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Spurs to Meet Chelsea in Wembley Final

Christian Eriksen Celebrates after Scoring against Sheffield United. Image: Spurs via Getty.

Another Christian Eriksen late strike sent Tottenham Hotspur through to the final of the League Cup at the expense of Football League club Sheffield United. The ‘Lilly Whites’ came into Wednesday night’s return leg with a 1-0 advantage from last week’s first leg at White Hart Lane and after United’s ... Read More »

Atletico 2-3 Barcelona (2-4 agg): Catalans Reach Copa del Rey Semis

Neymar Messi Copa del Rey

Barcelona downed nine-man Atletico Madrid in a tense five-goal galore in the quarter-final of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. Fernando Torres scored another opening minute goal to cancel out Atleti’s 1-0 deficit from the first leg but Neymar came up with a quick response of his own to restore ... Read More »

Chelsea’s Costa Charged By FA for ‘Stamp’ on Can

Diego Costa Charged By FA after Clashing With Emre Can in a League Cup Game. Image: Getty.

Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association (FA) for an alleged stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can during Tuesday’s League Cup win at Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard, 26, could be banned for the ‘Blues’s’ next three matches if found guilty of deliberately clashing with Can. He ... Read More »

Super 4: Enyimba Edge Dolphins By Solitary Okonkwo Goal

Enyimba Beat Warri Wolves 1-0 in Super 4.

Super 4 holders Enyimba International FC edged fellow Glo Premier League outfit Dolphins FC 1-0 in a repeat of last year’s Federation Cup final in Abuja on Wednesday. Chinonso Okonkwo’s strike in the opening quarter of the match separated both sides, which ended the match with ten men. Enyimba’s Uwadiegwu ... Read More »

Table Tennis: Makanjuola/Quadri are New ITTF-Africa Men’s Doubles Champions

Aruna Quadri in a Final Showdown With Team Nigeria Colleagues in Cairo.

Kazeem Makanjuola and Aruna Quadri’s partnership registered Nigeria’s first gold medal at the 2015 ITTF-Africa Senior Cup in Cairo, Egypt. Kazeem Makanjuola and Aruna Quadri have emerged new International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)-Africa Men’s Doubles champions after seeing off the challenges of countrymen Onaolapo Ojo and Ogidiolu Jide in Wednesday’s ... Read More »

Arsenal Confirm Paulista Deal, Campbell Loaned To Villarreal

Gabriel Paulista Arsenal

Arsenal have completed the long-awaited signing of Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal in a deal which will see Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell move the opposite direction for the rest of the season. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger disclosed on Monday that the highly-rated Brazilian defender has been granted a work permit. ... Read More »

Ronaldo Handed Two-Match Ban Following Descent At Cordoba

Cristiano Ronaldo Gets Two-Game Ban after Red Card Incident at Cordoba. Image: Getty.

Cristiano Ronaldo has received a two-match ban for kicking out at an opponent during Real Madrid’s 2-1 win at Cordoba on Saturday. The Portuguese superstar was lucky to have escaped booking early on when, out of frustration, he lashed out with his hand at Cordoba’s Jose Crespo- an incident which ... Read More »

Super 4: Pillars, Dream Team Share the Spoils

The Digital Advertisement Board Was First Used in Nigeria During the 2014 Super 4 Tournament at the Abuja National Stadium. Image: LMC.

Nigeria U23 men’s team came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with reigning Glo Premier League champions Kano Pillars on Match Day 3 of the 2015 Glo Premier League Super 4 tournament. Off-season recruit Christian Obiozor broke the deadlock for the Pyramid city side just over 30 minutes ... Read More »

Super 4: Flying Eagles Beat Wolves to Maintain Perfect Start

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Nigeria’s U-20 men’s internationals continued their winning streak at the 2015 Glo Premier League Super 4 with a 1-0 defeat of Warri Wolves on Wednesday. Flying Eagles skipper Musa Muhammed scored the match-winning goal a couple of minutes after the restart, when he rose high to connect with a free-kick ... Read More »

Figo Declares for Fifa Top Job, Says ‘Football Deserves Better’

Owen Hergreaves and Luis Figo in 2006.

