SPORTS HEADLINES: TODAY'S SPORTS NEWS HEADLINES [20 MARCH 2018]


Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Luke Shaw will head Jose Mourinhos summer clear-out after the Manchester United managers latest scathing criticism of the defender.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr is elated with the arrival of 11 Super Eagles stars in Warsaw, Poland for the pre- World Cup grade A friendly match between the Eagles and host Poland slated for Friday.The coach would have preferred all the players arrived yesterday as earlier scheduled but he told NationSport that injury and visa problems have forced some of them to arrive in Warsaw today.As at today (yesterday) the Eagles camp has swelled to 11 players, while the first training took 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Lionel Messi has suggested he wont get another chance if Argentina fail to win the World Cup in Russia this summer, ESPN reports. The Barcelona forward lost in three straight finals two Copa Americas and the 2014 World Cup in a three-year span and has not won a trophy with the senior team. Messis [] 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi has disclosed that the team will take friendlies matches against Poland and Serbia like they are World Cup games.The post 2018 FIFA WC: Eagles'll play friendlies like World Cup 'Onazi appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Tana Aiyejina Over 30 schools are participating in the 2018 Nestle Milo Basketball Championship which began in Benin on March 9. The championship, which creates opportunities for participants to learn important life values and grow into professional basketball players, will be concluded on April 18 in Ibadan. This year, the conference stage was divided into [] 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Lagos The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is yet to get out of its financial mess as the country's 4x400m women relay team to the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London have urged the AFN president, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau to pay up their prize money which they owe. The team, made up of Patience []The post AFN In More Financial Mess appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
As part of their build up to the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Aruna Quadri and Olajide Omotayo are currently in Bremen, Germany for the 2018 ITTF World Tour tagged German Open.Quadri, ranked 22 in the world will begin his campaign from the qualifying round in Group Three alongside Turkeys Ahmed Li and Bulgarias Philipp Floritz in his quest for a place in the main draw of the mens singles.Also Commonwealth Games debutant Omotayo will have his hands full when he battles Japans 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Nigerian football fans have a chance to win return tickets at the rescheduled first leg encounter between Akwa United and Heartland in Uyo on Wednesday courtesy of Dana Air. According to the Media and Communications Manager, of the company Kingsley Ezenwa, the move is aimed at reviving fan interest in the domestic league. He said, [] 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Amid unrest at the club's owners, Blackpool are aiming to be the first third-tier side to reach the FA Youth Cup final in 30 years. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Liverpool star forward Roberto Firmino has named Tottenham Hotspur and France midfielder Moussa Sissoko as one of the best players in the Premier League this season, despite the former Newcastle man only starting 12 top flight games so far. The Brazilian,who was being interviewed byGoal, opted to share his thought on the players he thinks are the very best in England's first division, and must have raised eyebrows when he mentioned the France international, who has had a mostly subdued... 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Super Eagles nest has begun to fill up ahead of Friday's international friendly versus the White and Reds in Wroclaw 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has said the entire squad hopes Andres Iniesta does not leave for China, but he'll have their support no matter what he decides.Rumours Iniesta could be on his way to China have intensified of late, and as reported by football writer Samuel Marsden, the player himself has clarified he'll make a decision shortly:Ter Stegen had his say in the matter, emphasising it's a decisionIniesta has to make himself, via Goal:"It's a personal 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Plateau United manager, Kennedy Boboye has said his side have shifted focus on the Caf Confederation Cup after exiting from the Caf Champions League at the hands of Tunisian side, Etoile du Sahel. The Jos Elephants pipped the north African side 1-0 in the reverse fixture clash of the Caf Champions League first round tie []The post Boboye Focuses On CAFCC, NPFL appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The world's greatest athlete in history Usain Bolt is ready for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. The retired Jamaican sprint superstar will grace the track and field events 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 Continue reading "Bolt Ready For Commonwealth Games"The post Bolt Ready For Commonwealth Games appeared first on OsunDe 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Selecao have confirmed their final two World Cup warm-ups matches, with the Brasil Global Tour set to head back to Europe in June 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Brazil have signed an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur to use the London Premier League club's facilities ahead of this year's World Cup in Russia, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Monday.The post Brazil to train at Tottenham appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Brock Lesnar picked a great time to make his return to Raw.The WWE universal champion attacked Roman Reigns on Monday night after Reigns had been handcuffed for trespassing on Raw while he was still suspended. Lesnar hit Reigns with a German suplex before laying in multiple chair shots on the No. 1 contender.Raw shared a replay of the beatdown:Lesnar's fury didn't even stop after paramedics placed Reigns on a stretcher. Lesnar tipped the stretcher over, sending a defenseless Reigns to 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
