Friday, 23 February 2018

Anthony Joshua: Boxer's fight against Wilder is still unlikely.

Anthony Joshua's fight against Wilder is
still unlikely (Kevin Quigley/Daily Mail)
Joshua and Wilder are currently the biggest names in heavyweight and a fight between the duo has long been touted.

The most sought-after fight in boxing, between Anthony Joshua and American fighter Deontay Wilder, is very unlikely according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Joshua and Wilder are currently the biggest names in heavyweight and a fight between the duo has long been touted.

The English boxer of Nigerian descent is already billed to take on Joseph Parker for the WBA, WBO and IBF titles on Saturday, March 31.

By Steve Dede.

Full story at Pulse NG.

Pleas for a ‘free flowing’ referee.

GOING FOR GOULD: Morgan Gould of SuperSport United
is hoping for a free-flowing derby on Saturday.
Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix
PRETORIA – Describing SuperSport United as a “small team that punches above their weight”, Morgan Gould believes Matsatsantsa a Pitori will get out of the rut they currently find themselves in.

And what better way to begin that process than with a victory in the Tshwane derby against league-leaders Mamelodi Sundowns at the Lucas Moripe Stadium tomorrow evening (kick-off 6pm).

“We’re trying to do better because we know we are in this position (a lowly 10th) with the same players we had last year (when they won the Nedbank Cup and reached the Caf Confederation Cup final). We were very fortunate and blessed to do what we did last year and we most definitely still want to do more,” Gould said.

For that to happen though, Gould and company must get the better of opposition which has not only generally had the better of this particular fixture but one also gunning for the championship.

Full story at IOL

By Matshelane Mamabolo.

Wilson Oruma: Former Super Eagles midfielder makes 1st public appearances at NFF Awards after latest recovery.

Oruma looked dapper in a black suit at the 2018 NFF Awards.

Former Super Eagles midfielder Wilson Oruma made his first public appearance at the NFF Awards on Monday, February 19 after his latest recovery from a mental breakdown.

Oruma’s post-football life has been out of order following the mental breakdown he suffered after he was duped the sum of N1.2b.

The 41-year-old has fully recovered after he was hospitalised following his recent struggles and attended the 2018 NFF Awards at the Eko Hotels and Suites.

By Steve Dede.

Full story at Pulse NG.

How Alina Zagitova gamed the system en route to 'Russia's' first gold medal.

Alina Zagitova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia performs during the women’s free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP)
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — For the first 2:10 of her not quite four-minute free skate routine here at the ladies’ final, 15-year-old Alina Zagitova spun, twirled, stepped and acted out a choreographed scene from “Don Quixote,” whose music played the entire time.

What Zagitova didn’t do was jump.

Those would come and those would come brilliantly, brilliantly enough that Zagitova would later win the gold medal. She won the game, though, by gaming the system … fair and square but still bizarre to see.

Under current International Skating Union rules, a skater gets a 10-percent bonus for all jumps completed in the final two minutes of their performance. The theory is that jumps done at that point deserve a bump because the skaters are tiring out, mainly because of jumps at the beginning of the performance. It sounds reasonable.

By Dan Wetzel.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Gunners through despite Emirates shock.

Arsenal survived a huge scare to keep their Europa League campaign alive, progressing to the last 16 with a 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds despite a 2-1 loss at home on Thursday.

The Gunners cruised to a 3-0 win in the first leg in Sweden last week but found themselves 2-0 down at half-time of the return fixture at the Emirates Stadium.

A strike from Sead Kolasinac early in the second half eased some of the nerves in north London, though, and ensured their place in Friday's draw for the last 16.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

2018 Winter Olympics: How Nigeria's women's Bobsled team missed out on medals.

How Nigerian Bobsled team missed out on medals
at 2018 Winter Olympics (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Nigeria's women's Bobsled team ended their 2018 Winter Olympics without a medal.

The Nigerian Bobsled women on Wednesday, February 21 raced an average time of 78.58s second in Women’s Heat 3 and 4 to miss out on the medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

With Akuoma Omeoga missing after falling ill overnight, Ngozi Onwumere was the brakeman for Team Nigeria while as usual, Seun Adigun was the driver.

Heat 3

Nigeria finished 20th in the 20-woman race of Heat 3 in a time of 52.31s. They were 1.87s behind the winner.

They fell straight to 19th after the Start in a time of 5.59s and maintained that position after Split 1 in a time of 15.45.

By Steve Dede.

Full story at Pulse NG.

SA Rugby boss calls for sports journo Joffe’s arrest.

Mark Alexander (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - SA Rugby president Mark Alexander wants to see sports journalist Graeme Joffe arrested once he sets foot in South Africa.

Alexander has laid a criminal defamation charge with the police against Joffe following the latter's allegations that the SA Rugby boss was involved in corruption.

In an interview with Afrikaans newspaper Rapport,Alexander said he wanted to stop Joffe from continuing with his “illegal and unlawful” conduct.

This comes after a report Joffe wrote on the BizNews website in which he accused Alexander of illegally obtaining money in 2010 when he, then as SA Rugby vice-president, made sure that Megapro landed a contract as commercial agent of SA Rugby.

Full story at Sport24.
By Dawie Boomzaaier.

Team USA breaks Canada's streak to win women's hockey gold medal in thrilling shootout.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The curse is broken. The gold is finally back in America.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the winning goal in a shootout to complete an inspired and thrilling 3-2 comeback and give Team USA its first Olympic championship in 20 years.

The game was nearly a mirror image of four years ago, when the Canadians tied the game at 2 late in the third period and then won it in overtime. That loss in Sochi crushed the Americans, and they made it an obsession to get revenge here in South Korea.

For most of the third period, it looked like the long wait would go on. Only a breakaway goal by Monique Lamoureux-Morando with 6:21 to play gave the U.S. team new life.

By Eric Adelson.

Full story at Yahoo News.