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Stoke sinks Arsenal in EPL duel, Man United hit four again

Stoke sinks Arsenal in EPL duel, Man United hit four again Jese Rodriguez made a memorable start to life at Stoke City by scoring the only goal of a 1-0 victory over Arsenal at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday. The Spanish forward, a loan signing from Paris Saint-Germain, finished crisply in the 47th minute to bring Arsene Wenger’s side down to earth...... more

Real crush Barca to win Spanish Super Cup

Real crush Barca to win Spanish Super Cup Real Madrid shrugged off the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo to cruise past rivals Barcelona 2-0 in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup to cap a 5-1 aggregate win. Ronaldo was slapped with a five-game ban for pushing the referee after he was sent-off in the first leg,...... more

Usain Bolt set for Man U debut

Usain Bolt set for Man U debut Sprint sensation, Usain Bolt, has signed for Manchester United — to play a charity football match against Barcelona. The lifelong fan was to make his first appearance since retiring from athletics to line up alongside legends Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at Old Trafford on September 2. But after pulling his...... more

Buffon, Messi and Ronaldo on UEFA player of the year shortlist

Buffon, Messi and Ronaldo on UEFA player of the year shortlist Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon have been nominated for the UEFA’s Player of the Year award, the sport’s European governing body said on Tuesday. Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament's top scorer with 12 goals. Goalkeeper Buffon led Juventus...... more

Ronaldo hit with five-match ban for pushing referee

Ronaldo hit with five-match ban for pushing referee Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing the referee after being sent off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona. The World Player of the Year received an automatic one-match ban for his dismissal on...... more

10-man Real Madrid tame Barca in Spanish Super Cup •How Ronaldo saw red

10-man Real Madrid tame Barca in Spanish Super Cup •How Ronaldo saw red Real Madrid made light of a red card for Cristiano Ronaldo to deal a further blow to Barcelona by winning 3-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday. Ronaldo, only introduced as a second-half substitute, was shown two quickfire yellow cards after blasting Madrid into a 2-1...... more

Lukaku double fires Man United to EPL winning start

Lukaku double fires Man United to EPL winning start Romelu Lukaku introduced himself to Old Trafford in triumphant fashion with two goals as Manchester United crushed West Ham United 4-0 in an impressive Premier League opener on Sunday. The Belgium striker, a £75 million ($97.6 million, 82.5 million euros) signing from Everton, struck either side of half-time to take his...... more

Nightmare for Usain Bolt; fails to finish last race of his career

Nightmare for Usain Bolt; fails to finish last race of his career Jamaica’s Usain Bolt failed spectacularly to finish the last race of his career the World Championship in London. He developed a muscle pull and was unable to finish the 4×100 relay final for his country. It was an agonizing end for the former world champion, who now formally retired today. He...... more

Burnley stun champions Chelsea in EPL opener

Burnley stun champions Chelsea in EPL opener Sam Vokes scored twice as Burnley torpedoed defending champions Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in one of the most sensational opening-weekend results in English top flight history. Chelsea had captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off and Burnley took full advantage through Vokes’ brace and a superb Stephen...... more

English Premiership back with a bang; Arsenal triumph over stubborn Leicester in thrilling opener

English Premiership back with a bang; Arsenal triumph over stubborn Leicester in thrilling opener  Olivier Giroud was on hand on the opening day of the English Premier League to save Arsenal the agony of losing at home, when he came in  as a sub to give the Gunners a 4-3 winning edge over Leicester. New signing, Alexandre Lacazette in the second minute, opened the scoring...... more

Real Madrid survive Man United fightback to win Super Cup

Real Madrid survive Man United fightback to win Super Cup A delightful goal by Isco proved the difference as Real Madrid survived a Manchester United fightback to win 2-1 and lift the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Tuesday. Casemiro put the reigning European champions in front on 24 minutes on a steamy summer's night in the...... more

Arsenal beat Chelsea to win Community Shield

Arsenal beat Chelsea to win Community Shield  Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and star signing Alvaro Morata were the Chelsea fall guys as Arsenal won the Community Shield 4-1 on penalties at Wembley on Sunday. Goals from Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Arsenal new boy Sead Kolasinac sent the game to a shootout and with both Courtois and Morata limply squandering...... more

Air Force engages personnel in 10km rain exercise

Air Force engages personnel in 10km rain exercise As part of its efforts in improving the physical fitness of its personnel, the Nigerian Air Force has held its Annual Walk exercise, covering 10 kilometres within its environs. News Express correspondent who monitored the walk on Saturday reports that, participants took off from Mogadishu Cantonment and turned back at the Niger...... more

Usain Bolt upset in last solo race, beaten to 3rd place in IAAF World Championships 100m final

Usain Bolt upset in last solo race, beaten to 3rd place in IAAF World Championships 100m final There was to be no triumphant end to Usain Bolt’s final individual race. The great Jamaican will retire after the IAAF World Championships in London, bringing the curtain down on an incomparable career. But in the 100m final on Saturday he had to settle for bronze as the controversial American Justin...... more

Iheanacho seals Leicester switch

Iheanacho seals Leicester switch Leicester City on Thursday announced the signing of Nigerian international striker Kelechi Iheanacho from English Premier League rivals Manchester City. Iheanacho, 20, has signed a five-year deal at the King Power Stadium with the transfer fee officially undisclosed. However, the BBC reported the fee to be £25 million. "It's a great...... more

Neymar completes world record $263M move to PSG

Neymar completes world record $263M move to PSG In a stunning world-record move, Paris Saint-Germain completed the signing of Brazilian superstar Neymar da Silva Santos Junior from Barcelona on Thursday. PSG announced the Brazilian striker had signed a five-year contract with the French club for a fee of €222 million ($263 million). This amount is more than double that...... more

