Thursday, October 28

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Arsenal legend Thiery Henry picks Taribo West as toughest opponent of his career
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Arsenal legend Thiery Henry picks Taribo West as toughest opponent of his career

Arsenal legend, Thiery Henry has named ex-Super Eagles defender, Taribo West as the toughest opponent he faced in his career. Henry is the Gunners’ all-time goal scorer and was renowned for wreaking havoc on defences for club and country during his professional career which spanned over two decades but he claims that the former Super Eagles star gave him his most difficult test. When asked the hardest opponent he has faced, the current Belgium national team assistant coach said on CBSS Sports Golazo: “Toughest as indirect opponent? Or just a guy you don’t like to play against? “For direct opponent, I would go back in the days - Taribo West. “Because [at Auxerre], they did man-marking. He followed you everywhere, even in the dressing room.” During his spell at AS Monaco,...
FG files fresh charges against Nnamdi Kanu, explains how he incited violence
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FG files fresh charges against Nnamdi Kanu, explains how he incited violence

An amended seven-count charge has been filed by the federal government against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, before a Federal High Court in Abuja. The fresh charges border on treasonable felony and terrorism following the pending charges he was facing since 2016 and it was also learnt that the court has issued a hearing notice in the case which is billed to commence on Thursday, October 21. Justice Binta Nyako made fresh directives on the conduct of the proceedings throughout the case in the notice. It read; “This case will be transferred from the General Cause List to the hearing paper for Thursday 21st October 2021at 9 o’clock forenoon and will come on to be on that day if the business of the court permits or otherwise on some adjustment...
Deontay Wilder reacts to trilogy fight defeat against Tyson Fury
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Deontay Wilder reacts to trilogy fight defeat against Tyson Fury

American boxer, Deontay Wilder, has reacted to his trilogy heavyweight fight defeat against British fighter, Tyson Fury. Wilder said he ‘wasn’t good enough’ against Fury following the brutal knockout defeat on Sunday morning, Nigerian time. The 35-year-old was knocked down in the third, 10th and 11th rounds as he failed to avenge his 2020 defeat to Fury at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, USA. Wilder briefly stunned Fury by twice sending him to the canvas in the fourth round, but the unbeaten Gypsy King soon regained control and dominated most of the remaining rounds to defend his WBC world heavyweight title against his opponent. “I did my best, but it was not good enough tonight,” Wilder said after the fight. “I am not sure what happened. I know that in training he did ce...
Tyson Fury knocks out Deontay Wilder after five knockdowns
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Tyson Fury knocks out Deontay Wilder after five knockdowns

Tyson Fury has retained his heavyweight world title, after knocking out Deontay Wilder in the 11th round on Sunday morning. It was an explosive end to a thrilling back-and-forth trilogy fight. Both Fury and Wilder hit the canvas five times in total. Wilder was down in the third and 10th rounds, while Fury went down twice in the fourth. But it was the British boxer who recovered best from the setbacks to stop his opponent in the penultimate session and ensure a concussive end to this long-running feud. “As the great John Wayne said, I’m made of pig, iron and steal. It was a great fight and worthy of any great trilogy fight. “He’s got no love for me because I’ve beaten him three times. “I’m a sportsman, I went over to him show some love and respect and he didn’t want t...
Tyson Fury reveals he’s stopped having s*x and mast*rbating while preparing for his fight with Deontay Wilder
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Tyson Fury reveals he’s stopped having s*x and mast*rbating while preparing for his fight with Deontay Wilder

WBC and Lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury has revealed he has deprived himself of sex ahead of his fight this weekend, October 9 with Deontay Wilder. Fury, 33, takes on arch rival Deontay Wilder, 35, in Las Vegas for a third time on Saturday and the boxer who once controversially stated that he masturbated 'seven times a day' says Wilder will fall victim to his 'pent up aggression' as he has deprived himself of many of his basic delights prior to Saturday fight. He says he has not just cut out the beers, the junk food and the nights out but also the primal instinct for sex. Fury's wife Paris is back home in the UK recovering from the delivery of their sixth child and Fury says he can't remember when last he had sex. 'Of course,' Tyson Fury said to Sky Sports when ...
Bare knuckle fighter Justin Thornton dies six weeks after a brutal 19-second KO left him partially Paralysed
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Bare knuckle fighter Justin Thornton dies six weeks after a brutal 19-second KO left him partially Paralysed

A bare knuckle fighter has died in hospital six weeks after a brutal 19-second knockout left him partially paralyzed. Justin Thornton, 38, was taking part in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 20 in Biloxi, Mississippi on August 20 when he sustained a brutal KO defeat. His opponent Dillon Cleckler caught him with a right punch just 19 seconds into the first round, sending him face-first to the canvas, before the referee ended the fight. According to his Facebook page, where a GoFundMe was set up shortly after the fight, he was taken straight to hospital and was partially paralyzed and put on a ventilator for several weeks. In the message, posted by his girlfriend Amber Willard, it was revealed in September that he was 'on ivs for infection in his lungs and medication for his...
What happened to Henri Lansbury? From Arsenal’s next big thing to hacking opponents for Luton
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What happened to Henri Lansbury? From Arsenal’s next big thing to hacking opponents for Luton

