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Indonesia Country’s basketball players fixed games ‘to pay their salaries’

Eight Indonesian pro-basketball players and a team official have been banned for life over match fixing, the league said Thursday, reportedly to help their cash-strapped squad pay salaries. The members of Siliwangi Bandung, one of a dozen teams in the Indonesian Basketball league, were given the boot this week for Read More…

Players receive N1M each from Buhari for AfroBasket win

President Muhammadu Buhari has fulfilled his cash pledge to the members of Nigeria’s women’s basketball team, D’Tigress. Buhari pledged the sum of N1 million each for the D’Tigress as a reward for their victorious outing at the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket in Bamako, Mali.The 12 players in the team have received N1m each while the Read More…

The ‘broke and broken’ Olympian

At the 2012 London Olympics, before 80,000 roaring fans and a constellation of camera flashes, it took Oscar Pistorius 45.44 seconds to become a global icon. The South African’s sprint around the 400m track was the first time in history that a double-amputee had raced at the Olympic Games. The Read More…

Gov’s national wrestling championships filled with debutantes

New wrestling sensations are currently pulling their strings at the ongoing maiden edition of Wike National Wrestling Championships in Port Harcourt. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that many new debutants are participating especially in the cadet and junior categories. The Mountain of Fire Ministries (MFM) club team, which comprises of eight females, Read More…

Kids the bait in football shark pool

The money men began sniffing around Hannibal Mejbri when he was just nine — it was “way too soon” complains his father, who was fielding dozens of phone calls and pitchside advances as word of his son’s potential spread. The boy from the French capital rapidly attracted interest as scouts Read More…

World Cup stadium rises from ashes of Battle of Stalingrad

First they dug up the bones and defused the bombs. Then Russia erected a light-as-air stadium for the 2018 World Cup that rises from the ground around which two million people died over 200 days in the Battle of Stalingrad — the tragic turning point of World War II. “Every Read More…

Ajax are world-renowned for their youth system, and Guangzhou R&F want to tap into that expertise, launching the new programme with a group of coaches from the Amsterdam club. Edwin van der Sar, the former Manchester United, Ajax and Juventus star and now Ajax chief executive, said the link-up will be a boon to the Dutch club too. “Youth is the core asset of our club and we are delighted that we can leverage our knowledge with an international partner like R&F,” he said in a statement. “It is well known that for a club like Ajax, it is hard to grow in the current European football industry. With initiatives like ACA (Ajax Coaching Academy), we create opportunities to make alternative steps forward.”

Haunted Andre Villas-Boas shouldered the blame after he failed to inspire big-spending Shanghai SIPG to silverware in his first season in China, with his future likely to be resolved this week. The former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager refused to say if he would stay on as coach of the Read More…

China club taps Ajax to build ‘best football academy’

Dutch football giants Ajax announced a five-year partnership with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F on Monday that will attempt to build the best youth academy in China. The multi-million-euro deal is the latest in a series of football link-ups between Europe and China, as the Asian superpower — under Read More…

Everton could be forced to spend to survive

Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth says the club could be forced to spend again in the January transfer window if they are to pull themselves away from the Premier League relegation zone. The Merseyside club, who sacked manager Ronald Koeman last month, were soundly beaten 4-1 by Southampton on Sunday Read More…

Widows struggle year after Brazil football team wiped out

Fabienne Belle had already been floored by the news that her husband was killed in the air crash that wiped out Brazil’s Chapecoense football team. Then one day, without warning, she received his old suitcase in the mail. Once again, she felt the bottom drop out of her life, just Read More…

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