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Basketball: NBA Match Highlights & Results (April 24)

Results & highlights of Monday's National Basketball Association games:

Hawks 111, Wizards 101

Dennis Schroder, saddled with three early fouls and held scoreless in the first half, finished with 18 points to help the Atlanta Hawks defeat the Washington Wizards 111-101 on Monday night, evening the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at two wins apiece.

Schroder scored on two 3-pointers, a jump shot and a driving layup in the final four minutes as the Hawks rebuffed Washington's comeback effort.

Transfer Talk | Zlatan's United Career Over, Pep Wants Alli & More

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come to accept that his time at Old Trafford has come to an end, or so we are told in Tuesday's Paper Round.

Zlatan accepts United career is over

Promotion | Benitez, Newcastle Back In The Premier League

Newcastle United secured an immediate return to the Premier League with a convincing home victory over Preston.

Christian Atsu put the Magpies 2-1 up at half-time after Jordan Hugill had cancelled out an Ayoze Perez opener.

On a tense evening at St James' Park, Newcastle nerves were settled when Preston's Paul Gallagher was sent off for handling on the line and Matt Ritchie scored the resulting penalty.

Perez got his second from close range to send Newcastle up with Brighton.

EL Classico | I Am Not Sure Messi Is Human Says Enyema

Former Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama has revealed that he played better than Messi at the World Cup. 

Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi (R) and Nigeria’s goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama smile during a Group F football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 25, 2014.  

Nigeria | Gernot Rohr Wants Eagles To Play Teams Above Them Only In Friendlies

Gernot Rohr has agreed with the NFF to engage the Eagles in friendlies with only teams above the Super Eagles in the FIFA rankings.

Gernot Rohr The move was taken to help Nigeria boost their rankings as well, owing to the fact that FIFA uses it as a determinant in most of their decisions especially in seedings for tournaments. 

Already Congo Brazzaville have lost out on a chance to play Nigeria in France, during the Eagles planned camping with Rohr settling for Burkina Faso who are ahead of Nigeria in the monthly FIFA rankings. 

EL Classico | Three Truths You Should Know

Real Madrid are down but not out

The pain of Sunday's loss will linger around the Bernabeu for a long time, but Real Madrid are still the best team in Spain. It took a performance of the ages from Lionel Messi to beat Zinedine Zidane’s excellent side, and even when down to 10 men the hosts looked the better of the Clasico sides.

Mata Might Return From Injury Before End Of Season

Juan Mata could return from injury in time to help Manchester United with their late-season charge in the Premier League and Europa League.

Mata underwent groin surgery this month and was initially expected to remain sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.

A 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday moved United to within a point of the top four, with a Manchester derby against City to come this Thursday, while Jose Mourinho has placed focus upon the Europa League after reaching the semi-finals, where Celta Vigo await.

Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City | Sanchez Fires Gunners To FA Cup Final

Alexis Sanchez scored an extra-time winner to send Arsenal into the FA Cup final with a 2-1 win over Manchester City at Wembley.

The Chilean poked home from close range to put Arsenal ahead for the first time in the match, and they held on as Man City struggled to create the onslaught you would have expected a team heading out of the competition to do.

They had lead through Sergio Aguero, who looked to have overrun the ball when one-one-one with Petr Cech but the goalkeeper was slow to react which allowed Aguero to dink the ball over him and into the net.

England Has Reduced Pep Guardiola To Nothing

English football has reduced Pep Guardiola to nothing has it seems like his previous glorious years are far away.

City owners were anxious of signing Pep and a salary higher than that of Jose Mourinho was offered. Pep might be biting himself after the defeat by Wenger's men ensured that the Spaniard goes trophyless for the first time in his career.

His Pep Guardiola that Special? Popular MFM FC supporter Yemi Famoyegun thinks Pep isn't special.

St Etienne vs Rennes Interrupted After Fans Break Into stadium

Sunday's Ligue 1 game between St Etienne and Stade Rennais was interrupted after local fans managed to get into the stadium where the match was being played behind closed doors.

Referee Ruddy Buquet sent the players to the dressing-room in the 16th minute.

The fans left the stadium quietly after some 15 minutes and the players came back on to the pitch to warm up, with play resuming at 1731 local time (1531 GMT).

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Nigerian News

Victor Moses Extends Chelsea Contract   

Super Eagles winger Victor Moses has extended his contract with English Premiership side Chelsea after a brilliant campaign under Italian coach Antonio Conte.

 

Victor Moses Aiming For Better Goal Scoring Form Return   

Super Eagles star and Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses is currently enjoying the best form of his career but the Nigerian admits he needs to take more of his goal-scoring opportunities after he was rewarded with a two-year contract extension earlier this week.