A recent viral incident has pushed the former Gunners youth star back into the limelight, a position he has not occupied for quite some time With Luton Town comfortably 3-0 up in their Championship clash with Swansea City on 18 September, all the Hatters needed to do was keep cool heads and see out the game for three points. That memo did not quite reach Henri Lansbury, however. In being overly keen to restart the action after a Swansea foul, Lansbury took a big swing at an attempted quick free-kick, but instead only succeeded in sending opponent Ryan Manning flying.
‘Anthony Joshua’s fought no-one in their prime’ – Tyson Fury tears into AJ’s heavyweight record
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‘Anthony Joshua’s fought no-one in their prime’ – Tyson Fury tears into AJ’s heavyweight record

Tyson Fury has rubbished Anthony Joshua's heavyweight record, stating that he has never fought one opponent during the prime of their career. The Gypsy King was due to meet Joshua in an undisputed clash this year, before an arbitrator ruled that he had to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight. Joshua is also set to fight former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25. Throughout his career, Joshua has picked up big victories over the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin, Kubrat Pulev, and Joseph Parker. During an interview with former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, Fury was asked why boxing misses out on big fights such as the Gypsy King against Joshua. Fury said on Neville's The Overlap show:...
Arteta clears air on ‘clash’ with Leno
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Arteta clears air on ‘clash’ with Leno

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has denied reports that Bernd Leno reacted badly to being dropped for their 1-0 victory over Norwich in the Premier League. Arteta insists Leno responded like a “top professional” in training. Aaron Ramsdale was picked to start the game at the Emirates last Saturday, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal sealed the Gunners’ first win of the campaign. Ramsdale is yet to concede a goal since his arrival, after keeping a clean sheet on his debut in their 6-0 win over West Brom in the Carabao Cup. Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Burnley this weekend, Arteta refused to reveal which goalkeeper would be given the nod. “It’s the same in every position. We want them to make each other better. “We are competing against the opponent and we are not ...
Queen of England ‘to reward 18-year-old Emma Raducanu with OBE after stunning US Open win
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Queen of England ‘to reward 18-year-old Emma Raducanu with OBE after stunning US Open win

Britain's tennis star, Emma Raducanu is reportedly set to be one of the youngest CBE recipients ever after her stunning US Open win. Raducanu has ended Britain's 44-year wait for a women's Grand Slam singles champion after beating Leylah Fernandez to win the US Open in a thrilling style last week. Raducanu, who was the first qualifier ever to reach a Grand Slam final, beat her 19-year-old Canadian opponent 6-4, 6-3 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. After her stunning victory, Her Majesty personally congratulated Raducan A message from the Queen at Balmoral to the teenager read: 'I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships. It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work ...
Cricket: Nigeria defeat Sierra Leone by five wickets in opener
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Cricket: Nigeria defeat Sierra Leone by five wickets in opener

Team Nigeria won their first game in the ongoing International Cricket Council Women’s T20 World Cup qualifiers against Sierra Leone, in Gaborone Nigeria defeated their West African rivals by five wickets in the game played on Thursday at the Botswana Cricket Oval. Sierra Leone won the toss and elected to bat first. The team’s best performer in Aminata Kamara with 28 runs in 36 balls was not enough for the side as they settled for 102 runs in 20 overs for the loss of nine wickets. Nigeria came on to chase their opponents in the second innings, scoring 103 runs in 16 overs for the loss of five wickets. Nigeria’s captain Blessing Etim declared as the `Man of the Match’ with her 27 runs in 31 balls, including two boundary hits, underlined the team’s performance. “I am happ...
‘I May not Return to Ring’, says Pacquiao after Ugas Defeat
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‘I May not Return to Ring’, says Pacquiao after Ugas Defeat

Manny Pacquiao plans to take his time before deciding on his future but admitted on Saturday he may not return to the ring after his upset defeat to Yordenis Ugas. The 42-year-old Filipino boxing superstar indicated he now planned to turn his attention to his political career in the Philippines in the wake of a unanimous points defeat to Ugas. “In the future you may not see Manny Pacquiao fight in the ring,” Pacquiao said. “I don’t know. “I’ve done a lot for boxing and boxing has done a lot for me. I look forward to spending time with my family and thinking about my future in boxing.” If Saturday’s loss was Pacquiao’s final fight, it marks the end of a glittering 26-year professional career that has already ensured the Filipino will go down as one of the all-time greats...
Boxing: Pacquiao beaten by Ugas on return to ring at 42
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Boxing: Pacquiao beaten by Ugas on return to ring at 42

Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas sent Manny Pacquiao spinning to a dramatic upset defeat on Saturday, outclassing the Filipino boxing icon with a composed unanimous points victory at the T-Mobile Arena. In his first fight after a two-year absence from the ring, Pacquiao was made to look every bit of his 42 years as the younger Ugas dominated with a stinging jab and cleaner punching to retain his WBA welterweight belt. Ugas, 35, had only been drafted in to face Pacquiao earlier this month after the eight-division world champion’s original opponent Errol Spence Jr. suffered an eye injury in training. But the defending champion seized his opportunity brilliantly to win on all three cards, with one judge scoring it 115-113 and two others 116-112. “That’s boxing,” a deflated Pacquiao said aft...
Kogi United relegated, looses to DMD in Lokoja
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Kogi United relegated, looses to DMD in Lokoja

Kogi United on Wednesday lost their last match to DMD in the Nigeria National League. DMD defeated Kogi United 2-1 in Lokoja to officially confirm the relegation of their opponent. A first-half mistake from Kogi United goalkeeper Shola Sheshere gave the visitors the lead five minutes into the match through Ali Yusuf. Kogi United pushed forward to level the game but due to high resistance from DMD, they could not find the back of the net. The home team, however, got their equalizer in the 23rd minute through Eghe Osas strike in a free-kick from close range. A controversial penalty call from the centre referee before halftime extended DMD’s lead Relegated Kogi United mounted pressure in the second half but failed to convert their chances despite the 10 minutes added time. ...
Gary Neville blames one Arsenal Player for Gunners 2-0 defeat to Brentford
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Gary Neville blames one Arsenal Player for Gunners 2-0 defeat to Brentford

Premier League legend, Gary Neville has blamed Arsenal’s Calum Chambers for the club’s defeat to Brentford in the Premier League opening game on Friday. He blamed Chambers after Sergi Canos’ stunning first-half strike in Brentford’s 2-0 win over Mikel Arteta’s side. Neville said the defender failed to get tight enough on his opponent. Newly-promoted Brentford broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute, with Canos’ driven effort and Christian Norgaard’s towering header from a long throw-in doubled the hosts advantage in the second half. Many will inevitably argue that goalkeeper Leno could have done more to prevent the strike but Neville instead blamed Chambers for his lacklustre defending. “We know Brentford sustain attacks, they press high up the pitch. Calum Cha...
David Haye Announces Boxing Comeback At 40, His Opponent Is A Billionaire
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David Haye Announces Boxing Comeback At 40, His Opponent Is A Billionaire

  David Haye will return to the ring and make his shock boxing comeback on September 11. Yes, you read that right. What's more, Haye's opponent has already been lined up and it's a grudge match. Apparently. So, Haye, 40, will face Joe Fournier on the undercard of Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort next month. Haye vs. Fournier will be eight, three-minute rounds and will go down as a professional contest rather than an exhibition bout, according to MIke Coppinger. Fournier, 38, is 9-0 as a professional but has fought no one of value. He last fought on Jake Paul's bill, beating musical artist Reykon. He was even signed up to Haye's promotional company, but their relationship turned sour - with 'The Hayemaker' looking to make the billionaire-turned-boxer pay. The for...
Chelsea vs Villarreal: Raul predicts UEFA Super Cup final
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Chelsea vs Villarreal: Raul predicts UEFA Super Cup final

Villarreal defender, Raul Albiol has predicted a tough match when Unai Emery’s side tackles Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final tonight in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The 35-year-old explained that the UEFA Super Cup tie would be very demanding because Thomas Tuchel’s side are a great opponent, having won the Champions League last season. The Spain international also admitted that it would be hard for Villarreal to cause Chelsea damage because Thomas Tuchel’s side are physically strong. He spoke in front of the media in a press conference ahead in Belfast. “It’s a final between two sides who are champions. It will be a very special [tough] match, but also a demanding one. We are facing a great opponent, who have just won the Champions League,” Raul was quoted by Villarreal’s...
Olympics: Nigeria Lose again in Women’s Wrestling as Ukraine’s Livach Beat Idris
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Olympics: Nigeria Lose again in Women’s Wrestling as Ukraine’s Livach Beat Idris

Nineteen-year-old Nigerian, Adijat Idris, was defeated by Ukraine’s Oksana Livach in the quarter-final of the wrestling women’s 50kg freestyle at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Ukrainian defeated Idris 10-0 by technical superiority on Friday. If Livach reaches the final, Idris may have a chance to fight for Bronze through the repechages. Adijat Idris is a young freestyle wrestler from Nigeria who, at 19 years old, qualified the country for the Tokyo Olympics at 50 kg. She did so with a runner-up finish at the 2021 African & Oceania Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament. On Tuesday, Nigeria’s Aminat Adeniyi lost in the round of 16 of the women’s freestyle 62kg event of the wrestling competition at the ongoing 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Adeniyi lost...
Tokyo 2020: Nigeria’s wrestler Adekuoroye Loses by Fall after 8-2 lead
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Tokyo 2020: Nigeria’s wrestler Adekuoroye Loses by Fall after 8-2 lead

