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  • Barcelona vs Eibar: 'I'll Not Wash My Clothes After Receiving Messi's Hugs'

    Barcelona Ban Messi

    Barcelona have banned captain, Lionel Messi, from participating in the club’s training. AS reports that Messi will not be training at Barcelona until he signs a new contract with the Camp Nou club. The Argentina captain has been a free agent since July 1. Despite an announcement that the Barca number 10 would sign a five-year contract, the deal is yet to be signed. Due to Barcelona’s financial struggles, Messi has been forced to accept a pay cut in order to remain at the club. The deal will reportedly see Messi take a 50 per cent pay cut. Messi’s previous contract expired on June 30, meaning that he has been a free agent since July 1 but he is unlikely to agree terms elsewhere. Messi is currently enjoying an extended holiday after representing his country at the Copa America last month. The 34-year-old captained Argentina to the title in South America as they beat hosts Brazil 1-0 in the final. Source: Daily Post

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    Tokyo Olympics: Ese Brume Reaches Long Jump Final

    Nigerian athlete at the Tokyo Olympics, Ese Brume has reached the final of the women’s long jump event at the tournament. This was after a 6.76m jump that placed her in fourth. 25-year-old Brume placed fourth with a 6.76m jump to claim the final spot in Group B. In third place is current world champion Malaika Mihambo from Germany with a 6.98m leap. The second [;aced athlete was the British Virgin Islands’ Chantel Malone (6.82m), while in the first place is reigning World Indoor champion and three-time European indoor champion Ivana Spanovic with a jump of 7.00m. Brume is Nigeria’s likelihood of winning a medal at the Tokyo Olympics. She had won bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

  • Tokyo Olympics: AFN Shocked By Okagbare Suspension For Doping

    The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has expressed shock over the provisional suspension of Team Nigeria’s top athlete and medal prospect, Blessing Okagbare, for a doping rule violation. Okagbare who won her 100m heat with 11.05 seconds to reach the semifinal on Friday, was suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after a sample collected from the sprinter tested positive for human ‘Growth Hormone’. Reacting to the news, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, said it received with great shock the press release by the Athletics Integrity Unit, suspending Blessing Okagbare for a doping rule violation. The Federation, in a statement, says it is in the process of obtaining the relevant details of the announcement after which a full reaction will be issued. Growth Hormone is a non-specified substance on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and a provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

  • JUST IN: Blessing Okagbare Suspended From Tokyo Olympics For Doping

    Nigerian athlete, Blessing Okagbare has been “provisionally” suspended from the ongoing Tokyo Olympics in Japan for doping. The 32-year-old had tested positive for a banned substance – growth hormone four days before the competition kicked off. The result only showed up on Friday hours after she won her heat in 11.05seconds, qualified for the semifinals of women’s 100m race at the Tokyo Olympics. The news of her positive test was disclosed in a statement on Saturday by the Athletics Integrity Unit, AIU. According to the statement, “The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria today with immediate effect after a sample collected from the sprinter tested positive for human Growth Hormone. “The athlete was notified of the adverse analytical finding and of her provisional suspension this morning in Tokyo. She was scheduled to participate in the semifinals of the women’s 100m this evening. “The AIU will make no further comment on this matter at this time.”    

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    Arsenal Announce Signing Of Ben White From Brighton

    Ben White has joined Arsenal from Brighton & Hove Albion on a long-term contract. The 23-year-old defender, who has proved to be one of the Premier League’s finest young prospects, joins the EPL side after spending the summer as part of the England squad at the Euros. Ben spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Leeds United, where he was an ever-present in their Championship-winning side, helping them win promotion back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence. He returned to the south coast last season, becoming a key member of Brighton’s Premier League side. Ben started his youth career at Southampton before joining Brighton as a 16-year-old, where he enjoyed rapid progress, making his first-team debut as an 18-year-old. During his time at Brighton, as well as the Championship-winning spell with Leeds, Ben also spent successful loan spells with Newport County and Peterborough United. Technical director Edu said: “Ben has been a key target this summer. He has so many qualities which make us so excited he’s joining us. Ben’s a young English player with a great future. He’s very strong defensively, good on the ball with a great passing range. We’re delighted Ben’s signed and we look …

