Friday, August 30, 2019

African Games: Nigeria want to be remembered for winning - Makunjuola

The Flying Eagles forward is confident his side will help the West African nation reclaim the continental silverware
Nigeria U20 forward Success Makanjuola has backed his side to win the African Games for the first time in 46 years on Friday.
Paul Aigbogun's men will battle Burkina Faso, who they held them to a 1-1 draw in the group stage, in 2019 final in Rabat.
The West African nation last tasted glory at the quadrennial event in 1973 in Lagos, where they defeated Guinea 2-0 in the final.

Adam Ounas: Nice sign Algeria winger on loan from Napoli

The Algeria international has returned to France, two years after his departure, on a season-long temporary switch to the Allianz Riviera
Nice have announced the signing of Adam Ounas on loan from Serie A club Napoli for the entire 2019-20 campaign, with the option to buy.
The 22-year-old becomes the latest attacking reinforcement in Patrick Vieira's squad after they completed the permanent signing Kasper Dolberg and Alexis Claude-Maurice this week.
Ounas will be aiming for regular playing time at Nice this season after playing a bit-part role for Napoli during the 2018-19 campaign where he played 18 Serie A matches, including six starts with three goals scored.

Liverpool stars Salah and Mane complement each other - Diouf

The Senegal and Egypt stars finished as joint-top scorer in the English top-flight last season and also helped the Reds conquer Europe in June
Former Liverpool forward El-Hadji Diouf has drawn similarities between Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane and how they complement each other's performances.
In recent seasons, Salah and Mane have established their presence in the English Premier League with their goalscoring qualities in Jurgen Klopp's team.
They both scored 22 goals in the English top-flight last season and the Senegalese forward narrowly missed out as the second-best forward in Europe for the 2018-19 campaign, behind Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Eric Cantona's Bizarre Acceptance Speech Leaves Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo Baffled

Eric Cantona left viewers baffled after his acceptance speech about Gods, wars and crimes after collecting the UEFA President's Award on Thursday night.

The Manchester United legend picked up his gong ahead of the Champions League group stage draw from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

The award recognised the Frenchman's amazing football career and his support of charitable causes and helping to improve lives around the world.

But it was his speech that left onlookers - including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - a bit perplexed.

Cantona talked about being sent from the Gods before going into details about crimes and wars.

He said: "Soon the science will not only be able to slow down the aging of the cells, soon the science will fix the cells to the state. And so we become eternal."

"Only accidents, crimes and wars will still kill us. But unfortunately crimes and wars will multiply. I love football. Thank you."

Ever since his playing days when he fly-kicked a fan at Selhurst Park, Cantona has become known for his moments of madness.

This speech on Thursday night was another reason why the Frenchman has become a hero since retiring.

"This award not only recognises his career as a player of the highest calibre, but also honours him for the person he is," said UEFA boss Ceferin.

"[He is] a man who refuses compromise, who stands up for his values, who speaks his mind and, in particular, puts his heart and his soul into supporting the causes he believes in."

Champions League Group Stage Draw

Group A: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, Galatasaray

Group B: Bayern Munich, Spurs, Olympiacos, Red Star Belgrade

Group C: Manchester City, Shakhtar, Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta

Group D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moscow

Group E: Liverpool, Napoli, Salzburg, Genk

Group F: FC Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Slavia Prague

Group G: Zenit St Petersburg, Benfica, Lyon, RB Leipzig

Group H: Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, Lille

The action all gets under way with the first matchweek on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 September, before two rounds of fixtures in October, two in November and the final round on December 10/11.

The 2020 Champions League final will take place at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on 30 May.

Virgil van Dijk named Europe's best player

Van Dijk, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were nominated for UEFA Men's Player of the Year award after the trio enjoyed stellar seasons for their respected clubs.

Liverpool defender Van Dijk was phenomenal last season under Jurgen Klopp. He beat Raheem Sterling and four others to claim the PFA Players' Player of the Year Award before helping his team beat Spurs in the Champions League final.