Nigeria medal hopeful in wrestling Odunayo Adekuoroye has lost her 57kg weight category fight in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Adekuoroye was defeated by fall by Anastasia Nichita of Moldova in a swift turn of events. She was leading 8-2 before Nichita won through pin in the round of 16. If Nichita reaches the final, Adekuoroye may have an opportunity to vie for a bronze medal through the repechage. In wrestling, a pin (or fall) is when you put your opponent on his/her back with any part of both shoulders or both shoulder blades of your opponent in contact with the mat for two seconds. When you pin your opponent, the match is over and you are the winner.
“He’s just as good as Tyson Fury’ – Anthony Joshua says as he names five boxers he could fight take after fighting Oleksandr Usyk
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“He’s just as good as Tyson Fury’ – Anthony Joshua says as he names five boxers he could fight take after fighting Oleksandr Usyk

Heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua has named five fights he could have after Oleksandr Usyk and also claims his next opponent is ‘just as good’ as Tyson Fury. AJ’s clash with Usyk was finally confirmed on Tuesday, July 20 as a 60,000 sell-out for September 25 at Tottenham Hotspur stadium. AJ, 31, won Olympic super-heavyweight gold at London 2012 the day after Usyk, now 34, won the same medal in the heavyweight division. Usyk went on to rule the 14st 4lbs cruiserweight division as undisputed champion and has now enjoyed two warm-up fights in the blue-riband ranks. Now the WBO has ordered 24-1 AJ to face the undefeated southpaw - and the Englishman is adamant he possesses just as many skills as Fury. However, Joshua who has the WBA, IBF and WBO titles, says he...
Man United’s Mason Greenwood names toughest player he ever faced
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Man United’s Mason Greenwood names toughest player he ever faced

  Manchester United forward, Mason Greenwood, has named the toughest opponent he has ever faced in his glittering career so far. Greenwood has come up against the top defenders from Premier League clubs and also clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, AC Milan and Sevilla. When asked in a Q&A session with fans which opponent has caused him the most frustration, Greenwood picked Fulham left-back, Joe Bryan. The 19-year-old came into direct competition with Bryan, 27, when Man United defeated Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage on January 20, 2021. “I have probably got to say, it might be a surprising one, but do you know [Joe] Bryan, the one for Fulham, ” Greenwood told Philip L in Norway on the club’s website. “He allowed me no space, no time on the ball, when w...
Copa America: Messi reacts as Argentina qualify for semi-final
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Copa America: Messi reacts as Argentina qualify for semi-final

  Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, refused to focus on personal accolades as they beat Ecuador 3-0 on Saturday, to qualify for the Copa America semi-final. Messi scored a free-kick and laid on two assists, as they progressed into the last four. The 34-year-old’s goal was his 76th goal for Argentina, taking him to within one of Pele’s South American records. “I’ve always said that individual prizes are secondary, we’re here for something else,” Messi said. “We have an objective and we’re focused on that. “It was a hard match, we know how difficult an opponent they can be. The important thing is we’ve taken another step forward.”
Euro 2020: Zinchenko names England player Ukraine need to stop
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Euro 2020: Zinchenko names England player Ukraine need to stop

  Ukraine attacking midfielder, Oleksandr Zinchenko, has named Raheem Sterling as the England player his team needs to “stop” when both countries clash in the Euro 2020 last-8 Saturday in Rome. Ukraine and England booked their place in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals on Tuesday. Andriy Shevchenko’s side defeated Sweden 2-1 after 120 minutes, while the Three Lions won Germany 2-0. “It is really difficult to score against England, they are really well organised,” Zinchenko told reporters at his post-match press conference after Ukraine defeated Sweden. “They have a really good set of footballers and the substitute bench probably costs [the same] as three Ukrainian teams. “This should not be really scary for us, this should motivate us. We need to give ourselves the hi...
England vs Germany: Klopp Predicts Euro 2020 Match
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England vs Germany: Klopp Predicts Euro 2020 Match

  Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has expressed optimism about Germany’s chances of beating England to reach the Euro 2020 quarter-finals. Klopp said it “would be crazy to write off” his country Germany at the European Championships, despite their struggles against Hungary in their final Group F tie last week. Germany will on Tuesday evening tackle England in the Euro 2020 round of 16 tie at Wembley Stadium. When quizzed on Germany’s chances of reaching the quarter-finals, Klopp told BILD, “To write off Germany now, it would be crazy. “We played well against France, Portugal. We dominated like hardly any other opponent in recent years. “We struggled against Hungary, yes. But nothing more happened. Sometimes as a team, you need such a game. “And now we are goi...
Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel’s new Prime Minister, ending Netanyahu’s 12-year rule
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Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel’s new Prime Minister, ending Netanyahu’s 12-year rule

