7 Premier League games tonight

first_imgTonight’s other games all kick off at 7.45. Second placed Arsenal welcome Watford to the Emirates. Tottenham make the trip to bottom side, Sunderland. Struggling Crystal Palace travel to Bournemouth, Swansea could drop back into the bottom three if they lose at home to Southampton. Middlesbrough play host to West Brom and champions Leicester are at Burnley Pick of tonight’s games sees leaders Chelsea go to a Liverpool side who are looking to end a rotten January on a high. The Reds have won just once in their last seven games, but Jurgen Klopp is staying positive. Kick off at Anfield is at 8pm. last_img read more

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Man Utd and Spurs hoping to avoid cup upsets

first_imgHolders United will look to continue their trophy charge on all four fronts when they travel to Blackburn at 4.15pm.Jose Mourinho’s men have lost just one of their last 23 games in all competitions.First up, Tottenham are at Championship side Fullham at 2.00pm. The most recent meeting – a fourth-round tie in 2011 – ended 4-0 to Fulham, their biggest win against Spurs.last_img

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Tipp will have work cut out against Cork

first_imgPhoto © Tipperary GAA Tipperary will have their work cut out when they face Cork in the opening round of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship.With a couple of injuries hanging over the Tipperary squad, including one to Bonner Maher, the race to be fit for next weekend is on.The Rebels will travel to Semple Stadium on Sunday May 21st, and there is an optimism Lee-side that they can make up for last year’s defeat to Tipperary. Cork captain Stephen McDonnell says that loss won’t be playing on their minds.last_img read more

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Ex-Leventis United Coach, Okoh is Dead

first_imgFormer Leventis United Chief Coach, Emmanuel Okoh, 65, died in Lagos on Tuesday.According to a press statement endorsed on behalf of the family by Charles Okoh, news editor of Champion Newspapers Limited, the coach died in the early hours of yesterday after a protracted illness in a Lagos hospital.An ex-footballer, Okoh, in his playing days captained Leventis Football Club (Iddo Tigers) in Lagos before being made coach of the Ibadan-based all-conquering Leventis United.Coach Okoh was voted the best coach in the country when he led the Leventis United to the finals of the African Cup Winners Cup.He also coached Calabar Rovers, Delta Steel FC, Aladja as well as Union Bank of Lagos, before quitting coaching to venture into other business endeavours.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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NFPL: Wikki Stay Top after Away Win against Ikorodu Utd

