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Ballon d’Or 2021: Players Positioned to win Award Named
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Players Positioned to win Award Named

Italy and Juventus stars, Federico Chiesa, Giorgio Chiellini, and Chelsea’s Jorginho, have been named possible favourites to win this year’s Ballon d’Or. Lionel Messi of Argentina and Barcelona and Italy goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma are also among the list of favourite players hoping to grasp the prestigious individual award this year. A former Barcelona sporting director, Ariedo Braida believes that Chiesa should be given the France Football’s coveted award if he “keeps improving” following his performance in the recently concluded Euro 2020. “He’s already won the Euros with Italy, so if he keeps improving like this, Chiesa can have ambitions to win the Ballon d’Or in future, too,” he told Tuttosport. Jorginho on his part has insisted that he deserves to win the 2021 B...
Tokyo Olympics: Japan Eliminate D’Tigress to Qualify for Quarter-finals
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Tokyo Olympics: Japan Eliminate D’Tigress to Qualify for Quarter-finals

Japan have reached the quarter-finals in the women’s basketball, following a 102-83 win over Nigeria on Monday in the final pool play game. Saki Hayashi scored 23 points as the Asians outclassed the D’Tigress. Yuki Miyazwa added 19 points for the hosts, bringing it up to a total of 19 3-pointers in the game. Japan were up 30-22 after the first quarter, but Nigeria cut its deficit to 38-36 before Japan scored 13 straight points to take control. Japan led 51-38 at half time and didn’t take off their foot off the pedal in the second half as the West Africans failed to get back in the game. Nigeria (0-3) became the latest African country to not win a game in the Olympics. They were the last team from the continent to be victorious in the Ol...
Akwa United secure maiden NPFL title after thrashing MFM
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Akwa United secure maiden NPFL title after thrashing MFM

  The Promise Keepers thrilled their fans in Uyo on Sunday by securing the Nigerian top-flight crown with an emphatic win Akwa United have won the 2020-21 Nigeria Professional Football League title after they defeated MFM FC 5-2 in their penultimate fixture of the season on Sunday. Charles Atshimene stood out for the hosts at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium as his hat-trick of goals helped crush the Olukoya Boys, who are winless in their last eight matches on the road. Atshimene opened the scoring in the 24th minute followed by Alimi Adebayo's own goal on the stroke of half-time which gave Kennedy Boboye's side a two-goal lead at the half-time break.  
Tokyo Olympics: Africa’s Hopes of Gold Medal in Football Ends
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Tokyo Olympics: Africa’s Hopes of Gold Medal in Football Ends

  Africa will not win the gold medal at this year’s Olympics. This follows the exit of the continent’s last two teams left. Egypt and Ivory Coast were both eliminated at the quarter-final stage on Saturday. South Africa and Zambia’s women had already been sent packing in the group stage, before the Pharaohs and the Petits Elephants were dumped out by Brazil and Spain respectively in their last Eight fixtures. This means for only the third time since 1988, Africa will not have a team finishing in the medal positions. Nigeria (1996) and Cameroon (2000) won back-to-back gold medals in the men’s football event.
Djokovic Loses to Busta in Olympics Bronze-medal Match
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Djokovic Loses to Busta in Olympics Bronze-medal Match

Novak Djokovic lost his second singles match in as many days as Pablo Carreno Busta beat the world number one to win the Olympic bronze medal on Saturday. Djokovic, whose Golden Grand Slam hopes were ended by Alexander Zverev on Friday, lost 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 as Carreno Busta won the match on his sixth match point. Details later…
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Mbappe reveals club he wants to win Champions League with

Kylian Mbappe has claimed his biggest dream would be to win the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain. The 22-year-old, whose current deal expires in less than a year, is yet to agree a fresh contract with the Ligue 1 giants. Mbappe has been strongly linked with Real Madrid but has now hinted at remaining at the Parc des Princes. He made the remarks in a joint interview with PSG teammate, Neymar, speaking to the club’s official club magazine. Quizzing each other, Mbappe said: “I’m not a very good journalist… What would I ask Neymar? What is your big dream after everything you’ve achieved?” “My biggest dream with PSG is to win the Champions League and with Brazil to win the World Cup. And for you, Kylian, it’s to win the Champions League, isn’t it?” questioned Neymar....
Ronaldo to be Used in Shock swap deal involving PSG’s Icardi
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Ronaldo to be Used in Shock swap deal involving PSG’s Icardi

