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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...
Pellistri Leaves Old Trafford, Solskjaer Reacts
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Pellistri Leaves Old Trafford, Solskjaer Reacts

Manchester United has confirmed that winger, Facundo Pellistri, has left Old Trafford to join Spanish club, Alaves on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 season. Man United made the announcement in a statement via its website on Sunday ahead of their Premier League clash with Southampton on Tuesday. The statement read in part: “We wish Facundo all the best for his spell with Alaves in Spain, and look forward to following his progress.” Pellistri, 19, signed a five-year contract with Man United in the summer of 2020. He made a series of impressive appearances for Man United’s Under-23s side over the last few months. Reacting, Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, told Man United’s official website: “Our scouts have followed Facundo for a long time and we believe tha...
“I Am Ready To Work With Obaseki” – Ize-Iyamu
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“I Am Ready To Work With Obaseki” – Ize-Iyamu

The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-concluded Edo election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has declared that he is ready to work with his victorious opponent, Governor Godwin Obaseki. Ize-Iyamu disclosed this during a press briefing on Wednesday. He also had a closed-door meeting with his party’s caretaker chairman and governor of Yobe State, Mallam Buni and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State in Abuja. Ize-Iyamu at the press conference said: “We are going to talk to everybody, we will bring everybody back. I want to salute my brother, the governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki. I am appealing to him to return to the party. In every family, there must be a disagreement.” Let it not be said that it was this disagreement that pushed him o...
Nigerian Boxer Efe Ajagba Beats American Opponent Jonnie Rice
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Nigerian Boxer Efe Ajagba Beats American Opponent Jonnie Rice

Nigerian boxer Efe Ajagba has added another victory to his name after he overcame his American opponent, Jonnie Rice, in a keenly-contested bout Saturday night at The Bubble in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Ajagba has had it ‘easier’ in most of his other fights, he was pushed to the limits against Rice; claiming a ten-round unanimous decision over the 33-year-old. As reported by Boxing Scene, Judge Max DeLuca had the bout 98-92, while judges Adalaide Byrd and Dave Moretti scored it 99-91 in favour of Ajagba. This is only the second time Ajagba would be winning a fight via unanimous decision having knocked down all his previous challengers The last such occasion where Ajagba was taken this deep was against previously unbeaten Ali Eren Demirezen last July at MGM Grand Garden...
Naomi Osaka wins 2nd US Open women’s title after defeating Victoria Azarenka
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Naomi Osaka wins 2nd US Open women’s title after defeating Victoria Azarenka

Naomi Osaka has won her second U.S. Open title at this year's tournament after beating Victoria Azarenka.   The 22-year-old Japanese tennis star battled back from a set down against her Belarusian opponent ,31, to lift her second US Open title in three years with a 1-6 6-3 6-3 victory at Flushing Meadows.   “I just thought it would be very embarrassing to lose this in under an hour,” Osaka said, explaining that she told herself to “stop having a really bad attitude.”   “I always see everyone sort of collapse after match point, but I always think you may injure yourself, so I wanted to do it safely,” she explained.     Naomi, who is already the highest-earning female athlete in the world, adds another £2.3million in prize money to her ...
Cesc Fabregas Names Toughest Player he Ever Faced
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Cesc Fabregas Names Toughest Player he Ever Faced

A former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, has named the toughest player he played against in his career so far. Fabregas, who now plays for AS Monaco in French Ligue 1, said Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard, is the toughest opponent he faced in his career. The 33-year-old disclosed that Gerrard, who is currently the coach of the Scottish Premiership club, Rangers, provided him with the most difficult challenges, adding that he was a ‘machine.’ Asked by BBC’s Match of the Day who his most difficult opponent was, Fabregas, replied: “If I have to say one – and I really enjoyed playing against – I would say, Steven Gerrard. “He was physically the most difficult opponent to handle. “He was the box-to-box player, he could be on his right or left, shooting fro...
Martinez ‘devastated’ for injured Leno but Arsenal goalkeeper is ‘ready’ to step up
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Martinez ‘devastated’ for injured Leno but Arsenal goalkeeper is ‘ready’ to step up

The Gunners' back-up keeper was thrown into the action 40 minutes in when their first choice was hurt and can now expect a run in the starting XI Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez admitted that he was "devastated" by the injury to Bernd Leno that threw the Argentine into the action against Brighton on Saturday. Leno was forced off 40 minutes into the Premier League clash after landing heavily on his right leg under pressure from Neal Maupay. Clearly incensed by Maupay's actions, the keeper continued to berate his opponent even after being placed on a stretcher as Martinez was sent on in his stead.
Rooney Advises Solskjaer on Best Position to Play Pogba
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Rooney Advises Solskjaer on Best Position to Play Pogba

Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney, has advised manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play midfielder, Paul Pogba, in a more advanced midfield role. Rooney believes Pogba can become an ‘incredible’ player for Man United if Solskjaer allows him to make more runs into the box of the opponent. According to him, playing the 27-year-old in a similar role to the one Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, was given during his playing career at Stamford Bridge would allow the Red Devils to get the best out of the France World Cup winner. “You ask any striker or central midfielder, and they will tell you one of the hardest things to deal with is a centre back who comes out with the ball,” Rooney wrote in his column for The Times. “Another nightmare is the F...
Bill Gates Says he Urged Trump to Get the Nation Ready for a Pandemic Weeks Before he Became US President
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Bill Gates Says he Urged Trump to Get the Nation Ready for a Pandemic Weeks Before he Became US President

Billionaire Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, has revealed that he informed Donald Trump to prepare for pandemic weeks before Trump became the U.S. president. Gates, who is funding different companies in the production of a vaccine, has been vocal about the Coronavirus pandemic since it broke out in February in the US, and has granted numerous interviews recently to talk about the disease that has now killed over 80,000 people in the US. Gates met with then-President-elect Trump at Trump Tower in New York City in December 2016 and has now revealed that he made his pitch of a soon coming pandemic to Trump as well as his opponent in the presidential race, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Gates speaking to the Wall Street Journal, lamented that he did not do more to alert the world of ...
Man Utd Goalkeeper Banned for Six Matches
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Man Utd Goalkeeper Banned for Six Matches

Manchester United goalkeeper, Kieran O’Hara, has been handed a six-match ban for biting an opponent. O’Hara, who is on loan at Burton Albion, has also been fined £2,500. The incident happened following their 1-1 draw with Peterborough last month. O’Hara is alleged to have bitten the arm of Peterborough forward Sammie Szmodics. “An independent Regulatory Commission has suspended Kieran O’Hara for six matches with immediate effect and fined him £2,500 for a breach of FA Rule E3. “The Burton Albion goalkeeper denied that his behaviour during the 44th minute of an EFL League One fixture against Peterborough United on Saturday 29 February 2020 amounted to violent and/or improper conduct but the charge was subsequently found proven. “The independent Regulatory Commission’s ...
Arizona State House Passes Bill Banning Transgender Female Athletes from Participating in School sports
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Arizona State House Passes Bill Banning Transgender Female Athletes from Participating in School sports

The Arizona House of Representatives has passed a controversial bill that aims to ban transgender female athletes from participating in school sports. If signed into law, the ban would apply to all students studying in the state. The "Save Women's Sports Act," introduced by Republican Rep. Nancy Barto this week would require interscholastic and intramural sports sponsored by educational institutions to explicitly designate sports as for males or females based on a persons' biological sex. While Barto and others who voted for the bill agree that Is is about keeping a level playing field, opponents argue that it fails to protect LGBTQ kids and transgender youth. During the hearing, Democratic Rep. Kirsten Engel said, "The impact will not be to protect women's sports, instead ...
Tyson Fury Fires Warning to Deontay Wilder Ahead of Their Trilogy
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Tyson Fury Fires Warning to Deontay Wilder Ahead of Their Trilogy

Tyson Fury has sent a strong warning to Deontay Wilder ahead of their trilogy bout. In 2018, their first fight ended in a draw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, despite many saying Fury should have been declared the winner. At their rematch last month, the British heavyweight champion earned a well-deserved victory as he defeated Deontay Wilder in the seventh round to become the WBC heavyweight champion of the world. While a trilogy bout has been confirmed to take place in the summer after Deontay Wilder activated his rematch clause with hope to get his WBC belt back, Fury has warned him to expect another defeat. Speaking on This Morning show, Tyson commented on his trilogy bout with Wilder, saying: "I beat him the first time and I beat him the second time and I will surel...
Tyson Fury confirms plan to retire from boxing after two major fights
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Tyson Fury confirms plan to retire from boxing after two major fights

Tyson Fury has confirmed his plans to retire from boxing after two major fights. The 31-year-old British boxer defeated Deontay Wilder just 11 days ago to become WBC heavyweight champion of the world. Tyson knocked down his American opponent twice before his team threw in the towel in the seventh round to end the bout. Following the shocking defeat, Bronze Bomber quickly activated his rematch clause, meaning that there will be a summer trilogy fight between the pair. Appearing on This Morning with his wife Paris Fury, the current WBC heavyweight champion of the world opened up on his future plans. According to him, after his rematch with Deontay Wilder, he'll take on Anthony Joshua and then retire from boxing. When his wife, Paris called for him to call it a day on T...
Tyson Fury’s Team Reacts to Claim he Cheated During Deontay Wilder Victory
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Tyson Fury’s Team Reacts to Claim he Cheated During Deontay Wilder Victory

