Friday, 18 May 2018

Super Eagles: Nigeria unmoved in new FIFA Ranking.

The Super Eagles have been inactive since the last Ranking and are unmoved.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are unmoved in the last FIFA Ranking before the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Nigeria moved up five places to 47th in last month's ranking but are unmoved in the latest Ranking released on Thursday, May 17.

The Super Eagles have been inactive since the last Ranking.

By Steve Dede.
Full story at Pulse NG.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

FIFA to provide 'player stats tablets' at World Cup.

FIFA is introducing a new approach to tactical analysis at the upcoming World Cup with "small handheld technologies" to be used by coaching teams during matches. 

Each of the 32 competing nations will have the option to operate two tablets containing player metrics, real-time positional data and video footage. 

One will be allocated to a designated team analyst in the stands, who will be able to communicate via a chat tool with the second device user on the bench.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Balague's LaLiga wrap: Bizarre Barcelona miss out on history.

Levante’s players celebrates their victory against Barcelona during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Levante and Barcelona at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia, Spain, Sunday, May 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Barcelona, just two games short of being crowned Spanish football’s ‘history boys’, will now forever be remembered as the ‘nearly men’ of the 2017-18 La Liga season – despite winning the league at a canter. 

But also as double champions, league and cup. What a bizarre season for Ernesto Valverde’s team. 

It would be said that it was not a great idea to give your star man the weekend off just two matches away from the club’s date with destiny, but the team scored four goals.

By Guillem Balague.
Full story at Yahoo News.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

World Cup: Classic kits conundrum - Can you score top marks on this trip down memory lane?

Ah, kit release time. 

Forget squad announcements, forget friendlies, it’s only once a nation announces their new kit that you can well and truly start to get excited, get miserable or start to believe (delete as applicable) ahead of a major tournament. 

There have been some real favourites down the years – mostly classics from bygone years – but can you remember which ones were which?

By Dimitri Kondonis.
Full story at Yahoo News.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Five Things We Learned In The Premier League Weekend.

1. Salah sends Liverpool back into the Champions League.

Mohamed Salah made history with a swish of his left foot. More to the point, he ensured Liverpool’s efforts in this league season have not been in vain. His 32nd goal of the Premier League campaign took him past the previous record-holders, Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez, and put Liverpool ahead against Brighton. With Dejan Lovren doubling the advantage, it was a lead they did not relinquish.

They had failed to win any of their previous three league games but, having been in the top four continuously since December, they ensured they could not be overtaken by Chelsea. Their eventual 4-0 win also meant they ended the league season unbeaten at Anfield. It is another achievement in a season which, with the Champions League final to come, could include a far greater feat. But at least they go to Kiev knowing they will be competing with the European elite again next season.

By Richard Jolly.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Super Eagles: Nigeria to play Atletico Madrid after Europa League final.

The home-based Super Eagles will play against European giants Atletico Madrid.

Nigeria's home-based Super Eagles team will take on Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid in an international friendly match on Tuesday, May 22 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

The match between the Super Eagles and Atletico Madrid will take place after the Spanish side has participated in their Europa League final against Marseille on Wednesday, May 16.

According to a report by Complete Sports, the game was confirmed by a media brand in partnership with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) who were represented by President Amaju Pinnick, and Vice President and Chairman League Management Company (LMC) Shehu Dikko.

By Tosin Abayomi.

Full story at Pulse NG.

Joshua promoter Matchroom launches $1billion DAZN deal in US.

Matchroom Boxing, the promoter behind unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, has announced a $1billion broadcast partnership in the United States with global sports media company Perform.

The launch of the joint venture, Matchroom Boxing USA, represents the biggest rights deal in boxing history.

An eight-year partnership will see 16 fight nights a year staged in America, plus Matchroom’s existing 16 dates in the UK, shown on Perform’s live and on-demand streaming service, DAZN.

The announcement comes as Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn continues negotiations over a possible heavyweight blockbuster between WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua and America's WBC king Deontay Wilder.

"This is a historic moment for Matchroom and the sport of boxing," Hearn said at the launch event in New York. "Since our expansion to the US, we have been looking for a partner that shares our vision and that can give us the volume of dates and rights fees required to build the strongest stable in world boxing and take it to a new level.

"This is a dream scenario for us, we can build a formidable team of fighters and also put our stamp on events from production, to talent and in-arena experience. Our plan is to make DAZN the home of boxing and with 32 big fight nights already confirmed from the US and UK we are nicely on our way.

By Omnisport.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Sir Alex Ferguson out of intensive care as Manchester United provide update on club legend.

Sir Alex Ferguson is out of intensive care after undergoing emergency brain surgery at the weekend.

The Manchester United legend will continue his rehabilitation as an inpatient at Salford Royal Hospital, the club have announced.

Ferguson suffered a brain haemorrhage on Saturday and was put in an induced coma by doctors after his life-saving operation.

United this evening (Wednesday) confirmed via a statement released on Twitter that their former manager was recovering well.

The statement read: “Sir Alex no longer needs intensive care and will continue rehabilitation as an inpatient.

By Matt Lewis.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The 8 most undeserved promotions in football history.

When a tenacious team outside the top flight plays stylish football all season and finishes the campaign head and shoulders above the rest, it’s difficult to claim their promotion was undeserved.

Football isn’t always fair, though…

8. Leicester, 1994
Leicester fans must have felt a sickly sense of déjà vu during their 1994 First Division play-off final against Derby when Tommy Johnson fired the Rams in front. The Foxes had fallen at this same hurdle two seasons running, losing to Blackburn in ’92 and Swindon the following year. In fact, Wembley was a hideous ground for them in general, having lost there on each of their six previous visits.

Leicester probably should have lost this one too.

By Mark Langshaw.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Mark Williams lands third World Snooker title.

Mark Williams denied a gutsy fightback from John Higgins gain a dramatic 18-16 victory and land his third World Snooker Championship 15 years on from his second.

The Welshman built what appeared to be an unassailable early advantage, but Higgins rallied from 14-7 behind to level at 15-15 and ensure a thrilling conclusion.

Williams edged ahead again and moved within one of the title with a century break, only to miss a simple pink ball and allow Higgins to mop up in trademark fashion to get back within one.

By Simon A. M. Milham.

Full story at Yahoo News.