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



Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Femi Makinde, Peter Dada and Idris Adesina The Aiteo Cup quarterfinal match between Sunshine Stars and Osun United was marred by violence at the Dipo Dina Stadium, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, on Saturday. No fewer than 20 persons allegedly sustained serious injuries while over 10 vehicles were destroyed during the fight between suspected Osun United [] 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell confirmed he plans to continue kneeling during the national anthem after becoming the first MLB player to do so prior to Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers.Maxwell explained his decision to carry the protest on with Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan:"I'm going to continue to do it. This isn't a one-day thing. If things really don't change, I'll roll into it next season. This is an ongoing issue. This is happening across th 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hit his 50th home run of the season Monday against the Kansas City Royals, setting a rookie record for most homers in a single season.The Yankees and MLB celebrated the achievement:Mark McGwire owned the previous mark, having hit 49 home runs for the Oakland Athletics in 1987.Judge tied McGwire with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning that put the Yankees ahead 3-0, and he went yard again in the bottom of the seventh with a solo blast that 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
By James Agberebi: Super Eagles defender Shehu Abduallahi has played down the home-based Eagles loss to bitter rivals Ghana in the final of the 2017 West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations on Sunday. Ghana avenged their 2-0 group stage defeat to the home-based Eagles with a convincing 4-1 win to emerge champions. Stephen [] 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
The Nigeria Basketball Federation again etched its name on silver following another winning feat by the National under-18 boys and girls teams on Sunday in Mali at the FIBA Africa 3x3 championship. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
The Arsenal great believes only one striker in the Premier League is world class ' Manchester City's Sergio Aguero. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Sunday approved the rehabilitation and upgrade of the 5,000 capacity Onikan Stadium, near Tafawa Balewa Square Lagos Island, in order to make it meet the expectations of a 21st Century sporting facility. The stadiums upgrade is also in line with the new Onikan-Marina Regeneration plan. In a statement []The post Ambode okays Onikan Stadium reconstruction appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Arsenal maintained their recent impressive form as they overcame a stubborn West Brom 2-0 at the Emirates on Monday night, courtesy of an Alexandre Lacazette double. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger made two changes from the 0-0 draw with Chelsea, with Mohamed Elneny and Alexis Sanchez coming in for the injured Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi, who returned to the bench to leave Aaron Ramsey in a more advanced midfield role. West Brom manager Tony Pulis made three changes from the side that drew 0-0... 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
West Brom boss Tony Pulis says his side should been awarded a first-half penalty in their 2-0 defeat at Arsenal. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Arsenal defeated West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, winning 2-0 on Monday.Alexandre Lacazette gave the Gunners the lead after 19 minutes, following in on a free-kick by Alexis Sanchezthat hit the crossbar.Lacazette claimed his brace after 67 minutes from the penalty spot as Aaron Ramsey was fouled byAllanNyom.The victory moves Arsenal up to seventh in the league standings.Sanchez andMohamed Elneny were drafted into manager Arsene Wenger's starting XI, as the 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said the club cannot afford to ignore any competition, unlike rival managers who have questioned the value of the League Cup. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suggested scrapping of the League Cup could help avoid fixture congestion and would help English clubs become more competitive in European competitions. The Portuguese..."The post Arsenal Wont Sacrifice Competitions appeared first on OsunDefender. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
With England turning their attention towards their Ashes defence, BBC Sport users have picked who they want to see on the plane to Australia. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Red Bull Racing, one of F1's most successful teams, has announced that it will race as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in 2018 -- deepening existing ties with the luxury sports car manufacturer. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Over 140 athletes and officials that participated in the just concluded National Youth Games held in Ilorin, Kwara State are now grumbling over their unpaid allowances. The athletes and officials who have been visiting the state sports council in Minna since their arrival over two weeks ago now wants Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to come []The post Athletes, officials in Niger grumble over unpaid allowances appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger expressed regret about his team's decision to remain in the tunnel during the national anthem prior to Sunday's 23-17 defeat to the Chicago Bears.ESPN.com's Darren Rovell shared Roethlisberger's comments:Steelers offensive linemanAlejandro Villanueva, who served three tours of duty with the United States Army in Afghanistan, was the only member of the team who stood outside the tunnel for the anthem.Jacob Klingerof PennLive.c 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