The 28-year-old made 59 appearances for club and country in 2018/19 campaign, and played more minutes than any other player.

Juventus overtake Man United to become third most-followed football club on Instagram

Juventus is now third most-followed football club on Instagram after seeing a rise of 20 million followers following the arrival of former Real Madrid striker, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese superstar joined the Italian club in 2018 when they were just on 10 million, but now they have witnessed a rapid increase including surpassing his former club, Manchester United.

Juventus now has 31.1m followers on Instagram, while Manchester United boasts of 31m followers.

Real Madrid still leads the way as the most popular football club on Instagram with 77.6 million followers, while Barcelona maintains the second spot with 76.4m followers.

Arsenal set for injury boost with Tierney and Bellerin targeting return to first-team training

The full-backs haven't been available for Unai Emery so far this season but they could feature together for the Gunners after the international break
Arsenal could be set for a major boost after the international break with full-backs Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin close to returning to full fitness.
Bellerin hasn’t played since January after rupturing his cruciate ligament in a 2-0 win over Chelsea, while summer signing Tierney is yet to make an appearance for his new side as he recovers from a double hernia operation.
However, Arsenal have now confirmed that both players are hoping to return to full training in September, meaning Gunners fans may be able to look forward to seeing the pair marauding the flanks together sooner than expected.

Nigeria's Ucheibe and Ghana's Abambila help Assi win Norrbotten Cup in Sweden

The Nigerian and Ghanaian players were influential in their Swedish side's triumph over Infjarden in the final
Christy Ucheibe and Ernestina Abambila delivered impressive performances to help Assi clinch the Norrbetten Cup title after a 2-0 victory over Infjarden in the final on Tuesday.
Nigeria's Ucheibe and Ghana's Abambila joined Sweden's Elitettan outfit in April and May 2019 respectively and made an instant impact in their side's campaign in the second division.
Before the final, the African duo starred as their Risogrund based side defeated Notvikens 4-0 in the semi-final before ending the tournament on a high with a title triumph.

Wolves vs Torino Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

Having put themselves in a commanding position in the first leg, Al Hain-Cole expects Espirito Santo's men to keep things tight against the Granata
Wolves will be looking to confirm their place in the Europa League group stages when they welcome Torino to Molineux on Thursday.
Nuno Espirito Santo's men are in a commanding position, having run out 3-2 winners in last week's first leg in Turin.

Wolves vs Torino latest odds

That victory was a fifth in five games in this season's competition, and they are 17/20 (1.85) favourites with bet365 to maintain their 100 per cent record by coming out on top.

Nice Vs Marseille Match Suspended Due To Homophobic Chants And Banners

Nice’s first game since being taken over by Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe descended into chaos after it was temporarily suspended due to banners and chants.

Clement Turpin, the referee for the Ligue 1 fixture against Marseille, went to speak with Nice boss Patrick Vieira before concluding the game needed to be halted for 10 minutes while the issue with the supporters behind one of the goals was sorted.

‘We can’t stop a game every time some idiots do something, otherwise we’ll never play, it’s nonsense,’ Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien told Canal+ during the stoppage in play.

Concerns were raised five minutes before the decision was made to temporarily suspend the match as the stadium announcer looked toplead with supporters to end insulting behaviour.

‘We ask you to stop these insulting remarks, otherwise the match will be interrupted,’ the message over the PA system said, as reported by RTL.

Nice’s players, led by former Bayern Munich defender Dante, went over to the supporters believed to be the offending party in a bid to strike an agreement to end the taunts.

But the players quickly retreated having seemingly failed to engage in a positive dialogue.

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Ex-Super Falcons star, Chi Chi Igbo mourns death of sister by taking down all her Instagram photos

Ex-Super Falcons star, Chi Chi Igbo is bereaved. The retired female footballer who quit Falcons for a club in Denmark just lost her sister and to mourn her, heartbroken Chi chi took down all her Instagram photos. She has been posting only black images and candle light photos.

