Tuesday October 21st, 2014
Tuesday October 21st, 2014
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UCL Preview: Di Matteo leads ‘revived’ Schalke, Chelsea target first home win

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Chelsea’s Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (L) scores his third goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge in London on September 13, 2014.  AFP PHOTO

Roberto di Matteo, who won the Champions League with Chelsea as coach in 2012, leads his new club Schalke in the competition for the first time. The Italian got off to a winning start with the Gelsenkirchen side, leading them to a 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Saturday. And now they could desperately do with another victory after drawing their opening two matches in Group G.

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Champions League: Barcelona seek redemption, PSG to consolidate

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Dejected Barca players

French champions PSG have yet to lose in this campaign despite rarely performing anywhere near their free-flowing best from last season. However, they were outstanding in defeating Barcelona 3-2 three weeks ago and are fresh from a 3-1 win against Lens in Ligue 1 on Friday.

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Man City to punish Ahmed Musa’s CSKA Moscow, Roma dare Guardiola’s Bayern

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CELEBRATION... CSKA, Moscow Nigerian star Ahmed Musa celebrates with his coach Igor Cherevechenko after scoring.

After taking just one point from their opening two matches, Premier League champions City go to Russia to face CSKA still looking for their first win.

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UCL Preview: Shakhtar, Porto, Bilbao in must win

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Employees of a radio station take photographs of the UEFA Champions League trophy in the southern German city of Munich on May 14, 2012 as  FC Bayern Munich face Chelsea in the final today in Munich. AFP PHOTO

This encounter at the Borisov Arena is likely to be pivotal to both teams’ chances of progressing from Group H, with BATE second on three points from two games and Shakhtar a point behind. BATE, who have won eight consecutive Belarusian titles, are unbeaten at their recently-opened new stadium. Indeed, they have not lost at home in more than a year.

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Pistorius sentenced to five years jail for killing girlfriend

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Oscar Pistorius

South African Paralympian star sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for the killing of his girlfriend last year, as his sensational trial reached a climax.

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Ethiopia FA denies Keshi

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Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi

Disengaged Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi’s reported move to Ethiopia may have hit the rocks as the Ethiopian Football Association has denied ever getting any application from him.

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Chevron Tennis Clinic ends in style

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Chevron tennis

The 2014 Chevron Tennis Clinic came to a stylish end weekend at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, with no fewer than 100 players basking in the euphoria of participating in the foremost developmental programme in the country.

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Don’t expect miracles from me – Amodu

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Amodu Shaibu

The newly appointed coach of the Super Eagles Amodu Shaibu has asked Nigerians to be moderate in their expectations of the team even as he promised to give his best in salvaging Nigeria’s hopes of participating at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

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NFF sends elite referees to England

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The Nigeria Football Federation has concluded all arrangements to send the best of Nigerian referees to the United Kingdom for a special refresher course beginning in the first week of December.

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Mbatha: Bafana will beat Eagles

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Coach Shakes Mashaba

Mamelodi Sun-downs midfielder Lindokuhle Mbatha is confident that Bafana Bafana will qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations next year.

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Samuel: Expect more against Congo, South Africa

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Aaron Samuel

Super Eagles midfielder, Aaron Samuel has told fans to expect a bumper performance from him in next month’’s crunch 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and South Africa.

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Adelakun: Eagles don’t need a foreign coach

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HUMBLED: Super Eagles players listen to their coach before training ahead of the return clash with Sudan on Wednesday.

Renowned Nige-rian football administrator Ayotunde Adelakun says that a foreign coach is not what the Super Eagles need.

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Renovation of National Stadium Boxing Gym ready soon, says Luke

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SURULERE LOCAL GOVERNMENT'S EMEDIONG SIMEON (BLUE)
KICKS SHITTU RAMON OF ISOLO LOCAL GOVERNMENT, DURING A SEMI-FINAL OF MEN KICK-BOXING  GAME AT THE LAGOS STATE SPORTS FESTIVAL IN LAGOS  (24/5/12). NAN

The Secretary of the Nigeria Boxing Federation, Olusola Luke, said on Monday that the ongoing renovation at the boxing gym of the National Stadium, Lagos would be completed soon.