After missing Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will reportedly miss multiple weeks with a back injury.On Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN cited a source and reported the news. Schefter did note Eifert will not need back surgery for the time being.Durability has been a significant concern for the Notre Dame product at the start of his career. While he played 15 games as a rookie in 2013, hesuffereda serious elbow injury in the seas 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Secretary General of the Nigerian Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi has charged home-based Super Eagles to do everything possible to beat the Black Stars of Ghana in the grand final of the WAFU Cup of Nations because President Mohammadu Buhari is eagerly waiting to celebrate with the trophy. The Super Eagles are yet to concede..."The post Buhari Waiting for WAFU Cup Trophy, NFF Tells Eagles appeared first on OsunDefender. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Nigerias Christopher Bulus failed in his bid to land a major international title over the weekend, following a 0-6, 1-6 loss to Eliakim Coulibaly of Cote dIvoire in the final of the ITF U18 Circuit in Togo. The 16-year-old Aces Tennis Club of Lagos player went into the game with a bright chance as he []The post Bulus bags silver in ITF Junior Circuit appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Report in Paris suggest Edison Cavani rejected a 1m bonus offer from the club to relinquish penalty taking responsibilities to new signing Neymar. Crisis seems to be looming at Paris Saint-Germain as the club appeared to have failed in a bid to resolve the issue of penalty taking. Report in Paris suggest Edison rejected a []The post Cavani Turns Down PSG Bribe, Insists On Penalty Taking appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
PSGare prepared to sellEdinson Cavaniin January but only for a set price. In Madrid, claims that management and senior players have smoothed tension between Cavani and Neymar have been denied. The Uruguay strikers departure could still happen, particularly withPSGfacing pressure from financial fair play regulations. Rai SportsaysAC Milanhave expressed interest and been informed Cavani..."The post Cavani, Only For A Set Price PSG appeared first on OsunDefender. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
In a bid to get closer to the fans, Continental Basketball League Store has announced a partnership with Nigeria's number one sports and fitness retail chain. Sports World Nigeria will be the official offline retail partner of the CBL Store. Sports World has 14 outlets across Nigeria and three in Lagos; Palms Shopping Mall, Ikeja City Mall and Brasas'r Place on Admiralty Way in Lekki Phase One. Speaking on the partnership, the Chief Executive Officer of CBL, Ugo Udezue, said: 'We 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk involving Chelsea as Antonio Conte looks to build on his title success in his second season in charge 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
The NFL has seen unprecedented protests across games in the wake of Donald Trump's opposition to the act started by Colin Kaepernick 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
The Dallas Cowboys completed a teamwide demonstration before the start of the national anthem Monday night.As Bleacher Report captured, the players, coaches and owner Jerry Jones all locked arms and took a knee in a sign of unity:However, the entire roster stood up at attention by the time the national anthem began, as Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman noted.There were audible boos from the crowd at the initial gesture of kneeling.The Arizona Cardinals took a different approach before the Mond 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
The Dallas Cowboys will reportedly follow the trend of NFL teams taking part in some form of demonstration during the national anthem in Week 3.According to ESPN's Todd Archer, the team has decided to make a unity statement before its Monday Night Football game against the Arizona Cardinals in response to President Donald Trump's comments about anthem demonstrations. Per Jane Slater of NFL Network, some players will lock arms while others are expected to kneel.The two teams also report 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has expressed satisfaction with the silver medal won by the home-based Super Eagles in the WAFU Nations Cup final. Dalung who was in Accra to cheer the team during their 4-1 loss to hosts Ghana in the final stated that sportsmanship was not only about winning but also losing. We cannot win the trophy all the time and thats why its called sports. Overall, the players did very well but unfortunately they came second. I am not disappointed but satisfied 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
While the majority of the NFL's Week 3 slate is now in the rearview mirror, that didn't stop the sitting president from logging into his Twitter account yet again Monday and weighing in on the different forms of protest fans saw Sunday:Donald Trump also tweeted late Sunday evening, saying "Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!"NFL players protesting during the national anthem came 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Borussia Dortmund will aim to maintain their unbeaten record at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo's 150th European appearance, AFP reports. Dortmund and title holders Real meet in the group stage for the second year running. The teams drew both games 2-2 last season as the Germans [] 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Julian Draxler is expecting Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich to deliver a spectacle in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) on Wednesday. Both sides won their Group B openers ahead of a meeting at Parc des Princes, with PSG particularly impressive in a 5-0 thrashing of Celtic. Draxler was a substitute in that game, but he []The post Draxler predicts tough UCL tie between PSG, Bayern appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
The Chicago Bulls placed Dwyane Wade on waivers, The Vertical's Shams Charania reported Monday.ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst reported Wade and the Bulls reached an agreement on a buyout in which Wade would forfeit roughly $8 million of the $23.8 million he's owed for the upcoming season.Wojnarowski reported the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are among the top contenders to sign Wade. Wojnarowski also called the Cavaliers the "clear f 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Eagles Get N24m Despite Defeat in WAFU Cup Final 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Damilola Olaleye Former African champions, Enyimba Football Club of Aba, have concluded plans to sign Black Stars coach Maxwell Konadu by putting an audacious bid following his tactical brilliance at the just ended WAFU competition. Enyimba finished third in the just ended league and will be competing in the CAF Confederation Cup this season. Konadu has redeemed his image by leading the home-based club to win the regional competition, thrashing rivals Nigeria 4-1 in the final. The triumph is par 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Jessie James Decker, a country singer and wife of Eric Decker, said the Tennessee Titans wide receiver was not made aware of the team's plan to