• By Usaini Nebianet
    May 15, 2017
    Lewis Hamilton wins spectacular Spanish Grand Prix

    1. New time-table for NSF elections released

    A revised timetable for the National Sports Federations elections has been released by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

    The deadline for submission of forms is now May 19, 2017 while verification of names of representatives of other constituencies except those from the zones will take place between May 23rd and 24th 2017.

    Zonal elections hold on May 25, 2017 while Bye Elections arising from Petitions and Appeals at Zonal and Constituency levels will take place on June 7, 2017.

    June 13, 2017 still remains the date for elections into positions of Federations’ Presidents and Vice Presidents while the inauguration of the Boards of National Sports Federations hold on July 13, 2017.


    2. Madrid Open: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win fifth title

    Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 to win his fifth Madrid Open title and move into the world's top four.

    The Spaniard has now won three straight titles, after his Barcelona Open and Monte Carlo Masters victories, while his record on clay this year is 15-0.

    Nadal edged the Austrian in the tie-break of a tense first set that lasted one hour and 18 minutes.

    Nadal will be confirmed as the new world number four, replacing 18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, when the new rankings come out on Monday.

    That will improve his seeding for the French Open, which starts on 22 May and where Nadal is a nine-time champion.

    Nadal, who beat defending champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-final, has now won his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, tying the all-time record with Serbia's Djokovic.

    The former world number one was last inside the world's top four in October 2016 and struggled with a wrist injury last year, which forced him to pull out of the French Open and Wimbledon and end his season early.



    3. Lewis Hamilton wins spectacular Spanish Grand Prix

    Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes stole a stunning victory in the Spanish Grand Prix from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

    A clever strategic move by the team followed by Hamilton attacking and passing Vettel put the Briton in control and he defended successfully to the end.

    Vettel had passed Hamilton off the start line to lead for the first half of the race but ended up out-flanked by their rivals.

    Hamilton's second win of the season cut his deficit to Vettel in the championship to six points after five of 20 races.


    4. Club Africain tame Rivers United

    An own goal and a missed penalty proved decisive as Club Africain overpowered Rivers United 3-1 in an explosive Caf Confederation Cup clash in Tunis on Sunday.

    United’s technical manager, Stanley Eguma made five changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Rayon Sports in Kigali in their last Caf Confederation Cup game in April.

    Rivers United is in third place in Group A while Club Africain are in second place, trailing the leaders, FUS Rabat only on goals difference.

    Ugandan club, KCCA props up the rear ahead of the section’s second round of matches.

    Rivers United will next meet FUS Rabat in Port Harcourt on May 24.


    5. Ayiah and Sulley braces secure victory for Ghana

     Ghana were unforgiveable in front of goal with an impressive 4-0 thumping of Cameroon in a U17 Africa Cup of Nations, Group A match at the Stade Port Gentil in Gabon on Sunday.

    The other Group A match which took place on Sunday saw Guinea beat hosts Gabon 5-1.

    Cameroon are next in action on Wednesday, 17 May against Guinea while Ghana will play Gabon on the same day.

    WHILE, Mali will square off with Tanzania in the 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations Group B game at the Stade de Port-Gentil in Port-Gentil on Monday.

    Angola and Niger are also part of Group B and the two sides are set to lock horns at the same venue after the encounter between Mali and Tanzania.



    6. Kane dedicates Lane finale to fans

    Harry Kane hailed Tottenham's 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the last ever match at White Hart Lane as the perfect finale for the club's loyal fans.

    The Lane was packed to the rafters on an emotional afternoon in north London as Tottenham played their final fixture at the 118-year old stadium.

    Tottenham will move to Wembley next season while the Lane is demolished to make way for a new arena.


    IN OTHER English Premier League Results

    Everton 1 - 0 Watford

    West Bromwich Albion 0 - 1 Chelsea

    Manchester City 2 - 1 Leicester City

    AFC Bournemouth 2 - 1 Burnley

    Middlesbrough 1 - 2 Southampton

    Sunderland 0 - 2 Swansea City

    Stoke City 1 - 4 Arsenal

    Crystal Palace 4 - 0 Hull City

    West Ham United 0 - 4 Liverpool

    Today’s Fixture:-

    20:00: Chelsea? - ? Watford


    7. Real Madrid, Barca set up final day title showdown

    The fight for the La Liga title will go down to the last day of the season after Real Madrid and Barcelona beat Sevilla and Las Palmas respectively on Sunday to remain locked together on 87 points.

    Madrid remain in the driving seat after the European champions saw off Sevilla 4-1 as they have two games remaining to Barca’s one.

    However, Barca remain on top thanks to their better head-to-head record, with Neymar scoring a hat-trick as they also won 4-1 in the Canary Islands.

    Madrid visit Celta in their game in hand on Wednesday and then travel to Malaga, whilst Barca host Eibar on the final day next Sunday.

    IN Other Spainish  La Liga Results

    Espanyol 0 - 1 Valencia

    Osasuna 2 - 1 Granada

    Alaves 3 - 1 Celta Vigo

    Athletic Bilbao 1 - 1 Leganes

    Eibar 0 - 1 Sporting Gijon

    Real Betis 1 - 1 Atletico Madrid

    Real Sociedad 2 - 2 Malaga

    Villarreal 0 - 0 Deportivo La Coruna



    This Day in Sports History for May 15

    1970- South-Africa excluded from Olympic play

    1989- US Basketball League cancels its summer schedule


    Birthdays in Sport

    1965- Raí, Brazilian footballer

    1970- Frank de Boer, Dutch soccer star (Ajax)

    1970- Ronald de Boer, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)

    1976 - Adolfo Bautista, Mexican footballer

    1978- Edu, Brazilian footballer

    1981- Patrice Evra, French-Senegalese footballer

    1982- Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaican athlete

    1985- Cristiane, Brazilian footballer

    1987- Andy Murray, Scottish tennis player two-time Olympic champion (2012, 2016), born in Glasgow, Scotland



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