Germany, England Qualify For 2018 World Cup

Germany secured the ticket to defend their World Cup title in Russia with a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland, who will likely move on to the playoffs from UEFA Group C.

Northern Ireland will finish in second place in the group, though with only eight of the nine group runners-up advancing to the playoffs, they may still need a point in Norway next week to be sure of their place.

Harry Kane scored deep into stoppage time to help England also claim their place at the World Cup with a 1-0 win against Slovenia in Group F.

The result leaves Gareth Southgate’s men six points ahead of Scotland in second place with only one more qualifying game to play.

 

Man City Striker Sergio Aguero ‘Involved In Serious Crash’

Sergio Aguero faces a long spell on the sidelines after the Manchester City striker suffered suspected fractured ribs during a car crash in Amsterdam on Thursday night.

According to reports overnight from his native Argentina, the forward suffered the injuries when in a taxi on the way to the airport to get his flight back to Manchester.

City confirmed the reports on Friday morning in a statement and revealed he would be checked by club doctors ahead of Saturday’s game with Chelsea.

They said: “Sergio Aguero will be assessed by Club doctors today after being involved in a road accident on Thursday.

“The City forward was in Holland on his day off and has sustained injuries.

“He will return to Manchester this morning and his status will be checked ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash at Chelsea.”

The Independent

PSG Deny Offering Cavani €1m To Let Neymar Take Penalties

Paris Saint-Germain have denied offering Edinson Cavani a €1m (£880k) bonus in order to allow new teammate Neymar to take over penalty duties.

Reports on Monday morning suggested the Ligue 1 club’s owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi had made the offer after Cavani – the club’s regular penalty taker last season – had a public row with the world record signing before a spot kick against Lyon last weekend.

“PSG formally denies reports which say Cavani would abandon penalties in exchange for the automatic payment of a bonus,” the club said in a statement.

Independent

14-Year-Old Nigerian Wins US Under 14 Championship, Few Weeks After Moving To IMG

Nigerian Tennis Prodigy, Marylove Edwards opened her first US account on a winning note by dispatching her opponents with ease to win the USTA Celsius Level 6 girls’ 14 & Under tournament.

This she achieved barely 20 days after moving to the world renowned, IMG Tennis Academy founded by veteran tennis coach, Nick Bolletieri in Bradenton, Florida.

She defeated her opponent, Nina Sidhu in two straight sets with an emphatic 6-0, 6-1 win to claim her first trophy on US soil. The final was the climax of a competition she dominated winning all her matches convincingly in two sets apiece.

On the way to the final, Marylove defeated Anastasiia Pestereva in the round of sixteen in two straight sets of 6-3, 6-2. She followed up on her remarkable form beating Nicole Ciemark in a 6-0, 6-1 in the quarter finals before ensuring her place in the final with a 6-2, 6-0 defeat of Stella Rundova.

With support from her Lagos-based pan-African talent agency, Temple Management Company (TMC), the twelve year-old has been on a roll. The organization focuses on harnessing and marketing creatively endowed individuals and has been propelling the career of the Nigerian sensation.

After a one week training stint at the IMG Academy in April, Marylove returned to Nigeria to shock keen observers of the Nigerian ennis circuit when she emerged as the first junior to make it to the finals of the CBN Women Seniors.

On close observation, IMG founder, Bolletieri singled out Marylove for her unique double-fisted style. His words, “Now this young girl is very different: super athlete. Very handy. Only a few can get away with that style.”

Committed to her development, TMC was able to secure financing to help the starlet return to IMG Academy to begin a full academic session in September at the prestigious tennis intuition which has produced the likes of the Serena and Venus Williams, Andre Agassi and Monica Seles among others.

Speaking from her IMG Academy base, Marylove expressed her excitement at her new achievement. “I have been training very hard since I started at IMG and was so happy to win my first trophy,” said an excited Marylove.

 Also speaking, Koye Sowemimo, Head of Sports, TMC, said, “we are focused on our commitment to ensure that Marylove continues to make progress such as her latest triumph both on and off the court. This is a great step in that direction and we firmly believe it is just the beginning of what we will be a great future for her.”

D’Tigers Loses Afrobasket Gold To Tunisia

The Nigerian basketball team, D’Tigers were edged by the Tunisian team in the finals of the Afrobasket Championships co-hosted by Senegal and Tunisia with the finals played in the Tunisian capital of Tunis. The game lived up to the hype with the Nigerian team led by charismatic skipper Ike Diogu winning the first quarter 14-8.

Ike Diogu, who has been a part of the team for over a decade was ever present to give his bit to the team and was once again spectacular in a game where all was given but little was gotten. The second quarter also started with D’Tigers having the upper hand as they led initially before being subdued by a massively supported Tunisian team. The second quarter ended with the co-hosts leading Nigeria by a point as the score stood at 25-24. n

It was all Tunisia thereafter as D’Tigers trailed and were second best again in the third quarter which the Tunisians won by 52 points to Nigeria’s 40.  It was a late rally from the Nigerian team that made the fourth and final quarter a very interesting one as they battled hard to salvage a winning result but the Tunisians proved too hard a nut to crack for the visiting D’Tigers as they bowed to the victorious Tunisians at the fourth quarter with the result standing at 77-65 in favour of the Tunisians, a result that stamped the co-hosts’ victory.

