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first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: Usain Bolt tests positive after partying with Man City star, others Doha 2019: Oduduru, Okagbare reinstated into World Championships Doha 2019: Coleman is new 100m men’s world champion Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pyrce ran a 10.71 seconds to win the world 100 metres title at the 2019 World Championships in Doha on Sunday.Fraser-Pyrce, who was away in the 2017 edition to have her son, stunned with a 10.80 to become the world’s fastest ever in the heats.She went on to race an amazing 10.87 in the semi-finals before a 10.71 in the final to seal a fourth world title (2009, 2013, 2015 and 2019).UK’s Dina Asher Smith came behind in 10.83 to seal a new British record and her first world senior medal.Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou settled for bronze in 10.90 after clinching silver in the previous edition in 2017, London.Tags: Doha 2019JamaicaShelly-Ann Fraser-Pyrcelast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will not shy away from exercising its oversight on sports federations as it pushes for reforms in the running of the sports industry.The Minister, Sunday Dare, stated this at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Monday while receiving the report of the Ministerial Committee on the Performance of Nigeria’s Athletes at the cecently concluded World Athletic Championships, in Doha, Qatar.The Minister thanked the committee members for the level of commitment and patriotism they have exhibited, while assuring that the Ministry would go through and come up with an action plan, which would ensure that the development of sports, with regards to athletics, does not continue to suffer the fate it has suffered in the recent past. Dare further assured that this time things will be done differently for a better result, noting: “When we talk of about the next level, this is what we mean, doing things the right way.”While appreciating the work of the sports federations in the country, he sounded a note of warning that no federation was bigger than the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, adding that in the interest of the country, sports and the athletes, the Ministry would not exchange its oversight powers when it feels any federation is going wrong.Dare said: “No federation is bigger than the Ministry. “We have oversight powers over them.”Drawing lessons from Doha 2019, he said: “Doha reminds us that you only go to a championship with your best so that your work will not go to waste.”Presenting 10 copies of the report to the Minister of Youth and Sports, the Chairman of the committee Prof. Ken Angwueje, said the committee had examined the facts, established the truths and suggested measures to prevent a re-occurrence of the less than impressive performance of team Nigeria at the 17th IAAF World Championship in Doha, while also suggesting ways forward.It would be recalled that the Minister inaugurated the committee a week ago to appraise the causes and factors responsible for team Nigeria’s performance at the just concluded World Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar where Nigeria won only one bronze medal. Other members of the committee are Dr. Umar Bindir, Rotimi Obajimi, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Dr. Dare Esan, Ambassador Mary Onyali, Chief Falilat Ogunkoya and Maria Wophill as Secretary. Tags: MKO Abiola StadiumSunday Darelast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts AC Milan coach brushes off Ibrahimovic’s angry reaction to substitution AC Milan produce another fightback to sink Parma AC Milan hit back with three goals in five minutes to floor Juventus Swedish police have stepped in to protect Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s statue from collapsing after fans attempted to saw off the feet as well as placing a rope around the neck.The Swedish star had the bronze sculpture erected in Malmo, where he begun his illustrious career, in a tribute to his impact on Swedish football. The statue had been commissioned by the Swedish FA and was unveiled in early October.But since investing in rival club last month, fans have turned on the hero they idolised for so many years.When news broke of Ibrahimovic’s involvement with Hammarby, a club in which he has purchased a 25 per cent share, Malmo fans have vandalised the statue in a bid to disassociate themselves with the 38-year-old.Malmo fans spray painted the statue before setting it on fire, and placing a toilet seat around one of the arms. Ibrahimovic’s residence in Stockholm was also targeted, with the word “Judas” painted on the property.And now fans have gone a step further in sharing their grievances with the Swede, with attempts made to saw off the statue’s feet, while putting a rope around the neck. Police have since put barriers up to protect against vandalism.The latest sequence of events leaves a sour taste in what was a strong relationship between Zlatan and the Malmo faithful. The striker broke onto the scene with the Swedish club, scoring 16 goals in 40 appearances before joining Ajax, where his career went from strength to strength.Tags: HammarbyZlatan Ibrahimoviclast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Odion Ighalo is set to link up with his new Manchester United teammates for the first time this weekend as he joins training ahead of Monday’s trip to Chelsea. Ighalo was brought in as a loan signing from Shanghai Shenhua on the final day of last month’s transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer frantically searched for attacking reinforcements, with