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AFCON 2021: Aubameyang Diagnosed with Minor Heart problem
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AFCON 2021: Aubameyang Diagnosed with Minor Heart problem

Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was ruled out of Gabon’s clash with Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations, after being diagnosed with a minor heart problem. Aubameyang missed their first Group C fixture against Comoros on Monday after testing positive for COVID-19. But the Gabonese federation announced that their captain along with Axel Meye and Nice’s Mario Lemina will also be sidelined for Friday’s game at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium. All three were diagnosed with COVID-19 recently and latest medical examinations showed they are dealing with minor heart problems as a result of the illness. The Gabonese Federation tweeted: “According to the CAF medical commission, the players Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meye and Mario Lemina, just out of Covid, cannot take part i...
Arsenal vs Liverpool postponed due to Covid-19
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Arsenal vs Liverpool postponed due to Covid-19

Liverpool's Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Arsenal on Thursday has been postponed after the EFL accepted a request from the Merseyside club following further cases of Covid in their squad. Liverpool announced earlier on Wednesday their training ground would be closed for at least 48 hours and that Jurgen Klopp's assistant, Pep Lijnders, had tested positive. Lijnders was due to take the team as Klopp himself is also isolating. A request for postponement was submitted on Tuesday after the latest round of testing found more cases within the first-team bubble. Klopp and three players - Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip - were forced to miss Sunday's 2-2 draw at Chelsea after testing positive. An EFL statement on Wednesday confirmed Arsenal will now play Liverpool i...
Arteta reacts to Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Manchester Cit
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Arteta reacts to Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Manchester Cit

Arsenal’s assistant manager, Albert Stuivenberg, has revealed that the Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was “frustrated” with his team’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on New Year’s Day. Arteta missed Saturday’s clash against Man City after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week as his assistant Stuivenberg was instead in the home dugout against Pep Guardiola’s side. Riyad Mahrez canceled Bukayo Saka’s first-half goal after scoring a penalty in the second half. But Rodri scored a dramatic late winner for Man City to give the visitors all three points. “Mikel has the same feelings as me,” Stuivenberg said at his post-match press conference. “He is frustrated after the performance and seeing the development of the team from the start of the season to now.” He added, “A...
Pep Guardiola names Arsenal’s most important player as ex-Man United coach takes charge of Gunners
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Pep Guardiola names Arsenal’s most important player as ex-Man United coach takes charge of Gunners

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has claimed Arsenal will be without ‘their most important player’ when both side in the Premier League on Saturday. Mikel Arteta will not be on the touchline against Manchester City as he is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19. He will watch the match from his London home, with former Manchester United coach Albert Stuivenberg set to fill in for him on the touchline. Arteta was Guardiola’s assistant for three years at the Etihad before being appointed to take his first steps into management with Arsenal in December 2019. Arsenal will also be without former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against City but Guardiola feels Arteta’s absence is the most significant. “I would say Mikel is the most important player they have,”...
Lukaku Return Inspires Chelsea to Beat Villa
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Lukaku Return Inspires Chelsea to Beat Villa

Substitute Romelu Lukaku inspired Chelsea as they came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park. Reece James' first-half own goal had given Villa the lead but Jorginho converted a penalty soon afterwards after Matty Cash's foul before Lukaku turned the game from the bench. He headed Chelsea in front within 11 minutes of his introduction and then burst through late on to win another penalty that was once again scored by Jorginho. Villa boss Steven Gerrard was missing after testing positive for Covid-19 but Thomas Tuchel's presence was certainly felt with that bold half-time substitution, removing Trevor Chalobah to bring on his striker. The attacking change earned the three points and ensured Chelsea finished the day level on points with Liverp...
Gerrard to miss Aston Villa vs Chelsea after testing positive for COVID-19
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Gerrard to miss Aston Villa vs Chelsea after testing positive for COVID-19

Aston Villa manager, Steven Gerrard, will miss their next two Premier League matches, after testing positive for COVID-19. This was confirmed by the club on Saturday. This means Gerrard will not be in the dugout for Chelsea’s visit on Boxing Day. “Aston Villa can confirm head coach Steven Gerrard will be unable to attend our next two Premier League matches with Chelsea and Leeds United as he will be isolating after testing positive for Covid-19,” the club said in a statement. Villa’s game with Burnley last weekend was postponed due to an increased number of positive Covid-19 tests among the squad. The match against Chelsea at Villa Park is one of six Premier League fixtures still scheduled to go ahead on Boxing Day.
De Bruyne Discusses Effects of Long Covid
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De Bruyne Discusses Effects of Long Covid

