match for Ibadan born Olaide Fijabi known as “Fijaborn’’ who is well known in Lagos.

Although their encounter was developing into a tough one when Essien showed some flashes, but Fijabi rounded it off in the third round with a deft punch to send Essien to the canvass – and that was how it ended.

The major upset of the night was observed in the national light heavyweight challenge between Kabiru “KB Godson’’ Towolawi and Adewale “Masevex’’ Masebinu.

KB Godson’s heavy blow in the second round was enough to win the tie as Masevex’ manager threw-in the towel after blood from his boxer’s face continued to spill.

The biggest bout on the fight-card was however short lived when Nigeria’s Otto “Joe Boy” Joseph wrapped-up the much anticipated West African lightweight challenge in the first round when he defeated Ghana’s Ayitey Mettle, to seal a night of explosive boxing.

Babyface who had never won the prize money at the previous editions of the tournament also took home the Mojisola Ogunsanya trophy, an award given to the best boxer on the night

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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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