Rundown for Sports Café
1.Zenith WBL: Dolphins, First Bank in ultimate battle
2.Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic in Rome Masters action
3.Eagles friendlies: Team denied visas, NFF pleads
4.FLYING EAGLES DARE DREAM TEAM IN TEST GAME
5.Rangers maintain lead despite loss/Yesterday’s NPFL Results
6.Newcastle and Norwich relegated/Last night’s EPL Results
1. Zenith WBL: Dolphins, First Bank in ultimate battle
THERE could not have been a more befitting final of the 2016 Zenith Bank Women Basketball League than what is on offer today at the indoor sports hall of the national stadium Lagos as the defending champions, Dolphins Basketball of Lagos square up against former champions, First Bank of Lagos.
The defending champions will have to do a lot, technically speaking to stop the fire power of the First Bank ladies, particularly the versatile Upe Esther Atosu, captain Chioma Udeaja and Magdaline Ukato.
But Dolphins are equal to the task as the forceful play of the likes of Juliet Currency, Patience Okpe and Nadege Kodjo.
2. Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic in Rome Masters action
Andy Murray will play Jeremy Chardy as he continues the Rome Masters without his departed coach Amelie Mauresmo.
The British No 1 embarked on his campaign in the Italian capital directly after confirming that his two-year spell working with Mauresmo had ended and now finds Chardy in his way.
Elsewhere, world No 1 Novak Djokovic continues the defence of his title against Thomaz Bellucci, Sixth seed Kei Nishikori plays 11th seed Richard Gasquet.
Roger Federer's slow comeback from injury sees him come up against the highly-touted Dominic Thiem.
Rafa Nadal, the king of the clay courts, will welcome hot-tempered Nick Kyrgios on Thursday.
3. Eagles friendlies: Team denied visas, NFF pleads
The Nigeria Football Federation officials have said a player and some officials scheduled for two Super Eagles friendly matches in France and Luxembourg later this month have been denied visas by the French embassy.
The NFF said the games are being threatened by denial of entry visa to the only home-based player, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, two coaches and administrative officials of the three-time African champions.
The NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi said, “We are appealing to the Embassy of France in Nigeria to reconsider its stance and issue visas to these officials.
NFF protocol officials revealed on Wednesday that about 60 per cent of the passports taken to the embassy on Friday, April 29, have been returned without visas.
The Eagles will face Mali’s Les Aiglons in Rouen, France on Friday, May 27 before engaging the national team of Luxembourg in Luxembourg on Wednesday, June 1.
7. Real Madrid richest club ahead of Barcelona and Manchester United in Forbes study
Real Madrid have remained the most valuable football team in the world for a fourth year in a row.
The Spanish giants lead the way from rivals Barcelona, with Manchester United sitting in third place.
Six Premier League teams feature in the top 10, with United joined by Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.
Forbes said the top 20 teams are collectively worth 24 per cent more than the teams that filled those positions 12 months ago, citing increased income from television contracts and kit deals.
The study said Real Madrid ranked as the world's second richest sports team, behind only the Dallas Cowboys American football team which it valued at four billion dollars (£2.77bn).
Forbes' top 10 world's most valuable football teams:
1 Real Madrid - US$3.645 bn (£2.52billion)
2 Barcelona - $3.549bn (£2.46bn)
3 Manchester United - $3.317bn (£2.3bn)
4 Bayern Munich - $2.678bn (£1.85bn)
5 Arsenal - $2.017bn (£1.4bn)
6 Manchester City - $1.921bn (£1.33bn)
7 Chelsea - $1.661bn (£1.15bn)
8 Liverpool - $1.548bn (£1.07bn)
9 Juventus - $1.299bn (£900million)
10 Tottenham - $1.017bn (£704m)
This day in Sports History MAY 12
1979 Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end
1980 West Ham United wins the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium.
Today's Birthdays in Sport
1963 Stefano Modena, Italian racing driver
1983 Charilaos Pappas, Greek footballer
1988 Marcelo, Brazilian footballer
*********BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUT TO MARTIN UMUTEME