Cycling Lagos: DStv to transmit event to 11.9m subscribers

The Media Officer of the Cycling Lagos, Bamidele Adeleye, on Wednesday said the partnership with Pay TV, MultiChoice, owners of DStv and GOtv would relay the competition to its over 11.9 million subscribers. Adeleye said in Lagos that the television right agreement with the South Africa-based Pay TV was to ensure that the competition enjoyed wide coverage. “The television right partnerships for hosting of the maiden international cycling event, tagged CyclingLagos on Aug. 25, 2018, will have a transmission to about 11.9 million subscribers. “Multichoice will provide the Sub-Saharan Africa…

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England to face Switzerland and U.S. in autumn friendlies

England will play friendly matches against Switzerland and the U.S. as part of their autumn schedule later this year, the English Football Association announced on Wednesday. The Swiss are scheduled to visit on September 11, with a venue for that game still to be decided, before the U.S. travel to Wembley Stadium on November 15. England last played against Switzerland in a qualifier for Euro 2016 in September 2015, when goals from Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney settled a 2-0 win for the hosts. The U.S. team, who failed to…

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England defeats Blitzboks

England overturned a 14-point deficit to beat the Blitzboks 21-14 in the bronze-medal match at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports. Judging by this lacklustre performance, particularly in the second half, the Blitzboks were still reeling from their semi-final defeat to Fiji. Bronze wasn’t the medal they wanted coming into the day and it showed against England. Unlike the tension-filled semi-final, it was noticeable that South Africa played more freely against the English and that was their undoing. Branco du Preez opened the scoring after a brilliant pick-up off the ground. Ruhan…

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Messy session for Hamilton as Vettel fastest in final Chinese GP practice

SHANGHAI – Sebastian Vettel clocked the fastest time on Saturday in the final practice for the Chinese Grand Prix as Ferrari upped the pressure on Mercedes and defending champion Lewis Hamilton, who managed only fifth-best. Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull’s mechanics, meanwhile, faced a race against time after his engine blew, putting them under the gun to fix it ahead of afternoon qualifying and salvage his weekend. Vettel, the season points leader, put in a best lap of one minute and 33.018 seconds on a windy and wet Shanghai International…

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Hellen Obiri, Margaret Kipemboi sweep Gold and Silver in 5000m final

Hellen Obiri wins gold in 5000m final [Photo: Courtesy] Kenya scoops position one and two in the Women’s 5000m final at the Gold Coast 2018 Comonwealth Games. Hellen Obiri crossed the finish line at 15:13.11 to give Kenya their third goal while her compatriot Margaret Kipkemboi followed at 15:15.28 to win the silver medal. Kipkemboi came second to win silver [Photo: Courtesy] England’s Laura Weightman came third at 15:25.84 to win the bronze. Kenya’s Eva Cherono came seventh in the race.

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Retired great Bolt hints at possible comeback

Cape Town – Usain Bolt is known for his wild sense of humour, so it would be wise not to read too much into it, but the retired sprinter has hinted at a comeback to the sport. Largely considered the greatest athletes of all time, the 31-year-old Bolt retired after last year’s IAAF World Championships. The world record holder in the 100m and 200m events, Bolt has been in Australia partying up a storm while watching the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast. And, on Saturday, he took to Twitter after watching…

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‘Commonwealth Games: Relay teams’ preparation in top gear’

With less than 48 hours to the relay events at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia, Olalekan Soetan, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) statistician on Wednesday said preparations were in top gear. The 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m relays are scheduled to begin on April 13 at the Carrara Stadium, while Nigeria will be featuring in the men and women 4x100m. Soetan said from Gold Coast, Queensland, that AFN was focused on the four relays, as preparation was going on smoothly. “We are focused on the four relays, we are expecting…

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