Cristiano Ronaldo and Mauro Icardi have been considered for a shock swap deal between Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to L’Equipe. The two players are both previous targets for their potential suitors. Ronaldo has been linked with PSG in the past, as the Ligue 1 giants fight to win the Champions League for the first time. Icardi was heavily linked to Juve in 2019, before making an initial loan switch to PSG from Inter Milan. It is believed that Juve are considering offering Ronaldo to the Parisians, in a bid to try and bring Icardi to Turin. Juventus recently insisted that Ronaldo is not looking to leave Italy and expect him to report for pre-season training later in July.
Aliu counts on Okagbare, Amusan, Brume for podium finish
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Aliu counts on Okagbare, Amusan, Brume for podium finish

Retired sprinter and Athens 2004 Olympics bronze medallist Deji Aliu says the trio Blessing Okagbare, Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume have what it takes to win medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which starts on Friday. In a chat with our correspondent, Aliu who is now a coach, said the three athletes have proven that they could compete favourably with the best in their events. “I don’t want to put pressure on anybody, but I am counting on Blessing, she has been superb this year and I’m expecting a lot from her. I pray she is injury-free because that is one thing an athlete has to pray against. So, I’m expecting something spectacular from her, I know she is ready and she is capable,” Aliu told The PUNCH. “I’m also expecting something from Tobi Amusan, she has been fantastic over the years an...
Messi Named Favourite to win Ballon d’Or
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Messi Named Favourite to win Ballon d’Or

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has said Lionel Messi is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or award this year. Messi has already won the prize six times in the past – the most by any player in history. Earlier this month, the 34-year-old led Argentina to Copa America triumph in Brazil. With that victory, Messi has finally added an international title, which was the only silverware missing from his stunning CV. Koeman believes his captain deserves recognition for his individual brilliance for both club and country over the past 12 months. “He has shown time and again he is the best in the world. I know how much he wanted to win the Copa América and he has done it at last. “Messi is the prime candidate for the Ballon d’Or after a great season and, for me, he is the fa...
Hamdi on the double as Wanyama’s CF Montreal floor FC Cincinnati in thriller
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Hamdi on the double as Wanyama’s CF Montreal floor FC Cincinnati in thriller

Egypt international Ahmed Hamdi scored a late goal to lift Victor Wanyama’s CF Montreal to a 5-4 win against FC Cincinnati in a Major League Soccer duel on Saturday night. The Kenyan captain started the game at Saputo Stadium while his Ugandan counterpart Mustafa Kiiza did not get playing time despite being named on the bench. It was the visiting Cincinnati who started the game strongly and they took the lead in the sixth minute when Haris Medunjanin beat Montreal’s custodian James Pantemis will a low effort, and they were 2-0 up in 14th minute courtesy of Brenner Souza da Silva,
I’ll be Surprised if D’Tigers don’t Win Olympic Medal – Udezue
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I’ll be Surprised if D’Tigers don’t Win Olympic Medal – Udezue

Retired Nigerian basketball player Ugo Udeze has backed D’Tigers and D’Tigress to win medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, saying anything short “will be a surprise.” Udezue left his lucrative job as an NBA agent to found AFA Sports, a Nigerian company engaged in the design, manufacturing and sales of athletic and leisure footwear, apparel and accessories, which is the official apparel of Team Nigeria at the Games. The men’s team, ranked 22 in the world, has been electrifying in the last few days, beating world and Olympic champions USA and world No.4 Argentina in pre-Olympic friendlies he is convinced that with the quality of players in Mike Brown’s side, they were capable of holding their own against the best in Tokyo. The former Nigeria international is also optimistic the women...
Euro 2020 final: Why I didn’t celebrate after saving Saka’s penalty – Gianluigi Donnarumma
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Euro 2020 final: Why I didn’t celebrate after saving Saka’s penalty – Gianluigi Donnarumma

  Italy goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma has revealed why he did not celebrate after saving Bukayo Saka’s penalty in their Euro 2020 final shootout win against England on Sunday night. Donnarumma quietly walked off after saving Saka’s crucial penalty as his teammates went crazy at Wembley Stadium. Italy and England had missed two spot-kicks, it fell on Saka to score the final, decisive penalty, but his effort was pawed away by Donnarumma to ensure the European Championships would be going to Rome, not home. But rather than celebrating wildly when he sealed the win for Italy, Donnarumma quietly and calmly began walking off before being mobbed by his teammates. Many fans believe his reaction was a sign of his ice-cold, casual behaviour, but now the 22-year-old shot-st...
Messi Dedicates Copa America triumph to Maradona
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Messi Dedicates Copa America triumph to Maradona

  Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has dedicated their Copa America win over Brazil to his family and the late Diego Maradona. Messi finally won an international trophy, after they beat the Selecao 1-0 in Sunday’s final. Angel Di Maria netted the winning goal in the 22nd minute of play. “I want to dedicate this success to my family, who have always given me the strength to continue, to my friends whom I love so much, to all the people who support us and above all to 45 million Argentinians who have suffered so much with this dreadful virus,” Messi wrote on Instagram. Argentina had refused to co-host the tournament with Colombia due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. CONMEBOL eventually transferred hosting rights to Brazil at the last minute. Messi also paid tribu...
Ronaldo wins Euro 2020 Golden Boot on tie-breaker over Schick
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Ronaldo wins Euro 2020 Golden Boot on tie-breaker over Schick

The Portugal forward scored five goals in just four tournament matches Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Euro 2020 Golden Boot as no one on England or Italy duty managed to surpass his tally in the final on Sunday. The Portugal forward tallied five goals in the competition - the same as Czech Republic attacker Patrik Schick - and won via the tie-breaker of assists. Three of his goals came from the penalty spot, while the other two came from open play against Hungary and Germany. Despite Ronaldo's output, Portugal were eliminated in the last 16 through a 1-0 loss to Belgium.
Ciara and Russell Wilson rock stylish Gucci ensembles on a romantic summer holiday in Italy (photos)
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Ciara and Russell Wilson rock stylish Gucci ensembles on a romantic summer holiday in Italy (photos)

Celebrity couple, Ciara and Russell Wilson showed off their incredible fashion style in a series of photos the singer shared on Instagram. The 35-year-old singer and her husband, 32, who are currently in Italy sported all-Gucci ensembles while they posed for several snaps on holiday. Ciara and Russell, who both have been together since 2015, have two children together, Sienna, five, and Win, 11 months. They also share co-parenting responsibilities of Ciara's son, Future, with her ex. See full photos below. 
‘We dominated England’ – Mancini hails ‘extraordinary’ Italy after Euro 2020 triumph
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‘We dominated England’ – Mancini hails ‘extraordinary’ Italy after Euro 2020 triumph

The Azzurri boss thinks his side deserved to win the Wembley showpiece, but has also admitted he feels "a bit sorry" for the Three Lions Roberto Mancini hailed his "extraordinary" Italy players after their Euro 2020 triumph while insisting that they "dominated" England in the final. Italy clinched their second European Championship crown by beating England on penalties in the showpiece event at Wembley on Sunday night. The two sides were locked at 1-1 after extra time, but the Azzurri held their nerve to win the trophy 3-2 on spot-kicks, leaving Mancini beaming with pride.
Messi videocalls his wife to celebrate Argentina’s Copa America win
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Messi videocalls his wife to celebrate Argentina’s Copa America win

Lionel Messi ended his wait for an international trophy after Argentina defeated Brazil 1 - 0 at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro  to win the 2021 Copa América on Sunday morning. Shortly after the game, the superstar footballer shared the special moment with his loved ones. He picked up his phone and FaceTime his family including his wife to celebrate with them. Watch the video below.
Chiellini: I wasn’t playing mind games with Alba before penalty shootout
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Chiellini: I wasn’t playing mind games with Alba before penalty shootout

The Italy defender joked with his Spain counterpart during the coin toss prior to penalties in the semi-final Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini says he was not playing mind games with Jordi Alba when he grabbed the Spain left-back before the penalty shootout in the Euro 2020 semi-final. The defender laughed, shoved and jokingly punched Alba during the coin toss to decide which side would take the first penalty in the shootout, which the Azzurri won. It was speculated that the 36-year-old was trying to get a psychological advantage over the Barcelona star, but he insists he was just enjoying himself.
Copa America final: I’ll Keep our Friendship on line, only one can win – Neymar tells Messi
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Copa America final: I’ll Keep our Friendship on line, only one can win – Neymar tells Messi

Brazil forward, Neymar, has told Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, that he would keep their friendship on line when both teams clash in the Copa America final this weekend. According to Neymar, only one person between him and Messi can win Copa America this year. The pair are close friends. Both players were teammates at Barcelona for four years before Neymar left Camp Nou to join Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar was not part of the Brazil squad that won the Copa America in 2019 due to injury, while Messi has not won it. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Copa America final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Neymar told reporters at his pre-match press conference, “Messi is, as I have always said, the best player I have ever seen play and he’s a great friend. “But now we are i...
Italy vs England: Verratti predicts ‘tough’ Euro 2020 final
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Italy vs England: Verratti predicts ‘tough’ Euro 2020 final

