Saturday, August 31, 2013

Basketball star Lamar Odom, arrested

Basketball star Lamar Odom was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence early Friday after a California Highway Patrol officer saw his white Mercedes-Benz traveling erratically on a San Fernando Valley Freeway.

24 FIFA-Badged Referees Pass 2013 Fitness Test

All 24 FIFA-badged referees who participated in the 2013 FIFA fitness test for vario

Friday, August 30, 2013

Mourinho and Guardiola renew rivalry

Coaches Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will renew their rivalry on Friday as Europa League champions Chelsea face Champions League winners Bayern Munich in the Uefa Super Cup in Prague.

Guardiola's Barcelona and Mourinho's Real Madrid competed in some heated encounters for two seasons, but the new Bayern coach played down the rivalry.

Al Ahly, Leopards in crucial battle

Either Al Ahly or AC Leopards could take a major step towards qualification for the semifinals of the CAF Champions League with victory in their group A encounter in Gouna on Saturday evening.

Both sides have gathered four points from three fixtures and sit three points behind group leaders Orlando Pirates who face Zamelek at the same stadium a day later.

UEFA keen to avoid UCL confusion


Clubs banned from European competition over match-fixing may have their suspension deferred for a season in the future to avoid the confusion which has marked this year's Champions League qualifying competition.

Keshi lists Enyeama, 22 others for Malawi

The Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation has accepted a list of 23 players submitted by Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, for next week’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Malawi in Calabar.

Schalke complete Kevin-Prince signing

Champions League competitors Schalke 04 have signed AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng on a four-year deal after the Ghana international passed his medical at the German club on Friday.

Okagbare Fails to Win Diamond League Prize

Blessing Okagbare last night at the Letzigrund stadion in Zurich, Switzerland, failed to jump into history book as the first Nigerian to win the IAAF Diamond League trophy and the accompanying $40,000 cash prize.

Pardew: Eagles Call-up Has Lifted Ameobi's Game

Alan Pardew believes Nigeria call has done Shola Ameobi world of good.

The Newcastle United stiker scored his 77th goal for the club in Wednesday night’s 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Morecambe.

Ameobi, a second-half substitute, broke the deadlock six minutes before time.
And his young sibling Sammy put the game beyond Morecambe in injury time with only his second goal for the club.

Kaka Ready to leave Real Madrid

Real Madrid star begs for Milan move

Kaka has launched a sensational ‘come and get me’ plea to Milan. “I want to leave” Real Madrid by Monday.

Taye Taiwo Set to Stage Grassroots League in Lagos

Out of favour Super Eagles left back Taye Taiwo plans to stage an annual mini football tournament in the Egbeda/Idimu suburb of Lagos, Complete Sports have been informed.

Tsonga splits with coach Rasheed

French No 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has split with Australian coach Roger Rasheed after just a year together.

10 reasons why football is better than sex

Men's obsessive love of football can both baffle and enrage wives, girlfriends and women across the country.

Their adoration of the beautiful game has led some to believe they may even prefer it to sex.

New Hawks coach Budenholzer arrested on DUI charge

Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has apologized for his arrest on a driving under the influence of alcohol charge.

According to a report from the Georgia State Patrol, Budenholzer was pulled over at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in Atlanta for not having working taillights. Trooper J. Nelms said Budenholzer had bloodshot and watery eyes "and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath."

Torres, Mata left out of Spain squad

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has omitted Chelsea forwards Fernando Torres and Juan Mata from his squad for next month's World Cup qualifier against Finland and a friendly with Chile.

Transfer system is robbery - Platini

Uefa president Michel Platini described the current soccer transfer system as robbery on Friday and said he would like to see it revamped.

Platini blasts goal-line technology

The use of goal-line technology has opened a Pandora's box in football and encouraged demands for other forms of electronic aids to be used, Uefa president Michel Platini said on Friday.

No automatic shirts for home-based Eagles against Malawi, says Keshi

The national team coach is making final arrangements for the camping of the squad ahead of their crunch qualifier against Malawi in Calabar next month
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi was in Abuja on Thursday to finalize the arrangements for the Super Eagles’ crunch 2014 World Cup qualifier against the Flames of Malawi on September 7th in Calabar.

Bayelsa United top Nigerian football league

Bayelsa United have moved to the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League after a remarkable goalless draw at Sunshine Stars in Akure on Thursday.

Nigeria National League: Teams set for photo finish

The participating teams in the Nigeria National League (second division) will need to fight till the last match to know if they will pick promotion or demotion tickets to play either in the lucrative Premier League or the amateur ranks next season.

