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Fury and Wilder face to face – expect mind games!
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Fury and Wilder face to face – expect mind games!

The last time Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder sat at a press conference to debate their fight, the first meaningful blow was landed. Trouble was, Wilder did not realise. "What I did last time wasn't good enough so I'm changing it up, and we'll look for the knockout," Fury said. "It's a bold move to fight fire with fire. But there it was, not so much a clue but a clear and obvious declaration from Fury that he intended to perform a 180-degree about-turn with his tactics. Sure enough, he rampaged through a startled Wilder in seven dominant rounds of their rematch. They will come head to head for the first time since Wilder was left bloodied and floored, his unbeaten record and fearsome aura in tatters, on Tuesday at 9pm to officially announce a trilogy match for July 24 in L...
Mario Balotelli peaked at the Euros – and his Monza spell could help him rediscover a lost spark
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Mario Balotelli peaked at the Euros – and his Monza spell could help him rediscover a lost spark

In his frantic, frenetic career, Euro 2012 was the high point. Nine years on, he's spent half a season in Serie B - and enjoyed some success In the frantic, frenetic career of Mario Balotelli, Euro 2012 was the high point. Having just helped Manchester City to the most dramatic of Premier League titles – providing his only assist for the club to set up "Aguerooooo" – he was the outstanding forward in Poland and Ukraine. At the tournament, he super-charged an Italian side which had flopped at the World Cup two years earlier as reigning champions. They outplayed new world kings Spain in the opening group match, before beating Croatia and Republic of Ireland to reach the knock-outs.
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury: David Haye Predicts Winner of Heavyweight bout
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Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury: David Haye Predicts Winner of Heavyweight bout

  British former professional boxer, David Haye has predicted an early knockout when Anthony Joshua takes on Tyson Fury in August. Haye said he is expecting Joshua to secure a knockout early in the fight. The showdown has been fixed for August 14 in Saudi Arabia, when a unified heavyweight champion will be crowned. Nigerian-British boxer will present his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles to the party, while Fury will come with his WBC and Ring Magazine belts. Fury, the unbeaten Gypsy King, has been tipped by many to claim the day, but Haye feels Joshua will pull off the upset in spectacular style. “I like the dedication of Joshua and I think he has a good chance of winning it early,” Haye told the Press Association. “People think I’m crazy but that’s just the way I...
2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup: All Teams that Qualified For Quarter-finals
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2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup: All Teams that Qualified For Quarter-finals

Following the conclusion of Group matches (Day 6 fixtures) in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup on Wednesday, here is the list of qualifiers for the knockout stage/quarter-finals. Enyimba FC defeated Orlando Pirates of South Africa in Aba, thanks to Cyril Olisema’s late goal, while Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia won Salitas of Burkina Faso 2-1. From Group A: 1. Enyimba (Nigeria) 2. Orlando Pirates (South Africa) From Group B: 3. JS Kabylie of Algeria 4. Cotton Sport of Cameroon From Group C: 5. Jaaraf (Senegal) 6. CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) From Group D: 7. Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 8. Pyramids (Egypt) The first leg of the quarter-finals will take place on 16 May and the second leg on 23 May.
Man City Fight Back to Stun PSG in First Leg
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Man City Fight Back to Stun PSG in First Leg

Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez were on target as Manchester City pulled off a brilliant second-half comeback to take control of their Champions League semi-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain with a 2-1 win in the first leg. Mauricio Pochettino, who had dumped Pep Guardiola's Man City out at the quarter-final stage with Tottenham in 2019, looked on course to do the same again during the first half, when his PSG skipper Marquinhos headed the hosts into a deserved lead and Kylian Mbappe and Neymar caused all sorts of problems. But City were much improved after the break and, after De Bruyne's cross crept in past Keylor Navas, Mahrez's free-kick flew through the PSG wall and into the net to make it two away goals for City against last season's finalists. Defensive errors from...
UFC: God Bless him – Jorge Masvidal Reacts after Losing to Kamaru Usman
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UFC: God Bless him – Jorge Masvidal Reacts after Losing to Kamaru Usman

  Jorge Masvidal, an American mixed martial artist, has spoken after losing to Kamaru Usman, a US-based Nigerian boxer, on Saturday in UFC 261. Masvidal prayed to ‘God to bless’ Usman after losing to the 33-year-old, adding that he caught him by surprise, and it hurts. The 36-year-old’s defeat to Usman was his first knockout loss of his 50-fight MMA career. Usman scored a stunning second-round knockout to finish Masvidal and retained the undisputed UFC welterweight title in Florida. The bout was a rematch of their meeting at UFC 251, where Usman defeated Masvidal after five gruelling rounds. “First time in my career, and it’s in front of all my people, my family and my friends, so it hurts,” Masvidal said after the fight. “I’ve never been knocked out in 50 pro...
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Thomas Tuchel picks who Chelsea Prefer to Face in Semi-finals
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Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Thomas Tuchel picks who Chelsea Prefer to Face in Semi-finals

