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Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Tiger Woods recent impressive performance after periods of injury break has brought him once again into the spotlight of the sport that has given him fame and pains. Woods will be at the first Major of the year which has a purse of $11 million with $1.9 million going to the winner and he seemed []The post $11m Augusta Masters: All Eyes on Woods, Others appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
By Amaechi Agbo Nigerian Shooting Federation (NSF), have expressed apology to Nigerians and supporters of shooting sport for the inability of the federation to participate at this year's Commonwealth Games starting next month. In a release signed by the President of the NSF, Brigadier General Lonsdale Adeoye (Rtd), the federation regretted that despite concerted efforts [] 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
-pixSuper Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has identified goalkeeping as the biggest problem with his Super Eagles team. The Franco-German said getting a replacement for Carl Ikeme who was diagnosed with Leukaemia, has been a major issue. He said his goalkeeping problem persists ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He told Przegld Sportowy, 'It [] 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has confirmed Sergio Aguero will not be fit enough to face Italy at the Etihad today.The post Aguero out of Argentina, Italy clash appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Former African Footballer of the Year, Emmanuel Amunike has left his Sudanese Club, Al Khartoum Watani citing pay cut for his decision. The former Super Eagles winger is reported to have parted ways with Al Khartoum Watani, who demanded he takes a pay slash because they are struggling with their finances. 'I met with the [] 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli accepted on Thursday the two-time world champions chances at the World Cup in Russia will depend far more on Lionel Messi than his own influence. Sampaoli was drafted in for Argentinas final four matches of a faltering qualifying campaign, but it was Messis brilliant hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Ecuador [] 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Lionel Messi and co. will be strutting their stuff in Manchester as they take on an Azzurri side that is still licking their wounds 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Lionel Messi and co. will be strutting their stuff in Manchester as they take on an Azzurri side that is still licking their wounds 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Slovenian's consistently excellent performances have won him a lot of admirers, with some of the world's biggest clubs interested in his signature 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Slovenian's consistently excellent performances have won him a lot of admirers, with some of the world's biggest clubs interested in his signature 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Hector Bellerin's agent,Albert Botines, has responded to rumours the full-back could leave Arsenal at the end of the season.Botines said he has not heard from any clubs but that he would listen to interest from Italian sides, according toRadio CRC (h/t James Benge at the Evening Standard):"There's no contact for Bellerin, no-one has sought me out."He's happy, he's recently renewed and he's playing consistently. It's true that every player always wants to g 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
as 19 countries register for event The organisers of the Senior Africa Athletics Championship tagged Asaba 2018 have vowed to stage the best ever event of the competition in the history of the sport on the continent. Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Chief Solomon Ogba, said at a meeting with journalists in Lagos []The post Asaba 2018: Organisers target best ever athletics championship appeared first on Newtelegraph. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Top African athletics stars have always shied away from the senior African Championships, but the 2018 edition billed for Asaba, Delta State in August is set to be a difference.The post Asaba 2018: Top African athletics stars ready to run appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Gareth Bale becomes Wales' all-time record goalscorer with 29 international goals, breaking Ian Rush's record. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Brazilian has been strongly linked with a move to Madrid, but the Blaugrana captain says his side would still be better 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Brazilian has been strongly linked with a move to Madrid, but the Blaugrana captain says his side would still be better 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Barcelona have reportedly renewed their interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot as they look to strengthen their midfield.The Catalan giants failed to land the midfielder in summer 2017 as part of the deal that took Neymar to Paris. However, they remain interested and PSG may be tempted to sell the midfielder as his contract expires in 2019, per Mundo Deportivo (h/t Anthony Hay for MailOnline)Rabiot is a key member of the PSG team, and his quality in possession is highlighted by 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
