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Two members of the 2015 AfroBasket-winning squad Alade Aminu and Olaseni Lawal have returned to D’Tigers ahead of this month’s 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers in Lagos. Both players, who last featured for D’Tigers at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, were recalled by coach Alex Nwora for the games against Mali, Rwanda and Uganda, which hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos from June 29.

The big five European leagues enjoyed record revenues in the 2016-17 season as a result of new broadcasting arrangements, according to data released on Thursday by Deloitte. According to Reuters, the combined revenue of the big five leagues - in England, France, Germany, Spain and Italy - was 12.6 billion pounds, representing a 9 percent increase from the previous year.

The Federal Government on Tuesday in Abuja handed over the apartment promised a former Super Eagles coach, Dutchman Johannes Bonfrere in 1994. The promise was made during the late Gen. Sani Abacha administration following Super Eagles’ victory in the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia.

Nigeria midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo took a break from his World Cup preparations to join English Championship club, Stoke, on Monday. Etebo will be a member of the Nigeria squad when the World Cup gets underway in Russia on Thursday. The 22-year-old is free to concentrate on his international commitments after leaving Portuguese side Feirense in a £6.35 million ($8.5 million) switch to second-tier Stoke.

Arsenal have signed Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Italian champions Juventus on a free transfer, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. The 34-year-old made more than 250 appearances for Juve, winning the Serie A title in each of his seven seasons at the club.

Everton have appointed Marco Silva as their new manager, the Premier League club announced on their official website on Thursday. Silva, who was fired by Watford mid last season, replaces Sam Allardyce. “Marco Silva has revealed his pride at being appointed Everton manager and his resolve to build a winning side with a winning style and a deep connection between the team and Evertonians,” Everton stated.

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Ten people on a river cruise were killed when their boat collided with a tugboat late on Monday in the Russian city of Volgograd, which is hosting matches in the soccer World Cup, local officials and Russian media said.

Emergencies services received notification at around 22:00 (20:00 GMT+1) on Monday evening that the vessels had collided on the Volga river, about 1 km from the riverbank.

There were a total of 16 people on board the pleasure craft when the collision happened, all of them Russian citizens, Russia’s RIA news agency cited the local administration as saying.

Former Arsenal and France star Patrick Vieira, world and European champion with Les Bleus, has taken the reins at top flight Nice, the French club said Monday. Vieira, 41, arrives after a stint at MLS outfit New York City FC. He has signed a three-year contract and replaces Lucien Favre who is moving to Borussia Dortmund.

Patrick Vieira Named New Nice Manager After Leaving New York City FC

Football

Patrick Vieira has been appointed as manager of the Ligue 1 side Nice. The former Arsenal captain has left his role as head coach role of New York City FC to replace Lucien Favre at the Allianz Riviera.

The Frenchman had been linked with replacing Arsène Wenger at Arsenal following his countryman’s departure, but he now returns to his homeland to take charge of a Nice side that finished eighth last season.

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World number 72 Marco Cecchinato became the first Italian man in 40 years to reach a Grand Slam semi-final on Tuesday with a breathtaking 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 1-6, 7-6 (13/11) victory over 12-time major winner Novak Djokovic. Cecchinato, who had never won a Grand Slam match in his career before Roland Garros, goes on to face Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem for a place in Sunday´s final.

American Madison Keys blazed into the French Open quarter-finals for the first time in her career with a 6-1 6-4 defeat of Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu on Sunday. The 13th seed admitted in the build-up that she had never watched Buzarnescu in action but quickly got to grips with the unheralded 30-year-old who was playing in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

Global Fashion outlet, Louis Vuitton, reportedly hired a rainmaker to help control the weather at its French Riviera show this week. Reports say that Louis Vuitton left nothing to chance and hired a shaman to keep the rain away at their event this week in Saint-Paul de Vence, a small medieval town in the hills above Nice and Antibes, reports say.

The IBF stripped Gennady Golovkin of its middleweight title Wednesday. The New Jersey-based sanctioning organization ruled to take Golovkin’s 160-pound championship from him because Golovkin didn’t adhere to the stipulations of the exception the IBF granted before he fought Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 in Carson, California.

Deontay Wilder believes a fight against Anthony Joshua will happen in either September or November this year and insists the match-up will definitely take place. Wilder (40-0, 39KOs) defended his WBC heavyweight belt against Luis Ortiz in March while Joshua beat Joseph Parker to add the New Zealander's WBO strap to his existing WBA and IBF titles.

Pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko has officially vacated his junior lightweight world title, opting instead to keep the lightweight world title he won from Jorge Linares on May 12. Carl Moretti, the vice president of Top Rank, which promotes Lomachenko, sent a letter on Wednesday to WBO president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel notifying the organization of Lomachenko's decision, which was expected.

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