Taking a bold step by sharing her late sister’s photo, Chi chi wrote; ''sisterless'' with a broken heart emoji.

17-year old Jamaica sprinter, Briana fails drug test

Teenage Jamaican sprint sensation Briana Williams has tested positive for a banned substance.

The 17-year-old double under-20 world champion, who is sixth fastest over 100m outdoors in the world this year, was found to have the diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide in her system during competition.

Williams, who is widely considered one of the most exciting up-and-coming track and field stars, reportedly tested positive for the substance at June's Jamaican championships, where she clocked 10.94secs.

She has already qualified for the 100m at the World Championships in Doha next month and has spoken of her aim of winning Olympic gold as early as Tokyo 2020.

Her coach Ato Boldon, who won 100m silver at Sydney 2000 and tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2001 but was cleared, has blamed 'contaminated tablets'. It is understood that Williams's defence rests on her taking medication for a cold.

Boldon remains the only person to receive a statement from top American sprinter Christian Coleman about his charge for missing three drugs tests, which was revealed last week by Sportsmail.

Tobi Amusan breaks 20-year record to retain title

Africa’s 100 metre hurdles champion Tobi Amusan ran a 12.68s to retain her title in the Women’s 100m final of the 12th Africa Games at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex on Wednesday.

The 22 -year -old surpassed Glory Alozie’s Africa Games record of 12.74s, which she ran 20 years ago in Johannesburg, setting a new one of 12.68s (-0.6) to win the event’s gold medal.

Burkina Faso’s Koala Yasmine ran 13.20s to win silver while South Africa’s Bieldt Taylon won the bronze medal with her 13.40s run.

Nigeria’s Ayemoba Ikaluse finished in 4th position with a time of 13.40s, while Francis Ruth did not participate in the race after opting for Women’s Heptathlon 200m event.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Alexis Sanchez arrived Milan for his Inter medical

The Manchester United forward is set to join the Italian side on loan after suffering a torrid spell at Old Trafford since joining from Arsenal
Alexis Sanchez has arrived in Milan for his Inter medical as he moves closer to sealing a loan move away from Manchester United.
The Chilean has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford all summer, having fallen down the pecking order under both previous manager Jose Mourinho and current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Sanchez's struggles in Manchester are set to come to an end, at least temporarily, as the former Arsenal star is set to move to Inter on loan ahead of the close of the transfer window.

Adams set for treatment while Ampomah resumes training at Fortuna Dusseldorf

The Ghana duo are experiencing contrasting injury recovery schedules at the German Bundesliga club
Fortuna Dusseldorf defender Kasim Nuhu Adams is set for some time on the sidelines after picking up an injury on Tuesday.
The Ghana international, who is still awaiting his competitive debut for the Flingeraner following a summer move from Hoffenheim, suffered the setback during a friendly fixture with Meerbusch.
He is now confirmed to be out of Sunday's Bundesliga clash with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Pogba Out!' - Man Utd sign outside Carrington training ground graffitied amid exit rumours

The midfielder has previously suggested it could be time for a new challenge and it would appear that there are some supporters who want him gone
A sign outside Manchester United's Carrington training ground has appeared to have been spray painted with the message 'Pogba Out' amid speculation over the midfielder's future.
The Frenchman has endured a testing time at Old Trafford since returning from Juventus in 2016 and faced further criticism in August when he missed a penalty against Wolves.
Having been heavily linked with a move away from the club, with Zinedine Zidane keen to take him to Real Madrid, Pogba's long-term future at the club remains uncertain.

Ansu Fati: Barcelona's 16-year-old debutant's journey from rolled up socks and rejecting Real Madrid

The teenager became the second youngest player to represent the Spanish champions in La Liga, against Real Betis, and is destined for the very top

At the age of 16 years, 11 months and five days, Ansu Fati strode out onto the turf at Camp Nou on Sunday to make his Barcelona debut.

