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There has been movement in the rankings of female tennis professionals especially those who had a strong showing with remarkable performances and great results in the recently concluded first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, in Melbourne Park.

ATP Women’s rankings reflect progress from Australian Open

There has been movement in the rankings of female tennis professionals especially those who had a strong showing with remarkable performances and great results in the recently concluded first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, in Melbourne Park, Victoria.
Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi was on parade for his Club Union Berlin against Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga encounter on Friday.

Super Eagles boss considers invite to Germany, France-based stars

Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr is considering extending an invitation to the pair of Taiwo Awoniyi and Terem Moffi for next Month’s AFCON qualifiers at the end of the month.
Nigeria forward, Peter Olayinka scored his second goal in this season’s Europa League as Slavia Prague recorded an impressive 3-1 away victory OGC Nice.

Peter Olayinka bags 10th goal of season in Slavia Prague away league draw

Peter Olayinka was on target for Slavia Prague who held home team Pribram to a 3-3 away draw in the Czech Republic top flight on Sunday.
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.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says ensuring an indivisible Nigeria and safeguarding its sovereignty were the cardinal objectives and mandate of the force, Air Marshall, Sadeeq Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), said in Yola.

NAF wings 7 fighter pilots to fight terrorists, bandits

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday winged seven fighter pilots with a charge on them to be strong, bold and disciplined to tackle the myriads of security challenges bedeviling the nation.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Pep Guardiola were honoured at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, the duo named player and coach of the century respectively.

Cristiano Ronaldo record disputed as Czech FA claim Josef Bican scored 821 goals

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo potentially still has some work to do to overhaul Josef Bican's record for competitive goals.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that the Nigerian Government would use the Forum of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to seek global support fighting terrorism and increasing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).

52 Non-career ambassadors for deployment to missions abroad

The Abia State nominee, Mrs. Uzoma Emenike will serve in Washington DC as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States of America while a former Minister from Ogun State, Sharafa Ishola, is posted to the United Kingdom as High Commissioner.

CAF appoints four female referees with one Nigerian among 47 for African Nations Championship

The Referee Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed 47 referees and assistant referees – including Video Assistant Referees – from 31 countries in the continent for the 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Cameroon from 16 January to 7 February 2021.
Czech Republic second division club FK Dukla Praha are delighted to secure the signing of Super Eagles attacker Sunday Faleye.

Czech Republic side FK Dukla Praha sign Sunday Faleye

Faleye signed a three-year contract with the club on Thursday, following the expiration of his contract with Austrian second division side FC Wacker Innsbruck.
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump protest in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S. January 6, 2021. REUTERS-Stephanie Keith

World shocked by Donald Trump supporters’ attack on U.S. democracy

Among adversaries, China compared the violence to protests in Hong Kong, Russia said it showed the weakness of Western democracy, and Iran called Trump an unchecked threat to the world’s security. Allies of the United States condemned the attack, and Trump, but said U.S. democracy would ultimately reassert itself.
Japan maintains its lead into 2021 as the world’s most powerful passport.

Japan leads 2021 world’s most powerful passport

The passports were rated according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Pep Guardiola were honoured at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, the duo named player and coach of the century respectively.

Pele: Cristiano Ronaldo yet to beat all-time goal record

Brazilian legend Pele insists and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has not yet beaten his all-time record for scoring goals, updating his tally to 1,283.

Pele: I’m still the leading goal scorer of all time

Brazilian legend Pele insisted Cristiano Ronaldo has not yet beaten his all-time record for scoring goals, updating his tally to 1,283.
FILE PHOTO: Healthcare worker Adrienne Kertesz, receives the first injection nationwide, with a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Del-Pest Central Hospital as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Budapest, Hungary, December 26, 2020. Szilard Koszticsak/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Europe rolls out vaccines to fight pandemic

Europe launched a massive COVID-19 vaccination drive on Sunday with pensioners and medics lining up to get the first shots to see off a pandemic that has crippled economies and claimed more than 1.7 million lives worldwide.
Travellers with they suitcases sit at the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International, as EU countries impose a travel ban from the UK following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, December 21, 2020. REUTERS-Hannah McKay

Coronavirus: Over 40 countries restrict travel from UK

More than 40 countries are still banning or restricting travel from Britain in a bid to contain a new strain of the coronavirus believed to spread faster.
Czech referee Pavel Kralovec, who officiates in the Champions League, has been implicated in a local match-fixing scandal, Czech media said Wednesday.

Champions League referee implicated in match-fixing case

Czech referee Pavel Kralovec, who officiates in the Champions League, has been implicated in a local match-fixing scandal, Czech media said Wednesday.
England have been drawn alongside Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino in Group I as UEFA completed the draw for World Cup qualifying on Monday.