Israel has welcomed a new prime minister for the first time in more than a decade. Naftali Bennett, 49, was sworn in on Sunday June 13, after a new coalition government unseated longtime Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu. Bennett, 49, was a former chief of staff to Netanyahu The newly elected prime minister was appointed by the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in a 60-59 vote, with one minister abstaining. Shortly after the votes were counted, the now former-Prime Minister Netanyahu approached his opponent and the two shook hands. He later took to Twitter to pen a message to his supporters, vowing to return. "I ask you: do not let your spirit fall," he said. "We'll be back - and faster than you think." President Joe Biden released a statement congratulating Bennett a...
Super Eagles Fail to Defeat Cameroon again in Austria
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Super Eagles Fail to Defeat Cameroon again in Austria

    Nigeria played out a goalless draw with Cameroon in a practice match on Tuesday evening. Kelechi Iheanacho missed the best chance of the game, as the Super Eagles failed to exact revenge on the Indomitables Lions. The three-time African champions had lost 1-0 to the same opponents at the Wiener Neustadt Stadium in Vienna last Friday. Fulham midfielder, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, fired in the winner in the first half of that encounter, which was classed as international friendly. Tuesday’s game was played behind closed doors and not beamed live on TV. Gernot Rohr used the two matches to continue tweaking his squad, ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in September.
17 year old Coco Gauff Breaks History as She Reaches First Grand Slam Quarter final at French Open
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17 year old Coco Gauff Breaks History as She Reaches First Grand Slam Quarter final at French Open

17-year-old tennis starlet, Coco Gauff, has made history again. On Monday, June 7, Gauff became the youngest woman to reach a grand slam quarter final since 2006 at the 2021 French Open. She beat Ons Jabeur in just 53 minutes at Roland Garros, 6-3 6-1, to reach her first ever grand slam quarterfinal. "I feel like all my matches have been -- I don't know how to say it, but straightforward wins, like no crazy three sets and stuff," said world No. 25 Gauff. "As we know, I have had a lot of those in the past. "I just feel like this has been the most consistent tennis I have played at this level. Hopefully I can keep that going. " At 17 years and 86 days old, Gauff is the youngest player to make a grand slam quarterfinal since Nicole Vaidisova reached the last eight at th...
Villarreal Inflict Shootout Defeat on Man Utd
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Villarreal Inflict Shootout Defeat on Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's quest for a first trophy as Manchester United manager goes on after a dramatic 11-10 penalty shootout defeat against Villarreal in the Europa League final following a 1-1 draw in Gdansk, Poland. In front of 9,500 supporters, Gerard Moreno met Daniel Parejo's free-kick to steer home his 30th goal in all competitions to give the Spanish side a first-half lead (29). United, who won the competition under Jose Mourinho in 2017, were indebted once again to the razor-sharp finishing of Edinson Cavani, who struck his 16th goal in his last 11 Europa League starts to haul his side level (55). It was one of just two shots on target from United as extra time failed to illuminate a poor contest, but Geronimo Rulli would prove the hero during a pulsating shootout, fir...
Brentford to battle Swansea for last Premier League spot
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Brentford to battle Swansea for last Premier League spot

  This year’s Championship play-off will be played between Swansea and Brentford. Swansea were held to a 1-1 draw by Barnsley on Saturday. However, the Welsh club had defeated their opponents 1-0 in the first leg of the semi-final tie. Matt Grimes scored in the 39th minute, before Cauley Woodrow levelled for the visitors in the 71st minute to set up a frantic finish. The Swans, who finished fourth in the Championship, last played in the top flight in 2017/2018. Earlier on Saturday, Brentford fought back from one goal down to beat 10-man Bournemouth 3-1 in the second leg and advanced 3-2 on aggregate. The Championship playoff final will be played on May 29.
UCL final: Man City’s Phil Foden names Toughest Chelsea Player
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UCL final: Man City’s Phil Foden names Toughest Chelsea Player

Ahead of their Champions League final clash in Porto, Manchester City forward, Phil Foden has named Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante as his toughest ever opponent and a ‘great’ midfielder. Foden has notched in 15 goals for Pep Guardiola’s star-studded City side this season, helping them win the Premier League champions. The 20-year-old England international is widely tipped to feature in this year’s Premier League team of the season and looks certain to appear in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad. However, the Englishman said he finds life difficult whenever he comes up against Kante. Both players will meet again on May 29 when Man City take on Chelsea for Champions League glory at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao. “It’s probably the most obvious one but Kante, man!” he told Sky Sports ...
EPL: Ashley Cole Exposes Chelsea’s Major ‘Problem’ Under Tuchel, Criticizes Havertz
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EPL: Ashley Cole Exposes Chelsea’s Major ‘Problem’ Under Tuchel, Criticizes Havertz