Italy midfielder Marco Verratti believes Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against England will be one for the ages, as the Azzurri look to win the tournament for the first time since 1968. Having failed to qualify for the last World Cup, Roberto Mancini has defied expectations and led Italy on a national record 33-match unbeaten run, leaving them on the cusp of a second European crown. “We want to win. We will face a very, very tough team who want to win. It’s a dream for us to win this European Championship,” Verratti told a virtual news conference on Thursday. “There is a lot of enthusiasm around Italy. We weren’t given credit abroad but I think Italy are climbing back to where they belong.” Italy will be appearing in their 10th major final, and first since losing 4-0 to Spain at...
Sergio Ramos makes promise after joining PSG
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Sergio Ramos makes promise after joining PSG

  New Paris Saint-Germain signing, Sergio Ramos, has vowed to help the club win many silverwares. Ramos also promised to improve the French Ligue 1 giants during his time at the club. The 35-year-old officially joined PSG on Thursday after he left Real Madrid last month. The Spanish defender signed a two-year contract with PSG that will see him remain at the club until 2023. “I am very happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” Ramos told the club’s official website. “This’s a big change in my life, a new challenge and it is a day I will never forget. “I’m very proud to be a part of this ambitious project, to be a part of this squad with so many great players. “Paris Saint-Germain is a club that has already proven itself at the highest level. I want to continue to...
Saka to replace Sancho in England line-up for Euro 2020 semi-final with Denmark
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Saka to replace Sancho in England line-up for Euro 2020 semi-final with Denmark

The Gunners star is being recalled after an ankle problem prevented him from starting in the Three Lions' quarter-final win against Ukraine Gareth Southgate will bring Bukayo Saka back into his starting line-up in place of Jadon Sancho for the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark, after he sat out England's 4-0 win over Ukraine with a slight knock. The £73 million ($101m) Manchester United signing from Borussia Dortmund impressed in the quarter-final, but the Arsenal star will return having also excelled in the Three Lions shirt. Denmark are tactically flexible under Kasper Hjulmand, but will likely operate in a 3-4-3 formation in the upcoming match at Wembley.
Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand predicts country to win European Championship
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Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand predicts country to win European Championship

  Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has predicted England to win the Euro 2020 because the Three Lions are the best team in the competition. Ferdinand gave his prediction on Tuesday night as Italy defeated Spain 4-2 on penalties in the semi-final encounter, thanks to Chelsea midfielder Jorginho’s decisive spot-kick. Italy will now play the winner between England and Denmark in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. “It doesn’t matter who has gone through here because I believe England can beat both these sides,” Ferdinand told BBC Sport post-match. “I just feel no one can compete with us right now. The confidence we have got… People might say I am getting carried away but I don’t care. “From what I have seen, England are the better team, the best team and they beat...
Former Chelsea star Moses scores again as Spartak Moscow beat Croatia’s Sibenik
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Former Chelsea star Moses scores again as Spartak Moscow beat Croatia’s Sibenik

The former Nigeria star helped the People's Team intensify their preparations for next season with a friendly victory in Austria Victor Moses scored a goal as Spartak Moscow cruised to a 4-2 win over Croatian top-flight club Sibenik in a pre-season friendly match on Monday. After completing a permanent switch from Chelsea on Friday, the 30-year-old scored his second goal for the Russian Premier League club in four days. The same day he penned a two-year deal with Rui Vitoria's side, Moses found the back of the net as Spartak held NK Bravo to a 2-2 draw at the Landskron Stadium.
Chelsea striker, Timo Werner reveals country to win Euro 2020
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Chelsea striker, Timo Werner reveals country to win Euro 2020

Chelsea star, Timo Werner, has revealed the country to win the Euro 2020. Werner said England will win the European Championship this year. The Germany international was unable to save his country when Gareth Southgate’s side defeated them 2-0 in the round of 16 last week. England are now in the semi-final at the ongoing Euro 2020 after thrashing Ukraine 4-0 in the last-8 on Saturday night. Asked whether England can win the Euros this year, Werner told Sky Sports: “Yes, I think so! After yesterday, of course. “They played a brilliant game against Ukraine and I think in the end they were the better team in the game on Tuesday [against Germany]. “So they have all they need to win the Euros and I wish them all the best.”
The heart of Italians!’ – Bonucci thrilled after ‘dominating’ Belgium en route to Euro 2020 semi-final
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The heart of Italians!’ – Bonucci thrilled after ‘dominating’ Belgium en route to Euro 2020 semi-final

