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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The Federal Government (FG) has rescinded its decision of suspending Nigeria’s basketball teams from participating in international competitions for a two-year period.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.

NBBF Crisis: Nigeria Withdraws From All International Basketball Competitions

Exclusives

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved Nigeria’s immediate withdrawal from all international basketball competitions with immediate effect. This was disclosed on Thursday in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ismaila Abubakar on behalf of the Minister, Sunday Dare.

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.

Football Super Agent Mino Raiola Dies Aged 54

Sports Transfers

High-profile football super-agent, Mino Raiola, representing some of the game's biggest names, from Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Matthijs de Ligt to Gianluigi Donnarumma has been reported dead according to his family who issued a statement on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp Prolongs Liverpool Stay

Sports Transfers

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reportedly agreed to a contract extension with the club till 2026 as the Reds continue to push for a historic quadruple this season. The former Borussia Dortmund boss who was tied to the club until 2024, will now look to extend his stay to more than a decade.

U-17 AFCON: Golden Eaglets Qualify After Defeating Cote d’Ivoire

Football

The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have qualified for the U-17 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) scheduled to take place next year in Algeria, after defeating Cote d’Ivoire 3-1 in the first semi-final of the tournament. Cote d’Ivoire opened the scoring in the second minute after Yan Diomandi scored a goal from the penalty spot.

Nigerian Midfielder Onyedika Crowned Best Young Player In Denmark

Football

Nigerian midfielder Raphael Onyedika has been named Best Young Player of the season in the Danish Superligaen. Onyedika had an amazing breakthrough season at FC Midtylland since after he took over from star man Frank Onyeka who moved to Brendford last summer. Onyedika beat players like FC Copenhagen’s Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson, his teammate Gustav Isaksen, and Brondby’s Anis Slimane to clinch the award. The 21-year-old ensured that his compatriot was not missed at all, as he churned out brilliant performances consistently for the Wolves in the defensive midfield position.

Burnley Appoints Vincent Kompany As Manager

Football

Championship side Burnley has appointed former Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany as their new manager after parting ways with long-serving boss Sean Dyche in April. The retired Belgium international, who was in charge at Anderlecht until last month will now take over from caretaker manager Mike Jackson.

Roland Garros: Favourites Nadal, Swiatek Advance To Last 4

Tennis

Grand slam favourites Rafael Nadal (ATP world number 5) and Iga Swiatek (WTA world number 1, following Ashleigh Barty's surprise retirement) have now booked a spot in their respective penultimate game for records and titles. Nadal defeated World number 1, Novak Djokovic with a 2-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (7-4) in the quarter-final on Tuesday night, and will be chasing his 22nd grand slam when he faces German third seed Alexander Zverev in the semi-final on Thursday for a place in Sunday’s final.

ATP Belgrade: Rublev Defeats Djokovic In A 3 Set Thriller

Tennis

Andrey Rublev has won his third tour-level title of the season after denying World No. 1 Novak Djokovic his first title of the year on Sunday. The Serb suffered a surprise defeat at home as Second-seeded Rublev won the tie 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 6-0. The 24-year-old saved five set points in the second set to force a tie-break and while he was unable to prevent Djokovic from levelling the match, Rublev regrouped in the decider as he looked the fitter of the two to triumph after two hours and 29 minutes.

Tennis: World No. 1 Retires For The Second Time

Tennis

After announcing her retirement in 2014 and returning in 2016, Women's Tennis Association (WTA) world number one Ashleigh Barty stunned the tennis world Wednesday by announcing her early retirement from the sport at the age of 25. The reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion dropped the news via her social media handle weeks after becoming the first home-grown champion of the Australian Open in 44 years.

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.

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.

LeBron James Hits Billionaire Status

Athletics

Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James has become the first active NBA player to make the Forbes billionaires list. According to Forbes ranking, James the 37 years old is the world's second highest-paid athlete before footballer Lionel Messi.

NBBF Crisis: FG Appoints Interim Management Committee

Athletics

The Federal Government (FG) has set up an Interim Management Committee to oversee Nigerian basketball amidst the lingering leadership crisis in the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF). This was disclosed on Monday in a statement signed by the Director, Press Relations of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mohammed Manga.

Paralympics Ends Abruptly After Russia Ban

Athletics

The 2022 Winter Paralympics, commonly known as Beijing 2022, has been officially declared closed on Sunday, following the bans issued to both Russian and Belarusian athletes, and also China's stance in the Russia/Ukraine War. At the “Bird’s Nest” stadium, Beijing on Sunday, China handed over the Paralympics flag to the next host, Italy.

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