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Nadal Defies Injury To Stop Federer Taking No.1

Spanish tennis icon, Rafael Nadal is billed to return early back in action this month, in order to try and stop his fierce rival, Roger Federer from reaching the world number one spot at the end of February. The Spaniard was forced to retire from his Australian Open quarter-final clash with Thomas Berdych because of a thigh injury. He was ...

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ITF List dates for Nigeria Futures 1-3

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has released the dates for the Futures 1-3 which will hold in Abuja from April 16- to May 6. The ITF website showed that the tournaments expected to attract players from about 60 countries have been listed by the sport’s governing body. However, the factsheet  as well as the deadline for registration are yet to ...

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Tiger Woods Shows Flashes Of His Past At Torrey Pines, Offers Future Hope

The global curiosity on the subject of Tiger Woods the golfer, which had slid into a dormancy smothered by his serial surgeries, his quashed restarts and his half-creaking gait, might need to reawaken just about now. As Woods moves on from here to Riviera in Los Angeles beginning Feb. 15, the chart graph on the curiosity looks like it ought ...

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Federer Retains Australian Open Title

Switzerland’s top tennis ace, Roger Federer successfully defended his Australian Open crown and landed a record-equalling sixth title in Melbourne, plus a landmark 20th Grand Slam of his career with a five-set victory against Marin Cilic. Federer, playing in his 30th Slam final, was pushed all the way by Cilic but came through a riveting contest 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 ...

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Team Nigeria Invitees Wary Of Foreign-based Stars

Home-based athletes in the camp of Team Nigeria are already apprehensive over the imminent arrivals of foreign-based stars, ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Nigeria will participate in nine sports at Gold Coast 2018, with the stars joining contingents from athletics, boxing, basketball, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling,  para-athletics, para-powerlifting and para-table tennis. The domestic-based athletes have ...

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Omotayo Overcomes Nerves At Hungarian Classic

Nigerian table tennis player, Olajide Omotayo refused to play to the gallery at the ITTF World Tour in Hungary as the former national junior champion took his Canadian counterpart to the cleaner in the first group match of the men’s singles. In 2017, Omotayo lost most of his first matches at the ITTF World Tours but this year, he took ...

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Sharapova Shines Under Australian Open Sun

Russian female tennis ace, Maria Sharapova on Tuesday resumed her career at the Australian Open in bright sunshine with a performance that went some way to banishing those demons. The 30-year-old former champion returned a positive doping test after a quarter-final defeat by Serena Williams in 2016, resulting in a 15-month ban from the sport. Sharapova was in dominant mood ...

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Quadri, Meshref To Defend Titles At Top 16 Cup

Aruna Quadri of Nigeria and Dina Meshref of Egypt will be defending their titles at this year’s ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup holding in Nairobi, Kenya. To win the tournament in 2016 in Khartoum, Sudan, Quadri defeated Omar Assar of Egypt 4-2 while Meshref also beat Edem Offiong of Nigeria and this year they will be aiming to retain their ...

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Bencic Sends Venus Packing On USA’s Bleak Day

Swiss Belinda Bencic sent an early shockwave through the Australian Open on Monday by toppling last year’s finalist Venus Williams on an opening day of carnage for American tennis. With defending champion and new mum Serena absent, 20-year-old Bencic’s brilliant 6-3 7-5 win under the Rod Laver Arena roof ensured there would not be a Williams sister in the second ...

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16 Badminton Players Enter National Camp In Katsina

Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) have commenced preparation for the first event of the international calendar in 2018 holding in Algeria with 16 players in camp for next month’s championship. Clement Krobapor, Anuoluwapo Opeyemi, Godwin Olufua, Enejoh Abah, Habeeb Bello, Usman Ayo Ishaq, Olawale Odunayo and Daniel Phillip are the eight male players in the team’s camp in Katsina. Dorcas  ...

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