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Barbora Krejcikova won her maiden Grand Slam singles title at the French Open on Saturday, beating Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to become the first Czech woman in 40 years to conquer Roland Garros before dedicating her victory to former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna who died four years ago.

Barbora Krejcikova wins French Open, dedicates victory to Jana Novotna

Barbora Krejcikova won her maiden Grand Slam singles title at the French Open on Saturday, beating Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to become the first Czech woman in 40 years to conquer Roland Garros before dedicating her victory to former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna who died four years ago.
World Number one women’s tennis player, Ashleigh Barty, successfully defended her Miami Open title following the retirement of Canadian opponent, Bianca Andreescu, in the final while Barty was leading 6-3, 4-0.

Ashleigh Barty retains Miami Open tennis title

World Number one women’s tennis player, Ashleigh Barty, successfully defended her Miami Open title following the retirement of Canadian opponent, Bianca Andreescu, in the final while Barty was leading 6-3, 4-0.
Naomi Osaka saved two match points and Serena Williams recovered from losing her first set of the tournament as they fought their way into the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday.

Australian Open: Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams survive scares to reach last eight

Naomi Osaka saved two match points and Serena Williams recovered from losing her first set of the tournament as they fought their way into the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday.
Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka

Australia Open: Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty in Serena Williams’ path to 24th Slam

Serena Williams continues her long quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam when the coronavirus-delayed 2021 Australian Open begins on Monday, four years since her last major triumph in Melbourne.
FILE PHOTO - People wait in line at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing clinic at Mona Vale Hospital in the wake of a new outbreak in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, Australia, December 18, 2020. REUTERS-Loren Elliott-File Photo

Forty seven players quarantined after coronavirus cases on Australian Open flights

Forty-seven players have been forced into two weeks of hotel quarantine in Melbourne after three coronavirus infections were reported on two chartered flights carrying them to the year’s first grand slam, the tournament organisers said on Saturday.
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.
Simona Halep produced a relentless display to beat Elina Svitolina in straight sets and become the first Romanian woman to reach a Wimbledon singles final.

Simona Halep tests positive for coronavirus

The 29-year-old Romanian made the announcement on Twitter, four weeks after she was knocked out of the French Open as top seed by Iga Swiatek, who went on to claim the title won by Halep in 2018.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal plays a backhand to Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta on day three of the Men’s Italian Open at Foro Italico on September 16, 2020 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Riccardo Antimiani - POOL - AFP)

‘Perfect start’ for Rafael Nadal on Rome return

In his first match in over six months, Rafael Nadal swept aside fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Italian Open. The nine-time Rome winner came through 6-1,...
Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, winner of two Grand Slams and former world’s number 1 said she has never felt happier on court than she does now.

Victoria Azarenka says she now feels the joy of tennis

Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, winner of two Grand Slams and former world’s number 1 said she has never felt happier on court than she does now.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the Western and Southern Open tournament in protest over Jacob Blake's shooting.

Injured Naomi Osaka climbs to ninth in WTA rankings

Naomi Osaka climbed one place to number nine in the new WTA rankings, which were released on Monday ahead of the US Open, after withdrawing from the Western & Southern Open final at the weekend.
Novak Djokovic didn’t have the luxury of easing back into tournament play at the Western & Southern Open Monday night in his first match back since the end of the ATP Tour suspension.

Novak Djokovic seeks 18th Slam win at US Open

The US Open gives top-ranked Novak Djokovic a prime opportunity to gain ground on absent Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in chasing the all-time men’s Grand Slam singles title record.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the Western and Southern Open tournament in protest over Jacob Blake's shooting.

Naomi Osaka withdraws from WTA over black man shooting

Naomi Osaka said she has pulled out of the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in protest at racial injustice.
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.
Switzerland's Belinda Bencic. REUTERS-David W Cerny

Belinda Bencic latest to withdraw from U.S. Open

World number eight Belinda Bencic has withdrawn from this year’s U.S. Open, joining a growing list of players who have decided to skip the tournament amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova receives a ball and reacts during her women’s singles fourth round match against Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova on day eight of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 2, 2019. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Czech teenager Vondrousova into French Open quarters

The 19-year-old world number 38 dominated from start to finish as Sevastova made 24 unforced errors and managed just seven winners in the 59-minute encounter.
Naomi Osaka

French Open: Naomi Osaka survives as Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams stroll

Naomi Osaka staged a second successive Roland Garros great escape on Thursday as fellow top seed Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams strolled into the last 32.

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Lagos council poll: Residents protest ‘imposition’ of chairmanship candidate

Some residents of Somolu Local Government Area of Lagos State on Thursday, marched peacefully to the Lagos State House of Assembly in protest against alleged imposition of a chairmanship candidate.
Stella Moris, the partner of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, stands for a portrait during an interview with Reuters in London, Britain, June 24, 2021. Picture taken June 24, 2021. REUTERS-Dylan Martinez

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One million households to benefits Nigerian government’s coronavirus intervention in Plateau

Plateau State Coordinator of State Operation Coordinating Units (SOCU), Kenneth Isah, said over one Million households in Plateau State captured on Rapid Response Register (RRR) would benefit Federal Government N5,000 monthly intervention to cushion the economic effect of COVID-19.

ICPC asked to investigate NECO examination scandal

A media organization, Signature TV has called on the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to probe some staff of the National Examination Council (NECO) for involving in examination scandals at a centre in Kaduna State.
Delta State House of Assembly

States assembly speakers storm Asaba for quarterly conference

Speakers of the 36 Houses of Assembly in Nigeria have started arriving Asaba, Delta State for their second quarter general meeting.

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Monday in Lagos, said centres were also built in collaboration with states and the private sector to isolate and treat cases of COVID-19.

Minister: Nigeria committed to entrepreneurship development

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Saturday, said the Nigerian government is committed to the development of entrepreneurship and made-in-Nigeria products.

SEC: MBA Capital and Trading Ltd not registered

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British Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender arrives at the Black Sea port of Odessa, Ukraine June 18, 2021. REUTERS-Sergey Smolentsev

Russia to Britain: Do not provoke us again in Black Sea

Russia accused Britain on Thursday of spreading lies over a warship confrontation in the Black Sea and warned London that it would respond resolutely to any further provocative actions by the British navy off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea.
Former Ghana international Patrick Nyarko has been hired as an assistant coach for Chicago Fire FC's U19 team.

Chicago Fire FC hires ex-Ghana star Patrick Nyarko as coach

Former Ghana international Patrick Nyarko has been hired as an assistant coach for Chicago Fire FC's U19 team.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Woman found dead in Kwara hotel

The police in Kwara State have announced the discovery of the corpse of an unidentified woman in Premium Diamond Hotel in Adewole area of Ilorin metropolis.