Tuesday March 31st, 2015
Tuesday March 31st, 2015
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Baseball & Softball: World body invites Nigeria to global tourney

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The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) in recognition for the strides being made by the Nigeria Baseball and Softball Association (NBSA) has invited Nigeria to participate in the 11th Women’s World Softball championship, which would hold from Aug. 9 to Aug. 15 in Oklahoma, U.S.

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Nigeria can win 2018 FIFA World Cup, says Elegbeleye

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Gbenga Elegbeleye, Director-General, National Sports Commission (NSC), said on Tuesday expressed optimistic that Nigeria could win the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Russia.

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Women League: Taraba, Cerezo Queens set for new season, say Tahir, Ikenwa

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Members of Nigerian team during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games first round Group F women's football match against Germany at the Shenyang Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2008.Germany won 1-0

As the Congress of the Nigeria Women Premier League holds this weekend to fashion out modalities for the 2015 season, both Taraba Queens chairman, Mustapha Tahir whose team are campaigners in the premier cadre and Augustine Ikenwa, proprietor of Lagos based Cerezo Queens who are in the professional league division one say their teams are ready to play.

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NOC President heaps plaudits on F/Eagles, D’Tigers

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HAPPY BUNCH ... D’Tigers savouring their moment of glory. They are up against Cameroon today.

President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, Engineer Habu Gumel has paid tributes to two national teams, the Flying Eagles of Nigeria for winning the African Youth Championship trophy for a record seventh time while also doffing his hat for Nigeria’s men’s Basketball team, D’Tigers for winning the inaugural 4-Nation Challenge Series in South Africa.

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Glo League: Teams are impressive says LMC

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Even though Kwara United of Ilorin picked up just a point off their match with Wikki Tourists FC in the 1-1 week three match, a top official of the club appears to be happy at the outcome.

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Ex-Ugandan coach predicts tough Nigeria/Uganda friendly in Uyo

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UNITED STATES, JACKSONVILLE : JACKSONVILLE, FL - Forward Jozy Altidore #17 of the United States shoots and scores his second game of the game behind defender Joseph Yobo #2 of Nigeria during the international friendly match at EverBank Field on June 7, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. AFP

Harrison Okagbue, a former Coach of the Cranes of Uganda, has advised the Super Eagles to expect a tough match in its friendly with the East Africans in Uyo on Wednesday. Okagbue, who coached the Cranes from 1999 and 2001, told the newsmen in Awka on Tuesday that the game would be an emotional one for him and a battle between his head and his heart.

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Enyeama joins African centurions

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Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will swell an exclusive group of African footballers to 24 Thursday by making his 100th international appearance.

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Michel Platini elected UEFA president for third time

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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

UEFA on Tuesday elected French football legend Michel Platini unopposed for a third straight term as president of Europe’s governing body.

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Under-fire Blatter appeals for ‘unity’ to soccer chiefs

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Tuesday appealed to his biggest critics to show unity and solidarity ahead of an election in which he faces an unprecedented challenge to his rule.

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Chukwu raises Eagles alarm

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Former Super Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu has warned that the delay in naming a coach for the senior team was undermining the progress of the three-time African champions.

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WYC: F/Eagles not afraid of Brazil

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AFRICAN CHAMPIONS: F/Eagles celebrate their victory

Victorious Flying Eagles who won their seventh African Youth title are in no mood to fear any team at the bigger stage during the World Youth Championship in New Zealand. As African Champions, the Manu Garba-tutored champions would have ain the same vein that the Flying Eagles would be going to New Zealand as a Champion of Africa. ‘’We’re Champions already and will continue in that line. There is nothing to be afraid of’’.

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Nigerians in Europe: Ogbeche, Odubajo hit target

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Uche

Ikechukwu Uche was a 71st minute substitute for Villarreal in their 2-0 loss at home to Sevilla. Having been knocked out of the Europa League last week, Unai Emery’s men repeated the trick to expand their lead over the Yellow Submarine to six points. Uche’s cameo came too late to impact the result, as goals in the 49th and 65th minutes decided the tie.

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Jonathan congratulates Flying Eagles on seventh AYC title

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AFRICAN CHAMPIONS: F/Eagles celebrate their victory

President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the Flying Eagles on their victory against hosts Senegal in the final match of the 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) on Sunday in Dakar.

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Jonathan receives FIFA W/Cup trophy

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President Jonathan (l) with the FIFA trophy.

President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) has received the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy, which is on a tour of all 24 nations that qualified to take part in the seventh edition of the global finals in Canada this summer.

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Figo says Blatter win will be four years lost

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Portuguese football legend Luis Figo, who is challenging for the FIFA presidency, said Monday that a new victory for incumbent Sepp Blatter would mean four lost years.

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UEFA opposes World Cup compensation for European leagues

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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

UEFA will not back any legal action by Europe’s football championships seeking compensation for moving the dates of the 2022 World Cup, secretary general Gianni Infantino said Monday.

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Two-year sentence requested for Barcelona president in Neymar affair 

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Josep Maria Bartomeu

Spanish prosecutors are requesting a prison sentence of two years and three months for Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and seven for his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, over the so-called Neymar affair, judicial sources said on Monday.

