Juventus vs Empoli: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats

Juve have won 76.2% of Serie A meetings against Empoli (16 out of 21), remaining unbeaten versus the Tuscans since April 1999.

Empoli have picked up just one point in 10 previous clashes at Juventus in the top flight (0-0 in November 1998), scoring in only three of these matches.

Juventus have taken 63 points from 25 matchdays – only twice have they done better in Serie A history: 66 pts in 2005/06 and 2013/14.

The Tuscans have gained only one point over the last four league games, after picking up seven in the previous four.

Athletes Dump Ogun For Other States Due To Poor Facilities

Ogun State is currently losing some of its top athletes to other states due to the poor state of sports facilities in the state, it has been learnt.

One of such facilities currently in a bad state is the Alake Sports Centre, Ijeja, Abeokuta.  It is the headquarters of the Ogun State Sports Council.

The centre’s indoor sports hall houses indoor sports such as table tennis, badminton, wrestling and gymnastics while it also has facilities for basketball, handball and tennis.

Shooting Stars vs Remo Stars: The Battle Of The Fatais

Coach Fatai Amoo popularly refered to as Arsenal is battle ready to take on a known old foe and name sake Fatai Osho who just took over the affairs of Remo Stars in Ibadan on Saturday.

Remo Stars will be playing their first South West derby since gaining promotion and will hope to improve on their away form to get at least a point in the match.

Pele's Son Bags 13-Year Jail Term

Son of iconic Brazilian soccer legend Pele was ordered to begin serving nearly 13 years in prison Friday for money laundering and drug trafficking, according to his lawyer.

Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, more commonly known as "Edinho," was originally sentenced to 33 years behind bars in 2014. But due to a lengthy appeals process, he did not serve time in prison until the new decision that was handed down on Friday.

"He is going to turn himself in as soon as the decision is in the system," Eugenio Malavasi, Edinho's lawyer, told Reuters after the hearing.

Basketball: NBA Match Highlights & Results (Feb 24)

Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Friday:

Spurs 105, Clippers 97

Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points, and San Antonio used a third-quarter spark to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night at Staples Center.

Tony Parker and Pau Gasol, who played for the first time in 15 games after breaking his left hand, contributed 17 points apiece for the Spurs (44-13), who won their third in a row. Gasol also collected 11 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 11 boards and Patty Mills added 14 points for San Antonio.

MFM 2-1 Rangers: Odey Shows Reignng Champions Class

Two eye-catching goals by MFM FC and champions Rangers International at the Agege Stadium, Lagos on Friday plus a gift for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) top scorer Stephen Odey helped MFM claim a 2-1 win.

Before the game, the news was about a starry-eyed 16-year-old attacking midfielder Akanni Elijah lined up to make his debut for MFM but ended up watching the 90 minutes from the bench as his coach Fidelis Ilechukwu was more concerned with taking the full points.

Everton vs Sunderland: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats

After a run of 11 home Premier League games unbeaten vs Sunderland (W9 D2), Everton have lost two of their last three against them, though they did win 6-2 in this fixture last season.

This will be David Moyes’ second game back at Goodison Park since leaving Everton in 2013. His only previous one was a 0-2 defeat in what was to be his last game as Manchester United manager in April 2014.

Chelsea vs Swansea: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats

After winning six of their first eight Premier League meetings with Swansea (D2), Chelsea are winless in their last three against them (D2 L1).

Swansea’s 2-2 draw on the opening day of the 2015-16 season was their first Premier League point earned at Stamford Bridge.

The Swans have netted four goals in their last two league visits to Stamford Bridge, the same number they’d scored in their previous 10 games there combined.

Basketball: NBA Round Up (Feb 23)

Seeking frontcourt help, the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired veteran forward Taj Gibson from the Chicago Bulls just before the end of Thursday's trading deadline.

Along with Gibson, the Thunder will reportedly obtain small forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick from Chicago. The Bulls are expected to receive reserve guards Cameron Payne and Anthony Morrow along forward Joffrey Lauvergne.

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NFL Round Up (Feb 23)

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill passed a battery of tests on his ACL and Grade 2 MCL sprain and is expected to be available for all of the team's offseason program, the Miami Herald reported on Thursday.

Tannehill missed the Dolphins' last three regular-season games and their playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a severe knee sprain.

The 28-year-old elected against full reconstructive surgery and instead opted for rehabilitation with adult stem cell treatment, the Miami Herald reported.



Nigerian News

Lagos Beach Olympic: Ten Teams To Compete In Maiden Edition   

Each of the 10 teams that will compete at the maiden edition of the Beach Olympics will be named after a Nigerian hero, organisers of the event, which is scheduled for March 3 and 4 at the Atlantic City, Lagos, have said.


