Rio 2016: USA’s Swimming Team Robbed At Gunpoint In Brazil

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USA’s Swimming Team Robbed At Gunpoint In Brazil – The US Olympic Committee has revealed that 4 American athletes have been robbed at gunpoint in Brazil.

USA's Swimming Team Robbed At Gunpoint In Brazil

USA’s Swimming Team Robbed At Gunpoint In Brazil

The athletes, who belonged to the country’s swimming team, were Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen.

“Their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes’ money and other personal belongings,” a spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee said. “All four athletes are safe and cooperating with authorities.”

READ: Rio 2016: Rafael Nadal Knocked Out By Juan Martin Del Potro

“We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,” Lochte said. “They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground.

“And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, “Get down,” and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”

The IOC has however denied the incident, with spokesperson Mark Adams saying the reports were “absolutely not true”.

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Chelsea Defender Michael Hector Joins Eintracht Frankfurt On Loan 

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​CHELSEA defender Michael Hector has joined Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt on loan.

Michael Hector signed for the Blues from Reading last January but will now spend this season with the Bundesliga side.

Hector becomes the latest Chelsea player to be loaned out, with Antonio Conte keen for his fringe players to get as much first-team action as possible. 

Hector becomes the 21st Chelsea player sent on loan this season. 

Michael Hector began his career as a trainee at Reading and spent time on loan at Irish side Dundalk, Barnet, Shrewsbury, Aldershot, Cheltenham Town and Aberdeen before establishing himself in the Royals first-team.

He made 93 appearances for Reading including last-year’s loan spell but has never made a competitive senior appearance for Chelsea.

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Derby County And Hull City Make Bid For Tottenham Defender DeAndre Yedlin 

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​Tottenham right back DeAndre Yedlin is wanted by Derby County and Hull City.

Yedlin was on loan at Sunderland last season and Tottenham would be open to selling the 23-year-old.

Derby and Hull City  have both made offers in the region of £3.5million and Yedlin is keen to move away from Spurs 
He made 25 appearances for Sunderland last season and was also used a right-sided midfielder to maximise his pace.

Yedlin has 39 caps for USA, beginning his international career in a friendly with South Korea in February 2014.

Tottenham bought the American from Seattle Sounders in August 2014 but he stayed in MLS for a further season

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Chris Brown Wins Custody Battle Against Nia Guzman

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Chris Brown Wins Custody Battle Against Nia Guzman – A judge has denied Chris Brown’s baby mama Nia Guzman’s attempts to reduce the singer’s custody of their daughter, Royalty.

Guzman’s requests included that she be handed full custody of Royalty, with the Zero singer only getting monitored custody. She also wanted Brown to submit to regular drug tests, and that his mother be banned from seeing their daughter. All these were however rejected by the judge.

READ: Chris Brown Goes Fiery On Taylor Swift, Kim K And Kanye West, “Who Gives A F**K?”

According to TMZ, Brown will continue to share custody with Guzman, getting 12 days of visitation monthly. The judge also ruled that following Guzman’s loss, Brown would no longer have to pay her $20,000 legal fees any more.

Guzman has repeatedly tried to take Royalty away from Brown, previously blaming his smoking habits for her asthma and claiming he had gang affiliations and used drugs, all which endangered the baby.


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Lokomotiv Moscow Refuses To Sell Vedran Corluka To Fiorentina 

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​Lokomotiv Moscow have ruled out selling Croatia international Vedran Corluka following reports linking him with a switch to Fiorentina.

Corluka produced some good displays for Croatia at Euro 2016 in France and was tipped to join the Serie A club on loan with an option to buy.

However, Lokomotiv director of sport Anatoly Meshcheryakov has refuted those reports in no uncertain terms, insisting the former Tottenham defender will not be sold and still has two years left on his current contract.

“The club will not sell Corluka,” he told Match TV. “He has two years left on his contract, not one and not six months.

“We are not considering the possibility of selling him, as that is not in our intention and he will not be leaving Moscow.”

