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Neymar opened the scoring with a penalty on the stroke of halftime but Serhou Guirassy equalised in the 70th minute to leave PSG, who finished with 10 men after Presnel Kimpembe was sent off in the 87th minute, on 76 points.

Ligue 1: PSG title chances dented by draw at Rennes

Paris St Germain’s Ligue 1 title hopes took a major knock on Sunday when the defending champions were held to a 1-1 draw at Stade Rennes, leaving Lille holding a three-point advantage at the top with two games remaining.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has set a Champions League record having kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 defeat of Real Madrid.

Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy sets Champions League record against Real Madrid

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has set a Champions League record having kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 defeat of Real Madrid.
Edouard Mendy admits to experiencing a “difficult time” at Chelsea, with the Senegal international goalkeeper finding himself caught up in a collective dip that has delivered more managerial change.

Edouard Mendy: My mum cried when I got Marseille offer

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has recollected his journey to stardom, including how his mother let down tears of joy after finally securing a move to Marseille B.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Edouard Mendy will be in goal when his side take on West Ham United in Saturday’s Premier League game.

Chelsea boss: Edouard Mendy will start vs West Ham United

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Edouard Mendy will be in goal when his side take on West Ham United in Saturday’s Premier League game.
Paris Saint-Germain were revelling in the joy of knocking holders Bayern Munich out of the Champions League in midweek when Neymar offered more cause for celebration.

Paris Saint-Germain wait for Neymar to sign contract extension

Paris Saint-Germain were revelling in the joy of knocking holders Bayern Munich out of the Champions League in midweek when Neymar offered more cause for celebration.
Watford manager Xisco Munoz has hailed the performances of Ismaila Sarr and Isaac Success in their 2-0 victory over Reading in Friday’s Championship game.

Watford boss hails Ismaila Sarr, Isaac Success performances against Reading

Watford manager Xisco Munoz has hailed the performances of Ismaila Sarr and Isaac Success in their 2-0 victory over Reading in Friday’s Championship game.
Rennes have chosen Bruno Genesio as their new coach to replace Julien Stephan, who resigned earlier this week, a source close to the French Ligue 1 club confirmed Wednesday.

Rennes to appoint Bruno Genesio as new coach

Rennes have chosen Bruno Genesio as their new coach to replace Julien Stephan, who resigned earlier this week, a source close to the French Ligue 1 club confirmed Wednesday.
Manchester United are challenging Liverpool for Leeds United winger Raphinha.

Manchester United threaten Liverpool plans for Leeds dazzler Raphinha

Manchester United are challenging Liverpool for Leeds United winger Raphinha.
Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is delighted with what he's seen from Raphinha this season.

Leeds boss declares Marcelo Raphinha ‘a complete player’

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is delighted with what he's seen from Raphinha this season.
Folarin Balogun celebrates after guiding in his second Arsenal goal to set the seal on a sixth win out of six in the Europa League this season. Ryan Byrne-INPHO-REX-Shutterstock

Foreign clubs chase Folarin Balogun

Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart and Rennes are the three foreign clubs interested in signing Folarin Balogun on a free transfer.
Raphinha has impressed since joining Leeds United in the summer (Photo by Paul Greenwood - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Liverpool, Arsenal join race for Leeds star

Raphinha has been something of a revelation for Leeds since joining them from Rennes in October. The winger has quickly established himself as an integral part of Marcelo Bielsa’s plans.
Olympique Marseille’s American owner Frank McCourt has strongly condemned “thugs” who attacked the club’s training ground on Saturday, comparing the violent protest to the deadly January 6 assault on the US Congress.

Marseille’s US owner links fan violence to Capitol riot

Olympique Marseille’s American owner Frank McCourt has strongly condemned “thugs” who attacked the club’s training ground on Saturday, comparing the violent protest to the deadly January 6 assault on the US Congress.
Edouard Mendy admits to experiencing a “difficult time” at Chelsea, with the Senegal international goalkeeper finding himself caught up in a collective dip that has delivered more managerial change.

