2018 Games torch relay to begin in Nov

The torch relay for next year’s Winter Olympics will begin in South Korea in November and travel 2,018 kilometres around the country before arriving in Pyeongchang to mark the start of the Feb. 9-25 Games, organisers said on Monday. The flame will be lit in Olympia, Greece on Oct. 24 before coming to Korea for the domestic relay. It would then be taken through 17 cities and provinces by 7,500 torchbearers, beginning on Nov. 1 — the 100-day countdown to the Games, POCOG said in a statement. The identity of…

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UEFA League: Lewandowski set to face Madrid’s shaky defence

    Real Madrid’s struggling defence will probably have to keep Bayern Munich’s deadly striker Robert Lewandowski at bay in the Bernabeu to reach the Champions League semi-finals. Real will be defending a 2-1 lead from the first leg of the quarter-final, which the Polish hitman missed with the shoulder injury that also kept him out of the German side’s 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga on Saturday. However, Lewandowski trained on Sunday and is poised to return as Bayern look for goals on Tuesday against a Real…

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Ohio police hunt Facebook Live killer

Police in Cleveland are searching for a man who fatally shot a “random” victim and posted the footage on Facebook. The suspect, Steve Stephens, later said in a separate video post that he had killed 13 people and was looking to kill more. Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams confirmed one killing but said they did not know of any other victims. Williams said that “multiple forces” were looking for Stephens, who “needs to turn himself in”. The victim has been identified by Cleveland police as 74-year-old Robert Godwin. “There is…

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La Liga: Granada suffer home loss, Valencia draw

    Granada’s slim hopes of launching a bid for La Liga survival under Tony Adams were further diminished as an under-strength Celta Vigo ran out 3-0 away winners on Sunday. Former Arsenal and England captain Adams took temporary charge until the end of the season earlier this week having previously worked at Granada as an adviser to Chinese owner Jiang Lizhang. Granada remain seven points off safety with just six games remaining. Adams named a side of 11 different nationalities and without a single Spaniard in his starting line-up…

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Chelsea’s title chances 50 percent – Conte

    “Six finals” await Chelsea in the Premier League run-in after a 2-0 loss at Manchester United that leaves their title chances at only “50 percent”, manager Antonio Conte said. Having hoped to re-establish a seven-point lead over second-place Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea’s advantage remains four points following Sunday’s defeat at Old Trafford. They remain in the driving seat and will face only one top-seven side — Everton — in their last six games, but Conte suggested his team can no longer be considered outright favourites. “We have to think…

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EPL: How I beat Chelsea – Mourinho

  Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has said that he knew the best tactical plan, that would see his team defeat Premier League leaders, Chelsea. Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera scored for the hosts as they cut the Blues’ lead at the top to four points. Mourinho revealed afterwards that it was the same system he used in their 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup, but it did not work that time because Herrera was sent off for two bookable offences. “We went to Stamford Bridge in…

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Federation Elections: Guidelines split aspirants, administrators

Sports administrators and aspirants into the boards of the National Sports Federations are sharply divided over the guidelines released for the forthcoming elections. The guidelines emerged after a stakeholders’ meeting with sports minister, Solomon Dalung, on Thursday where June 9 was also picked as the date for the polls. The guideline stipulated that people who have served two terms as presidents cannot contest while those who are either presidents or vice presidents of international sports bodies are not eligible to contest for federation presidency. A former member of the Nigeria…

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Okpekpe Race: Obaseki seeks more local participation

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki wants increased participation of runners from Edo State and other adjoining states in the Okpekpe international 10km road race. “The Okpekpe race has come to stay and we are happy to be associated with it. It is an event that has put Edo State on the map of the world as a destination for world-class sporting event and we are grateful for this. I will however like to have more local participation in the event. I want runners from all over Edo State and other…

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CAFCC: Rivers Utd beat Rayon Sports 2-0

Rivers United on Sunday took a step closer to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup after defeating Rayon Sports of Rwanda 2-0 in Port Harcourt. The Garden City outfit is the only Nigerian team on the continent after the elimination of Rangers who lost 5-2 on aggregates to Zesco United of Zambia at the weekend. A goal apiece in each half from Emeka Atuloma and Guy Kuemian gave Rivers a 2-0 lead ahead of the second leg tie this weekend in Rwanda. It would have been 3-0 in…

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Ahmedu, Omotayo, Yusuf, call for NSC’s return

The President of the Federation of International Basketball Association, Africa Zone 3, Colonel Sam Ahmedu, athletics coach, Professor Seun Omotayo, and Former Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation, Tijani Yusuf, has called for the return of the National Sports Commission. The trio noted that sports had suffered a lot in the country and the only way forward was the return of the commission with top technocrats in charge. “The NSC must come back,” Ahmedu said. “This was part of the Recommendations of the National Sports Reform Committee. A bill…

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