• Ex-Eagles midfielder charged with bribery

    FORMER Premier League star Dickson Etuhu has reportedly been charged with bribery and a minor drugs offence, The Sun reports.
    The 36-year-old  former   Super Eagles midfielder, who denied the claim, has been charged after an 18-month investigation in Sweden.
    The Times reports the former Manchester City, Preston, Norwich, Fulham, Blackburn and Sunderland midfielder has been accused of offering a bribe to his former AIK Stockholm team-mate Kenny Stamatopoulos to fix a match against
  • I won’t rush Alli back – Poch

    Mauricio Pochettino will wait until the last minute before deciding whether to bring Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli back from injury for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Brighton, AFP reports.
    Alli has returned to training after sustaining a hamstring injury on England duty that ruled him out of Tottenham’s last two matches.
    In his absence, Tottenham’s losing streak has extended to three games after losses to Liverpool and Inter Milan, the first time the club have suffered suc
  • Willian lifts Chelsea

    Willian’s early goal in Greece gave Premier League leaders Chelsea a 1-0 win over PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday, while Steven Gerrard’s Rangers twice fought back to earn a 2-2 draw at Villarreal, AFP reports.
    Eden Hazard was omitted from the Chelsea squad at his own request due to fatigue, but manager Maurizio Sarri fielded a strong side for the Blues’ opening game in Group L at a hostile Toumba Stadium.
    Brazil winger Willian struck after just seven minutes with a first
  • VAR would have cleared Ronaldo – Allegri

    Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri believes Cristiano Ronaldo would have avoided a red card against Valencia if VAR was in use in the Champions League, Skysports reports.
    Ronaldo tussled with Jeison Murillo and appeared to put his hand on the centre-back’s head in the 29th minute inside the box, with the official behind the goal signalling for an offence.
    German referee Felix Brych consulted with his assistant and opted to send the Portuguese star off.
    A tearful Ronaldo left the pitch i
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  • Ronaldo red card to be reviewed

    UEFA has opened a disciplinary case over Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card in the Champions League which will be assessed on September 27, European football’s governing body said Thursday, AFP reports.
    Ronaldo was sent off in the 29th minute of Wednesday’s 2-0 win away to Valencia after a tussle with defender Jeison Murillo, with the former Real Madrid star leaving the pitch in tears.
    The Portugal captain fell to the ground in disbelief and then yelled into the air in frustration, a
  • Povetkin: Family organises special prayer for Joshua

    Idris Adesina
     The Joshua family in Sagamu and the Sagamu Youth Council have said they will support Anthony Joshua in his title defence fight against Alexander Povetkin  at  Wembley   on Saturday.
    Joshua, whose both parents come from Sagamu in Ogun State, will put his IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA titles on the line against his  WBA mandatory challenger  Povetkin.
    Joshua’s uncle Adedamola told our correspondent on the telephone on Thursday  that the boxer&rs
  • Enyimba will beat Rayon Sports –Afelokhai

    Idris Adesina
    Enyimba goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai has said the team will beat  Rayon Sports of Rwanda in the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final  match at Enyimba Stadium in Aba on Sunday.
    Enyimba held Rayon to a goalless draw in Kigali  on  Sunday in the first leg.  The  winners of the Aba match will  progress to the semi-finals.
     “We know the second leg encounter is not going to be easy against Rayon Sport but we are going t
  • Pinnick retains NFF post

    Olaide Oyelude and Theophilus Onojeghen
    Amaju Pinnick was on Thursday  reelected as Nigeria Football Federation president  for another four years after winning the popular vote in the NFF election in Katsina.
    Pinnick won  34  votes  while his  immediate predecessor Aminu  Maigari, who  was eventually cleared to contest the election after  facing disqualification from the race  over  issues  over the  certificates he presented for t
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  • Croatia FA denies World Cup ticket touting

    Croatia’s football federation says its leaders were not involved in suspected touting of World Cup final tickets, ESPN reports.
    Prosecutors in Zagreb asked police to investigate the illegal re-sale of tickets for Croatia’s 4-2 loss against France in Moscow in July.
    FIFA says it is “gathering information regarding the matter” and calls illicit sales “a serious issue.”
    The federation, whose president is 1998 World Cup striker Davor Suker, has promised to coopera
  • Emre Can apologises

    Juventus midfielder Emre Can has apologised for his “we’re not women” comments made in the aftermath of Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card against Valencia on Tuesday, Skysports reports.
    Ronaldo was shown red on his Champions League bow for Juventus after tussling with Valencia’s Jeison Murillo and appearing to put his hand on the centre-back’s head.
    The 33-year-old left the pitch in tears, while Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said the forward would have avoi
  • FIBA unveils D’Tigress World Cup squad

    Idris AdesinaFormer Dallas Wings forward Evelyn Akhator tops  the list of the final 12 players named for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, which begins in Spain on Saturday.
    D’Tigress, who are returning to the tournament for the first time since 2006, are in Group B along with Argentina, Australia and Turkey. They play Australia in their first match on Saturday.
    According to the FIBA website, the 12-man list released by  Nigeria coach Otis Hughley has 11 foreign-based
  • Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani are not heroes – Papin

