Youth Olympics: Are hopeful of better outing in next edition

By Meletus EZE Ademola Are, Director, Grassroots Sports Development, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on Sunday expressed the hope that Nigeria would put up a better performance in the next Youth Olympics. Are made the assertion when Team Nigeria arrived at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja from the 2018 Youth Olympics held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from Oct.  6 to Oct.  18. According to Are, we thank God for an injury-free championships, we ensured Nigeria took part in the apex youth programme. “Thanks to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of…

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U.S. sports leagues could see $4.2bn annually from legal betting

By Thompson ABISOLA The four major U.S. professional sports leagues could reap a combined 4.2 billion dollars annually, according to a casino industry survey to be released later on Thursday. The revenue would be as a result of legal sports betting, most of it indirectly from increased fan engagement. The National Football League stands to make the most, with a projected 2.33 billion dollars of additional annual revenue, according to the study seen by Reuters. Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Hockey League (NHL)…

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Lagos Tennis Open Int’l Championships: Jomby proud to be men’s singles champion

By Giwa SHILE The Lagos Tennis Open International Championships on Saturday rounded up proceedings with French player Tom Jomby (1) crushing his countryman Arthur Rinderknech (4)  6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to win the men’s singles finals. Jomby playing in his first final in the Lagos Open said that he was delighted to win the match as his opponent had given him the toughest game so far in the tournament. “I played against a good player and was very fortunate to get back into the game when it was obvious that the…

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Washington State Assistant Athletic Director resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations

By Giwa SHILE Washington State Assistant Athletic Director Jason Gesser resigned on Tuesday amid allegations of inappropriate sexual advances. Gesser, 39, was a quarterback for the Cougars from 1999-2002. He was placed on administrative leave on Monday after Alyssa Bodeau, 27, said she filed an official complaint against Gesser with the school’s Office for Equal Opportunity, according to the (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review. He had been working in a fundraising capacity for the athletic department. “I am deeply saddened that recent circumstances in my private life have created a distraction for…

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Nigerian students for 2018 World Robot Olympiad in Thailand

By Giwa SHILE Some Nigerian students are set to represent the country at the 2108 World Robot Olympiad in Thailand after coming out tops at the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Nigeria held in Lagos. The WRO Nigeria was held at the Lagos City Hall, Lagos Island, where 35 schools and 140 students across Nigeria participated. The winners of each category will represent Nigeria at WRO, Chiang Mai, Thailand later in November. The students at this year’s competition tagged: “Food Matters’’ seek to proffer solutions to the way we grow, share…

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Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi others for NFF elections Sept. 20

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Electoral Committee yesterday cleared candidates for various posts for the election that will hold on September 20 in Katsina State. Four persons are battling for the presidency, including incumbent Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who is also the 1st Vice President of CAF, Member of the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions and President of AFCON. Pinnick, a former Chairman of the Delta State Football Association and Executive Chairman of the Delta State Commission, is the highest –placed Nigerian ever in football’s boardroom globally and has a very…

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Liberian President leads country’s team in Nigeria friendly

By Aliyu DANLADI The President of the Republic of Liberia, George Oppong Weah, has hailed Nigeria as a great and worthy ally in national development and also described Nigerian football as a model that he would want his country to follow. The Liberian President, a former World Footballer of the Year and African Footballer of the Year, said that Nigerian football had always inspired him. The Director of Communications, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire said on Wednesday in Lagos that the football icon spoke after the Tuesday night’s exhibition…

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Weah makes surprise return to football against Super Eagles of Nigeria

By Aliyu DANLADI Liberia President and former World Footballer of the Year, George Weah, made a surprise return to international competition in Monrovia on Tuesday, playing in a 2-1 loss to Nigeria. The match came up a few weeks short of his 52nd birthday and Liberia had arranged the friendly to retire the number 14 jersey made famous by Weah. However, fans were in for a shock when, 16 years after his last international appearance, the striker led the national team onto the pitch wearing it instead. Media reports said…

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Cycling: Team Nigeria departs for Italy

By Aliyu DANLADI Nigeria female cyclists on Sunday departed for Giro Delle Marche In Rosa Cycling Tour in Italy ahead of the Invitational Female Cycling Championship holding in that country. Giandomenico Massari, President, Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN), said that the championship was slated to hold from Sept. 11 to Sept. 14. He said the championship was reserved for female cyclists, and that it was part of the CFN activities to expose and prepare the elite girls for upcoming international championships, including the Africa Games and 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.…

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2,447 athletes in Ilorin for National Youth Games

By Aliyu DANLADI No fewer than 2,447 athletes from 24 states have so far arrived and registered for the 4th National Youth Games holding in Ilorin. The Chairman of the Accommodation Committee for the games, Ali Durotoye, confirmed this on Saturday in Ilorin. Lagos and Kogi states are among states that missed the 3rd edition, but are already in Ilorin for the 4th edition of the games. Durotoye, a Deputy Director with Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, said screening for the athletes will be conducted on Sunday. He…

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