Transgender Weightlifter Withdraws From Commonwealth Games

Transgender Weightlifter Withdraws From Commonwealth Games

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard withdrew midway through the Commonwealth Games tournament on Monday despite leading the standings after the snatch in the 90+kg division. The New Zealander, whose participation was criticised as “unfair” by the Samoan team, lifted 120kg but appeared to injure her arm after attempting 132kg with her third effort. Shortly into the clean and jerk component, it was announced that Hubbard had declined her lifts. The New Zealander, who lived as Gavin…

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Arsenal Will Embrace Europa Pressure – Wenger

Arsenal Will Embrace Europa Pressure – Wenger

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have “taken the time to grieve” after their League Cup pummelling by Manchester City and are ready to face the pressure of a Europa League quarterfinal against CSKA Moscow. The Gunners are sixth in the Premier League, a huge 13 points off fourth-placed arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Only the top four sides in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League, which means Arsenal’s only realistic route back into European club football’s…

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Kanu To Run For 2019 Presidential Election

Kanu To Run For 2019 Presidential Election

Nigerian soccer legend Nwankwo Kanu has been inspired by Liberian icon George Weah’s feat, by announcing his intention to run for President of Nigeria in 2019 general elections. Weah, who had a very successful football career in Europe, was elected President of Liberia in the 2017 election, defeating the incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai, and sworn in on 22 January 2018. “My presence here today is about the future of our country and the happiness…

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Ronaldo Reignites Top Scorer Race In Spain

Ronaldo Reignites Top Scorer Race In Spain

After an uncharacteristically slow start to the season which provoked questions about his longevity, Cristiano Ronaldo has roared back to life with a torrent of goals and now has La Liga’s top scorer award in his sights. On a weekend to savour for strikers around Europe, Ronaldo followed the lead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi by plundering four goals in his side’s thrilling 6-3 win over Girona on Sunday. His goal-fest…

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Nigeria Retain 52nd Position In Latest FIFA Rankings

Nigeria Retain 52nd Position In Latest FIFA Rankings

Nigeria retained her previous 52nd position in the world and seventh in Africa in the March FIFA/Coca Cola World rankings released on Thursday.Nigeria had 609 points, two points below Cameroon that is 51st in the world. The top five is unaltered, with Germany still on top, while Poland that will be up against the Super Eagles in a friendly are the only movers in the top 20, having climbed into joint-sixth position alongside Spain. Tunisia…

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T-20 Qualifiers: NCF Invites 22 Players To Camp

T-20 Qualifiers: NCF Invites 22 Players To Camp

24 players to camp for final preparation for the forthcoming World T-20 Sub-Regional Qualifiers slated for Lagos. The players, who were selected from the 33 players that took part in the first phase camp exercise held in Lagos last month, have been told to resume at their regular camp sites in Lagos on Sunday, March 11, 2018. The invited players are Seye Olympio, Ademola Onikoyi, Joshua Ayannaike, Chimezie Onwuzulike, Adu Bimbo, Isaac Okpe, Friday Udoh…

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Man United got lucky admits Mourinho

Man United got lucky admits Mourinho

Jose Mourinho admitted Manchester United rode their luck as Nemanja Matic’s late thunderbolt capped a dramatic 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Monday. Mourinho’s side trailed to Andros Townsend’s early opener and Patrick van Aanholt’s second half effort at Selhurst Park. But Chris Smalling got one back for United and Romelu Lukaku equalised with 14 minutes remaining. That set the stage for Serbia midfielder Matic to score for the first time since his move from…

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World Cup: Mikel Vows To Lead Eagles To Knockout Stage

World Cup: Mikel Vows To Lead Eagles To Knockout Stage

ormer Chelsea of England midfielder, John Obi Mikel has expressed his willingness to lead the Nigeria’s Super Eagles to the knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia. The Super Eagles are in Group D alongside European sides Iceland and Croatia and South American giants Argentina. They will face Croatia in their first game on June 16. The central midfielder will also be in action for Tian jin Teda FC during the…

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Arsenal Complacent In Ostersund Defeat – Wenger

Arsenal Complacent In Ostersund Defeat – Wenger

Arsenal’s poor showing in the 2-1 defeat by Ostersund in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League last 32 tie was due to complacency, the English Premier League club’s manager Arsene Wenger says. The north London club fell behind to two quick Ostersund goals in the first half before Sead Kolasinac reduced the deficit after half-time, but Arsenal were unable to make a comeback. In spite of their loss, Arsenal progressed to the last 16 on aggregate, but…

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Falcons pull out of Turkey’s invitational tournament

Falcons pull out of Turkey’s invitational tournament

Reigning African women champion, Nigeria has withdrawn from a 12-nation tournament, which kicks off in Turkey this week, citing visa issues, reports bbc.com. The Super Falcons were scheduled to lock horns with Group B rivals France, Kosovo and Kazakhstan from today to March 7 as preparation for this year’s Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers. But the West Africans, who finished third at the regional Wafu Cup on Saturday, have withdrawn from the competition for…

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