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Photos: Nigeria’s D’Tigress wins 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship in Mali for the third time

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Nigeria’s senior women basketball team, D’Tigress, on Sunday, defeated Senegal 65-48 to win the Women Afrobasket Championship in Mali,  for the third time after 12 years.

The Nigerian team had defeated host nation Mali 48-47 points in the semi-final on Saturday in Bamako to secure one of the two FIBA World Cup tickets available to Africa.

They had won the 2003 and 2005 editions. With the victory, the team has qualified for the 2018 Women FIBA Championship in Spain.

Evelyn Akhator, Dallas Wing forward, in the Women National Basketball Association (WNBA) who was selected as one of the top five performers in the competition, scored 13 points and seven rebounds for D’Tigress.

Akhator also made two assists and one steal even as she made no successful block during the final game.

D’Tigers Captain, Aisha Muhammed, Adaora Elonu and Ezinne Kalu contributed seven rebounds, four assists and two steals respectively during the match.

However, Astou Traore, the top performer for Senegal, scored 17 points which was the highest score in the match, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and no block, all in vain to stop D’Tigress.

Meanwhile, the victorious team will arrive the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos on today,  Monday August 28.

The contingent will arrive Lagos aboard Air Cote d’Ivoire after departing Bamako, Mali on the 28th August at 14.00 hours local time.

The team will be without Coach Sam Vincent, Mfon Udoka, Evelyn Akhator and Nyingifa Atonye who have all left from Bamako to their various bases due to club and personal engagements.

Akhator left for Chicago to play for her club Dallas Wings in a WNBA game while Nyingifa will join her club in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Ronaldo, Messi and Buffon to battle for UEFA Player of the Year

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Real Madrid stricker, Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon have been confirmed as the three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award.

In a statement on UEFA website, it was noted the winner of the prize will be confirmed on Thursday, August 24, when the draw is made for the Champions League group stages.

UEFA also revealed the seven other players who make up the list.

They are  Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Argentina, Juventus), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (France, Monaco), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Manchester United).

According to UEFA, “The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA’s member associations.’

The prize, formerly called the Best Player in Europe Award, was won by Real Madrid star Ronaldo last year and has twice been given to Barcelona forward Messi.

Ronaldo will be the big favourite for the title after playing a great part in helping his team win the La Liga and the Champions League title last season.

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‘Chelsea has treated me like a criminal, if he wants to fine me, let him go ahead!’- Exiled striker, Diego Costa blasts Conte

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Estranged Chelsea striker Diego Costa has accused the London club of treating him like a criminal after his falling out with manager Antonio Conte leading to him being frozen out of the club. Costa scored 20 Premier League goals as Chelsea won the EPL title last season but was told via a text message by Conte that he would no longer be needed at the club this season.

Conte ordered Costa to train with the reserves after he rejected a mega money move to China, rather opting for a transfer to his forner club Atletico Madrid- who can’t sign him until January due to their transfer ban by FIFA.

And now Costa, who has been holidaying in his native Brazil, has revealed that he doesn’t mind receivin fines from the club for refusing to train with the reserves, accusing Conte of treating him badly.

“I wouldn’t be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact at all with the guys,” he explained to SportsMail. “I’m not a criminal! I don’t think it is fair after all I have done to be treated like that.

“They gave me a week extra off [at the start of pre-season training] but since then it’s fines all the way.

“They want me training with the reserves. I am not going to do that. I am not a criminal and I am not in the wrong here. So, if they need to fine me, let them fine me.”

“I am open to being a year in Brazil without playing, even if Chelsea fine me for a year and don’t pay me,” he said.

“I’ll come back stronger. If I was in the wrong, I’d go back now and do as they say.

“My desire is to go to Atletico. I’ve spoken to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia. I said, ‘If the manager doesn’t want me, I want to go to Atletico Madrid’.

“I have rejected other offers. They want to sell me to China or other teams. If I’m off, I’m going to the club I want to go to – not the club that’s paying the most.”

“His ideas are very fixed and clear,” Costa said of Conte. “I have seen the sort of person he is. He has his own opinion and that will not change.

“I respect him as a great coach. He has done a good job and I can see that, but as a person, no. He is not a coach who is very close with his players. He is very distant. He doesn’t possess charisma.”

As for the infamous text message sent y Conte to Costa informing him of his plans, Costa says he won’t delete the message.

“There are ways of going about it. You don’t do it by text message. You should be honest and direct to someone’s face,” he added.

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Nigerian football legends, Jay -Jay Okocha clocks 44 today

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Nigerian ex-international and former captain of the Super Eagles, Austin Jay -Jay Okocha, who was born in 1973, is 44 today, August 14, 2017.

