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Sensational Tsitsipas ‘Surprises Himself’ With Semi-Final Breakthrough
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Sensational Tsitsipas ‘Surprises Himself’ With Semi-Final Breakthrough

Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas said he “surprised himself” with his fairytale Australian Open run after sweeping into the semi-finals on Tuesday. The 20-year-old Greek followed his stunning win over Roger Federer by accounting for Spain’s 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who in the first round had ended Andy Murray’s tournament and possibly his career. Tsitsipas had to contend with dropping his serve early in the first three sets before coming through 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) in 3hr 15min on Rod Laver Arena. “Roberto showed some good tennis the entire week. But at the end it’s completely different of what I can picture it before going on the court, how you can imagine your opponent is going to play,” Tsitsipas said. “I did surprise a little bit myself with my performanc...
Australian Open: Serena Williams Comforts Teenager after Third-round Win
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Australian Open: Serena Williams Comforts Teenager after Third-round Win

Seven-time champion Serena Williams comforted opponent Dayana Yastremska after powering past the teenager into the Australian Open fourth round. Williams beat the 18-year-old Ukrainian 6-2 6-1 in one hour and seven minutes and did not drop a service game. “You’re gonna make it, don’t cry”, Williams, 37, told a tearful Yastremska following her victory. The American will face Romanian world number one Simona Halep next after she beat Serena’s older sister Venus. “I thought she did really amazing,” Williams said when asked about the future of Yastremska, who was not even born when the American won the first of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles in 1999. “She came out swinging and to be so young, she came out ready to go. When I was young I played against so many people and every...
AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Murray Loses Farewell Match
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Murray Loses Farewell Match

*Federer, Nadal through, Isner Out on opening day Andy Murray yesterday produced a superb fight-back in what might have been his final match but eventually lost in five sets to Roberto Bautista Agut in the Australian Open first round. The Briton, who is hoping to play at Wimbledon, battled brilliantly before losing 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (4-7) 6-2. Murray, 31, struggled early on but had the Melbourne Arena crowd roaring as he took the third and fourth sets. “If this was my last match, it was an amazing way to end,” he said. “I gave everything I had – it wasn’t enough tonight.” Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, said on Friday he would retire this year because of a chronic hip problem. However, he did suggest in his on-court interview that there was still a chan...
Quadri, Abiodun Retain Portuguese Cup
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Quadri, Abiodun Retain Portuguese Cup

Nigeria’s duo of Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun made it five Portuguese Cup title in a row at the weekend after their team – Sporting beat GDCS Juncal 3-0 to retain the Portuguese Cup. Also, the women’s team of Sporting Club started their return to the first division on a good note by claiming the Portuguese Cup at the expense of GD Toledos in the finals played at the Municipal Sports Pavilion of Póvoa de Varzim. In the report monitored on the Portuguese Table Tennis Federation website, Sporting has won the last four editions to increase their titles to 26 in the Portuguese Cup, the men’s team is made up of Nigeria’s duo of Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun as well as Portuguese internationals – Joao Monteiro and Diogo Carvalho proved why they remained the best team in Portugal. The ...
Lobi Stars Set for Mamelodi Challenge Friday
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Lobi Stars Set for Mamelodi Challenge Friday

                                                                                       CAF LEAGUE After 18 years of absence, Lobi Stars of Makurdi return to elite continental club tournament when they host Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in the 2018/19 CAF Champions League Group A clash tonight. Interestingly, in their last outing in year 2000, it was a home match which they lost 0-2 to more experienced Ashanti Kotoko of Ghana at the Aper Aku Stadium. But starting from 5pm Nigerian time this evening at their adopted home in Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium, Enugu, the ‘Pride of Benue’ will take a bit of advantage of their under strength opponent who are in Nigeria without their main striker Jeremy Brockie. The South African club side will need to look elsewhere for firepower as they...
Man City Were Right To Destroy Burton – Gabriel Jesus
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Man City Were Right To Destroy Burton – Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus has said Manchester City have no reason to apologize after they crushed minnows Burton 9-0 in the League Cup semi-finals. The Brazilian scored four times as City refused to take their foot off the gas in a ruthless demolition job at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. Pep Guardiola’s side were four up by half-time but didn’t spare third tier Burton’s embarrassment after the interval as they piled on the goals. The clinical display effectively booked City’s place in the League Cup final before they have even played the semi-final second leg at Burton later this month. Some pundits suggested Guardiola should have shown mercy for tiny Burton, whose unheralded players were completely out-classed by the Premier League champions’ star-studded line-up. But Br...
VAR Is Very Strange, Says Chelsea Boss Sarri
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VAR Is Very Strange, Says Chelsea Boss Sarri

