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Five memorable moments from Tokyo 2020 Olympics Swimming

The Tokyo Olympics swimming ended Sunday with USA on top of the medals table. AFP Sport has compiled five memorable moments: – The Katie-Ariarne show – The Katie Ledecky-Ariarne Titmus rivalry lived up to its billing, with the pair locking horns across three high-quality races. Australia’s Titmus drew first blood, toppling the decorated American in the 400m freestyle, but she needed the second fastest time ever to do so. She then out-sprinted Ledecky for the 200m title in another lightning-quick effort, before the American earned some revenge. Ledecky remains the distance queen and not even Titmus could touch her over 800m, admitting her rival was “in a class of her own”. Despite already being a three-time Olympian, Ledecky plans to compete at Paris in 2024 and even Los...
Antetokounmpo takes NBA Trophy home to Greece
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Antetokounmpo takes NBA Trophy home to Greece

Giannis Antetokounmpo returned home to Athens bearing the NBA trophy on Sunday saying he was still “thirsty for victory”. “It’s an addictive feeling to be a champion and we want to experience it again,” Giannis, who was accompanied by his brother and Milwaukee Bucks teammate Thanasis, said at a short press conference at Athens airport. Their triumph sparked joy and pride of Greek fans, media and political leaders. Giannis said he was “happy to bring the cup home” and promised to take the trophies to the working-class neighbourhoods of Sepolia and Zografou, where he grew up. The son of Nigerian immigrants who arrived in Greece in 1991, Giannis was born and raised in poverty in Sepolia, a poor suburb of Athens. “All our lives we saw our parents working, they never stopped. W...
Tokyo Olympics: Adegoke becomes First Nigerian to Reach 100m Final
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Tokyo Olympics: Adegoke becomes First Nigerian to Reach 100m Final

Nigeria’s Enoch Adegoke on Sunday qualified for the final of the men’s 100m heat at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games in Japan. Adegoke became Nigeria’s first 100m Olympic finalist since 1996, clocking 10.00s in Heat 2 of men’s 100m semi-final 25 years after Davidson Ezinwa at Atlanta ’96. DAILY POST reports that Adegoke had on Saturday beat the fastest man in the world this year and seventh fastest of all-time, USA’s Trayvon Brommel, in the men’s 100 metres event. Adegoke ran 9.98 seconds in the men’s 100 metres to beat Brommel, who tops the pre-Games world list with the 9.77 seconds he ran last month in Florida, USA, and qualified for Sunday’s semi-finals. The 21-year-old sprinter, who ran on Lane 6 of Heat 2 at the Olympic Stadium in the event’s first round, beat Femi ...
Aston Villa reach £30m agreement to sign Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen
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Aston Villa reach £30m agreement to sign Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen

After hitting 39 goals for through 156 appearances in the Bundesliga, the Jamaica star is on his way to Birmingham Aston Villa are set to sign exciting winger Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen after reaching a reported £30 million (€35m) agreement over a transfer with the German side. A move to the Premier League has been mooted for some time for the 23-year-old, who has spent the last four-and-a-half years in the Bundesliga. That move now appears to be on the verge of being completed, with only a medical needed before the deal is made official.
Ambrose: Tierney’s Arsenal switch is an inspiration for young Scottish players
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Ambrose: Tierney’s Arsenal switch is an inspiration for young Scottish players

The former Nigeria international played with the Gunners star before he left Celtic Park for another adventure at Hibernian in 2017 Former Celtic centre-back Efe Ambrose said Kieran Tierney’s move to Arsenal two years ago would serve as an inspiration for young Scottish players in the country. The 24-year-old left-back joined the Gunners after 14 years at Celtic where he developed through their youth ranks and made a name for himself with his versatility. Before Tierney’s switch to the Emirates Stadium, Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong are some of the players who left the Scottish top-flight for a new challenge in the Premier League.
Aribo returns and Sakala makes Premiership debut in Rangers win over Livingston
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Aribo returns and Sakala makes Premiership debut in Rangers win over Livingston