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has said that he would prefer a Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid instead of Liverpool. The German gaffer said he does not want to face teams from the same league as his sides in Europe. Chelsea booked their place in the semi-finals for the first time in seven years after a 2-1 aggregate win against Porto in Sevilla on Tuesday. Mehdi Taremi struck at stoppage time to give Porto a 1-0 win but the victory was not enough to see the Portuguese through to the next round. Chelsea will now wait for the winner between Liverpool and Real Madrid with the Spanish side leading the Premier League outfit 3-1 on aggregate. And Tuchel said he typically prefers to avoid teams from the same league in European knockout games. “I don...
Former heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield ‘to Return to Boxing ring for the first time in a Decade to Face Kevin McBride
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Former heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield ‘to Return to Boxing ring for the first time in a Decade to Face Kevin McBride

American boxing legend, Evander Holyfield is reportedly set to make a return to boxing for the first time in a decade to face Kevin McBride. Sports Illustrated reports that the former undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight boxing champion will face McBride in an eight-round exhibition on the undercard of Triller's June 5 pay-per-view event, which will feature Teofimo Lopez defending his unified lightweight titles against George Kambosos in the main event. The 58-year-old, whose last fight in the boxing ring came in May 2011 will be hoping to defeat Kevin McBride after Mike Tyson recently revealed his plans to fight him and Lennox Lewis this year. 'I want Holyfield and I want Lennox Lewis this year,' Tyson revealed on his Hotboxin' Podcast. 'I want both of them, I want to ...
Ajagba Maintains Unbeaten Streak With 3rd Round Knockout Win
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Ajagba Maintains Unbeaten Streak With 3rd Round Knockout Win

Rising heavyweight contender Efe Ajagba made a statement in an emphatic 3rd round knockout of Brian Howard on Saturday evening in front of a sold-out crowd at Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Boxing Scene reports. Ajagba was fighting for the second time since signing with Top Rank, which was also accompanied by a switch in trainer from Ronnie Shields to Kay Koroma in the greater Houston area. The 2016 Rio Olympics star was measured in the opening round, walking down Howard who was fighting with a heavy heart as he was forced to bury his passing mother earlier in the week. Action was steady through two rounds before Ajagba punched for the highlight reel in round three when a right hand caught Howard clean on the chin, sending him sprawling to the canvas in forcing an immediate ...
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo miss out on the quarterfinals of the Champions league for first time in 16 years
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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo miss out on the quarterfinals of the Champions league for first time in 16 years

Football legends, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, for the first time since the 2004-05 season, have bowed out of the UEFA Champions League before the quarter-final stage, signaling a possible era change for the dynamic duo who have lit up our football screens for the last two decades. Juventus crash out on Tuesday March 9following a poor performance against Porto home and away while FC Barcelona crashed out against a superb Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on Wednesday night, March 10,  despite Barca trying their best on the night . Neither Messi’s nor Ronaldo’s clubs will feature in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League season. FC porto's Sergio Oliveira's extra-time free-kick confirmed Ronaldo's third straight knockout round exit with Juventus. Then on Wednesday ni...
Tyson Fury Reveals Why he Licked Deontay Wilder’s Blood During Fight
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Tyson Fury Reveals Why he Licked Deontay Wilder’s Blood During Fight

British boxer, Tyson Fury, has spoken about his victory over Deontay Wilder last year and revealed why he licked blood off the American’s body. Just over a year after their first bout ended in a controversial draw in December 2018, the Gypsy King produced the performance of his career to beat Wilder by knockout in the seventh round, after the Bronze Bomber’s corner threw in the towel last February. A dramatic moment during the fight came in the sixth round, when Fury licked the blood on Wilder’s neck, whilst the two boxers were in a hold in a corner. Fury has now told ESPN: “In a pre-fight interview I said I would taste Deontay Wilder’s blood this time. “I had an opportunity in round six so I had to taste his blood to see what my prey would taste like.   “I was the h...
Dillian Whyte’s Rematch With Povetkin Gets New Date
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Dillian Whyte’s Rematch With Povetkin Gets New Date