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Lautaro Martinez Claims He Has An Offer From Real Madrid 

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​Lautaro Martinez of Racing Club claims Real Madrid and Valencia are interested in signing him, but he does not want to leave Argentina for Europe just yet.

Martinez, 18, claims that his €8 million release clause was too expensive for Madrid, who had hoped to take him on loan for the season first.

He was in L’Alcudia in Spain this month playing for Argentina in a youth tournament, where his performances reportedly attracted the attention of Los Blancos and La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid and Valencia.

Earlier this month, Racing president Victor Blanco said they would not be against loaning the player, but the deal must include “an option to buy for a high price.”

“It is true that I received a rough draft of an offer from Real Madrid to play a year on loan, with an option to buy,” Martinez told Marca. “But my buy-out clause was a bit high at €8 million. If they really want me, they’ll have to pay that amount as Racing won’t accept anything less.

“I’m constantly talking with the president of my club and I know that my coach is counting on me for the season.

“At this moment, I’d like to learn more here before making the move to Europe. I got to Racing in 2014 and I’m still getting used to playing in the first division. For now, Racing remain the priority.

“I know nothing from Atletico but Valencia, after signing Rodrigo de Paul in the past, have been trying to buy three Racing youngsters: Fernando Valenzuela, Braian Mansilla, and myself.”

Culled From ESPN Via Marca 

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AC Milan And Valencia In Transfer Battle To Sign Eliaquim Mangala 

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​AC MILAN have made a move for Man City’s Eliaquim Mangala. And that put them into competition with Valencia, who want defender Mangala to replace Arsenal-bound Shkodran Mustafi , 24.

That £30million deal will lead to the Spanish club bidding for French defender Mangala, 25. 

Valencia value Eliaquim Mangala at £18m and the centreback has been omitted from Manchester City’s Champions League squad.

That has alerted AC Milan, who have been in touch with Mangala’s agent Jorge Mendes. The Italian club are offering a 12-month loan with a view to an £18m deal summer.

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Villarreal Announce Loan Signing Of Atletico Madrid Striker Rafael Santos Borre 

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​Villarreal have announced they have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid over the loan of striker Rafael Santos Borre.

The 20-year-old Colombian will spend the season on loan to Villarreal, who need a new forward with Roberto Soldado ruled out for up to six months after injuring his cruciate ligament during a pre-season friendly. 

Borroe joined Atletico Madrid from Deportivo Cali last year, although he was loaned back to his former club until earlier this summer.

Atletico Madrid reportedly began receiving loan inquiries, and in the middle of Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Nigerian All-Stars in the Trofeo Carranza, Villarreal announced it was to take the player on loan.

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AC Milan Eye Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic 

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​AC Milan will move for Real Madrid’s  Mateo Kovacic if they fail to land Uruguayan youngster Rodrigo Bentancur, reports SportMediaset. 

AC Milan are looking to boost their midfield options and have set their sights on Boca Juniors’ Bentancur. They have offered a fee of €15m for the 19-year-old and have set a 48-hour deadline to see whether the deal will go ahead or not.

The Rossoneri are not the only Serie A side keen on Bentancur – Juventus want him too – and Sport Mediaset reports that they have lined up Croatia international Kovacic as an alternative transfer target.

AC Milan would look to sign Kovacic, who joined Real Madrid from Inter last year, on loan.

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Christian Eriksen Dismisses Reports That He Demanded £150,000 Wages From Tottenham 

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​Christian Eriksen has appeared to dismiss reports he has demanded £150,000 a week during ongoing talks over a new contract.

A report in the Telegraph last week claimed the Denmark international had asked for the sum via his agent, Martin Schoots, who also rubbished the claims in an interview with the London Evening Standard.

According to Sky sources  Christian Eriksen is one of three Spurs players who have two years left on their current deals that the clubs are currently discussing new contracts for, including goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and defender Jan Vertonghen.

And Eriksen said on Twitter after his side drew at Everton in their opening Premier League game of the season: “Not the result we wanted! But still one point and great support from the fans.

