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Novak Djokovic will compete in his ninth Australian Open final on Sunday at Melbourne Park.

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic sponsor jumps gun in promo gaffe

Novak Djokovic may be unbeaten in Australian Open finals, but a sponsor seemed to think he’s already won this year’s – before he’s even played it.
Nigeria’s experienced Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practitioner, Morenike Obi-Farinde, has been appointed into the pioneer seven-man Tribunal of the world table tennis ruling body, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

Nigeria’s Morenike Obi-Farinde gets ITTF tribunal job

Nigeria’s experienced Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practitioner, Morenike Obi-Farinde has been appointed into the pioneer seven-man Tribunal of the world table tennis ruling body, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
World male tennis number one Novak Djokovic progressed to his ninth Australian Open final on Thursday, chasing an 18th Grand Slam title.

Novak Djokovic reaches ninth Australian Open final

World male tennis number one Novak Djokovic progressed to his ninth Australian Open final on Thursday, chasing an 18th Grand Slam title.
Naomi Osaka claimed an impressive victory over Serena Williams to reach the Australian Open final and end the American’s latest quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

Australian Open: Naomi Osaka beats Serena Williams in straight sets to reach final

Naomi Osaka claimed an impressive victory over Serena Williams to reach the Australian Open final and end the American’s latest quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
Ashleigh Barty’s quest for a maiden Australian Open title hit the rocks on Wednesday after a quarter-final loss to Karolina Muchova 1-6 6-3 6-2 on Wednesday.

Ashleigh Barty’s quest for maiden home Grand Slam crashes

Ashleigh Barty’s quest for a maiden Australian Open title hit the rocks on Wednesday after a quarter-final loss to Karolina Muchova 1-6 6-3 6-2 on Wednesday.
The brute force of Naomi Osaka crushed the artistry of Hsieh Su-wei as the Japanese former champion charged into the Australian Open semi-finals with a 6-2 6-2 win on Tuesday.

Naomi Osaka thrashes Hsieh Su-wei to reach Australian Open semi-finals

The brute force of Naomi Osaka crushed the artistry of Hsieh Su-wei as the Japanese former champion charged into the Australian Open semi-finals with a 6-2 6-2 win on Tuesday.
An unstoppable Serena Williams reached a 40th Grand Slam semi-final Tuesday, overpowering second seed Simona Halep to book an Australian Open last-four showdown with Naomi Osaka.

Australian Open: Serena Williams floors Simona Halep to make semis

An unstoppable Serena Williams reached a 40th Grand Slam semi-final Tuesday, overpowering second seed Simona Halep to book an Australian Open last-four showdown with Naomi Osaka.
Naomi Osaka saved two match points and Serena Williams recovered from losing her first set of the tournament as they fought their way into the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday.

Australian Open: Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams survive scares to reach last eight

Naomi Osaka saved two match points and Serena Williams recovered from losing her first set of the tournament as they fought their way into the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday.
A person crosses an empty street on the first day of a five-day lockdown implemented in the state of Victoria in response to a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021. REUTERS-Sandra Sanders

Melbourne starts snap virus lockdown, no crowds at Australian Open

Australia’s second most populous state Victoria entered a five-day lockdown on Saturday as authorities raced to prevent a third wave of COVID-19 cases sparked by the highly infections UK variant.
Two Australian Open tennis players have tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in the city of Melbourne, amid growing controversy over the event.

Spectators barred from Australian Open as Melbourne enters new lockdown

Australia’s second-most populous city will enter a five-day snap coronavirus lockdown, authorities said on Friday, barring spectators for much of the Australian Open tennis tournament.
Venus Williams refused to give up after suffering an injury against Italian Sara Errani and fought through pain before bowing out of the Australian Open second round on Wednesday.

Venus Williams makes painful exit from Australian Open after rolling ankle

Venus Williams refused to give up after suffering an injury against Italian Sara Errani and fought through pain before bowing out of the Australian Open second round on Wednesday.
Tennis officials at the Australian Open were quick to respond to a collapsing ball girl during play on Day 2.

Excess heat knocks off ball girl at Australian Open

The match between Lloyd Harris and Mikael Torpegaard, taking place on Court 16, was abruptly disrupted when the youngster fell to the ground on a hot day at Melbourne Park.
Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka

Australia Open: Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty in Serena Williams’ path to 24th Slam

Serena Williams continues her long quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam when the coronavirus-delayed 2021 Australian Open begins on Monday, four years since her last major triumph in Melbourne.
Spanish tennis star Carla Saurez Navarro was shocked after being diagnosed with cancer. The 32 year old had thought she had contracted the Coronavirus before the the surprise result.

Tennis star shocked to hear she had cancer not coronavirus

Spanish tennis star Carla Saurez Navarro was shocked after being diagnosed with cancer. The 32 year old had thought she had contracted the Coronavirus before the the surprise result.
Two Australian Open tennis players have tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in the city of Melbourne, amid growing controversy over the event.

Coronavirus: Tennis Australia assures Open tourney will continue as scheduled

Organisers of the Australian Open have assured all concerned and tennis fans across the world that the first Grand Slam of the year will keep to its schedule. This assurance became necessary after a staff at one of the Melbourne hotels used to quarantine players tested positive for COVID-19, as reported by media on Wednesday.
U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka extended her winning streak to 13 matches on Wednesday but only after riding out a stiff challenge from Katie Boulter to beat the Briton 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 and reach the quarterfinals of the Gippsland Trophy.

Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty reach Melbourne quarters

World number three Naomi Osaka and top-ranked Ashleigh Barty were pushed to the brink Wednesday, but both survived early exits at Melbourne Park, as Simona Halep cruised.
Roger Federer said he is hoping to make his comeback from double knee surgery in 2020 by competing at a smaller tournament after skipping the Australian Open.

Roger Federer eyes ‘smaller tournament’ for injury comeback

Roger Federer said he is hoping to make his comeback from double knee surgery in 2020 by competing at a smaller tournament after skipping the Australian Open.
Ageless Venus Williams opened her 2021 season with a 6-1, 6-3 thrashing of Arantxa Rus Sunday, while former top 10 players Jelena Ostapenko and Caroline Garcia also scored wins.

Venus Williams, Jelena Ostapenko start with win in Australia

Ageless Venus Williams opened her 2021 season with a 6-1, 6-3 thrashing of Arantxa Rus Sunday, while former top 10 players Jelena Ostapenko and Caroline Garcia also scored wins.
Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka happy to end quarantine, shine in exhibition

Serena Williams was preparing to play Naomi Osaka at an Adelaide exhibition tournament on Friday. But first things first after 14 days in quarantine because of the COVID-19 pandemic regulations in Australia, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion took her daughter to the zoo.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Men’s World Cup served off its first spins on Friday, November 13 and there was a shocking loss for Nigeria’s best table tennis player, Quadri Aruna, who was beaten by Slovenian Darko Jorgic.

Quadri Aruna’s rating drops in Tennis Bundesliga

The defeat suffered by TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell against TSV Bad Königshofen in the Week 15 of the Table Tennis Bundesliga (TTBL) may have taken its toll on Quadri Aruna rating as the Nigerian dropped to 16 from top 10 in the players’ rating.
Former Wimbledon junior champion Laura Robson has hinted that her career may finally be over after having to undergo a third hip operation.

Laura Robson casts doubt over her tennis future following surgeries

On her 27th birthday she posted a picture of herself on crutches after undergoing surgery. She abandoned the light training she was able to do prior to Christmas and has not played a tournament in nearly two years.
Olajide Omotayo

Quadri Aruna, Olajide Omotayo listed for world table tennis tourney in Qatar

Quadri Aruna and Olajide Omotayo are among top African stars listed for the first official events of the World Table Tennis (WTT) in Qatar on March 3 to 13.

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Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

President Buhari urged to be ruthless with bandits

Against the backdrop of rising murders and kidnappings in the country, the Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative (GOPRI) has implored President Muhammadu Buhari to be ruthless with bandits in order to serve as a deterrent to others.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied arresting Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, a media aide of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje who demanded for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation over his failure to handle insecurity in the country.

DSS: Why we arrested Kano governor’s ex-aide

“This is to confirm that Salihu Tanko-Yakasai is with the DSS and he is being investigated over issues beyond the expression of opinions in the social media as wrongly alleged by sections of the public,’’ he stated.
Okezie Ikpeazu

Abia governor: Eziukwu cemetery road’ll be recovered under my watch

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has assured that the on-going Eziukwu Cemetery Road which has been abandoned for close to three decades would be fully recovered under his watch.
Fulham picked up another point in their quest for survival but could have taken all three after bossing a goalless draw with a Palace side devoid of inspiration.

Fulham dominate Palace in Selhurst Park stalemate

Fulham picked up another point in their quest for survival but could have taken all three after bossing a goalless draw with a Palace side devoid of inspiration.
A protester sprays a fire extinguisher as demonstrators clash with riot police officers during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 28, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

At least 18 killed in Myanmar on bloodiest day of protests against coup

Myanmar police fired on protesters around the country on Sunday in the bloodiest day of weeks of demonstrations against a military coup and at least 18 people were killed, the U.N. human rights office said

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London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea will do battle in the fourth round of this season’s Carabao Cup, it has been confirmed.

No fans for Carabao Cup at Wembley April 25

Return of fans to the stadium is part of the road map out of lockdown expected be published today according to sportsmail, but it is considered that too early to cover the Carabao cup as government remains cautious about lifting the lockdown.
Acting Finance Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed

Nigerian government plans supplementary budget as coronavirus vaccines arrive next week

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, Thursday said a supplementary budget would be presented to the National Assembly for COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination of frontline workers.
Performing the ceremony in Makurdi, Gov. Samuel Ortom, said the decision to support the security agencies was in recognition of their commendable efforts at safeguarding lives and property in the state.

Benue governor: Bala Mohammed part of terrorist organisations terrorizing Nigeria

Governor Ortom who spoke in Makurdi while reacting to the recent media outing of the Bauchi Governor also alleged that the Bauchi state Governor’s unrelenting support for herders to carry AK47 rifles for self defence clearly indicated that the Governor was supporting the mindless killing of Nigerians by armed herders.
1. Manchester United will continue to ease Shola Shoretire into the first-team after he became the club's youngest debutant in Europe.

Shola Shoretire creates record in Manchester United vs Sociedad Europa League game

Shola Shoretire created a new record at Manchester United after making his debut in Europe during Thursday’s Europa League home tie against Real Sociedad.
Cryptocurrency: “There is need for regulation and not prohibition of Cryptocurrency” - Vice President Yemi Osinbajo speaking at the CBN Bankers’ Forum today, 26th February 2021.

VP Osinbajo advocates regulation of cryptocurrency

The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the country needs to regulate cryptocurrency, instead of the prohibition put in place by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).