  The boxing heavyweight rematch between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin will now take place on March 27 in Gibraltar. The bout was originally fixed for March. But COVID-19 travel restrictions has seen the fight pushed back three weeks. Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, said: “In the current environment we are always having to think on our feet,” said Hearn. “We did everything to try and make March 6 happen but with the new travel restrictions, it was impossible. “Now we have something outside the box, compelling and a unique setting for one of the heavyweight fights of the year – roll on the Rumble on the Rock!” Whyte is attempting to avenge his shock knockout defeat last summer.
Champions League Squad Ahead of Atletico Madrid tie [Full list]
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Champions League Squad Ahead of Atletico Madrid tie [Full list]

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has released a 25-man list for the Champions League knockout stages. The west London Blues face LaLiga giants, Atletico Madrid in the knockout stages of the competition after finishing top of their group. The first leg takes place on February 23, in Madrid while the second leg comes up in Stamford Bridge on March 17 Two names have been removed from the first being Fikayo Tomori who joined AC Milan on loan and Ian Maatsen after his loan move to Charlton Athletic. Young duo, Nigerian-born Tino Anjorin, and Henry Lawrence have made the knockout squad. The list also has Billy Gilmour, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount all included on List B. Here is the confirmed squad list in full: List A: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso,...
Boxer Muhammad Aslam Khan Dies at 27 after Collapsing in the ring Following Brutal Knockout by Opponent 
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Boxer Muhammad Aslam Khan Dies at 27 after Collapsing in the ring Following Brutal Knockout by Opponent 

Pakistani boxer, Muhammad Aslam Khan has died after collapsing in the ring following a brutal knockout that left him with fatal internal injuries. The 27-year-old was taking on Wali Khan Tareen during a recent charity bout when he suffered a brutal knockout in the fourth round. According to local reports, Aslam Khan was taken to a private hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, where he died as a result of internal injuries. BOL News said “He didn’t die in the ring, he suffered facial injuries and there wasn’t anyone there to look after him.” It has been claimed that there were no medical personnel present at ringside for the clash when Aslam Khan collapsed in the ring after being hit by Wali Khan Tareen. Aslam Khan's death is being investigated by the authorities as it h...
Arsenal vs Benfica Europa League Game Could be One-legged Tie
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Arsenal vs Benfica Europa League Game Could be One-legged Tie

Arsenal’s round of 32 Europa League clash with Benfica, could be played as a one-off tie on a neutral ground, under new UEFA rules, the UK Mirror reports The two-leg tie is facing difficulties, because of the new COVID-19 rules in the UK that affects arrivals from Portugal. The rules would require Arsenal players and staff to quarantine for 10 days when they return from the first leg and also stop Benfica from entering the UK for the second leg. One solution would be for the game to be played at a neutral venue, a scenario UEFA’s competition regulations for the Champions League and Europa League knockout phases permit. Under rule K.1.8 of the respective competitions’ rule books, it states, “The UEFA administration has the right to assign an alternative venue for any particu...
Chan 2021: ‘It’s going to be a cup final’ – Uganda’s McKinstry on Morocco tie
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Chan 2021: ‘It’s going to be a cup final’ – Uganda’s McKinstry on Morocco tie

The Cranes will need to see off the reigning champions if they are to progress to the quarter-finals Uganda national team head coach Johnathan McKinstry has termed their final Group C match against Morocco in the African Nations Championship as a cup final given the high stakes it carries. They need to win against the reigning champions if they have to book a place in the quarter-finals and McKinstry is hopeful they can beat the odds and advance. Uganda’s loss to Togo in the second group game complicated their chances of earning a first-ever place in the knockout stage of Chan.
Braga 3-3 Leicester City: Vardy seals Europa League progression in frantic fashion
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Braga 3-3 Leicester City: Vardy seals Europa League progression in frantic fashion

Jamie Vardy's 95th-minute equaliser against Braga proved enough to send Leicester City into the knockout stages of the Europa League. Jamie Vardy scored a last-gasp goal amid a dramatic finale as Leicester City clinched their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League in an enthralling 3-3 draw at Braga. With AEK Athens losing to Zorya Luhansk in Group G's other game on Thursday, the Foxes needed a point to book their place in the last 16, and thought they had it when Luke Thomas scored his first senior goal in the 78th minute to make it 2-2. Yet Braga, who led at half-time thanks to goals from Al Musrati and Paulinho either side of Harvey Barnes' equaliser, seemed to have snatched the win when substitute Fransergio slotted in on the counter.
Molde 0-3 Arsenal: Pepe makes amends as Gunners reach next round
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Molde 0-3 Arsenal: Pepe makes amends as Gunners reach next round