Tyson Fury’s cut-man, Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran, has dismissed allegations that the ‘Gypsy King’ tampered with his gloves in the victory over Deontay Wilder. In recent days, footage of Fury throwing open-palmed hooks at Wilder has been circulating on social media. Wilders’ fans believe that Fury’s fists were not fully fixed into his gloves and that this gave him an edge over his opponent. Duran, however, stated that the Nevada State Athletic Commission oversaw all aspects of the Briton’s gloves being put on. “I’ll give you the facts, it wouldn’t be no thoughts,” Duran told Boxing Social. “The Nevada State Athletic Commission is one of the best commissions in the world and they handle the gloves until it’s time for them to put them on, so there was no tampering whatsoever. ...
Gattuso reveals how Napoli will stop Messi, Barcelona
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Gattuso reveals how Napoli will stop Messi, Barcelona

Napoli Manager, Gennaro Gattuso, has disclosed that his side would approach Lionel Messi-led Barcelona team without fear in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie on Tuesday night. Napoli will take on the La Liga champions at the Stadio Sn Paolo following a 2-1 win over Brescia in their last Serie A encounter. Speaking ahead of the clash, Gattuso said at his pre-match press conference as quoted by the Daily Mail: “We have to play against Barcelona without fear. “Lionel Messi is unbelievable because he can do things that you only see on Playstation. “We have to try and stop Messi. “We have to be ready to suffer because they would not let us touch the ball. “Barcelona can damage their opponent mentally,” he said. Barcelona head...
Mourinho Reveals Why Tottenham Lost 2-1 to Chelsea
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Mourinho Reveals Why Tottenham Lost 2-1 to Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has admitted it is hard for his team to come back and win, if they concede the first goal in a game. Mourinho took his Spurs side to Chelsea on Saturday and they were beaten 2-1. Olivier Giroud opened scoring in the first half, before Marcos Alonso added a second, finishing off a flowing move. Antonio Rudiger’s own goal halved the deficit, but Chelsea saw out the game to open a four-point gap in fourth place. Mourinho told MOTD: “I’m very proud of the players, they gave absolutely everything. We don’t have a striker. Our attacking players are not strikers and are in huge levels of fatigue, so very, very difficult for us. No tactical problems, [we were] completely in control of the space, punished by a couple of individual mistakes. ...
Liverpool Set New Record After 2-0 Win at West Ham
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Liverpool Set New Record After 2-0 Win at West Ham

Liverpool have set a new club record after beating West Ham United 2-0 in the Premier League on Wednesday night. Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side march towards their first ever Premier League title in 30 years. Liverpool headed to West Ham, having won 22 of their opening 23 League games to become favourites to win their first League triumph since 1990. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah fired the Reds to victory in east London. They are now 19 points clear of champions Manchester City in second position. It was Liverpool’s first league game against West Ham and the win marked another milestone for this team. Liverpool’s win in east London meant that for the first time ever, the Reds have now beaten every other opponent in a single League campaign. West Ha...
Kovacic Reveals Chelsea’s Major Problem Under Frank Lampard
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Kovacic Reveals Chelsea’s Major Problem Under Frank Lampard

  Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, has revealed the club’s major problem this season under their manager, Frank Lampard. According to Kovacic, the Blues’ biggest problem this term is that Lampard’s men do not take their chances to score more goals against their opponents. The Croatia international said this while reacting to his side’s FA Cup 2-1 win against Hull City over the weekend. “It was a tough game, as we knew that it would be, but we need to score in the first half two more goals,” Kovacic was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying on Monday. “That’s our problem in this moment but obviously we’re happy to go through. “It was because we didn’t score on time – we had some chances and we didn’t use them. In training, we are working...
Gernot Rohr Praises Samuel Kalu and  Josh Maja after Visiting them at his Former Club Bordeaux
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Gernot Rohr Praises Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja after Visiting them at his Former Club Bordeaux