“And don’t believe everyting u (sic) read on the internet

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Bournemouth 1 – 3 Manchester United: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Scores In EPL Debut

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Bournemouth 1 – 3 Manchester United – Manchester United began their 2016/17 Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win away at Bournemouth.

Juan Mata had been gifted a goal by the Bournemouth defense at the end of the 1st half, and goals by Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the second half gave United a 3-goal lead. Adam Smith had pulled one back for Bournemouth, but it was not enough to stop United from shooting to the top of the table.

“It was a difficult game,” Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports. “We weren’t 100 per cent in the first half, we couldn’t play our game, but we had more space in the second half and could play our game. But it was important to start good.”

“It’s not easy,” Zlatan said after playing his first Premier League game. “A new environment, new stadiums, clubs, team-mates. I just play my game.”

READ: Stoke City Accept Bournemouth’s £2 Million Bid For Marc Wilson 

“I try to do my job and help my team-mates. The first objective is to win, and it’s also good if I score. But it’s the same importance whoever scores.”

“It’s always important to win your first game,” club captain Rooney added. “We looked dangerous on the counter-attack and created chances.

“We have made a real statement bringing in four great signings and the new manager. There is a lot of excitement from ourselves and the fans.

Rooney added that he didn’t feel threatened by any of the new signings saying: “I’ve not had to prove anything to anyone. I’ve been playing a long time. I believe I’m good enough to play.”

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Justin Beiber Threatens To Make His Instgram Account Private Over Hate Comments

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Justin Beiber proves he’s human like the rest of us who hate words have an effect on which might cause him to deny millions of people the fun of reaching him directly on Instagram.

Beiber who can boast of over seventy-seven million followers snapped after a series of hurtful words were said about his female companion who was in several snapshots he shared.

He captioned the last photo,”I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate this is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”

While some fans corrected him by saying those who loved Justin Beiber were called “Beliebers.”

Just as katrina.03 wrote, “Noo please dont! Its not fair! The haters are NOT gonna win!!! The beliebers love u!!❤️❤️, and tsoumikonstantina shared, “We’re not fans, we’re beliebers and we will always support you no matter what.”

There were those such as kyliesbaddie who penned, “Do it make it private bitch Your follower count will go from 77mil to 7”, obviously unperturbed by his threats.

Other comments include: 

  • yessixa.a – It’s funny how he’s willing to stand up for her but where was he when Selena is still getting hate and we beliebers are out here defending him and getting made fun of for supporting him I don’t even know who he is anymore where’s the old Justin where’s the Justin that cared for us beliebers and isn’t a complete dick to us.

Some people take things just way too far which is many times so unnecessary. People need to learn to think before they type whatever biased opinion they may have over a post or a caption.

At the end of the day, we are all humans.

Read: Rob Kardashian Deletes His Bride, Blac Chyna From Instagram, But Why?

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Mr & Mrs Hart! Kevin Hart Finally Weds “His Rib” Eniko Parrish

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Kevin Hart weds his girlfriend of five years and fiancee of two, Eniko Parrish, Saturday, August 14. 

The humble comedian intends to make her his “rib” forever.

“I honestly can say that I’m lucky enough to have an amazing woman.” Kevin gushed to US Weekly. “I’m looking forward to getting married. We got seven years under our belt, been engaged for two. It’s time.”

Officially Mr. and Mrs. Hart! The couple exchanged their forever vows before two-hundred family and friends in a beautiful wedding ceremony in Santa Barbara, California.

Kevin Hart wants more kids and intends to add to the brood he already has with his ex-wife.

The Central Intelligence star already shares his eleven-year old daughter Heaven, eight-year old Hendrix, with Torrei Hart.

He declared, “I really looked in the mirror the other day and I said, ‘I need to put more people on this earth that look like me. I’ll say two more. I’m not going past two.”

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Kevin Hart is the real definition of hustle smart, keep your game tight and aim to break the norm.