The Azzurri brought their A-game once again as they pushed their way into the competition's final four Leonardo Bonucci says he and his team-mates showed "the heart of this Italy side and of the Italians" in a 2-1 win over Belgium in the Euro 2020 quarter-final on Friday. The victory pushes Italy into the tournament's semi-finals, where they will face Spain for a spot in the finale. So far, Italy have been perfect through the Euros, having allowed just two goals while scoring 11 of their own.
England vs Germany: Peter Crouch predicts outcome of Euro 2020 match
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England vs Germany: Peter Crouch predicts outcome of Euro 2020 match

Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur striker, Peter Crouch, has predicted the outcome of today’s Euro 2020 round of 16 tie between England and Germany. The tie will be played at Wembley Stadium at 5pm. The Three Lions head to the game following a 1-0 victory against Czech Republic in their last game, while Germany played a 2-2 draw with Hungary. Providing his prediction, Crouch told Metro, “But we had a top side and thought we would win. “This Germany team now is not the one of the past but do not underestimate them by any means, that would be daft.” He added, “Let’s not dress it up, Harry [Kane] has not been at his best, but when a chance comes along against Germany, or we win a penalty on Tuesday, who do you want to take it?’ “We have the attacking talent to go an...
US President, Biden accuses Republicans of backing a ‘Jim Crow era in the 21st Century’ after all 50 Republican Senators vote against new federal electoral laws
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US President, Biden accuses Republicans of backing a ‘Jim Crow era in the 21st Century’ after all 50 Republican Senators vote against new federal electoral laws

US President, Joe Biden has accused Republicans of defending voter suppression efforts that amounted to "a Jim Crow era in the 21st Century" in a scathing statement Tuesday after Republican senators blocked debate on a sweeping Democrat-backed election overhaul. Senate lawmakers voted 50-50 on whether to open debate on the bill known as the "For the People Act," leaving Democrats short of the 60 votes required to overcome a GOP filibuster. The vote marked a major setback for a controversial legislation that Biden and other prominent Democrats have prepared for months in response to the passage of election security bills in Republican-led states. Georgia and other states moved to tighten election laws following a contentious 2020 election cycle rife with claims from Donald Trump of...
Nigerian MMA Fighter, Israel Adesanya Emerges Top Earner with $500,000 payday following recent Victory Over Marvin Vettori
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Nigerian MMA Fighter, Israel Adesanya Emerges Top Earner with $500,000 payday following recent Victory Over Marvin Vettori

Nigerian-born New Zealand MMA fighter, Israel Adesanya has emerged as the top earner following his recent victory against Italy's Marvin Vettori The salaries of UFC 263 fighters which were made public shows that the middleweight champion pocketed $500,000 for his unanimous decision win over Marvin Vettori, as revealed to MMAJunkie. Adesanya was the main attraction in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday, June 12, 2021.Vettori himself earned $350,000 for his role in the main event. Nate Diaz, who was making his comeback to the octagon, earned $250,000 in his defeat to Leon Edwards. The British fighter earned $220,000, which includes a $110,000 win bonus, for his unanimous decision victory.
‘I can’t thank you all enough’ – Ashimeru to Red Bull Salzburg after move to RSC Anderlecht
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‘I can’t thank you all enough’ – Ashimeru to Red Bull Salzburg after move to RSC Anderlecht

The midfielder will now be aiming at helping Mauves to win the Belgian Jupiler Pro League in a row Black Star Majeed Ashimeru has extended his message of appreciation to former team Red Bull Salzburg after completing his switch to RSC Anderlecht. The youngster penned a four-year deal with the Mauves, having initially joined them on loan in January. He transferred to the Belgian club in search of more playing time after struggling to hold down a regular playing position at Salzburg, the club he joined four years ago. "Thank you Red Bull Salzburg for the opportunity you gave me to continue with my development in Europe, I am eternally grateful," Ashimeru posted on his official Twitter account.
‘Question marks are background noise’ – Mings dismisses Kane criticism after England opener
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‘Question marks are background noise’ – Mings dismisses Kane criticism after England opener