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri on Tuesday joined the ongoing debate about the eligibility of the newly-introduced Video Assistant Referee (VAR), saying that it was a very strange system. Sarri Sarri made the remark in his post match comments after his side lost the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final match by a lone goal to Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs gained a slender advantage in their League Cup semi-final against their London rivals as Harry Kane’s penalty earned them a 1-0 win in the first leg at Wembley on Tuesday. The only goal of the evening, however, arrived in unusual circumstances with referee Michael Oliver eventually awarding a penalty with the help of VAR. This was after Spurs skipper Kane was adjudged to have been marginally onside before being taken out by Ch...
Federer Wins Record Third Hopman Cup Title
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Federer Wins Record Third Hopman Cup Title

Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return against Alexander Zverev of Germany during their men’s singles final match on day eight of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth on January 5, 2019. TONY ASHBY / AFP Roger Federer has become the most successful player in Hopman Cup history after leading Switzerland to a 2-1 win in an enthralling final of the mixed teams’ tournament in Perth Saturday. In what is tipped to be the final edition of the unique tournament, the best was saved for last as Federer became the first player to win three Hopman Cups, teaming with Belinda Bencic for the duo’s second consecutive title. For the second year in a row, the Swiss beat the German pairing of Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber by claiming a decidin...
Pliskova Sets Up Brisbane Semi-Final Against Vekic
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Pliskova Sets Up Brisbane Semi-Final Against Vekic

Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova hits a return against Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia during their women’s singles quarter-final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane on January 4, 2019. Saeed Khan / AFP Former champion Karolina Pliskova moved into the semi-finals of the season-opening Brisbane International with a three set win over Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic on Friday. Pliskova stormed through the first set and dropped the second set equally quickly before cruising through the third to win 6-1, 1-6, 6-1 and set up a semi-final against Croatia’s Donna Vekic. The tall Czech was in imperious form in the first set and appeared set for a lightning-quick victory. But her game dropped off slightly as Tomljanovic pick...
Sharapova Campaign Off To Tough Start In Shenzhen
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Sharapova Campaign Off To Tough Start In Shenzhen

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova had a tough start to her 2019 tennis season Monday at the Shenzhen Open, edging out Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 7-6 (7/3). Sharapova In a battle of former Top 10 players, Sharapova’s serve faltered early in the match but she regained composure to take the first set, cheered on by the spirited crowd at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center. Bacsinszky put up a strong fight in the second set, claiming the first two games and forcing Sharapova to step up her game. The Russian powered through to take the match in one hour 42 minutes. “It’s been a few months since I’ve been out of playing competitively,” Sharapova said in a post-match interview, calling Shenzhen a “warm-up tournament” for next month’s Australian Open. “Consi...
APC Jittery Over Imminent Defeat —PDP
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APC Jittery Over Imminent Defeat —PDP

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Isoko North Local Government Area, Delta State, has described media reports credited to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Lucky Okperi, calling on the candidate of the PDP for the Isoko Federal Constituency, Mr. Leo Ogor to withdraw from the race as a demonstration of fear of electoral defeat that had gripped the opposition. Isoko North PDP, in a statement by the Director, Media and Publicity of it’s Campaign Committee, Mr Nelson Egware said it “Read with laughter, the jittery and panic filled advice” by Okperi, a former member of the Delta House of Assembly. He said, “The apparent contradictions contained in the statement explain clearly the extent of fear of electoral defeat that has gripped the opposition. “If not so, one wond...
Female Mexican governor Martha Erika Alonso dies in helicopter crash
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Female Mexican governor Martha Erika Alonso dies in helicopter crash

The new governor of the Mexican state of Puebla, Martha Erika Alonso dies in helicopter crash. She died alongside her husband, Rafael Moreno, on Monday in central Mexico. President Andrés Obrador confirmed the deaths on Twitter Monday evening. Female Mexican governor Martha Erika Alonso dies in helicopter crash He offered his condolences to the families of Martha Erika Alonso and husband Rafael Moreno and vowed a transparent investigation into the cause of the Christmas eve crash. He added that his government’s investigation of the crash will “tell the truth about what happened and act accordingly.” Also, Marko Cortes who is chairman of the late governor’s party, the National Action Party, said via Twitter that he was deeply saddened to hear about the accident in whi...
GOtv Boxing Night 17 Kemavor Spits Fire, Vows to Demolish Oyeleye
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GOtv Boxing Night 17 Kemavor Spits Fire, Vows to Demolish Oyeleye

