Archive | March 17, 2020

Roger Mayweather dies aged 58….

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Roger Mayweather, former world boxing champion and uncle and trainer to Floyd, has died aged 58. He was a two-weight world champion in stellar 72-fight career that spanned 17 years. He then became the trainer to his nephew Floyd Mayweather who famously built himself into boxing’s top attraction and its pound-for-pound best fighter during the 2010s.

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Coronavirus: Nigeria postpones National Sports Festival….

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The 20th National Sports Festival billed to flag off in Benin City, Edo State, this weekend has been postponed. The Minister for Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, made the announcement on Tuesday via his official Twitter handle. The minister, who had earlier revealed that the sports ministry was meeting with the counterparts in the health ministry, confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate postponement of the biannual multi-sporting event to a later date yet to be decided.

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Coronavirus: Mikel Obi quits Trabzonspor….

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Ex Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has had his Trabzonspor contract terminated through mutual consent the club have confirmed. Mikel will not be paid compensation and has agreed to give up all forward-looking rights and receivables. The midfielder’s contract would have run until 2021 had he stayed on at Trabzonspor.

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Coronavirus: Euro 2020 postponed until next summer….

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Euro 2020 has been postponed by one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. European football’s governing body made the decision during an emergency video conference involving major stakeholders on Tuesday. The tournament, due to take place from 12 June-12 July this summer, will now run from 11 June to 11 July next year. The postponement provides a chance for European leagues that have been suspended to now be completed.

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Douala and Rabat chosen for African club finals….

The Cameroonian city of Douala has been chosen to stage this season’s African Champions League final, while the Moroccan capital Rabat will host the Confederation Cup final. It is the first time the finals will be played in neutral venues. Last June, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) abandoned two-legged finals in favour of a one-match finale. “The two cities got the nod following evaluation of… key facilities such as infrastructure, accommodation (and) medical amongst others,” a CAF statement read.

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Coronavirus: South Africa suspends football and cricket….

Football and cricket activities in South Africa are being suspended as the country seeks to minimise the impact of coronavirus. On Sunday, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa declared coronavirus a national disaster, and the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have responded by suspending their sports in the country. Any gatherings for football of 100 people or more are now banned, while all forms of cricket have now been terminated for a 60-day period.

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