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Neymar relishing partnership with Messi, Suarez

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Injured Brazil star Neymar departed his team's training base in Terespolis in a helicopter on Saturday and headed home to Sao Paulo, after his World Cup ended in agony on Friday night. AFP PHOTO

Barcelona forward Neymar is looking forward to welcoming Luis Suarez into his and Lionel Messi’s star-studded strike partnership when the Uruguayan returns from a four-month ban this weekend

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Mourinho furious with Spain after Costa breaks down

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Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has criticised the treatment of some of his Chelsea players on international duty after the manager revealed Diego Costa will miss Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Maribor.

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South Africa rejects hosting Africa Nations Cup

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Gorgeous South African fans

South Africa is not ready to host the Africa Cup of Nations in January if Morocco withdraws because of the Ebola epidemic, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said Monday.

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Why we prefer a foreign coach – Pinnick

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick has explained why his Board prefers a foreign coach to replace the last indigenous coach, Stephen Keshi who was relieved of his assignment last week by the federation.

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World Weightlifting Championship: Nigeria enters 14 lifters

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Mariam Usman of Nigeria competes in the women's +75kg group A weightlifting event at the Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Nigeria is to make a strong presence at the World Weightlifting Championship which comes up early next month in the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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Uche, Martins, Iheanacho set for Eagles return

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Uche, Martins and Iheanacho

Chinedu Obasi, Haruna Lukman, Kelechi Iheanacho, Obafemi Martins and Ikechukwu Uche are set to be invited for the Super Eagles’ last qualifying matches for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations against Congo and South Africa.

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Keshi expected in Ethiopia for contract talks

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Stephen Okechukwu Keshi

Former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, is expected in Ethiopia this week to finalise discussions with the country’s FA on the vacant national team job.

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Okon explains why Falcons are winning

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Edwin Okon

Super Falcons coach, Edwin Okon said his selection of players was based only on individuals who are hungry for success and it was the reason the team has faired well at the 9th African women championship so far.

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Keshi’s sack very appropriate – Laloko

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Kashimawo Laloko

VETERAN coach and former Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Kashimawo Laloko has described the disengagement of the Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi as ‘very appropriate’.

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Enyimba condemn Kaduna to relegation

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enyimba-new

Enyimba FC kept up their hope of winning the Glo NPFL league by beating Kaduna United 1-0 at the Kaduna Township Stadium.

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2015 AFCON: We`ve done it before, we will do it again – Amodu

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Amodu Shaibu

haibu Amodu, newly appointed Super Eagles Head Coach, said on Sunday that there was no cause for alarm in Nigeria’s chase for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) ticket.

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How would you fire someone that has no contract? Keshi asks

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Keshi

Stephen Keshi has revealed that he was not sacked as the head coach of the Super Eagles because he had no contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

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Personal interest guided Keshi’s players’ selection — NFF

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Keshi  and Amaju

A member of the Nigeria Football Federation disclosed more reasons why coach Stephen Keshi’s contract was not renewed by the federation.

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AWC: Bayana Bayana to face Falcons in Semi-final

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falcons

Group B of the African Women Championship lived up to its billing as the ‘group of death’ as Ghana’s Black Queens ended Cameroon’s winning streak in the tournament with a 1-0 win at the Sam Nujoma Stadium Windhoek.

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Enyeama ‘shocked’ by timing of Keshi’s removal

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Vincent Enyeama

Super Eagles first choice keeper, Vincent Enyeama expressed his surprise that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) decided to replace coach Stephen Keshi barely a month before the side’s final two African Nations Cup qualifiers.

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Rise and fall of Keshi

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Keshi

The engagement of Stephen Okechukwu Keshi as Super Eagles coach in 2011 offered Nigeria football new beginning. From the background of a failed bid to qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, Keshi’s era saw the country qualify for the tournament in South Africa and won it, for the first time in 19 years.

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Williams sisters: Russian fined for ‘brothers’ jibe

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Serena Williams

Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 (£15,500) for referring to Serena and Venus Williams as “the Williams brothers” on a TV chat show.

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Golf: Curtain falls on Benin Ladies Open

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The 20th Benin Ladies Open Golf Championship which teed off Friday ends today at the prestigious Benin Club, Golf section.

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Obertan the hero as Newcastle win at last

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Gabriel Obertan’s first goal for almost two years eased the pressure on manager Alan Pardew as Newcastle avoided their worst-ever start to a Premier League season thanks to a 1-0 victory over Leicester City at St James’ Park on Saturday.

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