Edouard Mendy admits to ‘difficult time’ at Chelsea

Edouard Mendy admits to experiencing a “difficult time” at Chelsea, with the Senegal international goalkeeper finding himself caught up in a collective dip that has delivered more managerial change.
West Ham United are ready to launch a cash bid for Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori.

Chelsea eager to loan Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan

The young defender has not played many games this season after falling down the pecking order in manager Frank Lampard’s squad.
Henry Onyekuru the hero as Galatasaray secure Super Lig title

Henry Onyekuru set to rejoin Galatasaray on loan

Nigeria winger Henry Onyekuru is set to join Turkish giants Galatasaray on loan for the third time.
People attend a party in a warehouse in Lieuron, France, on Friday. (Jean-Francois Monier-AFP-Getty Images)

Investigation launched after illegal New Year’s Eve party in France

According to broadcaster France 3, which quoted Rennes’s prosecutor Philippe Astruc on Monday evening, the man is in his early 20s and is being investigated, among other things, for endangering the lives of others.
Nigeria winger Henry Onyekuru is set to leave Ligue 1 outfit Monaco in January with Turkish and German clubs interested in his signing him on loan.

Nigeria winger to leave Monaco this month

The Croatian gaffer has afforded the Super Eagles star only four appearances totalling a mere 141 minutes in the Ligue 1 this term.
FILE PHOTO - French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, wearing a protective face mask, leaves following the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, December 16, 2020. REUTERS-Gonzalo Fuentes-File Photo

Police shut down raves defying coronavirus curbs in France, Spain

Several hundred French police on Saturday shut down an illegal rave party in northwestern France that had been underway since New Year’s Eve in defiance of a curfew and coronavirus restrictions on large gatherings, officials said.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter that party-goers were issued with fines as they left the site and organisers were being identified and would be prosecuted.

French police shut down huge party defying coronavirus restrictions

French police shut down on Saturday a huge party in northwestern France that had been underway since New Year’s Eve in defiance of a curfew and coronavirus restrictions on large gatherings.
A woman poses for the photographer during the party in a disused hangar in Lieuron [Jean-Francois Monier-AFP]

Alarm in France as thousands attend illegal New Year rave party

Some 2,500 partygoers attended an illegal New Year rave in northwestern France, violently clashing with police who failed to stop it and sparking concern the underground event could spread the coronavirus, authorities said.
A medical worker, wearing a protective suit and face mask, administers a nasal swab to a patient at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre in Le Bignon, France, December 22, 2020. REUTERS-Stephane Mahe

New year arrives with US hitting 20 million coronavirus cases

The United States marked the New Year on Friday by passing the extraordinary milestone of 20 million Covid-19 cases, after global celebrations welcoming in 2021 were largely muted by the pandemic.
West Ham United are ready to launch a cash bid for Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori.

West Ham to launch cash bid for Chelsea defender

According to The Sun of UK, earlier this month it was reported that Rennes was the most likely destination for out of favour Chelsea centre-back Tomori.

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Ebonyi: APC, PDP bicker over abduction of opposition chieftain

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US envoy arrives in Israel for de-escalation talks

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Experts: Nigeria’s 450,000 security officers grossly inadequate

As part of efforts to curb the security challenges bedevilling the country, the government has been urged to recruit more security personnel to help in the fight against insecurity.
Stakeholders in the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Tuesday, unveiled a new agenda aimed at repositioning the organisation into purposeful, focused and result-oriented opposition body that would champion the cause of governance in Nigeria

Eid-El-Fitr: CUPP laments worsening security situation, calls for prayers, tolerance

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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.

12 Muslim worshippers kidnapped during midnight prayers in Katsina

No fewer than twelve (12) Muslim worshippers have been abducted by bandits while observing Tahajjud at a mosque located in the outskirt of Jibiya town of Katsina State.
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Eid-el-Fitr: Sultan, Sokoto governor felicitate with Muslims

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One electrocuted, another injured while tampering with wires in Kano

One person died at Hotoro Tsamiyar Boka, Nassarawa Local Government Area of Kano, while the second person, who was with him, was seriously injured when they were tampering with electric wires to enable them restore light to houses in the area.