Archive | February 3, 2016

Nigel de Jong joins LA Galaxy….

Former Manchester City and AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong has joined Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole at Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy. Netherlands international De Jong, 31, had his contract cancelled by Milan last week after three and a half years in Italy. “He’ll add qualities on the field that can strengthen our team in all areas,” said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. De Jong helped City win the Premier League in 2012 before moving to Milan. He also played in the 2011 FA Cup final as City defeated Stoke at Wembley. De Jong has earned 80 caps for the Netherlands and helped them reach the 2010 World Cup final, where he escaped punishment for a chest-high challenge on Spain’s Xabi Alonso. LA Galaxy confirmed De Jong would be added to their roster on receipt of international clearance.

Ike Uche joins Malaga on loan….

Nigeria international Ikechukwu Uche

Nigeria international Ikechukwu Uche has joined Malaga on loan, only six months after signing a three-year deal with Mexican side Tigres UANL. It is a quick return to the Spanish top-flight for the 32-year-old striker, who left Villarreal in June 2015. He was injured on his Tigres debut, in which he also scored, and has made no further appearances for the club. Uche’s injury, which came after he had scored in a Concacaf Champions League game against El Salvador’s Isidro Metapan in September, meant he could only watch as Tigres clinched a fourth Mexican league title in December. “Things didn’t quite go as planned in Mexico, it’s the unpredictability of life but there are no regrets,” he said. “I made friends, witnessed the team celebrate a league title and enjoyed the support of everyone at Tigres. “The decision to come back didn’t take much thought and I genuinely can’t wait to get started again with Malaga. “I just want to make a big contribution, repay the trust and hopefully fulfil expectations.” Uche, an Africa Cup of Nations winner in 2013, is one of Nigeria’s top scorers with 19 goals in 47 appearances.

Piers Morgan will get naked if Giroud scores against Barcelona….

Football fans will be begging Olivier Giroud not to score against Barcelona in the Champions League after Piers Morgan made a promise no one wants him to keep. The outspoken Arsenal fan vowed to perform a naked conga if Giroud scored against the Spanish giants in a rant bemoaning Arsene Wenger’s side. Speaking on Talksport, Morgan said: “If Giroud scores against Barcelona, I will do a naked conga around the Emirates Stadium. You heard it here first!” A lot of fans quickly tweeted they would rather someone else got the goals in the upcoming Champions League tie.

Updated: Bristow Helicopter on PH – Lagos route goes missing….

Bristow has released a statement.

It was earlier reported that a Bristow helicopter with nine passengers on board has gone missing. The 5N BJQ helicopter with a 2-man crew was said to be en route Lagos from Port-Harcourt. It was flying at 1 500 feet before crash landing. The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) who confirmed the incident, said the whereabouts of the helicopter is yet unknown. This is happening months after another Bristow Helicopter crash landed into the lagoon at the Oworonshoki area of Lagos state. Continue reading

Federer undergoes knee surgery….

Roger Federer

Roger Federer will be out of action for up to a month after undergoing knee surgery. The 17-time grand slam champion suffered the injury the day after his Australian Open run ended in the semi-finals at the hands of Novak Djokovic. “While this is an unfortunate setback, I feel grateful that up until now I have remained mostly healthy throughout my career,” the 34-year-old Swiss said in a statement. Federer has withdrawn from the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (8-21 Feb) and the Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai (22-27 Feb).

English Premier League results….

Jamie Vardy

Tuesday 2 February, 2016:

Arsenal 0 – 0 Southampton

Leicester 2 – 0 Liverpool

Norwich 0 – 3 Tottenham

Sunderland 0 – 1 Man City

West Ham 2 – 0 Aston Villa

Crystal Palace 1 – 2 Bournemouth

Man Utd 3 – 0 Stoke

West Brom 1 – 1 Swansea


Neymar under fraud investigation in Brazil….

Neymar of FC Barcelona leaves the National Court in Madrid (02 February 2016)

Prosecutors in Brazil are recommending that football star Neymar be charged over four counts of fraud in relation to a tax case prior to his transfer to Barcelona in 2013. It is alleged that companies were set up as fronts in order for the striker to pay a lower rate of tax. Officials in Brazil say the allegations against the Barcelona striker cover a seven-year period from 2006. The allegations are separate from a case heard in Spain on Tuesday. Neymar appeared in court in Madrid in connection with fraud allegations surrounding his transfer. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

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Jackson Martinez joins Guangzhou for record £31m….

Jackson Martinez

Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande have broken the Asian transfer record by signing Atletico Madrid’s Jackson Martinez for £31m. The 29-year-old Colombia striker has signed a four-year deal and will join winter training in Dubai on 9 February following a physical examination. He scored only three goals in 22 appearances for Atletico following his £24.8m move from Porto last summer. Martinez is the latest high-profile player to move to China this year. Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires and ex-Serie A duo Gervinho and Fredy Guarin are among the other big Chinese signings in 2016. The transfer of Ramires to Jiangsu Suning last week – for what was believed to be around £25m – set the previous Asian record. Martinez’s manager at Guangzhou is former Chelsea and Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, while former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho and compatriot Robinho will be his new team-mates.

Gov. Wike on Rivers State rerun elections….

It is reported that INEC has re-scheduled the Rivers State rerun elections to fill the vacant positions of Senators, Members of House of Representatives and Members of the State House of Assembly to March 19, 2016. While addressing civil servants the governor spoke about the upcoming elctions. Gov. Nyesom Wike was quoted in Vanguard as saying : “Anyone who plans to rig an election is an armed robber and should be treated as such. If you are coming to rig an election in the state, first prepare your Will before embarking on the journey.  Inform your wife or husband and go ahead to say your last prayer.”

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