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Manchester City move five points clear after beating Watford

Man City

By: Joseph Aigbonosumua   Goals from Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez gave Manchester City a hard-fought win at Watford which re-established their five-point cushion at the top of the Premier League table. BBC reports that City had been frustrated early on by saves from Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster until Sane scored in the 40th minute by diverting in Riyad Mahrez’s …

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Saudi Crown Prince ordered Khashoggi’s murder – US Senators

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Two key US Republican senators said they have “zero” doubt Saudi Arabia’s crown prince directed the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Senators came to the emphatic conclusion after they were briefed by the CIA director Tuesday. The explosive new declarations by members of President Donald Trump’s party run counter to the White House narrative downplaying possible links between …

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Insigne On Target As Napoli Outclass Liverpool In Naples

Lorenzo Insigne

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Lorenzo Insigne stuck late as Napoli snatched a 1-0 win over an outclassed Liverpool in a Champions League Group C game the hosts dominated in the Stadio San Paolo on Wednesday. Carlo Ancelotti’s side had piled the pressure on Liverpool before finally finding a way through on 90 minutes when Jose Callejón broke down the right …

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Messi dazzles Tottenham at Wembley

Lionel Messi celebrating his goal against Tottenham

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Lionel Messi’s Wembley masterclass and a sublime strike from Ivan Rakitic got Barcelona back in the groove as they clinched a pulsating 4-2 victory against Tottenham on Wednesday. Ernesto Valverde’s side arrived in London for the Champions League Group B tie amid a mini-crisis after failing to win their last three La Liga games. But the …

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Modric Wins FIFA Best Player Of The Year Award

Lukah-Modric

By Joseph Aigbonosumua:   Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for …

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Anthony Joshua Knocks Povetkin Out To Retain World Heavyweight Titles

Anthony Joshua Knocks out Povetkin in the 7th round

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Anthony Joshua retained his world heavyweight titles by inflicting the first stoppage defeat of Alexander Povetkin’s professional career with a ruthless seventh-round finish at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. A previously close contest turned in Joshua’s favour decisively when he sent the Russian crashing to the canvas with a straight right hand and left hook. Povetkin gamely …

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Alcohol poisoning kills 19 in Malaysia

alcoholic drinks

At least 19 people have died and more are receiving treatment, following a series of suspected alcohol poisoning in recent days, Malaysian authorities said on Wednesday. More than 50 cases were reported in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and the neighbouring Selangor State. Selangor police said on Wednesday that seven suspects, who are operators and shop workers selling alcohol, …

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Ronaldo Scores Twice As Juventus Maintain 100% Record

Ronaldo in action for Juventus

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first competitive goals for Juventus on Sunday, with a second-half double by the Portuguese star giving the Italian champions a 2-1 Serie A win over Sassuolo to make it four victories from as many games. The 33-year-old tapped in from barely a yard out after a goalmouth scramble on 50 minutes, and added a …

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Foreign Loan: China not father Christmas, says Chinese Envoy

China President Xi Jinping

The Charge d’ Affaires of China Embassy in Nigeria, Mr Lin Jing, says China is not a Father Christmas, but rather, looking for a win-win partnership with Africa and Nigeria. Jing made this declaration on Thursday in Abuja at a roundtable on the Review Dialogue on the just concluded 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). At …

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Volkswagen To End Production Of Iconic ‘Beetle’ Cars In 2019

Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen announced on Thursday it would end production of its iconic “Beetle” cars in 2019 after adding a pair of final editions of the insect-inspired vehicles. The curvy-topped sedans, which shook off Nazi origins to become a global auto phenomenon, are being sidelined as Volkswagen emphasises electric cars and larger family-oriented vehicles. But company officials, still trying to completely turn …

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Liberia’s George Weah Makes Football Comeback At 51

George Weah in action

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Liberia president and former world footballer of the year George Weah made a surprise return to international football Tuesday at the age of 51 in a 2-1 friendly defeat by Nigeria. The international match in Monrovia was organized to ‘retire’ the number 14 shirt worn by Weah, who was voted world, European and African footballer of the year in 1995. …

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Maradona named coach of second-division Mexican side

D. Maradona

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Mexican second-division football club Dorados to replace departing coach Francisco Ramirez Gamez with Argentine legend Diego Maradona who has been hired by the team’s board as announced on thursday by the club “We’ve hired him to come work with us. We want him to stay the rest of this season and next,” said Jorgealberto Hank Inzunza, …

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Ronaldo buys Spanish team Real Valladolid

Ronaldo with Real Valladolid chiefs

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has taken control of Real Valladolid after buying 51 percent of the La Liga club’s shares, it was announced on Monday. At a press conference held in the city’s town hall, Valladolid president Carlos Suarez said: “Today is a starting point. Ronaldo personally acquires 51 percent of the shares of Real Valladolid.” …

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Instagram model McNamara dies in Mexican billionaire’s yacht

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Investigation has commenced to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of an Australian Instagram model Sinead McNamara, after her body was discovered Friday aboard a super yacht owned by a Mexican billionaire on a Greek Island. The 20-year-old McNamara was found unconscious around 2 a.m. Friday on the back of the Mayan Queen IV in the Greek port of Argostoli …

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Migrants to Europe from Syria, Iraq, Guinea overtake Nigerians, Ivorians

The country of origin  of desperate migrants to Europe crossing the perilous central Mediterranean has changed with Syrians, Iraqis and Guineans overtaking migrants from Nigeria and Ivory Coast. Last year, Nigerian migrants topped  the list of nationalities who embarked on the dangerous journey. They were followed by the Guineans and then the Ivorians. With new report by UN refugee agency, …

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Boxer Curtis Harper Walked Away from Nigeria’s Efe Ajagba As Bout Commences

