The seven key sporting events that caught our eyes last week

Nigeria's U-23 national team defeats Algeria 2-1 to emerge African Champions

Siasia sets record in Senegal

With fond memories of Senegal while playing for the Super Eagles, Nigeria U-23 national coach, Samson Siasia, on Sunday in Dakar led his team to win the second U-23 CAF Nations Cup, even though his employer, the Nigeria Football Federation were owing him salaries and his team had to wash and wear their jerseys throughout the tournament.

The Dream Team played five matches, won three and drew two, scoring eights goals and conceding five as they booked a ticket to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

Bucks stops Warriors on 24

It had to stop one day but it was a good run while it lasted but finally Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors were stopped in their decimation of NBA teams by the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Coming into the match on Saturday, Warriors were on a 28-0 streak, just five matches shy of the all-time record of consecutive wins, 33, held by the 1972 Los Angeles Lakers. Afterwards, Curry said, “Thirty-three was within our grasp.” But sorry the Warriors need to pick it up again.

Federer and Hingis to play doubles in Rio

Roger Federer has revealed that he will be going to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio to represent Switzerland in the tennis doubles event and he will be partnering Martina Hingis, who came out of retirement in 2013 and has since won five Grand Slam doubles events. Federer won Olympic gold in the men’s doubles in Beijing in 2008 and silver in the men’s singles in London four years later. The Olympics may well prove to be the swan song of arguably the best tennis player the world has ever seen.

UFC provides fight of the year

It was a short altercation but the fight between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo lived up to the hype. McGregor knocked Aldo out in 13 seconds flat even though Aldo had not lost a fight for 10 years and had made seven successful defences of his featherweight title. McGregor had claimed in the lead up to the clash that he would “embarrass” the champion with a first-round knockout and he made good on his promise.

“Precision beats power, timing beats speed,” McGregor said afterwards. What else could he have said!

IAAF lowers standards for Rio Olympics

The embattled International Athletics Federation has lowered some of the qualifying standards for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. In the amended entry standards released last Thursday, 17 events were reviewed and include amongst others, the women’s 400m, 800m, 1500m, women’s High Jump, Triple Jump and women’s Shot Put events. The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has not communicated to its athletes about the change.

Lebron James signs life contract with Nike

Two-time NBA champion, Lebron James has signed the first ever life contract with Nike. Last week, Nike announced that it had agreed a lifetime contract with James and that could be interpreted as telling Adidas that they were not ready for any pinching of another superstar. Adidas had snagged James Harden from Nike in the summer in a deal that is worth $200million in a 13-year deal.

And finally…

Cen Xialoin sets skipping record

The Guardian of London reports the spectacular feat performed by Cen Xialoin in Dubai.

The 11-year old Chinese schoolboy has broken the world skipping record for the greatest number of skips in 30 seconds at the World Inter-School Rope Skipping Championships in Dubai. Cen performed 110 skips in the allotted time. He also beat the world record for greatest number of skips in three minutes with 548 skips.

Enjoy the video here 

Enjoy a skipping week.


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