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has praised new Super Eagles players Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja,who both play for French Ligue one club, Bordeaux. The Franco-German tactician paid a surprise visit to Maja as well as Samuel Kalu in France ahead of March’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone. Maja has scored seven times and has provided three assists for Paulo Sousa’s Bordeaux side this campaign while Kalu has only played 36 minutes this season for the club but Rohr, who also played for Bordeaux from the late 70s to the late 80s and equally managed the side in the 90s,  believes the two Super Eagles stars can shine in the French league and ultimately the Super Eagles. In an interview with RIG, 90.7 FM, Bordeaux , Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr said; "Samuel Kal...
Anthony Joshua Reveals Talks With Deontay Wilder Over 2020 fight
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Anthony Joshua Reveals Talks With Deontay Wilder Over 2020 fight

Boxing Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has revealed his camp is in talks with undefeated WBC Heavyweight champion for a possible fight later this year. Wilder alongside Fury remains the only top heavyweight fighter that is undefeated, and a clash between Wilder and Joshua or Joshua and Fury will be mouthwatering especially as Fury will be fighting Wilder next month. Joshua could fight at Tottenham’s new stadium in March or April. The IBF have ordered the Nigerian fighter to defend against Pulev, while the WBO want him to face Usyk, and an agreement is yet to be reached on which one of those two will be his next opponent. but Joshua says he wants to fight Wilder later this year and will like a Fury win against Wilder so they could fight in Tottenham's stadium.                    ...
Manchester City Get Major Boost Ahead of Manchester United Clash
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Manchester City Get Major Boost Ahead of Manchester United Clash

Manchester City have been handed a major boost ahead of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Manchester United on Tuesday night. The Premier League champions could feature defenders, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte when they take on the Red Devils at Old Trafford. Man City manager, Pep Guardiola has confirmed that both Otamendi and Laporte have returned from injury. “It’s good [to have Laporte back in training],” Guardiola told the club’s official website on Monday. “Everyone apart from Leroy is training. Nico is back. We have an almost full squad. It’s good.” Guardiola added: “It was important in the first season and the next two and this one. Nothing has changed. “With that theory, in the seasons we won the Premier League, it wouldn’t matte...
Celtic Player, Ryan Christie Banned For Grabbing Opponent By The Genitals During A Match
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Celtic Player, Ryan Christie Banned For Grabbing Opponent By The Genitals During A Match

Celtic are "extremely disappointed" over Ryan Christie's three-match ban after he was found guilty of grabbing Alfredo Morelos by the genitals. The Scotland player, 24, was charged with violent conduct following Celtic's 2-1 loss to Rangers on 29 December. A hearing on Monday upheld a two-game ban, with a further one added due to a previous red against Livingston. The Scottish Premiership leaders said the sanction "demonstrates a worrying lack of consistency". Midfielder Christie will miss the Scottish Cup tie with Partick Thistle and league games against Kilmarnock and Ross County later this month. However, he was a doubt for those fixtures after undergoing groin surgery due to an injury sustained in the final Old Firm match of 2019. Christie had been booked by refer...
I Never Knew My Opponent Till Days To Election – Wike
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I Never Knew My Opponent Till Days To Election – Wike

Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike , has said that he never knew the candidate of the African Action Congress , Biokpomabo Awara , until a few days to the governorship election in March 2019 . Wike also stated that he never doubted that the Supreme Court would confirm his reelection since Awara couldn ’ t have won an election he ( Awara) didn ’ t contest . The governor said from the beginning , the AAC candidate never posed any problem to him because he ( Awara) was unknown to Rivers people. Wike who spoke in Port Harcourt on Saturday said he only got to know of Awara about two days to the election. He said , “I expected the confirmation because the law is clear . The man who is challenging me never contested any election; so , he couldn ’ t have won . It is so painful , b...
Mexican Club Players Hold Pitch Protest Over Unpaid Wages, Opponent Score
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Mexican Club Players Hold Pitch Protest Over Unpaid Wages, Opponent Score

Here is the shocking moment in the Mexican league on Friday night as Tigres scored twice whilst Veracruz players protested over unpaid wages, . The visitors joined in on the protests for the first minute but then went on to score twice. Eduardo Vargas scored the first before Andre-Pierre Gignac added asecond. The hosts then started playing but then went quickly 3-0 down after eight minutes. Veracruz owner Fidel Kuri said that he was 'embarrassed for the fans' after the match and admitted that Tigres were well within theirrights to score their two goals. 'The players wanted to send a message that wasn't discussed, but they are in their right,' said Kuri. 'We were once again the joke of the nation, or the world with this topic." Veracruz's debts stretch back six mont...
Wayne Rooney Sent Off For D.C United After Smashing Forearm In Opponent’s Face
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Wayne Rooney Sent Off For D.C United After Smashing Forearm In Opponent’s Face