Former Sporting Lisbon, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan winger Luis Figo has emerged latest candidate for the Fifa presidency. The Portuguese great, 42, joins a growing list, which already includes fellow surprise candidate and ex-France international David Ginola, Fifa Vice-President Prince Ali, Dutchman Michael van Praag and Jerome Champagne, ... Read More »

Bale Downplays Man United Move

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale Celebrates Real's Opener. Image: AFP.

Gareth Bale has rubbished rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United, saying he is “very happy” at Real Madrid and has yet to consider quitting the Santiago Bernebeu. The Welshman, 25, is under contract at the European champions until June 2019. He is been linked with the Old ... Read More »

Table Tennis: All Set for All-Nigerian Showdown in Men’s Doubles at ITTF Africa Championships

Aruna Quadri in a Final Showdown With Team Nigeria Colleagues in Cairo.

It is an All-Team Nigeria final in the Men’s Doubles event at the 2015 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)-Africa Senior Championships in Cairo on Wednesday evening. No. 4 seed duo of Kazeem Makanjuola and Aruna Quadri sprang up a huge 9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 upset against Egypt’s ... Read More »

Australian Open: Flawless Djokovic Sails Into Semi-Finals

Novak Djokovic Reaches Australian Open Semis With Straight Sets Win Over Milos Raonic. Image: Tennis Australia.

Top seed, Novak Djokovic secured comfortable straight sets win over Milos Raonic to seal a semi-finals ticket at the Australian Open on Wednesday night. The four-time champion outclassed the eighth-seeded Canadian 7-6(7-5) 6-4 6-2 to set up a last 4 clash with defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka on Friday night. “From ... Read More »

Wawrinka Powers Into Australian Open Last 4

Wawrinka, Two Wins Away from Australian Open Title Defence. Image: Tennis Australia.

Stanislas Wawrinka cruised in straight sets against Kei Nishikori to inch two wins closer to the defence of his Australian Open crown. “I don’t come back to defend and I don’t come back to win. I come back to play a new Grand Slam. It’s not easy,” Wawrinka said in ... Read More »

Fabregas Injury Doubt For Man City

Cesc Fabregas Capital One Cup

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is likely an injury concern for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Champions Manchester City with a hamstring problem. The Spaniard hobbled off early into the second half of his side’s League Cup semi-final win over Liverpool. “Fabregas reported a tight hamstring. He said he wasn’t yet ... Read More »

Chelsea Edge Liverpool To Get Through To The League Cup Final

Chelsea to Wembley

Chelsea edged Liverpool 1-0 to remain in pursuit of a fifth League Cup title courtesy of a Branislav Ivanovic extra-time goal at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. Ivanovic ensured a 2-1 aggregate finish for the Blues after the 1-1 draw at Anfield in the first leg, separating both side with ... Read More »

Australian Open: Serena Beats Cibulkova To Set Up Keys In Last 4

Serena Wlliams AO quarter finals

Serena Williams made a work of her quarter-final clash with Dominika Cibulkova to progress to her 6th Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday. The top seed served 15 aces to Cibulkova’s 1 and 31 winners to consolidate a 6-2 6-2 win in an hour and five minutes at the Rod Laver ... Read More »

Bojan’s Season Ends With Cruciate Ligament Damage

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Stoke City forward, Bojan Krkic has been sidelined for the rest of the season with serious knee damage. The 24-year-old suffered the injury during Monday’s 4-1 win at Rochdale in an FA Cup fourth-round tie, after scoring the opener (his first goal in the competition). The Spaniard will now undergo ... Read More »

Table Tennis: Nigeria’s Toriola To Head African Athletes’ Commission

Segun Toriola in Action at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Multiple gold medalist in international table tennis championships, Segun Toriola has been elected head of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) Athletes’ Commission. The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) released a statement on its website on Tuesday to announce that the four-time All Africa Games men’s singles gold medalist, 40, ... Read More »

Ex-Nigeria Goalkeeper Agbonavbare Dies After Long Battle With Cancer

Wilfred Agbonavbare

Ex-Nigeria international goalkeeper Wilfred Agbonavbare has lost his long battle with cancer. Agbonavbare died on Tuesday morning at the age of 48 in Alcala de Henares, Madrid. He spent almost five months in a Tampa Florida hospital before relocating to Spain. The former youth international goalkeeper won 15 international caps ... Read More »