Archive | September 12, 2016

Man Utd paid sacked Louis van Gaal & coaches £8.4m compensation….

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Manchester United paid out £8.4m to former boss Louis van Gaal and his coaches after they were sacked in May. United are also understood to have written off £6.7m on ex-Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. They have not said the sum relates to the midfielder but it is understood he was only named in their domestic squad because of Premier League rules and is very unlikely to play for United again. The Old Trafford club posted record annual revenues of £515.3m on Monday. Van Gaal and his coaching team were dismissed 48 hours after leading United to victory over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final. Assistant manager Ryan Giggs subsequently left following Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Van Gaal’s replacement. Mourinho left Schweinsteiger out of his Europa League squad and has told the 32-year-old he has only the remotest chance of playing this season, because the Portuguese manager will promote youngsters into his squad should injuries or suspensions affect his central midfielders. It is now known that the former Bayern Munich player only retains that chance because Premier League rules forced United to name any player over the age of 21 in their squad if they had room within their allotted 25 places. The situation surrounding the German – originally signed for a fee believed to be in the region of £11m – means United no longer think they will get their money back on the player, so have written off the £6.7m they had been valuing him at.

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Burkina Faso’s Ben Idrissa Derme dies during French Cup tie….

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Former Burkina Faso international Ben Idrissa Derme has died during a French Cup tie for amateur side AJ Biguglia. The 34-year-old suffered a heart attack early in the second half of the third-round tie while playing for the French sixth-division side. The medical services treated him on the pitch but were unable to revive him. Derme had been capped four times by Burkina Faso and had played in the French lower leagues and in Moldova, as well as in Burkina Faso. May his soul rest in peace.

Nwosu and Omolayo win two more Paralympics gold medals for Nigeria….

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Team Nigeria today 12th September continued her fine run at the Rio 2016 Paralympics by winning two more gold medals in power-lifting. Ndidi Nwosu won gold medal in the women’s 73kg category while her compatriot Bose Omolayo won the gold medal in the women’s 79kg category. Team Nigeria is currently at the 9th position in the tournament’s medals table with six gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

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Zlatan says Rashford will take over everything….

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Marcus Rashford impressed once again at the weekend, influencing the Manchester derby with his pace and direct running, although he couldn’t do enough to save his United side from falling to a 2-1 defeat by rivals City. And United team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic thinks the 18-year-old is set for a rather special career. “It’s not like he needs to take over the world today, the club knows that, the coach knows that and the team knows that,” Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports. “We know his quality and what he’s able to do. What the world is seeing now, we already know because we see it every day. “There is no need to rush to push him and put him in the heat zone and put a lot of pressure on him because that can have the opposite effect. “Time by time, he will take over everything. It’s about having patience.”

Nigerian Premier League results….

NPFL Matchday 35: Hot talking points

Saturday 10th September, 2016:

Ikorodu United 4 – 1 Kano Pillars

Sunshine Stars 3 – 1 Plateau United

Shooting Stars 2 – 1 Enugu Rangers

Rivers United 3 – 1 Warri Wolves

Nasarawa United 2 – 1 Wikki Tourists

Ifeanyi Ubah 2 – 0 Akwa United

Niger Tornadoes 1 – 0 Enyimba

Sunday 11th September, 2016:

MFM 3 – 1 Lobi Stars

  • After 33 games, Rivers United tops the league with 56 points, Enugu Rangers is second with 54 points while Ifeanyi Ubah is third with 53 points.

Banned Platini to address UEFA….

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Michel Platini has been given permission to address European football’s governing body UEFA when it meets this week – despite the former president being banned from all football activity. Frenchman Platini, 61, was head of UEFA until his ban for breaching ethics rules over a £1.3m “disloyal payment”. UEFA is meeting to select the former France midfielder’s successor. It asked FIFA for permission for its ex-leader to attend the gathering.

Laurrita Onye wins Nigeria’s fourth gold medal at Rio Paralympics….