Nicolas Pepe scored a fine goal as Arsenal beat Molde to secure their place in the last 32 of the Europa League. Nicolas Pepe was on the scoresheet as Arsenal won 3-0 at Molde to secure their place in the Europa League knockouts. The winger was chastised for being sent off for a headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski during the 0-0 Premier League draw with Leeds United last Sunday. Pepe was handed a chance for redemption by boss Mikel Arteta and duly responded with an impressive performance capped by a fine goal that broke the deadlock at Aker Stadion.
Tottenham 4-0 Ludogorets: Vinicius off the mark as Winks nets outrageous 54-yard lob
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Tottenham 4-0 Ludogorets: Vinicius off the mark as Winks nets outrageous 54-yard lob

Two goals from Carlos Vinicius and a long-range strike from Harry Winks helped Tottenham to a big win over Ludogorets in the Europa League. Carlos Vinicius scored twice as Tottenham claimed a comfortable 4-0 win over Ludogorets and edged closer to a place in the Europa League knockout stage. Brazilian striker Vinicius, on a season-long loan from Benfica, netted for Spurs for the first time with two clinical finishes in a one-sided match on Thursday. But the pick of the goals belonged to Harry Winks, as a spectacular long-range effort drifted over Ludogorets goalkeeper Plamen Iliev from 53.7 yards, before Lucas Moura added a fourth with a crisp finish.
Champions League: UEFA considers continuing with single-game knockout format
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Champions League: UEFA considers continuing with single-game knockout format

UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, has said the single-game knockout format which was used in the Champions League this year from the quarter-final stage, could be continued in future. The format was introduced to allow the competition to be completed in a shorter span, after COVID-19 halted football for several months. Eight clubs headed to Lisbon and Bayern Munich will meet Paris Saint-Germain in the final on Sunday. "We were forced to do it but in the end we see that we found out something new," Ceferin told Reuters. "So we will think about it in the future for sure." Ceferin noted that without a second leg to play, teams have been forced to go for goals. However, the current two-legged format is locked in place contractually until 2024/2025, but discussions are ...
All Champions League Knockout Games to be Played in Lisbon
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All Champions League Knockout Games to be Played in Lisbon

UEFA is planning to play all Champions League knockout games in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Sky Italia reports that the final will be played August 23, following 12 days of matches. However, UEFA’s executive committee must agree on the plan on Wednesday, among a series of decisions to reschedule international soccer, after COVID-19 disrupted the global sports calendar. The final is likely to take place on a rare Sunday at Benfica’s Stadium of Light. It was originally to be played on Saturday, May 30 at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. Semifinals will be split between the Stadium of Light and the home stadium of Sporting Lisbon close by on August 18-19. Four quarterfinals are planned on consecutive nights from August 12-15. ...
Pulev Will Knockout Anthony Joshua – Pulev’s Manager, Ivaylo Gotsev Brags
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Pulev Will Knockout Anthony Joshua – Pulev’s Manager, Ivaylo Gotsev Brags

According to the Bulgarian’s manager Ivaylo Gotsev, Kubrat Pulev will inflict another crushing defeat on Anthony Joshua – and then offer him a rematch. Pulev is the IBF mandatory challenger for Joshua, who avenged his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr with a points victory in an immediate rematch in Saudi Arabia in December. And Gotsev has suggested that Britain’s heavyweight star will again need a return bout after suffering another setback in his rescheduled world title fight with Pulev. “Yeah, we’ll give it to him, just like he did with Ruiz, but I can assure one thing – Kubrat is going to be ready for the rematch as well,” Gotsev told Sky Sports. “He’s not going to let himself go like Ruiz did, for whatever reasons. I mean that wasn’t serious. Kubrat is a serious contender, he...
‘He made us believe we could do this’ – Reyna hails Pulisic as inspiration for American players
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‘He made us believe we could do this’ – Reyna hails Pulisic as inspiration for American players

The Borussia Dortmund star hailed the Chelsea winger for paving the way for the current group of up-and-comers Gio Reyna credited Christian Pulisic for paving the way for him at Borussia Dortmund, adding that the current Chelsea star made young Americans believe they could make it at Europe's biggest clubs. Reyna broke through with Dortmund's first team in January before scoring a stunning goal against Werder Bremen in the DFB-Pokal to mark his spot in the first team. He's played a total of 11 senior matches so far, including a substitute appearance against Paris Saint-Germain that saw him notch an assist while becoming the third-youngest player ever to appear in a knockout game in the Champions League.
More Photos from WBC Champion of Tyson Fury’s Sensational Win Over Deontay Wilder
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More Photos from WBC Champion of Tyson Fury’s Sensational Win Over Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury on Sunday morning became the WBC heavyweight champion of the world, defeating Deontay Wilder in the 7th round in the Heavyweight championship clash in MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas. Fury got a technical knockout over Deontay Wilder in the seventh round after inflicting many devastating headshots on the American.   Fury knocked out Wilder in the second round, making the American fall down to the canvas, his second time of touching the canvas in his career, which ultimately led to his loss against a much fitter and energetic Fury. Both men made stunning ring walks in front of a packed-out MGM Grand, with Wilder donning a shiny suit of armour with his lighted mask while Fury entered the ring sitting on a golden throne. It was the second time both fighte...
Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder in Brutal Seventh-round KO to win WBC Heavyweight Championship
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Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder in Brutal Seventh-round KO to win WBC Heavyweight Championship