He was born in Enugu to parents who are originally from Delta State.

The super star attacking midfielder started his football career with Enugu Rangers in 1990 at the age of 17.

Okocha is well known for his tricks and skillful football techniques; which made him one of the best footballers in Nigeria from 1995-2005. He has also been ranked among the 100 best in the world by world football body FIFA.

The 1996 Olympic medallist and former Super Eagles captain who has since retired, after playing for Borussia Neunkirchen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahçe, Paris Saint-Germain, Bolton Wanderers, Qatar SC and Hull City.

Okocha is happily married to Nkechi and they have two children Daniella and A-Jay.

Happy birthday to the legendary footballer!

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Arsenal defeats Chelsea to win 2017 Community Shield

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FA Cup winners, Arsenal beat Premier League champions, Chelsea to win the 2017 Community Shield on penalties after Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata missed spot-kicks in a shootout at Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois took the second kick of the shootout, seeking to equalise but he blasted over before Morata fired wide. That gave Arsenal the initiative and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored before Olivier Giroud netted the decisive penalty.

With the victory, Arsenal celebrated and Chelsea looked on, just as they had done in May when the Gunners beat them in the FA Cup final.

 

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US Athlete, Justin Gatlin shocks Usain Bolt by winning Gold in the Jamaica’s last major 100m race

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Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt landed a shock defeat in his last major championship appearance by US’s Justin Gatlin who claimed the 100 metres World Championship title in London.

The American who was booed throughout the race tonight due his previous doping bans won his second world 100m title, 12 years after his first to ruin eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s final individual race.

Bolt, who retires after next week’s 4x100m relay, could only come third behind American Gatlin, who clocked 9.92 seconds, and Christian Coleman (9.94).

Bolt crossed the line in 9.95. seconds to console himself with the Bronze medal.

It was the first time the 30-year-old had been beaten for four years and the first time he had ever been beaten in the semi-finals of a major championship.

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Boxer Amir Khan calls his wife out for cheating on him with Anthony Joshua and she replies!

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Professional boxer Amir Khan just took to twitter to air his family’s dirty linen in public. He’s accusing his wife Faryal Makhdoom of cheating on him with fellow boxer Anthony Joshua. To make matters worse, she has replied, exposing him too.

Amir has made it clear that he’s not prepared to forgive his wife. He said they’ve agreed to split and Anthony Joshua can have his “leftovers”.

His first tweet read: “So me and the wife Faryal have agreed to split. I’m currently in Dubai. Wish her all the best.”

He followed it up with a screenshot of a Snapchat conversation, which he claimed was between Faryal and Anthony.

“Faryal moved on quick. Always mentioned to me how much she wanted to be with another guy, from all people another boxer,” he tweeted.

He went on: “Lol moved up in the weight classes lol. Trust me I ain’t the jealous type. No need to send me pictures of the men your talking to disgusted.”

“Left my family and friends for this Faryal. I’m not hurt but another fighter. I’m making it public. You getting the divorce Golddigger.”

“Mans like Joshua can have my left overs!” he added.

His wife saw the tweet and tweeted back at him, accusing him of being the one cheating on her. She also mocked his boxing career, saying it is finished. She went on to insinuate that he’s a dead beat father who doesn’t provide for his daughter nor for their family.

She wrote: “I’m not sure if it’s your family tweeting for you. But I’m not the one who been in the papers for cheating.”

She went on: “I’m sure you left your family because they robbed you? Not because of me. Stop making false things up.”

“Accusing other boxers just because your boxing career is finished. Man up amir,” she added.

“After all these years. I’ve always defending a cheat, always stuck around for him, always had his back. And I’m called a gold digger?”

“LOL! He’s given me jack s*** — I pay house bills and bills for my daughter myself! It’s like I’m a single mother while he’s out messing.”

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Pics: Neymar officially unveiled as PSG player, to earn £26 million a year

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Brazilian striker, Neymar has just been unveiled by Paris Saint-Germain following his £198million move from Barcelona.

The striker who sealed a five-year contract deal with the French club, will earn a weekly pay of  £500,000 (£26 million a year).

At the press conference held this afternoon, Neymar said: ‘The club has a very similar ambition to mine, I want a bigger challenge. My heart made this decision, that is why I am in front of you today to help this team.

‘Being a star did not impact my decision, it is down to me wanting to find a new challenge. I am looking for something new. This is what PSG want, and they deserve it.

‘I leave a lot of very good friends behind, but that’s football. You make friends wherever you go, and that’s the main thing. It was the right time to leave and look for something different. Being the most expensive player is not a burden, I am happy.

‘I spoke with Brazilian players here at PSG, and they were happy for me to be here. I feel like I am at home already.