After missing the Gers' last three friendly matches, the Super Eagles midfielder returned to the starting XI in Saturday's league opener at Ibrox Nigeria's Joe Aribo was in action as Zambia's Fashion Sakala made his Premiership debut in Rangers' 3-0 victory over Livingston on Saturday. The Gers continued from where they left off last season after they recorded an unbeaten league run with an overall tally of 102 points from 38 matches. Ianis Hagi opened the scoring at Ibrox Stadium in the eighth minute following an assist from James Tavernier, and second-half goals from Scott Wright and Kemar Roofe sealed the hosts' dominant performance and their first win in the 2021-22 campaign.
Icardi claims he’s staying at PSG after Ronaldo swap deal rumour
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Icardi claims he’s staying at PSG after Ronaldo swap deal rumour

The Argentine struggled for first-team minutes last season but has dismissed speculation that he might be returning to Serie A Mauro Icardi has reaffirmed his commitment to Paris Saint-Germain amid rumours that he could be bound for Juventus in a swap deal for Cristiano Ronaldo. A report in L'Equipe suggested that PSG would be keen to add the record-breaking striker to their ranks after three years in Italy. But Icardi has no interest in forming part of that or any other transfer as he is happy in the French capital.
West Ham United’s Benrahma haunts former club Brentford with stunning goal
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West Ham United’s Benrahma haunts former club Brentford with stunning goal

The Algeria star grabbed the only goal as the Hammers stretched their unbeaten run in preparation for the 2021-22 league season Said Benrahma scored a stunning winning goal as West Ham United defeated his former club Brentford 1-0 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday. Benrahma faced the Bees for the first time since he left the Brentford Community Stadium in October 2020. After a goalless affair in the first half, the Algeria international powered his strike to the top corner of the net to help David Moyes' side break the deadlock in the 66th minute.
Chelsea and USMNT star Pulisic opens up on mental health struggles
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Chelsea and USMNT star Pulisic opens up on mental health struggles

The winger revealed how speaking with a therapist has helped him through some of his hardest moments Chelsea and U.S. men's national team star Christian Pulisic opened up on his struggles with mental health, revealing the impact talking to a therapist has had on him during his most difficult moments. Pulisic and Chelsea are set to play pre-season friendlies against Arsenal and Tottenham as part of The Mind Series, which aims to raise funds and promote awareness for Mind, a mental health organization. Speaking on Chelsea's Youtube channel, Pulisic discussed his own experiences while opening up on the struggles he's faced as a footballer and as a person.
Osimhen scores two-minute brace as Napoli beat Bayern Munich
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Osimhen scores two-minute brace as Napoli beat Bayern Munich

The Super Eagles striker continued his fine goalscoring form in pre-season with his brilliance at the Allianz Arena Victor Osimhen helped Napoli crush Bayern Munich 3-0 with his two-minute brace in Saturday’s friendly match. After scoring the match-winning goal against Serie C club Pro Vercelli last Saturday, the Nigeria international led the Partenopei's attack in Munich. The 22-year-old linked up with Algeria midfielder Adam Ounas in quick succession as the visitors scored two goals within two minute.
Real Madrid defender Odriozola tests positive for coronavirus
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Real Madrid defender Odriozola tests positive for coronavirus

The defender has joined Karim Benzema and David Alaba in having tested positive for Covid-19 to further disrupt Madrid's pre-season preparations Real Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola has returned a positive test for coronavirus, the club confirmed on Saturday. The Liga side's pre-season preparations have been disrupted by the virus, with some of the club's first-team players having been forced to isolate after testing positive. And Odriozola is the latest who will have to withdraw from training, with Madrid due to face AC Milan in a friendly on August 8.
Salisu: Own goal for Ghanaian centre-back in Southampton’s pre-season friendly
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Salisu: Own goal for Ghanaian centre-back in Southampton’s pre-season friendly

The 22-year-old was on the score sheet in an unfortunate manner in Saturday’s friendly clash with Swansea City Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu was unlucky to fire into his own net as Southampton handed Swansea City a 3-1 defeat in a pre-season fixture on Saturday. The centre-back mistakenly diverted Liam Cullen’s cross into his own net to hand the Jack Army the lead in the 15th minute. However, goals from Nathan Tella, Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong turned things around for The Saints.
Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Ese Brume Qualifies for Final
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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Ese Brume Qualifies for Final

