Federer To Skip Clay Court Season

After wins at Indian Wells and Miami, Roger Federer says he will skip the clay court season to rest, but will probably play the French Open.

Federer who has moved up to world number four following his win, defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-4 for his third title of the year.

The 35-year-old Federer becomes the tournament’s oldest men’s champion.

He also won the Hard-Court event in 2005 and 2006.

FIFA Picks Nigerian Referee For Beach Soccer World Cup

FIFA Picks Nigerian Referee For Beach Soccer World Cup The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), has confirmed Nigerian referee, Jelili Ogunmuyiwa, as one of the 24 referees selected to officiate at the 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas.

Ogunmuyiwa was picked alongside Tunisia’s Issam Bousbih and Said Hachim from Madagascar as Africa’s representatives at this year’s tournament.

The 38-year-old who also officiates at the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), will be attending his third FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

He was at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups in Italy and Portugal.

Federer To Face Nadal In Miami Open Final

Federer To Face Nadal In Miami Open Final
Roger Federer

Roger Federer won a thrilling three-hour contest against Nick Kyrgios to get to the finals, against Rafael Nadal at the Miami Open.

The Swiss triumphed 7-6 6-7 7-6 to take his 2017 record to 18 wins and one defeat.

Federer will take on Nadal for the 37th time on Sunday, and the second final this year after beating the Spaniard at January’s Australian Open.

Aminu Nets 15 Points, Nine Rebounds In Blazers Win

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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

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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.

CAF President, Ahmad Thanks Delegates For Support

CAF President, Ahmad Thanks Delegates For SupportThe new Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Ahmad Ahmad, has thanked delegates for their confidence and for giving him the mandate to rule African football.

He said: “its a normal changeover” after he was elected to replace Issa Hayatou, after 29 years in charge.

The 57-year-old emerged as a surprise candidate late 2016 and was initially given little chance of unseating Hayatou, who had ruled over African football since 1988.

The Malagasy beat incumbent Issa Hayatou by 34 votes to 20, to assume leadership of the continent’s soccer governing body till 2021.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has also congratulated the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, on his success at the just concluded Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee elections held on Thursday in Addis Ababa.

Fernando Torres In Stable Condition, Discharged From Hospital

Fernando TorresAtletico Madrid Striker Fernando Torres has been discharged from hospital after having tests on the head injury he suffered in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Deportivo La Coruna.

The 32-year-old spent the night in the hospital after falling heavily in an aerial challenge with Alex Bergantinos.

Atletico confirmed scans showed he has “no traumatic alterations or injuries” and will need to rest for 48 hours.

The club finished the game with 10 men, having used all three substitutes.

Dalung To Meet NFF Over CAF Elections

Dalung To Meet NFF Over CAF ElectionsThe Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has called for an emergency meeting with the executive board members of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), on Tuesday in Abuja.

This follows the controversy surrounding the elections into the Confederation of African Football (CAF), scheduled to hold on March 16, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The minister will state Nigeria’s position in the choice of candidate between incumbent CAF President, Issa Hayatou and his challenger, Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar.

Meanwhile, the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, is also competing for a post in the CAF Executive Committee from the West B Zone.

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.

Giwa, Effiong, Adama Recieve FIFA Ban Extension

Fifa, World Cup DrawFIFA has confirmed the worldwide extension of sanctions imposed by the Nigerian Football Federation’s (NFF), Disciplinary Committee on May, 12, 2016 against Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong, for breaches of the NFF Statutes and the FIFA Code of Ethics.

In accordance with Art. 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the five-year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity imposed on the five officials to have worldwide effect.

The quintet were suspended on Thursday in relation to the contest for the leadership of Nigerian football.

After reviewing the charges, available facts and evidence, the NFF Disciplinary Committee found the officials guilty of illegally representing the NFF in breach of Art. 40 of the NFF Statutes, when they without due authorization and mandate purported to contract a Law Firm, Messrs Leslie Cohen & Associates of Illovo Law Chambers, 4 Fricker Road, Ground Floor, South Africa in the name of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and refused to pay for services whereby the said Messrs Leslie Cohen & Associates commenced proceedings against the NFF for the sum of  one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) being legal fees for professional services rendered in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg.

The officials were also found guilty of breaching Art. 69(1) of the NFF Statutes by taking football matters to the ordinary court and failing to submit to the jurisdiction of FIFA and the NFF.

In addition, Christopher Giwa was charged for breaching the general rules of conduct as contained in Art. 13 of the FIFA Code of Ethics when he invaded the premises of the Nigeria Football Federation and falsely presented himself as President of the NFF on 6th May, 2016.

Nevertheless, the relevant member associations as well as CAF have been duly notified of the chairman’s decision.

Simeone Charges Atletico Madrid Ahead Of King’s Cup Semi-Final

Atletico Madrid Coach, Diego Simeone says his side would have to be at its best to beat Barcelona in tonight’s second leg of the king’s Cup semi-final.

Coach Diego Simeone’s side are aiming for their first Cup final appearance since the 2012-13 campaign title win.

“The only result that would satisfy me is to reach the final,” Simeone said.

Atletico, who have not won at Barcelona since a 3-1 victory on February the 5th, 2006, need to score at least two goals to progress.

Goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 2-0 lead in the first leg in Madrid, though a strong second-half display and an Antoine Griezmann strike gave Simeone’s side a glimmer of hope.

Atletico will not have midfielder Gabi on board against Barcelona due to suspension.