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16
Aug2017

Jonny Evans: Man City have £18m bid for West Brom captain rejected

Jonny Evans: Man City have £18m bid for West Brom captain rejected

Manchester City have had an £18m bid for defender Jonny Evans rejected by Premier League rivals West Brom. Talks have been ongoing for the past couple of weeks about the Northern Ireland international, with City having had two offers turned down for a player that West Brom say is not...

16
Aug2017

Nigeria's Ogenyi Onazi denied work permit to join Birmingham

Nigeria's Ogenyi Onazi denied work permit to join Birmingham

Nigeria international Ogenyi Onazi has been denied a work permit to play for English Championship side Birmingham City. Birmingham had agreed terms with the 24-year-old to sign him fromTurkish Club Trabzonspor. However the Football Association turned down a first application for a work permit for Onazi last week. An appeal...

16
Aug2017

Buffon, Messi and Ronaldo on Player of the Year shortlist

Buffon, Messi and Ronaldo on Player of the Year shortlist

Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid) are the three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 2017/18 UEFA Champion League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 24 August. The shortlist...

16
Aug2017

Blame Govt not coaches for our poor show — Okon

Blame Govt not coaches for our poor show — Okon

Former sprinter and coach, Gabriel Okon who was in charge of technical matters in Nigeria’s participation at the IAAF World Championships in London, has insisted that poor preparations and travel arrangements cost the country medals and not coaches. Okon who is feeling the heat of Nigeria’s failed bid to win...

14
Aug2017

Cristiano Ronaldo hit with five-match ban for red card, pushing referee

Cristiano Ronaldo hit with five-match ban for red card, pushing referee

Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for five matches after pushing referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea during Real Madrid's 3-1 Spanish Super Cup first-leg win at Barcelona on Sunday. Ronaldo's 24 minutes as a substitute at the Camp Nou saw him score a superb goal, pick up a booking for removing...

14
Aug2017

IAAF World Championship: Nigeria fails to win a medal

IAAF World Championship: Nigeria fails to win a medal

Nigeria’ s hope of clinching a medal at the 2017 IAAF World Championships was dashed as the quartet of Patience Okon George, Abike Funmilola Egbeniyi, Glory Onome Nathaniel and Yinka Ajayi could not match their American counterparts in the 4x400m relays concluded at the Olympic Stadium, London. The Nigerian ladies...

13
Aug2017

Usain Bolt: Delays blamed for injury at World Championships - Yohan Blake

Usain Bolt: Delays blamed for injury at World Championships - Yohan Blake

Bolt's London finale ended in disappointment as he suffered a muscle cramp before the end of the 4x100m relay final,which was won by Great Britain. Yohan Blake, who ran the third leg, said: "The race was 10 minutes late, we were kept 40 minutes. It was crazy. "They were holding...

13
Aug2017

Mourinho ‘on fire’ at Manchester United in bid to maintain second-season habit

Mourinho ‘on fire’ at Manchester United in bid to maintain second-season habit

José Mourinho is under a certain amount of pressure this season at Manchester United,albeit pressure he has brought on himself. At his previous clubs he has always managed to win the title in his second season and at his present one there is an expectation of something a little more...

12
Aug2017

Zidane confirms to extend Real Madrid contract

Zidane confirms to extend Real Madrid contract

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed on Saturday he will sign a contract extension in the near future with the club he has guided to back-to-back Champions League titles. "I'm happy because it's a sign of confidence, that we have done good work," Zidane told a pre-match press conference ahead...

12
Aug2017

Women’s Long Jump Final: United State’s Resse stops Okagbare

Women’s Long Jump Final: United State’s Resse stops Okagbare

Nigeria’s medal hopeful in the long jump, Blessing Okagbare could not make an impact at the final of the IAAF World Championships holding in London as United State’s Brittney Reese claimed her fourth world title after a third-round effort of 7.02m earned her victory in a hugely competitive final. Silver...

