2017 ITTF World Championships:

Quadri, Assar trudge on in men’s singles

Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri and Omar Assar have qualified for the round of 64 at the 2017 ITTF World Championships in Dusseldorf.

Quadri dispatched his Chile’s Gustavo Gomez by four sets to love while Assar defeated Italy’s Rech Daldosso 4-3 in an entertaining encounter.

Nigeria’s Segun Toriola and Egypt’s trio of Ahmed Saleh, Mohammed El-Beiali and El-Sayed Lashin were knocked out.

Nigeria’s Funke Oshonaike, Egypt’s duo of Dina Meshref and Yousry Helmy were also knocked-out in the first round of the women’s singles.


French Open: Venus Williams ease past Kurumi Nara in Paris

Venus Williams has qualified for the third round of the French Open with a 6-3 6-1 demolition of Japan’s Kurumi Nara.

The world number 11, was in dominant form on Philippe-Chatrier Court as she overwhelmed her opponent.

Petra Kvitova was bundled out by American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in straight-sets of 7-6 7-6 to set up a third-round clash with Samantha Stosur.

Ekaterina Makarova, conqueror of top seed Angelique Kerber was knocked out 6-2 6-2 by Lesia Tsurenko in round two.


Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal reach French Open third round

Nine-time winner Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic both won in straight sets to reach the third round at the French Open.

Nadal, looked at his very best while outclassing Dutchman Robin Haase 6-1 6-4 6-3 in under two hours.

Serbia's Djokovic, the second seed, beat Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-1 6-4 6-3 in two hours and seven minutes.

Djokovic, goes on to face Argentine Diego Schwartzman while Nadal takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.

Eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi watched Djokovic once again, having taken over as the 30-year-old's coach on a temporary basis.


ATHLETICS: IAAF rejects 28 Russian athletes but approves three

Twenty-eight Russian athletes have had their requests to compete as neutrals rejected by world athletics' governing body.

The IAAF doping review board accepted the appeals of 400m runner Kseniya Aksyonova, javelin thrower Vera Rebrik and 400m hurdler Vera Rudakova.

A further 27 cases are under review as Russia's athletics federation remains banned from international competition.

Russia was first suspended in November 2015, which denied Russian athletes the chance to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics games.

The ban was extended in February to cover this year's World Championships in London, which will take place between the 4th and the 13th of August.


NBA: Being black in US tough says LeBron James after racist graffiti

 NBA superstar LeBron James has talked about the ordeal of suffering racism after the "N-word" was spray painted on to his Los Angeles home.

The graffiti was reported to police on Wednesday morning and the Cleveland Cavaliers star responded hours later.

LAPD Officers are reviewing surveillance footage to try to identify the vandal.

James was speaking from San Francisco, where his team is training ahead of Game 1 of the NBA finals.

Last week he became the all-time leading scorer in the play-offs, surpassing Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan's record.


NPFL: Saka Wins Maiden VAT Wonder Goal Award

Ayo Saka’s 39th minute goal for Rivers United against Enyimba FC has been voted the VAT Wonder Goal of the Nigeria Professional Football League Match-day 20.

Saka beat off a still challenge from Enyimba’s Ugochukwu Leonard to emerge winner.

Saka will receive N150, 000 from which he will donate 50% to a charity of his choice in Rivers State where his club is based.

The prize will be presented at the next home fixture of Rivers United after their continental engagement in Uganda this weekend.



Moses, Ideye, Ighalo dropped for South Africa game

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rhor has left out Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo and Brown Ideye from his 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.

MFM FC duo of Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatunbosun were also dropped from the qualifier slated for Uyo on the 10th of June.

The players listed for the game include Akwa United’s Alhassan Ibrahim, Henry Onyekuru of Eupen, ADO Den Haag defender Tyronne Ebuehi and Victor Osimhen.

The other players listed for the clash are Kelechi Iheanacho, Ogenyi Onazi, Alex Iwobi, Olanrewaju Kayode, William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo and John Ogu.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles will take on Togo in their second friendly game in Paris, on Thursday.


Super 23-man List for 2019 AFCON Qualifier:


Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United)

Ikechukwu Ezenwa (IfeanyiUbah)

Dele Alampasu (Cesarense)


Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco)

William Troost-Ekong (Gent)

Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto)

Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag)

Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea)

Maroof Youssef (Zamalek)

Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusto)


Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor)

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City)

Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal)

John Ogu (Hapoel Beer Sheva)

Oghenekaro Etebo (Feirense)

Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United)


Ahmed Musa (Leicester City)

Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City)

Olanrewaju Kayode (Austria Wien)

Henry Onyekuru (Eupen)

Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)

Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg)

Moses Simon (Gent)


FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP: Zambia beat Germany in seven goal thriller

Zambia have qualified for the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a thrilling 4-3 extra time win over Germany in Jeju,South Korea.

Zambia nearly threw the match away, after coming from a goal down to lead 3-1 before conceding two late goals to send the clash into extra time.

Elsewhere, Uruguay piped Saudi Arabia 1-0 to edge into the final eight while England defeated Costa Rica by two goals to one.

In today’s last 16 fixtures, Senegal will take on Mexico, Italy will tackle France while USA takes on New Zealand.


FIFA pays tribute to Marc-Vivien Foe

The Federation of International Football Association has paid tribute to late Cameroon Marc-Vivien Foe.

The midfielder passed on during the 2003 Fifa Confederations Cup when the Indomitable Lions took on Colombia in the semi-final in Lyon. He collapsed in the 71st minute because of an undetected heart condition.

With 17 days to the 2017 Confederations Cup, the world football ruling body remembers the former Manchester City and West Ham United star.

Hugo Broos' men have been pooled in Group B alongside Cameroon, Chile, Australia and Germany.

They face Chile in their opening game on the 18th of June at the Spartak Stadium Moscow.