  Nigeria’s Ese Brume has made it into the final of the women’s long jump event at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Brume finished fourth in Group B with a 6.76m jump to take the final spot. Reigning World Indoor champion, Ivana Spanovic, was first in Group B with a jump of 7.00m. Current world champion Malaika Mihambo was second with a 6.98m leap. British Virgin Islands’ Chantel Malone (6.82m) finished third. Brume, who won bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, is regarded as one of Nigeria’s strong medal prospects in Tokyo. The 25-year-old jumped a distance of 7.17m at the Chule Vista Festival in May, to break Chioma Ajunwa’s 25-year long jump record of 7.12m. She was also the only Nigerian athlete who reached the final of her event at the 201...
Tokyo Olympics: Africa’s Hopes of Gold Medal in Football Ends
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Tokyo Olympics: Africa’s Hopes of Gold Medal in Football Ends

  Africa will not win the gold medal at this year’s Olympics. This follows the exit of the continent’s last two teams left. Egypt and Ivory Coast were both eliminated at the quarter-final stage on Saturday. South Africa and Zambia’s women had already been sent packing in the group stage, before the Pharaohs and the Petits Elephants were dumped out by Brazil and Spain respectively in their last Eight fixtures. This means for only the third time since 1988, Africa will not have a team finishing in the medal positions. Nigeria (1996) and Cameroon (2000) won back-to-back gold medals in the men’s football event.
Osimhen nets brace as Napoli crush Bayern Munich
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Osimhen nets brace as Napoli crush Bayern Munich

Victor Osimhen scored twice, as Napoli hammered Bayern Munich 3-0 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday. After scoring the winner against Serie C club Pro Vercelli last weekend, the Super Eagles striker led the Partenopei’s attack again in Munich. Osimhen netted his two goals within two second-half minutes. The first came in the 69th minute, as he combined nicely with Algeria midfielder, Adam Ounas. Zinedine Machach completed the rout for Napoli with five minutes left on the clock. Despite their comfortable win, Napoli suffered a late blow as Ounas was replaced 11 minutes later after he picked up an injury. Osimhen was replaced by Gennaro Tutino in the 80th minute.
Jules Kounde to Chelsea: Fabrizio Romano gives fresh update
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Jules Kounde to Chelsea: Fabrizio Romano gives fresh update

Fabrizio Romano, a football transfer expert, has provided the latest update on Sevilla’s Jules Kounde’s transfer move to Chelsea. Recall that Chelsea had already agreed on personal terms with Kounde. Sevilla valued Kounde at €65million (£55.9million). Providing an update on Kounde, Romano, in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Saturday, tweeted, “Chelsea are working to find a solution with Sevilla as soon as possible to sign Jules Koundé. He’s the priority after personal terms agreed, and Chelsea want him to join. “Kurt Zouma is still discussed in the deal, but Chelsea want to go through also if Zouma won’t be included.” Kounde had also drawn the interest of Manchester United and Paris Saint-German in the past. The 22-year-old defender was impressive ...
Liverpool confirm new long-term deal for Alexander-Arnold
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Liverpool confirm new long-term deal for Alexander-Arnold

The full-back will remain with his boyhood club on a deal that runs through 2025 Trent Alexander-Arnold has signed a new contract with Liverpool, the club announced. The defender's new deal will run through 2025, keeping him at his boyhood club for the foreseeable future. Alexander-Arnold has made a total of 179 appearances for Liverpool so far after emerging from the club's academy system.
Pogba comparisons don’t put me under more pressure – Gravenberch
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Pogba comparisons don’t put me under more pressure – Gravenberch

The Ajax star has been likened to some top names in the game but he only takes it as a compliment Ajax star Ryan Gravenberch says he does not feel extra pressure from comparisons to Paul Pogba. The midfielder has established himself as one of the most promising midfielders in world football after an impressive breakthrough in the Eredivisie last season. The Netherlands international's performances have seen him compared to the Manchester United midfielder as well as Oranje icon Frank Rijkaard.
James Rodriguez rules out Real Madrid return and open to Serie A move amid rumours of Everton exit
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James Rodriguez rules out Real Madrid return and open to Serie A move amid rumours of Everton exit

The midfielder was linked with a move back to the Spanish giants but he doubts that will happen James Rodriguez has ruled out ever returning to Real Madrid. The midfielder spent six years at the Spanish giants, though two of those seasons were on loan at Bayern Munich. Rodriguez left the Spanish capital last summer to join Everton, but rumours of a possible return began circulating when coach Carlo Ancelotti left the Toffees to take up a second spell at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Spain to face Japan in Olympics semi-finals and Brazil paired with Mexico
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Spain to face Japan in Olympics semi-finals and Brazil paired with Mexico

