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Anthony Joshua Vows To ‘Take Out’ Povetkin

Anthony Joshua has vowed to knock out his opponent Alexander Povetkin ahead of their bout scheduled for Wembley Stadium on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against the Russian boxer, as the British champion looks to claim his 22nd consecutive professional victory with the fight. 39-year-old Povetkin, has 24 knockouts from his 34 wins and held the WBA heavyweight title from 2011 to 2013, which from his record will prove no pushover. However, Joshua insisted…

FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Drops To 49th As France Tops For First Time In 16yrs

Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Thursday dropped by one spot to 49th position in the new ranking formula adopted by World football governing body, FIFA. In the ranking table published on FIFA website, Nigeria garnered 613 points in August, placing it sixth on the continental stage behind Senegal, Congo DR, Ghana, Morocco and Cameroon. On the global scene, France climbed to the summit of a much-changed FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in the first edition of the global ladder since the new ranking formula took effect.…

Courtois Leaves Chelsea, Signs 6-Year Deal With Real Madrid

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois officially signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Thursday, ending his seven-year spell at Chelsea. The Belgium number one, 26, completed his move to the Spanish capital hours after Chelsea confirmed Real midfielder Mateo Kovacic had joined on loan. Real posted a clip of Courtois signing his contract alongside club president Florentino Perez. "Today I am realising a dream," said Courtois. Real have not revealed how much they have paid for Courtois, who had a year remaining on his…

Arsenal Deny Chief Executive Gazidis Resignation

Arsenal FC of England has denied reports that its chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, has accepted an offer that would see him leave the club. Gazidis, who has enjoyed a stable tenure at the London club and built a cordial relationship with former coach Arsene Wenger, was reported to have decided to part ways with the club. He was rumoured to be heading to Italian giants AC Milan from the beginning of the 2018/2019 season. But according to a statement by Chips Keswick, Chairman of Arsenal Football FC, published on the…

World Cup: Belgium Defeat England To Finish 3rd

England's World Cup campaign ended in disappointing fashion as they were beaten by Belgium in the third-place play-off in St Petersburg. Gareth Southgate's side delivered the Three Lions' best showing at the tournament since 1990 but finished with back-to-back losses after the agonising 2-1 semi-final defeat in extra time against Croatia. Belgium missed out on reaching their first final when they were beaten by France in the last four, but full-back Thomas Meunier, who was suspended for the previous game, slotted in…

Croatia Stun England To Reach 2018 World Cup Final Game

Croatia are into their first FIFA World Cup final. Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute, slotting in from Ivan Perisic's flick-on into the area. Perisic's volley sent the match into extra time after Kieran Trippier’s sublime free-kick put England ahead in the fifth-minute. Croatia becomes the 13th different side to reach the FIFA World Cup final. They will play France on Sunday in Moscow. England will play Belgium in Saturday's third/fourth place play-off in St Petersburg.…

France Defeat Belgium, Go Through To World Cup Final

France will face England or Croatia in the World Cup final after edging past European neighbours Belgium in the semi-final in St Petersburg. Defender Samuel Umtiti scored the winning goal for the 1998 champions in the second half with a towering header from Antoine Griezmann's corner. Didier Deschamps' side were on the back foot for large periods of the game, but emerged victorious to reach their third final, having been beaten by Italy on penalties in 2006. Belgium came through the quarter-finals by impressively…

World Cup: Argentine Referee To Officiate Uruguay Vs France Q/Final Game

FIFA has picked Argentine referee, Nestor Pitana, to handle the opening quarter-final match of its 2018 World Cup between two-time champions Uruguay and 1998 champions France in Nizhny Novgorod. The 43-year-old former actor, who was in action at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, will be assisted by compatriots Hernan Maidana and Juan Belatti. While Maidana will be the Assistant Referee 1 (AR1), Belatti will be the Assistant Referee 2 (AR2). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other officials to assist…

England Defeat Colombia In Penalty Shotout To Reach Q/Finals

England's new generation ended the World Cup penalty jinx by knocking out Colombia on spot kicks to reach the quarter-finals. Eric Dier scored the winning kick after Jordan Pickford's brilliant save from Carlos Bacca's attempt. Gareth Southgate's side had been seconds away from the last eight during normal time, with Harry Kane's penalty after he was fouled by Carlos Sanchez in the box - his sixth goal of the tournament - looking as though it was going to send them through. But deep into injury time, Colombia threw…

World Cup: Sweden Beat Switzerland To Reach Last 8

Sweden edged Switzerland by a lone goal to reach the quarter final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The match, which was played on Tuesday afternoon at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, was a tight encounter full of missed chances. Sweden, who last progressed beyond the second stage in 1994, came close on several occasions and should have taken the lead in the first half when Albin Ekdal blazed his volley over the bar. Leipzig winger Emil Forsberg got the winning goal in the 66th minute, firing a low shot which deflected…
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