  Former Arsenal left-back, Ashley Cole, has exposed Chelsea’s major problem under their manager, Thomas Tuchel. According to Cole, Chelsea’s inability to take their chances in front of goal against their opponent is a major ‘problem’ for Tuchel this season. He also criticized Chelsea’s Kai Havertz for missing a vital opportunity to score a goal against Arsenal on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge as Mikel Arteta’s men won 1-0 against the host. Chelsea have been impressive since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard last January after the Blues legend was sacked by the club owner, Roman Abramovich. “They [Chelsea] did [have chances]. I think if Havertz takes his chance, it is a totally different game,” Cole, a former Chelsea defender, told Sky Sports. “He has to score t...
Atletico Madrid legend Juanfran names ‘unbearable’ Neymar as most irritating opponent
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Atletico Madrid legend Juanfran names ‘unbearable’ Neymar as most irritating opponent

The former Rojiblancos defender faced the Brazilian forward during his time at Barcelona and admits he was a nuisance to come up against Neymar has been branded "unbearable" by Atletico Madrid legend Juanfran, with the former Rojiblancos defender picking out the Brazilian forward as his most irritating opponent. The 36-year-old defender spent eight years with Atletico before departing in 2019 for Sao Paulo, with a memorable spell in the Spanish capital allowing him to line up against some of the very best in the business. Neymar fell into that category, having completed a big-money move to Barcelona in 2013, and while the South American often caught the eye with moments of magic on the pitch, he also proved to be a nuisance for those he was facing.
UCL: Kante Reveals Chelsea’s Chances of Eliminating Real Madrid
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UCL: Kante Reveals Chelsea’s Chances of Eliminating Real Madrid

Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante has revealed his side’s chances of eliminating Real Madrid from this season’s UEFA Champions League, UCL. The France international believes Thomas Tuchel’s men have created the perfect platform to knock the LaLiga champions out of the Champions League semi-final and progress to the finals. Kante was named Man of the Match as Chelsea played 1-1 with Zinedine Zidane’s side in the Champions League semi-final first-leg tie last Tuesday. The 30-year-old will hope to lead the Blues to victory when they host Real Madrid in the second leg next week Wednesday. Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Fulham on Saturday evening, Kante told a press conference, “We are happy for the result [against Real Madrid]. Coming into this game, we kn...
UFC Champion, Kamaru Usman Shares Special Moment With his Daughter after Defeating Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261
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UFC Champion, Kamaru Usman Shares Special Moment With his Daughter after Defeating Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261

Nigerian-born martial arts champion, Kamaru Usman, 33, shared a special moment with his daughter, Samirah, after defeating Jorge Masvidal with a brutal right hand at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida. After the fight which saw 'The Nigerian nightmare' retained his UFC welterweight title to go on a 14-fight win streak, the proud father was seen celebrating with his daughter in the Arena before they left together. Usman dropped his American opponent at 1 minute, 2 seconds of the second round of their fight. It was the first time Masvidal has been finished by KO/TKO since 2008. After the fight, Usman said: 'Y'all said you wanted violence, you're welcome. First and foremost, no disrespect, thanks to Jorge. You elevated me and it's been a while since I've been nervous for a fight bu...
Nigerian UFC star, Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal Come Face to Face ahead of their Highly-anticipated Rematch on Saturday
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Nigerian UFC star, Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal Come Face to Face ahead of their Highly-anticipated Rematch on Saturday

Nigerian-born martial arts champion, Kamaru Usman and his next opponent Jorge Masvidal have come face to face ahead of their highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 261. Masvidal, 36, was unable to defeat reigning champion Usman, 33, when the pair first met on Fight Island last year and is now looking to have another shot in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday night, April 24. 'I do my math on everybody,' the American said on Thursday, April 22. 'Being in there for 25 minutes it makes me know that my math is a lot more sharper. 'One thing is thinking in your head and one thing is feeling the strength level, the endurance, his rhythm, how he moves, how he is thinking, how he reacts to certain situations. 'So I take that blueprint and bring it into my next fight, execute my maths...
Why we Couldn’t Defeat Slavia Prague – Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta
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Why we Couldn’t Defeat Slavia Prague – Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, has given reasons for his side’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague at the Emirates on Thursday. Nicolas Pepe put Arsenal in front late in the first leg of their quarter-final tie but the visitors hit back with a dramatic injury-time goal through Tomas Holes. The result means that the Gunners will hope for a better result in the second leg with Slavia now in a more advantageous position. Arteta’s side failed to take a number of opportunities during the game and the Gunners’ Europa League ambition is now hanging in the balance. Arteta told reporters after the game, “It’s difficult [to beat them] because they were a good opponent. They have beaten some big teams and are really difficult to play against. “They have a lot of man-to-man si...
Kovacic reacts as Pepe claims Chelsea are looking down on Porto
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Kovacic reacts as Pepe claims Chelsea are looking down on Porto