Kanu Heart Foundation to raise N3bn for specialist hospital

The Kanu Heart Foundation has disclosed that it is working in partnership with Ecobank to gather funds for the realisation of a N5 billion cardiac specialist hospital project.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fernabahce suspension: Emenike, Yobo out of Europe till 2015

Emenike was Nigeria’s highest goal scorer at the Nations Cup.  

After a celebrated move back to Turkey to rejoin Istanbul giants Fenerbahce, Emmanuel Emenike’s mega million move may have turned sour as he is now to miss out on top European action for the next two seasons.

Winners and Losers of the Champions League draw

The Champions League is undoubtedly the most prestigious club trophy in football - a competition that in order to conquer requires a lot of skill, but also a fair degree of luck.

A modest Champions League group goes a long way to paving the path to glory, which is why every club who were in the hat for Thursday's 2013-14 group stage draw will have been watching on nervously.

Below we take a look at who were the big winners and losers in Monte Carlo.

Super Eagles Chibuzor Okonkwo Off to Libya

Super Eagles and Enugu Rangers defender Chibuzor Okonkwo is the latest player to quit the Glo Nigeria Premier League for ‘greener’ pastures in the Libyan League has confirmed.

Chelsea sign Eto'o from Anzhi

Chelsea sign Eto'o from Anzhi

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of striker Samuel Eto'o from Anzhi Makhachkala on a one-year deal.

Balotelli: Comparing me to Ibra is a compliment to him!

Balotelli: Comparing me to Ibra is a compliment to him!

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has claimed that comparisons between him and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are complimentary to the Paris Saint-Germain star.

Gervinho hits out at Wenger

New Roma striker, Gervinho, has hit out at Arsene Wenger’s claims that the Ivoirian international was unsuccessful at the Emirates.
The hit-man only found the back of the net nine times in his two year stint with the Gunners, which resulted in the Arsenal head coach labelling Gervinho’s tenure as ‘unsuccessful’.

Gervinho hits out at Wenger

New Roma striker, Gervinho, has hit out at Arsene Wenger’s claims that the Ivoirian international was unsuccessful at the Emirates.
The hit-man only found the back of the net nine times in his two year stint with the Gunners, which resulted in the Arsenal head coach labelling Gervinho’s tenure as ‘unsuccessful’.

Izu Azuka completes Turkey move

Izu Azuka completed his switch to Turkish club Kahramanmaraşspor on Wednesday after he passed the routine medical on arrival. 

He signed a year’s loan deal with the Turkish second division club. 

Hull City target Anichebe

Hull City boss Steve Bruce wants to sign Nigeria striker Victor Anichebe to strengthen his attack before the transfer window closes.
But it remains unclear as to whether Everton would be willing to see the gifted 25-year-old depart. 

Venus Williams loses in 2nd round at US Open

Venus Williams loses in 2nd round at US Open
Venus Williams had a backhand volley into the open court for match point.
She stumbled as she stepped into the shot, and the ball bashed into the net. The 33-year-old American stood up slowly and grimaced. After more than three hours, she didn't have one more point left.

Tiger Woods back in Boston, says he is fine

Tiger Woods back in Boston
The question was inevitable and the answer was predictable. Tiger Woods says his back is fine.
Woods played in the pro-am Thursday morning at the Deutsche Bank Championship and appeared to be swinging freely. The last image of Woods on a golf course looked much worse. Four days ago, he dropped to his knees after a back spasm during the final round of The Barclays, where he finished one shot behind Adam Scott.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Nigeria Sports Minister to Supervise Youth development Ministry

The Nigerian sports minister, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi has been mandated by the president to supervise the Ministry of Youth development.

After the Federal Executive Council meeting which held in Abuja on Wednesday afternoon, the Sports Minister who happens to be a former minister of the youth development ministry has been ordered to act as the 'Supervising Minister of Youth Development' becuase the President sacked the former Youth Development last week.

The new development was confirmed by a special adviser to the Sports Minister, Mr. Ohimai Amaizer via his twitter handle.

He said 'Congratulations to who has just been appointed Supervising Minister of Youth Development alongside his current portfolio'

Bolaji Abdullahi took over the Sports ministry in the year 2012 few months to the commencement of London 2012 olympics

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Surprise birthday cake for Nigeria's Sports Minister

The Nigeria's Federal Minister of Sport, Bolaji Abdullah recently clocked 44 years old and his Special assistants presented him with a Chelsea FC surprise cake.

