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Djokovic remains world No. 1 despite loss in Rome

Novak Djokovic keeps his lead in the latest men's tennis rankings of the ATP even after he lost to Rafael Nadal of Spain in the final of Italian Open. The Serb has 12,355 points ranking first, followed by Spain's Rafael Nadal (7,945) and Roger Federer of Switzerland (5,950). After the Italian Open, Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas rose to the sixth, and American John isner went up to the tenth. Following are the lastest ATP rankings (previous ranking in parenthesis): 1.(1) Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 12,355 points…

Organisers warn against age cheats as Channels Kids Cup begins today

Channels International Kids Cup for boys in Primary Schools who are under-13  is in its season 11 this year with organisers of the tournament reading the riot act to school planning to field ineligible players. Speaking in a ceremony held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium yesterday to conduct the draws and unveil jerseys, the chairman of the Main Organising Committee of the tournament,  Steve Judo,   advised the youngsters to try as much as possible to combine education with their football careers. "We want to emphasize…

Pliskova: ‘I know everything about Serena Williams’

In a press conference at the Rome Open, Karolina Pliskova analyzed her straight-set final win over Johanna Konta. The Czech prevailed 6-3 6-4 to conquer the trophy. "I think for me still Simona because she's a fighter. Doesn't matter, she doesn't have to play well, but she's still tough to beat because she doesn't give you anything. On clay, double times tough to kill the ball to her. For me still, Simona. Of course, there's going to be Serena Williams. I don't know which shape…

Joshua: I won’t underestimate Ruiz

Anthony Joshua has insisted that he hasn’t underestimated Andy Ruiz Jr. “one bit” ahead of their unified Heavyweight World title clash at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday June 1, shown live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK. The California-based Mexican is in his second World title tilt having pushed former WBO Heavyweight ruler Joseph Parker to the limit in the Kiwi’s hometown in December 2016, being edged out by the finest of margins via a majority decision. Ruiz has another golden…

‘Next year will be my last’ – Pizarro to retire in 2020

Veteran Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro says that he will end his playing career in 2020 at the age of 41. Pizarro, 40, announced a one-year contract extension at Werder Bremen on Saturday, but admitted a day later that next season would be the final act of a two-decades long career in European football. “Next season will be my last. I want to end my career in good condition,” he said at a friendly match against lower league side Papenburg. Fan favourite Pizarro is currently in his fourth spell at Bremen,…

Mbappe ‘bombshell’ places pressure on PSG

France star Kylian Mbappe has cast doubt on his Paris Saint-Germain future, cranking up the pressure on the club’s hierarchy as Real Madrid reportedly attempt to lure him to Spain. The 20-year-old Mbappe fuelled transfer speculation at Sunday’s French league awards ceremony after saying that he wants “responsibilities, maybe at PSG, maybe elsewhere”. It appeared a calculated move by Mbappe, who succeeded team-mate Neymar as the Ligue 1 player of the year, after he again brought it up in front of…

Breaking! Clarke named as Scotland manager

Steve Clarke was named as the new Scotland manager on Monday, with a brief to turn around their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign after a dismal start. The 55-year-old replaces Alex McLeish on a three-year deal just a day after securing third place in the Scottish Premiership for his Kilmarnock team. The former West Brom manager, who won the PFA Scotland and Scottish Football Writers’ Association manager of the year awards, has signed a three-year contract until the end of the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign. “I…

Sports Ministry, AFN meet over refund of IAAF’s $130,000

Less than three days to the expiration of deadline given to Nigeria by the International Associations Athletics Federation (IAAF) to return to $130,000 mistakenly paid to the Athletics Federation Nigeria (AFN), Nigeria may be banned from competing in major competitions across the globe. It would be recalled in 2017 that IAAF tried to disburse the $20,000 annual grant to Nigeria which it remits annual to affiliated federations but the world body mistakenly paid $150,000 to AFN. When it was discovered IAAF wrote AFN to…

Quadri, Abiodun claim fourth consecutive Portuguese title

Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodum claimed the fourth national men’s table tennis title with Sporting after beating Sao Roque CD 3-0 in the second leg of the play-off final held at the Multipurpose Room of the Stadium of Alvalade in Lisbon. Since joining the Lisbon-based team, Quadri has been making it to the podium in the Portuguese elite league alongside his compatriot – Abiodun and this becomes his fourth consecutive title with the Portuguese champion. At the weekend, Quadri was in action for the team when they…

How NBA star used fake manhood to cheat drug testers in 2004

Former NBA star Lamar Odom has revealed he used a prosthetic penis to dupe drug-testers before competing at the 2004 Olympics for the United States, according to an upcoming memoir. The 39-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers star made the revelation in his autobiography “Darkness to Light”, which lifts the lid on his battles with drugs and sex addiction. Odom said he had panicked after being named to the US Olympic team for the 2004 Games in Athens, fearing that he would fail a drugs test. “The joy of being…
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