Australian Open: Osaka Beats Kvitova, Becomes New World Number One

Japan’s Naomi Osaka battled past Czech eighth seed Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-4 to win her first Australian Open crown Saturday and become the new world number one. The fourth seed and US Open champion made it two Grand Slam titles in a row after a see-sawing 2hr 27min match. The hard-fought victory made Osaka the first Asian, male or female, to hold the world’s top ranking, taking over from Romania’s Simona Halep. A rattled Osaka almost blew her title hopes with one hand on the trophy when she…

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Serena Williams crashed out of Australian Open

Serena Williams’s bid to equal Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles was brought to a shuddering halt in sensational style Wednesday by Karolina Pliskova. Serena Williams’s bid to equal Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles was brought to a shuddering halt in sensational style Wednesday by Karolina Pliskova. The American great had beaten world number one Simona Halep in the fourth round but folded against the big-serving Czech seventh seed, who saved four match points before winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 under the hot Melbourne sun. The 26-year-old survived…

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Messi Scores 400th La Liga Goal For Barcelona

Lionel Messi scored his 400th goal in La Liga against Eibar on Sunday to extend his record as the division’s all-time top scorer. Messi collected the ball off Luis Suarez and drove it into the bottom corner in the 53rd minute at Camp Nou to give Barca a 2-0 lead over Eibar and notch his quadruple century after 435 matches. It is 14 years since the 31-year-old Argentine scored his first La Liga goal and he has gone on to build an enormous lead at the top of the league’s…

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Emotional Andy Murray In Tears, After Revealing Retirement Plan

A tearful Andy Murray on Friday announced he would likely retire this year due to severe pain from a hip injury, saying next week’s Australian Open could be the last tournament of a glittering career. The former world number one and three-time Grand Slam winner broke down at a press conference in Melbourne as he said the pain had become almost unbearable. “I can play with limitations. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training,” the emotional Scot said. Thirty-one-year-old “Sir Andy,”…

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Transfer: Victor Moses In Clear Move To Fulham

By Dotun Adebusoye Premier League club, Fulham have won the race ahead of Cardiff City and Crystal Palace to sign Chelsea winger, Victor Moses. According to Love Sport Radio, Moses is on the verge of joining Fulham this January transfer window. The British station reports that the announcement is expected to be made before the end of the this week. Moses has fallen out of favour at Chelsea since the Blues manager, Maurizio Sarri took over from fellow Italian compatriot, Antonio Conte early this season. The ex-Nigerian international has barely…

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JUST IN: Suarez Agrees To Join North London Club Arsenal

Barcelona star, Denis Suarez has agreed to join Premier League giants, Arsenal. According to Spanish outlet, Sport, Suarez agreed to join the North London club after holding talks with the Gunners’ coach, Unai Emery. The report claimed that Suarez has received offers from AC Milan and Valencia, but Emery has now convinced him to join the Emirates club. The midfielder, who played under Emery during their time at Sevilla, has been one of Arsenal’s top January transfer targets. The 25-year-old played a key role in Sevilla’s Europa League success back…

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BREAKING: Mohammed Salah Wins CAF Best Player Award For Record Second Time

By Dotun Adebusoye Mohamed Salah completed a memorable day for Egyptian football by retaining his African Player of the Year award in Senegal on Tuesday. The 26-year-old Liverpool star finished first with club-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the other finalists. Egypt crushed sole rivals South Africa 16-1 earlier Tuesday in a CAF executive committee vote in Dakar to decide which country succeeded Cameroon as 2019 Cup of Nations hosts.

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Salah Close To Retain CAF Player Award

By Dotun Adebusoye Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is set to be named 2018 African Player of the Year for a second successive time at a gala awards ceremony in Senegal Tuesday. The sharpshooter is competing against fellow English Premier League stars, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane from Senegal and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal. Consistent scorer Salah has already won the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year prize and it would be a shock if he did not add to his collection of individual honours in Dakar. Should he be…

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Iwobi outshines Hazard, Firmino to Premier League Award

  by Adeola Raji Nigeria international Alex Iwobi has completed the most nutmegs in the English Premier League so far this season. According to The Elite Times , the Arsenal winger heads the table of the topnutmeggers of 2018 along with West Ham’s in-form winger Felipe Anderson, with both players having five to their name. There is a two-way tie for the third position. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester City’s Leroy Sane have completed four nutmegs. Manchester United’s Ashley Young, Ayoze Perez (Newcastle), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Josh Murphy (Cardiff City),…

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