Wayne Rooney was sent off in the first half of D.C United's 2-1 loss to New York Red Bulls last night with the help of VAR. England's all-time record goalscorer was involved in a tussle with Cristian Casseres from a corner and struck the Venezuelan in the face with his forearm. The referee went to the VAR monitor to get the best possible angle of the incident and was in no doubt that it was a red card worthy offence for violent conduct, showing the skipper a straight red card in the 24th minute.   View this post on Instagram   #waynerooney shown straight #redcard in #mls for violent challenge on #newyorkredbulls player #christiancasseres A post shared by Mci (@mycelebrityandi) on Aug 22, 2019 at 3:25am ...
Tyson Fury Responds To Deontay Wilder Describing His Next Opponent As A “Graveyard Worker”
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Tyson Fury Responds To Deontay Wilder Describing His Next Opponent As A “Graveyard Worker”

Tyson Fury has fired back at Deontay Wilder over his criticism of the lineal heavyweight champion's upcoming fight against Otto Wallin. Fury's set to return to action against Wallin in Las Vegas on September 14, but Wilder took exception to his fight booking. The WBC title holder verbally lashed out at Fury, describing his opponent as a "night shift graveyard worker". Fury has now responded to his scathing comment by comparing Wallin to Luis Ortiz, who's also ranked No.4 within the governing body. He posted a picture of the heavyweight rankings, accompanied with the words: "This is the latest boxing rankings from @wbcboxing & @wbaboxingofficial if you look closely at theses rankings you all can see that my next opponent is ranked #4WBA & wilders next opponent is ranked #...
Gambia removes Yahya Jammeh’s image from bank notesGambia removes Yahya Jammeh’s image from bank notes
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Gambia removes Yahya Jammeh’s image from bank notesGambia removes Yahya Jammeh’s image from bank notes

The Central Bank of Gambia began distributing new 50, 100 and 200 notes of its dalasi currency on Tuesday August 7, following the removal of Yahya Jammeh’s image from its national bank notes.   The image of former president Yahya Jammeh which was printed on all bank notes in The Gambia, was replaced by a poultry believed to be one of the national birds. Other features of the new currency include a farmer in a rice paddy and a fisherman in a boat at sea. This came amid allegation of torturing opponents, executions without trial, forced disappearances and rape against the longest serving President of the country.     “A national currency is not a personal property and the head of a sitting president should not be on that note,” local rights activist Madi Jobar...
Klopp looking for Liverpool to be ‘annoying’ in bid for further silverware
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Klopp looking for Liverpool to be ‘annoying’ in bid for further silverware

The Reds boss is looking for his side to build on the foundations they put down last season and remain a tough nut for opponents to crack Jurgen Klopp is looking for Liverpool to remain an “annoying” side to play against as they prepare to chase down more major silverware in 2019-20. The Reds showed last season that they can be a match for the best sides in the business. Just one Premier League defeat was suffered in the 2018-19 campaign, while the men from Anfield also boasted the best defensive record in the English top flight.
Algeria 3 Guinea 0: Mahrez strikes to seal quarter-final spot
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Algeria 3 Guinea 0: Mahrez strikes to seal quarter-final spot

Algeria will face either Ivory Coast or Mali in the Africa Cup of Nations last eight after seeing off Guinea in comfortable fashion. Riyad Mahrez scored a fine goal as Algeria beat Guinea 3-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations last 16. Djamel Belmadi's side, yet to concede a goal in the 2019 finals, made light work of their opponents in front of a sparse crowd in Cairo.
The GOAT of right-backs! Ageless Dani Alves has surpassed Cafu as best of all time
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The GOAT of right-backs! Ageless Dani Alves has surpassed Cafu as best of all time

One of football's most engaging personalities, the veteran has taken the Copa America by storm as he seeks another international title Whether he is strutting in his wife's heels on social media or flying past an unsuspecting opponent on the football pitch, Dani Alves rarely fails to draw attention. The Bahia native, who turned 36 in May, has become something of a cult superstar thanks to his off-field antics, delighting fans with videos of his off-beat - so as not to say wholly insane - behaviour. But it is on the field where Alves really shows what he is made of. At an age where most players are hanging up their boots, he has the drive, talent and fitness to keep pushing himself to the limit - and Brazil, for one, could not be more grateful.
Peru deserve respect for Copa America charge, says Guerrero
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Peru deserve respect for Copa America charge, says Guerrero

Brazil are welcome to call themselves favourites for the final but their opponents should be feared, according to their experienced striker Peru captain Paolo Guerrero called for the surprise Copa America finalists to be shown more respect following their commanding 3-0 semi-final triumph over defending champions Chile. Edison Flores and Yoshimar Yotun scored in the opening period before Guerrero added a third in second-half stoppage time to send Peru through to the decider for the first time in 44 years. Ricardo Gareca's men, who ousted Uruguay on penalties in the previous round, now face Brazil at the Maracana on Sunday.
Ellis: USWNT win over France was the ‘most intense game I’ve ever been a part of’
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Ellis: USWNT win over France was the ‘most intense game I’ve ever been a part of’

The U.S. advanced to the World Cup semifinal with a 2-1 win in front of a sold-out crowd at Parc des Princes U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has praised her side’s defeated rival France, saying that Friday night’s World Cup quarterfinal was the most intense match she’s ever been a part of. The USWNT got past the host nation with a 2-1 win at Parc des Princes, as Megan Rapinoe’s two goals were enough to see her side through to the semifinals. Unlike most U.S. matches, however, Ellis’s side ceded much of the possession and initiative to their opponent. France had 60 percent of the possession while taking 20 total shots, in comparison to 10 for the USWNT.
Afcon 2019: It is important that we face every opposing team with seriousness-Tunisia captain Youssef Msakni
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Afcon 2019: It is important that we face every opposing team with seriousness-Tunisia captain Youssef Msakni

The Carthage Eagles captain has warned his teammates against complacency as they get set for their Group E opener Tunisia captain Youssef Msakni is hoping to lead the Carthage Eagles to their second Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) title in Egypt. Despite enjoying regular appearances at previous editions of Afcon tournaments, Tunisia are huge underachievers at the continent's biggest football showpiece and Msakni wants that trend to change in Egypt. To realistically challenge for the top prize at the 2019 Afcon, Msakni has warned his teammates against underrating any of their opponents as games are not won on paper and the tag of favourites doesn’t guarantee qualification.
Celestine Babayaro Names Toughest Player he ever Faced
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Celestine Babayaro Names Toughest Player he ever Faced

Former Super Eagles defender, Celestine Babayaro, has named the toughest player he played against in his footballing career days. Celestine Babayaro, a former Chelsea left wingback, said ex-Manchester United right winger, David Beckham, is the toughest opponent he faced in his career. Celestine, who won the gold medal with the Dream Team in 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, was on the books of Chelsea for eight years before switching to Newcastle United. The former Newcastle defender disclosed that the former England captain provided him with the most difficult challenges. ”The toughest player I played against? I played against a lot of really top players, players like Ronaldo, Figo, Ryan Giggs and so on,” Babayaro told Nigeria Info FM. ”B...
Anthony Joshua reveals who he  wants to fight Next between Wilder and Whyte
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Anthony Joshua reveals who he wants to fight Next between Wilder and Whyte

IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, has made it clear that Deontay Wilder is his “main objective” so Dillian Whyte will have to wait for a rematch. Joshua will defend his belts against Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1 but is already eyeing an undisputed title fight against WBC holder Wilder. “I’m not looking at Dillian anymore, I’m looking at Wilder, because he’s got the belt. “Ruiz Jr? Provided I get past him, Wilder, that’s my main objective. Simple as that,” Joshua told Sky Sports. Whyte was in the running to become Joshua’s next opponent and avenge the only loss of his career, sustained in late 2015 with the British title on the line. After knocking out Derek Chisora last December, Whyte was considered as a challenger fo...
Andy Ruiz Jr. Is Anthony Joshua Opponent For New York Bout
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Andy Ruiz Jr. Is Anthony Joshua Opponent For New York Bout

Andy Ruiz Jr set to be named as Anthony Joshua opponent for New York bout Joshua, 29, was due to face Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden but the American failed drug tests, forcing him out of the Madison Square Garden bout. California-born Ruiz, 29, has fought for a world title once before and is likely to be confirmed as Joshua's opponent for his US debut on Tuesday. Promoter Eddie Hearn says Ruiz will "do anything" to become world champion. "He will entertain you, give it his all. Even if it means getting sensationally knocked out, he will rather do that than not do it," Hearn told Fighthype.com. "I couldn't afford a guy who I thought may not be good enough or game enough to entertain the fans. I had to pick a guy in my heart who I thought will do everything to be...
Guardiola Makes Claims About Liverpool’s Premier League Title Race
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Guardiola Makes Claims About Liverpool’s Premier League Title Race