12
Aug2017

'Apology accepted': Anthony Joshua smooths things over with Amir Khan who accused him of affair

'Apology accepted': Anthony Joshua smooths things over with Amir Khan who accused him of affair

Anthony Joshua has smoothed things over with Amir Khan who accused the British heavyweight champion of having an affair with his wife. "Apology accepted," Mr Joshua wrote on Twitter, bringing the bizarre row to an apparent conclusion. Mr Joshua was responding to a tweet by Mr Khan that said: "Glad...

12
Aug2017

Barcelona seek Super Cup tonic to Neymar hangover

Barcelona seek Super Cup tonic to Neymar hangover

Barcelona host rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday (2000GMT) badly in need of a morale-boosting win following the world record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain. Despite banking 222 million euros ($261 million) for the Brazilian, Barca's scattergun approach to finding a...

12
Aug2017

Giroud header seals Arsenal win in season-opening thriller

Giroud header seals Arsenal win in season-opening thriller

Arsenal had to come from behind twice to beat Leicester City 4-3 in a thriller as the Premier League season got off to a flying start on Friday with Arsene Wenger's substitutions turning the match around at The Emirates. Olivier Giroud came off the bench to head a late winner...

11
Aug2017

Mayweather vows to finish McGregor bout early

Mayweather vows to finish McGregor bout early

Floyd Mayweather has said he has done his homework on mixed martial artist Conor McGregor and promised their multi-million dollar fight in Las Vegas on Aug. 26 will not go the distance. Both fighters have now tipped a knockout finish to the hotly anticipated bout between arguably one of the...

11
Aug2017

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria, Cameroon move up

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria, Cameroon move up

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have climbed once again on the monthly FIFA world rankings. In the latest rankings released on Thursday by the world football governing body, the Super Eagles moved up one notch to 38th position in the world and sixth in Africa. Also making progress on the...

10
Aug2017

Britain’s first gay referee tackles homophobia

Britain’s first gay referee tackles homophobia

Ryan Atkin, Britain’s first openly gay professional referee, hopes his decision to come out will help tackle homophobia in football. Atkin broke new ground for the gay, bisexual and transgender communities on Thursday when he spoke openly about his sexuality and the way sport reacts when confronted with the issue....

10
Aug2017

Can Kelechi Iheanacho stand alone as Leicester's main man?-Colin Udoh

Can Kelechi Iheanacho stand alone as Leicester's main man?-Colin Udoh

Front and centre is where Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho suddenly finds himself after completing his long-anticipated move to Leicester City last week. It was a short debut for the 20-year-old, ended by a knock within 20 minutes against Borussia Monchengladbach, but it was enough for Iheanacho to prove to both...

10
Aug2017

Liverpool reject second Barcelona bid for Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool reject second Barcelona bid for Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool have rejected a second bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, a source has told ESPN FC. Barcelona have seen their latest offer of €100 million -- an initial €85m and then €15m in add-ons -- dismissed by Liverpool. ESPN Deportes reported on Tuesday, citing a sources close to Barcelona,that...

09
Aug2017

Guardiola returns to Manchester City drawing board

Guardiola returns to Manchester City drawing board

Rattled by a chastening first season in England, Pep Guardiola has gone back to the drawing board in an attempt to fashion Manchester City into Premier League champions. Expectations were sky-high when Guardiola alighted in Manchester after years of being courted by City, but a title challenge failed to materialise...

09
Aug2017

Real Madrid beat Manchester to win European Super Cup

Real Madrid beat Manchester to win European Super Cup

Real Madrid have beaten Manchester United 2:1 in the annual European curtain-raiser the UEFASuper Cup. The winners of the Champions League took on the Europa League winners in soaring temperatures in Skopje. Brazilian midfielder Casemiro struck the opening goal with a left foot volley for Real midway through the first...

