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Champions League A-D: Welbeck Stars in Arsenal Win, Basel Edge Liverpool

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Match Day 2 fixtures of the Uefa Champions League resumed on Wednesday, producing nineteen goals across eight fixtures. Arsenal returned to winning ways against Turkish club Galatasaray with summer signing Danny Welbeck grabbing his first career hat-trick at the Emirate Stadium. “I forgot the matchball! I’ll get it after,” Welbeck ... Read More »

Monaco Force Zenit to a Scoreless Draw

Dimitar Berbatov Tries a Header from Close Range at Zenit. Image: AFP.

Zenit St Petersburg maintained their unbeaten start to the season as Monaco snatched a point from their trip to the Russian league leaders on Wednesday. Both clubs, who had won their opening Uefa Champions League games, could not break the deadlock after 90 minutes. The draw means Zenit are unbeaten ... Read More »

Gyang Claims Victim of Racist Abuse

Asamoah Gyang Featured Three Times for the Black Stars at this Year's World Cup. Image: Getty.

Ghana’s Asamoah Gyang has claimed he was racially abused by Al Hilal midfielder Mihai Pintilii following his sending off during Tuesday’s AFC Champions League semi-final second leg. The 28-year-old received a straight red for a two-footed tackle on winger Salem al Dawsari with 20 minutes left to the dead. The ... Read More »

Djokovic Extends Beijing Winning Streak, Isner Reaches Ace Milestone

John ISner China Open

Top seed Novak Djokovic extended his winning run at the China Open to 21-0 after straight sets win over Vasek Pospisil of Canada on Wednesday. The defending champion, who is bidding for his fifth successive triumph in Beijing, won 20 points on his Pospisil serves and converted 4 of the ... Read More »

Tennis: Wozniacki Out of China Open, Kvitova Too Good for Shuai

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US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki lost 6-4 7-6 (11-9) to former Grand Slam winner Sam Stossur of Australia to exit the China Open in the second round. Former Grand Slam winner Stossur saved five set points to beat the Canadian- winner in Beijing in 2010. Stossur faces Alize Cornet in ... Read More »

Wenger: Consisitency at Home is Key

Arsene Wenger Pre-Gala

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s chances of progressing to the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League banks on home form. The last time the English club failed to reach knockout stage in Europe’s elite competition- the championship had two group stages format-, they dropped to the Uefa Cup (now Europa ... Read More »

Champions League E-H: Totti, Xavi Make History as Chelsea Stun Sporting

Francesco Totti Celebrates his Record-Breaking Strike. Image: AFP.

There were lots of thrills in Champions League football on Tuesday evening, with 20 goals scored in eight games across Europe. Roma’s Francesco Totti became the oldest player to score a Champions League goal, grabbing his 38th European goal at the age of 38 plus 3 days against Manchester City. ... Read More »

Ancelotti- Real Not Taking Ludogorets for a Joke

Carlo Ancelotti Says Cristiano Ronaldo is the Best Player He has Ever Worked With. Image: Getty.

Carlo Ancelotti says Real Madrid will approach Wednesday’s Uefa Champions League match at Ludogorets Razgrad with urgency. The European champions opened their title defence in emphatic fashion a fortnight ago, discarding Swiss outfit Basel 5-1 at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu to go top of of Group B. A late Steven ... Read More »

Bayern Beat CSKA to Maintain Perfect Start in Europe

Thomas Muller Celebrates Uefa Champions League Goal at CSKA Moscow. Image: Getty.

Bayern Munich made it two wins from two after a narrow win at Russian Champions CSKA Moscow in the European Champions League on Tuesday. Thomas Muller’s 21st-minute spot-kick separated both side at an empty Arena Khimki, following a Uefa sanction for crowd disturbance during the group game with Viktoria Plzen ... Read More »

Man Utd’s Herrera Out With a Fractured Rib

More Injury Woes for Van Gaal as Herrera is Sidelined. Image: Man United via Getty.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will be sidelined for an indefinite period with a fractured rib, manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed. The summer signing from Athletic Bilbao sustained the injury during last weekend’s 2-1 win over West Ham. He was substituted in the 74th minute. He becomes the tenth ... Read More »

NFF Elects Amaju Pinnick New President

Amaju Pinnick is a Former Chairman Delta State Sports Commission.