Only one player – Vicenc Martinez Alama, in 1941 – has pulled on the famous Blaugrana shirt at a younger age in a Liga match. A star, many in Catalunya believe, is about to be born.

Seen by many as the most talented player currently within Barca's famed La Masia academy, Fati has been earmarked for success from an early age.

Nigeria’s ‘Iron Lady’ to fight Martina Horgasx in US

Nigeria’s Helen ‘Iron Lady’ Joseph is set for action against Martina Horgasx from Hungary on Thursday in her bumpy return to professional boxing.

The Super-Bantamweight fight, holding at the Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States, is the second for the 30-year-old after a one-year competition drought occasioned by lack of sponsorship.

On April 3, Joseph ended the one-year break by defeating Edina Kiss, another Hungarian, by unanimous decision in a six-round Super-Bantamweight in New York.

The path to Thursday was rocky for the talented U.S.-based boxer, who had to buy the fight.

This means that with promoters and sponsors still nowhere to be found, she had to personally raise the 10,000 dollars demanded by organisers to give her an opponent.

This she did through the sale of tickets with the assistance of the Nigerian consulate in New York, which has been of great financial and moral support.

“I have finally got an opponent”, an excited Joseph told NAN in New York on Tuesday, just three days to the fight.

“I am grateful to the Nigerian consulate, which played a major role in my journey to this day,” she added on Tuesday afternoon.

Bury FC Have Been Expelled From The EFL

League One club Bury FC have been hit with the devastating news that their EFL membership has been withdrawn after owner Steve Dale failed to find a buyer for the club buy the 5pm deadline on Tuesday evening.

In a statement just after 11pm on Tuesday the EFL confirmed the news saying, "The EFL Board met earlier this evening and, after a long and detailed discussion, determined that Bury FC's membership of the English Football League be withdrawn after the deadline passed at 5pm today (Tuesday 27 August) without a successful resolution.

"Despite repeated requests to its owner Mr Dale over a sustained period of time, the necessary evidence in respect of how the Club would meet its financial commitments, has simply not been provided and, as a result, attentions turned to securing new ownership at the Club."

All of Bury's fixtures this season had been suspended with the EFL not allowing them to play until Dale could prove the club had the funds to pay for the season, or had been bought.

Initially the deadline for the sale of the club was last Friday at midnight but there was enough evidence to suggest a deal could be done that the deadline was moved to Tuesday evening.

Fans were optimistic and turned up at Gigg Lane to get it ready for a first game of the season on Saturday afternoon.

However with just an hour to go until the 5pm deadline the deal collapsed. In their statement the EFL added, "At its meeting on 24 August 2019, the Board agreed a short extension to 5pm today (Tuesday 27 August) to enable Mr Dale and the Club to explore the possibility of a proposed sale with C&N Sporting Risk Limited, with Mr Dale having accepted their offer. Following due diligence, C&N Sporting Risk Limited opted not to pursue its interest.

"Therefore, having fully considered all available options, including a number of late expressions of interest provided to the EFL, the EFL Board has unanimously determined with enormous regret that Bury's membership be withdrawn.

"The EFL Board had maintained that there could be no further suspensions to the fixture list and that these ongoing concerns and the integrity of the competition were a significant factor in the decision."

EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans said, "Today is undoubtedly one of the darkest days in the League's recent history. The EFL has worked determinedly and tirelessly to avoid this outcome and it is with a heavy heart that this situation has been forced upon us.

"...No one wanted to be in this position but following repeated missed deadlines, the suspension of five League fixtures, in addition to not receiving the evidence we required in regard to financial commitments and a possible takeover not materialising; the EFL Board has been forced to take the most difficult of decisions."

The EFL confirmed that League One would continue with 23 teams for the rest of the season and only three teams will be relegated.