Marcus Rashford out injured. The former Watford man flew in from China but was left out of the squad for United’s midseason training camp in Spain because of fears he may have been unable to re-enter the UK afterwards if travel restrictions tightened around the Coronavirus outbreak. Instead, he has been working with a personal trainer at the National Taekwondo Centre in Manchester, but will train with Solskjaer’s squad at Carrington on Saturday ahead of the visit to Stamford Bridge on Monday night. There has been no suggestion that Ighalo has contracted Coronavirus, but he has been kept away from United’s training ground as a precaution.Tags: CarringtonChelseaManchester UnitedMarcus RashfordOdion IghaloOle Gunnar SolkjaerShenghai Shenhualast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Olumide Akpata sworn in as 30th NBA President Drogba joins race for Ivorian Football Federation presidency Pacquiao drops Amir Khan in sparring Reigning WBA world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao intends to become president of the Philippines.This was announced by his promoter Bob Arum, quoted by The Sun. Arum said: “We called up with Manny Pacquiao. He’s going to be the first boxing president in history. He told me: ‘Bob, I’m going to participate in the presidential campaign 2022. When I win, I want to see you at my inauguration.’”Pacquiao has been active in politics since 2007.He currently holds the position of the Sports Committee Chairman in the Senate of the Philippines.At the same time, the boxer continues his sports career.He spent his last fight against Keith Thurman last summer, winning by the decision of the judges. Forty—oneyear-old Pacquiao is the only boxer in history who managed to become a world champion in eight weight categories.He also set a record by winning championship belts in four different decades.Tags: Manny PacquiaoPhilippines Presidential RacePresidentlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Neymar bags two-match ban Neymar has been ordered to pay former club Barcelona £6.1 million (€6.7m) after the Paris Saint-Germain forward lost a lawsuit over an unpaid bonus.The La Liga champions confirmed in a statement on Friday that the Brazil forward’s claim to a £39.5 million (€43.6 million) bonus had been “fully dismissed”. Neymar left the Blaugrana for PSG back in 2017 for a world record fee of £201 million (€222m) but pursued a court ruling concerning the terms of the last contract he signed at the Nou Camp a year earlier.The 28-year-old had been linked with a return to the Nou Camp over the last year with a move close last summer, but the court ruling appears to have now ended any potential future move.A club statement read: “Barcelona expresses its satisfaction with the verdict announced today in relation to the lawsuit involving FC Barcelona and the player Neymar Jr regarding the amount of the signing bonus in the final renewal of the player’s contract.“The ruling has fully dismissed the player’s claim for payment of 43.6 million euros, and has accepted a large part of the defence presented by FC Barcelona, as a result of which the player must return 6.7 million euros to the club.“Since the player’s representative is entitled to appeal this decision, the club shall continue to fervently defend its legitimate interests.” The Santos academy graduate has two years remaining on his contract in the French capital.Neymar will hope to play a part in PSG’s efforts to break through and claim a maiden Champions League title.Injury prevented Neymar’s involvement in the knock-out stages of PSG’s last two campaigns.Though a last 16 victory over Borussia Dortmund, which saw Neymar score in the second-leg comeback at the Parc des Princes, has galvinised Thomas Tuchel’s group.Though Ligue 1 has been ended prematurely due to coronavirus, which will mean PSG are unable to play competitive matches before the last eight, which will resume on 12 August as part of an innovative mini-tournament in Lisbon. —Tags: BlaugranaLa LigaNeymarParis Saint-Germainlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigerian Army loses Colonel to Boko Haram attack Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Andrej Kramaric became the first Hoffenheim player to score four goals in a Bundesliga game, overwhelming Borussia Dortmund with a one-sided 4-0 away victory on Saturday.The Croatian striker, his club’s top scorer this season, took his campaign tally to 13 as Europa League-bound Hoffenheim moved above VfL Wolfsburg to finish in fifth place on 52 points. Borussia Dortmund were already confirmed as runners-up to Bayern Munich, but after this embarrassing home defeat finished 13 points adrift of the champions.They did threaten early, when Norwegian teenager Erling Haaland forced a full stretch save out of visiting goalkeeper Oliver Baumann in the fifth minute.But after that it was 29-year-old Kramaric who dominated the game.He opened the scoring after eight minutes, after a good build-up, picking his spot and curling the ball home from just outside the penalty area.On the half-hour mark the former Leicester City forward doubled his tally after beating the offside trap to slot home from close range. After the break, Kramaric was given far too much room by a sleepy Borussia Dortmund defence to complete his hat-trick in the 48th minute.Then home defender Mats Hummels pushed Moanes Dabbur in the penalty area two minutes later.Kramaric stepped up to slot the ball home under the body of Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki to seal a dominant performance.He added: “I dreamt about the possibility of a penalty kick before the game. But, to be honest, my penalty kick was not all that well taken.“I had decided before that if I got a penalty kick it would be a no-look effort and I got a bit lucky,” he said of the effort that just crept under Burki’s body. “It’s really (an) amazing stuff and feeling to score four goals in this stadium to win this game and to get direct qualification into the Europa League.“Things like this do not happen often in a player’s career.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Andrej KramaricBorussia DortmundEuropa LeagueTukur BurataiVfL Wolfsburglast_img read more