The Three Lions captain was restricted to fewer touches than any other starting player against Croatia in their first match at Euro 2020 Tyrone Mings has defended England team-mate Harry Kane after the striker's quiet game against Croatia on Sunday. Kane was restricted to fewer touches than any other member of England's starting line-up, but the Three Lions still managed to win their Euro 2020 opener 1-0 thanks to Raheem Sterling's goal. Mings has declared criticism of Kane to be "background noise" as the team looks ahead to their second game of the tournament on Friday against Scotland.
‘I took a real shock’ – France defender Pavard reveals he was knocked out for 15 seconds during Germany win
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‘I took a real shock’ – France defender Pavard reveals he was knocked out for 15 seconds during Germany win

The Bayern Munich defender was treated by medics on the pitch but was allowed to return to the Euro 2020 encounter France defender Benjamin Pavard ha admitted he was knocked out for "10 to 15 seconds" before returning to Tuesday's Euro 2020 match against Germany. Germany's Robin Gosens crashed full-on into Pavard's head in the second half as the France defender ducked down to win a header in the box. Pavard was treated on the pitch by France's medical staff and was allowed to return to the match, a 1-0 win for Les Bleus.
Tusker 0-1 Posta Rangers: Brewers blow away chance to widen gap
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Tusker 0-1 Posta Rangers: Brewers blow away chance to widen gap

The Brewers will have themselves to blame for their shock defeat as they failed to use the many chances which came their way Tusker blew away one of their best chances to stretch their lead at the top of the FKF Premier League table after going down 1-0 against Posta Rangers at Ruaraka grounds on Tuesday. The Brewers knew ahead of the fixture they needed to win to move five points clear ahead of second-placed KCB, but despite dominating the home clash they failed to take their chances. They were punished in the 79th minute when Josephat Lopaga scored for the Mailmen. Tusker coach Robert Matano made two changes to his starting squad bringing onboard skipper Hashim Sempala who partnered Faraj Odenyi while Brian Marita was also given a chance to start alongside Humphrey Mieno.
He has Six Lungs – Pavard Names Player that Should win Ballon d’Or
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He has Six Lungs – Pavard Names Player that Should win Ballon d’Or

  Bayern Munich defender, Benjamin Pavard, has backed Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante, to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Pavard believes Kante deserves to win the Ballon d’Or because the 30-year-old has ‘six lungs’. The 25-year-old and Kante are both teammates with the France national team. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking ahead of France’s Euro 2020 opener against Germany on Tuesday night, Pavard was quoted by Eurosport as saying: “N’Golo is N’Golo. The guy has six lungs. He never stops. “He’s a great guy and he proves he’s one of the best players in the world. I hope we will win the Euros to allow him to win the Ballon d’Or. He has deserved it so much for a few years. “He’s a g...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Didier Deschamps Names Player to win Award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Didier Deschamps Names Player to win Award

France manager, Didier Deschamps has backed Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Deschamps believes Kante deserves to win the Ballon d’Or following his excellent performances for Chelsea this season. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Kante produced a spectacular display as he helped Chelsea to claim a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final last month. “N’Golo, he doesn’t have the record of a striker. He can score a few goals, but because of what he does, everyone must have watched his last games, especially the Champions League final, N’Golo is also a driving force,” Deschamps told a press conference ahead of Euro 2020. “The Ballon d’Or? He deserve...
Pogba Backs Chelsea star to Win this Year’s Ballon d’Or
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Pogba Backs Chelsea star to Win this Year’s Ballon d’Or

  Manchester United star, Paul Pogba, has backed Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Pogba believes Kante deserves the prestigious award after guiding Chelsea to win the Champions League trophy. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. “What I would like to say to the whole world is that the ‘NG’ [N’Golo Kante]we have seen in recent months has always been the same,” Pogba told Eurosport France’s FC Stream Team podcast. “We talk a lot about his performances but he has always been as good as ever. “There was no Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi in the semi-final, so it is good to see the performances of the midfielders or even the defenders. “I said a long time ago that it ...
Blessing Okagbare sets new meet record in Slovakia
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Blessing Okagbare sets new meet record in Slovakia

Nigerian athlete, Blessing Okagbare has set a new meet record after winning the 100m women’s event at P-T-S Meeting in Samorin, Slovak Republic in 10.98 secs. With her impressive run in 10.98 secs, Okagbare set a new meet record as no other woman has ever won the race under 11 seconds in the Meet held in the Eastern European country. The excited Nigerian athlete wrote on Facebook; “Thank God for another healthy race/win today." Okagbare first broke the 11 seconds barrier for the first time in her career at the Crystal Palace Aviva London Grand Prix in London on July 14, 2012, when she ran 10.99 secs. This is also the 21st time Okagbare has run under 11 seconds in her career; a feat no Nigerian athlete has replicated.
Ballon d’Or: Pat Nevin Names Player to Win award
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Ballon d’Or: Pat Nevin Names Player to Win award

