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After one errant forehand in the first set of the U.S. Open final, Naomi Osaka looked at her coach in the mostly empty Arthur Ashe Stadium stands with palms up, as if to say, “What the heck is happening?” In response to another wayward forehand against Victoria Azarenka seconds later, Osaka chucked her racket. It spun a bit and rattled against the court. Surprisingly off-kilter in the early going Saturday, Osaka kept missing shots and digging herself a deficit. Until, suddenly, she lifted her game, and Azarenka couldn’t sustain her start. By the end, Osaka pulled away to a 1-6,…
Saturday, 05 September 2020 04:39

Former Super Eagles defender dies at 48

Former Super Eagles defender and one-time player of both Stationery Stores and Shooting Stars, Mr Ajibade Babalade died on Friday. Babalade passed on after suffering cardiac arrest. He was aged 48. His death came as he was reportedly being taken to University College Hospital in Ibadan. He was survived by a wife and three children who are reportedly based in the United States. Late Babalade featured for Super Eagles in their third-placing Senegal ’92 outing. He also propelled the Shooting Stars to the last final edition of African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1996 which the following year changed to…
Tuesday, 01 September 2020 04:58

Former Nigeria goalkeeper dies at 26

A former goalkeeper of Nigeria’s Flying Eagles, Mr John Felagha, is dead. He died in Senegal on Sunday, according to the Nigeria Football Federation. He was aged 26. NFF expressed condolence with the family of the late player in a tweet on Monday. The football federation tweeted, “Former National U17 and U20 goalkeeper John Felagha has died. “Felagha died on Sunday in Senegal. He was aged 26. The federation expressed its condolences with the family of the late player. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” Felagha was a member of Golden Eaglets squad who won silver at the…
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a former Super Eagles striker and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Mr Daniel Amokachi, as his special assistant on sports. A statement from media office of Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, said the letter of appointment was dated August 17th 2020 and signed by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha. The letter stated in part: “I am pleased to inform you that Mr Buhari, President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports. “The appointment takes effect from the 11th of August, 2020.”…
Saturday, 08 August 2020 03:55

Nigerian basketball player dies at 27

Michael Ojo, a Nigerian basketball player who previously played for Red Star Belgrade, died at the age of 27 during a training session in Serbian capital on Friday, the club said. “We are deeply saddened by the news”, Red Star’s spokesperson, Mr Igor Vujicin told media. The club couldn’t confirm the cause of death, but local media reported that Ojo suffered a heart attack. Born in Lagos, the 2.16 metre (7ft 1in) centre played for Florida State University in the United States before coming to Europe to start his professional career. After a stint with the Belgrade team FMP Zeleznik,…
Boxing legend, Mike Tyson, 54, announced on Thursday that he will be climbing back into the ring for an exhibition bout against another all-time great boxer Roy Jones Jr. The two are set to duke it out in an eight-round exhibition match on September 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The former Heavyweight World Champion is considered one of the most feared boxers of all time, often referred to as "the baddest man on the planet." Tyson finished his first year as a professional boxer with a 15-0 record, with all wins coming by way of knockout.…
Ballon d’Or will not be awarded this year for the first time in its 64-year history after Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the football calendar, organisers France Football magazine said on Monday. The prestigious award, voted for by journalists, is an annual prize given to the best male footballer in the world since 1956. The women’s Ballon d’Or was first awarded in 2018. The 2019-20 season has been ravaged by the pandemic, with all the major European leagues suspending matches from March to June. International tournaments, such as the European Championship and Copa America, were also pushed back to 2021…
There are plenty of reasons why Tanitoluwa Adewumi captured the world’s attention in March 2019 after winning the New York State chess championship in his age group. Nine-year-old “Tani” was living in a Manhattan homeless shelter. And he was a refugee. Tani’s family had fled northern Nigeria and sought asylum in America in 2017 after being threatened by Boko Haram, a jihadist group. Oh, one more thing: when Tani took home the state championship trophy, he had been playing for only a year. It is little wonder his inspiring story is already the subject of three books (the first was…
Iyanna Mayweather, daughter of former American professional boxer, Mr Floyd Mayweather has been arrested after stabbing a woman. It was reported that Iyanna Mayweather was charged with assault with a deadly weapon following a confrontation with a woman identified as Lapattra Lashai Jacobs. The incident took place in the home of rapper NBA Youngboy. Iyanna arrived and told the woman, Lapattra Lashai Jacobs, she was Youngboy’s fiancee and Jacobs should leave the house. Jacobs then told Iyanna to leave. The argument moved into the kitchen, where Iyanna was holding 2 knives. Jacobs stepped toward Iyanna and Iyanna charged at her…
Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, promoters Matchroom Sport announced on Friday. The Nigeria-born British champion was due to put his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts up for grabs against Bulgarian challenger Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on June 20. But the global spread of COVID-19 has put paid to the bout on that date. “Anthony Joshua’s defence of his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight world titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev scheduled to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on…
June 22, 2024

Stanbic-IBTC founder Atedo Peterside announces retirement as a banker

The founder of Stanbic-IBTC Bank, Atedo Peterside has announced his retirement as a banker. Peterside…
June 23, 2024

Kano emirate tussle gets messier as parties take ‘convenient’ stands on court orders

The details of the judgement of the Federal High Court of Thursday have confirmed that…
June 23, 2024

A sisterhood of millions: the all-women church groups helping people in Nigeria

On a warm Thursday afternoon in May, the ululation, drumming and singing of a choir…
June 23, 2024

3,300-year-old sunken ship found in Mediterranean at a depth where time has 'frozen,' Israel says

A 3,300-year-old ancient sunken ship dating back to the Bronze Age has been discovered in…
June 23, 2024

Retired army general shot dead in Abuja residential estate

Uwem Udokwere, a retired brigadier general, has been killed in Abuja, the nation’s capital. Udokwere…
June 23, 2024

What to know after Day 850 of Russia-Ukraine war

WESTERN PERSPECTIVE Has Russia just dropped a deadly new 3,000kg glide bomb in Ukraine? The…
June 19, 2024

Chips maker Nvidia rises to world’s most valuable company

Nvidia has become the world’s most valuable company following a staggering rally in its shares,…
June 18, 2024

Amusan secures fourth straight national title in 100m hurdles

Tobi Amusan has claimed her fourth consecutive national title in the women’s 100 metres hurdles…

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