SPORTS HEADLINES: TODAY'S SPORTS NEWS HEADLINES [2ND JANUARY, 2018].


Tue, 02 Jan 2018
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has expressed the satisfaction of the Federation with on-field and off-field results for Nigerian Football in the outgoing year, while expressing conviction that the year 2018 will bring forth more honours and even greater global recognition for the Nigerian game. In the year 2017, the [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Running back Trey Sanders has dealt a big blow to Alabama's 2019 recruiting class after announcing he was decommitting from the program.Sanders explained his decision to re-open his recruiting on Twitter:Sanders verbally committed to the Crimson Tide during his sophomore season in 2016 after visiting the campus in Tuscaloosa."I had gone up to Alabama for a visit two weeks ago," he told Drew Champlin of AL.com. "I fell in love with the place. I talked with my parents about it 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye has said he is in the form of his life and only needs a top game with the Super Eagles to prove he is good for the 2018 World Cup. Ajiboye is set to be part of the squad to the forthcoming CHAN in Morocco and he said he is in great [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Alabama starting cornerback Anthony Averett could be limited in the Sugar Bowl after suffering a sprained ankle last Friday, per Matt Zenitz of AL.com.The senior reportedly stepped in a hole getting off the team bus in New Orleans and injured himself in the process. He is expected to play in Monday's national semifinal game against Clemson.Averett has appeared in all 12 games this year, finishing the regular season with 40 tackles. Only fellow starting corner Levi Wallace had more than Aver 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
After helping the Buffalo Bills reach the playoffs Sunday by leading the Cincinnati Bengals to a 31-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens, quarterback Andy Dalton commented on the positive reactions he has received.According to ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell, grateful Bills fans have contributed to the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation, and the Cincinnati signal-caller is feeling the love: "I think I'm the hottest guy in Buffalo right now. According to my Twitter, I think everybody 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard both scored to beat Everton 2-0 and send Manchester United back to second in the Premier League at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, on New Year's Day.The Red Devils have gone two points ahead of Chelsea and reduced the gap on leaders Manchester City to 12 points, but both have played a game less.BBC 5 live Sport confirmed both teams:United were without natural centre-forwards Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to injury, so relied on pace and flui 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Four years on from handing a debut to Scott Borthwick in Sydney, England look set to give another leg-spinner, Mason Crane, his Test bow. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
By Adeboye Amosu: Former Zimbabwe striker Benjani Nwaruwari believes getting the best out of the trio of Mikel Obi, Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses will play a key role in Nigerias aspiration of having a good outing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports. The three players were instrumental in the Super [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
During the second intermission of the NHL Winter Classic on Monday, Team USA announced its men's ice hockey roster for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Longtime NHL forward Brian Gionta will captain the team, which will feature no players with current NHL contracts due to the league's decision to end its Olympic participation.According to USA Hockey's official website, forward Chris Bourque and defenseman James Wisniewski are among the other notable names on th 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Victor Moses, who has been ranked among the top five players in Africa by CAF and BBC will be named to 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Stories by Lekan Olaseinde Abuja 20 players have been invited by the Nigeria Basketball Federation for the first phase of camping ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. In a memo signed by the Secretary General of the NBBF, Chimezie Asiegbu and sent to the respective clubs, the camping exercise which will be supervised by the ... 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Rob Cross wins the PDC World Championship in his first appearance with a 7-2 win over retiring 16-time champion Phil Taylor. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has called on football stakeholders to remain calm as efforts were being made to correct an oversight made following the recent appointments into the board of the Nigeria Football Federation by President Muhammad Buhari. The Federal government announced the appointment yesterday of over 1,000 members including ... 