Sunshine Stars Troop Out On Akure Streets To Protest Unpaid Salaries    

It's so glearing that football in Nigeria will still face protests of unpaid allowances and wages. Recently the Falcons took to the streets of Abuja to protest unpaid allowances after conquering Africa for the 7th time.


Rangers FC Not Begging For Money - Ndukwe   

Recently news broke ot that the players refused to collect the money issued out to them for continental football then another news broke out that the team has been begging for money to help them pursue continental success.


Lagos City Marathon: Six Things You Should Know   

Twenty Nigerians will win cash prizes from the Lagos City Marathon from the female & male categories. The star prize for the wining Nigerians ranges from N1M to N20,000.

The winner in the competition will win a whopping $50,000


Rohr To Call Up Five New Players For Senegal Friendly   

Five players who have never been called up to the Super Eagles will be in the squad for the friendly game against Senegal and possibly Ghana. 


What! Abandoned Nigerian Stadium Turned To Trailer Park   

The Muda Lawal Stadium, Asero, Abeokuta, Ogun State—once the home of Abiola Babes in the 80s, when it was known as Asero Stadium – has been converted to a park for heavy duty vehicles.


Sad! Former Super Eagles Coach Paul Hamilton's Leg Amputated   

Former Super Eagles coach Paul Hamilton’s leg has been amputated, The PUNCH has learnt.

The 75-year-old former international has been bedridden for months before his left leg was amputated from the knee, Hamilton’s wife, Durdy, said.


CAF Appoints Two Nigerian Referees For Continental Duties   

Confederation of African Football, CAF, has appointed two Nigerian referees to officiate in the First Round , Second Leg matches of continental club competitions.


World Cup Qualifier: Cameroon Aiming Four Points Against Nigeria    

AFCON 2017 Champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are hoping they can pick at least four points off Nigeria’s Super Eagles when both teams clash in crunch 2018 World Cup qualifiers starting in August.


Nigeria will defeat Sout Africa & Cameroon Says Rohr   

Prior to AFCON 2017 Nigeria appeared like a better team than Cameroon but their victorious outingg in Gabon has raised eyebrows ahead of their World cup qualifier with Nigeria.


Yakubu Aiyegbeni Joins English League One Side   

Former Everton & Super Eagles forward, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, has completed his return to English football after signing a short-term deal with Coventry City a team which features in League One.

Aiyegbeni, 34, has been without a club since he left Turkish side Kayserispor in 2016.


Basketball: Kano Pillars Star, Abubakar Usman Set To Fight For D' Tigers Shirt   

With a terrific display at FIBA Africa Champions Cup (ACC) last December in Cairo, Abubakar Usman reminded everyone how he is preparing to regain a place in the senior men’s national team, the D’Tigers. 



Granada vs Real Betis: Match Preview, Facts & Stats   

Granada have not lost in their last eight Andalusian derbies at home in La Liga (W4 D4); last losing in May 2014 (0-2 vs Almeria).


Competition At Manchester City Will Help Iheanacho - Mikel Obi   

Nigeria's Super Eagles captain and legend John Mikel Obi who spent 10 and half years at English Premier League giants Chelsea has advised Kelechi Iheanacho on his future at Manchester City. 


Bournemouth 0-2 Man City: Sterling Reduces Chelsea's Lead To Eight Points    

Guariola's men climbed into second in the Premier League table with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth, although the triumph was soured by Gabriel Jesus’ early injury.


Lazio vs AC Milan: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

C Milan have only lost three of their last 37 Serie A games against Lazio, winning 16 and sharing 18 draws.


Bournemouth vs Manchester City: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

Manchester City have never lost to Bournemouth in a league game, winning seven and drawing two.


Swansea 2-0 Leicester: Musa, Ndidi Continues Free Fall   

Musa, Vardy, Mahrez, Ndidi and others have not scored a premier league goal in year 2017 which as accounted for their free fall in the league.


Burnley 1-1 Chelsea: Robbie Brady's Goal Holds Blues   

Conte's men missed the opportunity to open up a 12-point gap at the Premier League summit as Burnley fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.


Ferdinard: Iwobi, Others Don't Have Premier League wining Mentality    

Ferdinard's opinion on Arsenal will certainly make Alex Iwobi and his colleagues have a re-think as the former United defender believes they can't win the title yet.


Swansea vs Leicester: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

Since beating Leicester in their first Premier League meeting in October 2014, the Swans have lost each of their last four, scoring once and conceding 11.


Burnley vs Chelsea: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

Burnley have never won a Premier League encounter against Chelsea, losing four of five previous attempts (D1).


EPL Round Up: Mane Nets Brace, Gunners, United Win   

Sadio Mane scored a quick-fire brace as Liverpool revitalised their Premier League campaign with an impressive 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Saturday.


Fiorentina vs Udinese: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

16 of the last 19 Serie A games between Fiorentina and Udinese have seen at least three goals scored - an average of 3.6 goals per game.