British boxing great Frank Bruno says Anthony Joshua needs to be careful he does not get drawn into a war when he takes on Joseph Parker. Bruno thinks Joshua can be fancied to pick up the win in Cardiff later this month so long as he gets his tactics right. WBA super and IBF champion [] 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Paucity of funds may affect the performance of Team Nigeria at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia next month. President of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Ibrahim Gusau, expressed reservation on the level of preparations made so far due to paucity of funds. He disclosed that some of the athletes in the 4x100meters []The post C'Wealth Games: Paucity of funds may affect performance 'Gusau appeared first on Newtelegraph. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Team Nigeria athletes for the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia are expected to depart for the games on March 24, an official of the Federal Ministry of Sports, Yemi Usikaye, said on Monday. Usikaye, the Deputy Director, Para-Sports and coaching department in the ministry, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that 56 []The post C'wealth Games: Team Nigeria To Depart March 24 appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Plateau United goalkeeper, Dele Ajiboye, is looking forward to life in the CAF Confederation Cup after they were eliminated by Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia in the first round of the CAF Champions League. The Super Eagles goalie, who expressed his disappointment in Plateaus elimination from the continent's topmost club competition, said they were not []The post CAF Confed Cup: Were ready for any team ' Ajiboye appeared first on Newtelegraph. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Perhaps Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson thinksThe Flintstones is more documentary than fictional cartoon.The former Los Angeles Laker appeared on the Road Trippin': Richard vs Channingpodcast and said he believes people used to have dinosaurs as pets. Not only did the people have dinosaurs as pets, but the people were also apparently much bigger than them.Ryne Nelson of Slam passed along the interaction:"Clarkson: 'Y'all know how we got dogs and stuff right' So 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Cleveland Cavaliers will reportedly have another All-Star in their lineup alongside LeBron James for Monday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reported Kevin Love will be back in the lineup for the first time since he suffered abroken handin a Jan. 30 loss to the Detroit Pistons.When healthy, Love is one of the better frontcourt players in the Eastern Conference and offers the Cavaliers a matchup problem as a big man who can extend his game beyond the three-p 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
By Johnny Edward: Akwa United striker Gabriel Okechukwu has vowed to justify his inclusion in the Super Eagles squad if he gets a chance to feature in the teams international friendlies against Poland and Serbia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports. The 22-year-old is one of the three new players invited to the Super Eagles and they hope to []The post CHAN Star Okechukwu Promises To Grab Super Eagles Chance In Poland, Serbia Friendlies appeared first on Complete Sports Nigeria. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has advocated for a complete upheaval of the United States' political system.In an interview with Brandon Robinson ofScoop B Radio, Barkley said if he ruled the world for one day, he would "get rid of both the Republicans and the Democrats.""They're both awful," Barkley said. "They fight all the time, like little kids. We got serious issues. We need serious people trying to solve them."After his basketball career en 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Defender Giorgio Chiellini has withdrawn from Italys training sessions ahead of this months international friendlies because of a thigh strain, his club Juventus said on Monday. The Azzurri, as the Italian national team is called, is expected to take on Argentina in Manchester on Friday and England at Wembley four days later. Interim coach Luigi []The post Chiellini Out Of Italy Friendlies With Thigh Injury appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Nigeria athletes are supposed to leave the country for the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia for the games on March 24, an official of the Federal Ministry of Sports said on Monday. The Deputy Director, Para-Sports and coaching department in the ministry, Yemi Usikaye, told the News Agency of Nigeria that 56 athletes Continue reading "Commonwealth Games: Nigeria To Leave For Australia By March 24"The post Commonwealth Games: Nigeria To Leave For Australia By March 24 app 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Real Madrid and Portugal star hit the milestone while striking four times in a 6-3 win over Girona on Sunday 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has slammed the latest reports surrounding his ongoing tax evasion case as "fake news" trying to undermine his great scoring form.Per Madrid-based newspaper Marca, Catalan daily Mundoreported the Spanish Tax Agency has rejected a settlement offer and are pushing for criminal proceedings. That prompted this response from Ronaldo, with the caption reading:"Don't try to spoil the beautiful moment I'm living through with fake news." 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
