Nigeria conclude inspection on Bahamas Games village

Nigeria’s delegation to the Bahamas has concluded its inspection of facilities for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games billed for Nassau in July. 
The team comprising the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung, the Director Grassroots Sports, Ademola Aare and the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee Tunde Popoola inspected the training areas, tracks, athletes’ accommodation, indoor sports hall and swimming pools.
According to the leader of the delegation Barrister Dalung, the venues are almost ready for the 6th edition of the games billed for July 19 to 23.
Nigeria will be represented by 26 athletes taking part in 7 sports namely; swimming, athletics, beach volleyball, cycling, boxing, tennis and judo.

NBBF hammer falls on Kano Pillars, Gombe Bulls
The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF has slammed a fine of N250,000 and N 150,000 on Kano Pillars Basketball club and Gombe Bulls Basketball club respectively.
Apart from the fine, six players of Kano Pillars namely Abubakar Usman, Ibrahim Yusuf, Abdul Yahaya, Celestine Nwafor, Mustapha Yusuf and Oche Omaga were handed a 3-match suspension each for attacking the spectators and conducting themselves in a violent and uncontrollable manner.
Gombe Bulls, have been ordered to play their next two home matches behind closed doors and repair the damaged Kano Pillars team bus. 
Also affected by the suspension are the head coach of Kano Pillars, Sani Ahmed and his assistant, Ibrahim Makun. 
While Ahmed is to serve a 2-match suspension for his inability to control his bench, Makun was suspended for 5 matches for attacking a Gombe Bulls player with a serious warning to be of good behaviour henceforth.
French Open organisers increase prize money by 12 percent

Organisers of the French Open have increased the grand slam tournament's prize money by 12 percent to 36 million Euros.
The increase narrowed the gap between the earnings of the winners and the first-round losers.
The winners will pocket 2.1 million euros while first-round losers will earn 35,000 euros.
Serbian Novak Djokovic won the men's title while Spain’s Garbine Muguruza claimed the women's title in 2016.
The 2017 French Open runs from the 28th of May to the 11th of June.

Sharapova beats Roberta Vinci on return from doping ban

Maria Sharapova won on her return to action after a 15-month doping ban as she beat Roberta Vinci in the first round of the Stuttgart Open.
The Russian, who was suspended last March after testing positive for meldonium, beat the Italian 7-5 6-3.
There was no noticeable bad reception for the 30-year-old, who responded well to losing her first service game to take a tight opening set in Stuttgart.
She broke twice in the second to progress to face Ekaterina Makarova.
Aiteo Group Splashes N2.5bn on Coaches’ Salaries
One of Nigeria’s energy solutions company, has sealed a five-year partnership agreement worth N2.5 billion with the Nigeria Football Federation.
According to details of the contract signed at the Eko Hotels and Suites, it confers the title of the Official Optimum Partner of the NFF.
The yearly value is put at N500 million in support of the national coaches and activation of the partnership agreement and the marketing agency.
The partnership, which is the first in the country’s sports sponsorship for the energy giant, will start on May 1, 2017, and has an initial option of one-year extension.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Deputy Managing Director of the company Francis Peters, who signed on behalf of the CEO of the Group, said that the partnership represents a new dawn for Nigerian football.

Super Sand Eagles Open Campaign against Italy
Nigeria’s Super Sand Eagles will today kick-off their campaign in the FIFA Beach world Cup holding in Bahamas, with a tie against Italy at the national Beach Soccer Arena Nassau.
Other teams in the Group are Iran and Mexico.
Sand Eagles will take on Mexico on Saturday and finally Iran on May 1st in the Group stage.
CAF Confederation Cup:
Rivers united to compete in Group A with Club Africain and two others

NIGERIA’S Rivers United has been placed in group A of the CAF Confederation Cup with Fus Rabat, Club Africain and Kampala CCA.

Group B will feature, Platinum Stars, Mbabane Swallows, Mc Algier and CS Sfaxien.

Zesco United is the seeded team in GROUP C alongside Club R.D DO Libola, Smouha and Al Hilal Elobeid.

Reigning champion, TP Mazembe, Supersport United, Horoya AC AND CF Mounana will battle for top spot in group D.

The group stage for the continental competitions begins with on the weekend of 12th to 14th of May.

CAF Champions League Group Stage Draw Results
The Confederation of African Football has completed the group stage draw for the 2017 Champions League.

Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns have been placed in Group C alongside Tunisia’s Esperance de Tunis, DR Congo’s AS Vita and Saint George of Ethiopia.

Eight-time champions Al Ahly of Egypt headline Group D, where they will tackle Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, Cameroon’s Coton Sport and Zambia’s Zanaco.

Last season’s runners-up Zamalek are in Group B alongside USM Alger, Zimbabwe’s CAPS United and Libyan side Al Ahly Tripoli.

Group A features two Sudanese heavyweights in Al Hilal and Al Merrikh, as well as Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel and Mozambican club Ferroviario Beira.

The group stage for the continental competition begins with Matchday 1 on the weekend of 12-14 May and wraps up with Matchday 6 on the weekend of 7-9 July.

Tottenham keeps pressure on Chelsea

Tottenham kept up the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea as Christian Eriksen's superb long-range strike secured a hard-fought victory at Crystal Palace.
Spurs had struggled to break down a disciplined Palace side for much of the game and it looked like they would have to settle for a point.
But Eriksen fired into the bottom corner from 30 yards late on to keep Spurs within four points of Chelsea with five games remaining.
The win means Tottenham move on to 74 points, surpassing their previous best ever Premier League total of 72 – set in 2012-13 – when they finished fifth.
Elsewhere, Arsenal pip Leicester City by a lone goal while Middlesbrough recorded the same score line over Sunderland.

Real thumps Deportivo at the Riazor
Real Madrid kept their La Liga title challenge on track with an emphatic 6-2 victory over Deportivo la Coruna.
Zinedine Zidane's side are level on points with Barcelona but have a game in hand and will claim the title if they win all their remaining matches.
With Cristiano Ronaldo rested and Gareth Bale injured, Alvaro Morata struck after 54 seconds.
Despite brief hope of a Depor revival at 2-1, Los Blancos replied to Barca's earlier 7-1 win over Osasuna in style.
A double from James Rodriguez – his first a clever flick over the goalkeeper – and further goals from Lucas Vazquez, Isco and Casemiro ensured Florin Andone and Joselu's strikes for the home side were purely consolation.
Next up for Madrid is a home league match against Valencia on Saturday, before their Champions League semi-final first leg at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Today is Thursday, April 27, 2017
1903 – Jamaica Race Track opened in Long Island, NY. 

1938 – A colored baseball was used for the first time in any baseball game. The ball was yellow and was used between Columbia and Fordham Universities in New York City.