7 Sports events last week: Rangers miss essence of parade as Djokovic loses his cool

Enugu Rangers had a parade to forget

After waiting for 32 years to lay hands on the league trophy, Enugu Rangers finally won the Nigeria Professional Football League. They then decided to parade the trophy across Enugu. But they came short, as the float was a rickety truck with the players dressed in tacky tee shirts, which surely was not the sort of celebration they had dreamed of after their momentous victory.

Djokovic feeling the pressure

World No.1, Novak Djokovic had a tournament to forget in Shangai. In the semi-final loss to Roberto Bautista Agut, Djokovic was so irritated he ripped his shirt and further took out his irritation on his racket, which he literally crushed on the court. That was not the end as he verbally attacked umpire Carlos Bernardes. Andy Murray then beat Agut in the final to put more pressure on Djokovic’s position.

Murray is now just 915 points behind Djokovic’s 10,600. And the Briton could become world No. 1 on November 7th if Murray wins the Masters tournaments in Shanghai, Vienna and Paris and Djokovic fails to reach Paris final

Ennis-Hill retires from athletics

Britain’s golden girl, Jessica Ennis-Hill, revealed she was retiring from the sport. In a post on Instagram, the mother of one said, ““Amazing memories…from my first world title in Berlin 2009 to Rio 2016 I’m so fortunate to have had such an amazing career within the sport I love and this has been one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make.”

“To have a baby and become World Champion a year later makes you one of a very small group of elite athletes. Hill won a gold at London 2012 and silver at Rio 2016.

Aguero misses another penalty kick

It is now seven penalties missed for Sergio Aguero this season, for club and country. The Manchester City forward rose from the bench against Everton on Saturday and proceeded to lose another spot kick, after he squandered a penalty opportunity for Argentina in World Cup qualifiers last Tuesday. Argentina lost 1-0 to Paraguay at home. Earlier in the season, Aguero missed two penalties in the same match – against Steaua Bucharest, though he ended the match with three goals.

Fury relinquishes boxing titles

Embattled boxing champion, Tyson Fury, relinquished his boxing titles and then had his boxing license suspended.

In a statement he released, Fury said, “I won the titles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring, but I’m unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured world titles.”

Fury is said to be using cocaine and alcohol to battle depression.

Noren is golf’s current hotshot

Alex Noren is arguably Europe’s hottest golfer at the moment as he grabbed a third victory in eight events at the British Masters, becoming the first man to win three times on the tour in 2016.

Noren also won the Scottish Open in July and last month’s European Masters in Switzerland; finishing two strokes clear of Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.

And Finally…

On a sad note, Gay loses teenage daughter

Former 100m champion, Tyson Gay, lost his daughter in perplexing circumstances. Gay’s 15-year-old daughter was fatally injured in a shooting in Kentucky. Trinity Gay, an aspiring athlete was hit in the neck during an exchange of fire between two vehicles in a restaurant car park. She later died in hospital. The distraught father afterward said, “She didn’t make it. I’m so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened.”

On that note, I would say ensure you tell your loved ones you love them this week.

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