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Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has again accused President Muhammadu Buhari of clamping down on the judiciary.

What Africa must do to mitigate damaging effects of coronavirus

Before the novel coronavirus pandemic hit the globe, Nigeria spent 42 per cent of her earnings on debt servicing. We have arrived at a new reality today: even if we devote 100 per cent of our income to rebuilding our economy, it still will not be enough.
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Lufthansa puts 87,000 workers on reduced hours

European airline giant Lufthansa said Thursday it has placed 87,000 workers — more than 60 percent of its workforce — on government-backed shorter hours schemes, as air travel idles amid the coronavirus crisis.

Rafael Nadal calls on Spain’s athletes to raise €11 million to fight coronavirus

Rafael Nadal has issued a rallying cry and called on Spanish athletes to help raise 11 million euros ($12.07 million) to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Former Arsenal and Barcelona star Alex Song, Ivory Coast duo Xavier Kouassi and Seydou Kouassi, and Senegal's Birama Ndoye have been sacked by FC Sion for refusing to take a pay cut due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: Former Arsenal star among four Africans sacked by FC Sion

Former Arsenal and Barcelona star Alex Song, Ivory Coast duo Xavier Kouassi and Seydou Kouassi, and Senegal's Birama Ndoye have been sacked by FC Sion for refusing to take a pay cut due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“We are picking some people but we are also missing some people,” said Africa CDC director John Nkengasong. “The situation will get worse before it gets better because the chances are clear that people have slipped through.”

Africa coronavirus cases to rise as some escape detection – CDC

Africa will likely see increasing numbers of coronavirus cases in coming weeks because it’s “very likely” that some cases are slipping through the net, the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control said on Thursday.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

UN: Coronavirus disrupting education of 849.4m worldwide

The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting the education of an eye-popping 849.4 million people worldwide, the monitoring arm of the United Nations’ Cultural and Education Agency (UNESCO) said yesterday.
Samson Siasia has vowed to clear his name after world governing body FIFA banned him yesterday from football following an allegation of match-fixing brought against him.

Samson Siasia requests temporary work permit as CAS postpones life ban appeal hearing indefinitely

Samson Siasia has pleaded with Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS, to grant him temporary relief to resume his coaching business pending when his appeal against the life ban slammed on him by FIFA would be heard.
Roma has officially announced that tomorrow’s Europa League clash between Sevilla and Roma will not take place.

c: Inter and Roma games called off over coronavirus

The Europa League has been left in limbo as a result of the coronavirus outbreak with two ties involving Italian clubs called off and four more games scheduled for Thursday to be played behind closed doors.
Five Italian Serie-A weekend matches including Sunday’s clash between Juventus and Inter Milan have been postponed due to the novel Coronavirus, the Italian football league said Saturday.

How coronavirus has hit global sport

The Six Nations rugby union match between Italy and England was postponed on Thursday, the latest high-profile sports event to be scratched from the international calendar due to the global spread of the deadly coronavirus.
An anti-inflammation drug, Actemra (tocilizumab), manufactured by the Swiss pharmaceutical company, Roche, has been approved by the Chinese government for the treatment of patients who are developing severe complications from coronavirus.

China approves arthritis drug for coronavirus treatment

An anti-inflammation drug, Actemra (tocilizumab), manufactured by the Swiss pharmaceutical company, Roche, has been approved by the Chinese government for the treatment of patients who are developing severe complications from coronavirus.
New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes that he can win the fans of the biggest football club in England back onside after a difficult few months, as he aims to recapture the halcyon days of Arsene Wenger.

Mikel Arteta reveals Arsenal concerns over coronavirus

Mikel Arteta has admitted that the families of his Arsenal players are “concerned” by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes had some kind words for Nigeria international, Odion Ighalo after last night’s 5-0 victory against Club Brugge in the return leg of the Europa League Round of 32.

Manchester United to play Austria’s LASK in Europa League last 16

Manchester United will meet Austrian club LASK in the last 16 of the Europa League, while Wolves were pitted against Olympiakos in Friday’s draw in Nyon.
Top seed Rafael Nadal routed fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta for the loss of just seven games at the Australian Open Saturday despite staying up late to watch Roger Federer's five-set epic the night before.

Rafael Nadal breezes into semi-finals at Acapulco tennis

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal remained on course for his third ATP Mexico Open title by breezing past South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo 6-2, 6-1 in their quarter-final clash on Thursday.
Liverpool came from behind to secure a 3-2 win over West Ham, ensuring they moved another step closer to the Premier League title.

Liverpool forward set for Anfield departure

Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri is expected to depart the club come the summer, according to The Athletic.
Manchester City advanced to the EFL Cup final following a 3-2 aggregate over Manchester United.

Five top games to watch in Europa League this week

The Europa League knockout phase begins on Thursday, with VAR being introduced to Europe’s secondary club competition for the first time outwith the final for the last 32, first-leg ties. AFP Sport picks five games to watch this week

Angola’s ex-president defends son over embezzlement charge

Angola’s ex-president has defended his son and a former central bank governor who are accused of embezzling $500 million from the country’s sovereign wealth fund, court documents showed on Tuesday.
Borussia Dortmund arguably pulled off the deal of the month when they signed RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland.

Thiago Silva: PSG do not fear ‘incredible’ Erling Haaland

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva has insisted that he and his team-mates are not afraid to face in-form Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, but heaped praise on the teen sensation.
Jurgen Klopp has no clue as to whether Liverpool can retain their Champions League crown this season and highlighted the levels of luck required to win Europe's elite club competition.

UEFA ban: I feel for Pep Guardiola, Manchester City – Juergen Klopp

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said he had sympathy for his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola in the wake of the English champions’ two-year ban from European football.

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Juan Mata believes he made the right decision to join Manchester United almost six years ago and insists the club are getting closer to recapturing former glories.

Juan Mata urges footballers to do more to tackle coronavirus

Manchester United midfielder, Juan Mata, has urged footballers across the world to do more to try and help with the fight against coronavirus.

Lockdown: COSON splashes N50 million on musicians

Thousands of musicians across the country would heave a sigh of relief as the Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON, on Tuesday, started disbursing the sum of N50 million to them to cushion the adverse effects of the ongoing coronavirus lockdown on them.
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje

6,000 health professionals apply for volunteer work in Kano

The Kano State Government said over 6,000 medical and health professionals have applied to assist the state as volunteers in the fight against the spread of coronavirus.
Alphonso Davies has tipped his Bayern Munich to go all the way in this season's Champions League campaign.

Alphonso Davies: Bayern Munich have the quality to win the Champions League

While Hansi Flick's side have endured a tough battle to date in their bid to win an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title, they have enjoyed better fortunes in Europe.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has warned Russia to stay out of the 2020 presidential elections after US officials had told him Moscow was trying to aid his campaign.

Bernie Sanders bows out of US presidential race

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the oldest man in the race for White House, has announced his withdrawal.