Kevin De Bruyne says he is still feeling the after-effects of Covid-19, even after scoring twice for Manchester City in their Premier League thrashing of Leeds. De Bruyne says he is not yet back to his best after testing positive for coronavirus last month. "I'm not great yet. My body still has to adapt. Sometimes after two or three sprints I feel that I have had Covid," he told Belgium's Het Laatste Nieuws on Thursday. But he feels things are picking up after a season in which he has also struggled with a nagging ankle injury. "It's getting better.," he added. "This season is what it is, of course. I can't help it. I got punched in the face, my ankle kicked and I caught Covid. It's not easy with the busy schedule but I'm feeling okay. I'm doing what I have to do."
Brentford vs Man Utd Game Postponed
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Brentford vs Man Utd Game Postponed

Manchester United’s game at Brentford, today, Tuesday, has been postponed after the club were forced to shut down their training ground because of an outbreak of COVID-19. United closed their Carrington training base yesterday, after confirmation of positive coronavirus cases following PCR testing. However, the club’s academy, training in a separate bubble, was allowed to continue. “The decision was taken following guidance from medical advisers due to the exceptional circumstances of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within Manchester United’s squad,” the league explained in a statement. United’s match with Brentford in London will now be rescheduled at a later date. On Monday, a separate Premier League statement reported a record high in COVID-19 positive cases ...
NBA star LeBron James tests positive for COVID-19
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NBA star LeBron James tests positive for COVID-19

LeBron James has been placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols after testing positive for coronavirus. According to reports from TMZ Sports, James tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon, November 30, and missed Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. James, who has said he is fully vaccinated against the virus, will miss several games. According to NBA rules, players must test negative on two separate days before they can be cleared to return. Players who test positive must sit out 10 days. According to Michael J. Babcock, an executive producer with TMZ Sports, James took three COVID tests on Tuesday. The first came back positive, the second negative. A third test was administered as a “tie-breaker” and came back positive. ”I’m t...
Czech Republic President infected with Covid appoints Prime Minister from inside glass box
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Czech Republic President infected with Covid appoints Prime Minister from inside glass box

The president of the Czech Republic was forced to swear in the country's new prime minister from inside a plexiglass box after testing positive for Covid. Pictures shared online showed Milos Zeman greeting Petr Fiala from inside a cubicle during a ceremony at his residence near Prague on Sunday November 28. Mr. Zeman, 77, who was wheeled in by a medic in full protective gear, caught Covid during a six-week stay in intensive care for unrelated issues. Mr. Fiala, 57, who leads a bloc of five centre and center-right opposition parties that won an election in October, has called on people in the Czech Republic to get vaccinated. The new government will have to tackle a new wave of Covid infections that is threatening to overwhelm hosp...
PSG’s Abdou Diallo contracts COVID-19, out of Bordeaux match
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PSG’s Abdou Diallo contracts COVID-19, out of Bordeaux match

Paris Saint-Germain announced Saturday defender Abdou Diallo would miss the Ligue 1 game at Bordeaux after testing positive for Covid-19. The Senegal international adds to the number of PSG players unable to play in the Saturday evening kick-off. Lionel Messi heads the list of absentees suffering from knee and hamstring pains. PSG, who are eight points clear at the top of Ligue 1, are also without Leandro Paredes, Rafinha, Marco Verratti, Presnel Kimpembe and Sergio Ramos. Diallo risks missing Senegal’s two upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Togo on November 11 and Congo three days later.
Lewandowski hits hat-trick as Bayern Munich reach last 16
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Lewandowski hits hat-trick as Bayern Munich reach last 16

Robert Lewandowski marked reaching the milestone of 100 Champions League appearances with a hat-trick on Tuesday as Bayern Munich punched their ticket for the last 16 with a 5-2 home win over Benfica. Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane scored for Bayern at the Allianz Arena while Benfica’s Morato and Darwin Nunez netted for the visitors. Lewandowski, who also had a penalty saved, has now chalked up 81 Champions League goals and 100 appearances since his competition debut for ex-club Dortmund a decade ago. Bayern’s fourth straight win in Europe guarantees them a last 16 place with two group games left as they hold a six-point lead at the top of Group E. This was Julian Nagelsmann’s first game back on the Bayern bench as the head coach missed the previous four games after...
Millionaire murderer, Robert Durst diagnosed with COVID and placed on a ventilator two days after being convicted of murdering his friend
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Millionaire murderer, Robert Durst diagnosed with COVID and placed on a ventilator two days after being convicted of murdering his friend

New York real estate heir, Robert Durst is in hospital with COVID-19 and on a ventilator just two days after he was sentenced in court to life in prison for murdering one of his best friends in 2000. Durst, 78, who appeared very ill during his sentencing on Thursday, 'looked worse than I've ever seen him,' lawyer Dick DeGuerin told the Los Angeles Times. Dicksaid he was notified that Durst was admitted after testing positive for Covid. He said Durst is on a ventilator but he had no other details about his condition. The Los Angeles Superior Court said in a statement that it had been told someone present for the sentencing hearing for Durst on Thursday had tested positive. “As a result, the court will follow health guidelines for assessing close contacts of the infected indi...
AFN fears Blessing Okagbare may go to jail over alleged illegal drug use
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AFN fears Blessing Okagbare may go to jail over alleged illegal drug use

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has expressed fear and concern over the latest development against Blessing Okagbare over her alleged illegal use of drugs. Okagbare, who has been charged with three offences by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), was suspended just before her semifinal race at the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for a human growth hormone following an out-of-competition test on July 19. The 32-year-old was said to have later tested positive for another banned substance, recombinant erythropoietin (EPO), which increases red blood cell count. She has also been charged for not cooperating with the AIU’s investigation. Speaking with The Guardian, an official of the AFN raised the concern that Okagbare might end up in jail because of the way the issue ...
Chelsea receive double injury boost ahead of Brentford clash
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Chelsea receive double injury boost ahead of Brentford clash

Reece James and N’Golo Kante were in full training on Tuesday, in what will be a boost for Chelsea ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Brentford. James withdrew from England’s squad for their World Cup qualifying matches due to an ankle injury. He was replaced by fellow club team-mate Ben Chilwell. Kante, meanwhile, was forced to observe a period of isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. The France midfielder worked on his fitness away from the main group at the Blues’ training base last week, but was put through his paces along with James and the rest of the squad this morning. Thomas Tuchel will no doubt hope both players are fully fit and available to play a role on Saturday. The likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Saul, Hakim Ziyech and Ross Barkley a...
Blessing Okagbare charged by the IAAF for failing 2 drug tests and refusing to cooperate with investigations
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Blessing Okagbare charged by the IAAF for failing 2 drug tests and refusing to cooperate with investigations

Nigeria's most successful female athlete, Blessing Okagbare has been charged by the integrity unit of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for failing two drug tests and refusing to cooperate with investigations into her alleged doping. Okagbare's dilemma with the IAAF started when she was suspended from the games by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after a Growth Hormone was found in her system during an out-of-competition test in June 2021, just before the semifinals of the women's 100m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in August 2021. On Thursday, October 7, the AIU announced that in addition to testing positive for a Growth Hormone, another prohibited substance, recombinant erythropoietin (EPO) was found after another test in July. The two failed dru...
Nigerian govt empowers police to prosecute travellers with fake COVID-19 PCR results
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Nigerian govt empowers police to prosecute travellers with fake COVID-19 PCR results

The Federal Government of Nigeria has given the police powers to prosecute passengers with forged COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) results. DAILY POST gathered that the amended protocol, signed by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, became effective September 14, 2021. Mustapha is the Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19. The government took the decision after discovering some passengers either claim to be diplomats or ignore testing before trips. Also, travellers found to have filled false information on the travel portal and online health declaration form would be liable to prosecution. Similarly, those who fail to comply with directives of Port-Health staff, security agencies, or evade quarantine will face the law. ...
Brentford’s Onyeka available to face Brighton
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Brentford’s Onyeka available to face Brighton

The 23-year-old Nigeria international missed the team’s last game against Aston Villa after testing positive for Covid-19 Brentford manager Thomas Frank has confirmed Frank Onyeka will be available for selection when they take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday. The 23-year-old Nigeria forward, who joined the Bees on a five-year contract from FC Midtjylland in July, missed the team’s last assignment against Aston Villa after testing positive for coronavirus. His absence came after he had started in the team’s opening two fixtures against Arsenal and Crystal Palace and he had also featured as a second-half substitute in Brentford’s 3-1 victory over Forest Green Rovers in the League Cup.
Mane sets ambitious goal target at Liverpool after being ‘so disappointed’ in 2020-21
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Mane sets ambitious goal target at Liverpool after being ‘so disappointed’ in 2020-21

The Senegalese forward found the target on 16 occasions last season, with his intention being to double that tally this time around Sadio Mane is setting himself the target of hitting 30 goals for Liverpool this season, with the Senegalese forward "so disappointed" with his return of 16 in 2020-21. In what was a testing campaign at Anfield last time out, a 29-year-old posted his lowest tally in the final third since 2017. He was not the only one to see standards slip as injury issues blighted the Reds' efforts, but the intention is to respond by setting a new personal best in 2021-22.
Civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and wife hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 months after receiving Pfizer vaccine
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Civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and wife hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 months after receiving Pfizer vaccine

American Civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. along with his wife, Jacqueline, have been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19. In a statement released by the prominent political activist's organization, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. it said the reverend, who is 79 years old, and Jacqueline Jackson, 77, were admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Their conditions haven't been released. Anyone who has been around either person in the last five to six days is advised to quarantine in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, according to Rainbow PUSH. "Doctors are currently monitoring the condition of both," the organization said. "Anyone who has been around either of them for the last five or six days should follow the...
British sprinter Chijindu Ujah provisionally suspended for doping violation
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British sprinter Chijindu Ujah provisionally suspended for doping violation

British sprinter CJ Ujah, who won an Olympic silver medal in the 4x100m relay in Tokyo, has been provisionally suspended for an alleged anti-doping breach, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced. If the case is proven, then 27-year-old Ujah and the British team will be stripped of the silver they won behind Italy in Japan. The AIU said a test showed the "presence/use of a prohibited substance (Ostarine and S-23)." A statement from the Athletics Integrity Unit read: "In accordance with the IOC Anti-Doping Rules and the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has commenced disciplinary proceedings to determine any consequences beyond the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to be imposed upon four (4) track and field athletes who are asserted to have comm...
Manchester United Star, Jesse Lingard tests Positive for Covid-19
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Manchester United Star, Jesse Lingard tests Positive for Covid-19

Manchester United star, Jesse Lingard is set to miss the start of the new season after testing positive for Covid-19. The England international, 28, had featured in all three of Manchester United's pre-season friendly fixtures but is not available for the final test against Everton on Saturday lunchtime. United confirmed his absence in a statement on their club website ahead of kick-off although there is no time frame given over his possible return. "Unfortunately, Jesse Lingard is unavailable after testing positive for Covid-19," the statement read. "He is isolating in line with Government and Premier League Guidelines." Lingard joins goalkeeper Dean Henderson who is still recovering from Covid-19 after he had tested positive weeks back.
Trinidad and Tobago athletes Test Positive for Covid, Out of Olympics
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Trinidad and Tobago athletes Test Positive for Covid, Out of Olympics

Two Trinidad and Tobago track and field athletes have been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for the coronavirus in the Games Village, officials said on Friday. Long jumper Andwuelle Wright and 400m hurdler Sparkle Ann McKnight have been transferred to hotel quarantine along with coach Wendell Williams after all three returned positive tests, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee said on its website. The long jump and women’s 400m hurdles start on Saturday. Tokyo Olympics organisers announced 27 Games-related coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest so far at the event.
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Olympics’ Disqualification: Sack Sports Minister, Angry Fans tell Buhari

Many Nigerian sports lovers have expressed anger and disappointment over the disqualification of 10 Nigerian athletes at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The PUNCH had reported that ten Nigerian athletes were disqualified for not meeting the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 governing National Anti-Doping Federation. While some of them called for the sacking of the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, others asked him to resign. They recalled how Dare sacked a former Technical Director of Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Sunday Adeleye, for registering two Nigerian top athletes, Blessing Okagbare and Divine Oduduru, under “wrong” categories at the World Athletics Championships, held in Doha in September 2020. During the championships, Okagbare and Oduduru faced disqual...
COVID-19 Cases Spike By 77% In One Week As States Reduce Testing – NCDC
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COVID-19 Cases Spike By 77% In One Week As States Reduce Testing – NCDC

According to The PUNCH, a weekly epidemiology report from July 5 to July 11 2021 on the website of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has revealed that some states have reduced testing, while the country has recorded a 77 percent increase in the total number of reported cases of COVID-19. According to the NCDC website, the states with their corresponding number of tests include : Bauchi (one), Sokoto (one), Zamfara (one), Kogi (three), Yobe (three), Nasarawa (five), and Niger (five).   The number of cases rose from 392 two weeks ago to 693 last week (July 5 to July 11). The number of discharges (recoveries) dropped by 87 per cent, from the 433 persons discharged two weeks ago to 57 discharged last week. Testing improved in the last week by 29 per cent, from 28,6...
15 cases of Monkeypox confirmed in Nigerian – NCDC
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15 cases of Monkeypox confirmed in Nigerian – NCDC

Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC),  Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has announced that there are 59 suspected cases of Monkeypox with 15 confirmed in the country. Ihekweazu who disclosed this while reacting to report of a United States resident testing positive for the disease after arriving the North-American country from Nigeria, said an outbreak would be declared when there are large cluster of monkeypox cases that constituted an emergency. Revealing that the NCDC have been working with state health ministries to strengthen monkeypox disease surveillance and response in the country, Ihekweazu also disclosed that states with the highest number of cases are Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Lagos. The NCDC DG urged Nigerians who feel ill or have a sudden rash, to...
Gauff Tests Positive for Covid, to miss Olympics
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Gauff Tests Positive for Covid, to miss Olympics

American teen tennis star Coco Gauff will miss the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19, she announced on Sunday. Gauff, coming off a run to the fourth round at Wimbledon, tweeted her sadness at missing out on “a dream come true” at age 17. “I am so disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for COVID and won’t be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Gauff tweeted. “It has always been a dream of mine to represent the USA at the Olympics and I hope there will be many more chances for me to make this come true in the future.” Gauff, who reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at this year’s French Open, became the latest tennis standout and US athlete to miss the Olympics. World number 25 Gauff will be forced into Covid-19 quarantin...
Maguire never feared being dumped by England during testing time for Man Utd & Three Lions
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Maguire never feared being dumped by England during testing time for Man Utd & Three Lions

The Red Devils defender made headlines for all of the wrong reasons during the summer of 2020, but Gareth Southgate has always stuck by him Harry Maguire says he "never feared for my international career" during a testing time on and off the field in the summer of 2020 that saw questions asked of him at Manchester United and with England. The Red Devils defender was arrested during a break in Mykonos last August, before then being sent off during an outing for the Three Lions against Denmark in October. High-profile misdemeanours led to calls for him to be dropped at club level and dumped by his country, but the 28-year-old defender has retained the full backing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Gareth Southgate.
US Olympic track hopeful, Shelby Houlihan banned for four years after testing positive for a banned substance
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US Olympic track hopeful, Shelby Houlihan banned for four years after testing positive for a banned substance

American middle-distance runner, Shelby Houlihan has been banned from athletics for four years after testing positive for an anabolic steroid that she believes came from pork in a burrito. The reigning national champion and American record-holder at both 1,500 and 5,000 meters confirmed her ban in a statement on Instagram. Houlihan said she was provisionally banned by the Athletics Integrity Unit after testing positive for nandrolone, which has been found in pork. She added that she appealed the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and was informed Friday that it did not accept her explanation. Since I started running when I was 5 years old, I’ve had dreams of running professionally, setting records, winning an Olympic gold medal and being one of the best in the world. I...
Euro 2020: Portugal Suffer Major Setback as Key Player Pulls Out of squad
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Euro 2020: Portugal Suffer Major Setback as Key Player Pulls Out of squad

Portugal have suffered a major setback ahead of their Euro 2020 opener against Hungary on Tuesday. Portugal defender, Joao Cancelo, pulled out of the team’s squad at the weekend after testing positive for coronavirus [COVID-19]. The Manchester City star is now replaced by Manchester United full-back, Diogo Dalot, who spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan at AC Milan. A statement from the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) read in part: “Under-21 international Diogo Dalot will join the National Team’s delegation in Budapest to prepare for his debut at Euro 2020. “The AC Milan player will replace Joao Cancelo, who tested positive for Covid-19 following a rapid antigen test carried out this Saturday by the FPF Health and Performance Unit. “All players and members of the ento...
Footballer, Arturo Vidal Hospitalised with Severe Tonsillitis and COVID-19 Just Days after being Vaccinated
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Footballer, Arturo Vidal Hospitalised with Severe Tonsillitis and COVID-19 Just Days after being Vaccinated

Inter Milan midfielder, Arturo Vidal has been hospitalised for severe tonsillitis and Covid-19 after testing positive while on international duty with Chile. The 34-year-old, who was vaccinated against the virus on Friday, has been isolated from his Chile team-mates for 72 hours after initially being taken into hospital with the throat infection. The national team confirmed he had later tested positive for coronavirus but that no other players in the squad had been infected. "The medical team of the Chilean national team emphasizes that at the request of the player Arturo Vidal, it is announced that he has been diagnosed positive for Covid," the national team said on its official website. The midfielder will now miss Chile's World Cup qualifier with Argentina on Thursday. ...
Toni Kroos to miss Real Madrid’s must-win season finale against Villarreal after testing positive for Covid 
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Toni Kroos to miss Real Madrid’s must-win season finale against Villarreal after testing positive for Covid 

Real Madrid playmaker, Toni Kroos will miss will his club's final game of the season after testing positive for Coronavirus. Real will face Villarreal on Saturday to close out the campaign and must win, hoping Atletico Madrid loses away at Valladolid for them to be crowned champions of La Liga. Kroos, who has been one of Zinedine Zidane's most important players this season, got infected with the virus after coming into direct contact with someone who had coronavirus. "Real Madrid announce that our player, Toni Kroos, tested positive in the COVID-19 test he underwent today,' a club statement said '"Kroos has been in isolation since Friday, May 14, after having come into direct contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19." "There is no suggestion that he is suffe...
Champions League final: Man City Suffer major Injury Doubt Ahead of Chelsea Match
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Champions League final: Man City Suffer major Injury Doubt Ahead of Chelsea Match