England drawn with Poland, Belgium grouped with Wales in UEFA World Cup qualifiers

England have been drawn alongside Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino in Group I as UEFA completed the draw for World Cup qualifying on Monday.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said this in Maiduguri on Sunday while reacting to allegations that his men failed to respond to call to bomb the insurgents when the attack was going on.

NAF chief inducts three reactivated fighter jets in Kano

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Friday inducted three reactivated aircraft in Kano, to enhance its platforms and engagement in the campaign against insurgency and banditry in the country.
Napoli overcame Croatian side Rijeka 2-0 on Thursday in their first match since the death of Diego Maradona, the Italian club's greatest and most popular player.

Napoli honour Diego Maradona with win, Leicester reach Europa last 32

Napoli honoured the memory of Diego Maradona with a 2-0 win over Rijeka which allowed them to go top of Europa League Group F in the first match since the death their Argentine icon.
Nigeria forward, Peter Olayinka scored his second goal in this season’s Europa League as Slavia Prague recorded an impressive 3-1 away victory OGC Nice.

Super Eagles star inspires Slavia Prague win over OGC Nice

Nigeria forward Peter Olayinka scored his second goal in this season’s Europa League as Slavia Prague recorded an impressive 3-1 away victory OGC Nice.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wears a protective face mask during the press conference after winning the race, following the resumption of F1 after the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) FIA-Handout via REUTERS

Lewis Hamilton set for knighthood after historic seventh title

Lewis Hamilton is set to be awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list after clinching his seventh Formula One World Championship and equalling the overall tally of Michael Schumacher
FILE PHOTO- People wearing face masks walk in a street, as the Czech government mandated further restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Prague, Czech Republic, October 21, 2020. REUTERS-David W Cerny

Czech coronavirus deaths double in three weeks, pass 7,000

The country, one of the worst hit in Europe by the pandemic, has seen a fall in the number of new cases and hospitalised patients in recent weeks, allowing the government to ease some curbs.

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The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Ebonyi: Gunmen attack police station in Izzi

Some gunmen in the early hours of Monday attacked the Iboko Divisional Police Station in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Nigeria’s South-east.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Imo hunter kills lover for ‘cheating on him’

A source in the community told newsmen that the victim simply identified as Chinwendu visited the suspect from her village, Ohabele in Obosima community in Ohaji/ Egbema LGA of the state after returning from Aba in Abia state.
FIFA have asked three candidates to back South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe in the upcoming Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidential election, a source close to one of the candidates told AFP.

FIFA favours Patrice Motsepe for CAF presidency

FIFA have asked three candidates to back South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe in the upcoming Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidential election, a source close to one of the candidates told AFP.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dismissed Jurgen Klopp’s claim that Liverpool can no longer hope to defend their Premier League title.

Manchester City in bizarre spat with Opta

Manchester City are in another battle with stats boffins Opta over Pep Guardiola’s managerial record.
A Presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2019, Chief Charles Udeogaranya, has said that the way things are going in Nigeria, Ndigbo Republic may emerge instead of Biafra.

Charles Udeogaranya: Ndigbo Republic may emerge if South-East fails to produce president in 2023

According to him, “if after 50 years of Nigeria/Biafra civil war and political power brokers do not find it expediently urgent to close this monumental gap of inequality by giving a sense of belonging to the South-East region of Nigeria, then Ndigbo Republic (NR) is inevitable and I will lead the struggle of its actualisation.”

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The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, says the Federal Government has extended the Lagos-Ibadan Modernisation Project from its original destination at Ebutte Meta to Lagos Ports.

Minister: Workers contracting coronavirus stalled Apapa port rail project

An outbreak of COVID-19 among the workers involved in the Lagos-Ibadan rail project in January stalled the completion of the contract, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said.
Villarreal manager Unai Emery has heaped praises to Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze after his impressive performance despite the team’s 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in Sunday’s La Liga clash.

Villarreal boss heaps praise on Samuel Chukwueze despite loss to Atletico Madrid

Villarreal manager Unai Emery has heaped praises to Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze after his impressive performance despite the team’s 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in Sunday’s La Liga clash.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his players to shun talks about them gunning for the title this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United players know I’m a bad loser

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said he’s the worst loser at the club.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police drag woman to court for ‘defrauding’ boyfriend of N9.5 million

A 30-year-old woman, Mary Ole, who allegedly defrauded her boyfriend of N9.5 million, on Friday appeared in an Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Imo hunter kills lover for ‘cheating on him’

A source in the community told newsmen that the victim simply identified as Chinwendu visited the suspect from her village, Ohabele in Obosima community in Ohaji/ Egbema LGA of the state after returning from Aba in Abia state.