EPL: United drumbeat booms for Guardiola

Jose Mourinho has an opportunity to score a seismic victory over his old foe Pep Guardiola when his Manchester United side visit misfiring Manchester City on Thursday. Guardiola oversaw a one-sided 2-1 win when he and Mourinho resumed hostilities in September and was generally felt to have made a bigger impact than the Portuguese in the season’s early months. But having been condemned to a trophy-free first campaign at City by Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal, Guardiola will lose his hold on a top-four place if United prevail…

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Osinbajo’s panel quizzes BPP DG over N200m PINE project

The Presidential Investigative Panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday evening received detailed briefs from the Director-General of Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP), Mamman Ahmadu over the Presidential Committee investigating the suspended Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal over allegations of corruption in award of contract. The panel has the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno is also probing the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke who was suspended alongside Lawal last Week Wednesday over…

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US to tighten sanctions on N’Korea

  The US is to tighten sanctions on North Korea and step up diplomatic moves aimed at pressuring the country to end its nuclear and missile programmes. President Donald Trump’s strategy was announced after a special briefing for all 100 US senators. Earlier, the top US commander in the Pacific defended the deployment of an advanced missile defence system in South Korea. Tensions have risen amid fears the North is planning new weapons tests. “The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” said a joint…

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Turkey suspends 9,000 police in crackdown

  Turkey’s police force has suspended more than 9,000 officers over alleged links to the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. It said the action had been taken on the grounds of national security. President Tayyip Erdogan accuses Gulen of instigating a failed coup against him last July – a charge the cleric denies. Earlier, authorities detained more than 1,000 people in the latest operation against alleged Gulen supporters. The nationwide sweep was one of the largest such operations carried out in Turkey in months. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said it…

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La Liga: Real hit six, Barca relegate Osasuna

Real Madrid again made light of the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo as they crushed Deportivo la Coruna 6-2 to maintain the upper hand in the La Liga title race on Wednesday. Madrid and Barcelona are locked on 78 points at the top of the table, but Real have a game in hand over their title rivals. Barca remain top thanks to their better head-to-head record as Lionel Messi struck twice to relegate Osasuna in a 7-1 thrashing. Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane made nine changes in all from the side that…

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Police revive woman declared dead by paramedics

A French mother has been brought back to life by police officers, who performed CPR an hour after paramedics declared her dead. The unnamed woman, a long-time anorexia sufferer, was found collapsed by her 18-year-old daughter after an apparent heart-attack. Paramedics rushed to her home in Paris’s 13th arrondissement but were unable to revive the 49-year-old. But police who came to write a report noticed movement in her stomach. Le Parisien reports that the ambulance team had declared her dead at 18:10 (16:10 GMT) and signed her death certificate. But…

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German Cup: Dortmund stun Bayern to reach final

Borussia Dortmund fought back to stun bitter rivals Bayern Munich 3-2 on Wednesday to reach the German Cup final and shatter the Bavarian giants’ dreams of the double. A brilliant strike from Ousmane Dembele 15 minutes from the end settled the semi-final tie at Munich’s Allianz Arena which had seen Dortmund trail 2-1 at half-time. “This is the biggest moment of my career with Dortmund. It’s hard to come to Munich and get a win,” beamed Dembele, 19, who only joined Borussia for the start of the season. The result…

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