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Ronaldo beats injury to again net hat trick

Cristiano Ronaldo shrugged off an Achilles injury to score a record-equalling La Liga hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 5-0. The Portugal international had trained alone in the build-up to the match because of a problem suffered in Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Ludogorets, but he showed no ill effects and took his tally to 13 goals in six La Liga games so far ... Read More »

Murray, Nadal make it into China Open quarters

World number 11 Murray set the tone for the match early on by grabbing a vital break. Cuevas was made to work hard and, to his credit, was energetic on court, but his one-dimensional game never troubled Murray who raced through the opening stanza, allowing his opponent just two games. The stubborn Uruguayan refused to changed it up during the ... Read More »

Nigeria name final 21-squad for African Women Championship

Nigeria will take 21 players to the 2014 African Women Championship in Namibia which starts on October 11. Six overseas-based and 15 home-based players made the final Super Falcons’ list for the eight-country competition that will end on October 25. The squad is composed of three goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and six strikers. As expected, France-based Desire Oparanozie topped ... Read More »

Hamsik and Higuain give Benitez’s men the win

Marek Hamsik took centre stage on his return to his native club, scoring the winning goal, before adding an assist, securing a 2-0 victory for Napoli over Slovan Bratislava. The victory ensured Rafael Benitez’s men picked up maximum points with their second win in as many matches in the Europa League group stage. Hamsik was at the heart of every dangerous ... Read More »

Messi: I don’t want to compete with Ronaldo

Lionel Messi insists that he has no interest in competing with Cristiano Ronaldo for the title of the world’s greatest player. Having claimed the last six Ballon d’Or awards between them, the pair are regularly compared to one another, with their respective merits discussed at length by players, pundits and fans alike. However, Messi insists that he has no interest ... Read More »

Ike Uche fingered in match-fixing scandal

Super Eagles striker, Ike Uche has been fingered in a match-fixing scandal, according to Spanish newspaper El Mundo.Uche’s club then Real Zaragoza beat Levante 2-1 on the final day of the 2010/11 season to avoid relegation, while Levante and Deportivo La Coruna were demoted as a result. Atletico Madrid captain, Gabi, who scored Zara- goza’s two goals on that fateful day, ... Read More »

Classy Kagawa proves his worth with Anderlecht demolition

Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League opener at home against Arsenal last month was supposed to be the perfect opportunity for Shinji Kagawa to prove Manchester United wrong after two disappointing years at Old Trafford. Due to injury, the attacking midfielder had to settle for a spot on the bench. But the 25-year-old knew that his chance would come, and he used ... Read More »

Welbeck bags hat-trick before Szczesny sees red

Danny Welbeck struck his first-ever hat-trick but Wojciech Szczesny was sent off as Arsenal crushed a disorganised Galatasaray 4-1 in the Champions League. The England international struck twice in the first half and once more in the second, frequently darting past a hapless back line with clever poked finishes each time. Alexis Sanchez hit Arsenal’s third just before the break, slotting home ... Read More »

Benzema saves Blancos from the bench

Karim Benzema came off the bench to save Real Madrid from dropping points at Ludogorets on Wednesday in the Champions League. The France striker hit home 13 minutes from time to deny the plucky hosts their first point in the competition following a superb display of determination from the Bulgarian side. Georgi Dermenzhiev’s men had come within a last-minute penalty ... Read More »

Keshi’s contract may not be renewed

Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, may not be given a new contract by the newly elected Nigeria Football Federation executive committee, africanFootball.com reports. Several members of the new NFF board do not believe in the coach, although he will supervise the two AFCON qualifiers against Sudan later this month, he will not be offered a new deal. “Most members of ... Read More »