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara presenting a Trophy to the Captain of the Winning Team, Kabir Ibrahim ( middle) from 3sc Football club, Bauchi, at the finals of Dogara Unity Cup Football competition sponsored by him in Bogoro LGA, Bauchi State on Friday 29th December, 2017. The Speaker of the House of [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The Green Bay Packers have reportedly fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers following a 7-9 season, per Albert Breer of The MMQB.Capers has been with the Packers since 2009, but the defense struggled mightily this season, finishing 22nd in the NFL in yards allowed and 26th in points allowed. The unit was in the bottom half of the league against both the run and the pass.Rob Demovskyof ESPN.com added there will be more changes to the defensive staff.The 67-year-old, who has spent eight years as 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Justin Smithan assistant coach for the Division III University of Dubuque women's basketball teamstopped a bus Sunday and avoided an accident after the driver passed out.According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Smith took charge when the bus hit a guardrail on its way back to Iowa from a tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.None of the players, coaches or personnel on the bus were injured.After the incident, Smith described the state of the team, saying, "We're still a litt 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Manchester United returned to second place in the Premier League after beating Everton on New Year's Day, while Liverpool moved six points clear in the race for a top-four finish, thanks to a last-gasp win at Burnley.Toward the bottom, Newcastle United earned three precious points in the fight against relegation at the expense of free-falling Stoke City.Here are the full results from Monday's matches:Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 BournemouthBurnley 1-2 LiverpoolLeicester City 3-0 Hudd 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
EPL: Man Utd Reclaims Second Spot from Chelsea 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Paul Pogba put in a fantastic man of the match display to help 'Manchester United towards a comfortable 2-0 win'at a rainy Goodison Park. This was a much better showing for the Red Devils than in recent games, their attacking quicker and sharper and their defence rarely troubled. 'Everton fans, meanwhile, may have hoped for more ambition from manager Sam Allardyce, with the Toffeesnot showing much attacking intent until they fell behind. The first half was a closely contested affa 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Idris Adesina Former Nigeria goalkeeper Raymond King has died on Monday at the age of 52. According to Kings former teammate, Taju Disu, the former Abiola Babes keeper died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, after he was transferred from the Ikorodu General Hospital. King was last week reported to be down with [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The continent's football stars ushered in the new year with various activities across social media 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick has confirmed that the women's senior national team the Super Falcons will play their counterparts from France in an international friendly in 2018. The game will be played in Paris on the 4th of April, 2018. Pinnick also rued Randy Waldrum's rejection of the Super Falcons' job, ... 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
By Albert Akota The Board of the FCT Football Association has approved the creation of an elite Football League in the Territory to be known as the FCT SUPER LEAGUE, with only 12 teams participating in the inaugural edition. Rising from its 2017 End of the year Board meeting held in Abuja, the Board said [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says cramming matches in over the Christmas and New Year period is a "disaster" for players. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Former Super Eagles defender, Isaac Okoronkwo has told Ahmed Musa to follow in John Obi Mikel's example and leave Leicester City to get regular football chance.The post Follow Mikel's example, leave Leicester, Okoronkwo tells Musa appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Former Abiola Babes goalkeeper, Ramoni Oba, who was popularly known as Raymond King, has died. His former teammate, Tajudeen Disu, told TheCable that King died after suffering a stroke. ItThe post Former Abiola Babes goalkeeper, Raymond King, dies after stroke appeared first on TheCable. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Manchester City have confirmed Gabriel Jesus injured his medial collateral ligament on Sunday, with the Brazilian set for further tests 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Manchester City have confirmed Gabriel Jesus injured his medial collateral ligament on Sunday, with the Brazilian set for further tests 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
For the first time since the 1982 season, Georgia will play for a national title.The Bulldogs earned a 54-48 double-overtime win over Oklahoma in the 2018 Rose Bowl to advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship next Monday.It was the first Rose Bowl to go into overtime in history.Sony Michel scored the game-ending touchdown after Georgia blocked Oklahoma kicker Austin Seibert's field goal in double overtime.Georgia will play either Alabama or Clemson, who play later Monda 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Khabib Nurmagomedov's claims he could beat Conor McGregor have been laughed off by the UFC lightweight champion. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The French manager showered encomium on the winger after his contributions saw the Foxes secure a comprehensive win over David Wagner's charges 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Ian Book didn't start the game for Notre Dame, but he finished it in style.The sophomore quarterback replaced a struggling Brandon Wimbush and led the Fighting Irish to a 21-17 come-from-behind win over LSU Monday in the Citrus Bowl.Down three points in the final minutes, Book found receiver Miles Boykin, who used an outstanding individual effort to score the game-winning 55-yard touchdown.SportsCenterprovided video of the decisive score:Boykin only had 151 receiving yards all season, but f 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