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Team P W D L GF GA GD PtsWikki Tourists 19 10 4 5 29 12 17 34Rivers Utd 19 11 1 7 21 15 6 34Kano Pillars 19 9 5 5 26 17 9 32Rangers 19 9 5 5 28 22 6 32Enyimba 18 9 3 6 21 18 3 30Sunshine Stars 19 7 7 5 24 18 6 28Abia Warriors 18 7 7 4 20 16 4 28Lobi Stars 19 8 4 7 20 17 3 28MFM FC 18 7 6 5 19 16 3 27Akwa Utd 19 8 3 8 22 20 2 27FC Ifeanyiubah 19 8 3 8 18 19 -1 27El-Kanemi 19 8 1 10 22 24 -2 25Tornadoes 19 8 1 10 22 25 -3 25Warri Wolves 19 7 4 8 13 17 -4 25Nasarawa Utd 19 8 0 11 19 25 -6 24Heartland 19 5 6 8 13 18 -5 21Plateau Utd 19 4 8 7 17 25 -8 203SC 19 6 2 11 20 31 -11 20Ikorodu Utd 19 3 4 12 13 32 -19 13 As  Rangers stun hosts Heartland in ‘Oriental Derby’ RESULTSKano Pillars 1 – 0 Plateau UtdHeartland 1 – 2 RangersIkorodu Utd 0 – 1 Wikki TouristsSunshine Stars 1 – 1 Abia Warriors3SC 3 – 0 Akwa UnitedRivers Utd 1 – 0 Lobi StarsNasarawa Utd 2 – 1 EnyimbaNiger Tornadoes 2 – 1 FC Ifeanyiubah Wikki Tourists maintained top spot in the Nigeria league yesterday after their lone goal win against bottom club Ikorodu United in Lagos.The Bauchi club waited till five minutes from time to deliver the killer punch through Idris Guda.The woes of basement club Ikorodu United have been compounded as they languish on 13 points.In another top match lastnight, Coach Imama Amapakabo’s mind games prior to the latest ‘Oriental Derby’ against Heartland in Owerri seems to have paid off as his Rangers side came from behind to beat ‘The Naze Millionaires’ 2-1.Heartland must be wondering what went wrong as they took the lead as early as the 12th minute through Julius Ubido, but lost the advantage only five minutes later, with former midfielder Osas Okoro assisting with the free-kick which Udeagha connected to level the scores.Amapakabo had challenged his Heartland counterpart, Alphonsus Dike, to employ a more attacking approach, as against their ultra-defensive approach when both teams met in the final game of the first half of the season in Enugu.And Dike appeared to have taken the bait, as they attacked ceaselessly, but ‘The Flying Antelopes’ kept keeping them at bay, and Heartland failing to make anything of their attacks, leading the first half to end in a stalemate.The second half resumed with Heartland still trying to go for the kill, but Rangers still looked the more tactical side in their approach as they sought to catch Dike’s men on the break.And it soon paid, as a quick buildup by Rangers saw a pass floated into the Heartland area, with Bobby Clement racing toward goal, but he was hacked down inside the box by Anyanwu, and the referee wasted no time in pointing to the spot.Chisom Egbuchulam, who had missed from the spot in the previous match-up, stepped up again, but he found the back of the net this time to hand Rangers the lead and the momentum.And while Heartland kept pressing for at least an equaliser, Rangers kept their shape and kept trying to catch them napping with fast breaks.Meanwhile, Coach Gbenga Ogunbote returned to Shooting Stars in fine style when he led the team to only their sixth win of the season as they dumped Akwa United 3-0.A brace from Adetunji Sunday and a goal from Ajani Ibrahim were enough to see Ogunbote start his second spell in Ibadan with an emphatic win.‘The Oluyole Warriors’ showed their intent as early as the 12th minute, when left-back Yinka Adedeji let fly a thunderous effort from range, which could have given them the lead, but forced a fantastic save from United goalkeeper, Akpan Bassey.But it didn’t take long however, for Shooting to go in front, as Ajani Ibrahim’s sublime cross was met by Adetunji Ibrahim, who powered home a beautiful header past the stranded Bassey for their opening goal.Shooting kept pressing the ‘Promise Keepers’, much to the delight of the fans at the Lekan Salami Stadium.United were not without chances of their own, but nothing came of them, as Shooting Stars remained resolute in their determination to stem their slide on the table.And shortly before the break, Ajani Ibrahim turned from provider to goal-scorer as he finished off a delightful move from the home side to send their fans to wild eruption, and also maintain their advantage as they went into the break.United must have hoped to start the second half with a goal to half the deficit, but they got a yellow card instead when goalkeeper Bassey cautioned for what he said to the referee.And while, the tenacity from both sides seemed to have faded a bit in the second half, Shooting Stars were still in cruise control as they dictated the tempo of the game, with United struggling to come to grips with their quick passing.And on the hour mark, ‘The Oluyole Warriors’ scored again – Adetunji Sunday nicely controlled a pass, went past some United defenders before toe-poking into the goal for his brace and Shooting’s third of the evening.last_img read more

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Rampant Real Thrash Juve, Retain Champions League

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid defeated 10-man Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff to retain their Champions League crown.Madrid became the first team in the Champions League era to successfully defend the trophy with their sixth triumph in the competition – and 12th when you include it in its former guise of the European Cup – three of those victories coming in the last four years.A thrilling first half saw Ronaldo put Madrid ahead, becoming the first player to score in three different Champions League finals in the process Mario Mandzukic equalised for Juventus with a spectacular overhead kick that will live long in the memory.But Madrid dominated the second half as Juve collapsed, Casemiro scoring with the help of a huge deflection before Ronaldo made sure of the victory from close-range, ensuring he finishes above Lionel Messi as the competition’s top scorer this season.Any hopes of a Juventus comeback were ended when substitute Juan Cuadrado was sent off 18 minutes after coming on, the winger receiving a second yellow card for a clash with Sergio Ramos, before Madrid substitute Marco Asensio put the icing on the cake in the last minute.Having also secured LaLiga glory, the win seals a famous double for Zinedine Zidane in his first full season at the helm, with Madrid the first side since AC Milan in 1990 to win back-to-back European crowns.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Wimbledon: Federer Targets Record Title against Cilic

