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Leicester City will drive to Premier League clash with Cardiff City

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It is understood the Foxes will travel by road after making the decision going by plane would be insensitive.

Leicester City will drive to their Premier League game at Cardiff on Saturday rather than fly.
The Foxes will travel by road after making the decision going by plane would be insensitive given the circumstances of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s death.

The 60-year-old died on Saturday, along with four others, when his helicopter crashed after taking off from the King Power Stadium.

The club confirmed on Tuesday evening the match, at the Bluebirds’ Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, will go ahead as scheduled, with a minute’s silence observed beforehand and black armbands worn in honour of City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
The same respects will be paid at all of the other Premier League matches.

It will be City’s first game since Saturday’s tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Khun Vichai and four others – the midweek Carabao Cup tie against Southampton was postponed with the players affected by the weekend’s events.

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Anambra Optimistic Of Successful Outing At National Sports Festival Abuja

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By KENECHUKWU CHUKWUDI

Passion and an enabling environment have been identified as two essential factors for winning medals in sports competitions.
This was part of views of experts, as Anambra state received the torch for the upcoming National Sports Festival, in Abuja, this year.
The atmosphere was lighted up as Anambra state born Olympic medalist, Mary Onyali raced with the torch, starting from Revenue House along the Enugu-Onitsha Express way to the state Government House Awka, where Governor Willie Obiano represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke received the light.
The Chairman of Anambra state Sports Development Commission, Mr. Tony Oli after several relay-hand-over of the torch along the route, finally handed it over to the Governor.

The torch was accompanied by a contingent from the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Abuja, including Messers Aide Yan Osaro and Leonard Ukah, as well as Mrs. Lydia Eze and Jane Owoh.
The Olympic medalist Onyali and Mr. Oli in an interview noted that the sports festival is very important in the discovery of talents, who
will represent the country at the world stage.
They agreed that passion for the game and the enabling environment, especially grassroot empowerment are critical in sports development and expressed confidence that Anambra will do well at the game especially on popular sports were they have trained so hard and are ready for.
The torch was later handed back to the team for its onward journey to the South West and other parts of the country before the commencement of the game, in Abuja.

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Michael Jordan Enters Esports, Invests In Team Liquid’s Parent Company

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Esports is reuniting the Dream Team.
Team Liquid’s parent company, aXiomatic, announced Thursday it raised $26 million in a Series C funding round. Two new investors join the ownership group: NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and David Rubenstein’s family office, Declaration Capital.
The rest of the fund is made up of capital from existing investors, as well as aXiomatic’s four co-executive chairmen—Golden State Warriors’ co-owner Peter Guber, Oaktree Capital Management cofounder Bruce Karsh, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik.
David Rubenstein is the cofounder and executive co-chairman of private equity firm Carlyle Group. Rubenstein, whose has a net worth of $2.8 billion, is investing into aXiomatic through his family office, Declaration Capital.

Jordan is considered by many the greatest NBA player of all time, winning six championships in his career. With brand deals with Nike, Hanes and Gatorade and his majority stake in the Charlotte Hornets—a franchise worth $1.05 billion—Michael Jordan has a net worth of $1.7 billion. This is Jordan’s first investment into the esports industry, and he joins his 1992 Olympic teammate Magic Johnson as a co-owner in aXiomatic.
“Probably no other franchise has the championship pedigree as we do with now Michael and with Magic,” says Ted Leonsis, whose own Washington Capitals earned its first Stanley Cup victory earlier this year. He notes he received a championship ring for both the Capitals’ victory, as well as Team Liquid’s Dota 2 championship at The International 2017, which netted the team $11 million in prize money.

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Okolie confirms he will spar Fury

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Lawrence Okolie will fly out to America to spar with Tyson Fury ahead of his WBC title fight with Deontay Wilder – and could join the heavyweight division in the future.
Fury is basing himself at Big Bear Lake in California as he prepares to challenge WBC champion Wilder in Los Angeles on December 1, and Okolie has been called in as a sparring partner to replicate the American’s fighting style.
The unbeaten cruiserweight also sparred Anthony Joshua ahead of last month’s world title win over Alexander Povetkin, and is relishing the challenge of sharing the ring with the 6’9″ tall Fury.

“I think it’s getting confirmed today or before the end of the week,” Okolie said . “I’ll probably go out next week, help out for a few weeks.

“I’ve sparred with another heavyweight champion in Anthony Joshua, I’ve sparred with Dillian Whyte, so I’ve been in there with top heavyweights.

“It’s just going to be interesting to be in there with someone so much bigger than myself. He’s got a long reach, good boxing IQ, so it’s going to be a great opportunity to learn some stuff, and just work.”
In 10 fights, Okolie has already claimed the British and Commonwealth titles in his weight class, and admits he would welcome the chance to test himself against the sport’s biggest fighters.