However there could be more devastating news with Bolton Wanderers given 14 days to come up with a buyer or they will also have their membership withdrawn, which would leave the league with 22 teams.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Says He Will Return To Manchester United If They Need Him

LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made a sensational 'come and get me plea' to former club Manchester United.

The 37-year-old believes he could "easily" still play in the Premier League after his previous spell at Old Trafford, where he scored 17 goals in 33 appearances.

He also confirmed that if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs him, he "is here."

In the above interview, Ibrahimovic states he is concentrating on the project at LA Galaxy but didn't rule out a potential move to his former side.

"The Lion still roars, yes. I could still play easily in the Premier League." he said.

"If United need me, I'm here. But right now ­Galaxy have me and that's what I'm concentrating on.

"I did my job in Europe. I enjoyed it. I have 33 trophies that I brought with me and hopefully I can win something here and then we will see where I finish."

Ibrahimovic stormed the Premier League when he joined the Jose Mourinho regime, scoring a remarkable 28 goals in 46 games in his first year.

However, towards the end of the 2016/17 season, the Swede picked up a serious knee injury in a Europa League quarter-final match against Anderlecht.

While he was trying to regain his fitness, the veteran striker refused to accept any wages from the club.

The veteran forward was eventually released by the club on amicable terms but was soon re-signed for the second half of the 2017/2018 season.

The former AC Milan and Barcelona striker clearly has a soft spot for his former club and in the interview, he spoke about United's recent 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

He also mentioned "giving advice" to ex-teammate Paul Pogba.

"I look, I look, I look," he said. "I saw the last game and I think they were unlucky. If they score the penalty, it's a different game but a game in England is not finished until its finished.

"Anything can happen, especially in the last minutes where everything is in the heat of the moment.

"I also speak with him [Pogba]. A lot of advice I give - but nothing I share with you!"

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Nigeria’s Raymond Ekevwo becomes Africa’s fastest man

Nigeria’s Raymond Ekevwo has emerged the winner of the 100m event after clocking a time of 9.96secs at the ongoing 2019 African Games in Morocco.
This is the first time since 2007 that Nigeria will win gold in the men’s 100m at the African Games.

Retired Robben won't rule out shock return to action

The Dutch wing maestro admits the decision to quit was a tough one and he could be tempted to return if withdrawal symptoms are too overwhelming
Retired former Netherlands winger Arjen Robben has not ruled out the possibility of resuming his playing career.
The 35-year-old called time on a 19-year period as a professional in July.
He won league titles in Germany, Holland, England and Spain and says he could consider returning to the pitch if he struggles with life after the game.

'You remind me of Yaya Toure' - Pique lauds Nigeria midfielder John Ogu

The Barcelona star lavished praise on the 29-year-old midfielder during their video call on social media
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has stated Nigeria midfielder John Ogu reminds him of his former teammate Yaya Toure.
Pique made the revelation during his video call with the former Hapoel Beer Sheva player on social media.
Ogu had called the 2010 Fifa Fifa World Cup winner to congratulate him after making his 500th appearance for Barcelona in their 5-2 win over Real Betison Sunday.

Tunisia name Mondher Kebaier head coach in surprise appointment

The former Esperance youth coach has replaced Alain Giresse who left the African nation by mutual consent last week
Mondher Kebaier has been named the new head coach of Tunisia on a three-year deal on Tuesday.
The Tunisian Football Federation has surprised fans and observers with their choice to replace Frenchman Alain Giresse, who left his role on August 21 by mutual consent despite guiding the Eagles of Carthage to a fourth-place finish at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 49-year-old coach, whose contract is expected to run until 2022, has spent most of his coaching career in Tunisia, with his last role seeing him take charge of Esperance for a month in 2018.

Caniggia’s wife accuses him of living with prostitute who keeps him ‘drugged up all day’

Argentina World Cup star Claudio Caniggia has been accused of living with a drug-addled prostitute - by his own wife.

And the former Rangers striker's missus Mariana Nannis claimed Caniggia beat her so badly she suffered a miscarriage.