first_imgFederer had to wait five years to take his Grand Slam tally to 18 titles with his stunning Australian Open victory in January, and just six months later he is the favourite to make it 19. The oldest male finalist since the 39-year-old Ken Rosewall lost to Jimmy Connors in 1974, the fact that Federer is a month short of his 36th birthday has been irrelevant to his form on court.It is 14 years since Federer won his first major title when he beat Australia’s Mark Philippoussis on Centre Court, and five since he beat Andy Murray to win his last Wimbledon title. “I don’t feel like [2012] is that long ago, to be honest,” said the Swiss.“2003 feels like ages ago, because of the ponytail, the beard, whatever, you name it. This one is different. I kind of look the same as back in 2012, or at least I hope so.”His hairstyle might have changed but Federer’s game is, if anything, better than ever in his mid-30s. He has yet to drop a set and has lost just four service games over the course of six matches at the All England Club.Cilic will provide a familiar challenge, with Federer leading their head-to-head 6-1, but their last two meetings suggest a close final could be in prospect.Federer fought back from two sets and three match points down to win their Wimbledon quarter-final last year, which followed Cilic’s three-set demolition job on his way to winning the 2014 US Open. “He was confident and feeling it and seeing it,” recalled Federer. “It was very, very impressive.”However, the seven-time champion remains the favourite he was labelled before the tournament began. “Unbelievably excited,” is how Federer described his mood. “I hope I can play one more good match.“Eleven finals here, all these records, it’s great. But it doesn’t give me the title quite yet. That’s why I came here this year. I’m so close now, so I’ve just got to stay focused.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Roger Federer will attempt to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles when he takes on Marin Cilic in the final today. The Swiss, 35, can overtake the mark set by Pete Sampras in 2000, and Williams Renshaw in 1889, with victory in his 11th Wimbledon final.Cilic, 28, held match points against Federer at last year’s Wimbledon and hopes to add to his 2014 US Open win. “It makes me really happy, marking history at Wimbledon,” said Federer.“It’s a big deal. I love this tournament. All my dreams came true here as a player. To have another chance to go for number eight now, to be so close now at this stage, is a great feeling.”last_img read more

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Bellew Vows to Send Haye into RetirementÂ

first_img“It’s been a long time coming and I’m just happy it’s happening now.“No I don’t need it, but I said I would do it again. David talks an awful lot and there has been so many things that have gone on in negotiations.“When it all really comes down to it, December 17, O2 Arena, I will end David Haye’s career, because a second loss to me will close the door on his fabulous career.“A brilliant fighter, a fantastic athlete, but mark my words, my style is all wrong for David Haye. On December 17, the ‘Hayemaker’ show ends at the hands of me.”‘The Bomber’ pounded out an 11th round stoppage win in a dramatic first encounter, with Haye enduring a ruptured Achilles earlier in the fight, and Bellew intends to clear up any questions by knocking out his bitter foe even faster.“David’s attributes have never changed,” said the Merseysider. “He’s electrifying in those first three rounds, extremely dangerous, but once that sting goes out the tail, he has a problem.“I will see out those first three or four rounds and then I will bring educated pressure. I will stop David Haye, probably quicker than last time also.“As long as the fight goes, it’s going to end badly for him, believe you me when I say it.”Meanwhile, David Haye has vowed not to make “the same mistake twice” in his rematch against Tony Bellew, which he describes as his “last chance”.Haye was beaten in the 11th round of their first meeting after suffering an ankle injury but concedes that he must make tactical improvements before meeting Bellew again on December 17.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tony Bellew vowed to send David Haye into retirement by warning that the ‘Hayemaker show’ will end in their rematch.Bellew upset the odds to defeat the former WBA champion and believes the 36-year-old will be forced into retirement if he suffers defeat again in the second fight“I’m happy that this is taking place,” Bellew told Sky Sports News. “This is what the fans want; this is what everybody is clamouring for. I am going to turn up and prevail once again.last_img read more

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Spurs, Arsenal Reduce Merseyside Duo to Toddlers