Tyson Fury has become the WBC heavyweight champion of the world, defeating Deontay Wilder in the 7th round in the Heavyweight championship clash on Sunday morning Feb 23rd at MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas     Fury who came in as the challenger, surpassed the odds, by getting a technical knockout over Deontay Wilder.   In the third round, Fury knocked out Wilder, making the American fall down to the canvas, his second time of touching the canvas in his career. In the last round (seventh), Fury smashed Wilder in the face with a straight right, and Wilder was trapped in the corner, causing his people to throw in the towel after noticing that he had a bloody cut on his mouth and blood dripping out of his ears. The referee immediately called off the...
Ex-Man Utd Star Antonio Valencia Wishes Ighalo Success After Taking his No.25 Shirt
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Ex-Man Utd Star Antonio Valencia Wishes Ighalo Success After Taking his No.25 Shirt

On Tuesday, Manchester United confirmed that Odion Ighalo will wear the no. 25 jersey, the shirt number that was vacated by the club's former star, Antonio Valencia. The 34-year-old Ecuadorian right-back, who now plays for L.D.U. Quito after leaving Manchester United in 2019, has sent a message to Odion Ighalo following the news that he has taken the No.25 shirt he used to wear at the club. Reflecting on what the No.25 shirt meant to him as he wished his successor well, Valencia said the jersey was an inspiration which helped him worked beyond his dreams. Sharing a photo of Odion Ighalo posing with the No.25 jersey, he wrote:“I always saw the number as an opportunity to work beyond my dreams,” Valencia tweeted. “It has been my inspiration and became my amulet. I wish you al...
Deontay Wilder Hits Hard, But He’s No Mike Tyson – George Foreman Says
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Deontay Wilder Hits Hard, But He’s No Mike Tyson – George Foreman Says

With fans alike currently debating if Deontay Wilder has a harder punch than Mike Tyson, George Foreman believes Tyson was too far ahead of Wilder. After Deontay Wilder's amazing knockout against Luis Ortiz earlier this Month, many fans and Pundits have been debating if Wilder has the strongest punch Boxing has ever seen. However, Boxing legend George Foreman believes that Wilder is still behind a few legends, including Iron Mike Tyson. When asked about Wilder's power, Foreman had this to say about the Bronze Bomber: "He's good but he hasn't approached Joe Lewis, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson. No, he hasn't approached that kind of recognition yet. No way." Foreman went on to say that Wilder needs a big win against a top Boxer to cement himself among the elite. Wilder was only able...
Salah and Keita resume training with Liverpool
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Salah and Keita resume training with Liverpool

The Africans stars are back with the Reds ahead of Sunday's Community Shield encounter against Man City Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita have resumed training with Liverpool ahead of the 2019-20 season. The duo were granted extended break after their international outings at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, although Keita had to fight his way back from an abductor injury. Salah was part of Egypt’s squad which exited the continental tournament in the Round of 16 after a 1-0 loss to South Africa, while Keita could only feature in the group stage as Guinea bowed out in the knockout round.
Watford sign Nigeria’s Tom Dele-Bashiru on six-year deal
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Watford sign Nigeria’s Tom Dele-Bashiru on six-year deal

The Hornets have completed the signing of the Nigeria youth international on a free transfer after his contract expired at the Etihad Stadium Premier League club Watford have announced the arrival of Nigeria's Tom Dele-Bashiru on a six-year deal. Dele-Bashiru left Manchester City following the expiry of his contract and will now continue his career at Vicarage Road until 2024. The 19-year-old midfielder was part of the Nigeria U20 team at the 2019 Fifa U20 World Cup in Poland and he scored a goal in three games before their exit in the knockout round.a
Senegal 1 Tunisia 0, Own goal the difference as Cisse’s men reach AFCON final
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Senegal 1 Tunisia 0, Own goal the difference as Cisse’s men reach AFCON final

