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INTERVIEW: Why I dumped Nigeria for Qatar — Asia’s fastest man, Ogunode

The year 2015 has been quite eventful in athletics and one of the names that…

April 2, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Suns 107-106. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors beat Lakers to set new NBA record

The NBA defending champions, the Golden State Warriors beat the LA Lakers on Tuesday to…

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Local coaches should be open to learning – Amuneke

The head coach of Nigeria Golden Eaglets, Emmanuel Amuneke, has advised indigenous coaches to be…

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Osimhen makes 21-man squad to Africa U23 Nations Cup

Contrary to reports suggesting his non-inclusion, FIFA U-17 World Cup star player, Victor Osimhen, is now in the final 21-man squad just released by the Head Coach, Samson Siasia, for the Africa U-23 Nations starting this weekend in Senegal. Osimhen, fresh from his record-breaking exploits in Chile where he emerged…

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Governor’s Cup Tennis: European players dominate list for Lagos tourney

Players from Europe are dominant on the list over 60 countries expected at this year's Governor's Cup Lagos Tennis Championship, PREMIUM TIMES has gathered. The International Tennis Federation approved the competition which enters its 15th edition this year, would be held December 5-19 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.…

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AFN thanks Dalung, Nigerians over Anugweje’s release

The Athletic Federation of Nigeria has expressed profound gratitude to the minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, and other citizens of the country for their concern and support when a member of the board, Ken Anugweje, a professor, was kidnapped. The AFN’s anti-doping head, who was kidnapped in Port…

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I came close to death – Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter, the suspended FIFA President, said he was “very close to death” when he was hospitalised earlier in the month for stress-related problems. Mr. Blatter said in an interview on Monday in Zurich that he was between “the angels singing and the devil lighting the fire”. He said in…

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7 sporting events that caught our eyes last week

Akwa outsmart Lobi for first title Akwa United, who narrowly staved off relegation from the Nigeria Professional Football League [NPFL] finished their season on a high as they beat fellow NPFL side, Lobi Stars 2-1 in the final of the Federation Cup played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos…

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ANALYSIS: If the Eagles are to qualify for Gabon2017 and Russia2018…

I am not repentant over anything I might have written or said about Sunday Oliseh and his Super Eagles [sorry, our Super Eagles] over the last four months – all I want is to feel pride in our national team and for the team to win victories that will further…

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Akwa United are Nigeria Federation Cup champions

Akwa United survived a late scare by Lobi Stars to emerge champions of the 2015 Federation Cup. The Akwa Ibom State club defeated Lobi Stars of Makurdi 2-1 in the final match played on Sunday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. A sumptuous free kick in the first half through…

PLAYERS OF SUNSHINE QUEENS FOOTBALL CLUB, CELEBRATES AFTER
WINNING THE WOMEN'S FINAL OF THE 2015 FEDERATION CUP FINALS IN LAGOS
ON SUNDAY (22/11/15). SUNSHINE QUEENS FC DEFEATED BAYELSA QUEENS FC BY PENALTY SHOOT OUT 5-3 IT WAS 1-1 AT REGULATION TIME BEFORE THE PENALTY SHOOT OUT.

Federation Cup: Sunshine Queens emerge female champions

The Ondo State team defeated Bayelsa Queens 4-2 in penalty kicks in the final match played on Sunday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. After a barren first half, it was Bayelsa Queens who scored the first goal through Patience Kalu but the Akure team gave themselves a lifeline…

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What the ‘Real’ defeat means for Benitez, Perez and players

When Real fall to a heavy home defeat from their bitterest rivals, there will definitely be someone who has to carry the can. For the 4-0 defeat on Saturday, where Los Merengues supporters gave a standing ovation to Andres Iniesta and waved white handkerchiefs – there can only be one…

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Federation Cup: Akwa United battle Lobi Stars for trophy

The stage is set for the final of the 2015 Federation Cup as Akwa United and Lobi Stars battle for the top prize at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos this Sunday. After a largely disappointing campaign in the League in which both teams had to wait till the last…

