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World Championships: What hope for Team Nigeria?


The 15th edition of the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships takes centre stage from Saturday (today) at Beijing’s National Stadium. CHARLES OGUNDIYA chronicles Nigeria’s participation in the past and looks at prospects of winning medals in China. The idea of having an Athletics World Championships was conceived well ...

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Murray through to Cincinnati s’final


Britain’s Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open after fighting back to beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet. The third seed, who saved a match point before beating Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday, overcame fatigue and heat to win 4-6 6-1 6-4 on Friday. Murray said: “I fought and ...

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Man United to keep De Gea – LVG


Louis van Gaal claims unsettled Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea will not be sold to Real Madrid before the transfer window closes. De Gea will once again be left out of the match-day squad when United take on Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday because Van Gaal feels the ...

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Odemwingie out with hamstring injury


Stoke City striker, Peter Odemwingie, will not be available for selection, when his team travels to play Tottenham Hotspurs this weekend, after sustaining a hamstring injury in training. The Nigerian featured for only 10 minutes, as the Potters were beaten 1-0 by Liverpool at home, but could now be out ...

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Beijing 2015: Nigerian athletes are drug-free, says AFN


With the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) searchlight on drug cheats ahead of the Beijing 2015 World Championships, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has revealed that all its 17 athletes for the competition are ‘clean.’ The 2015 IAAF World Championship will begin in the Chinese capital, Beijing, on ...

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Okwaraji’s Portrait To Be Displayed At Federation Cup Venues


The Nigeria Football Federation has perfected plans to unveil the portrait of late Nigerian footballer Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji at all the eight venues where the quarter-final of the Federation Cup will be played this evening – Enugu, Benin City, Neros Stadium, Oleh, Lokoja, Abuja, Ilorin and Makurdi. Making the revelation ...

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Kaka explains why Arsenal might not sign Benzema

(FromL) Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Brazilian midfielder Kaka, Brazilian defender Marcelo, German midfielder Mesut Ozil, French forward Karim Benzema and Portuguese defender Pepe take part in a training session in Madrid on April 12, 2011, on the eve of the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match against Tottenham Hotspur. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

(FromL) Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Brazilian midfielder Kaka, Brazilian defender Marcelo, German midfielder Mesut Ozil, French forward Karim Benzema and Portuguese defender Pepe take part in a training session in Madrid on April 12, 2011, on the eve of the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match against ...

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Di Maria joins PSG


Paris St-Germain have completed the signing of Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria for a fee of £44.3m. The Argentina international leaves United just a year after they paid Real Madrid a British record £59.7m for him. Di Maria, 27, has signed a four-year deal with the French champions after ...

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Murray Suffers Surprise Defeat In Washington


British world number three Andy Murray suffered a surprise second-round defeat to unseeded Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili in the Washington Open. Murray, 28, had chosen to play an extra tournament in the run-up to this year’s US Open, which starts in New York on 31 August. But after a bye to ...

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Woods Targeting Better Finish In PGA Champs


Tiger Woods accepts that next week’s US PGA Championship in Wisconsin could signal the end of his season. The former world No 1 is languishing in 189th position in the FedEx Cup standings after a tied-18th finish at the Quicken Loans National, needing to rise 60 spots to qualify for ...

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Benteke completes Liverpool switch


Liverpool have confirmed the arrival of Christian Benteke from Aston Villa on a long-term contract. The 24-year-old passed a medical in London on Wednesday afternoon before agreeing personal terms with the Merseyside club. Benteke joins the Reds on the back of a campaign that saw him score 16 goals in ...

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IZILEIN: Oliseh lacks experience to manage Eagles


Godwin Izilein has expressed his surprise that the Nigeria Football Federation decided to appoint Sunday Oliseh as the new manager of Super Eagles. Tunisia ’94 Africa Cup of Nations winner Oliseh last week penned a N5m-a-month deal with the NFF to manage the Eagles for three years, following the sacking ...

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Powell proves form ahead of worlds

Asafa Powell

Jamaica’s Asafa Powell continued his build-up to the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China next month with his 88th sub-10 seconds clocking in the 100m, winning in 9.87 seconds (0.0m/s) at the Galà dei Castelli Bellinzona in Switzerland on Tuesday. Powell got off to a slow start on the six-lane ...

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Mourinho: I consulted Terry, Cahill on Falcao


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho consulted with central defensive duo John Terry and Gary Cahill before bringing Radamel Falcao in on loan. According to Soccerway, eyebrows were raised in some quarters when Mourinho opted to sign Falcao on loan, after the Colombian endured a difficult temporary spell at Manchester United last ...

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FG approves fund for All Africa Games


The Federal Government has approved fund for the All Africa Games holding from September 4 to 19 in Brazzaville, Congo, the Director-General of the National Sports Commission, Alhassan Yakmut, has said. The Nigeria Olympics Committee has tentatively listed 21 sports for Team Nigeria ahead of the continental events, but a ...

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Rooney set for Everton return


Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney will once again pull on an Everton shirt after agreeing to play in Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial next month. Everton fan Rooney came through the youth ranks at Goodison Park and played alongside fellow striker Ferguson after breaking into the first-team as a 16-year-old, according to ...

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REPORT: Oliseh eyes Jordon Ibe


New Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh is planning to meet with Jordon Ibe to persuade the Liverpool’s rising star to commit his international future to Nigeria, reports. Ibe, who was born in London to Nigerian parents, has represented England at the U-18 and U-19 levels. However, the teenager is still ...

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