Dylan Bronn's own goal 10 minutes into extra time gave Senegal a 1-0 win over Tunisia in an action-packed semi-final in Cairo. Senegal have reached the Africa Cup of Nations final for just the second time in their history having beaten Tunisia 1-0 after extra time in a dramatic match that saw both teams miss penalties. The 2002 runners-up edged past Uganda and Benin with 1-0 victories in the previous two knockout rounds and maintained their impressive defensive record in Cairo as they eventually found a way past unfortunate Tunisia, who were denied another clear penalty late on. Henri Saivet wasted a glorious chance to send Senegal through towards the end of normal time in Sunday's clash when failing to convert from the penalty spot, five minutes after Ferjani Sassi had done l...
Afcon 2019: ‘We are the second favourites’ – Rohr hopes Nigeria can challenge Algeria
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Afcon 2019: ‘We are the second favourites’ – Rohr hopes Nigeria can challenge Algeria

Despite his side’s recent win against Bafana Bafana, the tactician is wary of the challenge his side will face when they take on Djamel Belmadi’s men Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr denied suggestions his team are favourites going into Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations clash against Algeria.The North Africans triumphed over Cote d’Ivoire on penalties to secure a place in the last four while the Super Eagles defeated South Africa in a fiercely contested quarter-final game. Ahead of this clash at Cairo’s football cathedral, Rohr’s men are widely perceived to be odds-on favourites having silenced Bafana Bafana, who knocked out hosts Egypt. The German, however, does not feel his side should be considered the favourites against Djamel Belmadi’s side, who finished as group winners. ...
Afcon 2019: Madagascar looking to surprise DR Congo – Dupuis
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Afcon 2019: Madagascar looking to surprise DR Congo – Dupuis

The French manager wants his men to continue defying the odds in debut Afcon campaign, following their group stage heroics Madagascar head coach, Nicolas Dupuis, has charged his troops to spring up another surprise ahead of their first ever Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) knockout round match against DR Congo on Sunday. The Indian Ocean nation shocked three-time Afcon champions Nigeria in a 2-0 win to finish top of Group B. The Barea garnered seven points in the group stage, recording wins against Nigeria and fellow tournament first-timers Burundi. They held Guinea to a 2-2 draw in the opener.
Afcon 2019: Algeria look the best team going into the Round of 16 – Herve Renard
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Afcon 2019: Algeria look the best team going into the Round of 16 – Herve Renard

The Morocco boss names Algeria as the most impressive team at Africa Cup of Nations heading into the knockout stages Morocco coach Herve Renard has singled out Algeria as the toughest team at the Africa Cup of Nations finals. Both Morocco and Algeria reached the knockout stages of the competition in Egypt, but it was the nature of Algeria’s 1-0 victory over title favourites Senegal which caught the eye of two-time title-winning coach Renard. “I think there will be a lot of observers who will agree with me. I think up until now Algeria have been the best team at this tournament, notably in the match against Senegal where they performed very, very well,” Renard is quoted by Capital News.
Afcon 2019: Nigeria face Cameroon in Round of 16
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Afcon 2019: Nigeria face Cameroon in Round of 16

The Super Eagles must find their way past the Indomitable Lions to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the competition in Egypt Nigeria will face defending champions Cameroon in the Round of 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt. The Super Eagles qualified for the knockout phase after finishing as Group B runners-up following their 2-0 defeat to Madagascar. They now face the Indomitable Lions who booked their place in the knockout phase after Benin Republic held them to a 0-0 draw at Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia on Tuesday.
Afcon 2019: Kenya bow out after Benin draw against Cameroon
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Afcon 2019: Kenya bow out after Benin draw against Cameroon

Harambee Stars will have to return home after Benin earned a point against the Indomitable Lions on Tuesday Harambee Stars chances of making it to the Last 16 of the competition were left in tatters after they lost 3-0 to Senegal in their final Group C match on Monday. That defeat meant Kenya were relying on Mali and Cameroon to beat Angola and Benin respectively. However, Benin managed to squeeze a barren draw against the Indomitable Lions, meaning they will now qualify for the knockout stages at the expense of Kenya.
Afcon 2019: Senegal knew Kenya would be tough to beat – Sadio Mane
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Afcon 2019: Senegal knew Kenya would be tough to beat – Sadio Mane

Senegal cruised into the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations with an ultimately comfortable 3-0 win over Kenya Senegal forward Sadio Mane says they knew it will not be easy to beat Kenya in the final Group C match of the Africa Cup of Nations finals on Thursday. The Liverpool winger missed a penalty before scoring twice to add to Ismaila Sarr’s opener as the Lions of Teranga cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win at the 30 June Stadium. “They are a team who ran a lot, who were well placed, and they obviously wanted to qualify. We knew that wouldn’t be easy,” Mane told Goal after the match.
Buhari Nominates Dalung, 10 Others As FG’s Delegation To 2019 AFCON
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Buhari Nominates Dalung, 10 Others As FG’s Delegation To 2019 AFCON