Caniggia, 52, won an SPL title, two Scottish Cups and two League Cups after joining Gers from Dundee.

The former Atalanta, Roma and Benfica ace ended his two-year Ibrox stay in 2003 to join Qatar SC.

Buenos Aires-born Caniggia has been wed to Mariana since 1988. They have three children.

The 50-cap international has recently formed a relationship with writer and model Sofia Bonelli, 26.

Blonde Mariana has now launched blistering attacks on Caniggia and his new partner.

She told Argentine TV: "I am not separated from my husband, not divorced or anything.

"He is with a drug-addicted prostitute, who keeps him drugged up all day long.

"They will both end up in prison.

"I can't go to where he is living with that hooker. Forget it.

"I'm going to consult my lawyers. I have spent 33 years with him.

"He shoved me against a car. I was two and a half months pregnant at the time.

"I was having a massage the next day and saw my legs covered in a river of blood.

"I grabbed a towel and a heap of toilet paper, and rushed to the clinic.

"But when I called Claudio to tell him what had happened he said I was one of those b*****s who loved to play the victim.

"He killed my baby."

Caniggia has hit back by claiming Mariana needs psychiatric help.

He wrote on Instagram: "Let's get Mariana a psychiatrist URGENTLY, as she's not in a sane frame of mind.

"I'll do this not just for me, but my children and all the other third parties who are victims of this madness.

"I don't want to, but it is my duty. Mariana is out of her mind, and has been for years.

"That is why we have reached the situation where we are now."

Meanwhile brunette Sofia has also hit out at her love rival's outburst.

She declared: "This is pathetic. I feel very sorry for her having to create this circus.

"She's flown back to Argentina to bad-mouth us. I don't need to deny anything.

"I feel very comfortable from the legal point of view."

Roma's Schick closing in on RB Leipzig loan with €28m option to buy

The striker is set to swap the Stadio Olimpico for the Red Bull Arena and reports suggest Nikola Kalinic could replace him in Italy
Roma's Patrik Schick is closing in on a season-long loan move to RB Leipzig, with Goal able to confirm that the Bundesliga side have an option to purchase the forward at the end of the loan deal for a fee in the region of €28 million (£25m/$31m).
The Giallorossi are yet to sign a new striker in the summer window, instead focusing on defensive and midfield reinforcements in the form of Leonardo Spinazzola (Juventus), Pau Lopez (Real Betis), Bryan Cristante (Atalanta) and Amadou Diawara (Napoli).
Roma have, however, been linked with an interest in Atletico Madrid's Nikola Kalinic, now 31, with the Liga side seemingly deeming the Croatian striker surplus to requirements at the Wanda Metropolitano following the arrivals of Alvaro Morata and Joao Felix.

Botswana: Adel Amrouche takes charge as head coach

The Belgian coach has been appointed to lead the Zebras after beating over 40 applicants to land the job
Former Harambee Stars boss Adel Amrouche has been named the new coach for Botswana.

The Belgian has signed a three-year deal to handle the side after beating more than 40 applicants from across the globe to land the job.
On taking charge, Amrouche, who holds a Uefa Pro License and his most recent coaching role was with Algerian side Mouloudia Alger, promised to help the country achieve its targets.
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Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez reveals how she seduces him

Georgina Rodriguez, the stunning girlfriend of superstar footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed how she seduces him.

The 25-year-old Spanish beauty in a new interview opened up on her relationship and admitted that it's 'not easy' being in a relationship with someone as famous as him.

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, she said: 'Being the partner of someone so famous is not easy but I would not change it for the world.'

The brunette beauty then went on to say that its important to keep the romantic spark and insists that she always sleeps in lingerie.

Georgina, who started dating Ronaldo, 34, in 2016, explained: ' What I feel for him is stronger than anything, any kind of pressure. Together we are stronger and there is a mutual admiration. But to seduce and to dream is so ­important. I always sleep in lingerie and I prefer sexy lingerie.'

