SPORTS HEADLINES: TODAY'S SPORTS NEWS HEADLINES [19 MARCH, 2018].



Mon, 19 Mar 2018
With just weeks left in its well-deserved break, the prestigious Nigerian polo national tour cant wait to hit the road for its second phase, with Abraka, Minna and Abuja lining up three box office events to gallop off the stage. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
ABIA State Government in collaboration with Chioma Ajunwa Foundation has embarked on revamping sports with a view to catching them young from the rural areas.The post Ajunwa Foundation partners Abia appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Akwa United FC of Uyo on Sunday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, qualified for round of 16 in the CAF Confederation Cup by beating Al Ittihad of Libya. Aiteo Cup winners prevailed 4-3 on aggregate over the Tripoli-based team, the News Agency of Nigeriareports. The host who lost by a lone goal to [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry is reportedly paying the price for his displeasure with the officiating in his team's 107-101 loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday.On Sunday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reported the NBA fined Gentry $15,000 for his criticism of the referees following the defeat.There wasn't much free-throw disparity in the game, as the Pelicans shot 12 compared to Houston's 18. However, it was a foul call on New Orleans point guard Jrue Holiday d 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Rory McIlroy picks up his first victory since September 2016 as he wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Determined to bring all useful hands on the deck so as to ensure a successful hosting, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of Asaba 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championships, Solomon Ogba, has named the President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, as the head of the Special Duties Sub-Committee. In a statement signed by []The post Asaba 2018 CAA championship: Pinnick heads Special Duties Sub-Committee appeared first on Newtelegraph. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Lionel Messi delivered another masterful performance as Barcelona sailed past Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Sunday to take an 11-point lead over nearest rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga.The post Barcelona vs Ath. Bilbao: Messi shines again appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Barry Brown scored 18 points as the ninth-seeded Kansas State Wildcats held on to defeat the 16th-seeded UMBC Retrievers 50-43 in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday.Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored 12 points for UMBC, which became the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the men's Division I tournament after taking down Virginia 74-54 on Friday.This matchup was a gritty, hard-fought game in which defense 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Jordan Lee won his second straight Bassmaster Classic after reeling in 47 pounds and one ounce worth of fish over the three days.Jason Christie led after two days at Lake Hartwell in Greenville, South Carolina, but Lee came through with a big haul of 16 pounds and five ounces Sunday to secure the win.Brent Ehrler came in second place, finishing one pound away from the championship. Final Leaderboard1. Jordan Lee 15 fish (47 pounds-1 ounce)2. BrentEhrler: 15 (46-1)3. Jason Christie: 14 (45-15 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Rohr under intense pressure to include some players in final squad Don't impose players on coach, Nwosu warns With less than 90 days to the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Saturday Telegraph can report that the Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, is under intense pressure as top Nigerians are lobbying []The post Bigwigs tussle over Eagles' World Cup slots appeared first on Newtelegraph. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
THE worlds greatest athlete Usain Bolt is set for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, NEWS.com.au reports. The retired Jamaican sprint superstar will attend the Games track finals in the second week of April as a celebrity spectator. The flamboyant eight-time Olympic champion will become arguably the Coast Games biggest drawcard, overshadowing royalty [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
FA CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAWSo heres the draw in full for the semi-finals of the 2017/18 Emirates FA Cup. Ties to be played on April 21/22Man Utd v TottenhamChelsea v SouthamptonCHELSEAThe seven-time FA Cup winners booked their place in the last four with an extra-time victory over Leicester in the quarter-finals, having seen off Norwich, Newcastle and Hull in the previous rounds.SOUTHAMPTONThe 1796 winners are in the semi-finals for the first time in 15 years after putting their relegation fears to o 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