‘Two days ago I informed the coach, he was the first to know, I respect the club and the coach. I am very happy with my decision, I am excited.’

Hundreds of fans of the football club, are presently in a long queue in Champs Elysees, Paris, to purchase a replica of Neymar’s No.10 jersey.

See more photos below..

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Messi bids Neymar farewell as he leaves Barca for PSG

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Lionel Messi was one of the first Barcelona players to wish his team-mate luck on his journey to become the world’s most expensive player. In an Instagram post, the Argentine player wrote:

”It was a huge pleasure to have shared all those years with you friend. I wish you good luck in this new stage of your life.

Neymar replied to the message saying “Thank you brother. I will miss you!”

See the video below.

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Man U. sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for £40m

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Manchester United football club of England on Monday evening, completed the £40m transfer of Serbian midfielder, Nemanja Matic, for a fee of £40m after engaging in a long, hard negotiation battle with title rivals, Chelsea.

The defensive midfielder penned a three-year deal with the Old Trafford outfit that reunites him with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford and says his major target this season will be winning the league.

 

Speaking after his unveiling by the club, Matic said ;

‘I feel great. Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I’m very happy. I’m now part of this great club and great group. I’m looking forward to training with the team and playing the games.

‘As you know, Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world. My wish was to train with Jose and of course if you have a coach like him, and a club like Manchester, you don’t have to think a lot. The decision was easy.

‘I’m happy that we can work together again. He’s a great coach, and he always does the best for me. I’m happy to be again with him at this great club.

‘When the coach was due to come to the club, this gives you more motivation, more possibility, and I will give my best to show that I deserve to be at this club and be part of this group.

‘It’s very important to come to a new club as soon as possible, to have time to adapt on your coaches wishes and on your team-mates and I’m happy I’ll have some days to train with them before the first game against Real Madrid. I’m sure that this season we can do big things.

‘As you know, probably, I didn’t train with the Chelsea team, I trained alone with a fitness coach and of course this is not the same, but I have enough time to prepare myself. I’m not 100 per cent ready but I will be very soon.

‘I know the two new signings. With Victor, we were together at Benfica. Lukaku, I didn’t play with him at Chelsea, but I know him because we played together many times. Both of them are great players who will help Manchester to reach our targets.

When asked whether he feels Man U. can win the league this season, Matic said;

‘I think so, because the squad is more mature and have already worked with Jose for one year. I’m sure this season we can do many things.

‘It’s difficult to say (what my greatest qualities are). I’ll let the supporters talk about me. I will always give my best, but I will let supporters talk about my qualities.

‘In the defensive midfield position, the player needs to give balance to the team and try to control the game. That’s exactly what I try to do. ‘I can’t say it’s more important than any other position, but you have to know every time where is the ball and when you attack, you need to know how to stop the opponents from launching a counter-attack.

 

‘[Nemanja] Vidic as you know was a great player, and was one of the players who I looked to be similar to because he had a great career. He was the leader of our national team. It’s great to be in the same club as him, and I will try to do my best to repeat what he achieved here.

‘It’s going to be something special playing at Old Trafford. I’m looking forward to doing that. I feel we can do many things, and we’ll try to win the Premier League.

‘Also, anything is possible in the Champions League. United are one of the best in Europe, for sure. It’s difficult to make a plan before the season starts but we will try to win every game.

‘I missed the Champions League last year, so this competition is something special, with the best clubs in Europe, so we’re all happy that we can play in this competition again and compare ourselves with the best teams in Europe.

‘I know a couple of players here, especially [Juan] Mata because he played with me. I saw him this morning, but most of the guys I’ve played against. I think adaptation will be quick.

‘It’s going to be a great game against Real Madrid [in the Super Cup]. It’s two big clubs so it’ll be interesting game. The whole world is going to watch that. I’m happy we can compare our qualities with them, It’s going to be a hard game but I’m sure that we’re going to be ready.

‘We will give our best to win the league this season. We will give 100 per cent.’

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Chelsea Announce Record Signing Madrid Striker

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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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Ex Manchester United midfielder Philip Mulryne Ordained As A Catholic Priest (Photos)

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Former Manchester United midfielder Philip Mulryne has been ordained a Roman Catholic Priest by the Archbishop Joseph Di Noia in a ceremony held in Dublin on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

The former Northern Ireland international had been ordained a Deacon in October 2017 before he was confirmed as a Priest. Mulryne was a product of the Manchester United youth academy and made his debut for Sir Alex Ferguson’s in 1997.

The 39-year-old only made one Premier League appearance for the Red Devils before he moved to Carrow Road. His time at Norwich was undoubtedly the best of his career and his record states over 160 matches for the club during a six-year stint.

Ordination photos…

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