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has revealed he regards a key advantage for Liverpool in Premier League title race. Guardiola said Liverpool benefitted from their failure to progress in both the League Cup and FA Cup. The Catalan said that it was of no advantage to his team that Liverpool now have the added demand of a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. City have played nine more domestic cup games than Jurgen Klopp’s side this season having won the League Cup and reached next month’s FA Cup final. The Reds were eliminated at the first hurdle in both competitions. Liverpool are preparing for a Champions League last four tie against Barcelona and next Saturday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle United. But Guardiola, whose City team were dumped ou...
I’m ready for battle, Aruna Quadri insists
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I’m ready for battle, Aruna Quadri insists

As the main draw of the singles event serves off today Tuesday April 23, Aruna Quadri believes he is ready to rock the boat against the world’s best at the ITTF World Championships holding in Budapest, Hungary. The Nigerian star is seeded 22 in the men’s singles and he is expected to confront a qualifier in the first round of the men’s singles and the Portugal-based athlete told NationSport yesterday that he is fully fit to take on any opponent. “I am fit to take on any player having arrived one week ago in Budapest to prepare myself for this competition. There is no doubt that it promises to be tough but I am ready to make myself and my country proud in Budapest. I have been lucky in this tournament but I am hoping that I can move forward this year and give my 100 percent best again...
Mourinho Tips Surprise Club to win Trophy
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Mourinho Tips Surprise Club to win Trophy

Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has tipped Tottenham Hotspur or Ajax to win this season’s Champions League, ahead of Barcelona and Liverpool. Tottenham reached the Champions League semi-final after defeating Pep Guardiola’s Manchester United on Wednesday, while Ajax dumped Juventus out of the competition. Mourinho said he would not be surprised if either Tottenham or Ajax win the Europe top-flight tournament this campaign. According to him, Ajax are giant killers, while Tottenham are top team in the Premier League. “I’m really happy for both of them Tottenham and Ajax,” Mourinho told Russia Today. “I always used to say that when you get into the quarter-final you are there for a reason. “The group phase, sometimes you get a little bit luck...
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...
De Ligt: We Didnt Fear Anybody
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De Ligt: We Didnt Fear Anybody

Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt insists they “have no reason to fear any opponent” after knocking Juventus out of the Champions League. “It’s unbelievable. We are so happy that we did it and so proud of the team,” De Ligt told ViaSportFotball. This result follows two draws against Bayern Munich in the group stage, plus eliminating holders Real Madrid with a 4-1 win at the Bernabeu.  “We know that we have a lot of technical quality, so we don’t fear any opponent. We know we can play and, as you can see, we are really good at the moment. We have no reason to fear anyone. “I am not thinking about the semi-final, I’m just enjoying this moment, as you never know how long it’ll last. It was an unbelievable night and we have to enjoy it. “I can’t describe how proud I am of these ...
What John Obi Mikel Said After Captaining Middlesbrough to Second win
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What John Obi Mikel Said After Captaining Middlesbrough to Second win

  Nigeria midfielder, John Obi Mikel    has revealed how it feels captaining English second tier side,Middlesbroughto the successive victory. Middlesbrough are still in contention for the playoffs after beating Hull City 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday. It was their second successive win in the Championship with Mikel captaining the side. The Super Eagles midfielder was at the right place at the right time, clearing off the line as the opponents searched for an equaliser towards the end of the game. Speaking post-match, Mikel told BBC that he has enjoyed the captaining the team in their last two matches against Bolton Wanderers and Hull City. ”’It is always nice to be the captain, to lead the team,” he said. ”Great team...
Mark Clattenburg and  Casillas Blast Salah After Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Porto
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Mark Clattenburg and Casillas Blast Salah After Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Porto

Veteran English referee, Mark Clattenburg, has hit out at Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah, after the Egyptian escaped a red card in the Reds 2-0 victory over Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday evening. Goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino were what sealed a 2-0 win for Jurgen Klopp’s side. The Reds were, however, fortunate with two major decisions in each half. In the first half, the ball appeared to strike Liverpool defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold, on the arm, but following a VAR review, Porto were not awarded a penalty. And after the break, Salah was not given a red card for his studs-up challenge on Porto’s Danilo. Clattenburg noted that Salah was lucky to remain on the pitch at Anfield. He told Daily Mail, “The Liverpool forward comes over the top of ...
Ndidi is Top Tackler in Europe’s Top Five Leagues
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Ndidi is Top Tackler in Europe’s Top Five Leagues

Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi’s no-nonsense approach in dominating the midfield has been recognized after he was named the top tackler in Europe’s top five leagues by Whoscored.com. The Leicester City midfielder placed first ahead of Idrissa Gueye (Everton) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace). According to the stats, Ndidi has put in more tackles than any other player in the Premier League, Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1 and La Liga, with 123 tackles. He has dispossessed an opponent two times more than Gueye and eight more than Wan-Bissaka. In other defensive stats, the Nigeria international has made 68 interceptions, 71 clearances, 279 recoveries, won 124 aerial battles and has zero errors leading to a goal. The product of Nath Boys Academy has ...
Kash Ali Loses Boxing License Indefinitely After Biting Opponent
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Kash Ali Loses Boxing License Indefinitely After Biting Opponent

Heavyweight Boxer Kash Ali has had his boxing license suspended for biting David Price during their bout. Price was left with thick, red markings on his stomach after the 27-year-old bit him in the shocking incident. Price could be heard shouting 'he's Biting me' to the referee, Mark Lyson, who disqualified Ali. The savage nature of the assault was illustrated by the clear teeth imprints on Price's stomach, despite Ali wearing a gumshield. The British Boxing Board of Control has now summoned Ali to appear before the Central Area Council this month where his licence has now be suspended. Video Below....
Guardiola Reveals What Manchester City Must do to Beat Liverpool to Title
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Guardiola Reveals What Manchester City Must do to Beat Liverpool to Title

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said his team must win their seven remaining Premier League games, to pip Liverpool to the title. City have the slight advantage in the title race, sitting top by a point after the 2-0 win at Fulham, having played the same number of games as Liverpool. Guardiola’s men then play Cardiff at the Etihad on Wednesday night, to make up the games again. “Seven games left for the Premier League, and it’s easy: we have to win every game to be champions. “We have a tough, tough opponent. But that’s the challenge,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
Klopp Reacts to Liverpool’s Draw With FC Porto
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Klopp Reacts to Liverpool’s Draw With FC Porto

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has reacted to his side’s Champions League quarter-final draw with FC Porto. Liverpool were drawn alongside the Portuguese giants, FC Porto, when the draw for the quarter-final took place in Nyon on Friday. Klopp said Liverpool have to respect Porto, adding that the Reds will prepare very well for the clash. “What can I say? It’s Porto and we’ve played there already and we know how good we had to be last year,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website. “The result in the end was a strange one; it was very good for us, of course, but it was a strange one. In the second leg, we saw the character of Porto and the quality they have. “I could not be further away from thinking it’s the best draw because it isn’t – it is just the draw, it’s the op...
Sarri Reveals Who Caused Chelsea’s 1-1 Draw With Wolves
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Sarri Reveals Who Caused Chelsea’s 1-1 Draw With Wolves

Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has blamed Eden Hazard and other offensive players following the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday. A late goal from Eden Hazard gave Maurizio Sarri’s side a point against the visitors. However, Raul Jimenez did score for Wolves at the Stamford Bridge Sarri criticised Hazard, alongside other attackers after Chelsea’s draw with Wolves. Speaking to talkSPORT, Sarri said: “Hazard, as well as all the other offensive players, must learn to move the ball faster in this kind of situation. “He is able to dribble past five, six, or seven opponents, of course he is a great player – he can resolve the situation in every moment. “When we play against a team that doesn’t want to play, we need to move the ball f...
Why Real Madrid Still Miss Cristiano Ronaldo – Modric
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Why Real Madrid Still Miss Cristiano Ronaldo – Modric

Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric has said that the club still misses Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo. According to Modric, it is “almost impossible” for the Champions League holders to replace the Portuguese international at the Santiago Bernabeu. Ronaldo left Madrid as their all-time highest goalscorer to join the Serie A champions during last summer transfer window. Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash with Ajax on Tuesday night, Modric admitted that the La Liga giants still miss Ronaldo, adding that it’s time for the Los Blancos to build a new team without their all-time highest goalscorer. “The absence of Cristiano is something every team would feel; to find a replacement for Cristiano is almost impossible,” Modric...
Court Stops INEC From Issuing Certificate of Return to Goodswill Akpabio’s Opponent
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Court Stops INEC From Issuing Certificate of Return to Goodswill Akpabio’s Opponent

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to 'stay action' on the issuance of a certificate of return to any candidate in Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district election. Justice Valentine Ashi made the order on Friday, following an application with suit No ‘FCT/HC/M/2680/19’, with Senator Godswill Akpabio as the applicant.  She restrained the respondent in the suit – the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) – from issuing any certificate, pending the determination of the suit before the court. In an exparte motion dated February 28, 2019, with an affidavit deposed to by one Daniel Idoko and filed on March 1, Senator Akpabio prayed the court for leave to apply for “judicial rev...

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