In one of the wildest NCAA tournaments ever, the biggest star of March Madness has not played a single minute.But she has been an inspiration.Loyola-Chicago's team chaplain,Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt,has turned into a "celebrity" during the Ramblers' run to the Sweet 16. As a result, a Sister Jean bobblehead has transformed into a valuable collectible, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell:What a time. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Bryce Harper's keen eye and power make him a natural fit to bat in the heart of the Washington Nationals lineup, though manager Dave Martinez could use his superstar at the top of the order.Martinez said Thursday he will consider having Harper hit leadoff this season."Maybe," he said, via ESPN.com's Eddie Matz. "We'll talk about it, play with it. Before I do it, I'll definitely have a conversation with him."PerJoe Douglasof RotoGraphs, leadoff hitters aver 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Italian star praised the two La Liga greats, though the veteran singled out the Barcelona attacker's technical quality 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Italian star praised the two La Liga greats, though the veteran singled out the Barcelona attacker's technical quality 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
In this interview with our correspondent Festus Abu, StarTimes Nigerias Justin Zhang speaks on his companys plans for Nigerian sports Why did StarTimes choose to partner the German Bundesliga instead of the English Premier League which is very popular in Nigeria' In Europe, there are four major leagues EPL, Bundesliga, Serie A, and La [] 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Nigeria Professional Football League champions Plateau United will face Algeria's USM Alger in the play-off round of the CAF Confederation Cup. The Jos club who were eliminated in the first round of the CAF Champions League by another North African club Etoile du Sahel will host the Algerians in the first leg. Two-time African champions Continue reading "CAFCC: Plateau United Get USM Alger Test; Enyimba, MFM Draw Bidvest Wits, Djoliba"The post CAFCC: Plateau United Get USM Alger 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Cleveland Cavaliers clinched a berth in the 2018 NBA playoffs Thursday by virtue of the Detroit Pistons' 100-96 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets.The three-time defending Eastern Conference champions joined the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics as the only teams in the East to wrap up playoff spots thus far.That said, it's been a roller-coaster campaign for Cleveland.The Cavaliers were under .500 through 13 games (6-7) before winning 17 of their next 18 contests, including a 13 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
After sitting out of the postseason NIT, USC Trojans forward Chimezie Metu made it officialhe's headed to the NBA.Metu announced on Twitter on Thursday night that he would be forgoing his senior season to enter the draft:The 6'11", 225-pound junior will leave school after having the best season of his career. In 2017-18, he averaged 15.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. Also, he added some range to his game, going 12-of-40 (30 percent) from beyond the arc after attemp 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has dismissed allegations of exclusion, marginalisation and gender inequality leveled against it by parliamentarian... 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Festus Abu The sports ministry has hit back at a House Representatives member Ayo Omidiran for condemning the decision to omit women table tennis players from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. The House Committee member on Wednesday protested against the exclusion of veteran tennis player Funke Oshonaike and other women table tennis [] 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has dismissed allegations of exclusion, marginalisation and gender inequality leveled against it by parliamentarian Ayo Omidiran.The post Commonwealth Games: Why we dropped Oshonaike, Edem ' Sports Ministry appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The right-back lauded the manager's impact since he stepped in for Vincenzo Montella in November 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The right-back lauded the manager's impact since he stepped in for Vincenzo Montella in November 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
