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Mourinho wins first trophy with Manchester United 

Jose Mourinho is off to a good start as Manchester United claimed their first trophy of the season as they defeated current Premier League champions Leicester City by 2-1.

Jesse Lingard scored the opener and put Manchester United ahead just before half time as he beat 4 defenders and slid the ball into the net.

Maroune Felliani’s costly error, gave Jamie Vardy an opening to score, as he converted a bad pass from the former and sent the ball rolling past Manchester United keeper De Gea.

It was United’s latest signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic that won it for the Red Devils, 7 mins to stoppage time, when he converted a cross from Antonioni Valencia to score the final goal of the match.

The confident Sweden International had stated earlier that he intended to win Manchester United’s first trophy, just hours before and he did!

This will definitely be a sweet victory for Mourinho because his stint with Chelsea came to an end after a 2-1 loss to Leicester City, which led to Chelsea firing him but the Portuguese will be having the final laugh now.

Manchester United fans also have another reason to be happy, as the club announced that Juventus star Paul Pogba is undergoing medical, just a few minutes before the Community shield began, we expect an announcement to be made later today.

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Rio 2016: How Nigeria qualified for the quarter-finals like it was nothing

In case you don’t know, Nigeria U23 has qualified for the Quarter-finals in the ongoing Rio 2016, Olympics, with a game to spare. Courtesy of a match winner by Sadiq Umar, which sealed the Dream Team’s 1-0 win over Sweden in the early hours of Monday.

Nigeria dominated the game from start to finish, though we expected that they would convert a number of chances they had during the course of the match, we are happy with the 1-0 win, which secured an Olympic quarter-final ticket for Nigeria.

Sadiq Umar was the hero of the match, when he nodded the ball into the net in the 39th minute as he converted a cross from Stanley Amuzie.

First match hero Oghenekaro Etebo, had several chances but could not quite find the back of the net, though he kept Sweden’s goalkeeper Andreas Linde, busy all through the match.

Nigeria’s defense, who were a bit disorganized in their first match, were more organized this time as they effectively thwarted all attempts by Sweden to score an equalizer.

With six points in two matches, Nigeria has already qualified for the Quarter-Finals, ahead of their last group match against

 

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Williams sisters suffer defeat as they crash out of Olympics doubles

We didn’t see this one coming! Williams have lost out for the first time  ever in the Olympics doubles as their hopes for doubles gold was dashed.

The three time doubles gold champions suffered a shock defeat – 6-3 6-4 to Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, who were only paired together at late notice (Shocker!) because

Karolina Pliskova pulled out over Zika Virus concerns. The Williams who competed and won in Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and London 2012, have played 16 matches together and this marks their first loss.

Venus, the older of the two, has lost in both doubles and singles after losing as well on Saturday.  Serena, 7-time Wimbledon champion, didn’t let her fans down as she showed Australia’s Daria Gavrilova who the boss was on the court.

“We played terrible and it showed in the results,” said 22-time Grand Slam singles title winner Serena.

“It was what it was,” Serena said. “We have a chance to compete for our country and did the best that we can. We had a blast out there. I wouldn’t say it was devastating. It was a lot of fun and we will always remember these moments and these matches. At the end of the day, I think that’s what matters most.”

 

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Russian Athletes banned from competing in Rio 2016 Paralympics

The International Paralympic committee (IPC) has confirmed that Russian athletes are banned from competing in Rio 2016 Paralympics, following the doping scandal which saw several of their athletes banned from the games.

The McLaren report brought to light the Government run doping programme in Russia and the international Olympic committee (IOC) took action by ordering that all sport governing bodies were strict with all Russian athletes by enforcing they pass all criteria required to compete in the games. For instance, their samples had to be repeatedly tested, before they could even be allowed into the Olympic village.

Of course, just like before, the Russian Paralympic Committee will appeal to the court of Abritration for Sports, in hopes of over turning the blanket ban.

Speaking at a news conference on Sunday, the IPC president revealed reasons why the Russian athletes were suspended.

“The anti-doping system in Russia is broken, corrupted and entirely compromised,” said IPC president Sir Philip Craven at a news conference on Sunday. The Russian Paralympic Committee are unable to ensure compliance with and enforcement of the IPC anti-doping code and the world anti-doping code within their own national jurisdiction and they can not fulfil its fundamental obligation as an IPC member.

“As a result, the Russian Paralympic Committee is suspended with immediate effect.”

Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan

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