A representative from the Croatia national team will be among the spectators at the Hive Stadium when the Super Eagles play Serbia in their pre-World Cup friendly next week. Croatia national team head coach Zlatko Dali', confirmed that his scouts would attend all the matches involving their Group D opponents (Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria) at []The post Croatia To Spy On Nigeria During Serbia Match appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Connecticut Huskies are reportedly "close" to hiring Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley for their vacant men's basketball head coaching position, according to Jeff Jacobsof Hearst Media.Per Jacobsand colleague David Borges, "After beginning a process to fire Kevin Ollie March 10 for 'just cause,' Hurley has been a target of UConn and there has been considerable movement on this front over the past day, according to a source close to the situation."He's 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Seattle Seahawks acquired cornerback C.J. Smith from the Cleveland Browns in return for a conditional 2020 second-round pick, the Browns announced Monday.Smith appeared in three games for Cleveland in 2017 and has two combined tackles in his 13 career appearances in the NFL.Smith signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He played four years with the North Dakota Bison,interceptingeight passes in 58 games.With all of the upheaval in the Seahawks secondary, Smith 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro stunned top-ranked Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/2) on Sunday to win his first Indian Wells title and second consecutive ATP crown, AFP reports. The 29-year-old from Argentina handed Federer his first match defeat of 2018 and extended his own win streak to 11 matches, including [] 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
French national team manager Didier Deschamps has had his say on Paul Pogba's ongoing struggles at Manchester United, telling reporters he's sure the midfielder is not content with the situation.Per BBC Sport, he said:"I'm sure I'll hear more about it. But of course it's a situation he won't be enjoying."When asked why he believes Pogba started on the bench for the crucial UEFA Champions League match against Sevilla, he said he did not know:"I don&#03 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green exited Monday's game against the San Antonio Spurs, the team announced.NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke reported Green was suffering from a "midsection issue"(h/t Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area).Green has not been susceptible to injuries throughout his career. The 28-year-old had never missed more than six games in a season prior to the 2017-18 season, though he's already sat out eight gamesto this point.A three-time All-St 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson treated his father to quite the gift after Papa Rock underwent hip surgerya brand-new Escalade.Shoutout to Papa Rock for spinning a surgery that was surely no fun into an Escalade. Being the father of an entertainment icon has its perks.Also, shoutout to The Rock for not responding to his father's request by yelling, "It doesn't matter if you want a new car!" Or for not showing up to the dealership and loudly exclaiming, "Finally, The 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Tana Aiyejina The 2018 Lagos International Squash Classics began on Monday with the qualifying round at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, with 14 countries including hosts Nigeria competing in the $20,000 prize money tournament listed by the Professional Squash Association. Eight players are seeded in the mens event while four women [] 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Nigerian boxing star, Isaac Ekpo yesterday arrived Hamburg ahead of his WBA Super middleweight title rematch with Germany's Tyron Zeuge billed for Arena Emerich Platz, Iselparkhalle, Hamburg on Saturday. The German was given victory by technical decision in the fifth round of their previous fight held almost a year ago but Ekpo's team protested against []The post Ekpo arrives Hamburg for world title fight appeared first on Newtelegraph. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Germany international continues to run down his contract at Anfield and is being linked with a summer return to where it all began for him 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Germany international continues to run down his contract at Anfield and is being linked with a summer return to where it all began for him 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
England and Bath back Anthony Watson will miss the remainder of the season with an Achilles injury. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Anthony Crolla will face Mexico's Edson Ramirez on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's heavyweight title fight against Joseph Parker on 31 March. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Ethiopian debutantsWolaitta Dicha produced one of CAF competitions biggest shockers of all time when they eliminated Egyptian giants and five... 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
By Bamidele Boluwaji: Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has vowed to make Nigeria proud as he flew out on Monday night for the international friendly match against Poland on Friday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports. Speaking before his departure on Monday night, the Enyimba goalkeeper said he was looking forward to playing against the European side ahead of []The post Ezenwa Jets Out To Poland, Vows To Make Nigeria Proud appeared first on Complete Sports Nigeria. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The DTigress forward, Cecilia Okoye has said the Nigerian team needs to be well prepared and hungry for glory at the FIBA Women Basketball World Cup in Tenerife, Spain from September 22 to 30.The Nigerian team is drawn in Group B alongside Argentina, Australia and Turkey countries that are better ranked than Nigeria. However, Okoye believes that the teams target which is the same as every country should propel Nigeria to shock the world.We will need to be well prepared and be hungry for the gol 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Fiorentina will rename their training ground after former captain Davide Astori, who died aged 31 earlier this month. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Serie A club Fiorentina announced that their training ground will be renamed in tribute to former captain Davide Astori, who died aged 31 earlier this month.The post Fiorentina rename training ground after Davide Astori appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
t It Roberto Firmino has spoken out against racism in the wake of being cleared over the accusations made by 'Everton defender Mason Holgate in January. Holgate alleged that the Brazilian had racially abused him during the heated Merseyside FA Cup derby in which the two engaged in a verbal spat, but the FA cleared the 'Liverpool man due to there being insufficient evidence. The governing body are said to have undertaken a thorough investigation and made their decision 47 days after the 
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