Curtis Harper

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Boxer Curtis Harper has been criticised by his trainer for leaving the ring after the opening bell of a heavyweight bout in protest over pay. The 30-year-old American instantly walked out of the arena when the bell sounded for his bout against Efe Ajagba of Nigeria in Minneapolis. Trainer Nate Campbell said he was “embarrassed” by …

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Juve Break Billion-Euro Mark On Stock Exchange As Ronaldo Set For Turin Debut

Ronaldo

By Joseph Aigbonosumua     Ronaldo has pushed Juventus, the Serie A champions over the billion-euro mark on the stock exchange as He plays his first competitive game in Turin this Saturday According to Calcio e Finanza, a specialist sport and finance website, at the close of business on Friday, Juventus were valued at 1.035 billion euros ($1.2 billion). It …

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La Liga Players Threaten Strike Over Plans To Play Match In U.S.

La Liga Logo

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   The footballers’ Union of Spain on Wednesday threatened to strike over controversial plans by Spain’s football administration to play a La Liga match in the United States, blasting a decision based only on “money and business”. “We are tired of these unilateral decisions that directly affect the players like this plan of playing outside Spain,” said …

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Why Messi was not shortlisted For 2017/18 Player Of The Year

uefa nominees

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   One may be wondering why the Argentina born, Barcelona play maker was not shortlisted among the top 3 players tipped for 2017/18 player of year. Some analyst attributed it to his country’s performance in the Russia 2018 world Cup and his team inability to win the Champions league. You will recall that after an incredible debut …

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Arsene Wenger backs Liberia’s highest honour

Arsene Wenger

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to travel to Liberia this week to receive the West African country’s highest honour. The honour is in recognition of his role in the development of the football career of President George Weah. Another of Weah’s coaches in his formative years, Claude Le Roy, is also to be awarded the …

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Nigerian Govt recognises Pinnick-led NFF, writes FIFA

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By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Laolu Akande, Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday said the Federal Government had conveyed to FIFA a letter recognising Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as the substantive board of the federation. Akande, who tweeted this on his tweeter account, said that the Pinnick-led NFF was the current and only …

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Lowkey Sallah: Ram dealers lament low patronage

Typical Ram Market

Some cattle dealers in Kano who had stocked domestic animals such as goats, rams and cows for sale ahead of Sallah, are complaining of low patronage. Some of them who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Kano‎ lamented that their hopes for brisk business had been dashed as a result of the poor state of …

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Chelsea Beat Arsenal In Five-Goal Thriller

Chelsea-Arsenal

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Chelsea recovered from the shock of blowing a two-goal lead against Arsenal as Marcos Alonso’s late strike sealed a 3-2 win, giving the blues their desired victory. Maurizio Sarri’s side raced into a 2-0 lead in the London derby before Arsenal drew level in a thrilling first half at Stamford Bridge. Pedro swept home with a …

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Nigeria’s Falconets crash out in France 2018

Super Falconet

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Nigeria’s Falconets was yesterday sent out of the ongoing Under-20 Women World Cup in France by Spain. Falconets were beaten 2-1 by the Spanish women team to qualify for the semi-final stage of the competition. First half goals from Aitana Bonmati and Patri Guijarro gave Spain victory in the quarter-final match. On an overcast afternoon at the …

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US Embassy Closes Abuja Consular Section ‘Until Further Notice’

US Embassy Nigeria

The U.S Embassy has announced a temporary closure of its Abuja Consulate section until further notice. This means all consular appointments at the Abuja US Embassy for visa and American Citizen Service are temporarily on hold. This was contained in a publication on the website of US Embassy in Nigeria, on Tuesday. “Scheduled visa and ACS applicants for Abuja will …

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France 2018: Falconets Proceeds to Quaterfinals

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Nigeria U-20 female football team Falconets on Monday played 1-1 with China in their final group match to reach the quarterfinals of the 2018 U-20 FIFA World Cup in France. Nigeria qualified on superior goals aggregate having rounded up their group matches on four points with China. The Falconets had lost 0-1 to Germany and bounced …

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Iniesta scores outrageous first goal in Japan

Iniesta

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Spanish great Andres Iniesta scored a sublime first goal for Japanese side Vissel Kobe on Saturday, helping them to a 2-1 win over J-League rivals Jubilo Iwata. The former Barcelona playmaker, who completed a surprise move to Japan over the summer after a glittering career with his boyhood club, produced a moment of outrageous skill to …

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Saudi Arabia is new destination for trafficked Nigerian girls

GEOFFREY ONYEAMA Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, is worried over the rate Nigerian girls are trafficked and trapped in the Saudi Arabia for forced labour and rape. Onyeama said in Abuja when the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Director General, Dame Julie Okah–Donli, briefed him on the outcome of the investigation on Nigerian girls trafficked …

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Melbourne City Loans out Daniel Arzani to Man City sign Aussie

Daniel Arzani: joins Manchester City from Melbourne City

By Joseph Aigbonosumua Manchester City are now exploring a development pathway for Australian teenager and midfielder Daniel Arzani who is expected joined  England champions Manchester City from sister club Melbourne City on loan. Further announcement regarding the transfer will be made in the coming days,” said the club in a statement. The 19 year-old Iranian born player was hailed as one …

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AFTERMATH OF RUSSIA 2018: Nigerian govt spends $1m to evacuate stranded Nigerian and Ghanaian fans from Russia

GEOFFREY ONYEAMA Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, said Federal Government spent one million dollars to evacuate 355 Nigerian football fans stranded in Russia after the 2018 World Cup. Onyeama made this known on Monday in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen, and said that the evacuation was done in two batches of 155 persons and 200 persons. …

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