World Cup: Senegal’s Teranga Lions roar to first African victory

Senegal’s Teranga Lions recorded Africa’s first victory at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, beating Poland 2-1 at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. The victory evoked memories of Senegal’s most recent World Cup campaign – their debut 16 years ago – in which they defeated holders France in Seoul in the opening match. The Poles are not quite as huge a scalp as Les Bleus, but the African side, were underdogs nevertheless, and belied that status with their energetic performance. Idrissa Gueye’s low drive was deflected into his…

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Gerard Pique in hot water with Barcelona over Antoine Griezmann documentary

Barcelona star Gerard Pique has landed himself in hot water with the club’s managers over his involvement in a documentary which saw Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann announce his decision to snub the Catalan giants. Pique owns the production company that filmed “The Decision” in which the French striker mulls a possible move to Barcelona before finally revealing his decision to sign a contract extension with Atletico through to 2023 instead. The documentary aired on Thursday on a Spanish pay TV channel and Griezmann, 27, on Monday signed the deal, which…

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300 players jostle for N10m in CBN Tennis Championship

No fewer than 300 tennis players will be competing in the 2018 edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Senior Open Tennis Championship scheduled to hold from June 21 to June 30, in Abuja. President, Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), Mr Ifedayo Akindoju said at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday that the championship would see about 200 male and 100 female tennis players in action. Akindoju who commended the apex bank for supporting the development of the sport in the country noted that the championship would take place…

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We use prayers, not chickens: Super Eagles supporters

Super Eagles supporters clubs have refuted a report that they requested permission from the Russian authorities  to bring along live chickens while attending the team’s matches during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The refutal was made by both  the Nigerian Football Supporters Club (NFSC) and Nigerian Eagles Supporters Club (NESC), in interviews with According to KweseESPN. “That is ridiculous,” NFSC president Rafiu Ladipo said. “I have been leading this group for decades, and we have never carried a live chicken into any stadium. The only things we carry are our musical instruments and we pray….

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World Cup: Saudi Arabia escapes plane crash

Saudi Arabia landed safely in Rostov-on-Don after experiencing a technical failure in one of their plane’s engines mid-flight. The squad were travelling to the port city in the south of Russia ahead of their second World Cup match against Uruguay on Wednesday in Group A. A statement on their Twitter read: “The Saudi Arabian Football Federation would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe after a technical failure in one of the aeroplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport, and now they’re…

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Mexico football fans cause earthquake as they celebrate win over Germany

Mexico football fans are believed to have caused a minor earthquake as they celebrated their team’s shock win over Germany at the World Cup. Tremors were recorded in Mexico City after Hirving Lozano fired the winning goal past German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in Russia, according to seismic monitoring agency Simmsa. “The earthquake detected in Mexico City originated artificially,” Simmsa said. “Possibly by massive jumps during the goal….of Mexico in the World Cup.” The agency said at least two sensors detected the earthquake inside Mexico City at 11.32 local time. El…

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Golf: Koepka wins second US Open in a row

Brooks Koepka became the first player in three decades to retain US Open Championship  Sunday, firing a gritty final round 68 at Shinnecock Hills, Long Island,  New York to beat Tommy Fleetwood by one stroke. A year after he marched to victory with a 16-under total at Erin Hills, Koepka kept his nerve on the back nine to emerge with a one-over-par total of 281. “To go back to back, I really can’t even put it into words,” said Koepka, who was flirting with the cut line when he was…

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Hernan Crespo: Lionel Messi is not Diego Maradona

Former Argentina striker Hernan Crespo has jumped to the defence of Lionel Messi, saying he needs help from his team-mates to win the World Cup in Russia. The Barcelona superstar endured a difficult opening game at the tournament on Saturday, missing a penalty in his side’s surprising 1-1 draw with Group D rivals Iceland. Messi had 11 shots without scoring – setting a new Argentina record for the World Cup – and was dejected at the final whistle. Crespo – who won 64 caps for Argentina – has criticised Messi’s…

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Super Eagles now have Kilimanjaro to climb after losing to Croatia

Nigeria’s Super Eagles had an unimpressive start to their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign on Saturday in Kaliningrad with a 0-2 loss to Croatia. They now have the Kilimanjaro to climb to qualify for the knockout stage, having dropped to the bottom of Group D and facing next hard-fighting Iceland and later wounded Argentina. Coach Gernot Rohr lamented at the end of the game: “We’re really disappointed we lost this game. Croatia were the better team. We could have come back into it in the second half after we started…

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Trump aide Manafort sent to jail

Donald Trump’s former campaign chief, Paul Manafort was sent to jail Friday pending trial on a series of federal charges. Manafort, who is facing money laundering and tax evasion charges among others, was the first former Trump campaign aide to be jailed in the sprawling probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller since May 2017. The revocation of Manafort’s bail was a fresh sign of the looming collision course between Mueller and Trump, with the White House increasingly worried that the president could face obstruction of justice charges and an…

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