Euro 2020 Final: Italy Beat England To End 53 Years Wait

Euro 2020 Winner

Italy has beaten England on penalties to win the Euro 2020, denying the Three Lions their first major trophy in 53 years.  One hundred and twenty minutes of pulsating, tension-soaked football was what it took Italy to beat England and end a 53 years wait for a European Championship title on Sunday in Wembley. Both sides were looking at going into the history books when they qualified for the final and it was England who took the initiative early on as Luke Shaw capitalized on poor defending to send the…

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FG Appoints Ighalo National Principal’s Cup Ambassador

The Federal Government has appointed ex-Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, as an Ambassador of the National Principal’s Cup. This was confirmed by the media office of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Tuesday. Ighalo paid Dare a visit at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja which is undergoing rehabilitation. “You have served this country faithfully and you will continue to be a good ambassador of this country,” Dare said. The Minister added, “Note that Principal’s Cup used to be the engine room that supplied most of…

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CAS Reduces Former Nigerian coach Siasia’s FIFA Life Ban To Five Years

The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has reduced the life ban placed on former Nigerian coach, Samson Siasia by FIFA to five years Angeladaviesblog reports.  CAS delivered its long-awaited appeal verdict on Monday, June 21. The court also dismissed the fine of CHF 50,000 (fifty thousand Swiss Francs) he was ordered to pay. “The imposition of a life ban to be disproportionate for a first offence which was committed passively and which had not had an adverse or immediate effect on football stakeholders,” the court said. Siasia was banned…

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Serena Beats Collins to Reach French Open Last 16

Serena

Serena Williams sent out a warning to the rest of the depleted women’s draw on Friday with a dominant straight-sets win over Danielle Collins to reach the French Open last 16 for the first time since 2018. The 39-year-old, still one short of Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, saw off fellow American Collins 6-4, 6-4, fighting back from 1-4 down in the second set. “I needed to win being down. I needed to find me, know who I am,” said Williams, who had only won…

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Mikel Obi Signs New Deal With Stoke City

Mikel Obi

Former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has penned a new contract with Stoke City. The midfielder is now tied to the English Championship side for another year. An official statement from the club read, “Contract extensions have been activated to retain the services of defender James Chester and midfielder John Obi Mikel.” Mikel Obi left Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor early in 2020 and signed a short-term deal with Stoke. The Potters failed to make the Championship playoffs following their mid-table finish, but the club was impressed with Mikel…

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Osaka Threatened With Disqualification from French Open over Media Boycott:

Osaka

Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka was on Sunday threatened with disqualification from the French Open if she persists with her controversial media boycott, officials said. “We have advised Naomi Osaka that should she continue to ignore her media obligations, she would be exposing herself to possible further code of conduct infringement consequences,” said a statement from the four Grand Slam tournaments after issuing the world number two with a $15,000 fine. “As might be expected, repeat violations attract tougher sanctions including default from the tournament.” Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam title…

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BREAKING: Chelsea Defeat Man City to Win Champions League Final

Champions League Final

Chelsea has won the 2020/2021 Champions League after defeating Manchester City 1-0 in Saturday’s final. Kai Havertz scored the winner in the first half, latching onto Mason Mount’s through ball to round Ederson and tap home. This is the second time the Blues are winning the trophy, after they lifted it in 2012 when they beat Bayern Munich on penalties. It is, however, the first time Thomas Tuchel is winning it after he lost last year’s final to Bayern. For Pep Guardiola who won it twice with Barcelona, the wait continues.

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Zidane Resigns as Real Madrid Manager

Zidane

Zinedine Zidane has resigned as Real Madrid manager with immediate effect, according to media reports, just days after the club were beaten to the La Liga title by Atletico Madrid. The Frenchman’s reported departure comes at the end of a disappointing campaign for the 13-time European champions, who also lost to Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals as they failed to win a trophy for the first time in 11 seasons. Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano broke what he called “exclusive” news in a tweet that was picked up by…

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Rafael Nadal Beats Djokovic to Win 10th Italian Open Title

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal Beats Djokovic to Win 10th Italian Open Title           Rafael Nadal beat world number one Novak Djokovic to win a 10th Italian Open title on Sunday and set down a key marker two weeks out from the defence of his Roland Garros crown. Second seed Nadal won through 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in 2hr 49min against the defending champion in the 57th career showdown between the pair. “It’s amazing I have this trophy in my hands for a 10th time, something impossible to imagine,” said…

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Tyson Fury Confirms Venue, Date for Anthony Joshua Fight

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury Confirms Venue, Date for Anthony Joshua Fight           Tyson Fury said Sunday his long-awaited world heavyweight title unification bout against Anthony Joshua would take place in Saudi Arabia on August 14. “Massive announcement FURY VS JOSHUA IS ON AUGUST 14 in The kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The worlds (sic) biggest sporting event all eyes on us,” Fury tweeted. Between them, the two British boxers hold all four major versions of the heavyweight title.   AFP  

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