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has expressed doubt that Sergio Aguero will be fit in time for the Champions League final. Guardiola is hoping the striker recovers from injury, so he can bid farewell to the fans on the last day of this Premier League campaign. Aguero, who has missed much of the season recovering from a knee injury before testing positive for COVID-19, was unavailable for the win over Newcastle on Friday night. The 32-year-old will leave City at the end of the season as a free agent and is in a race to be fit for the final home match against Everton, when 10,000 fans are expected at the Etihad Stadium. “If Sergio is fit he is going to help us, that is for sure. “If he is going to help us score goals he is going to play, but it’s the fina...
Woman, 39, ‘Killed and Partially Eaten’ by Bear as she Walked Dogs
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Woman, 39, ‘Killed and Partially Eaten’ by Bear as she Walked Dogs

A woman is believed to have been killed and partially eaten by a bear that attacked her while she walked her dogs. The woman, 39, was found dead off a highway near the city of Durango in Colorado, US. Authorities said there were "signs of consumption" on her body after it was discovered on Friday night, April 29. Her boyfriend told officials she had gone walking with her two dogs earlier in the day. The last time she spoke to him was late on Friday morning, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Her boyfriend, who has not been named, returned home at 8.30pm and found the two dogs outside their home. But his girlfriend, who has also not been named, was missing so he started searching for her. He eventually found the body at around 9.30pm and then called eme...
Pfizer Is Testing A Pill That Could Become First-Ever Home Cure For COVID-19
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Pfizer Is Testing A Pill That Could Become First-Ever Home Cure For COVID-19

Classed as a 'protease inhibitor', it has been formulated to attack the "spine" of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and stop it replicating in our nose, throats and lungs. At two anonymous Pfizer buildings, one in the U.S. and one in Belgium, a remarkable experiment is under way. Up to 60 volunteers, all clean-living adults aged between 18 and 60, are being given the first pill specifically designed to stop Covid-19. If the trial is successful, it is just possible a home cure for Covid-19 will become available later this year. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced the formation of an “Antivirals Taskforce” last week specifically to invest in such products, will no doubt be scanning his text messages for early updates. The molecule being tested is a bespoke antiviral code-named ...
Former TV Gladiator, Shadow, looks unrecognizable in mugshot photo after he got hooked on drugs and admits role in blackmail plot
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Former TV Gladiator, Shadow, looks unrecognizable in mugshot photo after he got hooked on drugs and admits role in blackmail plot

Police has released the shocking mugshot of ex-TV Gladiator, Shadow, and he looks unrecognisable. The image of Shadow was issued by cops on Wednesday, April 14, after the former bodybuilder, whose real name is Jefferson King, admitted taking part in a drug-fuelled blackmail plot. The photo shows him hollow-cheeked and dead-eyed, while hooked on drugs. King, 59, had demanded £1,000 last year from a mum for the safe return of her son who was allegedly being held hostage by a gang. He is currently in custody awaiting sentencing at the conclusion of a crown court trial of other alleged blackmailers. Jurors were told that King was "known as Shadow in Gladiators", though he is now barely recognisable from his 1990s heyday after years of drug abuse. Born in London, King ...
Medvedev Positive For COVID-19, Withdraws From Monte Carlo
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Medvedev Positive For COVID-19, Withdraws From Monte Carlo

Daniil Medvedev has withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters after testing positive for Covid-19, the ATP Tour announced on Tuesday, raising questions about the latitude afforded to Monaco residents like the Russian who are allowed to stay at home rather than in a bio-secure hotel. “It’s a big disappointment not to play in Monte-Carlo. My focus is now on recovery and I look forward to getting back out on Tour as soon and as safely as possible,” world number two said in an ATP statement. Medvedev tested positive on Monday having practised with Rafael Nadal the day before. Organisers, contacted by AFP, declined to comment on whether the third seed risked being identified as a ‘close contact’ of Medvedev and forced to quarantine, scuppering the Spaniard’s quest for a 12th Monte Car...
Raphael Varane Tests Positive for Coronavirus Hours before Champions League Quarter-final Clash with Liverpool
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Raphael Varane Tests Positive for Coronavirus Hours before Champions League Quarter-final Clash with Liverpool

