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Tinubu Transmits Anti-Doping Bill to Senate

Exclusives

President Bola Tinubu has urged the Senate to review and approve a bill aimed at prohibiting athletes from using substances that enhance their performance. Tinubu’s request was conveyed in a letter read on Thursday on the floor of the upper legislative chamber by the Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau. The bill titled “National Anti-Doping Bill 2024”, if passed, will regulate substances that can be consumed by athletes during sporting events.

Tunde Onakoya Breaks Chess Marathon Record

Exclusives

Nigerian chess champion and child education advocate, Tunde Onakoya has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon played chess nonstop after playing for more than 60 hours in New York City’s Times Square.

13th All-African Games: Team Nigeria Finishes Second

Exclusives

The 2023 All African Games which kicked-off on March 8 in Ghana and came to an end on Saturday with Team Nigeria finishing overall second place with a total of 121 medals consisting of 47 Gold, 34 Silver and 40 Bronze medals. Weightlifting produced Team Nigeria’s highest medal haul with 32 medals consisting of 10 Gold, 10 Silver and 6 Bronze medals. Athletics was Nigeria’s second most productive sport at the 13th edition of the tournament with 22 medals.

Serie A: Osimhen Never Wanted To Leave Napoli – Agent

Sports Transfers

The Nigerian International, Victor Osimhen has no intention of leaving the Partenopei, his agent revealed. The young talisman signed a new deal with Napoli on Saturday which will see him remain in the club until 2026.

Arteta Wants Neto Signed Into Arsenal Ahead Of Toney

Sports Transfers

Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager has reportedly identified Wolves winger Pedro Neto to be signed into the Gunners ahead of Brentford striker Ivan Toney in the January transfer window. According to Football Transfers (h/t Caught Offside), Arteta apparently needs Neto to ease the workload on Bukayo Saka in his squad.

Why I Snubbed Man United Transfer For Arsenal – Jurrien Timber

Sports Transfers

Arsenal defender Jurrien Timber has opened up about his decision to join Mikel Arteta's men this summer, turning down interest from a number of other clubs. The Dutch international joined Arsenal from Ajax last week in a deal worth an initial £34.2million.

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 34. He shared this news in a letter to Real Madrid fans, expressing his gratitude for their love and support since he joined the club in 2014. Kroos also confirmed that the 2024 Euros will mark his final international appearance.

Why I Snubbed England To Play For Nigeria – Iwobi

Football

Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi has revealed why he had to turn down England to play for Nigeria at senior level. Iwobi, a former Arsenal star, graduated from Arsenal youth team and played for England at U16, U17, and U18 levels before becoming cap-tied to Nigeria. He played his competitive debut against Egypt in an African Cup of Nations qualifier on March 25, 2016. 

Juventus Dismiss Coach Allegri after Cup Final Antics

Football

Juventus on Friday terminated the services of its head coach Massimiliano Allegri, over his behavior during and after this week's Coppa Italia final. Juve said in a statement that they had dismissed Allegri for “certain behavior during and after the Italian Cup final that the club deemed incompatible with its values”. The Serie A club won their 15th Italian Cup on Wednesday night but Allegri burst into a rage, first being sent off in the final minutes after ranting at match officials and then dismissively waving away sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli during the post-match celebrations. He is also alleged to have manhandled and threatened the chief editor of the newspaper Tuttosport before the post-match press conference.

Tennis: Naomi Osaka Former World Number One Wins First Match After Comeback

Tennis

New mother Naomi Osaka won the first match of her comeback by beating Tamara Korpatsch in straight sets at the Brisbane International. The Japanese four-time Grand Slam champion, playing in her first tournament in 15 months, defeated the unseeded German 6-3 7-6 (11-9). She will be facing Karolina Pliskova next. "I'm very proud of myself," said Osaka, 26. "I feel like I played at a pretty good level. I think my opponent played really well as well." "The last couple of years that I played before I had my daughter, I didn't return as much love as I was given," Osaka said on court after the match.

US Open 2023: Djokovic Defeats Medvedev, Clinches Title

Tennis

Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev in the Men’s US Open Finals on Sunday to extend his grand slam singles titles to 24 and also win the $3 million prize money. The world No. 2 emerged for a 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory at the Flushing Meadows over his opponent, Medvedev. The 36 year old from Serbia dominated the first set, never facing a break point, however, the second set which lasted for an hour and 45 minutes was more competitive as Djokovic and Medvedev exchanged games which kept a record-breaking 799,402 audience at the edge of their seats.

US Open: Djokovic Through To Semi Final, Breaks Federer's Record

Tennis

Djokovic has made it through to the 2023 Grand Slam US Open semi-final for the 13th time, breaking the record of the legendary Roger Federer, also aims at adding to the number of his titles, which he has three already. Djokovic is seeking the fourth title in the ongoing 2023 US Open at Flushing Meadows.

Undisputed Clash: Fury, Usyk To Face Off In An Historical Bout

Boxing

Tyson Fury, the current WBC belt holder, will face Oleksandr Usyk, the current WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight belt holder, in a historic bout billed as the fight of a generation. The event is set to take place on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The winner of this faceooff will become the first undisputed boxer in history to hold all four major titles. Originally slated for February, the fight was postponed to May due to certain circumstances. Both fighters will seek to make history on Saturday.

Anthony Joshua Defeats Francis Ngannou with Second Round Knock-out

Boxing

Anthony Joshua in his abilities have erased every lingering doubt after the British superstar delivered a thunderous knockout of former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Friday, leading to his victory. It took Joshua less than two rounds to put away Ngannou and he did so in style with a pair of knockdowns before the emphatic final blow. Ngannou, 37, a former UFC heavyweight champion, was taking part in only his second professional boxing match having lost a split decision to Tyson Fury in October.

Boxing: Fury Emerges Victorious Over Ngannou

Boxing

Tyson Fury, a World Boxing Council (WBC) Champion, who is widely regarded as the leading heavyweight in boxing, emerged victorious over Francis Ngannou in a spit decision which has been thoroughly criticized of being controversial.

Traffic Diversion Announced Ahead Of Abuja City Half Marathon

Athletics

The first edition of the Abuja City International Half Marathon, sponsored by Premium Trust Bank is scheduled to hold on Saturday, April 20, 2024. As a result of this event, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) announced several road diversions and alternative routes in Abuja.

Paris 2024: D’Tigress Qualify For Olympic Games

Athletics

Nigeria’s D’Tigress has qualified for the women’s basketball event of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Despite losing 100 – 46 to the USA in their second game at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Antwerp, Belgium, D’Tigress still picked one of the tickets for the games. Their qualification was sealed after Senegal’s 97-66 defeat to Belgium which takes them out of contention. Belgium and Nigeria have now qualified for the Olympics while the US already qualified as World Champions. 

Amusan Set New 60m Hurdles Record

Athletics

Sprinter, Tobi Amusan has set a new African women’s indoor record in 60 metres after running 7.75 seconds at the New Balance Indoor Gand Prix in Boston. This performance in Boston replaces the previous record of 7.77 seconds set in Kazakhstan at the Astana Indoor Meet in January when she surpassed the record set by compatriot Gloria Alozie 7.82 seconds set in 1999.