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The Tour de France rolls out from the French Riviera on Saturday, two months later than planned and under the shadow of a coronavirus pandemic which could still shatter hopes of the world’s greatest bike race making it to the Paris finish line in three weeks’ time.

Hope and expectation as Tour de France starts in virus shadow

The Tour de France rolls out from the French Riviera on Saturday, two months later than planned and under the shadow of a coronavirus pandemic which could still shatter hopes of the world’s greatest bike race making it to the Paris finish line in three weeks’ time.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is under pressure to deliver a serious Premier League title challenge after a spending spree fuelled by his desire to catch champions Liverpool.

No excuse for Frank Lampard at Chelsea after spending spree

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is under pressure to deliver a serious Premier League title challenge after a spending spree fuelled by his desire to catch champions Liverpool.
Chelsea sealed fifth signing of the summer after completing a deal for young French defender Malang Sarr.

French defender joins Chelsea from Nice on five-year deal

In a statement, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “The opportunity to sign Malang was one we could not miss. He is a tremendous prospect and we will be monitoring him closely during his loan period, hoping he will soon be back at Chelsea. We are very happy to welcome him to the club today.”
Finidi George says the scheduling of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is bad news for most European teams.

Finidi George: Why Super Eagles lost to Italy at 1994 World Cup

Former Nigeria international Finidi George has revealed some of the reasons that led to the Super Eagles painful exit at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.
Godfrey Oboabona put in a good shift in Dinamo Batumi’s 4-0 triumph over FC Chikhura by accounting for an assist.

Godfrey Oboabona: Dinamo Batumi can be Europa League’s surprise package

Nigeria international Godfrey Oboabona feels Dinamo Batumi can be the surprise package of this season’s Europa League.
Lionel Messi’s hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-1 victory over Celta Vigo on Saturday, saw him equal Cristiano Ronaldo’s record.

Rio Ferdinand: Frank Lampard pushing for Chelsea to sign Lionel Messi

Rio Ferdinand joked that Frank Lampard is pushing for Chelsea to sign Lionel Messi after news of the Barcelona superstar handing in a transfer request broke on Tuesday.
Marseille have found a fifth asymptomatic case of coronavirus in their squad, a club spokesperson on Friday, on the same day the new French Ligue 1 season kicked-off under an increasingly darkening COVID-19 cloud.

Marseille record three more virus cases

French football giants Marseille announced Tuesday that three more people have tested positive for the coronavirus, following five players last week.
Inter manager Antonio Conte has insisted that he does not feel that it is the right time to discuss his future as Inter boss following Inter’s Europa League final loss to Sevilla on Friday night.

Antonio Conte: Why Sevilla defeated Inter Milan in Europa League final

Inter Milan coach, Antonio Conte, has disclosed that his side lost 3-2 to Sevilla in the Europa League final on Friday night because of Romelu Lukaku’s unfortunate own goal.
Olympique Lyonnais' Memphis Depay reacts, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Franck Fife-REUTERS

Lyon return empty-handed with prospect of losing key players

Had Olympique Lyonnais’ Memphis Depay and Karl Toko Ekambi found the back of the net in the opening 16 minutes against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, the Champions League may have had its first ever all-French final.
Popular Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz, has enjoined the federal government to reopen cinemas, restaurants and clubs as their continued closure is stifling the showbiz sector.

Nigerian rapper Falz wants government to reopen cinemas

Popular Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz, has enjoined the federal government to reopen cinemas, restaurants and clubs as their continued closure is stifling the showbiz sector.

China eases travel restrictions for 36 European countries

China has eased entry restrictions for nationals from 36 European countries, months after thousands were left stranded when the country closed its borders and slashed flights to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Defending champions the Olympic Eagles of Nigeria got off their campaign at the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations on a dour note following a 1-0 loss to Cote d’Ivoire at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, on Saturday evening.

NFF send birthday wishes to Ex-Eagles midfield star Friday Ekpo at 51

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sent birthday wishes to former Super Eagles midfield star Friday Ekpo who clocked 51 on Monday.

French prosecutor to probe aid worker killings in Niger

France’s anti-terror prosecutor’s office said Monday it would probe the killing of eight people, including French aid workers, by gunmen in Niger.
Joe Aribo has expressed his delight after winning the Rangers Young Player of the Year and Goal of the Season awards.

Joe Aribo reacts after winning two Rangers end-of-season awards

Joe Aribo has expressed his delight after winning the Rangers Young Player of the Year and Goal of the Season awards.
According to The Sun, Arsenal have joined Leicester City and Newcastle United in a race to sign Algerian international Said Benrahma.

Report: Arsenal join race for Algerian Said Benrahma

The 24-year-old has been one of the driving forces behind Brentford’s excellent season in the Championship, with the Bees pushing for promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season.

