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Dangote May Buy Arsenal By 2021, Says $20bn Project Is Priority Now

Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote has hinted he could buy Arsenal in 2021, if a number of multi-billion dollar projects for his company are completed on time. The 62-year-old founded the Dangote Group – the largest conglomerate in West Africa – in 1981, which deals with the manufacturing and production of a number of consumer goods including sugar, cement, rice, flour and fisheries. Dangote has a net worth of more than £8.5 billion ($11 billion) and has been heavily linked with a takeover at Arsenal in the past, with the club currently owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.…

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Serena Targets ‘Next Goal’ After Ending Title Drought In Auckland

Serena Williams said winning in Auckland was “just a step towards the next goal” as she heads to Melbourne for a shot at history in the Australian Open. The 38-year-old American succeeded in her mission to land a first trophy since landing her 23rd grand slam at Melbourne Park in 2017. She was absent from the tour for 12 months while becoming a mother and had since been unable to capture a title, losing five finals – including four in grand slams. The defeats were becoming a worrying trend, but a 6-3…

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Iranian Olympic Medallist Defects Citing Hypocrisy Of Officials

Iran’s only female Olympic medallist Kimia Alizadeh announced Saturday she has permanently left her country, citing the “hypocrisy” of a system she claims humiliates athletes while using them for political ends. “Should I start with hello, goodbye, or condolences?” she wrote on Instagram, as Iran reeled from Wednesday’s accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner that killed all 176 people onboard. Alizadeh, who won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the 2016 Rio Olympics, cited oppression by authorities in the Islamic republic. Criticising Iran’s political system for “hypocrisy”, “lying”, “injustice”…

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Sports Reporter Dies In Plane Crash, Family Mourns

New Orleans-based sports reporter Carley McCord was among the five people killed on Saturday when a small plane crashed into the parking lot of a post office in Lafayette, Louisiana, according to AP report. McCord — who covered the New Orleans Pelicans and the New Orleans Saints and freelanced as a sideline reporter for a number of networks, including ESPN and WDSU — was on her way to Atlanta for the Peach Bowl game between Louisiana State University and University of Oklahoma when the plane went down shortly after takeoff.…

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Nigeria’s UFC Champion Kamaru Usman Defeats Challenger Covington

UFC welterweight champion, Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman produced a dramatic late stoppage to defeat trash-talking challenger Colby Covington in the final minute of their main-event bout at UFC 245 in Las Vegas, United States. After a breathless encounter, Usman finally broke down Covington in the last round, dropping him twice with two huge punches before forcing referee Marc Goddard to call off the contest as he unloaded a barrage of ground strikes. The build-up to the bout was an ill-tempered one, with Covington goading and insulting Usman over the course of…

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For Killing Research Elephant, Botswana Cancels Hunters’ Licences      

Botswana has cancelled the licences of two professional hunters who shot dead a research elephant. Michael Lee Potter and Kevin Sharp had voluntarily surrendered their hunting licences, a government statement said. Botswana lifted a ban on elephant hunting in May, citing growing conflict between humans and the animals. However the elephant, which was shot last month, had been collared – giving it protected status as a research elephant. The number of elephants in Botswana is estimated to be about 130,000. In a statement, the government said: “The period of the…

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Joshua’s Title Defence: Lack Of Stable Power Knocks Out Nigeria As Venue

Anthony Joshua has expressed his desire to defend his heavyweight titles in Nigeria after reclaiming his world champion status in his rematch against Andy Ruiz but for lack of stable electricity. Since his victory over Ruiz, offers have flooded in for the Briton to stage future fights in numerous locations across the globe. Africa is amongst those to show interest in hosting Joshua, and the 30-year-old is keen to connect with his roots in Nigeria. In his reaction Anthony Joshua who acknowledges the support base for him in Nigeria said: “People…

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Anthony Joshua Wins, Reclaims Titles From Andy Ruiz

Anthony Joshua of Britain avenged his shock stoppage by Andy Ruiz Jr in June in New York to reclaim his titles in Saudi Arabia and become a two-time world heavyweight champion of the world. In a unanimous decision, Joshua emerged the world heavy weight boxing champion from the rematch held in Saudi Arabia. The excited Champion said moments after the bout: “I have got a long way to go. It’s not about me it’s about Britain. I used to train when I was on tag. We have taken boxing to…

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Barca’s Messi Wins 6th Ballon d’Or Crown

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has regained the Ballon d’Or crown after winning the 2019 edition in Paris France, to take a record sixth award, pipping Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo, as world best player. The Argentine superstar held off the challenge of Liverpool centre-back Virgil Van Dijk, who recognised he had been beaten by “someone a little bit better” as he settled for second place. Van Dijk’s teammate Sadio Mane finished fourth while attacking partner Mohamed Salah finished fifth, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe receiving the sixth-highest number of…

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Tottenham Name Mourinho As New Manager

…….After Sack Of Pochettino Jose Mourinho has been appointed Tottenham manager after the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday. Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho has signed a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season. “The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me,” said the 56-year-old Portuguese. “Working with these players is what has attracted me.” Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football.” Tottenham reached the Champions League final last season under Pochettino, but lost…

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