08
Aug2017

IAAF World Indoor Championships: Nigeria fails to win any medal

IAAF World Indoor Championships: Nigeria fails to win any medal

Team Nigeria failed to win any medal at the just-concluded IAAF World Indoor Championships as the 4x400m Men’s and Women’s Relay teams, which gave Nigeria some glimmer of hope, faltered in the final day of competition in Portland, United States. Doreen Amata in the Women’s High Jump could not also...

08
Aug2017

United's Mourinho eyes first Super Cup win in Real reunion

United's Mourinho eyes first Super Cup win in Real reunion

Manchester United's Jose Mourinho can collect the one European trophy he lacks when his side face Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday in his first competitive meeting with the Spanish giants since an acrimonious split in 2013. Mourinho, whose team won the Europa League last season to...

07
Aug2017

Gatlin's father flays London crowd for booing son

Gatlin's father flays London crowd for booing son

Justin Gatlin's father has asked the fans to lay off his son after the 35-year-old was booed inside the London Stadium while accepting his 100 meters World Championships gold medal. American Gatlin, who has served two suspensions for doping offences, ruined Usain Bolt's farewell on Saturday by beating the Jamaican...

07
Aug2017

Chelsea owner Abramovich splits from third wife

Chelsea owner Abramovich splits from third wife

Russian billionaire and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and his partner, gallerist Dasha Zhukova, have separated, a spokesman for Abramovich confirmed to AFP. “After 10 years together, the two of us have made the difficult decision to separate but we remain, close friends, parents, and partners in the projects...

06
Aug2017

Arsenal beats Chelsea in shootout to win Community Shield

Arsenal beats Chelsea in shootout to win Community Shield

 Arsenal collected the Community Shield after beating Chelsea 4-1 in a penalty shootout on Sunday that used an experimental format mixing up the order of the spotkicks. After the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, Olivier Giroud scored the winning penalty. The striker ensured the...

06
Aug2017

Justin Gatlin dethrones Usain Bolt as World Champion

Justin Gatlin dethrones Usain Bolt as World Champion

Justin Gatlin is the new world champion in the 100m event as he emerged tops in Saturday’s final at the ongoing IAAF World Championships. The American sprinter who narrowly lost to Bolt at the Olympics in Rio got his pound of flesh in London as he posted a winning time...

05
Aug2017

Neymar to miss PSG opener after registration delay

Neymar to miss PSG opener after registration delay

World record signing Neymar will not be able to make his debut for Paris St Germain in Saturday's Ligue 1 opener after the French club failed to register the Brazilian's transfer in time. PSG missed a midnight deadline for a transfer certificate to be submitted to France's professional football league...

05
Aug2017

Let’s bequeath a formidable sports industry to Nigeria – Odegbami charges ex Eagles in Atlanta

Let’s bequeath a formidable sports industry to Nigeria – Odegbami charges ex Eagles in Atlanta

Former Green Eagles captain Chief Segun Odegbami has charged his fellow ex-internationals based in the United States of America, to invest their talents and skills in their various professions in developing the sports industry in Nigeria. Chief Odegbami nicknamed mathematical during his active days in the Nigerian national team and...

05
Aug2017

Brilliant Farah maintains domination with epic 10,000m win

Brilliant Farah maintains domination with epic 10,000m win

Mo Farah launched the World Athletics Championships in scintillating fashion on Friday with another consummate 10,000 metres triumph that further embellished his claim to being the greatest distance racer in the sport's history. With 55,000 of his home fans roaring their support at the London Stadium, the 34-year-old Briton sprinted...

04
Aug2017

WBA orders Anthony Joshua to defend title against Luis Ortiz

WBA orders Anthony Joshua to defend title against Luis Ortiz

The governing body released a statement telling both parties they have 30 days to come to an agreement, or the fight will go to purse bids. The decision came just over 12 hours after Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement, ruling out a rematch with Joshua, who added the WBA to...