“It’s an ambition of mine to move up to heavyweight, but I still feel like I have a lot of fundamentals that need to be ironed out at cruiserweight,” he said.
“I’m able to get away with a lot of stuff as a cruiserweight that I won’t be able to get away with as a heavyweight, so we’re just going to work on it.”

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Abramovich not considering Chelsea sale

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not considering selling the club, despite reports suggesting otherwise, according to  sources.
Czech Republic’s richest person, Petr Kellner, is reportedly interested in investing in the Premier League club.
However, club  sources understand no talks have taken place between Chelsea’s owner and any potential investors.

It was  reported in June and then again in September that Abramovich had no interest in selling Chelsea following speculation that he was willing to do so.
Abramovich encountered a series of visa problems in May and missed Chelsea’s FA Cup final victory over Manchester United at the end of last season.
The 52-year-old bought Chelsea for £140m in 2003.
The club has won the Champions League, the Europa League, five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and two Community Shields since Abramovich took over.

 

 

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FIFA remembers late Rashidi Yekini

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World football governing body FIFA and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday took to Twitter to pay post-humous respect to late former Super Eagles striker Rashidi Yekini.
Yekini, who would have clocked 55 on Tuesday, was until his death Nigeria’s senior national football team highest goal scorer with 37 goals — a record yet unmatched.
Yekini scored Nigeria’s first-ever FIFA World Cup goal at the 1994 tournament in the U.S. and followed it up with a remarkable celebration.
And, FIFA, in a tweet via its official Twitter World Cup handle (@FIFAWorldCup), acknowledged that historic celebration, saying it would live on in World Cup folklore.

“Rashidi Yekini, scorer of @NGSuperEagles’ first goal at the #WorldCup, would have been 55 today. The celebration from Nigeria’s record goal-scorer will live on in World Cup folklore,” FIFA tweeted.
On its part, the NFF referred to the late Yekini as “Yeking of goals”, stating that power, pace and precision were the hallmarks of the late striker’s game.
“Posthumous birthday shout-out to our legend, ‘Yeking of goals’, late Rashidi Yekini. Power, pace and precision best describe Yekini on the pitch.
“The big man would have been 55 today. He remains the all-time top scorer of the @NGSuperEagles with 37 goals. Rest on legend!” the NFF tweeted, with two wine bottle emojis via @thenff.
The late Yekini was born in Kaduna on Oct. 23, 1963 and died in Ibadan, Oyo State on May 4, 2012.
A former African Footballer of the Year, Yekini’s professional career spanned over two decades.
He was the highest goal scorer at the 1994 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia, which Nigeria won.
The striker who played for clubs such as the then IICC Shooting Stars and defunct Abiola Babes FC went on to represent Nigeria at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups.

 

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Paralympian Kare Adenegan is leader of the track

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PARALYMPIAN KARE ADENEGAN is set to end the year a winner once again.
Record-breaking Adenegan has been nominated for the prestigious BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award with the winner to be announced at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards on Sunday (October 21).

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It has been a sensational year in humble Adenegan’s career. She became T34 100m WPA European champion, winning her first gold medal in senior competition, and took silver in the T34 800m.
She also took the T34 100m world record at the London Anniversary Games – her time of 16.80 seconds meant she became the first female T34 athlete to go under 17 seconds over 100m.
In that Diamond League meet, she beat long-time rival Hannah Cockroft for the first time in a championship race. She revealed to the Voice of Sport that she took her- self by surprise when she set the world record on June 22.
The 17-year-old said after her special performance: “I don’t know where it came from but my coach has been pushing me so hard.
“I knew I was capable of something big – but I didn’t see that coming at all.”
The legendary Cockcroft was among a host of athletes eager to heap praise on the gifted sprint race teenager. Adenegan admitted that receiving plaudits from ‘Hurricane Hannah’ humbled her.
“It means a lot to get her praise,” she said.
She added: “It means a lot to do it alongside Hannah. “She is a huge inspiration to me so it is a special day. I was once watching her now I am racing against here. Amazing.”