These three strategies got a little black boy with a mouth of jokes, big dreams and no dime to the number six spot of Forbes 2016 Global Celebrity Earners knocking off Lionel Messi and Adele.

Hart raked in $87.5 million from his tours after playing over a hundred shows in one year. Each show churning in almost a million dollars in sold-out tickets.

How did he get richer than Adele or Messi? Kevin Hart did what no other comedian alive had attempted, turning comedy shows to tours.

Each show outmassing the other as he filled audiences of over forty-thousand capacity.

He is the first comedian to ever earn more than Jerry Seinfeld.

Congrats Mr and Mrs Hart. We sure hope you have a beautiful married life. 

#Harts what's understood doesn't need to be said!!!! #LiveLoveLove

A photo posted by Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) on Aug 13, 2016 at 10:30pm PDT

Read: How Kevin Hart Redefined The Art Of Comedy And Earned More Than Lionel Messi And Adele

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Falz & Simi Thrill Fashion-Forward Nigerians As #MusicPlus24 Launches (Photos)

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MusicPlus24 is the perfect marriage of music and fashion courtesy of MTN’s dedicated music platform and trendy fashion brand – 24 Apparel.

Industry ‘sweethearts,Falz The Bahd Guy and Simi were the darling of the fashion-forward circle, who attended the launch of limited edition of trendy snapbacks introduced by Music+ last week Friday night.

The duo performed to the delight of the bubbling guests as Music+ stamped its foot on the Nigerian fashion scene in a first-of-its kind fusion of fashion and music event tagged #MusicPlus24.

The robust music platform also brought alive its unique party concept- the #NoiselessParty. The event trended on the social media space all night while it held.

The event was an affirmation of the power of two local brands uniting to redefine music and fashion for Nigerians. Music+ brought its uniqueness to bear by inspiring the trendy snapbacks which were designed by popular Nigerian fashion brand, 24 Apparel.

Guests spotted at the star-studded event include Paul Okoye, Oreka Godis, Linda Ejiofor, Tania Omotayo, Temitayo Eyitayo (24 Apparel), MTN Ambassadors –  Sound Sultan and Praiz, Tosin Alabi (Cosmopolitan Fashion), Timi Dakolo, popular OAP, Dotun (Cool FM) etc.

Music+ provides access to thousands of songs from favourite artistes on-the-go. You can also stream songs, download and create unique playlists on Music+.

Simply send ‘Music’ to 5900 to get started.

Meanwhile, here are scenes from the exciting MusicPlus24 event;


Linda Ejiofor

Oreka Godis

Timi Dakolo

Paolo Sisiano doing his dance routine during the event.

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Simi during her performance

Simi during her performance

Lynxxx being greeted by revellers

The MusicPlus24 cake

Model wearing 24apparel 

Model wearing 24apparel

Model wearing MusicPlus24apparel

Model wearing MusicPlus24

Model wearing MusicPlus24

Final walk of the models on the runway
Temitayo Eyitayo, CEO of 24 Apparel

Temitayo Eyitayo, CEO of 24 Apparel

Dotun of Cool FM wearing a 24 Apparel Jesus Piece snapback


Bugwu Aneto-Okeke and Illrhymz

Bugwu Aneto-Okeke and Ill Rhymz
Noble Igwe and Papa Omisore

Noble Igwe and Papa Omisore

Music+ provides access to thousands of songs from favourite artistes on-the-go. You can also stream songs, download and create unique playlists on Music+. Simply send ‘Music’ to 5900 to get started.

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Breaking: Boko Haram Releases Video Of Remaining Captured Chibok Girls

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Boko Haram demands the release of their captured fighters in return for the much prayed for release of the captured Chibok girls.

276 girls were taken from their school in the northern town of Chibok, Borno state in April 2014. Of that number 219 are believed to still be held by the terrorist.

In the video, a militant is seen having an interview with one of the girls, named Maida Yakubu who claims to be from Chibok.

The militant urged the girl to tell the Nigerian government to release imprisoned Boko Haram militants its captured.