Enugu Catholic priest dies of coronavirus

The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has announced the death of its priest, Rev. Fr. Joachim Cabanyes, following COVID-19 complications at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital isolation centre.
Morgan Schneiderlin blames himself for his premature exit from Manchester United.

Morgan Schneiderlin blames himself for Manchester United failure

The French midfielder moved to Old Trafford from Southampton in 2015, but made only 32 Premier League appearances before moving on to Everton 18 months later.
Mario Balotelli being without a club as a new season approaches is not normal, says Italy head coach Roberto Mancini.

Italy coach tells Mario Balotelli to ‘wake up’ before his career sinks

Balotelli’s ill-fated stint at hometown club Brescia appears to be coming to an end, with reports his contract will be terminated after repeated absences from training.
French schools have registered over 70 COVID-19 cases since some of them were allowed to reopen last week, French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Monday.

Over 70 new coronavirus cases recorded in French schools within week of reopening

French schools have registered over 70 COVID-19 cases since some of them were allowed to reopen last week, French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Monday.
Lyon hit out at the French football league on Sunday for “suddenly” ending the Ligue 1 campaign, saying the decision could see the division slip further behind Europe’s top leagues and calling for it to be reversed.

Lyon slam ‘sudden’ decision to end Ligue 1 season

Lyon hit out at the French football league on Sunday for “suddenly” ending the Ligue 1 campaign, saying the decision could see the division slip further behind Europe’s top leagues and calling for it to be reversed.
L’Équipe report that the French football league body, the LFP, are working to restart Ligue 1 action on one of the following two dates, amid the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic- June 3rd or June 17th

French players called to go on strike if Ligue 1 not expanded to 22...

Former PSG and Toulouse manager Antoine Kombouare has called on players to go on strike next season if Ligue 1 is not expanded to 22 clubs.
Monaco star Cesc Fabregas feels the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season may have been cancelled too soon amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Cesc Fabregas: Ligue 1 ended too soon amid coronavirus crisis

Paris Saint-Germain were declared champions and Amiens and Toulouse were relegated after the season was called off last month, with most teams still having 10 games remaining.

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Chad’s longtime President Idriss Deby has died of wounds suffered on the front line in the country’s north, where he had gone to visit soldiers battling rebels, the armed forces said.

Africa youth parliament mourns Idriss Deby, hails AU mediation in Somalia

The Democracy Africa Youth Parliament has mourned the tragic death of President Idriss Deby Itno of the Republic of Chad, who died on Monday.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police parade nine suspects for Minna armed robberies

Police in Niger on Thursday put on parade nine suspects arrested for armed robbery.
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.

Gunmen waylay, kidnap commercial bus passengers in Oyo

Gun-wielding kidnappers have attacked an 18-seater passenger bus along Ibarapa road in Oyo State and marched the travellers off into the forest.
William Troost-Ekong has expressed his delight after Watford recorded their third consecutive win in the Championship with a hardfought victory at Stoke City on Friday night.

William Troost-Ekong: Watford pushing hard for Premier League return

William Troost-Ekong admits last weekend’s derby defeat to Luton Town motovated the team to go all out for a win against leaders Norwich City on Tuesday.
A patient with breathing problems is seen inside a car while waiting to enter a COVID-19 hospital for treatment, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ahmedabad, India, April 22, 2021. REUTERS-Amit Dave

India increases states’ oxygen quota amid surge in coronavirus cases

As the demand for oxygen grows in the worst-hit COVID-19 states, India’s federal health ministry has announced an increase in quota for several states, officials said on Thursday.

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Nigerian government drills 14 solar powered boreholes to tackle water scarcity, coronavirus spread in...

The Northwest Zonal Coordinator of the project, Sanusi Mai-Afu during the training on operation and maintenance of the water supply facilities which were constructed under the National Wash Response to COVID-19 projects disclosed this.
The suspect, Godwin Iboro, was arrested last Wednesday when one of the young men he had brought from Nigeria reported the sudden death of a colleague to the Amasaman police.

Scores of Boko Haram financiers arrested, accounts blocked

A massive crackdown on financiers of Boko Haram and other criminal gangs has begun, with scores of persons arrested by security agents.

Official: Plot to attack key locations in Abia uncovered

Abia State government has raised an alarm over plans by unidentified hoodlums to attack key locations in the state and cause unrest.
At least five people have been shot dead and dozens injured when police opened fire at workers demanding a pay rise at a Chinese-backed coal-fired power plant in southeast Bangladesh.

Protesters shot dead by police at Bangladesh power plant

At least five people have been shot dead and dozens injured when police opened fire at workers demanding a pay rise at a Chinese-backed coal-fired power plant in southeast Bangladesh.

Forum obtains UTME forms for 320 less-privileged students in Kebbi

Kauran Gwandu Advocacy Forum has obtained Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) forms for 320 less-privileged students in Kebbi State.