  • Okagbare, Nwokocha Qualify For 100m Semifinal In Tokyo

    For the first time since 2012, two Nigerian athletes will be running in the semifinals of the women’s 100m, after Blessing Okagbare & Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha qualified from their respective heats on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Nwokocha had to run a new personal best of 11.00 seconds to secure her qualification to the semifinals in her debut at the Games. The 20 year old has also moved into fifth in the Nigeria all-time list behind Okagbare (10.79), Glory Alozie (10.90) Mary Onyali (10.97) and Damola Osayomi (10.99). The home-based athlete who ran 11.09 seconds to secure her qualification for the Olympics in March at the MOC Grand Prix in Lagos, will however need to make further history by breaking the 11s barrier as the fifth Nigerian woman to do so, in order to stand a chance of joining Onyali & Okagbare as debutants who ran all the way to the final of the event. She has been drawn to run from lane nine in the third semifinal heat with the fastest woman alive, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, Daryl Neita of Great Britain, Teahna Daniels of the USA and fellow African, Muriel Ahoure of Ivory Coast. While Nwokocha qualified for her …

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    Mbappe Speaks On Rivalry With Neymar

    Kylian Mbappe has said there is no rivalry between him and Paris St Germain teammate Neymar in regards to Ballon d’Or Award. The French forward said if Neymar could play with Messi and not have issues with him, he believes the same can happen with him. He, however, said whoever is more deserving of the award would win it if PSG ever win the Champions League. “I dream of winning the Champions League for PSG,” Mbappe told PSG Magazine. “Neymar has played with [Lionel] Messi and never had a problem with him. If one day PSG win [the Champions League] and Neymar is the outstanding player, he will deserve the Ballon d’Or, he will win it. But if I deserve it more, I will win it.” Mbappe added: “We are not going to compete against each other for the Ballon d’Or. “We have a lot of affection and respect for each other. The most important thing is PSG. We get on well and we are friends. It is easier to play when you play with friends.”

  • Tokyo 2020: Disqualified Nigerian Athletes Protest

    Nigerian athletes have taken to the streets of Tokyo in Japan to protest their disqualification from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Ten of the athletes were disqualified from the competition by the International Olympic Committee. They were disqualified on grounds that they failed to turn for the required tests to make them eligible for the competition. Concise News reported yesterday that one of those who qualified for the competition, Blessing Okagbare, blamed the issue on sport administrators in Nigeria. According to her, they were busy fighting over power while forgetting their main responsibility which si the athletes.

  • France Beat D’Tigress In Female Olympic Basketball

    A commanding display by France handed Nigeria’s D’Tigress a second loss of the Tokyo Olympics basketball event in as many games. Nigeria lost the first three quarters; 18-12, 26-15, 23-15 and drew the fourth 20-20, falling to the superior shooting power of the fifth best female basketball team in the world. After a barren first three minutes of the opening quarter, France went up by 8 points and dominated to win by 18-12, despite Nigeria rallying back to draw 11-11 at some point. Too many missed shots by D’Tigresses coupled with France maximizing their three pointers was Nigeria’s undoing. The performance was a far cry from what was expected having pushed world number one USA to lose by just nine points in their opening game. The win renews France’s hopes of winning a medal like they did at the London 2012 edition. Source: Vanguard

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    Arsenal Offer To Sign Locatelli

    Sassuolo’s CEO, Giovanni Carnevali, has confirmed that Arsenal have submitted a bid for Manuel Locatelli. Locatelli emerged one of the stars of Euro 2020, as he helped Italy win the trophy. It has led to a scramble among Europe’s top clubs for his signature. Arsenal, alongside Serie A giants Juventus, are one of the clubs keeping a close eye on the 23-year-old. Locatelli’s agent recently revealed that the Gunners had made a £34million bid. Now Carnevali has backed this up, while also revealing interest from another Premier League side. He told Sky Sport Italia: “Tomorrow we’ll have a direct contact with Juventus for Locatelli. He wants to join Juve. “We’d be happy to sell Manuel (Locatelli) to Juve… but they need to pay the right fee. “Arsenal made a bid to sign him and also a new English club is now in the race.”

