Advantage Atletico as Griezmann punishes wasteful Arsenal

Friday, 27 April 2018

A late equalizer from French striker Antoine Griezmann gave 10-man Atletico Madrid a precious away-goal advantage over Arsenal as the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at the Emirates ended 1-1 on Thursday. Arsenal were given a huge boost after 10 minutes when Atletico defender Sime Vrsaljko was sent off for stamping on Alexandre Lacazette’s foot, and Atletico coach Diego Simeone was sent to the stands for his furious reaction to the decision. The Premier League side dominated ...

Dimitrov reaches Barcelona quarters after edging epic against Jaziri

Thursday, 26 April 2018

World number five Grigor Dimitrov survived an almighty scare against outsider Malek Jaziri on Thursday to edge into the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open by beating the Tunisian 7-5 3-6 7-6(8) following a nail-biting tiebreak. Jaziri, ranked 88 in the world, hit back after surrendering the first set to comfortably take the second and he looked set to cause the latest high-profile exit in Barcelona when he went 4-2 up against the second seed in the third. Former world number one Novak ...

VIDEO: Boxing a growing success in Nigeria

Thursday, 26 April 2018

When Selah Fawaz decided to organise his first boxing match in Lagos, he didn't expect more than 500 spectators. In the end, over 800 tickets were sold and he had to turn away dozens of fans at the door. The stands were full, music pounded at full blast and the green and white Nigerian flag fluttered during the most eagerly awaited bouts. Fawaz, 31, is passionate about boxing and, in the space of two months, went from young oil industry entrepreneur to full-time professional boxing promoter. ...

England midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain to miss World Cup

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the World Cup in Russia after sustaining knee ligament damage while playing for Liverpool against AS Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday. The 24-year-old left the field on a stretcher after a collision with Roma full back Aleksandar Kolarov in the first half of Liverpool’s 5-2 first-leg victory at Anfield. “Absolutely devastated to have picked up this injury at such a crucial time in the season,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said ...

Further controversy mires Morocco’s bid to host FIFA World Cup 2026

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Another issue has been raised in relation to Morocco’s bid to host the FIFA World in 2026 Cup, piling onto to the controversies surrounding the North African country’s dream of hosting the biggest sporting event in the world. According to the BBC, members of the panel assigned to inspect all 2026 candidates’ infrastructure, prior to then vote due in June, are said to have discovered – either during or after their recent inspection visit – an undeclared family link ...

Man United keeper De Gea says current campaign is his best

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea believes the ongoing season has seen him perform at his best at the Premier League club.De Gea, who has been at United since 2011, has kept 21 clean sheets across all competitions this season and his impressive form has helped the club reach the FA Cup final and put them on the verge of sealing a second-placed finish in the league.“Yeah, I’m pretty pleased with my performance. It’s been a fairly complete, all round set of performances ...

Eight wrestling enthusiasts to participate in WWE match in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

In light of the WWE’s Greatest Royal Rumble (GRR) show in Saudi Arabia this week, the wrestling union said on Tuesday that eight individuals have passed ongoing auditions to take part in the event set to be held on Friday, April 27. The GRR is set to be the first show of its kind in the Middle East and will be held at King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Stadium. The winners, who will be taking part in the show, were announced via the WWE’s official Twitter account. They are, Hussain ...

FIFA urged to let Morocco proceed to 2026 World Cup vote

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

A senior FIFA official from Germany says Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup must be allowed to reach the final vote without being disqualified, in order to avoid any questions about the selection process.Morocco is a big underdog up against a three-nation bid from North America, and the country’s bid leaders have already voiced fears that FIFA inspectors could disqualify them from the June vote by giving insufficient marks to their tournament plans.ALSO READ: Reports: FIFA ...

Salah leads Liverpool to 5-2 win over Roma in CL semifinals

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Mohamed Salah produced two world-class finishes and set up goals for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to lead Liverpool to a 5-2 win over former club Roma on Tuesday, leaving the English team in sight of the Champions League final.Salah’s display was as exquisite as Roma’s defending was naive, with Liverpool scoring all of its goals in a breathtaking 33-minute spell either side of halftime amid a cauldron of noise at Anfield.The Italian side came back from a 4-1 first-leg loss to ...

Sharapova eyes more grand slam glory

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Maria Sharapova will not settle for lower-tier titles after making her comeback last year and the former world number one is determined to add to her five grand slam crowns. The 31-year-old Russian returned from a 15-month doping ban at the Stuttgart Grand Prix last April and Sharapova has since won one title, the Tianjin Open, after inconsistent performances and injury problems. She is back in Stuttgart this year and plays Caroline Garcia in the first round later on ...

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