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SPORTS HEADLINES: TODAY'S SPORTS NEWS HEADLINES [26 JULY, 2017].



Wed, 26 Jul 2017
ESPN celebrated the teams and athletes that gave back to the community during the 2017 Sports Humanitarian Awards that aired Tuesday night.WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon was one of three recipients of theStuart Scott ENSPIRE Award for WWE's work through the Connor's Cure charity. The charity is named forConnor Michalek, an eight-year-old who died in April 2014.According to WWE, Connor's Cure has raised over $1 million to help fightpediatric cancer.UFC star Ronda Rousey w 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Former Super Eagles winger, Emmanuel Amuneke, has backed head coach Gernot Rohr's monitoring of Super Eagles players in his efforts to ensure that Nigeria qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The post 2018 World Cup: Rohr, NFF need support ' Amuneke appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Outside linebacker Shayne Simon will be playing college football at Notre Damestarting in 2018.Rivals' Adam Friedman firstreported Simon's decision to suit up for the Fighting Irish. "The way [they] carry themselves and how they go about things at Notre Dame is something I really enjoy," Simon said, per Friedman. "Their reputation for being such a great academic institution was also very intriguing to me." A New Jersey native, Simon is regarded as one of the best pu 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Could the Ghana international convince Antonio Conte to keep him on at Stamford Bridge 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Aboderin Applauds Dolphins, IGP Queens Display 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Dolphins Basketball Club of Lagos owner and handler, wale Aboderin was hailed the narrow victory of his ladies over IGP Queens in one of the opening matches of the Final Phase of the Zenith Women Basketball League. 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum in an interview for The Players' Tribune (h/t NBC Sports' Dane Carbaugh) it's likely a matter of when, not if, the NBA considers a return to Seattle."I think it's just a question of when the right time is to seriously start thinking about expansion. Think about the state we're in the league right now, where [it is] amazing to me that, coming off of these Finals, you have some fans sa 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
AFN Lists Okagbare, 11 Others for London 2017 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has named sprinter Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor and sprint-hurdler Tobiloba Amusan and 10 other athletes to compete at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London, England, from August 4 to 13.1234567891011 Latest NewsAFN picks Okagbare, Amusan, 10 others for IAAF World ChampionshipsLMC list six referees for suspension by NFFNCC Tennis League playoff begins tomorrowAboderin applauds Dolphins, IGP Qu 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
There was a title change on SmackDown Live Tuesday as AJ Styles became the new WWE U.S. champion.The WWE account celebrated the win:Styles defeated not only Kevin Owens but also Chris Jericho, who made a surprise appearance in the Triple Threat match.Owens had beaten Styles for the title at Sunday's WWE Battleground, which was already a rematch of their bout at WWE Backlash.These competitors didn't need pay-per-view to compete in the latest battle, however, with Styles coming away on t 

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Newly-crowned Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) introduced VAT Wonder Goal winner and Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC, striker, Wasiu Alalade, has said he farmed and worked as a labourer in order to get money to buy his playing materials such boots, jerseys, shinguards among others. Alalade, said this while reacting to his winning the []The post Alalade: From Farming To VAT Wonder Goal King appeared first on Independent Newspapers. 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
The Miami Dolphins announced Tuesday they've signed cornerback Alterraun Verner to a contract.The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman reported the contract is for one year.The Dolphins also freed up a roster spot by placing linebacker Koa Misi on injured reserve.Verner, 28, spent the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A 2013 Pro Bowler in Tennessee, Verner quickly became a failed free-agent signing after moving to the Buccaneers before the 2014 season. He struggled for most of h 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
By Joe Apu Nigeria's U16 women's team billed for the final round of the AfroBasket championship in 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Free-agent shooting guard Arron Afflalo and the Orlando Magic agreed to terms on a one-year deal, ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday.According to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt, Afflalo will earn the veteran's minimum.Afflalo played two years for the Magic from 2012 to 2014. Orlando traded him to the Denver Nuggets in June 2014 as part of a deal that included Evan Fournier.Afflalo was waived by the Sacramento Kings on June 23 after they stacked their young prospect pool wit 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Arsenal Instructor Lauds Brilliant Iwobi, Kanu 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Arsenal Soccer School is training 30 Nigerian coaches in order to improve the quality of play in the countrys local leagues. 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expressed surprise Tuesday at the three-match ban that UEFA handed defender Eric Bailly on Monday.The post Bailly ban very harsh Mourinho appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expressed surprise Tuesday at the three-match ban that UEFA handed defender Eric Bailly on Monday.The post Bailly ban very harsh Mourinho appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk involving Barcelona as the Catalans seek an improvement in their fortunes 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