Crack Ghanaian boxer, Victus Kemavor, has boasted that he will demolish US-based Nigerian, Oluwafemi “The Eagle” Oyeleye, when they clash in an international middleweight challenge bout at GOtv Boxing Night 17 on December 28. The bout is one of the two international contests scheduled for the event, which holds at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. Kemavor is a replacement for Oyeleye’s initial opponent, Meshack Mwankemwa, who pulled out due to an undisclosed injury. The Ghanaian, in a telephone interview, declared that he is in top shape and ready to demolish his Nigerian opponent right on his home turf. “I am more than ready to leave my comfort zone to further prove that Ghanian boxers are better than Nigerians,” boasted Kemavor. GOtv Boxing Night 17 will feature seven other...
Klopp warns Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City
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Klopp warns Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City

Liverpool manager, Jurgen klopp has warned Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City that his side are ready ahead of both teams clash on January 3, 2019. The 51-year-old also said that his side has a different game plan against City. Klopp stated this following Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Wolves on Friday night in the Premier League encounter. Klopp told BBC: “It was clear that the whole game would be difficult. “Everybody wants to press. We want to be compact but wide as well which makes it difficult. We defended it pretty well. The heavy rain was difficult for both teams tonight. It was a big fight. We knew that we needed to be ready. “The first goal was brilliant, it was cool. And the second goal – yes, well done! I am completely happy with the result and it is big for us. We wante...
Anthony Joshua awarded OBE by Prince Charles
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Anthony Joshua awarded OBE by Prince Charles

Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been awarded his OBE by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Thursday for his services to sport. OBE is an acronym of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire   The 29-year-old heavyweight boxer holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles all after his unification clash with Joseph Parker back in March. He was previously awarded a MBE back in 2013 for his success at the London 2012 Olympics after winning gold in the heavyweight boxing. Prince Charles also awarded Joshua his MBE back in 2013. When the imposing fighter, who is 6ft 6in, shook hands with the Prince after the presentation five years ago, he said Charles joked with him, saying: ‘Shouldn’t you be playing basketball?’ Dressed in a black sui...
Defend Your Votes, Atiku, Secondus Charge North-east
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Defend Your Votes, Atiku, Secondus Charge North-east

Tell IRI, NDI to treat Buhari with caution INEC expresses concern over security personnel’s perceived bias Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja and Segun Awofadeji in Gombe The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, have enjoined the people of the North-east region to defend their votes during the election and join the rest of the country in the mission to rescue the nation. They also called on the party’s supporters in the region not to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), police and other security agents to deprive them of their votes. Atiku and Secondus spoke yesterday at the party’s North-east zonal rally in Gombe, Gombe...
Bayern to Tackle Liverpool as Man Utd Awaits PSG
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Bayern to Tackle Liverpool as Man Utd Awaits PSG

Liverpool will take on fellow five-time winners Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Jose Mourinho’s struggling Manchester United face French giants Paris Saint-Germain. Holders Real Madrid were paired with Ajax in Monday’s draw in Nyon as the Spaniards attempt to lift the trophy for the fifth time in six seasons, while Lionel Messi and Barcelona will play Lyon. Both Liverpool and Bayern have a rich tradition in the competition, with Jurgen Klopp returning to his homeland to face the side that beat his Borussia Dortmund team in the 2013 final. Liverpool, defeated finalists last season, are the current form side of the two and sit top of the Premier League while Bayern have been far short of their own high standards in the Bundesliga this term. “That’s t...
Joshua Begging for Unification Fight, Says Wilder
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Joshua Begging for Unification Fight, Says Wilder

