Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has joined La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna. The 29-year-old joined Liverpool from Ajax for £11.5m in 2007 and scored 22 goals but failed to earn a regular first-team spot. He was sold to Hoffenheim in January 2011, before moves to Ajax, Turkish side Kasımpasa and UAE club Al Ain. Babel scored five goals in 43 caps for the Netherlands.
UEFA have confirmed the 2018 Champions League final will be held in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. The 2017 European decider will be held in the UK in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and UEFA executive committee member Frantisek Laurinec confirmed the following year’s final will take place at the 68,000-capacity Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Thursday, ending year-long negotiations. The decision means Ukraine will host UEFA’s highest profile club match less than a month before the 2018 World Cup kicks off in neighbouring Russia, who annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine in early 2014. UEFA has blocked Russian and Ukrainian national and club teams being drawn together in competitions since July 2014.
Legia Warsaw have apologised for offensive chanting by their fans and will punish those guilty of violence after crowd trouble marred their 6-0 home defeat by Borussia Dortmund. Fans reportedly clashed with security during the Champions League match and tried to break into the away section. Legia denied racist chanting from home fans but apologised to those offended. UEFA is awaiting reports from the game which will then be considered by the disciplinary department.
Nigerian powerlifter Josephine Orji broke the world record as she won her country’s 8th gold medal at the ongoing Rio Paralympics. She took the prime prize in the women’s +86 kg category. It was a one-side show for Orji who was more or less competing against herself, completely dominating her other competitors to win with a WR mark of 156kg. The Nigerian had an impeccable performance that she established a big gap with her closest challengers. Poland’s Marzena Zieba won Silver finished with a mark of 134kg, with Netherlands’ Melaica Tuinfort winning Bronze lifting her best mark of 130kg. Nigeria presently in the 10th position on the games medals table.