Aminu Nets 15 Points, Nine Rebounds In Blazers Win

D’Tigers forward, Al-Farouq Aminu

National Basketball Association (NBA), D’Tigers forward, Al-Farouq Aminu, has scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 122-113.

The 26-year-old Nigerian shot four of seven from the field and made six of his nine free throw attempts in 28 minutes of play, as Portland took a 1-game lead for 8th seed in the Western Conference.

Portland also got 32 points and 16 rebounds from former Nuggets center, Jusuf Nurkic, while C. J. McCollum added 39 points.

The Blazers would face the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

Gauteng Tournament: A Learning Experience For The Team – Eguavoen

Former Super Eagles coach, Augustine Eguavoen

Former Super Eagles coach, Augustine Eguavoen, has said he is confident that the 2017 Future Champions Gauteng Cup tournament will serve as a learning experience for the team.

Eguavoen led the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) All-Stars Under-17 team to a Silver Medal at the Future Champions Gaunteng international tournament in Johannesburg.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television in Johannesburg, Eguavoen said the team deserves commendation as they got to know each other within nine days in camp.

Meanwhile, the first Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi, said the football house will continue to work towards building a functional youth system in the country’s domestic leagues clubs.

He also said the NPFL U-17 All-Stars have shown they can compete among the best finishing in second place among top teams in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Rangers, Rivers United Get Confederation Cup Opponent

Federation Cup, enugu rangers, Rangers, Imama Amapakabo, NPFLRangers International and Rivers United, have been drawn in the last 16 of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champion, Rangers, were drawn against Zesco United of Zambia.

The club crashed out of the Champions League after losing to Zamalek 5-3 on aggregate.

Rivers United would face Rayon Sports of Rwanda, following their drop to the second tier having lost to Al-Merrikh 4-3 on aggregate.

The first leg would be played on April 7 and 9, while the return leg is scheduled for April 14 and 16.

Tiger Woods Says He Will Never Feel Great Again

Tiger-WoodsFourteen-time major winner, Tiger Woods, says he will “never feel great” again because of the number of injuries suffered during his career.

The 41-year-old, pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic before the second round this month, because of a back spasm.

Woods’ first return to competitive action after a 15-month lay-off came in December, at the Hero World Challenge, an 18-man tournament in the Bahamas and finished 15th at the PGA tour event.

“I feel good, not great. I don’t think I will ever feel great because it’s three back surgeries, four knee operations.

“I’m always going to be a little bit sore. As long as I can function, I’m fine with that.” He said.

Woods has not won a tournament anywhere since 2013.

“There is a change of guard,” he said. “My generation is getting older but if I’m teeing up, then the goal is to win.” He added.

Lampard Retires From Professional Football

Lampard Retires From Professional FootballThe former Chelsea and England midfielder, Frank Lampard, has retired from professional football after 21 years in the game.

The 38-year-old, who spent 2016 with New York City in Major League Soccer in the US, announced his decision on social media on Thursday.

Lampard made more than 600 appearances for Chelsea and won 106 caps for the Three Lions.

He scored more than 300 career goals with 211 of them for Chelsea during a 13-year spell that saw him become the club’s record scorer.

According to his retirement statement, He said: “While I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing, at 38, I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life.

“I’m grateful to the Football Association (FA), for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.”

AFCON 2017: Ghana Defeat DR Congo, Advance To Semi-Final 

footballBrothers, Andre and Jordan Ayew, have led the black stars to reach the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Sunday in Gabon.

The brothers grabbed a goal each to beat Dr Congo 2-1 in the Gabonese city, Oyem.

The Ayews, are the sons of Ghana football legend, Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew, ranked among the greatest African footballers of all time.

Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew, opened the scoring on 62 minutes, curling the ball past Ley Matampi in the Leopards goal.

Paul-Jose M’poku, equalized for DR Congo with a sensational curling long-range effort from outside the box, while West Ham’s Andre Ayew, then coolly dispatched a winning penalty, to seal the win.

However, Ghana runner-up in the last competition, is seeking a first Cup of Nations title since 1982.

AFCON: Host Nation Crash Out

footballHost nation, Gabon, have crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations at the group stage after a goalless draw against Cameroon in the final round of games in group A.

However, the draw hands the Indomitable Lions a spot in the last eight, after finishing second behind group leaders Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso defeated Guinea-Bissau 2-0. An own goal from Rudinilson Silva and Bertrand Traore handed the Stallions their first victory in the group.

The two teams join Senegal, and Ghana who have already qualified for the quarter-finals.