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.
Nigerian-Greek professional basketball player, Giannis Sina Antetokounmpo on Wednesday morning at the Fiserv Forum has lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the Chris Paul-led Phoenix Suns to a first NBA title since 1971 after scoring 50 points. Giannis who was named as the Finals MVP for his performances throughout the series, helped his side clinched 105-98 Game 6 victory that ended the Bucks’ 50-year title drought and cemented his legacy among the pantheon of Milwaukee Bucks’ greats.
32-year-old Aruna Quadri, the Nigerian table tennis champion has disclosed that his goal at the Tokyo Olympics is to win a medal. Quadri who secured qualification for the 2022 Tokyo Olympics by virtue of his position on the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Olympic qualification ranking, also expressed his desire to be “lucky” to stop the domination of China at the games, noting that he has the credentials to pull a surprise on the Chinese participants in Tokyo.
Spartak Moscow has permanently signed Chelsea and Nigeria winger Victor Moses on a two-year deal after spending a season-long loan from Chelsea.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti's is said to be eyeing a second stint at Real Madrid with talks of his position at Everton to be discussed by 3 pm on Tuesday. According to sources, the Italian who is under contract for a further three years is currently negotiating the terms of his exit.
Mauricio Pochettino is set to replace Thomas Tuchel as Paris Saint-Germain’s head coach after the German was sacked on Thursday, with the club that has been champions seven of the past eight seasons sitting third in Ligue 1.
Al Ahly of Egypt trashed Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa 3-0 on Saturday to win this year’s CAF Champions League at Casablanca, Morocco. The Egyptian side also made history as the first club to win the trophy three times consecutively. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Egyptian side lifted their 10th CAF Champions League at an empty Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca.
England has reached their first men’s major tournament final since 1966 and first-ever European Championship Final after defeating Denmark 2-1 in a nerve-shredding night at Wembley and will face Italy on Sunday 11th July 2021. A Simon Kjaer own goal and a controversial Harry Kane extra-time goal was enough to see England through 24 hours after Italy edged Spain to the final through spot-kicks as preceding could not be concluded in normal time and in extra-time.
Argentina is through to the 2021 Copa América final following a dramatic semifinal clash at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia which saw La Albiceleste beat Colombia 3-2 on penalties a day after host Brazil sneaked past a durable Peru side 1-0, courtesy of a goal from Lucas Paqueta in the first half.
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.
The trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on 24 July has been postponed after Tyson Fury has tested positive for COVID-19. The biggest heavyweight bout of the summer has been rumoured to be rescheduled to Oct. 9 2021. Fury is expected to return to England and return to the United States for camp when the time is right.
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have finalised the date for their undisputed heavyweight championship clash and will meet in a specially-created stadium says Eddie Hearn as official confirmation for one of the biggest heavyweight fights creeps closer. Fury and Joshua signed a two-fight deal in March to unify the title. The location is likely to be in Saudi Arabia Hearn told Sky Sports on May 11: "I think it's a very bad secret that the fight is happening in Saudi Arabia. To be honest with you, I don't mind giving you that information." The details remain sketchy as the fight is yet to be formally announced, but the two heavyweights could be in line for a record payday come August.
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury has now been officially confirmed after the duo signed a two-fight deal for what will be the biggest bout in British boxing history according to Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, though, date and venue will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2020 Summer Olympics (XXXII Olympiad) branded as the Tokyo Olympics has finally kicked off a year after pandemic delay with softball in disaster-hit Fukushima on Wednesday as the Games suffered their first drugs controversy. Japan thrashed Australia 8-1 in the first action of the 2020 Games, which are struggling for public support with Tokyo under a state of emergency following a surge in coronavirus cases. Fans are barred from most of the Olympics and the game took place in front of empty stands at Fukushima, which was ravaged by an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.
Nigeria’s National Basketball team, D’Tigers have stunned the United States team 90-87 in a pre-Olympic friendly game in Las Vegas on Saturday, becoming the first African Nation to beat the US basketball team. D’Tigers pulled the shocker with six NBA players and head coach Mike Helm, while the American team had All-NBA, and All-Star, and max contract players.
Seven-time Nigeria 100 metres champion Blessing Okagbare has set a new record in Slovakia after winning the P-T-S athletics competition race segment with 10.98 seconds, hence smashing Jarmila Kratochvílová 11.09 seconds in a 100m race set in June 1983.