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Rio de Janeiro was reversing restrictions in place for two weeks, reopening restaurants and bars, though the city's famed beaches remained closed [Ricardo Moraes-Reuters]

Fresh coronavirus lockdowns worldwide as vaccine efforts stumble

Fresh lockdowns and curfews have been imposed on tens of millions of people from India to Argentina as COVID-19 infections surged again and vaccine rollouts were hampered by shortages and fears of side effects.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the date of the country’s national holiday and has criticized cricket bosses for omitting the words “Australia Day” from promotions for its matches.

Australia contemplates controversy surrounding its National Day

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the date of the country’s national holiday and has criticized cricket bosses for omitting the words “Australia Day” from promotions for its matches. The first fleet of British convicts arrived in Sydney on Jan. 26, 1788, but Aboriginal groups mourn what they call “Invasion Day.”
Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

New Year Honours: Lewis Hamilton knighted as Rob Burrow becomes MBE

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has congratulated Nigerian- born British Heavyweight World champion, Anthony Joshua on his victory over Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night in London.

2020: Twenty memorable sports moments

British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, knocked out Bulgarian boxer, Kubrat Pulev, in the ninth round of their world title bout at the SSE Arena, Wembley, to retain his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles.
Maria Whophil, a Deputy Director with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, has formally unveiled Asanka Gurusinha as the Head Coach and High-Performance Manager of Cricket for Nigeria at the Media Center of the Moshood Abiola Stadium on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, in Abuja.

Nigeria cricket federation unveils Sri Lankan coach

Maria Whophil, a Deputy Director with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, has formally unveiled Asanka Gurusinha as the Head Coach and High-Performance Manager of Cricket for Nigeria at the Media Center of...
Barring any last minute change, the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) is set to unveil former Sri Lankan international Asanka Gurusinha as its foreign coach in the coming days.

Cricket: Nigeria set to unveil foreign coach

Barring any last minute change, the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) is set to unveil former Sri Lankan international Asanka Gurusinha as its foreign coach in the coming days.
England will play two Twenty20 internationals in Karachi in October next year, country’s cricket board says.

Cricket: England to play in Pakistan for first time since 2005

England’s cricketers will tour Pakistan next year after a gap of more than 15 years, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday, as international cricket gradually returns to the South Asian nation since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus.
The death of actor Sushant Singh has sparked a media storm with some calling for wider probe into ‘drugs mafia’.

Bollywood star summoned by police in drugs probe

The death of actor Sushant Singh has sparked a media storm with some calling for wider probe into ‘drugs mafia’.
Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 20, 2020, to make a statement on the nomination for replacement of recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. – US presidential hopeful Joe Biden urged Senate lawmakers to not vote on filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death until after the election in November. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP)

Joe Biden urges halt of Donald Trump’s US Supreme Court push

Democratic hopeful Joe Biden on Sunday urged lawmakers to wait until after November’s election to tackle a Supreme Court vacancy that President Donald Trump has pledged to fill quickly, as the nomination becomes a new flashpoint in the battle for the White House.
Brighton manager Graham Potter hailed the return of fans as a “fantastic” step forward after his team drew 1-1 with Chelsea in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Brighton boss hails return of fans to stadium after test event

Brighton manager Graham Potter hailed the return of fans as a “fantastic” step forward after his team drew 1-1 with Chelsea in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.
Australia celebrate winning the Women’s Ashes with the trophy at Bristol County Ground in Bristol, Britain, on July 31, 2019. Reuters-Matthew Childs

Australia confirm first women’s series under virus protocols

The women’s cricket teams of Australia and New Zealand will make their return to the field for the first time since March in a condensed series in Brisbane in September, Cricket Australia said on Saturday.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, on has turned the heat on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) saying football in the country is going backward.

Tokyo Olympics: Non-contact sports to resume training in Port Harcourt – minister

Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, says non-contact sports athletes will soon resume training in Port Harcourt, Rivers, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, says restriction measures like social distancing, and wearing of face masks need to continue during the period of Ramadan, which is around the corner.

PTF reverts to normal official work hours for GL12 upward

Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, says that Federal civil servants on Grade Level 12 and above would resume full work hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. while the rest were to continue to stay at home.
Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who won acclaim for his role in the 2016 biopic of the then Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was found dead at his home in Mumbai on Sunday, police said.