Nigeria Sports Minister

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has undergone successful foot surgery

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has undergone successful surgery on a foot injury, the club have confirmed.

FIFA 2013 U17 World Cup: NFF Submits list of players

Manu finally locks Golden Eaglets' camp
....As NFF submits provisional team list to FIFA

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sent a provisional team list
of 35 Golden Eaglets to the world soccer governing body, FIFA ahead of
the 2013 Under-17 World Cup to be hosted in the United Arab Emirates
between October 17 and November 8.

Nigeria Football: Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi is holding me to ransom - Kayode

Nigeria U20 striker Olanrewaju Kayode has accused former NFF boss Taiwo Ogunjobi of standing between him and a transfer to Europe.

However, Ogunjobi has been quick to dismiss the allegation against him, saying the player still belongs to Ivorian club Asec. 

Can sport stop child marriage in Nigeria?

We are using sport and play based activities to raise awareness about the dangers of child marriage in remote Nigerian villages. 

Keshi has been fingered by the NFF Probe Panel, He's under attack

Panel says he should be given a warning.

A probe panel on the Super Eagles bonus row has fingered coach Stephen Keshi as part of the embarrassment and said he should be warned.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mali made us work hard for our victory – Bakare

Chief coach of Nigeria’s national male team, Ayo Bakare has praised the Malian team for giving his squad a good fight despite losing 74-59 in the second match of Group D at the 2013 Afrobasket holding in Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire.

FIFA team hails Football House, inspects land in Bauchi

Officials of world football-governing body, FIFA who are in Nigeria
for deliberations with the top hierarchy of Nigeria Football
Federation on Goal Project 2 and FIFA courses in coaching,
administration, management and refereeing, showed visible elation on
being conducted round the Sunday Dankaro Football House, the new NFF
headquarters, on Wednesday.

Nigerian Players Are Proud And Ambitious. I Like Working With Them – Di Matteo

Former Chelsea coach, Roberto Di Matteo, has described Nigerian players as very proud and ambitious, saying he enjoyed working with them while coaching in the English Premier League.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Nigeria Football: NFF has ordered Keshi to reduce National Team call-ups from 42 players to 33 players

Nigeria Coach Stephen Keshi has been asked to prune down his list of 42 call-ups for a World Cup qualifier against Malawi to 33.Keshi invites 42 for MalawiAfter close to five hours of meeting at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) secretariat, the Chris Green-led technical committee described as distraction the list of 24 home-based players for the September 7 match against Malawi in Calabar.

Afrobasket 2013: All the Group matches with Time

Group Matches

Tue Aug 20
CAR v Mozambique 12.30pm
Egypt v Senegal 3pm
CIV v Algeria 5.30pm
Angola v Cape Verde 8pm

Afrobasket 2013: Players Promise to make Nigeria Proud

Players of the senior male basketball team have promised to put in their best to win the Afrobasket 2013 in Abidjan which dunked off in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire Tuesday with sixteen teams in four groups.

Afrobasket 2013: "We're tired of playing second fiddle" - Ayo Bakare

Chief coach of Nigeria’s senior national male basketball team, Ayo Bakare has sounded it clear to his squad at the 2013 Afrobasket holding in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire that the country was no longer willing to play second fiddle to any team in Africa.

FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier: Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi invited 42 players to camp

Keshi invites 24 home boys, 18 overseas-based pros for Malawi

Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi has invited 24 home-based professionals and 18 overseas-based boys to camp ahead of next month’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Malawi in Calabar.

Nigeria Football: Okon recommended as the Super Falcons Head Coach

Technical Committee recommends Okon as Falcons’ caretaker coach

Rising from its meeting at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja on Tuesday, the Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation announced that it has recommended the constitrution of a caretaker coaching crew for the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons.

Nigeria league has clinched a historic four-year television deal

The Nigeria league has clinched a historic four-year television deal with Supersport worth about $34 million.

The TV deal will kick off from 2015, according to the chairman of the League Management Company, Nduka Irabor. 

AFROBASKET 2013: "We will win the Trophy" - Al-Farouk Aminu

Nigeria Basketball Team
The Nigeria Basketball Federation in a send forth reception held in Abuja on Saturday, wished the D'Tigers a smooth outing in the Afrobasket2013.

The event which was attended by the sports minister of Nigeria recorded a turn out of all the 12 invited players for the tournament, back room staff and the board members of the Nigeria basketball federation.


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