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NPFL: Plateau United beat Jigawa Golden Stars

first_imgRelatedPosts NPFL: Coach Dogo leaves Sunshine Stars NFF sanctions NPFL 2019/2020 final table Plateau United dedicates continental ticket to fans Plateau United Football Club of Jos on Sunday defeated Jigawa Golden Stars FC of Dutse 2-1 in a Match Day 22 fixture of the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League. The match, played at the Zaria Road Stadium in Jos, saw Oche Ocheochi and Tosin Omoyele scoring for Plateau United in the 32nd and 38th minutes respectively. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Jigawa Golden Stars reduced the tally 13 minutes to the end of the match officiated by Patience Madu. Speaking shortly after the match, Maurice Nanmaim, the Assistant Coach of Plateau United, commended their players for winning the encounter. “It is good that we won the match, which means we still maintain our top position on the table,” Nanmaim said. Gilbert Opana, the Head Coach of Goden Stars, also commended his team for a good play. Opana acknowledged that Plateau United were a very good side, but noted that the performance would help them to be more ready to face other strong teams. He said: “For me, our players did well. “Plateau United are a strong team and the one goal we scored is a welcome development. “But I would have been happier if we had won the match. “However, this has made us to know Plateau United better, and we will prepare better for future encounters.”Tags: Maurice NanmaimnpflPlateau Unitedlast_img read more

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Italian Cup: Juve, AC Milan tie called off over coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Italian Cup semi-final second leg between Juventus and AC Milan in Turin on Wednesday has been postponed over concerns about coronavirus. It came as the Civil Protection Agency said 27 people had died of the illness in Italy in 24 hours, bringing the number of deaths to 79. Sports events have been banned in three regions – Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna – plus two provinces. “The game is postponed to a date to be announced,” said a Juve statement. The two teams were due to meet at Allianz Arena with the tie finely balanced at 1-1 after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late penalty for Juve to rescue a draw in the first leg. Napoli are due to host Inter Milan in the other Coppa Italia game on Thursday. Only four Serie A matches took place last weekend, while the entire Swiss top flight has been suspended until 23 March.Tags: AC MilanCoronavirusCOVID-19italian CupJuventuslast_img read more

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I’m determined to return ‘more hungry’ from injury — Pogba

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Paul Pogba’s stint on the sidelines has made him more determined to succeed on his return from a layoff for a foot injury, the Manchester United midfielder has said. Pogba’s injury restricted him to eight appearances so far this season, but he was primed to return before professional football in England was suspended because of the COVID-19 outbreak. “I’ve been frustrated, a long time ago. Now I’m almost there, so I’m just thinking about getting back and training fully with the team and everything,” the 27-year-old said in an official club podcast. “You think bad, but I’ve never had something like this in my career, so I always take it in a good way. It makes me more hungry to come back and do well.” The France international suffered a foot injury in August that he aggravated by continuing to play. “I had a cast on it, a plaster-cast, so it went very well but too well. “The bone got bigger and so, when I came back again, I played those two games against Watford and Newcastle, I could feel something again.” He underwent surgery in January and now cannot wait to return to action. “So I had to have an operation and now here I am. I don’t feel anything, and, hopefully, I’ll be back very soon.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: COVID-19EnglandManchester UnitedPaul Pogbalast_img read more

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Pedro agrees two-year Roma deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Pedro is close to ending his five-year stay with Chelsea after agreeing personal terms with Roma, according to a report.The Spanish forward is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer and has been told that he is free to find a new club. Football.London claimed that the 32-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Barcelona in a £21 million deal in 2015, is close to officially sealing a switch to Roma.Pedro is said to have held talks with the Serie A side in April and an agreement was struck on a two-year deal, which will go through at the end of the season.Major League Soccer side Inter Miami have previously been linked with the Barca academy product, as have La Liga pair Sevilla and Real Betis.Tags: AS RomaChelseaPerdo RodriguezSerie Alast_img read more

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Rashford emerges joint-favourite for British Sports Personality, 2020

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford, has emerged the bookmakers’ joint-favourite to win Britain’s Sports Personality of the Year Award after his successful campaign for school food vouchers to be provided over the summer holidays.British ministers originally said that school food vouchers would not be available over the long holiday, prompting the 22-year-old forward to take up the cause and reveal how he had relied on such support as a boy. On Tuesday, the government bowed to pressure and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said it would provide a COVID-19 summer food fund costing around 120 million pounds.Rashford’s efforts have seen his odds of 80/1 cut to 6/4, making him the joint-favourite for the BBC award alongside WBC Heavyweight Champion boxer Tyson Fury, according to bookmaker Paddy Power.Rashford has already helped to raise around 20 million pounds with charity Fareshare UK to supply meals to struggling families.Other contenders for the award, voted for by the public in December, include Mercedes Formula One driver, Lewis Hamilton, and Liverpool skipper, Jordan Henderson, who are both at 12/1.Cricketer Ben Stokes won the award last year for his 50-over World Cup-winning heroics and Ashes displays against Australia. Reuters/NAN.Tags: British Sports PersonalityManchester UnitedMarcus RashfordTyson Furylast_img read more