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Laurrita Onye’s rivals were no match for her in the women’s Shot put F40 as she totally dominated the event to win the country’s first Track and Field medal, and a GOLD one at that, on Day 4 of the Rio Paralympics. The Nigerian broke the World Record (WR) twice to distinguish herself from the rest of the field. Her first throw of 7.83m saw her break her WR of 7.72m set at the 2015 IPC World Athletics Championships in Doha. Her second throw landed at 7.54m, while she went 1cm further on her third attempt. Onye then went on to unleash an astonishing throw of 8.40m on her fourth attempt to secure the GOLD medal in the event. Incidentally, her first throw was good enough to clinch the title, seeing that Silver medallist, Tunisia’s Rima Abdelli had a best throw of 7.37m, while Lara Baars of the Netherlands won Bronze with 7.12m. Onye’s medal is Nigeria’s seventh at the ongoing Rio Games, and the fourth gold medal, following the footsteps of Roland Ezuruike, Paul Kehinde and Team Nigeria Captain Lucy Ejike. Latifat Tijani and Esther Onyema won Silver medals, while Nnamdi Innocent claimed a Bronze medal in his event. Nigeria’s is currently 12th on the medals table and apart from Onye’s gold medal, all the other medals so far are from powerlifting.

Souare in hospital after car accident….

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Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare is in hospital with thigh and jaw injuries after a car crash on Sunday. A Palace statement said: “The club are liaising closely with the hospital on his progress and we obviously wish him a speedy recovery.   “Our thoughts are with Pape and his family at this time.” The 26-year-old was not part of the side that beat Middlesbrough 2-1 on Saturday.

Balotelli says Liverpool was the worst decision of his life….

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Mario Balotelli seems to have found a home in Nice, but that hasn’t stopped him having a pop at former employers Liverpool. Of course. The Italian striker scored twice on his debut, as Nice beat Marseille 3-2. And after he served the world a reminder of his talents on the pitch, he didn’t hold back from following suit with his off-field antics either. Balotelli told Canal Plus that moving to Liverpool was “the worst decision of my life”, adding: “Apart from the fans, who were fantastic, and some players who I got on really well with, I didn’t like the club. “I had two coaches, with Rodgers and Klopp for a short time, but neither their methods nor their personality left me with a good impression. I never really felt right there. “Of course. It’s not too late [to win the Ballon D’Or]. I think I could have already won it by now, but by working hard in training I could still win it in the next two or three years.”

Stan Wawrinka wins US Open Men’s event….

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Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka beat world number one Novak Djokovic with a scintillating display to win his first US Open and third Grand Slam title. Wawrinka, seeded third, won 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 7-5 6-3 to add the US title to his 2014 Australia Open title and his French Open triumph last year. The 31-year-old hit 46 winners in a brilliant display of shot-making. Serbia’s Djokovic made a strong start but struggled physically as the final entered a fourth hour in New York. Wawrinka has now won all three Grand Slam finals he has played and his last 11 finals in a row, and has become the oldest male winner of the US Open since 35-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1970. “My goal is to give everything I have to be the best I can,” said Wawrinka, who saved a match point in the third round against Britain’s Dan Evans. “I never had a goal to win a Grand Slam but I am trying as best I can. Match after match I was playing better.” Djokovic, 29, was the defending champion and trying to win his third Grand Slam title of 2016 and 13th of his career. He required treatment for a blister on his big toe in the final set, prompting complaints to the umpire and tournament referee from Wawrinka as the interruption came before his service game. “Stan, sorry! I can’t stand,” Djokovic shouted across to him during the break. After the match, Djokovic said: “Congratulations, Stan, to your team as well. This has been absolutely deserved today. You were the more courageous player in the decisive moment and he deserves his title.”

Angelique Kerber wins US Open Women’s event….

Germany’s Angelique Kerber backed up her status as the new world number one with a thrilling win over Czech Karolina Pliskova in the US Open final. Kerber, 28, won 6-3 4-6 6-4 in New York to add the US Open to her victory at the Australian Open in January. Pliskova’s semi-final win over Serena Williams had already ensured the German will top the new rankings on today. “All my dreams came true today and I’m just trying to enjoy the moment,” said Kerber. “It’s incredible. I’m standing here with a second Grand Slam trophy and it means so much to me.” Kerber was appearing in her third Grand Slam final of 2016, and the German played with the authority of a world number one in waiting. Pliskova, 24, went into the final with a WTA Tour-leading 447 aces this year and on an 11-match winning streak that included victory over Kerber in last month’s Cincinnati final.