World Silver medallist and 2014 Commonwealth Champion, Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg), Eight time African champion, Blessing Oborududu (68kg) and Six time African champion, Amas Daniel (65kg) who doubles as the captain of the Nigeria male team are among the 12-man team of wrestlers that will fly the country's flag at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia next month.The post C/Wealth Games: Adekuoroye, Daniel, Oborodudu among 12-man wrestling team appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Unveils Tom Tom as official candy of the Super Eagles Joe Apu The partners of the Nigeria Football 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Plateau United out despite win over Etoile Akwa United has qualified for the play-off round of the CAF 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2018 CAF Champions League first round second-leg match between South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns and Rwandan side Rayon Sports at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. Lineup: Sundowns XI: Onyango, Morena, Nascimento, Arendse, Langerman. Mabunda, Kekana, Zwane, Sirino, Vilakazi, Tau. Rayon XI: Ndayishimiye, Rutanga, Manzi, Mutfinzi, ... 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Eight teams advanced to the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup play-off round on Sunday 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Pedro heads in an extra-time winner to see off Leicester City and put Chelsea into their second successive FA Cup semi-final. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
There are fears United Kingdom authorities may clamp down on Russian owners of Chelsea and Arsenal in the wake of the diplomatic spat between England and Russia.The post Chelsea, Arsenal Russian owners in danger appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Lagos Christian Chukwu (MON), former Super Eagles handler has said that the scandalous defeat of MFM FC of Lagos in the 2018 CAF Champions League over the weekend was an embarrassment to Nigeria as a football nation. Chukwu believed that it was not a good result for the Lagos side who were beaten 0-6 by []The post Chukwu Sad With MFM Defeat appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 50th career hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a 6-3 victory over Girona at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga on Sunday.The Portuguese superstar's opener was cancelled out byCristhian Stuani's header to see the teams level at half-time.Two more goals for Ronaldo and one from Lucas Vazquez in the 15 minutes following the break looked to have put Real out of sight, but a second from Stuani 23 minutes from time set up a fascinating finish.SubstituteGareth Bale cl 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan wasn't happy with the officiating late in Sunday's 132-125 defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Air Canada Centre.DeRozan missed a layup as the Raptors trailed 127-125 with 30.9 seconds remaining. After the game, he contended Thunder swingman Corey Brewer fouled him as he was going up for the shot."He smacked the s--t out of me. He smacked it," DeRozan said, per Josh Lewenberg of TSN (warning: post contains profanity). "He tried to sm 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Festus Abu The Super Eagles will begin their camping in Wroclaw on Monday ahead of their friendly against Poland on Friday. Three-time African champions Nigeria will travel to London after the encounter to take on Serbia on May 27. Already, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has invited 28 players for both encounters to prepare the Eagles [] 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will play the first semi-final of the English FA Cup while Chelsea and Southampton will meet in the second tie.The post English FA Cup draw: Man Utd get Tottenham, Chelsea to battle Southampton appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Enyimba International Football Club of Aba on Sunday in Calabar qualified for the group stage of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup.The post Enyimba FC qualify for CAF Confederation Cup group stage appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Manchester United will face Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals of the 2017-18 FA Cup, and Chelsea will take on Southampton.The draw for the last four took place after Chelsea's 2-1 defeat of Leicester City on Sunday and saw the Blues handed arguably the most favourable draw against Saints, who are currently sitting in the Premier League's relegation zone.United will have to get past Spurs if they are to have a chance to play for their 13th FA Cup trophy.The north London side may feel 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
FA Cup draw: Man United to face Spurs 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
As this season's FA Cup nears the business end, the remaining four sides who secured passage to the semi-finalsover the past 48 hourshave learned what stands between them and a place at Wembley Stadium in May. Swiftly after Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Sunday evening, the highly anticipated draw took place, and it offered up a pair ofmouthwatering all Premier League ties. 12-time winners Manchester United; who, despite boss Jose Mourinho's post-match negativity, bo 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The four remaining teams in the FA Cup discovered their semi-final opponents in Sunday's draw. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Tottenham and Manchester United will face off at Wembley for a final in the FA Cup final, with Chelsea and Southampton competing in the other clash. United are aiming to match Arsenals record number of 13 wins, having both finished as runners- up seven times and now face Spurs at their temporary home. Chelsea have []The post FA Cup semis: It's Man United, Tottenham as Chelsea face Southampton appeared first on Newtelegraph. 
