Wawrinka through to last four Down Under

first_imgShe defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets overnight to book her place in the last four. He defeated Jo Wilfred Tsonga in straight sets and could now face Roger Federer for a place in the final.The former world number one takes on Mischa Zverev in his quarter-final later this morning.Earlier Venus Williams qualified for the women’s semi-finals for the first time in 14 years.last_img

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Gatland concerned by away form in 6Nations

first_imgGatland takes his side on a tour of New Zealand this summer.Gatland says England’s victory in Cardiff was the only significant away win of the Six Nations, and is calling on his potential charges to “front up” away from home. The composition of Gatland’s Lions squad will be known on April 19th.last_img

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Tipp gearing up for opening round of U21 hurling championship

first_imgTipperary get their Bord Gais Munster Under 21 hurling championship underway in just under a months time.The Premier County will face Limerick in the provincial quarter-final on June 22nd at the Gaelic Grounds.While Tipp haven’t won a Munster title at this level since 2010 we’re still the most succesful with 20 titles overall. Thurles Sarsfields Billy McCarthy is hoping that the arrival of some of last years All Ireland winning Minor’s to the Under 21’s squad will improve their chances this time round.last_img

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AWCON: Glo Salutes Victorious Falcons

first_imgGlobacom in a press statement in Lagos yesterday commended the Super Falcons for beating the Senegalese and ensuring that Nigeria will be represented at the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations holding in Cameroun.The two goals were scored in the second half the match played at the National Stadium in Abuja.“We commend the fighting spirit and determination the team demonstrated in the match against Senegal and we believe Nigeria will stand out at the AWC. The team has the character and pedigree to achieve the ultimate goal of picking the gold medal in Cameroun,” the statement said.Globacom added that, “The Super Falcons should start preparations in earnest and work towards another victorious outing in Cameroun to consolidate their position as the number one women team in Africa.”The next generation network gave kudos to the Florence Omagbemi-led coaching crew, and urged both the crew and the team to work hard and evolve the right strategy to ensure that the team comes top at the forthcoming African Women Nations Cup.Globacom is the official telecommunications partner of the Nigerian Football Federation and the major sponsor of the Nigerian national teamsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s female national team, the Super Falcons has been commended on their victory over Teranga Lionesses of Senegal.The Super Falcons defeated the Senegalese Women National team 2-0 in the last qualification match played in Abuja on Tuesday.The Super Falcons who moved ahead on 3- 1 aggregate, having played a 1-1 draw during the first leg encounter in Dakar four days ago also qualified for the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations.last_img read more

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Former Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi dies at 54

first_img“With thanksgiving to God, the Ogbuenyi Fredrick Keshi family of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, announces the death of Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi,” Mr. Ado wrote.“Our son, brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years (Nkem ), Mrs. Kate Keshi, who passed on on the 9th December 2015.“Since her death, Keshi has been in mourning. He came back to Nigeria to be with her. He had planned to fly back today Wednesday, before he suffered a cardiac arrest. He has found rest.“Though deeply mourning the shock exit, Mr. Ado said the family remained grateful to God for the life spent by the Big Boss,” he concluded.Details shortly…Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Super Eagles captain and coach Stephen Keshi has sadly passed, months after his wife, at the age of 54.The former Super Eagles head coach had lost Kate, his wife of 35 years, to cancer last December.In a statement, family spokesman Emmanuel Ado confirmed Keshi died of cardiac arrest in the early hours of Wednesday.last_img read more

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Odoh Relishes His Nigerian Masters Win in Abuja

first_imgOn the whole, though there were few sparkling moments in the contest, it was special for Odoh as he put a gloss on an outstanding year, coasting to his fifth official victory on the schedule this year.Torgah, the 54-hole joint leader, who played in the last three-ball with Daniel Pam and Kabiru M. Haruna, handed Odoh the momentum after he bogeyed the par 5 16th.The Ghanaian could not reproduce his third round feat of 67 and closed with a 74 for an aggregate of +6 over par 294 to finish in second position.Half-way joint- leader, Haruna, Gboyega Oyebanji and Michael Ubi finished in tied for third position at +9 over par 297. Oyebanji, who has dogged by a hand injury for most of this year, shot a final round 76.First round leader, Pam and Elisha Markus settled for a tied for sixth at +11 over 299, while Yahaya Liman finished eighth, a stroke further back at 300.The Camerounian pair of Nlarep Issa and Desire Ebela finished in ninth and tenth place respectively.Victory helped secure Odoh his third West Africa Golf Tour titles in addition to winning the prize money of $4,000.“I was hitting the fairways quite right but struggled with the pace of the greens. I played a bogey free round to win my fifth title this year. It is a remarkable victory which will improve my ranking in Nigeria as I have been away from the local tour for a while,’’ Odoh said.A field of 44 made up of Nigerian and a few international players made the cut and competed for the prize fee of $25,000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaOche Odoh produced a clutch of pars en route to a bogey-less round of 71 to win the Nigeria Masters on the West Africa Golf Tour by two shots at IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja at the weekend.He made 17 pars and a solitary birdie on Hole 14 for a total of +4 over par 292 to stalk Vincent Torgah, who finished two strokes outside the lead.last_img read more