  Midfielder Mateo Kovacic has reacted to Portugal defender, Pepe’s claims that Chelsea celebrated drawing Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals. The Chelsea midfielder insisted that ‘it will not be easy’ for the Blues to defeat the Portuguese champions and reach this year’s semi-finals. Pepe anchored Porto’s defence when they sent Juventus out of the competition in the round of 16 and Chelsea with Kovacic in the midfield overcame Atletico Madrid to book their place in the quarter-finals. Rumours circulated last month that the Chelsea squad went into dancing on discovering that they were going to meet Porto in the quarter-finals. And ahead of their meeting on Wednesday veteran defender Pepe, insisted that Thomas Tuchel’s men celebrated the draw but warned the...
Guardiola Names areas Man City must Improve after Beating Dortmund
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Guardiola Names areas Man City must Improve after Beating Dortmund

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has identified areas his team must improve after beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie on Tuesday night at Etihad. Guardiola, who congratulated his players after securing a vital win over Bundesliga giants, said Man City must improve more on their pressing and build-up in order to qualify for the semi-final. Kelvin de Bruyne opened the scoring for Man City in the first half, but Marco Reus equalized for Dortmund in the second half, but Phil Foden’s late winner gave the Premier League leaders a first-leg advantage ahead of the return leg next week in Germany. “I want to congratulate the players,” Guardiola told the club website after the game. “How they stuck together. The quality o...
Chelsea’s Kovacic Opens up on Rudiger’s fight with Kepa
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Chelsea’s Kovacic Opens up on Rudiger’s fight with Kepa

Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, has opened up on Antonio Rudiger’s training ground fight with Kepa Arrizabalaga. Recall that Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, had dismissed Rudiger from training on Easter Day after a fight with Kepa. Rudiger and Kepa were involved in an altercation at Chelsea’s training ground following their Premier League 5-2 home shock defeat against West Brom over the weekend. Reacting to the development ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash with Porto on Wednesday night, Kovacic insisted that the incident has been left behind, adding that it was just a competition in the dressing room. Asked about the scuffle involving Rudiger and Kepa, Kovacic told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday: “It’s not a big dea...
Pirlo Names two areas Juventus Must Improve after 2-2 Draw with Torino
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Pirlo Names two areas Juventus Must Improve after 2-2 Draw with Torino

  Juventus boss, Andrea Pirlo, has identified two areas his team must improve after their 2-2 derby draw against Torino in the Serie A on Saturday. Pirlo, who was not happy his team did not win against Torino, said Juventus must improve on occupying the space better and finding more options between the lines against their opponent. Goals from Federico Chiesa, Cristiano Ronaldo and a brace from Antonio Sanabria gave both teams a point each at the Stadio Olimpico Grande. The result against Torino means Juventus are now in the 4th position on the Serie A table with 56 points from 28 matches. “Obviously, I am not happy when we don’t win, and we are dropping lots of points,” Pirlo told a post-match press conference after the game. “We have to work hard on occupying th...
It hurts my heart to see Benin Republic lose – Gernot Rohr
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It hurts my heart to see Benin Republic lose – Gernot Rohr

  Super Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr has sympathized with Benin Republic over their 1-0 loss to Nigeria in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday. Benin thought they had made it to Cameroon 2022 with few seconds to the referee’s final whistle but were shocked by Paul Onuachu’s header. With the win, Gernot Rohr’s men also ended the Squirrels’ 8-year unbeaten record at home. “It’s easier to play if you are already qualified so the players wanted to go ahead,” Rohr explained during his post-match press conference. “The challenge was to win here since 2013, Benin has not lost a match at home and the players absolutely wanted to do so and to be the first in eight years to beat them. “It hurts my heart to see an opponent lose at the last second but it’s true the...
Dilian Whyte Knocks Povetkin out to Gain Revenge
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Dilian Whyte Knocks Povetkin out to Gain Revenge

  Dillian Whyte exacted revenge on Alexander Povetkin to get his world title charge back on track. Seven months, Whyte dropped Povetkin twice in the fourth round, but was brutally KO’ed in the fifth. However, on Saturday night, the Brixton man iced Povetkin in that same fourth round in Gibraltar. Whyte’s world title dreams would have been in tatters if he was defeated again, having seen his status as WBC mandatory challenger end after a 1,000-day wait. ‘The Body Snatcher’ can now prepare to pounce as soon as old rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury need a dance partner. Deontay Wilder has, however, suggested as Whyte’s next opponent by promoter Eddie Hearn.
Israel Adesanya Dropped by BMW after ‘Rape’ Comments to Rival Kevin Holland
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Israel Adesanya Dropped by BMW after ‘Rape’ Comments to Rival Kevin Holland

BMW have ditched Nigerian-born UFC fighter Israel Adesanya as an ambassador after an offensive comment he made in an online video. The Nigerian-New Zealander who was to be unveiled as the face of BMW in New Zealand, had told possible future opponent Kevin Holland in an online video, "Bro, I will fu**ing rape you." According to Australian TV network Nine, he has since lost his potentially lucrative deal with the car manufacturer. A statement released by BMW read; “Due to the comments made by an athlete online, we have reviewed our pending association with said athlete and we have decided not to push forward with a specific ambassador for the brand at this time in New Zealand.” Adesanya later admitted he "crossed the line" and has since apologised. In a short statement he ...
UFC star, Israel Adesanya Apologizes for Saying he’ll Rape his Fellow Fighter
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UFC star, Israel Adesanya Apologizes for Saying he’ll Rape his Fellow Fighter