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El Clasico defeat shatters Real Madrid Coach, Benitez

Real Madrid Coach, Rafa Benitez, has been left shattered after suffering a humiliating 0-4 defeat in the first installment of the El Clasico this season. Saturday’s outing at the Santiago Bernabeu was the first El Clasico outing for Benitez, but the Spaniard failed the test woefully. Speaking with AS after…

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Four key football matches to watch this weekend

The biggest match in the world this weekend is the El Clasico, which has Rafael Benitez as a debutante. And over in Manchester, Jürgen Klopp will be hoping his side does not taste a second straight defeat and Lobi dare Akwa United at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on…

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Kidnappers demand N20m ransom for AFN board member

The abductors of a board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Ken Anugweje, has placed a N20m ransom on the professor. Mr. Anugweje was kidnapped Wednesday in Port Harcourt and updates served by Olukayode Thomas, a board member of the AFN and Head of Media indicate that ransom has…

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FIFA committee rejects appeals by Blatter, Platini on bans

FIFA President, Joseph Blatter, and UEFA President, Michel Platini, have lost their appeals against a 90-day provisional suspension from all football activities. A FIFA statement said on Wednesday in Berlin that the Appeals Committee "rejected in full the appeals lodged by Blatter and Platini" and confirmed the provisional suspensions imposed…

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ANALYSIS: How Super Eagles players rated against Swaziland

Two second half goals finally separated the Super Eagles of Nigeria from the Sihlangu Semnikati of Swaziland on Tuesday in Port Harcourt. Moses Simon and Efe Ambose got the two goals – which surprisingly came from set pieces – a good development if it was a planned process. Although the…

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Nadal back in form to face Murray

A dismal year is being tempered by a good finish - that is how the year reads for former tennis No.1, Rafael Nadal. After winning 14 of his last 18 matches, his 6-3 6-2 victory over Stan Wawrinka on Monday showed just far he has come as the tennis season…

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2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria’s Super Eagles push past Swaziland

The Super Eagles have pulled through to the group phase of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers after they grilled out a 2-0 win over a stubborn Swaziland side. Second half goals from Moses Simon and Efe Ambrose ensured that the Eagles stay on course for a sixth appearance at the…

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Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria vs Swaziland – Live Commentaries

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have their backs against the wall and must get victory of any shade against Swaziland this evening in their 2018 World Cup qualifying match. The Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt will serve as the battle-field where the Eagles will hope to conquer their opponents…

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Enyimba rejects Anyansi-Agwu’s resignation

The Nigeria Premier League champions, Enyimba, have move swiftly to keep their chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, after the respected sports administrator announced he was quitting his position after 16 years in charge of the Aba-based club. Anyansi-Agwu had said needless pressure from those that wanted to succeed him at all cost…

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Here are 5 tips to help Super Eagles beat Swaziland

The first leg on Friday saw the Sihlangu Semnikati of Swaziland defending as if a point was what was to be earned but in a two-legged, goals are what matters. Nigeria’s Super Eagles did not score the precious away goal [not for want of trying] while the Swazis earned a…

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Lionel ​M​essi resumes training ahead of El-​C​lassico

Barcelona forward and four-time FIFA ballon d’or winner, Lionel Messi, has commenced training with the clubs reserve team ahead of their El-​C​lassico with Real Madrid scheduled for Saturday November 21. Barca team B manager, Gerard Lopez, has confirmed the report. "Leo completed training. I saw him well and I am…

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EXCLUSIVE: Many more people killed in Nigeria despite unprecedented N1.48trillion arms spending

Nigeria has recorded more deaths from insurgency and violent crimes in the last four years than before, despite spending an unprecedented N1.488 trillion on armaments between 2011 and 2014, a PREMIUM TIMES analysis has shown. While N369 billion was spent in 2011, N365 billion, N381 billion and N374 billion were spent…