Alpine's Esteban Ocon won a dramatic Hungarian GP as Sebastian Vettel came second but was disqualified for fuel rules breach, while Lewis Hamilton who finished third, moved into second in an extraordinary Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton regained the world championship lead for the first time since May after fighting back to finish third having been last five laps into the race, his title rival Max Verstappen was a victim of an incident-strewn wet start but managed to salvage a point for 10th place in a badly damaged Red Bull.
Nigeria’s men basketball team D’Tigers has lost its opening game at the Tokyo Olympics after falling to a 84-67 lose to Australia at the Saitama Arena, also, tournament favourites, U.S. men's basketball, who is gunning for a fourth consecutive gold medal has lost in the Olympics for the first time since 2004.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka of Japan had the distinct honour of serving as the final torchbearer of the Olympic Torch Relay, lighting the cauldron inside Olympic Stadium for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in 2021. The four-time major winner and Japanese superstar in tennis was the final torchbearer as part of the Olympic Torch Relay at the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony on Friday after a year’s pandemic delay and lingering coronavirus threats. Osaka, 23, is a four-time major champion in tennis who is making her Olympic debut. She won her fourth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open earlier in 2021.
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.
Lionel Messi, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has agreed to join the Ligue 1 team, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after leaving Barcelona FC. Messi was set to extend his contract with Barcelona FC for a new five-year deal, he even agreed to a 50 percent wage cut but the club announced on Thursday that the deal could not be completed due to “financial and structural obstacles”.
FC Barcelona has confirmed that Lionel Messi will depart Camp Nou after the player and the club failed to agree on an extension of contract. An official statement released by the club confirmed the departure of the six times FIFA Ballon d’Or winner from the club.
Watford football club had yesterday sacked its Manager, Xisco Munoz, as the premier league is around the corner. The club made this known in a statement through its website yesterday morning. There were speculations that Watford sacked the manager in less than 24hrs following its loos of 1-0 against Leeds United on Saturday. The sacked Manager earned a promotion from the Championship last season when he guided the Hornets into the premier League. The statement reads, “Watford FC confirms Xisco Muñoz has left his post as the club’s Head Coach,” It added “The Board feels recent performances strongly indicate a negative trend at a time when team cohesion should be visibly improving.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja urged the leadership of the world football governing body, FIFA to consider Nigeria top on its plan for support and investment. President Buhari expressed delight that Nigeria has produced excellent role models to inspire the next generation of stars to take up football. President Buhari made this request while receiving the FIFA delegation led by its president Gianni Infantino and the president of Confederation of African Football (CAF) Patrice Motsepe, at State House. They attended the opening match of maiden Aisha Buhari women’s football tournament; and NFF delegations. The President also called on the top echelon of football’s world governing body to see Nigeria as one of its greatest assets when it comes to the development of football. Mr. Infantino praised football’s uniting qualities, the power of the sport’s development, and the growth of women’s football during the two-day visit to Nigeria. He emphasised that exposure to high-level competition is the key to evolution for the Super Falcons, Super Eagles, and the wider, global game.
Super Eagles and Napoli striker Victor Osimhen bagged both his maiden and second goal in Europe as Napoli held Leicester City to a 2 -2 draw away from home at their Uefa Europa League (UEL) opener. The 21-year-old, having been a doubt for the game against Brendan Rodgers’ men following a knock suffered during Napoli’s 2-1 victory over Juventus in a Serie A fixture, ended his wait for a Europa League goal with a brace as Napoli settled for a 2-2 draw against Leicester City on Thursday night.
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.
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.
Naomi Osaka is now on course to defend the US Open Grand Slam title she won last year after ending Serena Williams' bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam. The 23-year-old will face 22nd seed American Jennifer Brady for the title on Saturday.
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.
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.
Nigerian-born British boxing champion, Anthony Joshua has been dethroned of his title after losing to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk. Usyk who is now the Heavyweight champion, taking Joshua's IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles has never lost a fight in his career.
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.”
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.
Team Nigeria won a total of seven medals at the just concluded U20 Athletics Championships in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday. The country’s team won four gold and three bronze medals, finishing third overall on the final medal table, while host nation, Kenya finished at first place with eight gold, one silver, and seven Bronze and Finland in second place with four gold and one silver.