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President Buhari Commissions Naval Sports Complex

Exclusives

President Muhammadu Buhari traveled to Lagos State on Thursday to commission the new Naval Sports Complex and also declared open the 12th Nigerian Navy Games. The President expressed hope that the naval games would discover new talents capable of representing the Navy and the country in international competitions. Present at the event were the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo Olu; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, amongst others.

FG Reverses Ban Of Nigeria From International Basketball Competitions

Exclusives

The Federal Government (FG) has rescinded its decision of suspending Nigeria’s basketball teams from participating in international competitions for a two-year period. This was disclosed in Abuja at a news conference on Thursday by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar.

FIBA Replaces D’Tigress With Mali For 2022 World Cup

Exclusives

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has announced that Nigeria’s Women's Basketball team, D’Tigress would be replaced by their counterparts from the Republic of Mali in the upcoming 2022 Women’s Basketball World cup scheduled to hold in Sydney, Australia.

Raheem Sterling Signs For Chelsea

Sports Transfers

English forward, Raheem Sterling has signed a five-year contract with Chelsea from Manchester City for £47.5m; becoming Todd Boehly’s consortium's first Chelsea purchase.

Joe Aribo Joins EPL Side, Southampton On A 4-year Deal

Sports Transfers

25-year-old Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo has moved to St. Mary's after three (3) successful seasons at Ibrox, where he scored 26 goals in 149 appearances and won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup. The midfielder who will remain in St Mary's Stadium until 2026, was signed for a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Darwin Nunez Joins Liverpool In Club Record Deal From Benfica

Sports Transfers

Liverpool has completed the signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica for a club-record fee of £85m, with the Uruguay striker signing a six-year contract. The signing is however subjected to a work permit and international clearance. The forward will wear the No 27 shirt at Anfield, won previously by Divock Origi.

Just In: Mikel Obi Bid Farewell To Football Game

Football

Former Super Eagle captain, John Obi Mikel, has announced his retirement from active football after 20 years of active football life.
The Legend made the declaration through his official social media account. The former Chelsea FC star hung his boot at 35yrs with Laurels won for both clubs and country, including the nation’s cup, and the Champions League to mention a few.

FA Charged Christiano Ronaldo For Violence

Football

Manchester United star player, Christiano Ronaldo has been charged with “improper and/or violent conduct when he was captured smashing a mobile phone from a hand of a supporter minor. There is a viral video making rounds on social media where the Portugal International was seen to have confiscated a phone from a young boy, Jacob Harding, 14yrs old, and smashed it on the pitch just before he left for the tunnel. It was learned the incident took place during the Everton Goodison Park shortly after the Manchester United 1-0 defeat last April

EPL: I Have No Regret Quilting Chelsea During Tuchel’s Regime – Tammy Abraham

Football

AS Roma Striker, Tammy Abraham has revealed he has no regret walking away from Chelsea to join Jose Mourinho’s side. Abraham left Chelsea during Thomas Tuchel’s regime for the Serie A side in a deal worth £34million. Though he admitted it was a difficult decision for him to walk away from the premier league, especially from the West London club, that has helped him in developing his carrier as an international player. The England International netted 27 goals and six assists in 53 matches across competitions in his unveiling campaign that pushed Roma to win in the inaugural UEFA Conference League.

BREAKING: Roger Federer Retires From Tennis

Tennis

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer is to retire after next week’s Laver Cup, he said on Thursday. “The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event,” he said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.

US Open: Serena And Venus Williams Given Standing Ovation After Doubles Defeat

Tennis

Fans flooded social media to pay tribute to Serena and Venus Williams following their doubles first-round defeat at the US Open. Fans gave the Williams sisters a standing ovation as they left the court. The sisters agreed to give it one last try four years after their last slam appearance together and six years on from the most recent of their 14 titles. But they could not quite muster the greatness of the past as they fell to Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova. The first set went to a tiebreak, with Hradecka and Noskova winning it 7-5, and they finished off the match with a 6-4 win in the second set.

Wimbledon: Ons Jabeur Becomes First African Woman In A Grand Slam Final

Tennis

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur has become the first African woman in modern times and the third African after South African Irene Bowder Peacock, (1927 French Open) and Renee Schuurman, (1959 Australian Open) to reach a Grand Slam singles final on Thursday after defeating Tatjana Maria in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Anthony Joshua, Kamaru Usman Suffer Heavy Defeats

Boxing

Nigerian-born British boxer Anthony Joshua has failed in his bid to recapture the unified heavyweight titles after suffering a back-to-back defeat against Ukranian, Oleksandr Usyk. Hours after his defeat, another Nigerian, Kamaru Usman, lost the UFC welterweight championship title to Britain’s Leon Edwards.

Adesanya Beats Robert Whittaker, Retains Middleweight Title

Boxing

New Zealand-based Nigerian mixed martial arts fighter, Israel Adesanya has defended his UFC Middleweight title Champion after defeating Robert Whittaker in Sunday's rematch. Whittaker had a chance close but Adesanya won with a unanimous decision of 48-47, 48-47, 49-46, employing his height and powerful kicks, countering Whittaker's punches. “I knew he was gonna bring everything because last time I took everything away from him,” Adesanya said.

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.

World Athletics: World Records For Amusan, Others Ratified

Athletics

The 12.12 seconds world record time set by 100m hurdles semifinals sprinter, Tobi Amusan at the World Athletics 2022 Championships which was held in Oregon, United States has been ratified by the World Athletics. The 25-year-old Nigerian came into the spotlight after setting an African record of 12.40 seconds in the 100m hurdles heat. The following day, she ran 12.12 (0.9m/s) in the semifinals and broke the previous world record of 12.20 seconds which was set in London in 2016 by USA’s Kendra Harrison.

Tobi Amusan Defends Diamond League Title In Record Time

Athletics

Nigeria's Tobi Amusan has broken Gail Devers 22-year-old Meeting Record, setting a new one of 12.29 at the diamond league.

Ese Brume Sets New Commonwealth Games Record

Athletics

Nigerian long jumper Ese Brume broke the Commonwealth Games record twice on Sunday to win Team Nigeria’s 12th gold medal at the ongoing event in Birmingham. Australia’s Bronwyn Thompson in 2006 set the record at 6.97m in Melbourne before Brume's fourth attempt on Sunday set the record at 6.99m.

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