    PSG  trio Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani have to put their personal ambitions aside if the club is to win the Champions League, 1991 Ballon d’Or winner Jean-Pierre Papin has said, Goal reports.
    The three stars are the most expensively assembled frontline in the history of football, yet their impact on Tuesday’s Champions League clash was negligible as the Parisians suffered a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool.
    While PSG coach Thomas Tuchel lamented that the result was not a just
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  • Pogba thanks Mourinho

    Paul Pogba has thanked Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United team-mates for keeping faith and allowing him to remain the club’s first-choice penalty taker, Skysports reports.
    The Frenchman scored twice in United’s 3-0 victory over Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday, with his second coming from the spot.
    It was United’s first penalty since Pogba had one saved by Joe Hart in the win at Burnley earlier this month, and the 25-year-old was grateful he was allowed to r
  • World heavyweight champ fails drugs test

    World heavyweight champion Manuel Charr has had to call off next week’s title defence, and is set to be stripped of his WBA belt, after testing positive for steroids, AFP reports.
    The 33-year-old, who was born in Lebanon but lives in Germany, was due to defend his title against American Fres Oquendo, 45, in Cologne on September 29, but the fight is off after Charr tested positive for two anabolic steroids.
    “Under the circumstances, we will unfortunately have to cancel the world title
  • NFF election: Pinnick pledges to reconcile with other contestants

    The President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Amaju Pinnick, has pledged to reconcile with those who lost at the 2018 NFF Elective Congress held in Katsina on Thursday.
    Pinnick was speaking after the announcement of election results by the Chairman, NFF Electoral Committee, Mr Mohammed Sani-Katu.
    He said that there was neither winner, nor vanquished in the election, hence the need for all to join hands to fulfil election promises and make progress.
    The NFF president thanked all those who cont
  • Europa League: Chelsea win in Greece as Rangers hold Villarreal

    Willian’s early goal in Greece gave Premier League leaders Chelsea a 1-0 win over PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday, while Steven Gerrard’s Rangers twice fought back to earn a 2-2 draw at Villarreal.
    Eden Hazard was omitted from the Chelsea squad at his own request due to fatigue, but manager Maurizio Sarri fielded a strong side for the Blues’ opening game in Group L at a hostile Toumba Stadium.
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    Brazil winger Willian struck af
  • Champions League: UEFA to review Ronaldo’s red card next week

    UEFA have opened a disciplinary case over Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card in the Champions League which will be assessed on September 27, European football’s governing body said on Thursday.
    Ronaldo was sent off in the 29th minute of Wednesday’s 2-0 win away to Valencia after a tussle with defender Jeison Murillo, with the former Real Madrid star leaving the pitch in tears.
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    The Portugal captain fe
  • Heavyweight champion Joshua says Wembley return a ‘blessing’

    World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has described a return to London’s Wembley Stadium for the latest defence of his title belts in front of a home crowd on Saturday as “a blessing”.
    The 28-year-old Londoner will put his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation titles on the line against Russia’s Alexander Povetkin.
    “Coming back is a blessing — it’s time to put on a performance,” said Joshua at a
  • Nigeria now 48 in FIFA World Ranking , 5th in Africa

    Nigeria moved one place from 49th position to 48th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking as Belgium and France share the top spot for the first time in the table’s 25-year history.According to the rankings posted on the FIFA official website on Thursday, the Super Eagles amassed 1415 points to finish 48th in the month of September.
    Nigeria’s Super Eagles who defeated Seychelles 3-0 on Sept. 8 to put themselves back in contention for a place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations improved th
  • Amaju Pinnick wins NFF election

    Olaide Oyelude, Katsina
    Amaju Pinnick was on Thursday afternoon, reelected the president of Nigeria Football Federation.
    Pinnick polled 34 votes to beat three other contestants to retain his seat.
    Alhaji Aminu Magari got eight votes; Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi got two votes while Chinedu Okoye did not have any vote.
    In all, 44 delegates from states football federation and other bodies including coaches, referees associations and players unions, participated in the election which took place in Katsina
  • Juve march on but Ronaldo faces further punishment for red card

    Cristiano Ronaldo should escape an increase on his one-match ban in the Champions League but Juventus’ star summer signing might not get off so easily in the race for the Ballon d’Or.
    Ronaldo is among the frontrunners for the prestigious prize, which considers performances during the calendar year, as well as “overall behaviour on and off the pitch.”
    He was sent off against Valencia on Wednesday, after aiming a petulant kick at defender Jeison Murillo, before appearing to
  • Mourinho upbeat as Pogba points way for Man Utd in Europe

    With Paul Pogba putting his stamp on games and Jose Mourinho in an upbeat mood, the atmosphere around Manchester United is markedly more relaxed than it was just a few weeks ago.
    United’s 3-0 win over Young Boys in the Champions League in Bern on Wednesday was not completely straightforward, with the visitors on the back foot before Pogba emerged to score twice in the final 10 minutes of the first half.
    But Mourinho’s side ended up thoroughly deserving their victory against a team th