She added that sleeping in her sexy underwear is 'comfortable ' and 'romantic', and it will make your man 'happy'.

The Spanish model further gushed about her romance with the Portuguese and Juventus forward as she insisted that their first meeting was 'love at first sight'.

The couple first met when she was working as a sales assistant at a Gucci store in Spain.

Opening up about that meeting, she explained: 'It was then that we could talk in a relaxed atmosphere, outside of my work environment. It was love at first sight for both.'

The couple have been going strong ever since and last year, they welcomed a daughter Alana Martina, 12 months. Ronaldo also has son Cristiano Jr, eight, and twins Eva and Mateo, two, with surrogate mothers.

Serena Williams crushes Maria Sharapova in 58 minutes at the U.S. Open

Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova to come out victorious on the first night of the US Open to reach the second round.

The 37-year-old American who has 23 major singles titles took only 58 minutes to humble Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 in the US Open first-round match which took place at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night ( August 26)

After the match, Serena Williams who lost to Naomi Osaka in the 2018 US Open final at the same Stadium, addressed the crowd during her interview with ESPN.

"Thank you for supporting me," she said. "I've said it once, but I've had a lot of tough matches here and a lot of tough losses, but coming out tonight makes it all worthwhile."

Sharapova, 32, who has been plagued by injuries this year said: "This is a very different chapter in my career."

"It's not an easy road. It's never been. But I went through a shoulder procedure about four months ago. To find myself playing at a night match at the US Open with people excited about the matchup, it's a pretty big deal. I'm fortunate to be a part of that.

"It's easy to be discouraged after a match like this. But if I'm personally discouraged, I wake up tomorrow, I don't feel like I want to go out, train, be better, that's more discouraging than the result."

Blessing Okagbare disqualified from African Games

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare was on Monday disqualified in heat one of the women’s 100m semi-final race for a false start.

Before being disqualified, Nigeria’s fastest athletes in the women’s 100m had a good run in Heat 3, clocking 11.53secs to place first.

After her disqualification, Ivory Coast’s Marie Ta Lou went on to win the race in 11.36secs.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Roma deny Nkoulou interest after Torino president warns of €900,000 penalty

The Giallorossi say they are not interested in signing any of the Turin club's players amid talk of a fine

Roma have denied being interested in signing Nicolas Nkoulou after Torinopresident Urbano Cairo suggested the club could be forced to pay a €900,000 for contacting him.

The 29-year-old centre-back had reportedly become a transfer target for the Giallorossi, who are eager to strengthen their defensive options before the transfer deadline next Monday with the Cameroonian – who played 38 times, missing just three games in all competitions last season for Torino – appearing to be a solid option to replace Kostas Manolas.

Nkoulou is said to have told Torino boss Walter Mazzarri that he wanted to be excused from Sunday's Serie A opener against Sassuolo as he felt unable to focus amid the speculation over his future. He was not involved in the 2-1 victory.

Watford's Cucho Hernandez joins Mallorca on loan

After two years on loan with Huesca, the young Colombian is back in Spain with a new club for the season

Watford forward Cucho Hernandez has joined La Liga side Mallorca on a season-long loan deal.
The 20-year-old Colombian spent the last two seasons on loan at fellow Spanish side Huesca, helping them win promotion to La Liga in 2017-18 with an impressive tally of 16 goals and six assists from 35 league games.

He then featured 34 times in the Spanish top flight but struggled to replicate the same form he showed in the second tier - scoring just four goals and adding three assists as they were relegated back to the Segunda.

Referee Howard Webb uses his own Wikipedia page to gain access to a bar in the US after forgetting his ID

The former Prem referee, 48, is clearly above the legal drinking age of 21 but US law insists everybody be checked or they cannot enter a bar.

Webb was caught short but the Daily Mail's Mike Keegan claims he got away with it after one of his pals showed the bouncer his Wikipedia page.

