Seven sports events that caught our attention last week: Friendly match ends with 17 players

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Nigerian Shot Putter sets sights on Rio

Stephen Mozia became the first Nigerian to throw a Shot Put above the 20m mark as he improved his Nigeria indoor shot put record to 21.03m at the Commodore Invitational meeting in Nashville, Tennessee in the United States.

The 23-year-old, who changed allegiance to Nigeria in 2013 had thrown a new outdoor record [a Nigerian record], which was also a personal best of 20.46m on June 11, 2014 at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, USA. This throw bettered the one set by Chima Ugwu [20.26m] that was set at the National stadium in, Lagos in 2000.

Federer hits 300 grand slam victories

Arguably the greatest tennis player in the open era, Roger Federer [34] collected his 300th Grand Slam victory on Friday morning against the aptly labelled ‘baby Fed’, Grigor Dimitrov. The Swiss master spent 20 minutes short of three hours to dismantle the Bulgarian’s game 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-4. He is now 67 victories ahead of retired Jimmy Connors and he could extend that record against number 15 seed David Goffin of Belgium in his next match.

Lleyton Hewitt retires from tennis

The Rod Laver Arena saluted the end of an era last Thursday as Lleyton Hewitt’s lost to David Ferrer and brought his singles career to a close.

The former world No. 1 gave an all-battling display but Ferrer proved just too strong with a 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory.

The 34-year-old is appearing at the Australian Open for a 20th consecutive time since 1997 when he played his first game at the age of 15. Hewitt won two Grand Slam titles – the 2001 US and the 2002 Wimbledon championship. He also won the Davis Cup with Australia in 2003

Panthers to face Broncos in Super Bowl 50

The Carolina Panthers, led by all-around quarterback Cam Newton, defeated the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 in Charlotte on Sunday to set up a Super Bowl 50 clash against the Denver Broncos – their second trip to the Super Bowl, which they have never won in their franchise history.

Newton, who got drafted in 2011, ran for two scores, soaring above defenders at the goal line, and threw for two others to set up the victory. They will now try to make history against the Broncos on February 7.

Vonn closes in on all-time downhill record

Lindsey Vonn has completed the downhill-super-G double at Cortina d’Ampezzo to take the overall World Cup lead.

This came a day after the American Olympic champion surpassed Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record for number of wins in downhill events – a 75th World Cup victory. The one-time Tiger Woods’ beau is rapidly closing on the all-time record of 86 by Swedish ski legend Ingemar Stenmark.

Mascherano sentenced to jail

Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano was sentenced to a year in prison and fined £625,000 for two tax offences but unlike in the USA, the Argentine defender is unlikely to be spend any time in jail as he has requested instead to pay a fine.

He will also have the offences removed from his criminal record by paying an additional fine because, “in Spain people handed sentences of less than two years are not normally required to serve their sentence, unless they are being punished for violent crime, if they agree to a fine,” the Daily Mail reported.

And finally…

Friendly match ends with 17 men

It is always a super-special occasion when River Plate meet Boca Juniors but it is not expected that a friendly match would be so heated but we are talking about River and Boca here. There is no friendly gestures between these two sides.

Boca were reduced to eight men by the 78th minute, before River Plate had Jonathan Maidana sent off for head-butting Carlos Tevez, before Leonardo Pisculichi was told to also go and cool his heels.

So next time you are organizing a friendly, think of the history and passion between the two sides that you recommend.

Have a friendly week!

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