As rumours of a potential move to Ligue 1 swirl around Barcelona's Brazillian forward, Neymar, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have announced press conferences for Tuesday night. The La-Liga giants and the Ligue 1 outfit both announced simultaneous press conferences, sparking speculations that PSG, who have been lining up a world record deal for the Brazillian, [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi has attend ahead of a proposed transfer to the Serie A champions. Juve are expected to pay 40million for the Italy international, whose exit from Stadio Artemio Franchi had appeared likely as speculation over his future intensified. The 23-year-old pulled out of a Fiorentina training camp last week, complaining of what []The post Bernardeschi undergoes Juve medical appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight could miss the entire 2017-18 season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.The team later confirmed the news, noting the injury occurred while he was playing at home in South Florida and that he will undergo surgery.The 25-year-old appeared in 54 games last season, averaging 11.0 points and 2.4 assists in 21.1 minutes per game. He remains under contract for the next three years at over $13 million per season.Knight 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
The Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly signed Brandon Linder to a five-year, $51.7 million extension Tuesday to make him the highest-paid center in NFL history, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.The 2017 season was scheduled to be a contract year for Linder, who inked a four-year, $2.8 million contract with the Jaguars after he was selected in the third round of the 2014 draft.Linder has yet to be recognized for his efforts with a Pro Bowl or All-Pro selection, but he ranked among the le 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Brock Lesnar is ready to accept Jon Jones' invitation for a fight that would potentially rank as one of the biggest in UFC history."Would I fight Jon Jones' Anytime, anywhere," Lesnar said, per Greg Beacham of the Associated Press. "Right now he should be worried about D.C. on Saturday night."Jones is set to face Daniel Cormier Saturday as the main event for UFC 214.While promoting the upcoming bout on Facebook Live, Jones responded to a question about possibly faci 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
CAF changes a PSL headache 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Antonio Cassano has left Hellas Verona but says he will not retire from football in the latest twist to his remarkable short spell at the club. The former Real Madrid forward signed for the Serie A side on July 10 but told club officials that he would be retiring just eight days later, only to []The post Cassano quits Verona appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
German giant, Bayern Munich beat Chelsea 3-2 in an entertaining Inernational Champions Cup clash in Singapore on Tuesday. The German giants struck three times in the first half four with Rafinha opening the scoring and Thomas Muller grabbing two for himself. Antonio Conte's side were stunned but pulled back a goal just before half time []The post Chelsea 2-3 Bayern Munich: Chelsea Lose To Bayern In International Champions Cup appeared first on Independent Newspapers. 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Kenedy has been sent home from Chelseas pre-season tour of Asia as punishment for his offensive social media posts about China, according to reports on Tuesday. Brazilian defender Kenedy was axed from Chelseas high-profile tour as the Premier League champions fought to avoid further embarrassment after the social media slurs sparked a furious response in []The post Chelsea Star Sent Home Over China Slurs appeared first on Independent Newspapers. 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
The newly-signed West Ham striker has backed his international manager despite El Tri's loss in the Gold Cup 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
The newly-signed West Ham striker has backed his international manager despite El Tri's loss in the Gold Cup 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Thirteen top-flight Chinese clubs are told to clear debts or face a ban from playing in next season's Super League. 