Maida is heard saying in Kabaku language, “What I can say is that our parents should take heart. Talk to the government so that we can be allowed to go home.”

In their quest for Islamic rule, Boko Haram has led a blood-thirsty war in northern Nigeria killing thousands and causing the displacement of over one-point-two million people.

The group which has also pledged solidarity with ISIS said, “They should know that their children are still in our hands.”

In APRIL 14 this year, CNN published a video of some of the Chibok girls which had been sent to negotiators by their captors as a “proof of life”.

Shehu Sani a Nigerian senator and former government negotiator with Boko Haram said Government should use proof of life to ransom for the freedom of the girls.

Sani said, “Negotiation at this stage has been frozen, because of the military campaign emphasized by the government. And I believe there is a need to explore the option of negotiation to ensure that the girls are brought back home alive.”

“I believe Nigeria should take this opportunity. The last government fell into the hands of many scammers, but I believe with such a very credible video, there is hope that these girls are alive. And the sources that provided the video should be used to get the girls out.”

With this new video and the militants’ request, the world watches for what decision the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari will take.

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Read: Gov’t Should Use ‘Proof Of Life’ Video To Negotiate Chibok Girls Release –Senator Sani

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Valencia President : We Don’t Want To Sell Paco Alcacer To Barcelona 

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​Barcelona’s attempts to sign Paco Alcacer could be scuppered after Valencia president Layhoon Chan insisted that the Spain striker is not for sale.

Recent reports from Spain have claimed that Alcacer, 22, is set to move to the La Liga champions to boost their attacking options.

However Valencia, who have already sold midfielder Andre Gomes to the Catalans this summer, do not plan on parting ways with Alcacer.

Speaking at a supporters’ group association meeting yesterday, Chan said: “If there are any doubts, let me make it clear – Alcacer is a Valencia player and we don’t want to sell him.”

 “He’s part of a legacy at Valencia and that is something we’re clear about.”

Layhoon admitted only a few days ago that Los Che would evaluate all offers for the 22-year-old, as the financial situation of the club is complicated. In fact, Valencia’s owner, Peter Lim, personally led negotiations with Barça and must decide whether the transfer is concrete and convinced that 30 million euros is enough to let go of the Spaniard.

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Report: Yannick Bolasie Undergoing Everton Medical 

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According to Sky Sports, ​Yannick Bolasie is travelling to Everton on Sunday to undergo a medical ahead of £30m move from Crystal Palace.

Yannick Bolasie, 27, will become the Toffees’ record-signing should the deal go through, after the clubs agreed a fee surpassing the £28m Everton paid Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku in 2014.

Yannick Bolasie has been with Palace for four years since a move from Bristol City and was part of the squad promoted to the Premier League in 2013.

He has made 143 appearances for Palace during his four seasons, scoring 13 times. 

Everton started the season with a 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham, after which manager Ronald Koeman admitted he was hoping to bring in two or three new players as soon as possible.

Koeman said he wanted his attackers to be more “aggressive” and Bolasie fits the profile of a forward that works hard for the team off the ball.

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Report : Manchester City Agree Terms With Barcelona Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo 

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​Man City have agreed personal terms with Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, according to reports in Sport.

The Catalan sports daily says City head coach Pep Guardiola is understood to be on the lookout for a shot stopper who is more accustomed to his way of playing at the back than Joe Hart.

Pep Guardiola dropped  Joe Hart from his starting XI in Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.

The second choice Willy Caballero was preferred to the England goalkeeper as Guardiola feels Hart doesn’t fit in with the style he wants to implement at City.

Claudio Bravo has a €42m release clause stipulated in his contract, but City are confident of getting him around €20-25m.

The Chilean joined Barcelona in 2014 and has made 69 La Liga appearances for the Blaugrana.

A source close to Bravo said “the deal with City is almost done” but will Guardiola pay €20-25m for a 33-year-old player? He can hardly be a long-term solution for City.