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane will miss Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool after testing positive for coronavirus. The 27-year-old French international was set to start the quarter-final first leg in Spain but will now be unavailable for Zinedine Zidane’s side after he returned a positive Coronavirus test on the morning of the match. The Spanish giants will be without both first-choice central defenders for the game tonight with Sergio Ramos already sidelined due to a calf injury he picked up on international duty with Spain. Real said in a statement on their official website: “Real Madrid C. F. informs that our player Raphael Varane tested positive in the COVID-19 test he underwent this morning.” Brazilian defender Eder Militao will ...
Gigantic 59ft Tapeworm Emerges From Man’s Bum after he Complained of Stomach Pain
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Gigantic 59ft Tapeworm Emerges From Man’s Bum after he Complained of Stomach Pain

A man complaining of stomach pains had a gigantic 59ft long tapeworm removed from his anus. The 67-year-old patient, from Nong Khai province, Thailand, said he had suffered "flatulence" since the beginning of March and went to a hospital where the doctor took a stool sample for testing. The results showed it contained 28 infective larvae which the doctors believed came from infected and uncooked beef. They prescribed medication to the patient and after taking it, the giant parasite oozed out of his anus the next day on March 20. Footage taken at the Parasitic Disease Research Centre shows two astonished medics pouring water onto the gigantic tapeworm. It measured just over 18 metres (59ft) in length, making it the longest tapeworm seen in Thailand in the last 50 years. ...
Moderna Begins Testing its COVID-19 Vaccine on Young Children
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Moderna Begins Testing its COVID-19 Vaccine on Young Children

Moderna has begun testing its COVID-19 vaccine in young children. The biotech firm announced on Tuesday, March 16, the first participants in a study of children between 6 months and 12 years old received doses of its COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna collaborated with the National Institutes of Health and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority on the study. Moderna plans to enroll 6,750 participants in the US and Canada in the trial, called the KidCOVE study. Researchers will evaluate the safety of the two-dose vaccine given 28 days apart. The US has not approved a COVID-19 vaccine for people under 16 years old. Researchers prioritized adults in initial vaccine trials, as severe COVID-19 illness in children is rare. According to Cleveland Clinic, clinical trials...
Nigeria Might Soon Exit Second Wave of Coronavirus – Minister of Health, Ehanire Osagie
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Nigeria Might Soon Exit Second Wave of Coronavirus – Minister of Health, Ehanire Osagie

The Minister of Health, Ehanire Osagie has said that Nigeria might soon exit the second wave of the Coronavirus disease. Osagie who spoke at a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday February 22, said the country has been recording a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases. The Minister also disclosed that the decreased positivity rate from sustained testing in states, is synonymous with global trends. He said; “This trend in reduction compares with global observations of seeming decline in COVID-19 cases, signifying that the second wave may be receding. “On 21st of February 2021, 521 new infections and 8 deaths occurred in 20 states. The sustained testing in states has decreased positively rate. “We are, however, not drawing conclusions yet and ce...
Football Star, Ronaldinho’s Mother Dies Aged 71 After Contracting Covid-19
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Football Star, Ronaldinho’s Mother Dies Aged 71 After Contracting Covid-19

Brazilian football legend, Ronaldinho reportedly passed away after testing positive for Covid-19. Dona Miguelina, aged 71, was hospitalised after testing positive for the virus in December 2020, in their home city of Porto Alegre. Ronaldinho’s former club Atletico Mineiro confirmed her death on Twitter on Sunday, February 21,  with a message of condolence. “It is with great sadness that Clube Atlético Mineiro receives the news of the death of Doña Miguelina, mother of Ronaldinho Gaúcho,” read the club statement. “The Atleticana Family is in mourning and shares the moment of pain with their idol. May God receive you with open arms and comfort the heart of our eternal ace.” Ronaldinho is yet to make an official statement over the rep...
Doctors were so concerned about Trump’s Covid-19 condition they considered putting him on a ventilator – New report claims
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Doctors were so concerned about Trump’s Covid-19 condition they considered putting him on a ventilator – New report claims

A new report by the New York times claims former US President Donald Trump's condition after testing positive for Covid-19 in October 2020 became so worrying  that there was talk of putting him on a ventilator. According to the report, when Trump was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he not only had trouble breathing, but had received supplemental oxygen. The former President's physician, Dr. Sean Conley, dodged talking much on the issue at the time, saying Trump "is not on oxygen right now." When he was asked if Trump had received oxygen at all, Dr. Conley would not directly answer, saying, "He has not needed any this morning, today at all." Asked if he had ever been on supplemental oxygen as part of his Covid-19 treatment, Conley said, "Right now he i...
Governor Umahi Bans Night Clubs, Drinking Joints and Others
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Governor Umahi Bans Night Clubs, Drinking Joints and Others

