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Japanese surgeon hands $390,000 to U-23 team

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A benefactor has handed a reward of $390,000 to the Nigerian Olympic football team in Brazil after they won won bronze on Saturday, BBC Sport reports. Japanese plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu had promised to reward the team after hearing about their financial difficulties before and during the tournament. Takasu fulfilled ...

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Rio 2016 ends with spectacular ceremony as Olympic flag goes to Tokyo

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The Rio Olympics ended on Sunday with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, ushering in the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo. The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil’s arts and was held in a wet Maracana Stadium. Among the highlights were Tokyo’s impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival ...

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Ex-FIFA boss dies at 100

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Former FIFA President Joao Havelange has died at the age of 100, BBC Sport reports. The Brazilian was predecessor to Sepp Blatter at world football’s governing body, serving from 1974 to 1998. He resigned as FIFA’s honorary president in April 2013 following an investigation into bribery allegations and was admitted ...

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Pele to visit Nigeria Sept. 23

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Football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known Pele, will now visit Nigeria on September 23, after his earlier scheduled visit was cancelled due to ill-health. The Winihin Jemide Series and the Youth Experience Days Africa had planned to bring the Brazilian to Nigeria for the WJS/YEDA Legend Edition with ...

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Bolt, Fraser-Pryce, Okagbare set as athletics begins

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The Olympic track and field competition begins on Friday with all eyes on Jamican sprint sensation Usain Bolt. And Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will attempt to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of Olympic gold in the woman’s 100m. Tori Bowie, who posted the United States’ fastest times in 100 and 200m, is ...

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Dogara begs Dream Team not to boycott quarterfinal

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Yakubu Dogara, has appealed to Nigeria’s U-23 Dream Team at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics not to boycott their upcoming match against Denmark on Saturday. This is contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr ...

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Keshi’s Burial Rites Begins Thursday

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The final journey of Nigeria football legend Stephen Okechukwu Keshi will begin in Benin City, Edo State on Thursday. On Wednesday, the Nigeria Football Federation confirmed that the final rites would now be confined to Edo and Delta States. The NFF delegation to the final rites will be led by ...

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Serena defeats Kerber to claim 2016 Wimbledon crown

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American Serena Williams on Saturday defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 to win the 2016 Wimbledon women’s single title. The victory was third time luck for Williams as she finally matched Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles. It was her seventh Wimbledon crown. Williams was forced to ...

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Venus, Serena through to Wimbledon semi-finals

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The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, on Tuesday went through to the semi-finals of the 2016 Wimbledon Tennis Championships to set up prospects of an all-Williams final. Five-time champion Venus Williams reached the semi-finals for the first time since 2009 with victory over Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova earlier in the day. ...

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BREAKING: Atletico beat Bayern to Champions League final

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 03:  Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid (7) celebrates with Gabi (L), Koke (2R) and Fernando Torres (R) as he scores their first goal during UEFA Champions League semi final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Club Atletico de Madrid at Allianz Arena on May 3, 2016 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid have dumped Bayern Munich out of the Champions League to return to the final for second time in three seasons. Diego Simeone’s men put in a disciplined display in the second leg of their semi-final qualifier to shatter Pep Guardiola’s dream of leaving Bayern with the coveted trophy. ...

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Messi provokes outrage in Egypt

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A charitable gesture by Argentine football star Lionel Messi has provoked outrage in Egypt, where a lawmaker and football official took umbrage at the donation: his sneakers, AFP reports. Messi, in an interview with the private satellite channel MBC Misr, had donated his shoes to the channel to auction them ...

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