La Roja beat Ivory Coast in extra time to ensure they progress to the final four, while Mexico trounced South Korea to set up a tie with Brazil Tournament hosts Japan will meet Spain in the Olynpics semi-finals. Japan beat New Zealand on penalties on Saturday to secure a place in the final four. The two sides played out a goalless 120 minutes at the Kashima Soccer Stadium to take the tie into a shootout, with Japan coming out 4-2 winners.
Ajax youth talent Gesser dies in car accident aged 16
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Ajax youth talent Gesser dies in car accident aged 16

The Dutch club confirmed in a statement on Saturday that the striker and his 18-year-old brother have both tragically died Ajax youth player Noah Gesser has died in a car accident at the age of 16. The incident took place on Friday evening, with his brother having also been killed. Ajax confirmed the sad news on Saturday and expressed their condolences to Gesser's family
Tokyo Olympics: D’Tigers crash out after third Defeat Against Italy
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Tokyo Olympics: D’Tigers crash out after third Defeat Against Italy

Nigeria's D’Tigers have been eliminated from the Tokyo Olympics after suffering their third consecutive defeat in group B to Italy. The game, which was played in the early hours of Saturday, July 31, at the Saitama super arena, finished 80-71 as the Nigerian team was dumped out of the 2020 Olympics, having lost their first two games against Australia and Germany. D'Tigers were ranked 4th team for the Olympics prior to their arrival. The team led by coach Mike Brown, had many Nigerians believe they were going to triumph at the Olympics after they defeated both Argentina and the USA in friendly games before Tokyo 2020.
Tokyo Olympics: Novak Djokovic withdraws from mixed doubles-bronze match; leaves Olympics empty-handed
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Tokyo Olympics: Novak Djokovic withdraws from mixed doubles-bronze match; leaves Olympics empty-handed

Novak Djokovic has been forced to withdraw from his mixed doubles bronze medal match due to a shoulder injury. Djokovic, the world No. 1 from Serbia, will leave Tokyo empty-handed in what has proved a majorly disappointing Olympic Games. According to the International Tennis Federation, Djokovic withdrew because of a "left shoulder injury", meaning Nina Stojanovic will be deprived of a chance to win a medal, with bronze going to Australian pair Ashleigh Barty and John Peers courtesy of a walkover. This comes after he was surprisingly beaten by Alexander Zverev in the singles semi-finals yesterday, ending his chances of winning the Golden Slam of four major titles and Olympic gold in one year. The four-time Olympian and 20-time Grand Slam champion leaves the Games without a ...
Tokyo reports 21 new COVID-19 cases Linked to Games
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Tokyo reports 21 new COVID-19 cases Linked to Games

Olympics organisers on Saturday reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 linked to the Tokyo Games, bringing the total number of infections since the start of this month to 241. The number was lower than Friday’s total of 27, which was the highest daily total of the Games so far. No athletes were among the new cases. Athletes who have tested positive and have been forced to miss their events include German cyclist Simon Geschke and US pole vault world champion Sam Kendricks. Twenty-three athletes have so far tested positive. Amid a sharp rise in infections across Japan, the government on Friday lengthened the state of emergency for the Games host city and extended the measure to other nearby prefectures.
Four Footballers Killed in Bomb Blast in Somalia
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Four Footballers Killed in Bomb Blast in Somalia

Four local footballers in Somalia have been killed when an explosion believed to have been caused by a bomb ripped through their bus on Friday, July 30. According to local media, ten players from the Jubaland Chamber of Commerce and Industry club were heading off for a game at the Kismayo city stadium in southern Somalia when the blast hit. "The players were riding in a bus when the explosion went off, presumably inside the vehicle. There are investigations going on but we presume the device was planted onto the bus," said police officer Mohamed Sadiq. He said four football players were killed and five others wounded. "The blast was huge and it caused devastating fire which burned down the bus, people rushed to remove the dead bodies and wounded players," said witness Ibr...
Djokovic Loses to Busta in Olympics Bronze-medal Match
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Djokovic Loses to Busta in Olympics Bronze-medal Match