  • Blessing Okagbare Slams Sport Administrators Over Tokyo Olympic Ban

    Blessing Okagbare has reacted after ten Nigerian athletes were yesterday banned from participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Nigeria is the most affected country, not meeting the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15. Sharing on Twitter, Blessing Okagbare worte: “I have said it before and I will say it again. If you do not know the sport, not passionate about it/Us (the athletes), then you have no business there as an administrator. The sport system in Nigeria is so flaw and we athletes, are always at the receiving end of the damages.. “They were busy fighting over power, Excercising their pride over puma contract/ kits forgetting their major responsibility “THE ATHLETES”. It’s sad that this cycle keeps repeating its self and some people will come out to say I am arrogant for speaking my truth. It is my CAREER.” Okagbare is a proud Olympian, having won a silver medal in the long jump at the 2008 Beijing Games. The 32-year-old Delta native is going to her fourth Olympic Games and has her eyes set on winning another medal, but this time in the 100m sprint. She ran a wind-assisted time of 10.63 in Lagos in June, which has buoyed …

  • Barcelona vs Eibar: 'I'll Not Wash My Clothes After Receiving Messi's Hugs'

    Lionel Messi Returns To Barcelona, To Sign Pay Cut

    Lionel Messi has reportedly returned to Barcelona to finally put pen to paper on a new contract at the club. The Argentine’s deal expired at the end of June but has agreed on a new deal with Spanish giants. The Barcelona hierarchy have been confident their star player would agree to new terms this summer and now he’s back in Spain to strike a new deal in the next week, according to SPORT. Messi was on a £500,000-a-week contract but has agreed to take a 50 percent pay cut in order to stay at the Nou Camp for another five years. This is because the Spanish club is cash-strapped amid the coronavirus pandemic and need to balance their books. The Catalan giants must slash their wage bill in order to comply with LaLiga’s strict salary cap. Barca president Joan Laporta insisted that they were making headway regarding the talks during the club’s official unveiling of the new signing Memphis Depay last week. ‘The player has always said he wants to stay on and we are making good progress with the negotiations,’ he told the club’s official website. ‘(Rafael) Yuste and (Mateu) Alemany are working very hard. What we all want …

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    UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 Draws Released [See Full Fixtures]

    Olympiacos, Ferencváros, Midtjylland and Dinamo Zagreb are among 20 teams who have been guaranteed a spot in the group stage of one of UEFA’s three club competitions. This follows their victories in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round ties on Wednesday. In the second legs, PSV Eindhoven completed a 7-2 aggregate win over Galatasaray, while Crvena zvezda and Sparta Praha both overturned first-leg disadvantages to qualify for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Celtic were dumped out by Midtjylland. The Scottish giants have been sent packing for the group stage again, after recent exits against AEK Athens, Cluj and Ferencvaros The third qualifying round fixtures will be played August 3rd & 4th and 10th. League path PSV Eindhoven vs Midtjylland Spartak Moskva vs Benfica Genk vs Shakhtar Donetsk Monaco vs Sparta Praha Losing sides in the league path move into the UEFA Europa League group stage. Champions path Dinamo Zagreb vs Legia Warszawa CFR Cluj vs Young Boys Olympiacos vs Ludogorets Crvena zvezda vs Sheriff Tiraspol Malmö vs Rangers Ferencváros vs Slavia Praha Losing teams in the champions path enter the UEFA Europa League play-offs, from which the winners reach the UEFA Europa League group stage and the …

  • Tokyo Olympics: List Of Qualified/Disqualified Nigerian Athletes

    Below is the list of Nigerian athletes who have been dimmed eligible for the Tokyo Olympics by the International Olympics Committee. Those qualified by the IOC include Enoch Adegoke, Tobi Amusan, Ese Brume, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, Patience Okon- George, Usheoritse Itsekiri, Samson Nathaniel, Grace Nwokocha, Divine Oduduru, Emmanuel Ojeli, Blessing Okagbare and Nse Uko. However, 10 were disqualified for failing to undergo the required test for the competition. They include Knowledge Omovoh, Ruth Usoro, Favor Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, Glory Patrick, Yinka Ajayi, Tima Godbless, Chidi Okezie, Chioma Onyekwere and Annette Echikunwoke.

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    Solskjaer Names Player To Leave Man United On Varane’s Arrival

    Axel Tuanzebe will leave Manchester United on loan following the arrival of Raphael Varane from Rela Madrid. This is according to United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who spoke on Wednesday after his side drew 2-2 against Brentford. “With Raphael looking like everything is sorted there, I can see Axel going out because I’ve got Raphael Varane, [Harry] Maguire, [Victor] Lindelof and Eric Bailly,” Solskjaer said. Varane joins Jadon Sancho who signed for United from Borussia Dortmund in Germany. Speaking on the signing, Solskjaer said, “The club has shown its ambition with one of the most exciting young forwards in world football [Sancho] and one of the most respected centre-backs in the world. “As I’ve said before, every manager would be happy the sooner the better the deals are done and this year we’ve managed to get it sorted. The two we’ve got in will make a huge difference for us and as a manager you can’t ask for more backing when you’ve got these two in as early as we have.”

