Top 7 sporting events last week| Gerrard retires from active football

Asisat Oshoala
Asisat Oshoala

Adekuoroye continues gold haul

Odunayo Adekuoroye put behind her Rio Olympics disappointment to haul in another goal in her wrestling career last week as she won gold at the Azerbaijan Golden Grand Prix. The 22-year-old Commonwealth Games gold medal winner defeated Russia’s Nina Menkenova 12-2 to take the victory in the 63kg weight category. The Grand Prix featured the best wrestlers in the world and it is a testament to Adekuoroye’s abilities that she was able to win the gold.

Oshoala has six in three

Asisat Oshoala is setting the AWCON alight in Cameroon. The Arsenal Ladies’ forward has scored six goals in three group matches – four against Mali, one against Ghana and another one against Kenya. She would now be expected to spearhead the Falcon’s attack against South Africa’a Banyana Banyana on Tuesday.

Golden State Warriors set assists record in the NBA

Golden State set an NBA franchise-record 47 assists and used near faultless accurate shooting to blast past the Los Angeles Lakers 149-106 on Wednesday, led by Stephen Curry who had 31 points with seven three-pointers and nine assists. The Warriors’ 47 assists – on 53 baskets – are the most in the NBA this season and two more than their previous record, set in 1994.

Gerrard retires from active football

One of Liverpool FC’s greatest ever players, Steven Gerard, retired from football last Wednesday. The 36-year-old spent 18 months in the MLS after his departure from Liverpool last season. He said in a statement, “Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football.

“I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England, and LA Galaxy.

“As a teenager, I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool, and when I made my debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998 I could never have imagined what would then follow over the next 18 years.” Take a bow Stevie G, you were very good but sorry about not winning the EPL title.

Rosberg replicates father’s F1 success

It was déjà vu for Nico Rosberg on Sunday in Abu Dhabi as he became F1 champion 34 years after his father, Keke Rosberg, won the same title. Rosberg came second to Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, who defied team orders as he tried to get Rosberg off the podium, which would have handed him a third consecutive F1 championship. Mercedes pit wall repeatedly requested Hamilton to speed up as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen closed on the Mercedes duo but he defied the orders. But Rosberg stayed calm to claim his first F1 championship, just like his father did.

Celtic win 100th title

Celtic FC of Scotland beat Aberdeen FC 3-0 in the League Cup final to record their 100th title since their formation 129 years ago. It was also the first in the reign of new manager, Brendan Rodgers. Goals from Tom Rogic James Forrest and a 64th-minute penalty by Moussa Dembele gave the Hoops their first trophy of the season and in with the chance to win another treble.

And Finally…

Argentina win Davis Cup for the first time

Argentina finally got it right in the Davis Cup after four final disappointments and they did it the hard way. Croatia led in Zagreb 2-1 going into the final day and were odds on to take a 3-1 victory as Marin Cilic led Juan Martin del Potro by two sets to love. But Del Potro staged a remarkable comeback to win 6-7 (4-7) 2-6 7-5 6-4 6-3 in four hours 53 minutes. The comeback was complete when Federico Delbonis beat Ivo Karlovic 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the fifth match to clinch the victory.

They say if you try at first and you don’t succeed, keep trying. Have a wonderful week ahead.


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