Former Chairman Delta State Sports Commission, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has been elected President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) following Tuesday’s Elective Congress in Warri. He succeeds Aminu Maigari and will occupy the position for the next four years. Pinnick will be saddled with the immediate responsibility of fashioning a ... Read More »

Nadal Makes Winning Return from Injury

World No. 3 Rafael Nadal impressed on his return from a right wrist injury by beating France’s Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-0 in the first round of the China Open. The Spaniard, 28, has spent about 13 weeks on the sidelines since his fourth-round defeat by Australian Nick Kyrgios at this ... Read More »

Crouch Praises Moses after Newcastle Win

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Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has lauded on-loan forward Victor Moses for helping improve the ‘Potters” firepower this season. Nigeria international Moses assisted the former England striker to score the only goal at the Britannia on Monday night, in the win over Newcastle. Moses dribbled his way through the left ... Read More »

Super Falcons: Coach Okon Names 21 Players for AWC

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Coach Edwin Okon has named Nigeria 21-woman party for the 2014 African Women Championship (AWC) in Namibia. Stella Mbachu, Perpetua Nkwocha and Precious Dede are the veterans included in the group. Asisat Oshoala, who was top scorer and Most Valuable Player at the Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada ... Read More »

Mourinho “Assuming Risk” on Costa, Drogba Out With Ankle Problem

Jose Mourinho Says Costa Will Play at Sporting. Image: Chelsea via Getty.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will risk prolific goal-scorer Diego Costa for the Uefa Champions League clash with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon and hopes he will be ready for next weekend’s domestic commitments. The Portuguese boss, 51, on arrival at the Estadio Jose Alvalade- venue of Tuesday evening’s Group G match ... Read More »

Drogba London Bound as Chelsea Arrive in Lisbon

Didier Drogba Has Not Travel With Chelsea to Lisbon. Image: Chelsea via Getty.

Didier Drogba did not travel with Chelsea squad for Tuesday evening’s Champions League Group G clash at Sporting Lisbon. A 20-man senior team squad departed for Portugal after a training session at the Premier League leaders’ Cobham training facility on Monday, with Ivorian Drogba and injured midfielder Ramires the notable ... Read More »

Ibrahimovic Unfit for Barca

Ibrahimovic Out of PSG Clash With Former Club Barca. Image: Getty.

Paris St-Germain will be without striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic when they host Barcelona on Tuesday. The 32-year-old Swede, who has scored seven goals in seven matches this season, has missed PSG’s last two league matches with a heel injury. “Several tests conducted on the injured left heel of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ... Read More »

Nembe Return to Omoku to Allow NFF O&D Hear Appeal- LMC

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The League Management Company (LMC) says it backtracked on its decision to to banish Nembe City to Benin City to allow the club’s appeal against the sanctions to be heard by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Organising and Disciplinary Committee (O&D). The LMC ruled on Thursday it was sanctioning Nembe ... Read More »

Man City vs Roma: Jovetic Available, Pellegrini Back on the Touchline

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Manchester City will look to revive their Champions League ambition when they hosts high-flying Italian Serie A outfit Roma on Tuesday. A late Jerome Boateng strike stunned the Premier League champions in their opening group game at Bayern Munich a fortnight ago. A night out with the ‘Giallorossi’, who are ... Read More »

Benteke Back in Villa Training, May Face City Next Weekend

Christian Benteke Celebrates Scoring for Aston Villa. Image: AFP/Getty.

Christian Benteke could make his Aston Villa return on Saturday against Premier League champions Manchester City following his recovery from an ankle injury. The 23-year-old has been out since rupturing his Achilles in April, which caused him to miss out on Belgium squad for the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Villa ... Read More »

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