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President Buhari Commissions Naval Sports Complex

Exclusives

President Muhammadu Buhari traveled to Lagos State on Thursday to commission the new Naval Sports Complex and also declared open the 12th Nigerian Navy Games. The President expressed hope that the naval games would discover new talents capable of representing the Navy and the country in international competitions. Present at the event were the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo Olu; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, amongst others.

FG Reverses Ban Of Nigeria From International Basketball Competitions

Exclusives

The Federal Government (FG) has rescinded its decision of suspending Nigeria’s basketball teams from participating in international competitions for a two-year period. This was disclosed in Abuja at a news conference on Thursday by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar.

FIBA Replaces D’Tigress With Mali For 2022 World Cup

Exclusives

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has announced that Nigeria’s Women's Basketball team, D’Tigress would be replaced by their counterparts from the Republic of Mali in the upcoming 2022 Women’s Basketball World cup scheduled to hold in Sydney, Australia.

Raheem Sterling Signs For Chelsea

Sports Transfers

English forward, Raheem Sterling has signed a five-year contract with Chelsea from Manchester City for £47.5m; becoming Todd Boehly’s consortium's first Chelsea purchase.

Joe Aribo Joins EPL Side, Southampton On A 4-year Deal

Sports Transfers

25-year-old Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo has moved to St. Mary's after three (3) successful seasons at Ibrox, where he scored 26 goals in 149 appearances and won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup. The midfielder who will remain in St Mary's Stadium until 2026, was signed for a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Darwin Nunez Joins Liverpool In Club Record Deal From Benfica

Sports Transfers

Liverpool has completed the signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica for a club-record fee of £85m, with the Uruguay striker signing a six-year contract. The signing is however subjected to a work permit and international clearance. The forward will wear the No 27 shirt at Anfield, won previously by Divock Origi.

FA Slams Ronaldo 50000 Pounds Fine For Misconduct

Football

Christiano Ronaldo has been slammed with a fine of £50,000 by the English Football Association alongside a two-match ban for improper behavior towards a fan. This was after the Portuguese was charged with violence following an incident in April when smashed a fan’s phone at Goodison Park after Man United lost to Everton in April. An FA statement said: “Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for two matches, fined £50,000, and warned as to his future conduct for a breach of FA Rule E3. The forward admitted that his conduct after the final whistle of the Premier League game between Manchester United FC and Everton FC on Saturday 9 April 2022 was improper.

Ronaldo Set To Leave Manchester United

Football

Manchester United has announced that Cristiano Ronaldo is set to leave the club by mutual agreement with immediate effect. The English football club made this announcement in a statement published on its official website and social media pages on Tuesday.

Qatar2022: Saudi Arabia Stuns Argentina In Group Opener, As France Stages Comeback To Beat Australia

Football

A bold and brilliant Saudi Arabia pulled off one of the World Cup’s biggest shocks as they came from behind to stun two-time winners Argentina in a fantastic Group C opener in Lusail. Ranked 51st in the world, Saudi Arabia could have been done and dusted in the first half as Lionel Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Argentina had three goals ruled out for offside.

U-19 Cricket Qualifier: Nigeria Floored Botswana By 10 Wickets

Tennis

Ongoing Nigeria’s U-19 cricket team has continued to lash their opponents at the ICC U-19 World Cup African Division Two qualifiers in Abuja. The Nigerian team has defeated Rwanda during the opening match on Friday as well as Botswana yesterday, winning both games by 10 wickets. At Cricket pitch B of the Moshood Abiola stadium, Abuja, the clash saw Nigeria win the toss and elect to bowl.
Elochukwu Ndububem and Captain Ridwan Kareem thrashed the Botswana contingent, jointly making out six wickets in 11 overs.

BREAKING: Roger Federer Retires From Tennis

Tennis

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer is to retire after next week’s Laver Cup, he said on Thursday. “The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event,” he said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.

US Open: Serena And Venus Williams Given Standing Ovation After Doubles Defeat

Tennis

Fans flooded social media to pay tribute to Serena and Venus Williams following their doubles first-round defeat at the US Open. Fans gave the Williams sisters a standing ovation as they left the court. The sisters agreed to give it one last try four years after their last slam appearance together and six years on from the most recent of their 14 titles. But they could not quite muster the greatness of the past as they fell to Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova. The first set went to a tiebreak, with Hradecka and Noskova winning it 7-5, and they finished off the match with a 6-4 win in the second set.

Pereira Knocks Adesanya Out In UFC

Boxing

Alex Pereira pulled off an upset against Israel Adesanya with a technical knockout in the fifth round during the main event at the UFC 281 to become the new UFC middleweight champion ending Adesanya’s reign atop the division on Sunday morning,

Anthony Joshua, Kamaru Usman Suffer Heavy Defeats

Boxing

Nigerian-born British boxer Anthony Joshua has failed in his bid to recapture the unified heavyweight titles after suffering a back-to-back defeat against Ukranian, Oleksandr Usyk. Hours after his defeat, another Nigerian, Kamaru Usman, lost the UFC welterweight championship title to Britain’s Leon Edwards.

Adesanya Beats Robert Whittaker, Retains Middleweight Title

Boxing

New Zealand-based Nigerian mixed martial arts fighter, Israel Adesanya has defended his UFC Middleweight title Champion after defeating Robert Whittaker in Sunday's rematch. Whittaker had a chance close but Adesanya won with a unanimous decision of 48-47, 48-47, 49-46, employing his height and powerful kicks, countering Whittaker's punches. “I knew he was gonna bring everything because last time I took everything away from him,” Adesanya said.

World Athletics: World Records For Amusan, Others Ratified

Athletics

The 12.12 seconds world record time set by 100m hurdles semifinals sprinter, Tobi Amusan at the World Athletics 2022 Championships which was held in Oregon, United States has been ratified by the World Athletics. The 25-year-old Nigerian came into the spotlight after setting an African record of 12.40 seconds in the 100m hurdles heat. The following day, she ran 12.12 (0.9m/s) in the semifinals and broke the previous world record of 12.20 seconds which was set in London in 2016 by USA’s Kendra Harrison.

Tobi Amusan Defends Diamond League Title In Record Time

Athletics

Nigeria's Tobi Amusan has broken Gail Devers 22-year-old Meeting Record, setting a new one of 12.29 at the diamond league.

Ese Brume Sets New Commonwealth Games Record

Athletics

Nigerian long jumper Ese Brume broke the Commonwealth Games record twice on Sunday to win Team Nigeria’s 12th gold medal at the ongoing event in Birmingham. Australia’s Bronwyn Thompson in 2006 set the record at 6.97m in Melbourne before Brume's fourth attempt on Sunday set the record at 6.99m.

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