By Adeboye Amosu: []The post Dortmund Star Piszczek To Miss Poland, Super Eagles Friendly For New Baby appeared first on Complete Sports Nigeria. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Nigeria Football Federation Technical Director, Coach Bitrus Bewarang believes the Super Eagles will stand toe to toe with their Polish counterparts, the World ranking notwithstanding. Poland are currently ranked sixth by FIFA while Nigeria are 52. But Bewarang, in a post-match chat, said football was all about 11 men on both sides of the []The post Eagles can stun Poland ' Bewarang appeared first on Newtelegraph. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa says that the team are targeting the trophy when they travel to Russia for the World Cup in three months. The West African giants have never before advanced past the Round of 16 on world footballs grandest stage, but the stopper has revealed that Nigeria are aiming to better Africas [] 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Greg Etafia has confessed that the lads will definitely miss the leadership of Captain John Mikel Obi when they take on Poland today. Etafia said even though it's a friendly encounter, yet Mikel will be greatly missed. 'The Poland match is a friendly game, but the team will still miss Mikel [] 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
England football fans planning on traveling to Russia for the 2018 World Cup will be safe, says Russia's ambassador to Britain. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
England football fans planning on traveling to Russia for the 2018 World Cup will be safe, says Russia's ambassador to Britain. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Football Association has confirmed dates and ticket prices for this seasons FA Cup semi-final clashes. Manchester United will take on Tottenham at 5:15pm onThe post English FA Confirms date for Man U & Chelsea Semi-Final showdown appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be played with made-in-Pakistan football, Azim Khan, Head of Chancery at the Pakistani High Commission, said on Thursday in Abuja.The post Envoy says Pakistan to produce footballs for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Safety Eric Reid will stop protesting during the national anthem prior to the kickoff of NFL games.The free agent announced Thursday a change in his approach to raising awareness for social issues, per ESPN.com:"From the beginning, Colin [Kaepernick] has been flexible.He started by sittinghe changed it up. We decided to kneel. And we understand that you've got to change with the times. I'm not going to say that I'm going to stop being active, because I won't. I'm ju 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
How has VAR been received by fans around the world' Should it be implemented full-time in every league' COPA90 viewers give their opinion on the new tech. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
By Amaechi Agbo Ahead of the Niger Republic 2019African Under-20 Championship second round qualifier in May this year, the Flying Eagles of Nigeria who are currently camping at the Package B of the National Stadium, Abuja, yesterday defeated FC Abuja 2-1 in a friendly match. The match played at the Package B Goal Project field, [] 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The French Open has announced an increase in prize money for this summers tournament to 34million. The singles champions of... 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
England manager Gareth Southgate says the country shouldn't "keep pointing the finger at Russia about racism". 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
KostasAntetokounmpo, the brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis, is going to throw his name in the 2018 NBA draft class, per a Twitter announcement from the younger Antetokounmpo:ESPN.com's Jonathan Givonywas first to reportthe Dayton freshman will declare for this year's draft and that he could opt out if he doesn't get positive feedback from NBA teams.Antetokounmpo was forced to sit out the 2016-17 season due to anNCAA rulingthat deemed him a partial qualifier since he attended 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Prince 'Lion' Nwoye, the fast-rising lightweight boxer has vowed to end the unbeaten run of Oto 'Joe Boy' Joseph, reigning African Boxing Union and Commonwealth Africa lightweight champion, when the meet at GOtv Boxing Night 14 slated to hold on 14 April at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos. Nwoye, a fast-punching []The post GOtv Boxing Night 14: Lion Nwoye vows to end Joe Boy's unbeaten record appeared first on Newtelegraph. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Tana Aiyejina Prince Lion Nwoye, the fast-rising lightweight boxer, has vowed to end the unbeaten run of Oto Joe Boy Joseph, reigning African Boxing Union and Commonwealth Africa lightweight champion, when they meet at the GOtv Boxing Night 14 on April 14 at the National Stadium, Lagos. Nwoye, a fast-punching boxer, said Joseph has enjoyed [] 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Gerard Pique is unsure whether he would have stayed at FC Barcelona had former manager Pep Guardiola remained at the club beyond 2012. The Spain defender said he was unsure of his future after thenowManchester City manager lost faith in him. The centre-back wrote in the Players Tribune that a year after winning a Liga []The post Guardiola Lost Faith In Me At Barca, Pique Says appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Lewis Hamilton is fastest in the season's first practice session for the Australian Grand Prix as McLaren hit trouble. 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
The Porto midfielder has picked up a knock and will miss the matches, though he's likely to stay with the national team 
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