7 things we saw last week | Rangers lift a trophy as Russia faces banana peel

Enugu Rangers
Enugu Rangers

Rangers win again after 32 years

It was celebration galore in Enugu as Rangers International lifted the Nigeria Professional Football League for the first time in 32 years. The six-time champions beat El Kanemi Warriors 4-0 to confirm their status as league champions for a seventh time. It was also a first trophy for Imama Amakapabo as head coach of any team.

Nadal stops match to find lost child

They say form is temporary but class is permanent. Former world No.1 tennis player, Rafael Nadal, proved just that last week as he stopped his match after he noticed a commotion in the crowd and realised a child had gone missing.

He stopped the match and followed the crowd in looking for the missing girl.

The tearful girl was soon discovered and the mother notified as she ran to pick up her child and then hug her tightly.

Russia faces banana peel slip

FIFA 2018 World Cup hosts, Russia, have racism to deal with as a banana was thrown onto the pitch in a UEFA Champions League game between Rostov and PSV last week. The fruit, which has been used to racially abuse players in Russia, was thrown on in the 23rd minute of the encounter.

The fruit was captured on television being tossed onto the pitch of the Olimp 2 stadium probably targeted at three PSV players – Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, Jetro Willems and Luciano Narsingh. PSV said they will not ask UEFA to punish Rostov for the incident.

US win Ryder Cup for first time in 7 years

The United States beat Europe to the Ryder Cup for the first time in seven years. The Americans dominated the final-day singles to beat Europe 17-11 at Hazeltine. Europe trailed 9½-6½ after the first two days but they looked to have revived and were ready to stage a dramatic comeback when they led in seven of the 12 singles matches. Patrick Reed defeated Rory McIlroy in an epic tussle for the first of seven US wins. Ryan Moore then beat Lee Westwood on the 18th green for the decisive point.

Hamilton hints at Rosberg conspiracy

Lewis Hamilton’s engine went up in smoke at the Malaysian Grand Prix and the F1 defending question asked a question afterward. “My question is to Mercedes – We have so many engines made for drivers, but mine are the only ones failing this year.

Hamilton was on pole for the race but engine failure forced him to stop his race with 15 laps to go in Sepang. Mercedes revealed that there was no warning signs the engine would blow but Hamilton’s question is going to increase the tension between Hamilton and Nico Rosberg with four races to go.

Fury tests positive to cocaine

Heavyweight boxing champion, Tyson Fury tested positive for cocaine in a voluntary drug test that could have been the reason for his pulling out of the match against Wladimir Klitschko.

“The ‘A’ sample urine specimen number 4006253 collected from Tyson Fury on September 22, 2016 in Lancaster, England, through his participation in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) program has been analysed for anabolic agents, diuretics, beta-2 agonists, stimulants and drugs of abuse,” it read.

“The results of the analysis are as follows: Adverse. Urine specimen contains benzoylecgonine. Benzoylecgonine is the main metabolite of cocaine.

And finally…

Police detain player for violent foul

Police detained a player, Claudio Abarca, in Chile’s football third tier because of a tackle deemed to be dangerous. The Chile Football Association then handed a four-year ban to Abarca after the General Velazquez goalkeeper kicked the face of Estacion Central’s Diego Diaz and fractured the forward’s jaw in three places. The kick was so violent that Chilean police came onto the field to detain Abarca, who spent the night in jail while Diaz was stretchered off to the hospital on Monday.

Have a wonderful week.


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