  • Rooney’s Job At Derby County In Jeopardy Over Photo With Women In Bed

    Wayne Rooney’s job as Derby County manager is reportedly ‘on a knife edge’ after photos of him asleep at a hotel with women posing alongside leaked online. According to The Sun, Rams executives are angry about the incident and believe Rooney should be ‘leading by example’. A source told the publication: “It’s 50-50. The club is extremely upset by the images that have emerged. As ­manager he must lead by example, on and off the field. That is the very least they expect from him. “There is absolutely no suggestion of sexual impropriety on his part. But Wayne is clinging on and is desperate to keep hold of the job. His salary is one of the biggest in the Championship. To lose it now would be a massive setback.” The photos of Rooney were widely shared on social media over the weekend. Lawyers of the former Manchester United and Everton striker contacted police on behalf of Rooney after the photos emerged. Police opened a blackmail probe into an Instagram message, which included a photo and a caption saying ‘Morning Wayne 10 grand please mate of Coleen sees this.’ But on Tuesday police dropped the investigation and decided no offence had …

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    Bruno Fernandes Welcomes Varane To Man United

    Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes has welcomed Raphael Varane to the club from Real Madrid. This is as he expressed excitement to be back at the club after weeks away at the Euro 2020 with Portugal. He tweeted, “Fresh new start!! Great to be back with my teammates. And what a way to finish the day…welcome @raphaelvarane.” Varane joins Jadon Sancho who was recently unveiled by United from Borussia Dortmund. Varane joined Real Madrid from French side Lens in 2011. The 28-year-old has gone on to make over 350 appearances for the Los Blancos and be capped 79 times by France, helping them to World Cup glory in 2018.

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    Mikel Obi Trains With New Club Kuwait SC (PHOTOS)

    John Mikel Obi has been pictured for the first time with his new teammates after joining Kuwait SC. The former Super Eagles and Chelsea midfielder took to social media to share photos of himself during training. He wrote in his caption:  “Back at it, pre-season #letsgokuwaits” The 34-year-old joined the Kuwait club this summer window after he canceled his contract with Championship side Stoke City. John Mikel Obi returned to Asia for the second time having played for Chinese club, Tianjin Teda in 2017.

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    Ahmed Musa Is One Of Nigeria’s Greatest Strikers – Ikpeba

    Super Eagles legend, Victor Ikpeba has described Ahmed Musa as one of Nigeria’s greatest strikers. Musa featured for Nigeria at the 2014 and 2018 World Cup tournaments scoring a goal in each. He recently signed a two-year deal with Turkish Super Lig side Fatih Karagumruk after a short period playing in the Nigerian Professional Football League with Kano Pillars. “It is good that Musa has finally secured a new club in Europe which fits his status as Super Eagles captain,”  Ikpeba (pictured below) told Complete Sports . “I think the move to Turkey is coming at a very good time for him ahead of next season and with the World Cup qualifiers and the AFCON finals coming up. “Ahmed Musa has come of age in the Eagles and I ranked him among the greatest Nigerian strikers till date for scoring four goals for Nigeria in two World Cup outings. “The goals were quality strikes too, you know. They were technically solid goals scored against top teams and at the biggest football event in the world. “That is no mean feat because it is a record which other Nigerian strikers will be striving to break in the future,” said Ikpeba who …

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    Man United Put Pogba, Seven Others Up For Sale

    Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, is among eight players up for sale at Old Trafford this summer in a bid to fund two more signings, the Telegraph reports. Other players up for sale are Jesse Lingard, Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams, Diogo Dalot, Andreas Pereira and Facundo Pellestri. The last player on the list is Dean Henderson or David de Gea. Man United are keen to sell the players this summer in a bid to raise funds to sign two more players following the arrival of Jandon Sancho a few days ago. The Red Devils are also on the verge of completing a deal for Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane. Both Sancho and Varane were priority signings for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though he still wants to add a new right-back to his squad as well as a defensive midfielder. The report added that depending on how much money Man United manage to raise, they will look to bring in a new midfielder and a right-back. Source: Daily Post

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