Paralympians shine in Rio
When the real Olympics ended 10 days ago, the only medal Nigeria was able to glean was the bronze in the football event. But just four days into the Paralympics, Nigeria already has four gold medals, two silvers and one bronze – an unexpected haul giving the level of training that these athletes were afforded.
Totti still scoring just days before 40th birthday
Francesco Totti is already a legend of Italian football, having spent his entire professional career at AS Roma. But the 2006 World Cup winner – in his 23rd consecutive season on Saturday — came off the bench to provide an assist for his side’s equalizer and then scored the decisive penalty in the end.
Totti has now scored in 23 consecutive Serie A seasons and he will clock 40 on September 27. He is proving quite well that age could just be a number after all!!!
Tennis gets new and older winners
Angelique Kerber won the 2016 women’s US Open – her first and Stan Wawrinka – also for his first US Open, won the men’s version. Kerber is 28, while Wawrinka is 31. Kerber had never been beyond a Grand Slam final before 2016, but since January, the German has played in three finals, winning two of them and pushing Serena Williams off her No.1 perch.
Pep nicks first Manchester derby against Mourinho
It was billed as the costliest match in football – the first Manchester derby under new managers, Jose Mourinho for Manchester United and Pep Guardiola for Manchester City. At the end of 90 minutes, Manchester was painted in a blue hue as Pep pipped Jose’s man to all three points courtesy of two goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored for the Red Devils. So it is now 8-3 in favour of Guardiola in their head-to-heads.
Kaepernick’s protest gathers momentum
San Francisco 49er quarterback, Colin Kaepernick started a protest about racial inequality a while back and on the opening weekend of the NFL, the momentum seems to be gathering pace.
He has been trolled and abused for a lack of patriotism among many other things but four Miami Dolphins players – Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills – knelt as the Star Spangled Banner played while their opponents, the Seattle Seahawks, locked arms in solidarity.
Farah adds to his Olympic heroics
Mo Farah won two consecutive Olympic titles in Rio but the four-time gold medallist on Saturday also became the first man to win the Great North Run three times in a row. Before the race, Farah had said he had his winning celebration planned – he would cross the line with his two arms raised just like former England captain, Alan Shearer used to celebrate his goals. With the race hosted in Newcastle, it was fitting that in celebrating his win, he also honoured one of Newcastle’s favourite sons. The race is the world’s biggest half marathon with more than 40,000 runners participating yearly.
Balotelli is back
Mario Balotelli is back in scoring ways having not scored since November 2015 – either for club or country. The maverick Italian striker scored two goals on his debut to help Nice beat Olympique Marseille 3-2. But even before he set foot on the pitch, Balotelli told Canal Plus that his greatest ever mistake was joining Liverpool. “Apart from the fans, who were fantastic, and some players who I got on really well with, I didn’t like the club.” But he should know that this feeling was mutual – end of story.
Have a lovely week.