first_imgPREMIERSHIPHarry Kane scored twice for Tottenham Hotspur in a 4-1 victory over an abject Liverpool team yesterday that left the Merseyside club’s Premier League title hopes in tatters.Earlier in the day, Everton dropped into the bottom three of the League after Arsenal came from a goal down to earn an emphatic 5-2 victory at Goodison Park. It was the Gunners first away win of the season.In the Spurs win, Kane struck early in each half, book-ending goals from Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli, with Mohamed Salah netting in reply in front of a record Premier League crowd of 80 827 at Wembley that included the great Diego Maradona.Spurs move level on points with second-place Manchester United, five points below leaders Manchester City, while Liverpool’s sorry defensive display left them a yawning 12 points off the pace in eighth place.It was a second galling defeat against a supposed title rival for Liverpool, following their 5-0 capitulation at City in early September, and they have now won just one of their last six league games.They were unrecognisable from the team that had crushed Maribor 7-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, their travails summed up by a catastrophic defensive display from Dejan Lovren, who was taken off in the 31st minute.Liverpool’s defeat – their first in 10 league games against Spurs – also saw them become only the sixth team to have conceded over 1 000 goals since the Premier League was launched in 1992.With Liverpool out of the League Cup and their hopes of reaching the Champions League last 16 in the balance, it leaves manager Jurgen Klopp facing some uncomfortable questions two years into his Anfield tenure.The story was not even better for the other side of Merseyside derby as Everton fell flat at home to Arsenal. There was an air of quiet, depressed resignation throughout much of the game from the Everton fans but the now familiar boos rang out at the end and the future of Dutch coach Ronald Koeman looks precarious.“I told the players I believe in them, in their commitment. The decision is not in my hands,” Koeman said after the game.“We are not in a position on the table that is good for Everton, I understand, I have been in football a long time, don’t tell me what can happen, I don’t think it’s too late.am responsible for this team, it’s a big result even against a team like Arsenal, we will see what happens,” he added.It all started so well for the hosts as Wayne Rooney curled a stunning 12th-minute opener into the net to give his side the lead – the strike coming almost 15 years to the day since a 16-year-old Rooney announced himself to the world with a remarkably similar goal against the same opposition.Despite trailing, Arsenal dominated from then on, mustering 17 shots on goal in the first half alone, one of which was Nacho Monreal’s equaliser from close range five minutes before the break.The Spanish fullback drilled the ball home after a Granit Xhaka shot had been parried out by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.Arsenal continued on the front foot after the interval and took the lead in the 53rd minute via the head of Mesut Ozil – the German flicking in a perfectly weighted cross from the excellent Alexis Sanchez.Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye was dismissed 15 minutes later after collecting a second yellow card, before a goal from Alexandre Lacazette in the 74th minute and late strikes from Aaron Ramsey and Sanchez, the latter a fine individual effort, either side of an Oumar Niasse consolation.Arsenal move up to fifth with the win and they will be hugely encouraged by the impressive return to fitness and form of Ozil and the way he combined with Sanchez and Lacazette.Manager Arsene Wenger said the performance had been “maybe the most complete defensively and offensively” of the season and was particularly pleased with the way his team responded to Rooney’s opener.“It was about how we responded to that – could we keep calm? We did that in a convincing way. Our passing and movement was excellent,” said the Frenchman.“It’s very difficult to single out any performances as everyone played very well. It was important to get our first win away from home.”    Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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CAA President, Kalkaba, Commends Asaba 2018 LOC

first_imgThe President of Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, on Thursday commended the Delta State Government and the Solomon Ogba-led Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for a job well done saying the good memories of Asaba 2018 will stay with all for a long time.In a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas, CAA Asaba 2018 Head of Media and Publicity, Kalkaba in an email to Ogba shortly after he arrived Cameroon read: “I am delighted that most of the teams had a safe journey back home. For those still in transit, I pray they arrive safely.“Asaba 2018 was a great championship, we know the memories of great championships leave long and the good memories of Asaba 2018 will leave for long with us. “The Delta State Government and the LOC has raised a higher bar in our championship with many innovations like the introduction of Delegation Registration Meeting (DRM), prize money, transports subsidy for participating countries and many more. We look forward to have another great championship in Algeria in 2020,’’ stressed the CAA president.Kalkaba also thanked the Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who he described as a good host.In another message to the LOC, the Technical Director of CAA, Vivian Gungaram also commended the Asaba 2018 Technical Director, Yusuf Alli, for a job well done.Gungaram in his letter to the LOC and copied to Alli, he wrote,“Nigeria is lucky to have you, a technical director who knows his job and is passionate about it. The championship is over but we cannot forget Yusuf Alli who makes things happened.“It was a great pleasure for me to work together with you. I have noticed that you have no problems with problems.“You clear all obstacles and I like that. For both of us, obstacles are not barriers, you are a workaholic and great asset to athletics in Africa,” wrote Gungaram in the message to Alli.Kenya emerged as the overall champions at Asaba 2018 while South Africa settled for second place and hosts, Nigeria finished third.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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