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Chris Jericho returned to WWE programming Tuesday night at SmackDown Live.Jericho interrupted a segment involving AJ Styles and his former friend Kevin Owens. WWE Universe showed Y2J making his arrival:Jericho hasn't wrestled since losing the United States Championship to Owens on the May 2 edition of SmackDown Live.SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon announced he'd have an opportunity to win the belt back in a Triple Threat match against Owens and Styles later in the night, acco 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Conor McGregor offered a brief retort to former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who argued McGregor will be overmatched in the ring when he faces off with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26."That's nice Mike, but you're looking at the new Don King here, son," McGregor tweeted Tuesday. "Money is mine."Speaking with Barstool Sports'Pardon My Takepodcast, Tyson said McGregor will "get killed boxing" against Mayweather (via SI.com'sChris Chavez):" 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has debunked claims by NAWIS representative on the Board of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Rosa Collins, that she was robbed of her presidential mandate describing it as falsehood and a ploy to mask her inability to emerge as president of the federation. This followed accusations []The post Dalung debunks Collins claims appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has called for a review of policy on issuance of visas to Nigerian sports men and women. 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Daryl Gurney caused a huge shock at the2017BetVictorWorld Matchplay, defeating Gary Anderson in Blackpool on Tuesday.SuperChin was inspired as he fought back to win 11-9 as the two-time world champion crashed out.Anderson's fellow Scot Peter Wright made it through after sweeping Cristo Reyes aside 11-4. Darren Webster was too good for Steve West, making the quarter-finals for the first time after an 11-7 win, whileMensur Suljovic also claimed a spot in the next round as he defeated Justin P 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Diego Maradona has backed the use of video assistant referees (VARs) despite accepting that his infamous Hand of God goal would not have stood if the technology had existed in 1986. Maradona used his hand to score against England in Argentinas 2-1 win in the World Cup quarter-finals 31 years ago. Obviously I think about []The post Diego Maradona Backs Video Referees Despite Hand Of God Goal appeared first on Independent Newspapers. 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Diego Simeone Extends Atletico Contract 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Former Super Eagles coach, Andrew Aikhuomogbe believes there is need for the Super Eagles technical crew to recall Vincent Enyeama back into the team as replacement for Carl Ikeme ahead of Nigeria's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon.The post Eagles need Enyeama against Cameroon ' Aikhuomogbe appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Election on the 13th June in pavilion 9A was for the Traditional Sports Federation. Results were declared and reported. The names of the winners as reported in the media are not the names of the people who are now on board. This is where www.gongnews.net got the cue to check what must have gone wrong. [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
PSG's chase of the Brazilian brought no response from the club's coach, who moved nimbly into talk of getting ready for the next match 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
PSG's chase of the Brazilian brought no response from the club's coach, who moved nimbly into talk of getting ready for the next match 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
The 30-year-old striker didn't take long to register his first goal for the Greek champions in Tuesday's at Partizan Stadium, Belgrade 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Enyimba head coach, Gbenga Ogunbote insists that the club belong to the elite of African football and is eager to guide the 'People's Elephant' to a place in the 2018 Caf Champions League.The post Enyimba belong to Champions League ' Ogunbote appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
By Piers Edwards The Africa Cup of Nations will not suffer in quality after its expansion to 24 teams, says a top Confederation of African Football (Caf) official. Amaju Pinnick believes the African game can only benefit, even if the tournament may suffer early on. 'At the beginning, you will see some problems but later [] 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
The highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor will be shown live in movie theaters around the United States on Aug. 26.On Tuesday, Dan Rafael of ESPN.com reported that the event, which will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will air in select movie theaters. That broadcast will be identical to the Showtime pay-per-view telecast. Tickets to theater showings will range from about $15 to $25 compared to the $99.95 price for the high-definition pay-per- 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique reiterated his desire for Neymar to return to the Camp Nou next season."Tweet was nothing official, it doesn't depend on me," Pique said Tuesday, alluding to a tweet he sent in which he wrote Neymar was staying at Barcelona, per ESPN FC's Samuel Marsden. "Only Ney can say what will happen, but I hope he stays."Pique added, however, that Neymar is unlikely to eclipse Lionel Messi as long as the five-time Ballon d'Or winner remains 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Germany pip Sweden to top spot in Group B at Women's Euro 2017, with the Swedes progressing despite losing to Italy. 

Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen showed up to training camp Tuesday in Spartanburg, South Carolina, because he didn't feel the timing was right for a contract holdout after general manager Dave Gettleman was fired last week.David Newton of ESPN.com passed along comments from Olsen, who said he considered holding out before deciding he didn't want to create additional "chaos" around the organization. "I just didn't think it was right for me to put my situat 

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