Novak Djokovic lost his second singles match in as many days as Pablo Carreno Busta beat the world number one to win the Olympic bronze medal on Saturday. Djokovic, whose Golden Grand Slam hopes were ended by Alexander Zverev on Friday, lost 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 as Carreno Busta won the match on his sixth match point. Details later…
Dare brokers peace after Tokyo protest
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Dare brokers peace after Tokyo protest

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare on Friday saved the situation after he intervened to calm frayed nerves following a protest by Nigerian athletes in Tokyo, venue of the 2020 Olympic Games. The athletes staged a protest in Tokyo after 10 of them were disqualified from taking part in the track and field events of the Games. The athletes who protested were Ruth Usoro, Favour Ofili, Annette Echikunwoke, Chioma Onyekwere, Glory Patrick, Chidi Okezie, Tima Godbless, Rosemary Chukwuma, Yinka Ajayi and Knowledge Omovoh. The Athletics Integrity Unit on Wednesday disqualified the athletes after they failed to conduct the mandatory three out-of-competition tests before the Olympics. The protesting athletes carried placards with the inscription “Why should we su...
How I was Disqualified from Olympics on my 25th birthday -Athlete who dumped USA for Nigeria
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How I was Disqualified from Olympics on my 25th birthday -Athlete who dumped USA for Nigeria

One of the Nigerian athletes who was disqualified from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Annette Echikunwoke, has lamented that the news of her disqualification got to her officially on her 25 the birthday. Having citizenship in both the United States and Nigeria, Echikunwoke had said she chose to represent for Nigeria to get connected with her parents’ country. Echikunwoke lamented that she was heartbroken and devastated when the news got to her. Her throw of 72.07m made her the first woman to throw past 70m in the Hammer throw on Nigerian soil and broke the Nigerian and African Record when she threw a huge 75.49m in the women’s Hammer Throw at the USATF Throws Festival in Arizona to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The PUNCH had reported that Jumper Ruth Usoro, sprinter Favour Ofil...
US gymnast Biles out of two More Olympic Finals
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US gymnast Biles out of two More Olympic Finals

Simone Biles has pulled out of two more Olympic finals at the Tokyo Games, USA Gymnastics said in a statement on Saturday, with her entire campaign now in serious doubt. The 24-year-old gymnastics great came to Tokyo seeking five gold medals to equal the Olympic all-time career record of nine, but withdrew during the women’s team competition and also skipped her all-around title defence, citing mental health issues. That left Biles, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Rio Games, with a potential four more medal events in Tokyo, but she pulled out of two of those on Saturday. “After further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars,” the USAG statement said. “She will continue to be evaluated da...
Kenya suspends five Referees Over Match-fixing Charges
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Kenya suspends five Referees Over Match-fixing Charges

Kenya on Saturday announced the provisional suspension of five top football league referees over allegations of match-fixing and the manipulation of national league results. Two of the suspended referees, Raymond Onyango and Isaac Memusi, were dropped from the list of FIFA referees at the start of this season after failing match fitness tests. Football Kenya Federation said the decision was taken to safeguard the integrity of the sport, which came under the spotlight after four players were banned — one of them for life — by FIFA in February 2020 for taking part in “an international conspiracy to fix league matches”. “The federation’s Integrity Department, with the assistance of FIFA, has initiated preliminary investigations against the said individuals with a view of establishi...
Ajax’s Noah Gesser is Dead, Real Madrid React
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Ajax’s Noah Gesser is Dead, Real Madrid React

Ajax youth player, Noah Gesser, has died at the age of 16 following a car accident on Friday evening. Gesser had been with Ajax since 2018 and had been due to be part of the club’s U-17 set up for the forthcoming campaign. “Ajax has received the terrible news that Noah Gesser has passed away,” Ajax’s statement read. “The 16-year-old youth player died in a car accident with his brother on Friday evening. “Ajax is deeply moved by this tragic event. The club wishes the loved ones all the strength in coping with this immeasurable loss.” Reacting, Real Madrid, in a tweet on Saturday, wrote, “Real Madrid C.F., its president and its Board of Directors deeply lament the passing of Noah Gesser, @AFCAjax’s academy player. “Real Madrid...
Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s D’Tigers lose again, occupy bottom spot
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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s D’Tigers lose again, occupy bottom spot