  Chelsea hero, Pat Nevin, has backed N’Golo Kante to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Nevin believes Kante deserves to win the Ballon d’Or following his excellent performances for Chelsea this season. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kante produced a spectacular display as he helped Chelsea to claim a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final last Saturday night. Writing in his column for Chelsea’s website, Nevin said: “N’Golo had a bunch of moments that no other player could match, but then he has been doing that week in, week out. “It was a definitive man-of-the-match performance, underlining he would be the first pick for any team, in any period of football history, not ju...
Man City vs Chelsea: Wesley Sneijder Predicts Winner of Champions League final
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Man City vs Chelsea: Wesley Sneijder Predicts Winner of Champions League final

  Former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder, Wesley Sneijder, has predicted the winner between Chelsea and Manchester City when both teams clash in the Champions League final on Saturday night. Chelsea and Man City will face each other in Portugal on May 29 in what will be the first all-English Champions League final since Liverpool’s victory against Tottenham Hotspur in 2019. The Blues have not won the Champions League since their famous victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in 2012, while Pep Guardiola’s side are yet to win a Champions League crown. Thomas Tuchel’s side will be desperate to win the Champions League after failing to beat Leicester City in the FA Cup final earlier this month. Providing his prediction, Sneijder backed Chelsea to beat Ma...
Phil Mickelson bags $12 million prize money after winning PGA Championship at the age of 50, becoming oldest golf major winner ever
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Phil Mickelson bags $12 million prize money after winning PGA Championship at the age of 50, becoming oldest golf major winner ever

  Phil Mickelson, aged 50 has become the oldest golf major winner in history after finishing at six-under to win the PGA Championship on Sunday, May 23. Apart from the trophy he also bagged a $12m prize money for winning the tournament, a major victory considering that his last major win was the 2013 British Open. This is his sixth major title.   The previous oldest major winner was Julius Boros, who won the 1968 PGA at 48. Mickelson turns 51 next month. “This is just an incredible feeling,” Mickelson said. “I just believed that it was possible but yet everything was saying that it wasn’t.” Louis Oosthuizen and Brooks Koepka rallied late and finished tied for second at four-under, two strokes back. Koepka, who had won the PGA in 2018 and 2019, was ...
Atletico Madrid Crowned LaLiga Champions
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Atletico Madrid Crowned LaLiga Champions

  Atletico Madrid are LaLiga champions for the 2020/2021 season. Diego Simeone’s men were confirmed title winners after beating Valladolid 2-1 on the final day of the LaLiga season on Saturday. Goals from Angel Correa and Luis Suarez ensured Atletico Madrid defeated Valladolid to win the LaLiga title. Valladolid took the lead through Oscar Plano before Correa equalized for the visitors. Suarez then sealed the victory for Atletico Madrid in 67 minutes. Atletico Madrid won the LaLiga title with 86 points from 38 matches. Meanwhile, Real Madrid defeated Villarreal 2-1 to occupy the second position on the log.
Princess Reacts as Baba Ijesha is Granted Bail on Health Grounds
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Princess Reacts as Baba Ijesha is Granted Bail on Health Grounds

Comedian, Princess, took to Instagram to react after actor, Baba Ijesha was granted bail on health grounds. Baba Ijesha's lawyer said the actor was granted bail today, May 17, and will be released after his bail conditions have been perfected. Recall that Baba Ijesha, whose real name is Olanrewaju James, was caught on CCTV sexually molesting Princess' underage foster daughter. He was detained as a result. Reacting to news he's been granted bail, Princess tweeted: "I will win not immediately but definitely." She also added the hashtags: "#Goddoesnotsleep #Godloveschildren #Saynotochilddefilement #Saynotorape #Saysomethingifyouseesomething"
Cristiano Ronaldo fuels Juventus exit speculation as footage emerges of his seven supercars being removed from his mansion in Italy
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Cristiano Ronaldo fuels Juventus exit speculation as footage emerges of his seven supercars being removed from his mansion in Italy

Cristiano Ronaldo has fuelled speculation regarding a possible summer exit from Juventus, after having his seven supercars transported away from his luxury home in Turin, Italy. Footage has emerged online of Ronaldo's multi-million-pound vehicles being loaded onto a truck of a well-known Portuguese moving company headed to Lisbon, Portugal. Italian publication, Tuttosport published the video posted online by Per Semper Calcio, in which a group of men could be seen loading the cars onto a Rodo Cargo haulage vehicle. The operation was carried out at 3 o'clock in the morning away from prying eyes. The Portuguese superstar could leave Juventus a year earlier than the end of his contract, which is set to expire in June 2022. This comes days after his mother Dolores in...
Oshoala Becomes First Nigerian to Win Champions League title
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Oshoala Becomes First Nigerian to Win Champions League title