                                           Anthony Joshua Anthony Joshua’s team  are “begging” for a world heavyweight unification bout, says WBC champion Deontay Wilder. The American, 33, controversially drew with Britain’s Tyson Fury in Los Angeles earlier this month. The WBC has since sanctioned a direct rematch after a “unanimous agreement” in a meeting of the board of governors. “They’re definitely begging now. His management have been trying to reach out to mine all of a sudden,” Wilder told Joe Rogan’s podcast on Monday. “He could have had this opportunity, he had many opportunities; he could have fought Luis Ortiz, he could have fought me, he had a chance to fight (Tyson) Fury. “But people want to know who’s the best, especially after seeing this Fury fight, and I’ve been...
Trump Will Not Be Allowed To Speak At Bush State Funeral
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Trump Will Not Be Allowed To Speak At Bush State Funeral

President Donald Trump, despite invitation to late President George Bush state funeral, will not be allowed to speak to the crowd, CNN reports. The official schedule of events commemorating the United States’ 41st president does not list the speakers lined up for ceremonies at the Washington National Cathedral, but The New York Times and CNN both reported that they include his son and 43rd president, George W. Bush, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Senator Alan Simpson and biographer Jon Meacham. President Donald Trump has said he will attend but is not scheduled to speak, which is not entirely surprising considering his past acrimonious relationship with the Bush family. This marks the second time in recent months that Trump has been kept at arm’s length after the ...
Rio Ferdinand Describes Drogba as His Toughest African Opponent
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Rio Ferdinand Describes Drogba as His Toughest African Opponent

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand who is in Lagos on a three-day promotion programme courtesy Guinness Nigeria has described former Chelsea star, Didier Drogba as the toughest African opponent he encountered in the English Premier League. The ex-Red Devils defender is on an invitation for Guinness’ Fans Made of  More camoaugn aimed at discovering football talents. Speaking at Guinness’ corporate headquarters in Ikeja yesterday, Ferdinand revealed Drogba was an exceptional African footballer.  The former Manchester United central defender also listed Cameroonian Samuel Etoo Fils as another great player from the continent. He paid glowing tribute to former Nigerian stars like Sunday Oliseh, Rashidi Yekini,  Austin Jay Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu. “Growing up in England there were...
Outrage as 13-year-old Thai boxer Dies in Ring
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Outrage as 13-year-old Thai boxer Dies in Ring

There has been public outrage in Thailand after a 13-year-old Thai boxer died during a charity bout, reviving calls for a ban on fights between children in the brutal Muay Thai martial art. Thai boxing is hugely popular in the country and many fighters enter the sport at a young age in search of fame and fortune. But the involvement of kids who sometimes start under 10 years of age in bouts that use kicks and elbows to the head — often without headguards — has stirred frequent criticism. More so as the young fighters are often family breadwinners from poor families and bouts are subject to frenzied ringside gambling. Anucha Tasako collapsed after his opponent delivered several blows to his head at a bout in Samut Prakan province, near Bangkok, on November 10. Smartph...
Zambia Footballer Caught Walking Unclad In Opponent’s Dressing Room Before Match
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Zambia Footballer Caught Walking Unclad In Opponent’s Dressing Room Before Match

There was pandemonium after a footballer was caught walking around Unclad in opponent's dressing room. The incident attracted a huge crowd of football supporters who gathered at the scene and almost attacked the player. The footballer for Chambeshi football club in Zambia was on Sunday afternoon (yesterday) caught Unclad in the Mighty Mufulira football team's dressing room just when the two teams were about to a match. The player who was almost mobbed - was handed over to the police by angry crowd who attributed the act to witchcraft/diabolism.. According to the club supporters, the act is related to football witchcraft which has been going on in African football for years. The chaotic moment after the Unclad footballer was caught, was filmed and posted online in a video wh...
No Messi Or Ronaldo But Clasico Could Still Define Season
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No Messi Or Ronaldo But Clasico Could Still Define Season

The biggest game will not feature either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo yet Sunday’s Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be as feisty as ever with plenty riding on it for the first time since 2007 club football’s arguably. Real Coach Julen Lopetegui has come in for fierce criticism this season, having presided over a run of five games without a win. The team going eight hours and one minute without scoring before Tuesday’s unconvincing 2-1 triumph over Viktoria Plzen that saw the team whistled off the pitch by their own fans. Ronaldo and Messi Local media reports suggest that any sort of negative result away to their great rivals could spell the end for the 52-year-old at the Bernabeu. “We came from a run of quite a lot of games without winning and the objective ...
“Atiku Is Coming Back To Create A Paradise For Thieves” – Sowore
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“Atiku Is Coming Back To Create A Paradise For Thieves” – Sowore

Presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, has accused his opponent in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, of planning a return to power to allegedly create a paradise for thieves who'll loot the country blind. While addressing the public at a summit, "African Leadership In The Millenium", a part of Felabration 2018, in Lagos State on Monday, October 15, 2018, Sowore said a victory for Atiku, a former vice president, or incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, will further stall the nation's progress. He said, "The last government is always better than the next. In fact, if you ask me which is the worst government, it hasn't come yet. "It's coming next year if we vote Buhari or Atiku. It'll be the worst government we'll have because both of them have unfinished business w...
GOTV Boxing Night 16: Agbaje Emerges Best Boxer, Wins N1.5m
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GOTV Boxing Night 16: Agbaje Emerges Best Boxer, Wins N1.5m

TAIWO “Esepo” Agbaje, on Sunday night, emerged winner of the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy for the best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 16, which carried a cash prize of N1.5million.The little known lightweight boxer kept the capacity crowd at the edge of their seats with his all-action style that saw him defeat Tope “TP Rock” Musa in a challenge contest. He was voted as best boxer by journalists at the event ahead of the similarly impressive Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph and Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu. Oladosu, on the night, became the new West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion by seeing off the challenge of Ghana’s Benjamin Lamptey in one of the two international bouts at the event. The second Nigeria/Ghana bout resulted in victory for Joseph, who knocked out Emmanuel Mensah. ...
Super Eagles Thrash Libya 4-0
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Super Eagles Thrash Libya 4-0

The Super Eagles of Nigeria put up an impressive performance against Libya thrashing them 4-0. Ighalo Odion Ighalo was impressive today scoring a hat-trick against Libya as the Super Eagles thrashed their opponent 4-0 in a Nations Cup qualifying match held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, South-South Nigeria. Details later…
Lagos Open Tennis: Perrin Eyes Historic 4th Title
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Lagos Open Tennis: Perrin Eyes Historic 4th Title

Swiss player, Conny Perrin is closed to winning her fourth singles title after she qualified for the final of women’s singles in the first leg (Futures 4) of the Lagos Open Tennis Championship. The finals matches of the first week hold at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan. Perrin beat her Slovakian opponent, Tereza Mihalikova 6(2)-7(7),6-2,6-4 in the semi final match held on Centre Court“The Swiss Star will now face Indian Pranjala Yadlapalli who defeated Victoria Bosio from Argentina in straight set of 6-3,6-2. Perrin was a regular face in Lagos and had good results in the last three years to show for her coming. She has been consistent in winning from 2015 to 2017 where she had won the women’s singles on three occasions, while she also won the doubles in the 2012 edition.” I...
2019: Ogboru Clinches Delta APC Guber Ticket
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2019: Ogboru Clinches Delta APC Guber Ticket

ALL Progressives Congress, APC, Monday concluded its governorship primary election with Chief Great Ogboru emerging as the party’s candidate for 2019 general election. •Ogboru: Could be edged out by zoning plot The primary election held at Asaba, the state capital, commenced on Sunday and spanned into yesterday afternoon amidst tight security. Announcing the results, the Returning Officer of the Delta State Governorship primary of the party Major Gen. Laurence Onoja (rtd) Ogboru polled 3292 of the 3515 valid delegates votes. Rt. Hon Victor Ochei polled 160, while Prof. Pat Utomi and Dr. Cairo Ojougboh polled 26 and 12 votes respectively. Addressing the party members after he was declared winner of the primary election, Ogboru promised to “drive the state forward and make it...
Read Full Text Of Ambode’s World Press Conference Speech
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Read Full Text Of Ambode’s World Press Conference Speech

Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, says Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his opponent in the race to secure the ticket of the APC in 2019, is not fit. Addressing a press conference at government house, Alausa, Ikeja, on Sunday, Ambode said Sanwo-Olu was arrested for fraud in the US. His words: “We have never responded to the campaign of calumny on social media. We have one family in APC. The aspirant being put up to compete against us is not a fit and proper person to take this job. I have done everything in the last three and half years to serve people selflessly and to serve the poor. This particular aspirant is somebody that has been arrested for spending fake dollars in a nightclub in America, and he has been detained for months. He doesn’t have the competence to do what...
My Opponent Arrested For Spending Fake Dollars In A Nightclub In America – Ambode
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My Opponent Arrested For Spending Fake Dollars In A Nightclub In America – Ambode

The governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode his opponent All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 governorship race was arrested for spending fake dollars in a nightclub in America. AMBODE Ambode during a press conference in Alausa, Ikeja, on Sunday, “We have never responded to the campaign of calumny on social media. We have one family in APC. The aspirant being put up to compete against us is not a fit and proper person to take this job,” he said. “I have done everything in the last three and half years to serve people selflessly and to serve the poor. “This particular aspirant is somebody that has been arrested for spend fake dollars in a nightclub in America, and he has been detained for months. “He doesn’t have the competence to do what he is being propelled to do. This ...
BREAKING: Leganes Stun Barcelona
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BREAKING: Leganes Stun Barcelona

Leganes’ Spanish midfielder Oscar Rodriguez (C) celebrates his team’s second goal during the Spanish league football match Club Deportivo Leganes SAD against FC Barcelona at the Estadio Municipal Butarque in Leganes on the outskirts of Madrid on September 26, 2018. OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP Gerard Pique made the mistake and Ernesto Valverde will take his share of the blame after Barcelona slipped to their first defeat of the season against Leganes on Wednesday. Pique committed the decisive error, his fluffed clearance allowing Oscar Rodriguez to score Leganes’ second of two goals in two incredible minutes, and claim a 2-1 victory at Estadio Municipal de Butarque. Nabil El Zhar had nodded in an equaliser just 68 seconds before and by the end Philippe Coutinho’s sumptuous early voll...
Pliskova Beats Osaka
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Pliskova Beats Osaka

TEARFUL US Open champion Naomi Osaka blamed tiredness after a surprise defeat in straight sets by Karolina Pliskova in the Pan Pacific Open final. Japan’s Osaka was hoping to give home fans a victory to celebrate in Tokyo but went down 6-4 6-4 to the Czech. Naomi Osaka “I’ve literally never felt more tired in my entire life,” said the 20-year-old, who plans to take some time off. Former world number one Pliskova, the fourth seed, ended Osaka’s 10-match winning streak in just 63 minutes. “Naomi was maybe a little bit tired, you could see that. But the future is bright for her and congrats to her for an incredible few weeks,” said Pliskova, 26, after her 11th career title. Third seed Osaka’s defeat came a fortnight after she won the US Open final, which was overshadowed by be...
Joshua Ready For Wilder But Promoter Wants No More Deontay Delay
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Joshua Ready For Wilder But Promoter Wants No More Deontay Delay

Britain’s Anthony Joshua believes his long-awaited clash with fellow world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will take place as it would be “silly not to”. Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder But promoter Eddie Hearn has warned a deal must be agreed quickly if the American is to be Joshua’s next opponent. Joshua successfully defended his International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation belts with brutal a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday. He is already booked in to box again at Wembley on April 13, but the question of an opponent has still to be resolved. Joshua has repeatedly stressed he wants to fight fellow undefeated champion Wilder, who holds the World Boxing Council version of the ...
Cultists Kill 10 People At AAU Graduation Party
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Cultists Kill 10 People At AAU Graduation Party

A cult fight at the graduation party of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State has resulted in the death of 10 persons. What should have been a peaceful graduation party of the students of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, turned bloody, last night, as about 10 people were feared killed by cultists. Trouble allegedly started when two guys got into a serious fight at the venue, Judges quarters in Ekpoma. However, as people were trying to separate them, the other guy said they tore his cloth and they must pay. He later left with his friends, only to return with guns, in search of the person that fought him. Upon sighting his opponent, they opened fire on him and those who separated the fight. According to reports, about 10 people were killed, among who was one D...
2019: Hold APC Responsible Should Harm Befall Atiku, Others, PDP Warns
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2019: Hold APC Responsible Should Harm Befall Atiku, Others, PDP Warns

ABUJA-The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged the All Progressives Congress, APC, to take the blame for any harm that may befall former Vice President Abubakar Atiku or any of the PDP Presidential aspirants ahead of the 2019 general elections. • Atiku The party’s position is not unconnected with the alleged threats to the life of Atiku, who last week petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari to come to his aide and save his family from danger. In a statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the part called for a thorough inquest to unravel those behind the threats. “The PDP do not take these threats as a ruse and we demand an open inquest into all the issues raised by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in his petition to President Buhari. “It is public knowl...
Osun election: I will win without stress- Omisore
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Osun election: I will win without stress- Omisore

A candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Osun state for the coming Gubernatorial election scheduled to hold September 22, this year, Senator Iyiola Omisore has expressed optimism that he will emerge victorious in the governorship election in the state. He declared that he was the man to beat in the election, saying that as the most experienced candidate, he has all it takes to come out victorious in the exercise. Omisore boasted that none of the aspirants jostling for the governor’s seat can compete with him in terms of governance and administrative skills and that he doesn’t have an opponent as regards the Governorship election. The former Deputy Governor of Osun said this in a statement issued by his Director of Media and Publicity, Omisore Campaign Organization, Pri...
Mexican Munguia beats England’s Smith for WBO Middleweight title
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Mexican Munguia beats England’s Smith for WBO Middleweight title

Mexican WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision victory over England’s Liam Smith in a 12-round title fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The 21-year-old Munguia improved to 30-0 with 25 knockouts by becoming just the second boxer — along with Canelo Alvarez — to beat Smith. While Munguia didn’t knock Smith out, he easily won the 154-pound fight by scores of 116-111, 119-110 and 119-108. With about 40 seconds left in the sixth round, Munguia landed a left hook to the side of the head that knocked Smith down. He hurt him again three rounds later with a hook to the body. “I did very well, it was a tough fight,” said Munguia. “I was looking for the knockout. I went to get the knockout and I always put my heart into the fight...
2-0: France Stroll Past Uruguay Into World Cup Semi-Finals
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2-0: France Stroll Past Uruguay Into World Cup Semi-Finals

France has booked a place in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup by defeating Uruguay this afternoon. France, 1998 champions, are through to the semi-finals of the Russia FIFA World Cup, after beating Uruguay 2-0. Two goals, one each by Varane and dangerman Antoine Griezmann gave  Les Bleus a deserved victory against the South Americans. France will now await the winner of the later match between Brazil and Belgium to know their next opponents.
British Boxer Who Defeated His Opponent Shows Off His Horrific Injuries
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British Boxer Who Defeated His Opponent Shows Off His Horrific Injuries

British boxer, Conor Benn, has shown the horrific facial injuries he suffered after beating his French opponent Cedrick Paynaud on Wednesday night. The 21-year-old boxer, who is the son of former middleweight and super middleweight world champion boxer Nigel Benn, suffered a difficult fight last night. He got knocked down twice to the canvas in the opening round of the fight, but recovered to emerge victorious at the York Hall. Benn, whose left eye was cut and his right eye badly swollen by the end, won the fight by 57-54. On Wednesday afternoon, he showed off the horrific facial injuries suffered in a post on Twitter and Wrote: 'This sport is tougher than I thought. Bloody hell. Love to my supporters! See you next year!'
Osun West Election: Adeleke Floors Aregbesola’s candidate, Wins Nine Of Ten LGAs
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Osun West Election: Adeleke Floors Aregbesola’s candidate, Wins Nine Of Ten LGAs

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has pulled a surprise victory in the just-concluded Osun West Senatorial District election, winning nine out of the 10 local governments in the district. Its candidate, Ademola Adeleke, who rode on the people’s sentiments for his late brother Isiaka Adeleke, defeated his APC opponent, Mudashiru Hussein, polling a total of 97, 280 votes. Mr. Hussein came a distant second with a total of 66, 115 votes. The APC only managed to win Ejigbo local government. Understandably, it is the local government of its candidate. There, Mr. Hussein scored 12, 229 votes, against the PDP which polled 9, 723 votes. The APC’s loss is in spite of the support from the state government, Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the national headquarters of the ruling party. T...
Tennis Player Cuts Off Her Hair in The Middle of a Match to Beat Opponent
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Tennis Player Cuts Off Her Hair in The Middle of a Match to Beat Opponent

31 year old Russian tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova decided that winning the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) finals was more important than keeping her long and gloriously shining hair, so in the middle of the match, she took a scissor and, like a mechanic, hacked off the hair. She was facing her opponent, defending champion Agnieszka Radwańska in the finals in Singapore Svetlana was trailing the defending champion 1-2 in the third set of the round robin opener on Monday when she requested a break and a pair of scissors. She then hacked off her ponytail about halfway down. The unconventional tactic seemed to work, with Kuznetsova producing a stunning comeback from match point down to defeat Radwańska 7-5, 1-6, 7-5. This is how she explained it: “Sometimes you gotta do it no...

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