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Tammy Abraham pens one-year Chelsea extension

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Tammy Abraham has quashed any concerns over his Chelsea future by signing a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge, the PA news agency understands.The 22-year-old striker has extended his existing Blues deal until 2023, though Chelsea bosses are understood to be ready to continue talks over longer terms. Boss Frank Lampard handed Abraham the coveted number nine shirt last summer, and the England striker has fired 16 goals in 40 games in his first term leading the Blues’ line.New £53 million recruit Timo Werner will boost Chelsea’s firepower next term, but the prolific Germany hitman will also add significant competition for Abraham.But Camberwell-born striker Abraham has had no qualms about extending his Stamford Bridge stay, with the club also keen to keep him for the long haul.“I don’t want to get into the clauses in contracts, it could open me up to many a question that one,” said Lampard.“But I said it before when I was asked, Tammy’s not at a critical stage in his contract. “He needs to focus on his playing and we need to finish the season as strongly as we can, and there will be plenty of time to sit down after that.”France’s World Cup-winning striker Olivier Giroud also recently extended his Blues contract to remain in west London next term.The 33-year-old has fired three goals in five games since football’s resumption, reiterating his value to the Blues.Abraham broke a 10-game scoring duck in Chelsea’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, with Lampard hoping that can spur him back to his best.“Tammy in his personality is a very positive lad, he trains well, he’s good around the group and that hasn’t changed,” said Lampard. “I know beyond that there are sometimes feelings for a player, especially a goalscorer who is having a tough time in front of goal.“We had a conversation before the Palace game, so I was particularly delighted to see him break that against them. I hope there is an uplift for him, I hope his confidence has taken a nice boost, and we’ll see.”Tags: ChelseaFrank LampardStamford BrudgeTammy Abrahamlast_img read more

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Terry wants new Lampard deal

first_img Lampard, 34, is contracted to the Blues until the end of the season and the lack of any news about an extension has been a source of much discussion in and outside the club. Lampard has scored 13 times this term despite seeing his playing time become more limited than in previous campaigns, leaving him on 199 goals for the side he joined in 2001. Chelsea fans appear united in their desire to see Lampard remain on the books after his existing deal expires and Terry was unambiguous about his own views as club captain. “Frank has so much more to give and he has been an inspiration to everyone at the club,” Terry told newspaper reporters. Chelsea captain John Terry has waded into the debate over Frank Lampard’s future, revealing the squad are desperate for the England midfielder to remain at Stamford Bridge. Press Associationcenter_img “He has got years ahead of him and we all hope they will be spent here at Chelsea. We all hope that’s here, but if not he has certainly got years ahead of him. “I am not even going to entertain the idea of him playing for another club.” Although Lampard is two years older than Terry, the former England captain sees enough of the midfield man up close to be sure he can maintain his standards for the foreseeable future. “Even at his age, he is still the best trainer by a million miles,” continued Terry “He works so hard and for him to get that many goals, kids can look at that and think: ‘he is just in the right position’. “But believe me it is a lot of hard work before and after training, working on his strengths and his weaknesses. “I think that you can see he has always been very fit naturally anyway. That’s despite the hard work he puts in before and after training.” last_img read more

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Hunt furious over referee decisions

first_imgReading forward Noel Hunt has blasted the match officials after his side fell to a 2-1 home defeat against fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Saturday. Press Association Villa fell behind after Nathan Baker put through his own goal, but strikes from Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor secured a vital three points for Paul Lambert’s side and leaves Reading 19th in the Barclays Premier League table, with only goal difference keeping them off the bottom. Hunt was left aggrieved by both decisions that went against him, with referee Jonathan Moss and his assistants coming under fire from the former Dundee United frontman. “There is no excuse, he (goalkeeper Brad Guzan) just punched me in the back of the head and got the ball and you wouldn’t get away with it in rugby,” Hunt said. “I was trying to see where the ball was coming from and my chest is off, but my feet behind. The linesman’s position was shocking and he was two or three yards behind it.” The task of securing top-flight survival does not get any easier for Brian McDermott’s side, who face trips to league-leaders Manchester United and Champions League-chasing Arsenal in their next two fixtures. center_img The defeat means the Royals have lost their last four league fixtures, but Hunt reckons the team’s performance was undermined by poor decisions from the officials. The Republic of Ireland international, 30, felt he should have been awarded a penalty in the first half and also bemoaned an offside decision that ruled out his effort following the interval. “I’ve seen the offside and I’ve seen the penalty on me in the first half and it’s a disgrace,” he told the Reading Post. “It’s a joke that he has not given it, I don’t know what he is looking at, but these decisions are embarrassing. It makes the game a different game.” last_img read more