Team Nigeria’s skipper, Ike Diogu won the best player of the tournament after being the first on the tournament’s leaderboard and was selected as one of the players in the team of the tournament.

In the third place match, Senegal pipped Morocco to the third position and a bronze medal finish on the podium. The D’Tigers’ final game today was their second consecutive final after claiming victory over Angola the last time out.

Decision To Suspend Me For Five Games Is “Persecution” – Ronaldo

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo said the decision to suspend him for five games is “persecution”.

The 32-year-old failed in his appeal against the ban for the red card he received in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against Barcelona in the Super Cup.

He was given a one-match ban for two yellows and a further four for pushing the referee after he had been sent off.

The bookings at the Nou Camp were for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1 and for a dive.

Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s second leg and will not return to domestic action until 20 September against Real Betis. However, he will be able to play in the Champions League.

In an Instagram post, after his failed appeal, he wrote: “It seems to me exaggerated and ridiculous, this is called persecution.”

BBC

Crystal Palace Sack Frank De Boer As Roy Hodgson Prepares To Take Over

Crystal Palace have confirmed they have sacked Frank de Boer after just 77 days as manager, with Roy Hodgson set to replace him at Selhurst Park.

The Dutchman, who succeeded Sam Allardyce in June, lost all four of his Premier League games without scoring; the worst start of any top-flight club in 93 years.

The Eagles dominated in a 1-0 defeat at Burnley on Sunday and De Boer hoped an improved performance would save him, but on Monday morning he was confirmed as the shortest-serving Premier League manager in terms of matches.

Roy Hodgson, who is set to replace Frank de Boer,  is set to sign a two-year contract.

Rafael Nadal Wins US Open

Rafael Nadal won his third US Open and 16th Grand Slam title with a one-sided victory over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in New York.

The world number one powered to a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory in Sunday’s final.

The Spaniard, 31, has now won two Slams in the same year for the first time since 2013, having won the French Open in June.

“It’s just unbelievable what happened this year,” said Nadal.

“After a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, sometimes playing not good – since the beginning of the season it has been very, very emotional.”

The US Open was the last Grand Slam where he was working alongside his uncle Toni, with Carlos Moya taking sole charge of coaching from 2018.

“I can’t thank him enough for all the things he did for me,” Nadal said of his uncle.

“Probably without him I would never be playing tennis and it’s great I had somebody like him pushing me all the time.”

Arsenal Confirm Chamberlain’s Exit To Liverpool

Arsenal have formally announced the exit of their midfielder, Alex Ox-Chamberlain to rivals Liverpool and thanked him for his services.

The London club did not reveal how much they pocketed from the sale. And they did not say whether they would do any new signing on the last day of the transfer window.

Embattled manager, Arsene Wenger, merely said ‘his phone has been red hot on transfer deadline day”.

Alex joined Arsenal six years ago from Southampton. He made 199 appearances and scored 20 goals.

“He helped us to three Emirates FA Cup victories, putting in a man-of-the-match performance in our semi-final win against Manchester City last season”, Arsenal said on their website.

“A year after his arrival from Southampton, ‘The Ox’ featured for England at Euro 2012 aged just 18. He currently has 27 senior caps for the Three Lions.

“We’d like to thank Alex for his contribution to the club and wish him well for the future.

“The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes”, the Club said.

The Club also announced the departure of defender Kieran Gibbs to West Brom Albion.

“Kieran first joined us as a teenager in 2004, working his way up through our academy to become a mainstay of the first-team squad for a decade.

“Always a dependable and hardworking defender, Kieran made a total of 230 first-team appearances for Arsenal.

“Last season the 27-year-old skippered the side in the League Cup, and featured in a total of 22 matches”.

NAN

Enyeama Ready To Return To National Team, Says Super Eagles Coach Rohr

Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, has hinted the return of former Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama, to the national team.

Rohr stated this at a pre-match news conference ahead of Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

The match will be played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

Rohr said he had spoken with Enyeama and the goalkeeper was ready to come back to the Super Eagles.

“The past is the past but now he is injured. He has to win the fight against injury,” Rohr said.

Enyeama quit the national team in 2015 following a disagreement with the former national team coach, Sunday Oliseh.

Rohr said he has a good team to face the Lions but his challenge was with the goalkeeper position.

The Franco-German coach said Ikechukwu Ezenwa would be in goal on Friday due to injury sustained by two other goalkeepers in the team.

He added: “The list of players makes the difference, not so young, more of experienced players. We already have six points. All the players are in high spirit.

“We know that we have a good team, we are ready to make the difference. We have all the confidence to beat the Indomitable Lions here in Uyo.”

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