UFC star Israel Adesanya apologized after saying he'd "f--king rape" fellow fighter Kevin Holland while trash-talking him in a since-deleted video. In a statement, the Nigerian-born New Zealand MMA fighter said he "crossed the line" and he understands the gravity of what he said. The statement on Adesanya's official Twitter account reads: "Last week fight talk escalated to a point in which I crossed the line. I understand the gravity of this word and how it can affect and hurt other people apart from my opponent, although that was never my intention. I am still growing under the spotlight, and I take this as a lesson to be more selective with words under pressure. Adesanya made the rape comments in response to trash talking by another fighter Kevin Holland, who had targeted hi...
Chelsea vs Porto: Vitor Baia predicts club to qualify for Champions League semi-finals
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Chelsea vs Porto: Vitor Baia predicts club to qualify for Champions League semi-finals

  FC Porto Vice President, Vitor Baia, has backed his club as favourites to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals when they tackle Chelsea in the quarter-final first and second legs in April. Baia stressed he is confident Porto can eliminate Thomas Tuchel’s side out of the Champions League. Porto eliminated Juventus from the Champions League last-16, while Chelsea knocked Atletico Madrid out. “When you are in the quarter-finals of a competition of this level, any opponent is of great quality”, Vitor told Porto’s official website. “We’ve to prepare because we still have a lot to give in this Champions League campaign. “There’s confidence, but we know that we’re playing against a great team, who have been on the way back to their best since Thomas Tuchel too...
Chelsea vs Porto: Petr Cech Predicts Club to Qualify for Champions League Semi-finals
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Chelsea vs Porto: Petr Cech Predicts Club to Qualify for Champions League Semi-finals

  Chelsea legend, Petr Cech, has predicted the Blues to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals ahead of FC Porto when both sides clash in the quarter-final first and second legs in April. Cech, who admitted that the tie against Porto would be tough, believes Chelsea’s confidence and strength will help them secure a semi-finals spot. The former goalkeeper said this while reacting to Chelsea’s Champions League last-8 draw against Porto on Friday. Chelsea eliminated Atletico Madrid from the Champions League last-16, while Porto knocked out Juventus. “When you reach the quarter-final of the Champions League, you know you will face a difficult opponent,” Cech told Chelsea’s website. “As it stands now, we play Porto as normal away and home and you can prepare for...
Klopp Happy to Avoid Man City, Chelsea in quarter-final
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Klopp Happy to Avoid Man City, Chelsea in quarter-final

  Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has admitted he is happy to avoid Manchester City and Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final draw. The Reds have been drawn against Real Madrid in what is a repeat of the 2018 Final. All the English sides were kept apart. Chelsea drew Porto, while City face Borussia Dortmund. Klopp told the club’s official website : “I think we are all the same: Bayern doesn’t want to play Dortmund, for example, because they are from the same country and for us, it was City and Chelsea. “If we can avoid as long as possible then you do it, but all the rest, it was clear we would face a tough opponent.”
Europa League quarter-final: Arsenal, Man Utd, Ajax to discover their opponents
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Europa League quarter-final: Arsenal, Man Utd, Ajax to discover their opponents

  All is set for the Europa League quarter-final draw on Friday, March 19, 2021. The eight teams left in the competition are: Roma, Villarreal, Ajax, Arsenal, Manchester United, Dinamo Zagreb, Granada and Slavia Prague. The draw ceremony will be staged at the House of European Football in UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. It will kick off one hour after the Champions League quarter-final draw. There will be no country protection or seeding for Friday’s quarter-final and semi-final draws, so any team can face anybody else in the next two stages The first-leg matches will be played on Thursday April 8, 2021, while the second legs will take place Thursday April 15, 2021.
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Rudiger Opens up on ‘Fight’ with Suarez, Speaks on revenge
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Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Rudiger Opens up on ‘Fight’ with Suarez, Speaks on revenge

  Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, has opened up on ‘fight’ with Atletico Madrid striker, Luis Suarez, ahead of both teams’ clash in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie tonight. Rudiger also insisted that he would not seek revenge when he faces Suarez at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. The 28-year-old had a great battle with the Atletico number 9 in the first leg in Bucharest last month as Chelsea defeated the LaLiga leaders 1-0, thanks to Olivier Giroud’s overhead kick. During the second half of that encounter, Suarez appears to pinch the thigh of Rudiger and the Germany International square up to the Uruguayan forward, who fights back. However, Speaking during his pre-match conference on Tuesday, Rudiger was asked whether he was wary of any reven...

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