Nigeria’s D’Tigers on Saturday lost their third Group B game against Italy in the men’s basketball event at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. D’Tigers lost 71-80 to Italy on Saturday to finish bottom of their group. The defeat against Italy was their third loss at the Olympics. Recall that D’Tigers lost their first game against Australia a few days ago. They also fell apart in the fourth quarter of their second game at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to Germany in the early hours of Wednesday. D’Tigers lost 92 – 99 against the German side.
UEFA Super Cup final: Villarreal Suffer Major injury blow ahead of Chelsea Clash
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UEFA Super Cup final: Villarreal Suffer Major injury blow ahead of Chelsea Clash

Villarreal have suffered a major injury blow ahead of their UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea on August 11. The LaLiga side confirmed in a statement on Friday night that midfielder Dani Parejo suffered muscle damage ahead of the UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea. Parejo was stretchered off in Villarreal’s pre-season friendly draw against Levante on Thursday. The statement read, “The midfielder [Dani Parejo] from Madrid suffered muscle damage yesterday to his right calf. “Medical tests carried out on Dani Parejo have confirmed that he suffered muscle damage to his right calf during yesterday’s friendly match against Levante UD at the Villarreal CF Training Ground (Ciudad Deportiva). “The recovery time will depend on the player’s progress.” The reigning Europa Leagu...
Super League: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus floor UEFA in court
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Super League: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus floor UEFA in court

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus will pursue their European Super League dream, after winning in court on Friday. The three clubs refused to pull out of plans for the breakaway league in April, after nine clubs withdrew following public outrage. In a statement on their respective websites, it read: “FC Barcelona, Juventus, and Real Madrid CF welcome today’s Court’s decision enforcing, with immediate effect, UEFA’s obligation to unwind the actions taken against all European Super League founding clubs, including terminating the disciplinary proceedings against the undersigning three clubs and removing the penalties and restrictions imposed on the remaining nine founding clubs for them to avoid UEFA’s disciplinary action. “The Court backs the request made by the promoters of th...
Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare Suspended
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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare Suspended

Nigerian sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare Ighoteguonor has been “provisionally” suspended for doping at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics in Japan. The Athletics Integrity Unit, AIU, made this known in a press statement on Saturday. AIU said that Okagbare tested positive for a banned substance – human growth hormone. The anti-doping body said the 32-year-old tested positive for the prohibited substance in an out-of-competition test on July 19 – four days before the Olympics started. The results of that test were only received by the track and field’s anti-doping body late Friday after Okagbare, who won her heat in 11.05seconds, qualified for the semifinals of women’s 100m race at the Tokyo Olympics. Okagbare will no longer compete at the Tokyo Olympics following the suspension...
Lumor Agbenyenu: Aris Thessaloniki sign Ghana defender from Sporting CP
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Lumor Agbenyenu: Aris Thessaloniki sign Ghana defender from Sporting CP

The left-back has permanently cut ties with the Portuguese club after a frustrating spell Greek side Aris Thessaloniki have secured the services of Ghana defender Lumor Agbenyenu, the club have announced. The left-back joins the Super League outfit on a two-year deal, bringing an end to a largely unsettled spell with Portuguese fold Sporting CP. He last played for Spanish side Real Mallorca on loan.
‘I see him there this season’ – Hasenhuttl hints at Djenepo’s new position for Southampton
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‘I see him there this season’ – Hasenhuttl hints at Djenepo’s new position for Southampton

The Mali winger is set to switch to a defensive role after making a statement in their last pre-season friendly game Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has hinted that Moussa Djenepo could play at the left-back position for the 2021-22 season. Djenepo, who predominantly features as a winger, has proved his versatility in the Saints’ pre-season with impressive defensive performances in their friendly games. Against Cardiff City on Tuesday, the 23-year-old was drafted into the defence and he still managed to score a goal in their 4-0 win in Wales.
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Carling Black Label Cup: Cole Alexander & hottest Soweto Derby search terms

What are Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates supporters taking to Google to find out ahead of Sunday’s showdown? Predictably, the Carling Black Label Cup is generating a genuine buzz among Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates ahead of Sunday’s showdown between the Soweto giants. The fixture—the traditional curtain raiser of the South African football season—provides a unique opportunity for supporters to take over the management of their beloved teams, with fans able to vote for which players should start the blockbuster clash. The likes of Thulani Hlatshwayo and Itumeleng Khune have been popular with the voters, and both will start on Sunday, while some regulars from both sides have been dropped to the bench as supporters have cast their votes on the makeup of the starting XIs....
Carling Black Label Cup: Cole Alexander & hottest Soweto Derby search terms
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Carling Black Label Cup: Cole Alexander & hottest Soweto Derby search terms