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Kidney: O’Driscoll will be given time

first_img Press Association Ireland coach Declan Kidney insists Brian O’Driscoll will be allowed to determine his playing future in his own time. Kidney’s own future is the subject of doubt with his contract also set to expire after the summer tour to North America. Ireland’s fortunes have fluctuated wildly during his reign, which began in 2008, and this Six Nations has been no different, although they have suffered horribly from a succession of injuries. Yet remarkably if they win and France beat Scotland, they will finish the championship in third. They could also land the wooden spoon. “It’s the type of job you live and not one you work at. There’s a substantial difference between finishing third and bottom,” Kidney said. “I’m really enjoying it. It’s a huge honour for me to be involved in Ireland and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.” The latest injury setback saw fly-half Jonathan Sexton withdrawn from the starting XV because of a foot injury, so Paddy Jackson will continue at 10. “Players will always get bangs and knocks. It’s a physical contact game, no different to American Football,” Kidney said. “If you wait to be perfect, you’ll never have a team, but no player will never go out on the field unless he is ready to go. “We’ve lost two matches by a combined total of 10 points. A couple of small things and you could be in the winner’s enclosure very quickly. But now isn’t the time to moan, it’s time to roll you sleeves up.” center_img O’Driscoll’s contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union expires in the summer, raising the prospect that Saturday’s clash with Italy could be his final RBS 6 Nations match. The summer Lions tour to Australia offers a fittingly-grand stage for his send-off and while the 34-year-old centre has performed to a high standard in the championship, injury is taking its toll. He had to pass concussions protocols this week, and also suffered a lacerated ear and dead leg in last Saturday’s 13-13 draw with France. “Brian’s playing really well. He’s had a very strong Six Nations,” Kidney said. “But it’s for Brian to decide what happens next. He’s earned the right to be able to have the time and space to make the decision.” last_img read more

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Winterburn worries about Arsenal

first_imgNigel Winterburn thinks Arsenal could struggle to make a stellar signing this summer – even if they qualify for the Champions League. The Gunners are favourites to land a top-four finish, despite Tottenham’s win over Manchester City, which will boost the coffers ahead of what promises to be a crucial close season. Arsenal fans yearn for big-money signings but Winterburn believes the low wage ceiling means they will not be able to compete with most of their rivals. “The problem at Arsenal is always that they have a wage structure which is fairly high, but in terms of competing with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, if they are after the same player, particularly with the history of Man Utd and Chelsea of late, the player is more likely to go to one of those teams,” said Winterburn, who was speaking at a Football Pools event. Press Associationcenter_img Arsene Wenger is renowned for his prudence in the transfer market, but reports have suggested that the Arsenal manager is ready to start spending some of the £60million that is available to him this summer. The Gunners have been in good form of late, dropping just two points from their last seven games, but Winterburn still thinks major surgery needs to be done to the Gunners squad if they are to compete for a top-four finish again next season. “They will look down the spine of the team to strengthen,” said the former Arsenal left-back. “They will possibly be looking at a goalkeeper, maybe another centre half, another centre forward to help out Olivier Giroud, who’s played that role on his own quite a lot. “There are a few squad players that haven’t been involved hardly and they might move on. Looking at Arsene Wenger’s history of buying players he doesn’t really go for the big established £30million players. Around £15million is probably his maximum spend so it will be quite interesting to see what he does. I think they need strengthening.” Despite Tottenham’s win, Arsenal and Chelsea are still in pole position to take up the final two Champions League qualification spots. Winterburn, who played 584 times for Arsenal during a trophy-laden 13-year spell, thinks there are plenty of twists and turns to come before the season ends. “It will probably go to the last game,” the former defender said. “All three teams will drop points. It’s so hard to predict what is going to happen. It’s going to be very close. “Even if Arsenal go behind Spurs they know that those two teams have got to play each other before the end of the season so they will still believe they have a fantastic chance of then getting to third or fourth.” last_img read more