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the immediate past Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung as a member of an 11- man delegation to Egypt to support and cheer the Super Eagles at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations. In a letter signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, President Buhari nominated the former Sports Minister as a representative of the Presidency. The delegation will be led by the Senate President, Senator Lawan Ahmed. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr Boss Mustapha , the Executive governors of Lagos and Delta states, His Excellencies Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu and Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa are also on the list. Other delegates on the Federal Go...
Afcon 2019: ‘We don’t need calculators, no permutation this year’ – Nigerians celebrate Round of 16 berth
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Afcon 2019: ‘We don’t need calculators, no permutation this year’ – Nigerians celebrate Round of 16 berth

The Super Eagles sealed their second win in Egypt on Wednesday to confirm their progress to their last-16 stage of the Africa Cup of Nations Kenneth Omeruo's header earned Nigeria a 1-0 win over Guinea in their second Group B fixture, which secured their spot in the knockout round of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. After a goalless first half, the Chelsea loanee powered Moses Simon's corner-kick into the back of the net with his header in the 73rd minute, to extend the Super Eagles' tally at the summit of their group table to six points after two games.
Nigeria 1 Guinea 0: Omeruo sends Super Eagles through as Keita struggles
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Nigeria 1 Guinea 0: Omeruo sends Super Eagles through as Keita struggles

Naby Keita failed to spark Guinea's Africa Cup of Nations campaign into life as Kenneth Omeruo's goal sent Nigeria into the last 16. Nigeria became the first team to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations knockout phase as Kenneth Omeruo's goal earned a 1-0 win over Guinea in Group B. In a largely uneventful contest in Alexandria, Nigeria made the breakthrough when Omeruo headed in from Moses Simon's 73rd-minute corner. Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita returned to fitness to make his first start for either club or country since May 1, but could not inspire Guinea, who are in real danger of an early exit.
Penalty punishment rule temporarily changed for shootouts in Women’s World Cup
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Penalty punishment rule temporarily changed for shootouts in Women’s World Cup

Goalkeepers will not be booked for encroaching off their line during a penalty shoot-out during the knockout rounds of the tournament in France Women's World Cup goalkeepers will not be booked if they move off their line during a penalty shoot-out, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has confirmed. The new ruling, which sees a penalty retaken if a goalkeeper does not keep two feet on the goal line, has been tested during the tournament in France. It has caused controversy, with the use of VAR meaning goalkeepers have been penalised, and then booked, for moving a matter of inches only moments before spot-kicks have been taken.
Women’s World Cup: Indomitable Lionesses advance into Round of 16 after narrow win
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Women’s World Cup: Indomitable Lionesses advance into Round of 16 after narrow win

The Indomitable Lionesses pipped New Zealand to move into the knockout stage of the competition Cameroon defeated New Zealand 2-1 in their final Group E encounter at the Women's World Cup in Montpelier on Thursday. The Africans lost their opening game 1-0 to Canada before bowing 3-1 to the Netherlands and needed to win to claim one of the four spots for best third-placed teams. Ajara Nchout's second-half brace was all Alain Djuemba's ladies required to overcome the Football Ferns at Stade de la Mosson. Nchout broke the deadlock in the 57th minute before Marie Awona's own goal helped the opponents level matters in the 80th minute.
All the 12 teams that have qualified for Round of 16 in 2019 Women’s World Cup
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All the 12 teams that have qualified for Round of 16 in 2019 Women’s World Cup

As at Tuesday morning, 12 out of the 16 spots in the knockout stage of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, have been taken. With the group games ending on Thursday, June 20, there are four more slots left. Here’s a rundown of Monday’s action: Germany 4 South Africa 0 Spain 0 China 0 Norway 2 South Korea 1 France 1 Nigeria 0 The teams that are now through to the round of 16 officially are: France Norway Germany Spain China Italy England Japan Netherlands Canada USA Sweden
African football legend Roger Milla sees no challenge for Cameroon from Ghana and company
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African football legend Roger Milla sees no challenge for Cameroon from Ghana and company

