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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:
Nigerian-born Eberechi Eze has officially signed a five-year contract with Crystal Palace F.C., becoming the club’s second arrival of the summer 2020 transfer window.

Crystal Palace boss ‘really pleased’ with Eberechi Eze addition

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is delighted with the arrival of new signing Eberechi Eze.
La Liga players have been told it should be normal for them to have their salaries reduced because everyone else is being impacted financially by the coronavirus pandemic.

La Liga club cancels Portugal trip after virus case

Real Sociedad canceled a trip to play friendlies in Portugal on Wednesday after one of its players tested positive for the coronavirus.
Eddy Ogenyi Onazi says his relationship with Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr is great and he is targeting into the Super Eagles squad sooner.

Ogenyi Onazi returns to Italian Serie A with Crotone

Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has signed for Italian Serie A side Crotone on a three-year deal.
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.
Bayern Munich are playing great football under Hansi Flick, according to Lothar Matthaus, who thinks the new permanent boss has restored the harmony at Allianz Arena which has been lacking since Jupp Heynckes' departure.

Hansi Flick: Bayern defence will subdue Neymar, Kylian Mbappe

Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick says he trusts their high line defence and will resist making changes in order to contain fleet-footed Paris Saint Germain forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in Sunday’s Champions League final.
Henry Onyekuru provided an assist for Islam Slimani to score Monaco’s opener in their 2-2 draw with Nimes in Sunday’s Ligue 1 game.

Niko Kovac: Henry Onyekuru one of the best wingers in Ligue 1

Monaco manager Niko Kovac has lauded Henry Onyekuru and believes he is one of the best wingers in Ligue 1.
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.
Moussa Dembele admitted to being “sad” about starting on the bench before producing his heroics for Lyon against Manchester City.

Lyon super-sub Moussa Dembele sad about bench role in Manchester City upset

Moussa Dembele admitted to being “sad” about starting on the bench before producing his heroics for Lyon against Manchester City.
Debt Management Office (DMO)

DMO: Chinese loans constitute only 3.9 percent of Nigeria’s total public debt stock

Total loans by the Chinese government and affiliate agencies to Nigeria is about $3.121 billion and constitutes only about 3.94 per cent of Nigeria’s total public debt of $79.3 billion as of March 31, the Debt Management Office (DMO) has said.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino after his speech during the UEFA Congress REUTERS-Yves Herman-File Photo

FIFA says no reason for Swiss authorities to investigate Gianni Infantino

Global soccer body FIFA has said there is no reason for Swiss authorities to launch criminal proceedings against its president Gianni Infantino who will continue in his role as normal.
President Muhammadu Buhari shortly after his nationwide broadcast, signed Proclamation Order on the General Management of Covid-19 in Lagos, Ogun, Kano, the Federal Capital Territory and other States in Nigeria.

President Buhari urges speedy passage of revised 2020-2022 MTEF/FSP, budget

The Presidency on Thursday urged the House of Representatives to speedily pass the 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) and the revised Appropriation Bill, 2020 for the fiscal year.
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.
UEFA Champions League’s ambassador Hamit Altintop holds the slip of Liverpool FC during the UEFA Champions League football cup round of 16 draw ceremony on December 16, 2019 in Nyon. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI - AFP)

Champions League last 16 fixtures — full draw

Full draw for the Champions League last 16 made on Monday
Crvena Zvezda, Olympiacos and GNK Dinamo are now in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, with the last three play-offs decided on Wednesday.

Anxiety as Champions League knockout stage draw holds

As the coaches of the 16 qualifiers for the Champions League last 16 prepare to watch Monday’s draw in Nyon, they might ask: what is the price of success?
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal ends year as number one for fifth time

Rafael Nadal was confirmed as the year-end world number one for the fifth time after the ATP released its season-closing rankings on Monday.
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.

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Juventus suspend youth sector activities due to virus cases

Juventus have ‘precautionarily decided to temporarily suspend the activity of the youth sector’ following some cases of Covid-19 among their academy players.
The peaceful protest is fast yielding results with the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and setting up a judicial panel of enquiry by state governments.

#EndSARS: Attacks on protesters dangerous, unconstitutional – CSOs

A coalition of civil society organisations has condemned the attacks launched against protesters, demanding an end to police brutality and all related abuses nationwide.
Speaking with newsmen, the managing director of the company, Gabriel Ogbechie, said, “How could I be attacked in Asaba while I am in my house in Lagos? I have called my outlets in Asaba and indeed Delta, none of them were attacked.

#EndSARS: Rainoil chief not attacked in Asaba – management

The management said contrary to insinuations, the CEO was not in Delta State as at the said time and he did not suffer any attack whatsoever.
Manchester United new boy, Edinson Cavani, remains one of the best strikers in the world, according to Paris St Germain head coach, Thomas Tuchel.

Thomas Tuchel: Why Edinson Cavani remains one of the world’s best

Two months on from losing the Champions League final to Bayern Munich, the perennial Ligue 1 champions kick off their continental tilt with a home clash against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.