The 2010 World Cup final official is in the States heading up their VAR team after 11 years as a top-flight ref.

PSG lost Mbappe and Cavani to injury as the French champions comfortably beat Toulouse

Cavani was forced off after 14 minutes, while Mbappe pulled up in the second half with a thigh problem.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting - Cavani's replacement - broke the deadlock, before Mathieu Goncalves put through his own net.

Angel di Maria missed a penalty, but Choupo-Moting's second goal and a Marquinhos header sealed the win.

Thomas Tuchel's side are already without Brazil forward Neymar, who reportedly is not being considered for selection while his future remains in doubt.

The victory lifts PSG up to third in Ligue 1, behind Lyon and early leaders Rennes, who beat the champions 2-1 last weekend.

Teenager Anssumane Fati makes Barcelona history in debut La Liga game

Teenage Barcelona forward Anssumane Fati became the youngest player to represent the Spanish giants in La Liga since 1941 when he made his debut off the bench in a win over Real Betis.

Fati is just 16 years and 298 days old. The youngest player ever to represent the Blaugrana is Vicenc Martinez, who was 16 years and 280 days old when he made his bow in 1941.

Fati replaced Carles Perez with around 15 minutes to go in Barca’s comfortable 5-2 win over Real Betis.

ati needed parental permission to play in the game due to La Liga regulations.

Underage players are not allowed to feature in late-night games in Spain without consent from a parent. Fati’s debut kicked off 9pm local time, which is classified as late night.

The Guinea-Bissau born player appeared in nine UEFA Youth League games for Barcelona last season, notching four goals and laying on three assists for his team-mates.

He joined the famous Barcelona academy La Masia in 2013, when he was just 10.

David and Victoria Beckham go on yacht ride with Elton John

David and Victoria Beckham this weekend enjoyed a luxury yacht ride with Sir Elton John.

The Beckhams and their children in company of the legendary singer, his husband David Furnish and their kids all enjoyed a luxury ride on the steady waters in the South of France.

The outing with the Beckhams comes a few days after Elton John hosted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at his mansion in Nice, France.

Joao Felix will be 'one of the best', says Atletico team-mate Oblak

Vitolo's goal helped El Atleti beat Leganes 1-0 but it was a teenager's performance that caught the eye of his team-mate
Portuguese prodigy Joao Felix can become 'one of the best', according to Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Atletico beat Leganes 1-0 in La Liga on Sunday courtesy of a second-half goal from Vitolo, who was played in by €120 million (£109m/$134m) signing Felix for the decisive strike.
Oblak heaped praise on the 19-year-old's performance while hailing the team's game management across a contest in which they survived 10 attempts on goal from Leganes.

Caf Champions League wrap: Enyimba trounce Rahimo, Gor Mahia win big, Pillars knocked out

Sunday’s games featured a small amount of big wins, with little separating the sides in many of the encounters

Enyimba overturned a 1-0 first-leg defeat at the hands of Rahimo to win 5-0 in the second-leg of their Caf Champions League preliminary round encounter at Enyimba International Stadium on Sunday.
The Aba-based club took advantage of Iossuf Zanon’s dismissal in the 10th minute to thrash the visitors as they progress to next stage 5-1 on aggregate.

Ruben Bala and Sopuruchi Augustine Dimgba scored two apiece, while Stanley Okorom also got on the score sheet for the People’s Elephant.

Pogba and Rashford racist abuse sees Manchester United organise meeting with Facebook

The club are set to take action by speaking face-to-face with the social media giant
Manchester United have organised a meeting with Facebook to discuss online racism after the vilification of stars Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford on social media.

Pogba was the first Red Devils player to be targeted by the vile abuse on Twitter following his penalty miss at Wolves last Monday, while Rashford received the same treatment after hitting the post from the spot against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The club's officials have already set up a meeting with Twitter to discuss their policing of comments toward their stars, and are keen to have the same conversation with Facebook to prevent any more issues arising.