The ex-Indomitable Lions forward is confident of his team's chances at the upcoming continental fiesta Former Cameroon star Roger Milla believes the Indomitable Lions' 2019 Africa Cup of Nations group, which includes four-time champions Ghana, should pose no problems for their hopes of making the knockout stage. The defending champions are seeking to make it two successive titles and six continental titles in all at the June 21-July 19 tournament in Egypt. Minnows Benin and Guinea-Bissau are the other two nations in Group F.
Every Liverpool fan has Kloppomania!’ – Matip hails Reds boss’ impact
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Every Liverpool fan has Kloppomania!’ – Matip hails Reds boss’ impact

The defender believes his manager's passion and desire helped set the Anfield outfit apart from their European rivals in the 2018-19 season Liverpool’s Joel Matip has praised manager Jurgen Klopp’s impact on both the team and the city, suggesting that every Reds fan on Merseyside is experiencing ‘Kloppomania’ following their Champions League triumph. Matip played a vital role for Liverpool in their run to claiming a sixth European title, with the 27-year-old missing just one the club’s knockout matches in the competition. But rather than take any credit for the Reds’ glory in Madrid, Matip was indeed keen to highlight the difference Klopp has made on the side’s fortunes.
Anthony Joshua  Worst Mistake is to have Rematch with Andy Ruiz
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Anthony Joshua Worst Mistake is to have Rematch with Andy Ruiz

  British professional boxer, Amir Khan, has warned Anthony Joshua he is making the “worst mistake”, by taking an immediate rematch against Andy Ruiz Jnr. Ruiz dropped Joshua four times, before a dramatic seventh-round stoppage victory last weekend at Madison Square Garden. Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has this week confirmed that they will opt for a rematch against Mexico’s first ever heavyweight champion, with plans to stage the fight in November or December in the UK. However, Khan believes it is not a bright idea. “When I heard he was doing that I thought it was the worst mistake he could make. “Look, first of all, Ruiz will be full of confidence going into this fight and you’ve got Joshua who will be a little bit on the edge a...
Botswana brush aside Lesotho, Zambia beat Zimbabwe on penalties
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Botswana brush aside Lesotho, Zambia beat Zimbabwe on penalties

The Zebras beat Likoena to set up a Cosafa Cup final clash against the Chipolopolo, who needed penalties to knockout Zimbabwe The Moses Mabhida Stadium hosted the semifinals of the 2019 Cosafa Cup on Wednesday where four nations battled it out for two spots in the final. Botswana faced Lesotho in the first match which got underway at 17h00 as both teams looked to seal their passage to the final. The Zebras dictated the proceedings from the first whistle and managed to break the deadlock through the experienced forward Joel Mogorosi in the sixth minute.
Kanu, Aiyegbeni encourage Anthony Joshua after losing heavyweight titles
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Kanu, Aiyegbeni encourage Anthony Joshua after losing heavyweight titles

The Nigeria-born boxer lost four world heavyweight titles at Madison Square Garden on Saturday Former Nigeria internationals Nwankwo Kanu and Yakubu Aiyegbeni have shown solidarity with Anthony Joshua after his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday. Joshua was knocked down four times by the Mexican boxer, which prompted the referee to wave the fight off in the seventh round and announce Ruiz the winner by technical knockout. The loss was Joshua's first defeat in 23 professional fights as he lost his WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF belts in New York City.
South Africa U20 0-1 Korea Republic U20: Amajita on the brink of World Cup exit after another defeat
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South Africa U20 0-1 Korea Republic U20: Amajita on the brink of World Cup exit after another defeat

Amajita suffered their second successive defeat at the hands of the Korea Republic, meaning they are rooted at the bottom of the standings South Africa U20 national team suffered yet another defeat as they went down 1-0 to the Korea Republic in their second match of the Fifa World Cup on Tuesday night. Thabo Senong admitted prior to the match that this was a do-or-die encounter and he expected his charges to come to the party and beat the Korea Republic. However, it was the opposite as Hyun-Woo Kim of the Korean Republic scored the only goal of the game to dent Amajita's hopes of making it into the knockout stages.
Anthony Joshua’s Next Opponent Returns ‘Adverse Finding’ in Dope Sample
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Anthony Joshua’s Next Opponent Returns ‘Adverse Finding’ in Dope Sample

Anthony Joshua’s next opponent Jarrell Miller has returned an “adverse finding” in a drug-testing sample, says Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. American Miller, 30, is due to fight Briton Joshua, 29, at Madison Square Garden in New York on 1 June. Joshua is scheduled to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against the undefeated Miller, who has never fought for a world title. Hearn said Joshua’s “preparations continue” for his US debut. Hearn said he had been informed by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) about the finding from a sample collected on 20 March. VADA operates within boxing and mixed martial arts. “We are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon,” he said on Twitter. Miller’s promoter, Dmitriy Salita, sa...

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