Seven things that caught our attention last week

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Photo Credit: www.tonimikulka.com

We could not make it out last week due to some inexplicable reasons but we are back this week so enjoy the seven sporting events that caught our attention in the last seven days.

We had a Lagos football derby again

For the first time in almost a decade, Lagos saw two football teams – residing in the state go up in arms against each other. Even though the spectacle will be remembered for by the carnival atmosphere, it is still worth noting that MFM FC and Ikorodu United played to a 0-0 result at the famous Onikan Stadium. Long may this continue!!!

Adekuoroye continues her wrestling rise

Nigeria’s wrestling queen, Adekuoroye Odunayo, continued her ascent in the sport by leading Nigeria’s female wrestling team to Egypt where they claimed the 2016 African Wrestling Championships title that held in Alexandria, Egypt. The double-bronze medal winner at the 2015 World Wrestling Championship led seven other wrestlers to help Nigeria claim three gold, two silver and a bronze medals.

Ronaldo is not finished, yet!

No matter how you play it, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to prove that even at 31 years of age, he is still capable of delivering and boy he did deliver against Celta Vigo with four good goals – no penalty included.

And with those goals, the Portuguese became the first player in history to reach the 25-goal mark in La Liga for seven straight seasons. Okay, we can never talk about Ronaldo without a Lionel Messi aside. The Argentine needs another four to equal that mark.

Sports battling with drugs

Abeba Aregawi, the 2013 women’s 1500m champion, current world indoor champions and fifth-placed finisher in the 2012 Olympic final has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance.

The Ethiopia-born Swede, 25, failed a test conducted by governing body, the IAAF, but has requested a B sample be tested. And just on Monday, female tennis icon, Maria Sharapova revealed that she failed a drug test at the Australia Open in January.

The various sport bodies know that with the demands on the athletes and the fame and money on show, drugs have become the ‘reliable’ option to keep up for athletes. This conversation will never go away…

Dolgopolov wins first career title

Pony-tailed Aleksandr Dolgopolov won his first ATP title when he defeated Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the Croatia Open final.

The 27-year-old, who turned professional in 2006, had gotten close to winning his first title earlier this year in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil but lost that final to Nicolas Almagro.

Afterwards the player seeded 29 by the ATP said, “I feel great after winning my first title,” the 22-year-old Ukrainian said. “I hope more victories are to come.” We also hope so for him.

IFAB agrees to test Video Technology

Football’s governing body, the International Football Association Board [IFAB], took the decision to try out video technology in assisting referees. It has been a very sore point with referees continually making mistakes where a little video assistance could have solved the issues. It was also agreed that video technology would be used initially to mediate on goal incidents, award of penalty kicks and issuance of straight red cards.

And finally…

11-year-old stuns Tiger Woods with incredible shot

They say if you can, then you are not too young. That is what happened when 11-year-old Taylor Crozier stunned former world No.1Tiger Woods by holing the inaugural tee shot at a new golf course co-designed by Woods.

Crozier managed the feat on an 81-yard par three at The Playgrounds at Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas. Crozier’s achievement earned him a hug from 14-time major winner Woods, who has been off the PGA Tour with back issues – and a mention on Twitter. “First hole at The Playgrounds and this happened,” Woods tweeted after the event.

You can watch the shot here:

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