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AFCON: Ighalo shoots Nigeria top of Group E

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A brace by Odion Ighalo and another goal by Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria’s Super Eagles a 3-2 victory over hosts Libya in Sfax, Tunisia, to move top of Group E of 2019 AFCON Qualifiers.
The Super Eagles led the game 2-0 in the first half, with Ighalo and Musa scoring three minutes apart. Libya’s Mohamed Zubya reduced the deficit in the 35th minute.
And in the second half Ahmad Benali levelled for Libya after the team piled a lot of pressure on the Nigerians.
But Ighalo in the 81st minute gave Eagles the full three points, to keep them ahead of South Africa in the group.
The Super Eagles now have nine points, overtaking South Africa who played a goalless draw away at Seychelles earlier today.
Libya are third in the group with four points and Seychelles have had just a point.
The teams in the group will next meet on 16 November, with Nigeria travelling to South Africa, while Seychelles will host Libya.
Then next year March, Nigeria will host Seychelles, while Libya will host South Africa for the final matches of the group.

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Super Eagles whip Libya, Ighalo gets hat trick

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A hat trick from Odion Ighalo and one goal from Samuel Kalu gave Nigeria’s Super Eagles a 4-0 win over Libya in a 2019 AFCON Qualifier in Uyo.
The victory moved the Eagles into second place in Group E, behind leaders South Africa.
The Eagles now have six points from three matches, one point behind South Africa who earlier in the day mauled visiting Seychelles in Johannesburg 6-0.

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Libya coach Adel Amrouche quits days before Nigeria game

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Libya coach Adel Amrouche has resigned just four days before the Mediterranean Knights play Nigeria in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Libyan Football Federation (LFF) confirmed his departure and added that his assistant Omar Al-Maryami will take over in an interim capacity.
The LFF also added it is looking to take action against Amrouche over his sudden departure.
BBC Sport understands that one of his main complaints was unpaid wages.
While Amrouche told the Reuters news agency he was frustrated by working conditions with the team.
The 50-year-old, who was born in Algeria, was only appointed in May and his first match in charge last month saw Libya force a 0-0 draw in South Africa.
Forced to play all their home qualifiers at a neutral venue because of the tenuous security situation in the North African country, Libya travel to face Nigeria on Friday and then play them again in the return in Sfax, Tunisia on Monday.
Libya have four points from their first two games in their bid to qualify for the 2019 finals in Cameroon, ahead of South Africa on goal difference with Nigeria one point behind.

The Seychelles are last in the group without any points with only the top two teams qualifying for the finals next June.

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Jose Mourinho says speculation about his job will continue

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho feels his team played with “pride” after overturning a two-goal deficit to beat Newcastle 3-2 but says speculation about his job will continue.

Just hours after a report emerged that Mourinho would be sacked regardless of United’s result against Newcastle, his team were rocked at Old Trafford as they conceded two goals in the opening 10 minutes.
But after being booed off at half-time, United avoided going five games without a win thanks to a thrilling second half fightback.
Juan Mata’s free-kick was followed by Anthony Martial’s equaliser, setting the stage for a 90th minute winner from Alexis Sanchez, who had been dropped by Mourinho before coming off the bench in the second half.
Whether Mourinho keeps his job remains to be seen, but the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss came out fighting following weeks of criticism of his handling of United’s squad, sparked by his fall-out with star midfielder Paul Pogba and other key players.
“As a friend of mine was saying to me this morning, if it rains in London tomorrow, it’s my fault. Brexit, it’s my fault. I have to be ready for this. There is a lot of wickedness and a clear manhunt,” Mourinho said.
“In the end we won the match and I think we deserved to win. I think the fans deserved to win. At 2-0 at half-time, with all the dynamic of the man-hunting, I think they behaved amazingly well for the team. This is what a football club is.
“The industry I work in is different, a lot of wickedness, too much wickedness in something that should be beautiful.
“For me it’s not easy but I think life is made of experiences and some are new and some are deja vu. This is new but I think it makes me a better manager and a better person because I understand things in human nature.”
– ‘I can cope’ –
Mourinho insisted he wouldn’t be affected by the doubters claiming he has lost control of his club and is destined for the axe.
Instead, he claimed the criticism was more of a problem for players who froze under the spotlight.
“In the biggest clubs in the world there are periods with a lot of meat and periods with a lot of bones,” he said.
“I am 55 years old, I am mature, I can cope with it and live with being hunted. I think some of the boys are not coping well with it.
“The way they started the game was panicking. I thought at some moments we could score in our own goal. It’s not easy for them.
“I cope with it, with some sadness, but I’m a big boy. Clearly some of the boys, Marcus Rashford was sad on the pitch, Scott McTominay was scared on the pitch. All the players committed mistakes that were not normal.”
Amid all the talk of shattered relationships with Pogba, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia, who was left out of the squad, Mourinho was adamant the fightback showed he retains the squad’s support.
“It’s ridiculous talk to say they don’t play for the manager, they play for the club. It’s not about that,” he said.
“What I asked the players is to give absolutely everything.
“This is not about me, this is not about the players, this is about the club, and in the second half the players gave absolutely everything. Nothing more to give.”

 

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