Governor David Umahi has placed a ban on drinking joints and night clubs among others to forestall the spread of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Ebonyi state. Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Mr Francis Nweze said the Governor issued the ban at the flag-off of the second wave of COVID-19 protocol compliance campaign at the Exco Chambers of the old Government House in Abakaliki on Thursday December 21. Umahi who directed complete enforcement of COVID-19 precautionary measures including not more than two hours of worship on Sundays, also announced plans to begin local production of oxygen in the State to cut the cost of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor appealed to residents of the state to embrace steam inhaling for detoxification and...
WHO and Africa CDC launch COVID-19 laboratories network
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WHO and Africa CDC launch COVID-19 laboratories network

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) have launched a new laboratory network that will reinforce the genome sequencing of Coronavirus in Africa. The initiative seeks to study the possible mutations of the virus in order to prepare better responses in public health. Experts from the WHO and the Africa CDC believe that the move will help countries understand the different strains of the SARS-Cov-2 virus, in order to improve the countries’ responses, treatments, or possible vaccines and make them more relevant to the continent’s population. WHO Twelve specialised laboratories will join the network in Africa. Ten different lineages have been identified so far in the continent. This move comes after the Africa CDC said that early reports were...
COVID-19: How Three Arsenal Players were Pulled from Training Over ‘Positive’ Test
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COVID-19: How Three Arsenal Players were Pulled from Training Over ‘Positive’ Test

<img class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" style="max-width: 100%; display: block !important;" role="presentation" src="data:;base64," alt="" aria-hidden="true" /> Three Arsenal players were forced to withdraw from training, after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, The Athletic reports. Ever since the Gunners returned to football, they have lost their two Premier League fixtures. Mikel Arteta saw his side suffer a 3-0 humiliation on his return to Manchester City, before throwing away a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 at Brighton two days later. It is now believed their preparations for the restart may not have been ideal. Arsenal had been informed by the Premier League that one of their players ha...
No State is COVID-19 Free- NCDC Chikwe Ihekweazu
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No State is COVID-19 Free- NCDC Chikwe Ihekweazu

Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said that no state in the country is COVID-19 free. Ihekweazu said this today June 22 while speaking at the daily briefing of the presidential task force in Abuja. He said a state can only talk about being COVID-19 free when it is testing and have the effective tool to fight the disease. In his words “No state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free. No country in the world is COVID-19 free. That is why we have to keep doing this work we are doing, testing people, finding out if they have it. Even if some of us are lucky and get away with having asymptomatic infections, we have to test more. We can only talk about a state being disease-free when we have an effective tool to fight the disease. That ...
Governor Dave Umahi Shuts Down all Courts in Ebonyi as State Records First COVID-19 Death
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Governor Dave Umahi Shuts Down all Courts in Ebonyi as State Records First COVID-19 Death

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state has ordered the immediate shut down of all courts in the state just as the state records its first death from COVID-19. In a statewide broadcast delivered on Friday, June 19, the governor said the courts are to remain closed for the next 10 days to enable health workers to fumigate the buildings and premises. He directed all judicial staff in the state and their families to immediately proceed for COVID-19 testing.   “It is unfortunate that we have recorded one death due to this Covid-19 and it makes me so sad. I am directing that in line with the Covid-19 law all the courts in Ebonyi state be shutdown for the next 10 days. The Judiciary, State High Court, Industrial Court, Federal High Court, Magistrate court should all be shutdown. A...
Eight Championship Players and Staff Test Positive for Coronavirus
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Eight Championship Players and Staff Test Positive for Coronavirus

The latest round of EFL Coronavirus testing has returned eight positive results from a total of 2213 tests on players and staff in the Championship. In a statement, the English Football League revealed that the eight positive Covid-19 tests are from six clubs and that the tests were carried out from last Thursday until midnight Tuesday. An EFL statement read: “The EFL can confirm that 2,213 players and club staff from the 24 Championship Clubs were tested over the course of the past week with eight individuals testing positive from six Clubs. “Those players or Club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities.” The results fro...
Coronavirus Cure: £5 drug Dexamethasone is 1st life-saving drug
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Coronavirus Cure: £5 drug Dexamethasone is 1st life-saving drug

A £5 cheap and widely available drug Dexamethasone has been tagged as the greatest breakthrough in the quest for the cure for coronavirus, UK experts say. The drug according to reports, has helped save the lives of patients seriously ill with the disease. The drug is part of the world’s biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for coronavirus. A major British trial, code-named RECOVERY, has declared the drug the biggest breakthrough. So far, there is no established cure yet for the virus. According to Daily Mail, dexamethasone was also shown to save the lives of a fifth of Covid-19 sufferers with moderate illness receiving oxygen. The results from the RECOVERY trial suggest the steroid can prevent death in one in eight ventilated coronavirus ...

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