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VAR will be introduced in this season's Europa League from the beginning of the knockout stages, UEFA have confirmed.

Europa League last 32 draw

First legs to be played February 20; Second legs to be played February 27
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.
Andy Murray thanks the crowd after his Australian Open defeat. Ella Ling-BPI-Rex-Shutterstock

Andy Murray rise continues after Belgian triumph

Former world number one Andy Murray was rewarded for his victory in Antwerp at the weekend, with another dramatic rise in the ATP rankings which were released on Monday.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning the men’s singles final against John Millman of Australia at the Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo on October 6, 2019. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI - AFP)

Andy Murray climbs over 200 places as Novak Djokovic stays top in ATP rankings

Former world number one Andy Murray climbed over 200 places in the new ATP rankings released on Monday while Novak Djokovic extended his lead over Rafael Nadal at the top.
Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin de Bruyne out of Belgium Euro 2020 qualifiers squad

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was left out of Belgium’s squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers due to a groin injury, coach Roberto Martinez announced on Friday.
Nigeria dropped two places to second in the latest Beach Soccer Ranking for African team and Sand Eagles star Abu Azeez is disappointing.

Sand Eagles star reacts to beach soccer stars award nomination

Sand Eagles forward Abu Azeez has has nominated for the 2019 Beach Soccer Stars, Best Male Player of the Year; for a third year running.
Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas enters ATP top five for the first time

Washington Open semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas has for the first time climbing into the top five of the latest ATP rankings released Monday.

Nigerian weightlifter gets provisional ban over doping

African 81kg women weightlifting champion – Nigeria’s Bilikis Otunla has been provisionally suspended by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) following the using of performance enhancing drugs.

Injured Luis Suarez included in Uruguay’s Copa America squad

Barcelona star Luis Suarez was included in Uruguay’s Copa America squad on Thursday despite undergoing knee surgery just three weeks ago.
Novak Djokovic on Friday continued his quest for a record seventh Australian Open crown by swatting aside French 28th seed Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 to set up a final against Rafael Nadal.-1

Novak Djokovic heads into clay season secure as world number one

The Serb is almost 2,500 points ahead of Rafael Nadal while third-placed Alexander Zverev will hope to pick up points at the Marrakech claycourt event this week when Britain’s Kyle Edmund will hope to make moves to regain his place in the top 20.
Roger Federer

Roger Federer goes fourth in rankings after Miami triumph

Roger Federer jumped up one spot to fourth in the ATP rankings released on Monday after capturing his 101st career title with his victory over John Isner in Miami.
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.

Alex Iwobi, Mo Salah, Asisat Oshoala, others make 2018 CAF awards shortlist

The shortlists for the 2018 Confederation of African Football awards were announced on Friday
The Ballon d'Or trophy

Ballon d’Or 2018 – all the nominees

All the nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or, ahead of Monday's ceremony in Paris:
Anthony Martial

Manchester United’s Anthony Martial earns recall to France squad

Anthony Martial has been rewarded for his impressive recent form with Manchester United by being recalled to the France squad by coach Didier Deschamps on Thursday.

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Lassa fever: NMA faults Nigeria’s preparedness for disease outbreaks

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has described the recent outbreak of Lassa fever across the country as a reflection of the abysmally low level of preparedness in handling infectious diseases, especially viral hemorrhagic fever, at all levels of healthcare delivery.
Yoruba World Congress (YWC), an umbrella body of all Yoruba socio-cultural groups, has threatened to hold a peaceful protest in support of the recently launched Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Amotekun.

MURIC: Amotekun should not target any group for victimization

THE Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) yesterday advised the South-west states Governors that the new security organization code name Amotekun should not lean towards any religion or target any ethnic group for victimization.

PANDEF: Federal government should overhaul security architecture

Pan Niger Delta Forum, the South-South regional group in it’s reaction, said the Federal Government should immediately overhaul the nation’s security architecture and apparatus.
China has sent 450 military medical staff, including professionals who have experience in the fight against SARS or Ebola, to the novel coronavirus hardest-hit city of Wuhan.

China sends medics to Wuhan as coronavirus death toll rises to 80

Hundreds of medics are being sent to help deal with a rising number of cases of the new coronavirus in China’s central metropolis of Wuhan, health authorities said on Monday.

Full list of no-go areas for motorcycles, tricycles in Lagos

The Lagos State Government on Monday banned okada and tricycle riders in six Local Governments, nine Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, major highways and bridges in the state.