 

Amos Adamu Banned By FIFA For Two More Years   

Fifa, on Tuesday, placed a two-year suspension on its former executive committee member Amos Adamu after investigation into a proceeding opening against him last year.

 

FIFA 'Mafia' Behind My Ban Says Amos Adamu   

Amos Adamu has slammed the FIFA mafia for his increased football ban globally. Amos thinks he's suffering from the fall out with the recent cabal that allegations forced out of FIFA

 

CAF Elections: Solomon Dalung Backs Pinnick   

Amanju Pinnick has gained and won the support of Solomon Dalung toward contesting for a CAF seat and backing Ahmad Ahmad to defeat long serving Isa Hayatou to the surprise of many who thought the Minister was going to call Pinnick's blough.

 

Bash Ali Sues Sports Minister, Demands For N1b For Damages   

It ought to have been a meeting where Nigeria's record aiming boxer Bash Ali would have cemented a plan with the Minister for sports to promote his proposed World Guniess book of record match but it turned to a fight between him and the minister's security aides and it has grown to a

 

Graphic: Just For Laughs   

Nigeria............................ is this the next stage?

 

NPFL Match Day 11: Ten Things Fans Said   

It seems the fans are happy with the way the NPFL is progressing. Here are a few comments from the fans after match day 11:
 
Fans Talk

 

Friendly: Nigeria Boast Better Head To Head Records Than Senegal, Burkina Faso   

Ahead of the international friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso in London in March, records show that the Nigerian team have faired better in previous encounters against their West African neighbours. 

 

NPFL: Match Day 11 Results   

NPFL Match day 11 results:

Rangers 1-0 ABS
Katsina 2-1 MFM 
Remo 1-1 Pillars
Enyimba 0-0 3SC
Plateau 0-0 Lobi
Gombe 2-0 FCIU
Abia Warriors 1-0 Tornadoes
El-Kanemi 3-1 Sunshine
Wikki 0-0 Rivers

 

Funke Oshonaike Kicks Off Table Tennis Clinic For Youth, Says Future Is Bright   

Table, tennis star, Funke Oshonaike, has urged young Nigerian players to take their training seriously, saying it’s the only way they can fulfill their potential in the sport.

The Germany-based player said this during the Funke Oshonaike Table Tennis Clinic in Lagos on Monday.

 

EPL, LA LIGA, SERIE A

West Ham vs Chelsea Preview: All You Need To Know   

Venue: Olympic Stadium

Referee: Andre Marriner (England)

Match Facts, Head to Head & Stats:

 

Sunderland vs Manchester City: All You Need To Know   

Match Venue: Stadium of Light

Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)

Match Facts, Head to Head & Stats:

 

Tottenham vs Everton: All You Need To Know   

Match Venue: White Hart Lane

Referee: Michael Oliver (England)

Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats:

 

Super Messi runs Riot On Celta de Vigo   

Enrique's Barcelona returned to the top of La Liga with a thumping 5-0 win over Celta Vigo, with Lionel Messi and Neymar at their peak.

 

Eibar 1-4 Real Madrid: Benzema's Double Inspires Los Blancos   

Karim Benzema inspired Real Madrid to a comprehensive 4-1 win over Eibar, putting Zinedine Zidane’s side top of La Liga - at least until Barcelona play later this evening.

 

Barcelona vs Celta de Vigo: All You Need To Know   

Match Venue: Camp Nou

Referee: Jesus Gil (Spain)

Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats

 

Liverpool vs Arsenal: All You Need To Know   

Venue: Anfield

Referee: Robert Madley (England)

Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats

 

Manchester United 1-1 Bournemouth: Mourinho's Men Look Destined For 6th Position As Zlatan's Penalty Gets Saved   

Rojo scored for Mourinho's men, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a penalty saved and somehow avoided a red card as Manchester United drew 1-1 at home to 10-man Bournemouth as the Red Devils looke

 

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

This is the fourth Premier League meeting between the teams, with both sides claiming one victory each in the three previous games (D1).

 

Manchester United vs Bournemouth: All You Need To Know   

Match venue: Old Trafford

Referee: Kevin Friend (England)

Stats, Head to Head & Match Facts

 

Pep Guardiola Slams Selfish Players Aiming For Personal Glory   

Guardiola expressed his fury over players that places individual honours ahead of team commitment and the Spanish thinks awards are really nothing.

 

Ronaldo, Bale, Morata Set To Miss Real Madrid's Trip To Eibar   

CR7 is out of the clash due to an injury scare a move that has left Real Madrid with the option of Benzema in attack as the other two regulars Bale and Morata are out on card issues, it