remain in the locker room before Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks."My husband was not made aware it was time to go out for the game," James Decker said, per TMZ. "Unfortunately a decision was made for him without him knowing."James Decker also posted a long Instagram message discussing her pride in singing the nati 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Emmanuel Tobi Chippa United of South Africa keeper, Daniel Akpeyi, has thrown his weight behind Super Eagles teammate and keeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, following criticism that trailed the team's loss to Ghana in the final of the 2017 West African Football Union Cup in Accra on Sunday. The home-based Eagles with Ezenwa in goal suffered an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to arch-rival Ghana despite beating the same Black Stars 2-0 during the last group game match that aided Nigeria's qualification 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Home-based Eagles skipper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has said the team will forge ahead to next year's CHAN after they lost to Ghana in the WAFU Cup final. On Sunday night, hosts and defending champions Ghana thumped long-standing rivals Nigeria 4-1 to retain the sub-regional tournament they also won two years ago. Ezenwa, who was named goalkeeper... 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Following Kenyas loss of the rights to host CHAN 2018 football tournament, Mr Musa Talle, FCT FA Chairman has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to consider hosting the games instead. Talle made the call in a media interview, saying hosting the gamees would generate huge revenue for the Nigeria, stressing that 'Nigeria can..."The post FA Chairman Wants Nigeria to take Kenyas Place appeared first on OsunDefender. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
The striker scored 150 goals for United in 219 appearances over five seasons, but left the club in acrimonious circumstances. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Hajiya Habiba Lawal, has said government was making efforts to commence local manufacturing of sports equipment. Materials such as balls, goal posts, nets, and other sporting kits were distributed to 55 schools in Adamawa Lawal, who was represented by Dr William Alo, Permanent Secretary, Special Duties..."The post FG to Start Manufacturing Made in Nigeria Sports Equipment ' SGF appeared first on OsunDefender. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Goal reveals the highest rated players in the Australian domestic competition ahead of the release of the highly-anticipated game this month 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Following Nigeria's recent drop on the monthly FIFA rankings, Super Eagles' assistant captain, Ogenyi Onazi, has dismissed the exercise, saying it is not a true reflection and position of the team's current form and achievement. Speaking to AOIFootball.com from his base in Turkey, the midfielder, said that the team had had more wins than losses in recent matches which should have reflected their actual position on the monthly rankings, but that he was shocked to see the team dropp 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
But a World Rugby spokesman says there is no new evidence to challenge the current position. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun says the Black Stars of Ghana are deserved winners of the WAFU Cup of Nations after the Black Stars 4-1 thrashing of Nigeria in the final at the new Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
As more Nigerians continue to lament the decay of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, former national heavyweight wrestling champion, Christopher Columbus Madogwe popularly known as Mr Olympia 1 has urged the Federal Government to handover the edifice to the Lagos State Government for proper maintenance and usage. Olympia who is the immediate past secretary of []The post Hand over National Stadium to Lagos, Olympia tells FG appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria News 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Barcelona continued their perfect start to the La Liga season on a weekend in which Spain's unstable political situation was reflected in the stands. Real Madrid got back to winning ways at Alaves, whilst Diego Costa watched on as Atletico Madrid's impressive start to the campaign continued in a 2-0 win over Sevilla. Here are []The post High Points From La Liga This Weekend appeared first on Independent News Nigeria. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby insists hes not giving up on his career. Diaby was cut loose at the end of last season by Olympique Marseille. The Frenchman has plans to find a new club in January, telling BeinSport: The idea is to find a club in the winter mercato. I have three good months..."The post I Will Find Another Club Abou Diaby appeared first on OsunDefender. 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
LeBron James praises NFL players who have protested against Donald Trump, and accuses the US president of "using sports to try and divide us". 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
WWE announced Monday that Jeff Hardy will undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff he suffered during a match on the Sept. 18 edition of Raw.Hardy confirmed to WWE.com he'll have the procedure Oct. 3 and that doctors will evaluate what he believes to be a torn labrum as well."Once they get in there, they'll figure out more about what they have to repair," Hardy said. "But for sure, the rotator cuff has to be repaired, and then they'll look at the labrum when th 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh was not pleased with the facilities or a hit on quarterback Wilton Speight after his team's 28-10 Saturday victory at Purdue.Harbaugh called the hit "egregious" and didn't thinkPurdue's facilities were capable of handling Speight's setback, per Dan Murphy of ESPN.com."If I had a stronger word to use, I would use it," Harbaugh said Monday. "With all the emphasis on protecting defenseless players, it appeared 

Tue, 26 Sep 2017
The Baltimore Ravens' first experience of playing in London didn't go as planned, as they suffered a 44-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Unsurprisingly, head coach John Harbaugh would prefer to avoid these types of games in the future. "To be honest with youand maybe I'll get into trouble for saying thisdon't plan on going over there any time soon to play again," Harbaugh said, per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com."So, somebody else can have that job."The Ra 
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