Friday, July 08, 2016
Thursday, July 07, 2016
Two goals on each side of the half from Antoine Griezmann was enough for host, France to secure their place in the Euro 2016 final, winning Germany by 2-0
Griezmann scored a penalty in the 45th minute after Germany's captain Bastian Schweinsteiger handled the ball in the box 18 with his hand
The Atletico Madrid striker scored the second for the host in 72end minute, bouncing on a ball cleared to his way by Germany's goalkeeper Neur to tap in to the net.
Germany did try to get back into the match but the Didier Deschamps's side held on to get into their fourth final as host of a major football competition.
They play Portugal in the final of the euros on Sunday at the Stade de France.
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Portugal are in the final of the Euro 2016 after defeating Wales 2-0.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a well taken goal with his head from a Portuguese corner in the 50th minute - matching Michel Playing's goal scoring record of 9 goals in the European Championship - while Nani scored the second goal in the 53rd minute to kill any chance for the Welsh side led by Gareth Bale to come back into the match.
Portugal, who got into the final for the first time since 2004 at home will play the winner between Germany and France in the other semi final tie.
Swiss tennis star, Roger Federer performed one of his greatest escape acts of all-time when he erased three match points to come back from two-sets down and beat Marin Cilic 6-7(4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3 on Wednesday.
Federer moves into the Wimbledon semi-finals for the 11 time and will face Milos Raonic, who beat American Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.
The comeback win marks the 10 time Federer has overcome a two-set deficit in his career, and his quarter-final contest looked severely in doubt.
Cilic was dictating nearly everything during the first two sets. He was landing booming first serves and seizing play with powerful groundstrokes.
During the first two sets, Cilic won 87 per cent of his first-serve points.
Federer largely had to play defensive tennis and struggled to get into the biggest points.
He was 0-3 on break points during the first two sets.
But serving at 0/40, 3-all in the third, the thirty four year old Said, somehow reeled off five straight points to hear the roar of the Centre Court crowd, which had been waiting for moments to scream.
During the next game, Cilic double faulted on break point and Federer had his first break. A game later, he had taken the third set and the match's momentum.
In the fourth, Federer seemed to be moving better, serving and volleying and forcing the issue against Cilic.
But the Croat regrouped and hung with the Swiss star. Cilic even earned three match points but failed to convert any of them. On two of the match points, he saw a Federer second serve but couldn't put either ball in play.
The two played an enthralling tie-break that saw Federer erase one of those match points and witnessed Cilic save four set points. But the seven-time champion evened the contest on his serve after 20 points.
In the fifth, Federer broke Cilic at 4-3 and served out the set and the match, ending the memorable contest with two of his seven aces.
Federer will Milos Raonic in his 11th Wimbledon open semi finals. Raonic defeated American Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 to earn a semi final tie with the Swiss.
Federer, who has one the Wimbledon open seven times leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 9-2, including a 2014 Wimbledon win.
But Raonic took their most recent match-up 6-4, 6-4 at Brisbane earlier this season.
Just hours after South Africa amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to Six Years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud by a Spanish court.
The 29-year-old, among the world’s highest-earning athletes, was accused of creating a string of fake companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid taxation on €4.16m (£3.2m) of image rights earnings between 2007 and 2009.
His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009.
Messi insisted he "knew nothing" about the management of his financial affairs, saying his father dealt with them while he was "playing football".
For his part, Jorge Messi claimed he did not have enough knowledge to orchestrate such a fraud, blaming his tax consultants instead.
The Balon d'Or winner will most likely avoid serving time in prison as any sentence under two years can be suspended under the Spanish law.
He can also appeal the ruling in the Spanish Supreme Court.
South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder and feared for his life when he shot through the door.
The prosecution, however maintained that the amputee athletic star had a violent streak, and that he murdered his lover after a late-night argument.
Pistorius was earlier found guilty of culpable homicide (much like manslaughter) in September 2014 with Judge Thokozile Masipa ruling that the sprinter had acted negligently when he shot Steenkamp.
She however decided that he didn't do it intentionally, and sentenced him to five years in prison.
But the Supreme Court of Appeals overturned the verdict last December.
The appeals judge said Pistorius should have known that firing his gun would have killed whoever was behind the door, regardless of who he thought it was -- and found Pistorius guilty of murder.
The minimum prison sentence in South Africa for murder is 15 years, and the prosecution has called for no less.
But the defense has tried to secure a shorter sentence for Pistorius by arguing that his disability and emotional state were mitigating factors.
Judge Thokozile Masipa said the athlete had to be punished for murdering the model and law student but said he had already served 12 months in prison for the previous manslaughter conviction and was remorseful for what he had done.
She said that the athlete would have to serve a custodial sentence because his conviction had been upgraded from manslaughter to murder.
But she added: "I am of the view that a long term of imprisonment would not serve justice in this case."
Judge Masipa, who heard the original trial, told the court: "Public opinion may be loud and persistent, but it can play no role in the decision of this court," as she delivered the verdict. She said the Paralympian was a "fallen hero".
The judge said would hear any requests to appeal her judgement from the state or the defence today.
After the judge delivered her verdict, Reeva's parents June and Barry had no immediate reaction but their lawyer indicated the result was "fair".
It is left to be seen if the defence team of Oscar will decide to appeal the ruling but reports suggests that they will accept the verdict.
The former athlete is expected to serve the sentence in the hospital wing of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria, where he served part of his original sentence.
Barring an appeal, it will be the final chapter of a saga that began on that fateful February morning in 2013 -- when Pistorius fired four bullets through his bathroom door, killing Steenkamp.
The Denver Nuggets have offered Dwyane Wade a two-year deal worth around $50 million.
According to ESPN.com sources, Wade's representatives have told teams that the All-Star shooting guard is seeking a deal worth around $50 million over two years.
This leaves the salary cap-strapped Miami Heat short, who recently raised their offer to two years and approximately $40 million
In other news Pay Gasol confirmed, Tuesday that he will be joining San Antonio Spurs.
Media reports revealed on Monday that Gasol and the Spurs were finalizing a two-year deal worth more than $30 million and the deal will feature a player option in the second year, the sources said.
He averaged 16.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in 2015-16 for a Bulls team that missed the playoffs.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Arsenal ladies have completed the signing of Nigerian football star, Asisat Oshoala.
The 21 year old Super Falcons of Nigeria striker, who had previously played for Liverpool ladies, where she became the first player from Africa to feature in the Women’s Super League, scoring 3 goals in in 12 league appearances, says it is a ''dream come true''.
Friday, November 06, 2015
Twenty two years ago, precisely on September 3, 1993, it was an historic final in the FIFA Under 17 World cup hosted by Japan between Nigeria and Ghana.
It was the first time in FIFA history that two teams from the same continent would play each other in the final and it was expected to be fierce one between the Golden Eaglets and the Junior Starlets of Ghana who were the defending champions of the world at the time.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
What will make a footballer to vow never to play for his country.......... even if his father is the coach?
France midfielder Samir Nasri has insisted that he would never play for French national football team even if his father was appointed manager. Huge!
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
About a week ago, Golf star, Tiger Woods and Olympic skier, Lindsey Vonn ended their love relationship and the explanation for the split is that both lead incredibly hectic lives that force them to spend a majority of their time apart.
However, it has been revealed that the reason for the split was because Woods cheated on his ever faithful amongst other reasons.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
A Federal Jury will have to decide if suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnae, will be executed after he was was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing.