Gold Coast 2018: Head of Service challenges Team Nigeria

Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, on Saturday challenged Nigerian athletes to go for gold at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Oyo-Ita said this at an Award Dinner for 2017 Retirees of the Ministry of Youths and Sports and athletes who won medals for Nigeria in 2017 at the Abuja National Stadium. She said: “I have always been delighted at the performance of our athletes at continental and international levels. Success in sports does not come easy, I therefore congratulate all athletes that…

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James, Curry named starters and captains for 2018 NBA All-Star game

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry lead the list of 10 players selected by fans, NBA players and media to start in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. James and Curry will serve as team captains after finishing as the All-Star starter from each conference who received the most fan votes in his conference. The 67th NBA All-Star Game, featuring Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. The midseason classic from Staples Center will…

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Joshua-Parker fight could decide heav y weight division’s future

With the announcement of Anthony Joshua- Joseph Parker fight, heavyweight boxing is tidying itself up and setting up the possibility of an undisputed champion. Cleaning up the world heavyweight titles and holding all four belts eluded the likes of Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Wladimir Klitschko. But in 2018, boxing could have its first WBC-WBA-IBF-WBO world heavyweight champion if — and it’s a big “if” — the fights get made and the world governing bodies do not insist on mandatory defenses to scupper unification fights. It…

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Rohr saves Iheanacho ’s Leicester c areer

…speaks with Wenger after Iwobi’s late party   Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho may start seeing regular playing time at his English Premier League side Leicester City after his national team Manager Gernot Rohr struck a deal with his club coach Claude Puel. Iheanacho had fallen out of favour with his club coach and Puel was thinking about offloading him during January transfer window after a string of lackluster showing since his 23 million pound move at the summer. The development became worrisome for Rohr who suggested the striker and…

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Obaseki tasks ex-players to boost sports

Following Governor Godwin Obaseki’s appeal to sports stakeholders in the state tosupport government plan in using sports to take youths out of crime some Ex-Edo basketball players including Chucks Aninwe and Evangelist Ighodaro Gideon Itua have expressed their determinations to promote the game of basketball in Edo State by organising a state Basket championship which started on Wednesday at the state Basketball ground with over 10 teams participating. The Ex-Edo Beads and Benson Idahosa playmakers enthusiastically made the promise yesterday during the opening ceremony of the basketball championship tagged, “Jesus…

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Akwa United aim high

The Promise Keepers missed out on their target in 2017 but with recent acquisitions and a strong start, they look set to go for the jugular in 2018. Akwa United were left reeling at the end of the last Nigeria Professional Football League, when things didn’t go to plan at the end of what had been an encouraging season. The Promise Keepers appeared primed to finish in third place – a position they held for much of the year – only to be overtaken by Enyimba on the penultimate game…

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MFM ready for Africa

The Olukoya Boys will be playing continental football for the first time this season and the skipper is upbeat about their chances MFM FC are ready to make their debut appearance in the CAF Champions League this season, according to captain Austine Opara. Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men begin their journey to continental glory with a fixture against Real Bamako of Mali in the preliminary round on February 10. With their first league victory of the season against Kwara United on Wednesday, Opara affirmed that the Agege Stadium oufit are prepared to…

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