  Asisat Oshoala on Sunday, became the first Nigerian and African to win the UEFA Women’s Champions League. The 26-year-old was introduced from the bench in the 71st minute, as they defeated Chelsea 4-0 in the final. Barca had taken the lead within one minute, after Melanie Leupolz diverted the ball into her own net. Alexia Putellas, Aitana Bonmati and Caroline Graham Hansen also added more goals in the first half. Oshoala added a fifth goal in the final minutes, but her effort was ruled out for offside. Barca had lost the 2019 final to Lyon.
Jebbison Joy as Everton European Hopes Hang by Thread
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Jebbison Joy as Everton European Hopes Hang by Thread

Everton's hopes of qualifying for Europe hang by a thread after 17-year-old Daniel Jebbison sealed Sheffield United's 1-0 win at Goodison Park with his first Premier League goal on his first top-flight start. The Canadian-born forward became the competition's youngest goalscorer on their full debut, and it is doubtful whether he will find the net with an easier chance against a static home defence. Earlier this season, Jebbison was on loan at Vanarama National League North side Chorley and only got his first taste of first-team football with the Blades as a 65th-minute substitute last weekend. But his goal and an inspired performance from goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale were enough to consign Carlo Ancelotti's side to a ninth home defeat, equalling their worst record from 1950-51 an...
‘We are an incredible team’ – Daka revels in RB Salzburg’s title success
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‘We are an incredible team’ – Daka revels in RB Salzburg’s title success

The Zambia international played a key role in the Red Bulls’ Austrian Bundesliga triumph, and has lauded the contributions of his teammates Patson Daka has heaped praise on his Red Bull Salzburg teammates as the Austrian heavyweights secured their latest Bundesliga title. With the Zambia international finding the net twice, the Red Bulls silenced 10-man Rapid Wien 2-0 on Wednesday evening to win an eighth consecutive league title with two games to spare. Impressively, Jesse Marsch’s team have only lost five times in 30 Bundesliga outings, with just two ending in a draw. Daka played a key role in the title triumph by scoring 26 goals in 26 league outings in the 2020-21 campaign – a feat that put him in the forefront to emerge as top scorer in the Austrian top flight. ...
Nothing is Broken in Arsenal Squad – Arteta Insists after 1-0 win at Chelsea
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Nothing is Broken in Arsenal Squad – Arteta Insists after 1-0 win at Chelsea

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has insisted his players are giving him 100% and nothing is broken within the squad. Arteta was speaking after the Gunners beat Chelsea 1-0 to complete a rare league double on Wednesday night. The Spaniard criticized the media for twisting his comments and claimed they were trying to “break” a bond with his players. He told Sky Sports: Nothing is broken inside. I don’t know how they want to try from the outside. They try to put things on me that I never said. “You can see the spirit of the team from the first minute. You can never doubt the efforts. “I said if I don’t get 120% off each player it’s my fault and responsibility. It wasn’t like this in the press. I’m so annoyed by that. “My players, I will defend them from everybod...
Pioli delivers positive update on Ibrahimovic’s injury as AC Milan striker looks to make Euros
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Pioli delivers positive update on Ibrahimovic’s injury as AC Milan striker looks to make Euros

The enigmatic Swedish striker is nursing a knee complaint at present and will not figure in the Rossoneri's next two Serie A fixtures AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has delivered an encouraging update on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's latest injury, with the Swedish striker nursing only a "slight sprain" to his knee. The 39-year-old frontman was forced off after 66 minutes of a 3-0 win for the Rossoneri over Juventus. He has undergone medical tests since then and, while he has been ruled out of Milan's next two fixtures, Pioli has suggested that he could return before the 2020-21 season comes to a close.
Tottenham striker Kane reaffirms trophy ambitions
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Tottenham striker Kane reaffirms trophy ambitions

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has reaffirmed ambitions to win trophies. Kane first declared such objectives upon winning the London Premier League Player of the Year award last year. He stated yesterday, "I have talked openly about it because it is so important. "That's why I play football and that's why I became a football player. To get the chance to lift the trophies and win the big matches. "However, it has not happened yet but I feel that I have the time on my side. I'm just looking ahead and I'm sure the titles will come."

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