1.Australian Open 2017: Venus Williams & Coco Vandeweghe through to semi-finals

Venus Williams reached the Australian Open semi-finals for the first time in 14 years with a straight-set win over Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Williams, the 13th seed, saw off 24th seed Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 7-6 (7-3) in the first of the quarter-finals. The 36-year-old American has never won the title, her best effort a runner-up finish to sister Serena in 2003. She goes on to face unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe, who thrashed Spain's seventh seed Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-0. Vandeweghe, 25, followed up her win over world number one and defending champion Angelique Kerber with a crushing defeat of French Open champion Muguruza. Williams dropped serve four times against Pavlyuchenkova but was much the stronger in the decisive moments, becoming the oldest woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994. On Wednesday, Serena Williams will play Britain's Johanna Konta at around 02:00 GMT, following the match between Czech fifth seed Karolina Plisokva and Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

2. NPL: Abdullahi handed eight weeks match ban

Referee, Dankano Abdullahi has been handed eight weeks match ban for poor officiating in the match between Remo Stars and Abia Warriors in Sagamu, Ogun state. In the same vein, Nkwocha, a female FIFA Referee of FCT Council was warned to live up to expectations or risk removal from the Panel of a Premier League Referees. Nkwocha officiated the Katsina Utd vs Gombe match in Katsina. Meanwhile, the Deputy President of the Nigeria Referees Association, (NRA) Sani Zubairu said the committee arrived at their decision after a careful review of the video clips and match reports of all matches of the Referees Assessors. The head of NFF Referees Unit also told all Premier League referees to be mindful of their decisions and actions before, during and after the game as the Committee would give appropriate sanctions to those found wanting in the course of discharging their duties. Abia Warriors have also been charged for breaching the NPFL Framework and Rules in respect of their game at Remo Stars on Sunday. The club has 48hours not later than January 25, 2017 to appeal or accept the sanctions imposed on them.

3.EKO Women's League
Lagos State Football Association's desire to develop football at all levels and in all ramifications will on Wednesday, 25/01/2017 manifest as the much anticipated Seminar to herald the 2017 Ekofootball Women Championship begins. The seminar holding at the Molade Okoya Indoor Sports hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere Lagos is themed: Cultivating confidence, Self Respect and Assertiveness. Chairman, Women Football committee of the Lagos State FA, Wale Joseph stated that the seminar is put together in order to develop women football beyond the pitch. The championship with the theme, Lagos For Her season 2 will see over 1500 participating girl students.

4.Senegal, Tunisia advance to quarters

Islam Slimani scored twice but Algeria's Africa Cup of Nations hopes were ended after a 2-2 draw with Senegal in Franceville on Monday. Like the Senegalese, Algeria were one of the pre-tournament favourites but they go out without winning a game, with Tunisia finishing in second place after their 4-2 victory against Zimbabwe in Libreville. It is Tunisia who progress to a quarterfinal against Burkina Faso in the Gabonese capital at the weekend, while Senegal already knew they would be playing Cameroon in Franceville. Senegal topped the Group B standings with seven points followed by Tunisia with six, Algeria two and Zimbabwe one.

5. Africa Cup of Nations
Group C Fixtures 19:00 Morocco? – ?
Ivory Coast 19:00 Togo? – ? DR Congo

6.Wenger hit with misconduct charge after fourth official row
 
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was charged with misconduct by England’s governing Football Association on Monday after an alleged altercation with the fourth official during Sunday’s 2-1 Premier League win over Burnley.
The veteran French boss was dismissed from his technical area by referee Jon Moss after being angered by the award of a stoppage-time penalty to Burnley, having allegedly verbally abused fourth official Anthony Taylor.
Wenger, 67, then tried to watch the closing minutes of the match in the tunnel at north London club Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and television pictures then showed him pushing Taylor when asked to move back.
Arsenal eventually won the match 2-1 after Alexis Sanchez scored an even later stoppage-time penalty following Andre Gray’s spot-kick equaliser that cancelled out Shkodran Mustafi’s opening goal for the title-chasing Gunners.
Wenger, Arsenal’s manager since 1996, apologised for his behaviour after the match but that did not prevent him being charged by the FA on Monday.
Following the victory, which saw Arsenal move up into second place in the Premier League, Wenger expressed “regret” for his behaviour.
Wenger, who faces the prospect of a fine and a touchline ban, was not the only member of the Arsenal set-up in disciplinary trouble on Sunday.
Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka was sent off for a reckless lunge on Steven Defour that left Arsenal a man down for the final 25 minutes against Burnley.
It was the ninth time the Swiss international has been sent off for club and country since 2014.
Xhaka, having already been shown a red card while on Arsenal duty against Swansea earlier this season, will now miss the Gunners’ next four games through suspension.

This Day in Sports History   January 24
 
1976 Cleveland Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89)
2015 Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson scores the most NBA points in a quarter with 37 & the most 3-pointers in a quarter with 9
 
Birthdays in Sport
1947 Masashi Ozaki, Japanese golfer
1975 Rónald Gómez, Costa Rican footballer
1983 Shaun Maloney, Scottish footballer
 
  
 
 
SPORTS CAFÉ  Rundown
1.Australian Open 2017: Venus Williams & Coco Vandeweghe through to semi-finals
2.NPL: Abdullahi handed eight weeks match ban
3.EKO Women's League
4.Senegal, Tunisia advance to quarters
5.Africa Cup of Nations – Group C Fixtures
6.Wenger hit with misconduct charge after fourth official row
This Day in Sports History   January 24