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Nigerian Sports Gets NSSM Boost

first_imgAmong participants at the conference would include professionals in physical education, health education, recreation, sports and dance in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, as well as states’ sports directors, secretaries of sports associations and federations and the organised private sector.According to the NSSM President, Professor Muhammed Baba Gambari, the conference will be hosted by Vice Chancellor of the Bayero University, Professor Muhammed Yahuza Bello, while Dean, Faculty of Education, Professor Ali Tijani Abdullahi and Head of the Physical and Health Department, Dr. Musa Njida, of the same institution will be co-hosts.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram National Society for Sports Management (NSSM) is set to host its 2017 National Conference which aims to address issues relating to effective implementation of sports policy in Nigeria. The conference, scheduled to hold at the Permanent Campus of the Bayero University, Kano from August 15 and 16 with the theme “Challenges in the implementation of sports policy to power sports development”, also has 22 sub-themes which cover health, economic, ICT, ethics and legal aspects of sports development, among others.Highlights of the two-day conference would have Professor Florence Adeyanju of the Faculty of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria present the keynote address while Lead Papers 1 and 2 would be presented by Professor Nabath Tanglang of the National Open University, Abuja and Professor Babatunde Asagba of the University of Ibadan respectively.last_img read more

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Man Utd Secures EPL Runners up Spot

first_imgManchester United sealed runners-up spot in the Premier League, despite being denied victory by the inspired form of West Ham goalkeeper Adrian.The result leaves Jose Mourinho’s side four points clear of third-placed Tottenham with one game left. United players were wasteful at times, but Adrian did make three superb saves in the West Ham goal.David Moyes’ side remains 15th in the table after securing their survival against Leicester last week.Despite West Ham’s attempts to generate an atmosphere at the London Stadium for this fixture – by adding huge concourse motifs of their former captains and record-breakers – there were a large number of empty seats.And the game was reflective of an end-of-season affair, petering out in the later stages to a draw – United’s first in the league of 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Russia 2018: Russia Thumps Saudi Arabia 5-0

first_imgRussia’s Yuri Gazinsky header has gone into the record books as the first goal of Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, as the World Cup hosts thumped Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the tournament in Moscow on Thursday.Gazinsky scored after 12 minutes and Denis Cheryshev, who netted a brace, added a second before the break after coming on as an injury replacement for Alan Dzagoev.Artem Dzuyba netted a third before terrific late efforts from Cheryshev and Aleksandr Golovin wrapped up Russia’s first win since October to launch their Group A campaign in style. Russia headed into the curtain-raiser at the 80,000-capacity Luzhniki, the crucible of Russian and Soviet sport, without a victory in over eight months and ranked a lowly 70th in the world.For Saudi Arabia it was a return to the global showpiece for the first time in 12 years, with their only previous finals wins at the 1994 World Cup.Only South Africa, in 2010, have failed to advance from the group stage as the host nation and a seven-match winless run had ramped up the pressure on Stanislav Cherchesov’s side.A lack of an attacking threat in recent outings was a primary concern for Russia going into a group campaign in which they will also face Egypt and Uruguay.Those fears were soon washed away, at least for the time being, as Alexander Samedov and Fedor Smolov carved out early chances only to be denied by desperate sliding blocks.The opening goal came soon after, as Saudi Arabia failed to clear a corner and a curling cross in from the left by Golovin picked out an unmarked Gazinsky to head low into the far corner.It was a goal that prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to turn to the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, seated alongside FIFA chief Gianni Infantino and shake his hand.Russia lost Dzagoev to a hamstring injury midway through the first half, the CSKA Moscow midfielder clutching his hamstring as he crumpled to the turf.But his replacement, former Real Madrid winger Cheryshev, celebrated his recent recall to the national side with Russia’s second goal two minutes before half-time.Cheryshev was still left with plenty of work to do inside the area after a pass from Roman Zobnin, brilliantly flicking the ball past two closing defenders before rifling into the roof of the net.Saudi briefly threatened early in the second half when an inviting cross in from the right skipped just beyond the reach of Taiseer Al-Jassam.Russia then nearly grabbed a third when Abdullah Al-Muaiouf spilled a low drive from Roman Zobnin, the Saudi goalkeeper recovering just time in time to nudge the ball away from Smolov.The forward was soon replaced by Dzyuba, who struck almost immediately by heading another Golovin cross beyond a helpless Muaiouf in the 71st minute.Cheryshev hammered in a fourth with the outside of his left in stoppage time and Golovin capped a magnificent performance by bending in a last-gasp free-kick.Russia meet Egypt in their next match on June 19 in Saint Petersburg, while Saudi Arabia will look to rebound against group favourites Uruguay a day later.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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