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Oliseh to unleash Chikatara on Tunisia

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Hat-trick hero Chisom Chikatara, midfielder Usman Mohammed and defender Orji Kalu have pushed for starting shirts with Nigeria’s Super Eagles at the CHAN on the strength of their displays against Niger, officials have disclosed. Chikatara came off the bench in the 58th minute to replace the hugely ineffective Tunde Adeniji and he showed his class with three well-taken goals and ...

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Serena williams: Am very fit for Australian Open

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Serena Williams insists she is fit and ready in her quest for back-to-back Australian Open titles. Williams, 34, has had limited preparation for the Australian Open, where she will meet unseeded Italian Camila Giorgi in the first round, with the world number one hampered by a knee injury. The 21-time grand slam champion – a six-time winner at Melbourne Park ...

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Lagos City Marathon Organizers Need volunteers

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Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Organizing Committee have opened another channel for Lagosians to contribute to the development of their City as a volunteer scheme for the Marathon race has been activated. Head of the Volunteering department for the Lagos City Marathon, Ebidowei Oweifie said the call for volunteers to come on board is in line with international best practices ...

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Lionel Messi Wins Fifth Ballon d´Or Award

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Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi was crowned the winner of the 2015 #BallondOr at Monday’s ceremony in Zurich. The 28-year-old beat Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barca team-mate Neymar to the game’s most prestigious individual award, winning it for a record fifth time in his spectacular career. Messi polled 41.33 per cent of the vote, ahead of Ronaldo (27.76 per ...

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Messi: I would Prefer a World Cup Over Five Ballon d’Or

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has stressed he would rather lift the World Cup with Argentina than win a fifth #BallondOr trophy. Messi is favourite to claim the prestigious individual award in Zurich on Monday, ahead of club team-mate Neymar and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. The prolific attacker came close to being crowned world champion in 2014, but Germany eventually proved to be too strong ...

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Van Gaal Blames Traffic for Fans Early Stadium Exit

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes traffic had more of an impact on fans leaving Old Trafford early than his team’s style of play during their FA Cup victory over Sheffield United. United claimed successive victories for the first time since November as a late Wayne Rooney penalty ensured a 1-0 defeat of their League One opponents. However, United again ...

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Statistical Analysis of Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar in 2015 – Ballon d´Or

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The last time a footballer not named Lionel or Cristiano won the Ballon d’Or was way back in 2007. Messi and Ronaldo have enjoyed a duopoly over the game’s biggest individual prize for the last seven years. The former has been honoured four times, the latter three. On Monday, Real Madrid’s Ronaldo is in contention to win the Ballon d’Or ...

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Arsenal must be like Barcelona, Bayern – Wenger

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Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal needs to show hunger for trophies as the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich if they are to cash in on a promising start to the season. Arsenal tops the Premier League after 20 games and remains in contention in the FA Cup and Champions League, where Wenger’s men will have to overcome reigning champions Barcelona ...

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Ana Ivanovic Suffers Another First-Round Exit in Sydney

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Things went from bad to worse for out-of-form Ana Ivanovic on Sunday after she lost to fifth seed Karolina Pliskova in the first round of the Sydney International. Ivanovic suffered a swift opening-round exit at the ASB Classic in Auckland on Tuesday, the second seed stunned by qualifier Naomi Broady in straight sets. And it did not get any better ...

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First Chelsea goal delights Ruben-Loftus-Cheek

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was thrilled to open his goalscoring account for the club in their FA Cup third-round win over Scunthorpe United at Stamford Bridge. The 19-year-old netted with a left-footed finish in the second half to add to Diego Costa’s early goal in a 2-0 win for Guus Hiddink’s side against their League One opponents. The goal from ...

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My Grandfather Would Win Title With Bayern, Toure´s Agent Slams Guardiola

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Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has hit out at departing Bayern Munich coach and former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, claiming even his own grandfather would win the Bundesliga and La Liga. Guardiola will leave Bayern at the end of the season, with the Spaniard having already agreed to replace Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City in 2016-17 according to widespread reports. The ...

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Kobe Bryant Becomes Third Player to Score 33,000 Points

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Kobe Bryant’s farewell season gave way to another milestone on Thursday when the Los Angeles Lakers great became the third player in NBA history to score 33,000 points in his career. The feat came in another Lakers loss, but Bryant had 28 points through three quarters against the Sacramento Kings and looked rejuvenated on both ends of the court. Fellow Lakers ...

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Aubameyang Delighted with CAF Player of the Year Award

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was honoured to take out the CAF Player of the Year award after a stunning year of form with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund. Aubameyang has long been touted as one of the leading talents to come out of Africa in recent times and he has delivered on that reputation with some remarkable form, taking out the CAF top ...

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Carneiro case starts in London Against Chelsea

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Eva Carneiro’s case for constructive dismissal against Chelsea got underway on Wednesday as she appeared at a preliminary hearing at the London South Employment Tribunal. The 42-year-old was dropped as first-team doctor by the Premier League champions following a row with formal chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during the season-opening draw with Swansea at Stamford Bridge. The flashpoint occurred after Carneiro ...

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NFF is Mourning Over Abubakar Death

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Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) head of protocol Ibrahim Abubakar was shot dead on Wednesday, the NFF has confirmed. Abubakar, 43, was at home when burglars broke in and opened fire. An NFF statement read: “The Nigeria Football Federation family woke up  on Wednesday with the sad news of the sudden death of its Head of Protocol, Ibrahim Abubakar. “Abubakar, 43, was brutally murdered in cold blood by dare-devil armed robbers ...

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10 players Fired in Kano Pillars

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The management of Kano Pillars Football Club has fired 10 of its players ahead of the 2015/2016 Glo Premier League season. Idris Malikawa, Media Officer of the club made this known in an interview on Tuesday in Kano. Malikawa said the 10 players were sacked based on medical ground and poor performance. “The management of the club felt the only way to ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Real Madrid Sack Benitez, Turn to Zidane

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Real Madrid have sacked head coach Rafael Benitez after just seven months in charge and appointed Zinedine Zidane as his successor. Benitez, 55, has paid the price for an uninspiring start to the season with Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Valencia leaving Madrid third in La Liga, four points adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid and two behind arch-rivals Barcelona, who also have a game ...

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Steph Curry hurt again, Karl equals record for fifth-most wins

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NBA MVP Steph Curry re-injured his left shin during the Golden State Warriors’ 111-108 overtime win against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. Heading into the game, Curry had missed back-to-back outings with discomfort in his shin, but decided during warm-ups that it felt good enough before facing Denver. However, Curry managed to score just five points in 14 minutes in his ...

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Eden Hazard injury woes continue at Palace

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Eden Hazard’s struggles this season took another unfortunate turn on Sunday when the Chelsea star limped out of the Premier League match against Crystal Palace after just 16 minutes, where Chelsea won 3 – 0 The Belgium playmaker appeared to suffer a groin injury after cutting inside to shoot in the ninth minute and he signalled to the away bench ...

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Roger Federer Happy to Retire With 17 Grand Slams

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Roger Federer would be happy to end his career without adding to his 17 grand slam wins, but remains confident he can push for honours at majors. Federer’s last grand slam success came in 2012 at Wimbledon, with consecutive final appearances at the All England Club in the past two years giving Federer his best chances of another title – only for the ...

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