What are Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates supporters taking to Google to find out ahead of Sunday’s showdown? Predictably, the Carling Black Label Cup is generating a genuine buzz among Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates ahead of Sunday’s showdown between the Soweto giants. The fixture—the traditional curtain raiser of the South African football season—provides a unique opportunity for supporters to take over the management of their beloved teams, with fans able to vote for which players should start the blockbuster clash. The likes of Thulani Hlatshwayo and Itumeleng Khune have been popular with the voters, and both will start on Sunday, while some regulars from both sides have been dropped to the bench as supporters have cast their votes on the makeup of the starting XIs....
Survive and advance: USWNT reaches Olympic semi-finals after gritty win over Netherlands on penalties
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Survive and advance: USWNT reaches Olympic semi-finals after gritty win over Netherlands on penalties

The U.S. were pushed all the way by a game Dutch side, but Alyssa Naeher's penalty heroics helped send her side to the last four Survive and advance. That is the mantra in any knockout tournament and it was undoubtedly personified by the U.S. women’s national team on Friday. The USWNT battled through 120 minutes of their Olympic quarter-final against the Netherlands, managing to stay alive and take the game to penalties after a 2-2 draw. In the spot-kick period, Alyssa Naeher cemented her status as a USWNT goalkeeping legend by saving two penalties after she had already stopped a late penalty in regulation.
Abraham would ‘fit the bill’ at Arsenal but Winterburn warns against Lacazette sale
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Abraham would ‘fit the bill’ at Arsenal but Winterburn warns against Lacazette sale

The Gunners have been linked with a raid on London rivals Chelsea for the England international striker Tammy Abraham would "fit the bill" for Arsenal says Nigel Winterburn, but the Gunners have been warned against selling Alexandre Lacazette without having an "upgrade" lined up. The Chelsea and England international striker could tick that box, with Mikel Arteta said to be among those mulling over a transfer raid on their London rivals. Abraham is a proven Premier League performer and looks to be on the market this summer after slipping down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel.
Mexico escape brawl with Canada to book highly-anticipated USMNT rematch
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Mexico escape brawl with Canada to book highly-anticipated USMNT rematch

Play was extended well beyond the 90th minute due to homophobic chants heard in the Mexican section, giving El Tri enough time to secure a winner There were moments in Thursday night's Gold Cup clash with Canada where Mexico were on the ropes. It looked a very real possibility that El Tri's run could end in disaster for a team that has only two possible outcomes: trophy or failure. Yet for all of the nervy moments, Mexico did what they usually do: win Gold Cup games, no matter how ugly things have to get for them to do so. Somehow, someway, we got the Gold Cup final we all expected. After seeing the U.S. men's national team book their spot with a gritty win over Qatar, Canada gave Mexico everything they could handle in the other semifinal. It wasn't enough, for one reason ...
Manchester United say no players positive for Covid-19 after Preston friendly called off
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Manchester United say no players positive for Covid-19 after Preston friendly called off

The club announced a small group had tested positive but have now confirmed after more tests they were 'false positives.' Manchester United have confirmed there are no positive Covid cases within the first team training group after a scare on Thursday. Players and staff are routinely tested and results on Thursday taken by lateral flow tests showed a small group, which included players and staff, had tested positive for the virus. That group isolated while they awaited results of a PCR test, but are all now allowed back into the training ground after further testing showed they are negative.
Oxlade-Chamberlain up for Firmino challenge at Liverpool after playing No 9 role in pre-season
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Oxlade-Chamberlain up for Firmino challenge at Liverpool after playing No 9 role in pre-season

The England international is more at home in midfield, but Jurgen Klopp has been experimenting with him as a central striker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is up for the challenge of offering Liverpool a central striking alternative to Roberto Firmino. The England international has made his name as a midfielder, but Jurgen Klopp has been experimenting with him as a No 9 during pre-season. There is a lack of depth in that position at Anfield with Brazil star Firmino the main man for the Reds, but Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready to step up if required.
Martinelli bills Arteta as ‘one of the best in the world’ despite consistency struggles
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Martinelli bills Arteta as ‘one of the best in the world’ despite consistency struggles

