JUDO: Nigerian officials pass international Judo Federation course

 Thirteen Nigeria Judo Federation officials on Monday passed their international Judo Federation course held in Lusaka, Zambia.

 Coach Ewa Ekuta was adjudged best overall student of the 2017 IJF Academy practical Examination after excelling in the Tachi waza and Ne waza practical as well as the theory.

 All 13 official of the NJF scored 75% up which qualifies them to enroll for the level 2 which will start by August.

 It is worthy to note that Nigeria Judo officials placed overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd position at the course organized by the International Judo Federation.




Sharapova handed wild card for Rogers Cup in Toronto

 Maria Sharapova's has been granted a wild card by the organisers of the Toronto tournament, The Rogers Cup on Tuesday.

Sharapova tested positive for a banned substance at last year's Australian Open and the Russian has so far been handed three wild cards to play WTA events.

The Russian reached the semi-finals of her first event back on the tour in Stuttgart but was surprisingly denied a wild card for the French Open.

Sharapova will attempt to qualify for Wimbledon in July and has been invited to play in the Toronto event that serves as one of the main warm-up tournaments for the U.S. Open.






Violence: LMC set to sanction Sunshine

Sunshine Stars might be axed from their home ground by the League Management Company following the violence that  marred their Premier League game against  Lobi Stars in Akure on Sunday.

Sunshine lost 1-0 to the visiting team after Kingsley Eduwo scored in the 15th minute of the first half of the match played at the Akure Stadium.

Some fans of the home team allegedly disrupted the match for some minutes by throwing various objects at the match officials.

They also stormed into the pitch and attacked the match officials for disallowing a goal scored by Sunshine.

The goal was adjudged to have been scored from an offside  position by the referee.



Etebo, Alampasu, Ebuehi,Onyekuru & Eight Others Arrive Eagles Camp In Corsica


The camp of the Super Eagles of Nigeria is bubbling with 12 players already in the Corsica camp of the team ahead of their upcoming friendly games against Corsica and Togo.

KAS Eupen forward Henry Onyekuru is already in the team’s hotel, with Olanrewaju Kayode also expected later after his club granted him permission to skip their final league game.

CD Feirense duo of Dele Alampasu and Oghenekaro Etebo are also in the camp as well as on loan Watford defender Uche Agbo.

The home-based quartet of Ikechuckwu Ezenwa, ‎Sikiru Olatubosun, Alhassan Ibrahim and Stephen Odey are also in camp, with Tyrone Ebuehi.

FC Porto Chidozie Awaziem, Gent of Belgium William Troost-Ekong and Monaco defender Elderson Echiejile who spent the second half of last season on loan to Sporting Gijon complete the list of players in the camp in Corsica.

In Corsica:

Ikechukwu Ezenwa

Stephen Odey

Sikiru Olatunbosun

Alhassan Ibrahim

Tyroone Ebuehi,

William Troost Ekong

Elderson Echiejile

Uche Agbo

Chidozie Awaziem

Oghenekaro Etebo

Dele Alampasu

Henry Onyekuru


CAF Champions League:

Al Ahly Brush Aside Coton Sport

 Al Ahly recorded a 2-0 victory over Coton Sport in the CAF Champions League Group D match at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium in Garoua on Tuesday.

The victory took the Red Devils to the top of Group D standings, while Coton remains bottom of the log.

Junior Ajayi broke the deadlock for the visitors with a decent finish in the 12th minute.

Two minutes later, Momen Zakaria doubled the lead when he beat Sport goalkeeper Dauoda Ibrahima to make it 2-0 to Ahly.

Elsewhere, a 93rd minute goal by Hameur Bouazza handed Tunisian side Etoile Sahel a 2-1 win over Sudanese side Al Merreikh in a Group A match played at the Al Merreikh Stadium in Omdurman.


The victory makes it two from two for Etoile Sahel who now top Group A with six points followed by Al Hilal with two points after they played to a goalless draw against Ferroviario Da Beira earlier on Tuesday.



Europa League – Final

May 24


Ajax ? – ?    Manchester United


World Cup U-20 – Group A

May 23

England U20 1 – 1   Guinea U20

South Korea U20 2 – 1   Argentina U20


World Cup U-20 – Group B

May 23

Venezuela U20 7 – 0   Vanuatu U20

Mexico U20 0 – 0    Germany U20


World Cup U-20 – Group C

May 24


Zambia U20 ? – ?  Iran U20


Costa Rica U20 ? – ?    Portugal U20

World Cup U-20 – Group D

May 24


South Africa U20 ? – ?   Italy U20


Uruguay U20 ? – ?      Japan U20



FA Cup: Laurent Koscielny to miss final after appeal fails


Defender Laurent Koscielny is out of Saturday's FA Cup final after Arsenal's appeal against his red card in their 3-1 win over Everton was dismissed by the Football Association.

The France international was dismissed for a tackle on Enner Valencia on the final day of the Premier League season

The 31-year-old has been banned for three games, starting with the Wembley final against London rivals Chelsea.

Manager Arsene Wenger could also be without centre-back Shkodran Mustafi.

The Germany international is recovering from a suspected concussion but Saturday's game may come too soon for him.

Fellow central defender Gabriel left Sunday's game on a stretcher and is also a big doubt.




This Day in Sports History May 24


1878 – CA Parker (Harvard) wins first American bike race, at Beacon Park, Boston.

1964 – Panic in Lima, Peru soccer stadium; 300 killed.

1972 – Glasgow Rangers wins 12th Europe Cup II at Barcelona, Spain.

1989 – AC Milan wins 34th Europe Cup 1 at Barcelona, Spain.


Births of sports figures on May 24


1974 – Birth of Ace Custis; NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks).

1974 – Birth of Maria Alejandra Vento in Caracas, Venezuela; tennis star (1995 Futures-Braz).

1979 – Birth of Tracy McGrady; NBA forward (Toronto Raptors).