To understand why the Raiders have hired Jon Grudenand sources tell methe deal is doneyou have to go back to how the legend of Gruden was created.I wrote a chapter of a book, Bloody Sundays, on Gruden and followed him for months when he was coaching in Tampa. He was obsessed, and I mean that in the best of ways. Often, he was in the Buccaneersoffices by four or five in the morning. Once I was even there at three-something, and while I was in a caffeinated haze, Gruden was talking about play-call 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Monday that All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas will make his long-awaited debut with the team on Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.Thomas has missed the Cavs' first 36 games of the season due to a hip injury.This will be Thomas' first game as a member of the Cavaliers. He was part of the blockbuster trade in August that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.Thomas has been out of action since Game 2 of last year's Eastern Conference Finals wh 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Hue Jackson issued more self-serving, passive-aggressive and downright mind-boggling statements before you drank your first cup of coffee on 2018 than most people will utter all year.Jackson held a 9 a.m. ET New Year's Day press conferenceto mark his territory as the Browns head coach for next season and to kick off 2018 with some typically Orwellian pro-Jackson propaganda.Jackson reaffirmed his commitment to "get this organization turned toward winning." He carefully used the wor 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Alex Iwobi has expressed his disappointment at Arsenal missing out on all three points in the final Premier League game of 2017 against West Brom.The post Iwobi expresses disappointment over dropped points appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Forward J.T. Miller scored 2:43 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres in the 2018 Winter Classic at Citi Field in Queens, New York, on Monday.Buffalo erased a 2-0 deficit with goals in the second and third periods, but the Rangers prevailed to improve to 21-13-5 on the season, while the struggling Sabres fell to 10-20-9.New York out-shot Buffalo 42-33 in the game, and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was one of the contest's biggest standouts with 31 sa 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The Houston Rockets announced Monday that guard James Harden was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, and added that he will be re-evaluated in two weeks.Harden suffered the injury during Sunday's 148-142 double-overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers.Harden finished the victory with 40 points and 11 assists, helping Houston snap a five-game losing streak.The five-time All-Star is enjoying an MVP-caliber season by averaging a league-leading 32.3 points per game to go along with 9.1 a 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh ended any speculation about his leaving this offseason in his postgame press conference Monday.According to Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News, Harbaugh was asked if the Outback Bowl loss to South Carolina was his last game at Michigan, but he responded, "No."The Wolverines led 19-3 before suffering a 26-19 loss to the Gamecocks.The loss was the only defeat for the Big Ten during the bowl season, and it dropped the Wolverines to 8-5 on the year. It 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Jim Irsay's confidence is unwavering: Andrew Luck will be back and better than ever next season."I'm not going to B.S. you. I'm not going to B.S. our fans. I have no doubt in my mind that Andrew is gonna come back. That kid is a special kid. He was born to do great things in the NFL," the Indianapolis Colts ownertold reporters at a news conference Monday.Luck, 28, missed the entire 2017 season in recovery from shoulder surgery last January. The Colts went 4-12 in his abs 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Jose Mourinho has hit back at Paul Scholes over the Manchester United legend's criticism of Paul Pogba. Speaking after United's 2-0 Premier League win away to Everton on New Year's Day, with Pogba assisting both goals, Mourinho accused Scholes of being overly critical in his role as a pundit for BT Sport, per ESPN.co.uk's Mark Ogden.Mourinho said:"I think the only thing Paul Scholes does is criticise. I don't think he comments, I think he criticises, which is a diff 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), says his boxer could have taken an easier fight for the first quarter of 2018 - but he wants to unify the division.The post Joshua wants to unify title belts'Hearn appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will show 'respect' to Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah by allowing them 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Tana Aiyejina The Lagos State Government has renewed its bid to take over the National Stadium, Lagos, our correspondent has learnt. In March last year, Sports Minister Solomon Dalung and Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode inspected the stadium, which has been in a sorry state for close to two decades, with the state government declaring [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Watch second place Commanche take the line honours in the 2017 Sydney Hobart race. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The midfielder played a crucial role as the Foxes ended their run for maximum points with a second half masterclass display against the Terriers 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The midfielder played a crucial role as the Foxes ended their run for maximum points with a second half masterclass display against the Terriers 
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