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The draw for the third qualifying round of the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League, made at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters in Nyon on Tuesday

UEFA Europa League third qualifying round draw

The draw for the third qualifying round of the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League, made at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters in Nyon on Tuesday:
Andy Murray hits a return to Frances Tiafoe during their first-round match at the Western & Southern Open, which the Scot won in two hours, 28 minutes. Jason Szenes-EPA

ATP Tour: Andy Murray beats Frances Tiafoe, books Zverev clash

Britain’s Andy Murray made a triumphant ATP comeback Saturday, defeating Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-1 in his first match of 2020 at the Western and Southern Open.
Britain’s Andy Murray reacts after winning the fourth set during his men’s singles match against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut on day one of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 14, 2019. (Photo by SAEED KHAN - AFP)

Andy Murray admits to rustiness ahead of ATP return

Andy Murray says he’s feeling off the pace for his return to the ATP Tour this weekend but is hoping to hit his stride ahead of the U.S Open, which begins on Aug. 31.
United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan checks his phone during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, December 6, 2014. (AP Photo-Hasan Jamali-File)

Telephone calls between UAE, Israel ring for the first time

Telephone calls began ringing Sunday between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, marking the first concrete step of a U.S.-brokered diplomatic deal between the nations that required Israel to halt plans to annex land sought by the Palestinians.
World number two Rafael Nadal stepped up his bid for a third ATP Mexico Open title with an impressive display of serving and shotmaking to beat Serbian youngster Miomir Kecmanovic on Wednesday

Rafael Nadal pessimistic about return to action before 2021

Rafael Nadal does not expect to return to play competitive tennis until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has decimated much of this year’s calendar.
World number one Ashleigh Barty battled into the China Open semi-finals on Friday with a gutsy three-set victory over familiar foe Petra Kvitova.

Ashleigh Barty still on top but gap narrows ahead of Australia Open

Dumped out of the Brisbane International in straight sets last week, Barty retains a comfortable cushion of 1,607 points over the Czech, who went on to win the Brisbane title for the third time in four years on Sunday.
Ahmed Musa of Nigeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals, Semifinals match between Algeria and Nigeria at Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 14 July 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu-BackpagePix

Nigeria recall Ahmed Musa for 2021 Africa Cup qualifiers

Nigeria recalled skipper Ahmed Musa, South Africa-based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and midfielder Mikel Agu on Monday for next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho.
Manchester City will face Atletico Madrid in the tie of the round in the last 16 of the women’s Champions League following Monday’s draw at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters.

Manchester City to face Atletico Madrid in women’s Champions League

Manchester City will face Atletico Madrid in the tie of the round in the last 16 of the women’s Champions League following Monday’s draw at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters.
Karolina Plikosva’s victory at the Zhengzhou Open at the weekend means the Czech is now just 86 points behind Ashleigh Barty who remains at the top of the WTA rankings released on Monday.

Karolina Pliskova closes gap on world number one Ashleigh Barty

Karolina Plikosva’s victory at the Zhengzhou Open at the weekend means the Czech is now just 86 points behind Ashleigh Barty who remains at the top of the WTA rankings released on Monday.
Ashleigh Barty reacts after winning against Amanda Anisimova. Ashleigh Barty reacts after winning against Amanda Anisimova. Yoan Valat-EPA

Tennis rankings unchanged for top women post-Wimbledon

The women’s world rankings were unchanged at the top on Monday with Ashleigh Barty of Australia at number one after leading players took the week off post-Wimbledon.
Naomi Osaka Nike

Naomi Osaka maintains lead over Halep in WTA rankings

Japan’s Naomi Osaka maintained a slender lead over Romanian Simona Halep at the top of the WTA rankings released on Monday.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 28/ Simona Halep of Romania plays a point against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during day 11 of the Miami Open presented by Itau at Hard Rock Stadium on March 28, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Simona Halep closes on world number one Osaka

Simona Halep cut the gap to world number one Naomi Osaka in the WTA rankings on Monday after the Romanian made the semi-finals at the Miami Open last week.
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Czech Republic to pay Nigerian migrants to leave and never return

The Czech Republic has promised to pay immigrants from Nigeria and five other countries to leave the country and never return.
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep named top seeds in Australian Open

World number ones Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named top seeds on Thursday for next week’s Australian Open, with 23-time major winner Serena Williams lurking at 16 on the women’s side.
Andrej Babis

Czech premier survives no-confidence vote amid corruption allegations

The Czech Republic's coalition government has survived a vote of no-confidence over a fraud scandal implicating embattled Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
FILE PHOTO- Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates with the French Open trophy at Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 9, 2018. REUTERS-Charles Platiau-File Photo

Simona Halep secures second year-end No. 1 ranking

Simona Halep has secured the year-end number one ranking in the WTA standings for the second year running.
Naomi Osaka of Japan speaks during a press conference at the Hong Kong Open tennis tournament on October 8, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - Anthony WALLACE

Japan’s Naomi Osaka claims fourth place in women’s rankings

Japan's US Open champion Naomi Osaka rose to fourth place in the latest WTA rankings released Monday on the strength of her outstanding form in recent weeks.
(L-R) Arsenal's Spanish defender Hector Bellerin, Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka and Arsenal's English striker Danny Welbeck celebrate their first goal an own goal scored by Watford's Northern Irish defender Craig Cathcart during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Watford at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS /

Arsenal out to maintain winning run on long Europa League trip

Unai Emery's Arsenal are looking to keep up their winning run when they make their longest ever journey for a competitive game to face Qarabag in Azerbaijan in the Europa League on Thursday.

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Four persons on Monday died, while 12 others sustained various degrees of injuries in a lone accident involving a Mazda bus around Isara bridge on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The President of Nigerian Traders Union in Ghana, Chukwuemeka Levi Nnaji, Monday accused the Ghanaian government of inconsistent speech and words on the closure of over 160 Nigerian shops.

Nigerian traders in Ghana attempting suicide over maltreatment

Some Nigerian traders in Ghana are considering suicide as option, following rising cases of frustrations, biting hunger and sad feelings of grave abandonment occasioned by the recent actions taken by Ghanaian government against the traders, Progressives Ambassadors of Nigeria has said.
Chelsea Manager, Frank Lampard has confirmed that former Super Eagles forward Victor Moses will return to Stamford Bridge after the expiration of his loan deal at Fenerbahce.

Frank Lampard casts doubt over Victor Moses future at Chelsea

Frank Lampard insists Victor Moses will not be part of his squad for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspurs.
Sadiq Umar was on target for Partizan Belgrade in their 2 – 1 victory over Backa Backa Palanka in Monday’s Serbian pro league game.

Partizan Belgrade’s Sadiq Umar bags sixth goal of the season

Sadiq Umar was on target for Partizan Belgrade in their 2 – 1 victory over Backa Backa Palanka in Monday’s Serbian pro league game.
Thiago Silva is eager to point out that he is not at Chelsea to “visit tourist sites” and “go through the motions”, with the Brazilian defender determined “to win” with the Blues.

Thiago Silva not at Chelsea to ‘visit tourist sites’

Thiago Silva is eager to point out that he is not at Chelsea to “visit tourist sites” and “go through the motions”, with the Brazilian defender determined “to win” with the Blues.