The Brazilian forward is looking for the Gunners to burst out of the blocks in 2021-22 and start playing to their full potential Gabriel Martinelli has claimed Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is "one of the best in the world" despite the Gunners continuing to struggle for consistency under his watch. That has become a familiar issue for the north London giants over recent years, with Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery enduring similiar problems during their respective reigns. A young squad is, however, being pieced together at Emirates Stadium and 20-year-old Brazilian forward Martinelli is looking for their full potential to be unlocked.
Solskjaer: Fernandes is ‘catalyst’ for ‘next step’ in Manchester United trophy bid
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Solskjaer: Fernandes is ‘catalyst’ for ‘next step’ in Manchester United trophy bid

The Red Devils boss says the Portuguese playmaker has helped to nudge his side closer to long-awaited major silverware Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Bruno Fernandes has been the "catalyst" for Manchester United as they look to take the "next step" and bring a long wait for major silverware to a close. The Red Devils were treading water when the Portuguese playmaker was snapped up from Sporting CP during the winter transfer window of 2020. He has quickly become a talisman at Old Trafford with 40 goals in 80 appearances, and the 26-year-old has made no secret that he wants to bring a five-year trophy drought for Solskjaer's side to an end as quickly as possible
We lacked humility’ – Aguilar admits Cruz Azul players let Liga MX title change them
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We lacked humility’ – Aguilar admits Cruz Azul players let Liga MX title change them

La Maquina were stunned by Mazatlan in their first Apertura match last weekend Cruz Azul defender Pablo Aguilar has admitted the team allowed winning the Liga MX title last season change its mentality in their Apertura opener last weekend. With the weight of a 23-year championship drought no longer on the shoulders of every player who joins La Maquina, they have become too arrogant in their success, Aguilar told reporters, leading to a shock 2-0 defeat to Mazatlan last weekend. So, the center back has asked for Cruz Azul to "go back to being that humble team" that triumphed last term over Santos Laguna.
Arsenal complete £50m White transfer from Brighton as Arteta recruitment drive gathers pace
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Arsenal complete £50m White transfer from Brighton as Arteta recruitment drive gathers pace

The England international has committed his future to the Gunners through to 2025, and will now join up with the squad ahead of the new season Ben White has completed his £50 million switch to Arsenal from Brighton as Mikel Arteta's recruitment drive at Emirates Stadium begins to gather pace. White has become Arsenal's third major signing of the summer after Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga, who arrived from Benfica and Anderlecht respectively. The 23-year-old signed a four-year deal that will keep him at the Emirates until 2025 after passing a medical, and will now join up with his new team-mates ahead of the Gunners' latest pre-season friendly against Chelsea on Sunday. It has also been confirmed he will wear No 4 for Arsenal.
Arsenal Sign Ben White from Brighton
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Arsenal Sign Ben White from Brighton

Arsenal have signed Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion on a long-term contract, the club announced on their website on Friday. The 23-year-old defender joins the Premier League side after spending the summer with the Three Lions of England at the Euro 2020. He had spent the 2019/2020 season on loan with Championship-winning side, Leeds United, who are now promoted to the Premier League. Speaking about the player, Arsenal’s Technical Director Edu said, “Ben has been a key target this summer. He has so many qualities which make us so excited he’s joining us. Ben’s a young English player with a great future. He’s very strong defensively, good on the ball with a great passing range. We’re delighted Ben’s signed and we look forward to him growing with us.” Manager Mikel Art...
UEFA Super Cup: Only 13,000 can attend Chelsea vs Villarreal in Belfast
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UEFA Super Cup: Only 13,000 can attend Chelsea vs Villarreal in Belfast

Next month’s European Super Cup match between Chelsea and Villarreal in Belfast can be attended by up to 13,000 fans, the European continent’s football ruling body UEFA said on Friday. UEFA said ticket applications for the Aug. 11 game at Windsor Park have started. It added that all ticket-holders require a negative coronavirus test to enter the stadium and supporters from abroad are subject to local coronavirus regulations. The curtain-raising Super Cup brings together winners of the last Champions League (Chelsea) and Europa League (Villarreal).

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