Victorious Fury attacks Joshua again

TYSON FURY has hit out at Anthony Joshua for failing to meet Deontay Wilder in the ring – something he himself did on Saturday  night, Express.co.uk reports. Fury beat Francesco Pianeta on points, his second win of 2018, on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s victory over Luke Jackson. The Brit was then joined in the ring by WBC heavyweight champion Wilder and they confirmed they would fight in Las Vegas later this year. November 17 is expected to be confirmed as the date at a formal announcement in London on Monday. Wilder had been in talks with Joshua over a bout that would have unified the fou ...

Messi sees things others don’t –Barca coach

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has heaped praise on Lionel Messi’s start to the Liga season after the Argentine bounced back from a disappointing World Cup with two goals against Alaves, AFP reports. Messi sent an audacious second-half free-kick under the jumping wall and into the net for the opener, and Barca’s 6,000th La Liga goal, at the Camp Nou on Saturday before slotting in his second in injury-time after Philippe Coutinho had also scored in the 3-0 win. “With Messi, you can expect absolutely anything,” Valverde said. “He sees things that others don’t see on the pitch. “Sometimes we ge ...

Lagos Open: ITF gives players registration deadline

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has given deadlines for the registration of players ahead of this year’s Lagos Open Tennis Championship. The Lagos Open will hold from 29 September to 13 October. 2018 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan. The world tennis governing body says on its website that players willing to play in  Future 4 (1st leg) of the competition  in the men and women’s singles as well as the doubles events will have to register on or before 14:00 GMT of Thursday, 13 September, while withdrawal deadline has been fixed for Tuesday, 18 September. Futures 4 will hold from S ...

Pep hails “incredible” Aguero

Pep Guardiola has singled Sergio Aguero out for praise following the striker’s hat-trick in Manchester City’s 6-1 demolition of Huddersfield Town. The Terriers held the Citizens to a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium last season but there was to be no repeat of such a result on Sunday as the Premier League champions ran riot. Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and Terence Kongolo’s own goal also contributed to City’s win, while Jon Gorenc Stankovic netted a consolation for Huddersfield just before the break. “[I’m pleased] with the three points, the way we played,” Guardiola told Sky Sports News. “W ...

Moyes linked with USA job

Former West Ham manager David Moyes is a candidate for the USA job. The Daily Mail says it is understood that USSF officials have been alerted that the former Everton, Manchester United and West Ham boss would be interested in becoming the permanent replacement for Bruce Arena. Former Chicago Fire coach David Sarachan was put in interim charge after Arena was fired last October for failing to qualify for the Russia World Cup. READ ALSO Niger rice farmers chair joins guber race Sarachan, who has been in charge for eight matches already, had his temporary contract extended earlier this month unt ...

Ndidi pens new 6-year Leicester deal 

Wilfred Ndidi has committed his future to Leicester City after signing a new six-year contract with the club. Ndidi has played 63 times for the Foxes since joining from Belgian side Genk in a £14m deal in January 2017, scoring four goals in the process. The 21-year-old, Leicester’s Young Player of the Year in each of the last two campaigns, also featured for Nigeria in this summer’s World Cup in Russia. READ ALSO Osinbajo signs three bills into law The 21-year-old has played in every minute of their two Premier League matches so far this season – the 2-1 defeat at Manchester United and Saturda ...

FIFA’s hammer dangles on Nigeria  

Bunmi Ogunyale Except for a final resolution of the leadership tussle of Nigerian football, the World football governing body, FIFA, may on Monday ban the country from its activities globally. The soccer governing body issued Nigeria with a final warning due to alleged state interference in the running of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). FIFA’s recognised leadership were kicked out of the NFF and a rival faction has taken control. FIFA do not accept third party interference in its member federations and said the NFF must be led by its elected president, voted in 2014. If that does not h ...

Leon Balogun makes Premier League debut 

Leon Balogun played his first English Premier League game for Brighton & Hove Albion as they defeated Manchester United 3-2 at the Falmer Stadium on Sunday. Coach Chris Hughton continued with his preferred centre-back partnership of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk against Jose Mourinho’s side. The latter was forced off in the 20th minute – with the game still goalless – after suffering an injury, thus, affording the ex-Mainz 05 defender his debut. READ ALSO Emotan Gardens: Obaseki assures prospective owners of ease in securing titles Balogun joined the Seagulls this summer before heading out to ...

DSS tightens security at NFF as FIFA deadline expires

Festus Abu and Olusola Fabiyi The Department of State Services has said its operatives are occupying the headquarters of the Nigeria Football Federation in  Abuja in order  to avoid breakdown of law and order at the secretariat. One of our correspondents learnt that the DSS decided increase its security presence at the secretariat  to  prevent any ‘intruders’ from gaining access to place. Chris Giwa  has been locked in a leadership tussle with Amaju Pinnick   over the true leader of Nigerian football after separate NFF presidential polls produced the duo. While Giwa  was declared the winner of ...

EPL: My attitude was not right —Pogba

Paul Pogba admitted Manchester United had the wrong attitude in their 3-2 defeat at Brighton <http://www.skysports.com/football/brighton-vs-man-utd/report/390767> — and said he was at fault as much as anyone. United produced a lacklustre display as they were humbled at the Amex Stadium on Sunday. Pogba was again named United captain but failed to replicate his strong showing in the opening-day win over Leicester. “We lost, we did not deserve to win,” Pogba told Sky Sports after the match. “The attitude we had was not like we wanted to beat them, they had more hunger than us. “I put mysel ...

EPL: Mourinho fumes as United crash

Jose Mourinho admitted Manchester United had paid the price for “incredible mistakes” in their dismal 3-2 defeat at Brighton on Sunday, AFP reports. Mourinho’s side were blown away on the south-coast as Brighton scored twice in two minutes thanks to goals from Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy midway through the first half. Romelu Lukaku got one back, but Pascal Gross’s penalty capitalised on more poor United defending to send Brighton into the interval with a 3-1 lead. United rarely looked like mounting a fightback and Paul Pogba’s penalty with virtually the last kick of the game came way too late ...

Leicester secure Ndidi against Euro giants

Festus Abu Premier League club Leicester City have tied  down   Super Eagles combative  midfielder Wilfred Ndidi to a long-term deal apparently to ward off interest from potential suitors. The Foxes confirmed on their official website on Sunday that Ndidi, who joined them from Belgian Jupiler outfit  Genk in a five-year deal reportedly worth £18m in January 2017,   had  put pen to paper for a six-year contract extension  to remain at King Power Stadium until 2024. The 21-year-old  tough tackling player, who represented Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, has  reportedly  attracted interes ...