first_imgMorten Wieghorst had no hesitation when the opportunity came to work with one of his footballing heroes at Swansea, even if it meant putting his own managerial aspirations on hold. The former Denmark and Celtic midfielder has been unveiled as Michael Laudrup’s assistant manager at the Liberty Stadium, signing a deal through to the summer of 2014, although he will not be on the bench for Saturday’s game against QPR. “I know the way he wants to play football and when he called there was no hesitation,” Wieghorst said. “Swansea are a club that are going places with a very good manager, and to get the chance to work with such quality players in the Premier League was a huge attraction.” Press Associationcenter_img Erik Larsen has been working as Laudrup’s right-hand man so far this season, but will now take on a greater responsibility for international scouting while Alan Curtis will remain as a first-team coach. Wieghorst has been in charge of the Denmark Under-21 side, and Swansea will allow him to take charge of their two fixtures in March, and potentially a further game in June. During his playing career he featured alongside Laudrup for Denmark, before becoming one of his compatriot’s first signings for Brondby in 2002. And the 41-year-old was eager to link up with his former international team-mate again. He said: “I had the pleasure to play with Michael in the national team some years ago and he brought me back to Brondby. I was getting on and late in my career but I still learned a lot as a player from him. I really enjoyed playing under him.” Wieghorst had guided the Denmark Under-21s to the brink of qualification for this summer’s European Championship, before they were dumped out in the play-offs by defending champions Spain. He also recorded back-to-back Danish Cup triumphs during a five-year spell in charge of Nordsjaelland. Laudrup is delighted to have his compatriot on board and revealed Wieghorst’s managerial experience and stint in Britain with Dundee and Celtic were factors in his appointment. “I know Morten, I played with him at World Cup 98, I coached him as a player and watched him as a manager. I also had some inside information as my son Andreas has played for him,” he said. “I had other options but I wanted an assistant who had experience of being in charge as a manager himself, and all the candidates had that experience and he has experience of British football.” last_img read more

first_img The nine-year-old is attempting to become the first horse since Golden Miller in the 1930s to win the same event at the Cheltenham Festival five times when she lines up for the David Nicholson OLBG Mares’ Hurdle. Quevega galloped with another long-term absentee, Fiveforthree, and two other stablemates. Mullins said: “We just brought them for a day out really. The intention was to just canter round for one circuit as they will work again during the week. They’ve been off the course for a long time so we just did it to knock the fizz out of them really, Fiveforthree certainly was fresh.” Press Association Willie Mullins declared himself “very happy” with Quevega after the history-seeking mare made a gentle appearance after racing at Leopardstown.center_img He added: “I was very happy with them but there was nothing informative, all it told us was that they are alive and kicking. “Katie Walsh rode Quevega because she rides her at home and Davy Condon rode Fiveforthree. I had been looking at the World Hurdle for him again but I’m considering the Coral Cup also.” Dessie Hughes also took a few to the gallop, although there were far less in action than in previous years. However, Hughes’ big Triumph Hurdle hope Our Conor had a spin, along with Posiden Sea (Bumper) and Minsk. “I was very pleased with all three of them,” said Hughes. “Posiden Sea won a bumper at Clonmel well and was then second to a nice horse here in December. Minsk seemed to really love the better ground and Our Conor was great, I couldn’t be more pleased with him. “He looked very strong and came up between horses and seems in good nick. Most of the work has now been done with them, it’s just a case of freshening them up now.” last_img read more

first_img Press Association The England striker, who was surprisingly only a substitute in Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid, has been the subject of intense speculation about his future. But Ferguson has knocked down suggestions United would look to sell Rooney in the summer. Sunday’s team selection for the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea will be keenly observed, although Ferguson’s stance on the Rooney debate is now quite clear. Former Everton man Rooney is tied to United until the end of the 2014/15 season, so there is no need to sit down for talks immediately. Ferguson said, according to several Sunday newspapers: “There’s no issue with his contract, when it has to be renegotiated it will be. We don’t want players to leave.” center_img Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed the club intend to keep Wayne Rooney beyond the length of his current contract.last_img read more