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How the Premier League top-four race shapes up

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Tottenham Hotspur's US striker Clint Dempsey (L) celebrates scoring his late equalising goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane in London on January 20, 2013. A stoppage-time goal by Clint Dempsey saw Tottenham Hotspur snatch a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United on that prevented the Premier League leaders from restoring their seven-point lead. PHOTO:AFP

The battle for Champions League qualification in the English Premier League took another twist at the weekend with all of the contenders for a top-four finish bar Liverpool winning.

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Mourinho believes Chelsea are firmly on course to win the Premier League

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Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea are firmly on course to win the Premier League after extending their lead at the top to six points with a battling 3-2 victory at Hull.

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Juanmi called into Spain squad for injured Costa

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Goalscorers Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa and Chelsea's English defender John Terry (R) celebrate with the trophy during the presentation after Chelsea won the League Cup final football match against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in London on March 1, 2015. Chelsea won 2-0. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK

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Malaga forward Juanmi has been called into the Spain squad for upcoming games against Ukraine and the Netherlands with Chelsea striker Diego Costa set to miss out with a hamstring injury.

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United punish Gerrard, Chelsea extend lead

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Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard leaves the pitch at half-time during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Liverpool at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England, on December 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

Manchester United punished Steven Gerrard’s moment of madness as Juan Mata’s double secured a vital 2-1 win over bitter rivals Liverpool, while leaders Chelsea reestablished their stranglehold on the Premier League title race with a 3-2 victory at Hull on Sunday.

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Own-goal condemns holders Ghana to defeat

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*Black Stars' - Ghana's national football team players jog during a training session on October 9, 2013 in Accra. Ghana will play Egypt on October 15 in a qualification match for the 2014 Football World Cup.   AFP PHOTO

An own goal condemned All-Africa Games title-holders Ghana to a 1-0 away defeat by Mozambique at the weekend in a 2015 qualifier for the under-23 tournament.

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CAF club licensing system

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Senegalese struggle with Nigerian player during their group A Olympic Qualifiers in Morocco Tuesday night.

Permit me to go back to the seminar I attended last week in Cairo and its attendant coincidences. The CAF Club Licensing System (Already operational in FIFA and UEFA) is a bold attempt aimed at professionalizing clubs in Africa. Its objectives as found in the CAF Club Licensing Regulations include but not limited to

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Pillars cry foul after 4-0 mauling

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Kano Pillars FC

Kano Pillars defender Isaac Loute has said the referee caused his team’s heavy loss to Morocco’s Mohgreb Athletic Tetouan (MAT) 4-0 in a re-arranged CAF Champions League tie.

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Simeone wants more from Torres

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Chelsea's Spanish striker Fernando Torres celebrates scoring his team's second and winning goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in west London on October 27, 2013. Chelsea won 2-1. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK

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Diego Simeone singled out Fernando Torres for praise after Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Getafe but admitted “we need more” from the striker.

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Blame NFF for Brazil 2014 bonus row – Yobo

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Yobo

Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo has exonerated the players from blame over the bonus row that overshadowed Nigeria’s participation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Ugandan coach aims to cage Eagles

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Cranes of Ugandan coach, Micho Sredojevic said his team will give the Super Eagles a tough test in their March 26 International friendly at the Uyo Stadium in Akwa Ibom State.

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Zambia hold ‘Olympic Eagles’

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Siasia after the match in Abuja

NationaL Under-23 team were held to a goalless draw yesterday by their Zambian counterparts in the first leg qualifier of the All Africa Games at the National Stadium Abuja.

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NOC names Igali Technical Commission Chairman

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File Photo: Nigeria’s Ajoke Odumosu (R) hands the baton to Regina George as they compete in the women’s 4X400 relay final of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London. PHOTO - AFP.

The Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, has appointed President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Dr Daniel Igali as it’s Chairman of Technical and Development Commission as Team Nigeria looks set to better it’s third place finishing in the last All Africa Games in Maputo.

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Stop fielding over-age athletes, Itanyi warns AFN

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Former national heptathlon champion, Patience Itanyi has called on the Athletics Federation of Nigeria to stop parading over-aged athletes at local and international meets, as this was inimical to the development of the sport.

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NCC’s N11m tennis tourney will promote unity — Kienka

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A table tennis game between Rivers state and  Delta State on the second day of the 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos. PHOTO; Kehinde Gbadamosi.

The Nigerian Communications Commission has given Nigerian tennis a big shot in the arm with the announcement at the weekend of a team tennis championship that would offer a total prize money of N11 million with the winning team getting N5 million. The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Mr Eugene Juwah, speaking at a media launch in Lagos said the sponsorship was the NCC’s “modest contribution to youth engagement in Nigeria.”

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Gerrard accepts blame for Liverpool’s defeat

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Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard leaves the pitch at half-time during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Liverpool at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England, on December 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

STEVEN GERRARD said he takes full responsibility for Liverpool’s loss to Manchester United after being sent off in just 41 seconds during Sunday’s English Premier League game against Manchester United.

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