Seven sporting events that caught our attention last week

The drama at the Glass House [NFF headquarters] has intensified with the verbal diatribes being thrown by Sunday Oliseh, the Lagos Marathon was a roaring success and Peyton Manning again showed his class in Super Bowl 50
Oliseh will not back down
There will be no backing down from Super Eagles manager, Sunday Oliseh, as he went on the offensive against supposed critics of his time as coach of the national team. And he particularly picked on former Eagles mates, who he described as  ‘armchair critics’. In two videos, he insinuated that he was prevailed to take the job, he did not want it in the first place but accepted because of the love of Nigerians.

The question then is – have these former Eagles’ players ceased to be Nigerians because they played for the national team?

Torres scores 100th Atletico goal
Finally, Fernando Torres scored the landmark 100th goal for his boyhood club, Atletico Madrid, against Eibar. The centurion has been told that he has no place in the team for next season but that apparently has not deterred the former Chelsea man from seeking a place in the history of the club.
Leicester’s dream is now a goal
After Leicester did the unthinkable on Saturday – beating Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad, the odds on the side winning the Barclays Premier League has narrowed as the players begin to see the finish line. With no cup distractions, Leicester have 13 matches to maintain their position with the kind of attitude and desire they showed against their billionaire opponents last Saturday. But it does not get any easier with Arsenal the next obstacle to be confronted. But on this form, can you bet against the Foxes outfoxing the Gunners on Sunday?
Lagos Marathon was a success
The first full marathon to hold in Nigeria in 30 years passed on Saturday without any negative feedback and it can be deemed to have been a success. The marathon was won by Kenya’s Abraham Kiptom, who won in a time of 2:16:20 and won for himself $50,000. The first Nigerian over the finish line was Philip Sharabutu with a time of 2:30:51 and he won N1million. The 2017 edition of the race will be onFebruary 11, 2017. Kudos to Lagos.
Broncos win Super Bowl 50
The Denver Broncos, led by their 39-year-old veteran, Peyton Manning, produced a defensive masterclass to beat Super Bowl favourites, the Carolina Panthers, 24-10 and win Super Bowl 50. Carolina were heavy favourites, because they had lost just once all season and had the league’s Most Valuable Player, Cam Newton at quarterback but Newton was tactically outplayed and he even gave up three turnovers, including one that led to a touchdown.
DRC win second CHAN title
DR Congo confirmed their superiority in the Fourth Africa Nations Championship with a 3-0 decimation of Mali in Sunday’s final. The first-ever winners of the tournament in 2009 showed that the form of domestic clubs like TP Mazembe and Vita Club was no fluke as two goals from Mechak Elia and another from Jonathan Bolingi strike won them their second CHAN title. There is no fluke in building a local league – sooner rather than later, the results will show.
And finally…
Professional athletes suffering injuries on shows
You would think that with a professional training and Olympic medals that gymnasts and swimmers should have no problem with shows but Olympic bronze medal-winning gymnast, Beth Tweddle, and Olympic swimming gold winner, Rebecca Adlington, have had to pull out of the show, The Jump, because of injuries sustained on set. Tweddle, 30, who retired in 2013, was said to have hit a barrier on landing while Adlington, 26, suffered a shoulder injury.
Well, this shows that the glare of cameras can make you behave in ways unknown – this is no reality show!

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