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Usman Named Fighter Of The Year By ESPN

Exclusives

The World-renowned sports channel, Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) has named Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman as the Fighter of the Year. Usman also known as the 'Nigerian Nightmare' beat other respectful fighters like Charles Oliveira, Ciryl Gane, Kayla Harrison, Connor McGregor amongst others to clinch the award.

NBA Africa Announces Abudu As Head Of Its New Nigerian Office

Exclusives

The National Basketball Association (NBA) Africa disclosed that Gbemisola Abudu would serve as Vice President and Country Head of Nigeria, adding that the league is expected to open its third office in Africa by early 2022. This was made known on Tuesday by NBA Africa’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Victor Williams. Abudu is expected to improve NBA’s business development initiatives in Nigeria such as grassroots programs for youths, media, and merchandise partnership, corporate social responsibility, amongst other duties.

UFC 268: Colby Covington Kamaru Usman

Exclusives

Kamaru Usman has defeated Colby Covington for the second time by unanimous decision to retain the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight championship at UFC 268 as the tournament returned to Madison Square Garden, New York for the first time since 2019.

Ramsey To Leave Juventus - Allegri

Sports Transfers

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey is an “outgoing player” and could leave Juventus this month, the Turin giants’ coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Wednesday. Former Arsenal star Ramsey has fallen out of favour at Juventus, featuring for less than 100 minutes in Serie A this season.

EPL: Lacazette Set To Exit Arsenal By January – Report

Sports Transfers

Arsenal striker, Alexandre LAcazette has hinted that he may likely exit Arsenal FC in January next year as his agents are considering him for moving away from gunners.

Manchester United Confirms Cristiano Ronaldo Return

Sports Transfers

Manchester United has on Friday confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo has sealed a return deal to the club after rival Manchester City pulled out of the deal. Ronaldo, 36, will be moving back to Old Trafford, 12 years after leaving Man Utd to join Real Madrid in 2009, until he joined Juventus in 2018.

Eight Dead At Yaounde Stadium Stampede Ahead Of Cameroon vs Comoros Match

Football

At least eight people have died outside Cameroon’s African Cup of Nations game against Comoros in Yaounde. 38 other persons were injured in the crush ahead of the game played at Olembé Stadium with a capacity of 60,000. The stadium was only supposed to be 80 per cent full due to Covid restrictions, however 50,000 fans tried to attend the match, according to officials. Videos showed screaming fans being crushed at the entry gate to the stadium. Witnesses described chaotic scenes outside the ground as thousands of fans struggled to get access. Cameroon President Paul Biya has confirmed the launching of an enquiry into the incident, while the Confederation of African Football announced on Monday that they were beginning their own investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy, adding that a minute’s silence will be observed at future matches as a mark of respect to those who died.

Nigeria Crashes Out Of AFCON

Football

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have crashed out of the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Tunisia knocked out Nigeria from the round of 16 stages of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cameroon following a shock 1-0 victory thanks to a Youseff Msakni goal at the Roumde Adjia stadium in Garoua on Sunday. In the clash of the Eagles, the Carthage Eagles, who came into this encounter without several players and their coach due to COVID-19, emerged winners over the Super Eagles in a shock result.

Eguaveon Earns AFCON Award

Football

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has crowned Nigeria's interim coach Augustine Eguavoen the winner of the group stage best manager award following his outstanding performance at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations which is currently taking place in Cameroon.

Australia Cancels Novak Djokovic’ Visa To Enter Country, Serbian President Reacts

Tennis

In the early hours of Thursday morning, World No1 and defending Australian champion Novak Djokovic was denied entry into Australia after his visa was cancelled by border force officials at Melbourne airport. Djokovic was granted a controversial exemption to enter Australia and compete in the Australian Open, but was held up at Melbourne airport by authorities for several hours before his visa was cancelled. Djokovic, who has publicly criticised mandatory vaccines, has refused to disclose his inoculation status and said he had been granted a medical exemption to compete in Australia.

Novak Djokovic Defeats Rafael Nadal For A Place at Roland Garros Final

Tennis

Novak Djokovic has ended Rafael Nadal's reign at the French Open with a four-set win in a classic semi-final which will be ranked among the all-time great matches on the Roland Garros clay. Djokovic had won 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 against the last four times French Open champion Nadal who was going for a record-extending 14th title.

Naomi Osaka Withdraws From French Open

Tennis

Tennis No.2, Naomi Osaka has on Monday announced that she was withdrawing from the French Open tournament following her refusal to address the media and subsequently being fined. “The best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris,” Osaka wrote on Twitter.

Usman Set To Defend Title Against Covington

Boxing

UFC Welterweight champion, Kamaru "The Nigerian Nightmare" Usman is set to defend his title for the fifth time when he faces rival, Colby Covington at the Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday. This will be the second time the duo square up after Usman defeated Tyron Woodley in 2019 to retain his belt.

Fury Knocks Out Wilder To Retain WBC Title

Boxing

Tyson Fury retained his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday in a fierce performance, knocking Deontay Wilder out in the 11th round concluding the trilogy fight between the two boxers. Both opponents performed spectacularly at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with both Fury and Wilder getting knocked out, however, the Gypsy King dominated the fight landing three knockouts, after recovering from two KOs landed by Wilder.

Anthony Joshua Set For Rematch Against Usyk

Boxing

Former Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua is set for a rematch against Heavyweight rival, Oleksandr Usyk, Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter confirmed. Hearn said the fight is expected to take place in March, next year in the UK. “He (Joshua) has got his head back in the game,” Hearn told DAZN on Saturday.

21st National Sports Festival To Hold November 2022

Athletics

The Federal Government has approved November 2nd and 15th, 2022 for the 21st National Sports Festival (NSF) in Asaba, Delta State. Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare disclosed this on Monday in Asaba during the extraordinary National Council on Sports meeting and inauguration of the LOC for hosting the NSF. The minister said Delta State was the best host for the NSF, commending Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's contributions to sports development in the state and Nigeria at large.

World Record Holder Agnes Tirop Found Dead At Her Home In kenya

Athletics

Kenya’s world record holder Agnes Tirop, two-times a world championship bronze medalist, has been found dead at her home. The 25-year-old distance runner represented Kenya in the 5,000m event at the Tokyo Olympics and finished fourth in the final after clocking 14:39.62. The country’s athletic body said in a statement on Wednesday said Kenya has lost a jewel. They added that they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding her death, with crime scene investigators at her house on Wednesday. “Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop.” “We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise. Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track.”

Powerlifter Latifat Tijani Wins First Gold For Nigeria At Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

Athletics

Team Nigeria has recorded its first major success at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games following the winning of gold medal by the country’s powerlifter, Latifat Tijani, who won in the female 45kg event. Tijani defeated China’s Zhe Cui to lift 107kg. She was a gold medallist at the Brazzaville 2015 Africa Games and silver medallist at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, who will also be in the women’s 45kg straight gold medal contest the same day. Before Tijani’s success, one of Nigeria’s para powerlifting medal hope Yakubu Adesokan, missed out to reach the podium in the finals in men’s 49kg powerlifting.

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