Bollywood actor found dead in Mumbai home

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who won acclaim for his role in the 2016 biopic of the then Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was found dead at his home in Mumbai on Sunday, police said.
Cricket - South Africa v Australia - Second ODI - Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, South Africa - March 4, 2020 South Africa's Janneman Malan and David Miller. REUTERS-Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa plan for resumption by isolating players in bio-bubble

Cricket South Africa (CSA) plan to isolate players and support staff in a “bio-bubble” to minimise their exposure to COVID-19 and hasten a return to play.
President Donald Trump speaks April 4 during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. Patrick Semansky-AP Photo

Donald Trump: Evidence ties coronavirus to Wuhan lab

US President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened new tariffs against Beijing after claiming there is evidence linking the coronavirus to a lab in China’s ground-zero city of Wuhan.
Formula One group CEO Chase Carey, Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Paul Little, Race director Michael Masi and Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott during a press conference after it was announced the Australian Grand Prix would be cancelled after a McLaren team member tested positive for coronavirus REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy

How the coronavirus has hit global sport

AFP looks at the effects on the sport of the coronavirus, which by Thursday had killed over 4,600 people while infecting more than 127,000 in 115 countries and territories.
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Coronavirus: Kenya seeks postponement of 2021 AFCON qualifiers

Kenya is seeking the postponement of this month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Group G leaders Comoros, due to an international travel ban placed on athletes as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Five Italian Serie-A weekend matches including Sunday’s clash between Juventus and Inter Milan have been postponed due to the novel Coronavirus, the Italian football league said Saturday.

How coronavirus has hit global sport

The Six Nations rugby union match between Italy and England was postponed on Thursday, the latest high-profile sports event to be scratched from the international calendar due to the global spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Sanjeev Chawla was allegedly involved in a match-fixing racket that was busted by the Delhi Police

India hails ‘landmark’ extradition of alleged cricket match-fixer

The head of Indian cricket’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Friday Britain’s extradition of accused match-fixer Sanjeev Chawla was “a legal landmark”.
President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Professor Adams Yaya Ukwuenya, has stated that Nigeria’s presence at the ongoing international Cricket Council world cup in South Africa is a victory for Nigeria as making the cut to be among the elite Cricket playing nation alone was a product of hard work.

Federation highlights positives for Nigeria as U19 Cricket team play classification

President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Professor Adams Yaya Ukwuenya, has stated that Nigeria’s presence at the ongoing international Cricket Council world cup in South Africa is a victory for Nigeria as making the cut to be among the elite Cricket playing nation alone was a product of hard work.
President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation Professor Adams Yaya Ukwenya has stated that Nigeria is not under any form of pressure ahead of the team’s second group stage game against West Indies tomorrow despite having lost the first game.

Nigeria not under pressure at ICC Cricket world cup – Adams Ukwenya

President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Professor Adams Yaya Ukwenya, has stated that Nigeria is not under any form of pressure ahead of the team’s second group stage game against West Indies tomorrow despite having lost the first game by 10 wickets against Australia.

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Former Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara says the All Progressives Congress (APC) remains strong and intact in the state in spite of losing the political leadership of the state.

EFCC quizes ex-Zamfara governor

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday interrogated former Governor of Zamfara State, Hon. Abdulazeez Yari, over his alleged handling of transactions relating the Paris Club Fund refund while he served as chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
William Troost-Ekong is in buoyant mood following Watford’s impressive 1-0 away win against Norwich City on Tuesday.

William Troost-Ekong celebrates as Watford take big step towards Premier League promotion

Xisco Munoz’s side bounced back from a shock defeat at neighbours Luton in the best possible fashion as Dan Gosling’s second-half goal earned them a priceless victory.

Presidency brushes off secessionists’ threats, says no need for confab

The Presidency yesterday shrugged off threats of Nigeria’s balkanisation by advocates of Biafra and Oduduwa Republics, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot be bullied into giving in to their demands.
OPEC and its oil allies reached agreement Sunday to cut global production by 9.7 million barrels a day starting May 1, to shore up the world price in the face of a significant drop in the demand for oil because of the coronavirus pandemic.

OPEC+ may downgrade ministers’ meeting, leave output unchanged

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies are discussing downgrading next week’s the full-scale ministerial meeting, delegates said, a signal the coalition may stick with plans to gradually revive oil production.
The Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) has advised the Federal Government to always consider its economic policy choices, before taking decision, in order to FastTrack economic growth, its recently launched 2021 Economic Outlook has said.

NESG: Nigeria’s business environment over-regulated

Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) has described the business space in Nigeria as over-regulated, and urged the federal government to navigate the economy from the current doldrums.

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Sporadic shootings have been reported in Ward 8, Bomu Town in Gokana Local Government, Ogoniland, in the ongoing local government election in Rivers State.

Voter apathy mars Rivers council election

The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, RSIEC, had distributed sensitive and non-sensitive material for the elections on Friday to allow for earlier commencement of the process, Saturday.

Iran state TV identifies man it says was behind blast at Natanz nuclear site

Iran's state television on Saturday identified a man it said was behind a recent explosion and power outage at its main Natanz nuclear plant.

Auchi polytechnic dean found dead in office

The Dean of Students, Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo state was on Sunday found dead in his office after he reportedly went to the office and did not return.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, has congratulated Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on his 64th birthday on Monday.

VP Osinbajo: Internet access, broadband connectivity compulsory for growth

The recognition that internet access and broadband penetration will become existential in the nearest future and will determine Nigeria’s competitiveness in the global economy, among others, is the driving force behind the Buhari administration’s initiative on broadband connectivity for all, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Manchester City boss: Phil Foden will do his talking on the pitch

Pep Guardiola has backed Phil Foden to do his talking on the pitch after a contentious tweet was posted by his social media company aimed at Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.