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Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Manchester United will play Tottenham and Chelsea take on Southampton in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By James Agberebi: Chelsea put their disappointment of crashing out of the UEFA Champions League behind them as they edged Leicester City 2-1 after extra-time at the King Power Stadium to qualify for the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday. Chelsea will meet Southampton in the semi-finals while Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur []The post FA Cup: Moses Overcomes Iheanacho, Ndidi As Chelsea Advance, To Face Southampton; United Draw Spurs appeared first on Complete Sports Nigeria. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Kante powers past Leicester, Hughes' winning start, Salah shines like Messi, Shaw struggles under Mourinho and Spurs' squad players excel - lessons from Premier League and FA Cup games. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Clemson Tigers may be known more for their football program than their men's basketball team, but they're going to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 following a dominant 84-53victory over the fourth-seeded Auburn Tigers on Sunday in San Diego.The victorious Tigers are the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Regional and will the face top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks on Friday.The game resembled a showdown between a No. 1 and No. 16 seedthe UMBC Retrievers excludedmore than one between a No. 4 an 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Which player's touch turns everything to gold' And who erupted like Mount Vesuvius' Find out in Garth Crooks' team of the week and pick your own selection. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Super Eagles defender, Efe Ambrose, has expressed great delight after banging in a goal for his team, Hibernian FC, away at St. Johnson at the weekend. Ambrose scored the only goal for his side in the 1-1 draw recorded in the Scottish elite League encounter. It was Chris Kanes late equaliser that erased Ambrose's goal []The post Goal excites red-hot Ambrose appeared first on Newtelegraph. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By Salifu Usman, Abuja President of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF), Honourable Yahaya Muhammed has that said four Nigerian weightlifting athletes to next month's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia would win at least four gold medals for the country. Speaking to LEADERSHIP Sports in Abuja, he said the athletes have been well prepared and []The post Gold Coast Games: Nigerian Weightlifters Eye 4 Gold Medals appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The striker's first goal of 2018 will prove "very important" moving forward, according to the Chelsea manager 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The striker's first goal of 2018 will prove "very important" moving forward, according to the Chelsea manager 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Pedro Rodriguez came off the bench to keep Chelsea's chances of silverware this season alive with an extra-time winner in a 2-1 victory at Leicester on Sunday to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.The post How Pedro kept Chelsea FC in the hunt for FA Cup glory appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Substitute Timo Werner netted a second-half winner as RB Leipzig came from behind to shock Bayern Munich 2-1 on Sunday as the Bundesliga leaders suffered a first defeat since November, a stretch of 19 matches in all competitions.The post How Werner fired Leipzig to shock win over Bayern appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Netherlands international is hopeful that a little more consistency in his game will push him to the top of world football 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Netherlands international is hopeful that a little more consistency in his game will push him to the top of world football 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Enes Unal struck two late goals to condemn the Rojiblancos to defeat, with the coach insisting the loss was his fault 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Odion Ighalo yesterday rescued his club Changchun Yatai their second defeat as he scored to level up in their 1-1 draw against Beijing Renhe in the Chinese Super League encounter at Development Area Stadium.The post Ighalo rescues a point for Chinese club appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The men's and women's finals of the BNP Paribas Open were played Sunday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California, with Roger Federer facing Juan Martin del Potro in the men's championship and Naomi Osaka taking on Daria Kasatkina in the women's final.Below, we'll break down both results. Men's Final Juan Martin del Potro def. Roger Federer: 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-2)Federer finally lost in 2018.The living legend moved to 17-1 on the year, coming up just shor 
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