Between 1996 and 2001 they shared Barcelona’s midfield. They made their Spain debuts within 18 months of each other. Both have marked a first season in the Nou Camp dugout with a treble. Team-mates, allies and friends, but tonight Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique’s causes are in contest rather than concert.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic events could be held in part of Japan hit by the 2011 Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in a bid to cut costs. Rowing canoe/kayak sprint events and baseball/softball are among sports that could be moved 400km north of Tokyo. The International Olympic Committee is holding talks with organisers after a review showed costs could exceed £23bn ($28bn) – four times the estimate. But IOC president Thomas Bach said “we have to respect” athletes.
Life as a goalkeeper can be cruel – just ask CSKA Moscow’s Igor Akinfeev. The Russia international was three minutes away from ending an unwanted record on Tuesday by keeping his first Champions League clean sheet in 10 years. That was until Monaco’s Bernardo Silva struck in the 87th minute of the Group E tie in Moscow. Akinfeev, 30, has now conceded in his past 40 games in Europe’s top competition, dating back to a goalless draw against Arsenal on 1 November 2006.
Fenerbahce’s team plane has been forced to make an emergency landing after it was hit by a bird on its way to the UK for Thursday’s Europa League game against Manchester United. The private chartered aircraft was travelling from Istanbul in Turkey when it was diverted to Budapest, Hungary. A second plane was then sent from Istanbul to pick the team up from Budapest and take them to Manchester. The club’s Twitter account tweeted there was “nothing alarming” after the incident. Fenerbahce, who are ninth in Turkey’s Super Lig, are currently top of the Europa League group and a point ahead of United, who are in third. Former Nigeria international and Fenerbahce striker, Emmanuel Emenike is thought to be on the said plane.
I always marvel when I read articles written by our dear Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She really has the “gift of writing”. Please endeavor to read her piece on Nigeria’s failed promises here.
Leicester City will not face UEFA charges after FC Copenhagen fans let off flares before Tuesday’s Champions League game at the King Power Stadium. European football’s governing body has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Danish champions for supporters in the away end “setting off fireworks”. UEFA holds host clubs responsible for security inside and around the stadium, “unless they can prove that they have not been negligent”. The charge against FC Copenhagen will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on November 17.
Five-time Olympic champion Chen Ruolin has retired from diving at the age of 23. The Chinese diver, who also won six world championships, won the 10m individual and synchronised events at Beijing and London before adding a final synchronised gold with partner Liu Huixia in Rio. “She has a neck injury which may cause some problems if she continues with her career,” China diving team manager Zhou Jihong said.
Sam Allardyce (Football) – former England manager, also previously in charge at Limerick, Sunderland, West Ham, Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn, is 62.
Evander Holyfield (Boxing) – former world heavyweight champion, is 54.
Paul Hartley (Football) – former Scotland and Celtic midfielder, now manager at Dundee, is 40.
Heikki Kovalainen (Motor racing) – Finn who won the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix with McLaren, is 35.
A second swimmer has died after taking part in the Hong Kong Harbour Race. An event spokesman said a 59-year-old woman named Cheung died on Wednesday, having been pulled from the water on Sunday and taken to intensive care. A man died during Sunday’s event. Both were in the ‘leisure’ category for slower swimmers. World aquatics governing body Fina announced a review of the race and other open-water events globally following Sunday’s death. Three thousand swimmers registered for the 1.5km race, which resumed in 2011 after a 30-year break because of fears of pollution levels in the water. Hong Kong is one of the world’s busiest ports, used by more than 400,000 vessels every year.
The busy dual carriage Trans Amadi road (Oginigba end) in Port Harcourt blocked by cattle rearers as workers go to work. What do we do about these cattle on the streets?
Tuesday 18 October, 2016:
Bayer Leverkusen 0 – 0 Tottenham
CSKA Moscow 1 – 1 Monaco
Real Madrid 5 – 1 Legia Warsaw
Sporting Lisbon 1 – 2 Borussia Dortmund
Club Brugge 1 – 2 FC Porto
Leicester 1 – 0 FC Copenhagen
Dinamo Zagreb 0 – 1 Sevilla
Lyon 0 – 1 Juventus