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Maria Sharapova shines in Melbourne return

Maria Sharapova on Tuesday resumed her career at the Australian Open in bright sunshine with a performance that went some way to banishing those demons.

Roger Federer dazzles under Melbourne lights

Defending champion Roger Federer dazzled under the Australian Open lights to waltz through to the second round with a straight sets win over Aljaz Bedene on Tuesday.

Maria Sharapova happily back in old routine at Australian Open

Maria Sharapova said Tuesday she was delighted to be back in the old routine after a trying 2017 as she sailed into the second round of the Australian Open.

43 injured as school bus crashes into wall in Germany

Police on Tuesday said a school bus crashed into a wall of a house in the German town of Eberbach located in the southern Baden-Wuerttemberg federal state, injuring 43 people.

Nigeria’s Moses Simon ruled out for six weeks

Super Eagles winger Moses Simon has been ruled out for four to six weeks.

Germany to add China’s yuan to currency reserves

Germany’s central bank has said it will include China’s yuan in its reserves, giving another boost to Beijing’s drive to internationalise the currency and helping send the unit to two year highs.

The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies aged 46

Irish singer-songwriter Dolores O'Riordan, frontwoman of the multi-million selling rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly in London on Monday, aged 46, her publicist said.

Hannover condemn fans who racially abused Leon Balogun, Anthony Ujah

German side Hannover have condemned a group of their fans who racially abused Mainz's Nigerian duo of Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah during Saturday's Bundesliga match.

Mainz condemn racial abuse of Leon Balogun, Anthony Ujah by Hannover fans

German Bundesliga club FSV Mainz have condemned in strong terms the alleged racial abuse on Nigerian duo, Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah, during Saturday’s away fixture against Hannover 96 at HDI arena.

Losing Emre Can would be a big blow to Liverpool – Gary Neville

Losing Emre Can would be a big blow to Liverpool if the midfielder was to join Juventus in the summer, insists Gary Neville.

Roger Federer in right space as Australian Open rivals play catch up

Roger Federer says tennis is "definitely a lot of fun" as he embarks on an Australian Open shrouded in mystery over the fitness and mindset of his major rivals in the next fortnight.

Borussia Dortmund sign Manchester United target Manuel Akanji – reports

Borussia Dortmund look to have beaten Manchester United in the race to sign Swiss defender Manuel Akanji, according to German media reports on Saturday.

China snubs Donald Trump’s demands for Iran nuclear treaty change

China has called on all parties to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran to respect it, rejecting US President Donald Trump’s demands for a renegotiation.

Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki eye maiden Grand Slam in Serena Williams’ absence

Simona Halep will sport her “lucky” red dress and Caroline Wozniacki says she is playing better than ever as both aim for a first Grand Slam victory when the Australian Open starts on Monday.

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New US sanctions against Russia to affect relations – envoy

New U.S. sanctions against Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election will affect their short and long term relations, U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Huntsman said on Tuesday.

House of Reps urges President Buhari to declare state of emergency on security

The House of Representatives on Tuesday called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency on security in the wake of deadly attacks in Benue and other states.

2019: I’ve no rift with Governor Emmanuel – Senator Akpabio

Against the backdrop of wild speculations of an ongoing rift with Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State, the Senate Minority Leader and Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Godswill Akpabio, has denied the media insinuations of any such rift.

2019: FRCN allegedly rejects President Buhari’s campaign adverts

President Muhammadu Buhari’s staunch supporter, Abdulmajid Danbilki Commanda, on Monday in Kano raised alarm that the authorities of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria have banned him from using their facilities to project Buhari’s 2019 re-election campaign.

We won’t establish more tertiary institutions in Delta – Governor Okowa

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, on Tuesday, said his administration would not embark on the establishment of more tertiary institutions, but would strengthen the existing ones to improve the standard of education in the state.

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Senior lawyer Mike Ozekhome booed at Gani Fawehinmi lecture

There was a mild drama at the 14th Annual Chief Gani Fawenhimi Lecture in Ikeja, Lagos on Monday, as some youths booed Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who was one of the discussants.

Bauchi releases N53m for 2018 Qur’anic recitation

The Bauchi State Government has released N53 million for the forthcoming national Qur’anic recitation competitions, the Chairman of the competition committee, Dr Zubeiru Madaki, has said.

PDP youths urged to use social media to expose President Buhari’s government

The Deputy National Chairman (DNC)-South of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Elder Yemi Akinhanmi, on Thursday charged the party’s youths to avail themselves of the power of the social media to expose the failings of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Police arrest 59 suspects over Benue crises

Benue State Police command said it had arrested 59 persons in connection with the recent cult-related crises in some parts of Makurdi, the state capital.

NDDC to empower 5,000 through skills acquisition programmes

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has concluded plans to empower over 5,000 beneficiaries drawn from the nine Niger Delta States through skills acquisition programmes.