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Nigeria wins first gold at Rio Paralympics


Roland Ezuruike of Nigeria has won men’s 54kg powerlifting title to claim first gold for the country at ongoing Rio 2016 Paralympics. The 40-year old Ezuruike entered the contest lifting 185kg on the first try to set a new Paralympic record before he extended it with his second lift of ...

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Serena Williams loses quest in upset by Pliskova


Serena Williams’ semifinal loss to Karolina Pliskova confirmed the statement of truth that in one’s strengths lie the weaknesses. They are two sides of the same coin. Her over-powering serve missed the target every time she needed it. At the end, the unseeded Czech earned victory in two straight sets, ...

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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