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Afrobasket: D’Tigers Withdraw From Qualifiers

Exclusives

The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, in a press statement, noted that the Nigeria senior male basketball team, D’Tigers, would not be participating in the FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers which is billed to commence in Tunisia on Friday.

2023 WWC: Spanish Prosecutors Open Investigation Into Rubiales Scandal

Exclusives

Spain’s top criminal court has opened a preliminary investigation into the country’s football federation president Luis Rubiales after he kissed player Jenni Hermoso on the lips. The prosecutors are looking into whether the incident amounts to a crime of sexual assault.

2023 FIFA WWC: First Lady Hosts Super Falcons At Aso Rock

Exclusives

The First, Senator Olumeri Tinubu, hosted the members of the Nigerian female football team, Super Falcons at the Presidential Villa on Monday. The Super Falcons were eliminated by the England team from the ongoing 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, being hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Serie A: Osimhen Never Wanted To Leave Napoli – Agent

Sports Transfers

The Nigerian International, Victor Osimhen has no intention of leaving the Partenopei, his agent revealed. The young talisman signed a new deal with Napoli on Saturday which will see him remain in the club until 2026.

Arteta Wants Neto Signed Into Arsenal Ahead Of Toney

Sports Transfers

Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager has reportedly identified Wolves winger Pedro Neto to be signed into the Gunners ahead of Brentford striker Ivan Toney in the January transfer window. According to Football Transfers (h/t Caught Offside), Arteta apparently needs Neto to ease the workload on Bukayo Saka in his squad.

Why I Snubbed Man United Transfer For Arsenal – Jurrien Timber

Sports Transfers

Arsenal defender Jurrien Timber has opened up about his decision to join Mikel Arteta's men this summer, turning down interest from a number of other clubs. The Dutch international joined Arsenal from Ajax last week in a deal worth an initial £34.2million.

Iwobi Back On Instagram After Trolls On AFCON Defeat

Football

Super Eagles player, Alex Iwobi, has made a u-turn back to his social media platform, Instagram, after he deleted his account when he suffered troll from fans during Super Eagle defeat at the finals at the African Cup of Nation, AFCON. After the super eagle lost their final match to Ivory Coast in the AFCON finals, Iwobi deleted all posts on his account following trolls targeted at him by his Nigerian fans. The Fulham midfielder suffered what could best be described as cyber-bullying due to what Nigerians perceived as unsatisfactory midfield performance from him during the game that left Nigeria to a silver medal when they were targeting gold. 

Just In: Peseiro Quits Super Eagles Job

Football

Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro has officially sent a resignation message to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Super Eagles following the expiration of his contract. Peseiro disclosed this in a post via X on Friday.

Olympic 2024: Super Falcon Floored Cameroon To Make It Into Finals

Football

Nigeria’s Super Falcons have made another record in the final round of qualifiers for the women’s football event at the 2024 Olympics by defeating Cameroon 1-0 on aggregate in the third round of qualifiers for the quadrennial games. The Falcons played a goalless draw at the Stade de la Réunification, Douala, on Friday that gave them an edge against the Cameroonians at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Monday. 

Tennis: Naomi Osaka Former World Number One Wins First Match After Comeback

Tennis

New mother Naomi Osaka won the first match of her comeback by beating Tamara Korpatsch in straight sets at the Brisbane International. The Japanese four-time Grand Slam champion, playing in her first tournament in 15 months, defeated the unseeded German 6-3 7-6 (11-9). She will be facing Karolina Pliskova next. "I'm very proud of myself," said Osaka, 26. "I feel like I played at a pretty good level. I think my opponent played really well as well." "The last couple of years that I played before I had my daughter, I didn't return as much love as I was given," Osaka said on court after the match.

US Open 2023: Djokovic Defeats Medvedev, Clinches Title

Tennis

Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev in the Men’s US Open Finals on Sunday to extend his grand slam singles titles to 24 and also win the $3 million prize money. The world No. 2 emerged for a 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory at the Flushing Meadows over his opponent, Medvedev. The 36 year old from Serbia dominated the first set, never facing a break point, however, the second set which lasted for an hour and 45 minutes was more competitive as Djokovic and Medvedev exchanged games which kept a record-breaking 799,402 audience at the edge of their seats.

US Open: Djokovic Through To Semi Final, Breaks Federer's Record

Tennis

Djokovic has made it through to the 2023 Grand Slam US Open semi-final for the 13th time, breaking the record of the legendary Roger Federer, also aims at adding to the number of his titles, which he has three already. Djokovic is seeking the fourth title in the ongoing 2023 US Open at Flushing Meadows.

Boxing: Fury Emerges Victorious Over Ngannou

Boxing

Tyson Fury, a World Boxing Council (WBC) Champion, who is widely regarded as the leading heavyweight in boxing, emerged victorious over Francis Ngannou in a spit decision which has been thoroughly criticized of being controversial.

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.

Paris 2024: D’Tigress Qualify For Olympic Games

Athletics

Nigeria’s D’Tigress has qualified for the women’s basketball event of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Despite losing 100 – 46 to the USA in their second game at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Antwerp, Belgium, D’Tigress still picked one of the tickets for the games. Their qualification was sealed after Senegal’s 97-66 defeat to Belgium which takes them out of contention. Belgium and Nigeria have now qualified for the Olympics while the US already qualified as World Champions. 

Amusan Set New 60m Hurdles Record

Athletics

Sprinter, Tobi Amusan has set a new African women’s indoor record in 60 metres after running 7.75 seconds at the New Balance Indoor Gand Prix in Boston. This performance in Boston replaces the previous record of 7.77 seconds set in Kazakhstan at the Astana Indoor Meet in January when she surpassed the record set by compatriot Gloria Alozie 7.82 seconds set in 1999.

ECOWAS Marathon Sports Grand Prize Pegged at $70,000

Athletics

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has put all in place for its second Abuja International Marathon slated for 16th December 2023. According to the event organizers, athletes from the 15 ECOWAS member states will compete with elite runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, China, Korea, and others for a total prize money of $70,000. The Director of Youth and Sports Development at ECOWAS, Ambassador Francis Njoaguani, during a brief on Friday in the nation's capital, stated that the race goes beyond sports and its health benefits, aiming to create awareness about ECOWAS in Nigeria and promote sports for integration in the West Africa sub-region.