04
Aug2017

Okagbare seeks another slice of history in London

Okagbare seeks another slice of history in London

Reigning Commonwealth queen of the track Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor will be hoping for another slice of history when the 16th edition of the IAAF flagship event, the world championships get underway at the Olympic stadium in London this evening. Okagbare, silver (long) and bronze (200m) bronze medal winner at the championships’...

04
Aug2017

Kelechi Iheanacho joins Leicester from Manchester City in £25m deal

Kelechi Iheanacho joins Leicester from Manchester City in £25m deal

Leicester City have signed the striker Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City for a reported £25m . The 20-year-old signed a five-year contract on Thursday, having had a medical at the club’s training ground earlier in the week. The deal represents a coup for Craig Shakespeare while Iheanacho, who was also...

03
Aug2017

Barca to sign Inigo Martinez?

Barca to sign Inigo Martinez?

Barcelona are prepared to pay the €32m release clause of Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez, due to the request of Coach Ernesto Valverde, say reports. Diario Sport journalist Albert Roge concurs with a report in Basque newspaper Noticias De Gipuzkoa which states the new boss at the Camp Nou is...

03
Aug2017

Wladimir Klitschko announces retirement from boxing

Wladimir Klitschko announces retirement from boxing

Wladimir Klitschko has announced his retirement from boxing, ending the prospect of a rematch with Anthony Joshua. Eddie Hearn had penciled in a November 11 date for a second Joshua-Klitschko clash in the wake of their stunning Sky Sports Box Office heavyweight fight back in April. But that 11-round Wembley...

02
Aug2017

Lionel Messi wants Paulo Dybala at Barcelona if Neymar leaves

Lionel Messi wants Paulo Dybala at Barcelona if Neymar leaves

With Neymar's future the subject of intense speculation at the moment, current Camp Nou superstar Lionel Messi has urged Barcelona to sign compatriot Paulo Dybala from Juventus. The 23-year-old Argentina forward is widely regarded as being among the most gifted young players in the world and is one of few...

02
Aug2017

Neymar tells teammates: I'm leaving Barca

Neymar tells teammates: I'm leaving Barca

Neymar has told his teammates at Barcelona he has decided to leave the club ahead of a world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, say reports in Spain. El Mundo Deportivo verifies a report in fellow Catalan media outlet RAC1 that the Brazilian informed the Barca squad of his decision upon...

01
Aug2017

Man City’s Jesus returns to Sevilla

Man City’s Jesus returns to Sevilla

Spanish international winger Jesus Navas returned to Sevilla on Tuesday, the La Liga club announced on their website. Navas had been a free agent since being released by Manchester City at the end of last season. “Sevilla FC have reached an agreement with Jesus Navas, with the player signing a...

01
Aug2017

Unsettled Sanchez back in training with Arsenal

Unsettled Sanchez back in training with Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez finally returned to training with Arsenal on Tuesday amid persistent speculation the Chile forward is keen to leave the Gunners. Sanchez missed Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Australia and China, as well as last weekend’s Emirates Cup tournament, as he rested following international duty at the Confederations Cup. The...

01
Aug2017

Liverpool say Coutinho not for sale

Liverpool say Coutinho not for sale

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is not for sale, despite interest from Barcelona, manager Jurgen Klopp has said. Klopp said the Reds are not “a selling club” following reports they rejected a £72m bid for the Brazilian in July. It comes amid news Barcelona are considering reporting Paris St-Germain over their...

31
Jul2017

Manchester United poised to complete Nemanja Matic signing from Chelsea

Manchester United poised to complete Nemanja Matic signing from Chelsea

Manchester United are poised to complete the purchase of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea after the midfielder underwent a medical on Sunday.Matic’s signing would be a significant boost to José Mourinho after United failed in their efforts to purchase Eric Dier from Tottenham Hotspur. Juventus were also keen on Matic but...