Neymar set for record-breaking move to PSG

Neymar set for record-breaking move to PSG Neymar’s record-breaking 222 million euros ($263 million) transfer to French side Paris Saint-Germain moved a step closer on Wednesday when Barcelona said he had informed them of his intention to leave. His move to PSG has been heavily flagged in European media but has yet to be completed. “The player Neymar...... more

Angry players block Okorocha over unpaid salaries

Angry players block Okorocha over unpaid salaries Nigeria Women’s Professional League side, Heartland Queens, blocked Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha’s convoy from entering the Government House in Owerri on Monday in protest against their unpaid salaries. The placard-carrying protesters, who claimed that the state government, who owns the outfit, had not paid them for seven months, chanted anti-government...... more

McCarthy Obanor wins Nigeria National Freestyle Championships •Pockets car, N1m

McCarthy Obanor wins Nigeria National Freestyle Championships •Pockets car, N1m  History was made in Lagos at the weekend as Mr. McCarthy Obanor emerged the winner of the first edition of the Nigeria National Freestyle Championship accredited by the World Federation of Freestyle Football. Apart from winning the sum of N1m, Obanor also won for himself a brand new GAC car and...... more

BREAKING: Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams

BREAKING: Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams The Africa Cup of Nations will be contested by 24 teams when the next tournament takes place in 2019, in Cameroon. The Confederation of African Football’s executive committee rubber-stamped the proposal on Thursday at a meeting in the Moroccan capital Rabat. Africa’s flagship sporting event has featured 16 teams since 1996....... more

Arsenal hit by food poisoning in China

Arsenal hit by food poisoning in China Arsenal were ravaged by food poisoning in Shanghai that ruled several key players out of their preseason friendly with Bayern Munich on Wednesday, manager Arsene Wenger said. The Frenchman revealed the sickness that had swept the Arsenal camp, coupled with the severe heat in China and long flights, made for far-from-ideal...... more

FIFA Ranking: Nigeria drops to 39th, Germany back atop

FIFA Ranking: Nigeria drops to 39th, Germany back atop   The Super Eagles have dropped to the 39th spot from 38th in the July FIFA World Rankings. The rankings table on FIFA’s website on Thursday indicated that Nigeria now has 715 points as against 730 it had in the June rankings. The ranking also saw the national team become sixth...... more

Hensen Demonstration School Benin lifts 2017 NNPC/Shell Cup *Arase, Mavis win training trip to Holland

Hensen Demonstration School Benin lifts 2017 NNPC/Shell Cup *Arase, Mavis win training trip to Holland The 19th edition of Nigeria’s biggest youth football championship, NNPC/Shell Cup, came to a thrilling climax on Tuesday with the crowning of Hensen Demonstration School, Benin City as the 2017 champions. Two members of the team, Arase Iyobor and Mavis Ahunwan, emerged the Most Valuable Players (MVPs) and winners of a...... more

Aussie underdog Horn stuns Pacquiao to win WBO welterweight crown

Aussie underdog Horn stuns Pacquiao to win WBO welterweight crown Former schoolteacher Jeff Horn stunned world champion Manny Pacquiao to win the World Boxing Organisation welterweight crown with a unanimous points decision in Brisbane on Sunday. Given no chance by most observers, the 29-year-old Horn’s ultra-aggressive style proved too much for Pacquiao, with the three judges scoring the fight 117-111, 115-113...... more

NNPC/Shell Cup: Hensen School Benin, Holy Ghost College Owerri for final

NNPC/Shell Cup: Hensen School Benin, Holy Ghost College Owerri for final Hensen Secondary School of Benin City, Edo State and Holy Ghost College, Owerri, Imo State, are set for tackles on Tuesday in the final of the19th edition of the NNPC/Shell Cup at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. In the first semi-final match played on Sunday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium,...... more

Ronaldo plots return to Manchester United

Ronaldo plots return to Manchester United Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is prioritising a move to Manchester United in the summer transfer window, according to reports in Italy. It’s understood Ronaldo is considering a move away from the Bernabau in the coming months as a result of growing negativity from Madrid supporters towards his performances. The Portugal...... more

Double tragedy hits Nigerian sports

Double tragedy hits Nigerian sports Another pall of darkness enveloped the Nigerian sports scene following the passing on of Lizzy Onyenwenwa, a former NFF Women Football Secretary and the loss of Samson Omagbemi, a 15-year-old son of former Super Falcon player and now coach, Florence Omagbemi. Lizzy Onyenwenwa was reported to have passed on at the...... more

Ronaldo enmeshed in $16.5mn tax evasion storm

Ronaldo enmeshed in $16.5mn tax evasion storm Spanish prosecutors officially accused Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese star of the Real Madrid football team, of defrauding the Spanish treasury of more than €14.7 million ($16.5 million) in taxes between 2011 and 2014, they announced in a statement on Tuesday. Ronaldo, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner, is accused of using “business...... more

Uyo on fire as Nigeria, South Africa battle for AFCON ticket

Uyo on fire as Nigeria, South Africa battle for AFCON ticket Nigeria and South Africa will resume their rivalry once against as the qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations kicks-off this weekend across the continent. The Super Eagles have been a bogey team of sorts for the Bafana-Bafana who have never beaten Nigeria at senior level in a competitive game....... more

Shock, sadness as Ivorian star Cheick Tiote slumps and dies in China

Shock, sadness as Ivorian star Cheick Tiote slumps and dies in China Shock and sadness have trailed the death of Cheick Tiote, a footballer who played for the Ivory Coast and Newcastle United in the English Premier League. The star footballer died after collapsing during training with his Chinese club Monday. The 30-year-old Tiote, who played in England between 2010 and 2017, joined...... more

 

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