Spieth takes two-shot Open lead

      Jordan Spieth handled the miserable conditions brilliantly in the second round of the Open Championship on Friday as he took a commanding two-shot lead into the weekend at Royal Birkdale. The American star survived the driving rain and gusting wind to shoot a one-under-par 69 and sit at six-under at the championship’s halfway point. That was one of just eight rounds under par as the field toiled in the conditions, and it sufficed for the 23-year-old Texan to hold a two-stroke lead over his fellow American Matt…

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Men are distrac tions –Amusan

The country rave of the moment in athletics, Tobiloba Amusan, has set a huge target of dethroning world record holder, Keni Harrison, in the women’s 100m hurdles when the IAAF World Championships start in August. The University of Texas at El Paso sophomore in this exclusive interview with CHARLES OGUNDIYA said passion keeps her going in athletics. Excerpts…   How did you feel winning the 100m hurdles at the Warri Relay/CAA Grand Prix? It was awesome and another opportunity for me to run in front of my fans. This is…

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Ekeji to NFF: Forget U-17, U-20, focus on Eagles

•Says league should be improved     Adekunle Salami A former Director General in the Ministry of Sport, Dr. Patrick Ekeji, has urged the Nigeria Football Federation to reduce the number of competitions in its fold especially the age-grade events. Ekeji said it was sad that the NFF over the years had been unable to set its priorities right to boost its results and help the development of the round leather game. The former international advised that there was urgent need for the federation to channel its energy towards developing…

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LMC suspends Chukwu over Amapakabo’s arrest

Charles Ogundiya   The League Management Company has suspended the General Manager of Rangers International of Enugu from all Nigeria Professional Football League activities with immediate effect pending his appearance before the Ethics Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation. The suspension followed the conduct of the former national team coach in the dispute resolution proceedings between Rangers and their former coach, Imama Amapakabo. Chukwu was also referred to the NFF’s Ethics Committee in accordance with the provisions of Rule C17.5 of the NPFL Framework and Rules. Rangers and the club…

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Nigerians divided over Enyeama, Aiyenugba’s return

  Following the diagnosis of Super Eagles main goalkeeper (Carl Ikeme) of leukemia, there have been a lot of unease in the National team and among the fans on who should be in goal against Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on August 30 and September4 following the 2-0 loss to South Africa.   Damilola Olaleye & Luqman Abdurraheem   Ezenwa is the man Nigeria is in a difficult dilemma in the sense that we have talents available to man the post and there has to be chemistry between the defense and…

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Garba is like a father to Gombe players –Abbani

Sanni Abbani ‘Yarma’ has emerged as one of the young stars and next rated talent in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League season. The 19-year-old who already scored four goals with six assists told League Rendezvous that he looks forward to attaining the status of Arsenal of England legend, Thiery Henry. Excerpts…   CHARLES OGUNDIYA Why football I got the dream at the age of five to become a footballer. My parents bought me a small ball and I was always kicking it around the compound. I grew up in…

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ICC: Bayern, AC Milan live on StarTimes

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Pay TV, StarTimes, is set to bring the pre-season tournament clash between Bundesliga champions, Bayer Munich and top Italian side AC Milan in a live coverage to its subscribers on Saturday. The two sides met in the International Champions Cup last year and played out a 3-3 draw. Both sides are believed to be strong going forward with the likes of Silva and Columbian star Carlos Bacca poised to be a threat to the Italian side, whilst Bayern can count on Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski and new man James Rodriguez.…

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OIanrewaju: Eagles must beat Cameroon for Ikeme

Ajibade Olusesan   Super Eagles striker, Kayode Olanrewaju, has rallied his teammates to win their World Cup qualifying matches against Cameroon in solidarity with their colleague Carl Ikeme who is down with acute leukemia. The Austria Wien FC star said it was unfortunate the goalie got the bad news at the moment when both his club and country needed him but is confident the goalkeeper would come out of the problem successfully. He said the Eagles would have been stronger with Ikeme in the side but there are goalkeepers who…

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Rivers United in must win contest against Wikki

  CHARLES OGUNDIYA It has been tough for Rivers United this time despite finishing second behind Rangers at the end of last season. The club currently battling against relegation are in dire need of a victory when they take on Wikki Tourists this weekend in Port Harcourt. Fans of the team have been calling for the sack of the coach, Stanley Eguma, after their lacklustre performance which culminated in a home defeat against Sunshine Stars in their last game. Another bad display this weekend might spell doom as Rivers currently…

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Teams arrive for Zenith B’ball Final 8

The eight teams expected to compete for honours in the Final 8 of the 13th Zenith Women Basketball League will arrive Lagos, venue of the Final Phase, Saturday (today). Although action will start on Monday at the National Stadium in Surulere, the officials of the teams will b e expected to be at a technical meeting on Sunday at the event venue. Already, Zenith Bank, has promised to make the 2017 Final 8 a thrilling event for the participating teams and fans of the game. E i g h t…

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