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The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in six games to win the NBA championship for the 17th time. The last of the six games ended 106-93 with Lakers bagging their first NBA Finals in 10 years and the fourth title for LeBron James.
Sportswear giant Nike has officially unveiled the Super Eagles 2020/21 home, away and third kits at a Nike event in New York City. Twenty four (24) plus months ago when Nike dropped their Nigeria kits for the 2018 World Cup, it blew away the minds of football folks all over the world. The home kit then featured white sleeves and a bright lime base with black and white zig-zags.
National Basketball Association (NBA) playoff games will resume on Saturday three days after some teams and players initiated a strike by staying in their locker rooms as a protest to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Manchester City Anglo-Nigerian defender Tosin Adarabioyo has joined Fulham on a three-year deal with a further 12 months extension during the transfer deadline day. The 23-year-old, who impressed on loan at Blackburn Rovers last season, has explained that the time was right for him to leave the club that has been his home since the age of five.
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has issued a response to the rumors linking Ousmane Dembele with a move to Manchester United. United are reportedly in talks to sign Dembele on a season-long loan and hope to finalize a deal before the transfer window slams shut on October 5.
Former super eagles forward Obafemi Martins has joined Chinese Super League club Wuhan Zall after been without a club since 2018 due to a hamstring injury. The 35-year-old centre-forward who enjoyed great success with rivals Shanghai Shenhua after teaming up with the side in 2016 from MLS club Seattle Sounders FC, was handed a one-year contract by sixth-placed Han Army.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos, says Cristiano Ronaldo is doing just fine and is showing no symptoms after his positive coronavirus test while in the Portugal camp. "I am told he (Ronaldo) is doing well. Obviously from the time he did the retest this morning, and it was confirmed, he went into isolation last night after he did the test, just like all the players. Yesterday after taking the test the players went to their rooms, then overnight we got the news," he said. "Tomorrow Cristiano and the other players will be tested again. Obviously, Cristiano has been isolated from the others from the start and will remain isolated. He's in his room. He says he wants to play. He talks to us from his balcony. And anyway, he is completely asymptomatic. He feels fine, without any symptoms at all. He doesn't even know what happened to him.
English football giants Liverpool and Manchester United, have presented a proposal that will see the English top-flight league EPL cut down to 18 teams from the current 20. The blueprint for change was developed by John W Henry, Liverpool’s principal owner, with Old Trafford throwing its weight behind the idea. Glazer suggested that the radical manifesto is necessary to safeguard the existence of professional clubs outside the Premier League.
Arsenal Football Club is yet to sit with its midfielder, Mesut Ozil to discuss issues surrounding the termination of his contract, while he is not interested in leaving the club.
The German star was an integral part of the Mikel Arteta team before the pandemic but has dropped down in the selection order pushing him to lose relevance as he has not played a single minute of the current campaign.
Rafael Nadal has won his 13th French Open singles title and 20th Grand Slam tournament by beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets and he is now on tie with Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles.
Novak Djokovic was surprisingly disqualified from the US Open on Sunday for striking a female lines official in the throat with the tennis ball. The world number one hit the ball in disgust after he went 5-6 down against the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta. It appeared Djokovic was looking away from the office when he struck the ball with considerable force. She could be heard gasping and coughing on the tennis court upon the impact of the ball on her throat.
The organisers of the French Open tennis tournament have confirmed that the tournament has been postponed for about four months because of the coronavirus pandemic. It will now be played in September as against the earlier schedule date in May. The French tennis federation announced the decision Tuesday.
Dillian Whyte's world heavyweight title dream was left in tatters after a second career defeat by Alexander Povetkin in a sensational fifth-round knock-out.
The heavyweight title defence fight between Britain's Anthony Joshua and Bulgaria's Kubrat 'The Cobra' Pulev will be postponed yet again till at least October due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn said.
Israel Adesanya 'The Last Stylebender' has defeated Cuba's Yoel Romero with a unanimous score of 48-47,48-47, AND 49-46 to retain his UFC middleweight title, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Saturday's fight ran Adesanya's undefeated fight record to 19-0, making him the best middleweight in the world.
A Parisian court has on Wednesday found the former head of World Athletics, Lamine Diack guilty of corruption, and sentenced to four years in prison with two years suspended and a fine of nearly $600,000 in a Russian doping scandal. Diack, 87 led the IAAF for 16 years and was found guilty to have received bribes of over $3 million to cover up Russian athletes' doping and also using the money to help finance Macky Sall's presidential candidacy campaign in 2012.
The Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare has pledged that the Moshood Abiola national stadium main bowl pitch will be re-grassed and rehabilitated to world-class standards by April 2020. The Minister made this disclosure on Wednesday in Abuja during the handover ceremony of the pitch to the contractor for re-grassing, fixing of scoreboards, and rehabilitation of the main bowl. While handing over the project to the contractor, Dare assured that the feat will bring back the stadium to global reckoning as the citadel of sporting excellence.