#HOUSEYARNS – ABU AZEEZ LAST – GASP HERO GIVES SAND EAGLES FIRST WN AT BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP

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Nigeria staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Mexico 5-4 in extra time of their Group B clash at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.   It was the Mexicans that initially took control of the contest after goals from Abdiel Villa, Angel Rodriguez and Ramon Maldonado.   However,…

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#ASEDEYHOT – FRANCE OPEN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO AWARD OF 2018 AND 2022 WORLD CUPS

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France has become the third country after the United States and Switzerland to investigate the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.   France’s Parquet National Financier, which is responsible for law enforcement against serious financial crime, has reportedly questioned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter in connection with their probe…

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#OYINBOTORCHLIGHT – DE ROSSI OUT FOR DERBY

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Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi is a doubt for Sunday’s Derby della Capitale with Lazio. The Italian international missed Monday’s trip to Pescara with an ankle problem, and has been training separately in recent days as he tries to recover. De Rossi will be evaluated at today’s training session, but…

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#OYINBOTORCHLIGHT – BAYERN MUNICH’S RETIRING CAPTAIN PHILIPP LAHM: ‘I WANT TO TRY AND ENJOY MY FINAL WEEKS’

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Philipp Lahm will only get two more chances to appear at the Allianz Arena in Bayern Munich colours. The south stand applauded and Lahm acknowledged the encouragement as he applauded them for their support in the pouring Munich rain after the 3-2 DFB Cup semi-final defeat to Borussia Dortmund. The Bayern captain no…

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#OYINBOTORCHLIGHT – HECTOR BELLERIN: ‘SPIRITS HIGH IN ARSENAL CAMP AFTER WINNING RUN’

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Hector Bellerin has called on his Arsenal teammates to maintain their winning run of form when they head to White Hart Lane for a North London derby showdown with Tottenham Hotspur this weekend. The Gunners have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes in the past week or so by edging past Middlesbrough and Leicester…

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#HOUSEYARNS – EVERTON DENIES IFEANYI UBAH’S CLAIMS

Former FC Ifeanyi Ubah head coach Rafael Everton has denied claims by FC Ifeanyi Ubah management that he bridged his contract. According to an ealier statement from the club, Everton was accused of returning to Brazil without the notice of the club and that he also owes the club fifty…

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#OYINBOTORCHLIGHT – HIGUAIN BRACE GIVES JUVE 32ND STRAIGHT HOME WIN

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A brace from Gonzalo Higuain gave Juventus a 2-0 win at home to Chievo on Saturday and moved them closer to a sixth consecutive Serie A title as they forged nine points clear of their closest pursuers. Juve extended their run to 32 successive home league wins and left second-placed…

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#OYINBOTORCHLIGHT – BARCELONA FALL TO SHOCK MALAGA DEFEAT AFTER MADRID DERBY DRAW

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Neymar was sent off as Barcelona suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at Malaga on Saturday that scuppered their hopes of going top of La Liga and handed control of the title race to leaders to Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane’s Real were held to a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in…

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#OYINBOTORCHLIGHT – CHELSEA EASE PAST BOURNEMOUTH TO RE-ESTABLISH TITLE LEAD

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Chelsea re-established their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a comfortable 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday. Chelsea blitzed the hosts in the opening exchanges and led when Diego Costa’s sliced 17th-minute effort deflected in off Bournemouth defender Adam Smith before Eden Hazard ghosted through to…

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#HOUSEYARNS – SUPER EAGLES PLAYERS NOT ALLOWED TO GO FOR HOLIDAY AHEAD OF SA CLASH – ROHR

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Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has revealed their plans ahead of their first 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier. The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on South Africa in the Group E of the 2019 AFCON qualification in June 2017. German tactician Rohr stated that the Super Eagles…

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#ASEDEYHOT – QATAR CUTS SPENDING TO BRING IN 2022 WORLD CUP FOR $8-10BN

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Qatar has agreed to heavily slash its budget for hosting the 2022 World Cup and is pressing ahead with eight stadiums, according to organising chief Hassan Al Thawadi. Al-Thawadi told CNN Money the original budget had been reduced by between 40% and 50%.   “We wanted to ensure there is financial…

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#OYINBOTORCHLIGHT – MANDZUKIC OUT OF NAPOLI-JUVE

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Max Allegri named the Juventus squad for tonight’s Coppa Italia semi-final against Napoli, missing Mario Mandzukic. The first leg ended 3-1 in Turin and this decider is at the Stadio San Paolo just days after Sunday night’s 1-1 Serie A draw. Mandzukic played in that game, but was struggling with a…

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#OYINBOTORCHLIGHT – COSTA PEPS UP CHELSEA AHEAD OF MAN CITY CLASH

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Chelsea top scorer Diego Costa believes the Premier League leaders can effectively end Manchester City’s title hopes when the two sides meet at Stamford Bridge Tonight (Wednesday). The alternative scenario, that fourth-placed City could win and help Tottenham Hotspur close the gap at the top to four points, does not…

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2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER – NERTHERLAND SUFFER WORLD CUP SHOCK, RONALDO IN 70-GOAL LANDMARK

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The Netherlands’ hopes of reaching the World Cup finals suffered a major setback on Saturday when the three-time runners-up slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria. The loss left the Dutch six points behind Group A leaders France, who beat Luxembourg 3-1, and down in fourth spot, three back…

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#OYINBOTORCHLIGHT – ENGLAND WOLVES LEAVE LIVERPOOL REELING AFTER CUP SHOCK, SPURS SCRAPE THROUGH

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Liverpool sank deeper into their mid-season rut when Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers claimed a deserved 2-1 FA Cup fourth-round victory at Anfield as the competition lived up to its reputation for shocks on Saturday. Goals by Richard Stearman and Andreas Weimann proved enough for Wolves, 18th in the second tier,…

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