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Tony Pulis : Saido Berahino Won’t Be Sold Until We Get A Replacement 

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​West Brom manager Tony Pulis says striker Saido Berahino will not be sold until the club have signed  a replacement striker.

Saido Berahino played alongside goalscorer Salomon Rondon in West Brom’s 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday and Pulis says the pair make an effective partnership.

Berahino has been subject to bids from Palace and Stoke City this summer but Pulis insists the 23-year-old will be staying with West Brom for now.

Tony Pulis said 

“The two of them will be a good partnership this year, if we can keep him,We can’t sell Saido unless we get someone in. So if we get someone in, fine. But if we can’t then we’d be committing suicide if we let Saido go.”

When he was quizzed about  how close West Brom are to signing a striker, Pulis said: “Not very close at the moment.”

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Pep Guardiola Reveals Joe Hart Still Has Future At Manchester City Despot Dropping Him For Opening Game 

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​Pep Guardiola says  his controversial  decision to leave out English international  Joe Hart for Manchester City’s clash with Sunderland could prove a one-off, and gave no indication that the goalkeeper could be sold.

Pep Guardiola sprang a surprise in his first match in charge by dropping the England goalkeeper in favour of Willy Caballero  but Guardiola says his thinking could change for Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier at Steaua Bucharest.

Pep Guardiola said 

“Of course he can play. All the players in the squad can play.

“I have a lot of respect for Joe, a lot of respect for his career. I know how good a goalkeeper he is, but today I decided for Willy. That is all.

“I think Willy had a good pre-season – really, really good. He gave me today a lot of confidence for his build-up play, for his personality and that’s why I choose him.

“In the end, I have a squad and I decide what I see. I have to create a team spirit. It’s not about tactics, it’s not about anything, and I decided today for this line-up.

“That does not mean in the future they are not going to play or they are going to play.”

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VIDEO: Sound Sultan ft. Phyno & Flavour – African Lady

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Just hours after the premiere of Sound Sultan’s new single African Lady featuring the hottest rapper from the Eastern part of Nigeria, Phyno and its highlife prince, Flavour – the Naija Ninjas boss artist – Sound Sultan unleashes the equally beautiful video to compliment the song.

In the video, the beauty of the African woman is showcased and highly praised, as it should be.

African Lady by Sound Sultan is a combination of the two major languages from the Western and Eastern regions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The video is a throwback to how we watched TV in the 80s which is represented in the fashion as well – bomber jackets, sleeveless leather jackets and more.

With a backdrop of how stories were told back in the days – The African Lady Show. Phyno comes through with his energetic rap lines in igbo of course and Flavour does his thing on the hook. Three great performers, One amazing song.

With cameos from the song’s producer, TY Mix, AY the Comedian and other artists as well a representation of Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, South African and Efik ladies – funny video.

The energetic video is directed by Adasa Cookey for Squareball Media.

This is definitely a classic showcasing the storyteller and true artist, Sound Sultan.


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Fani-Kayode And His Apocalyptic Pessimism

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Fani-Kayode And His Apocalyptic Pessimism – Akingbade Thomas
I have followed the opinion articles of Femi Fani-Kayode since he started publishing in different news media. At first, his opinions seem to me to be inspired by patriotism. After some time, he gradually descends into ethnical and partisanship inspired writings. His recent writings have now been conceived in the womb of Judeo-Christian theology.

Akingbade Thomas wrote this article. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

In his opinion, the root cause of virtually all the challenges confronting national and international community is nothing but the religious conflict amongst the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), and that the solution to these challenges is the ultimate triumph of the Judeo-Christian over Islam. This easy solution is not original to Fani-Kayode, he has probably just found likeness for this illusionary, apocalyptic and pessimistic solution which is original to the Judeo-Christian theology, which originally evolved from cultural fabric of the Haranites and indigenous Canaanites, the ethnic groups from where the Israelites got their origin genealogically.

I particularly found it amusing that a man who claimed to be soundly educated will now begin to derive inspiration from religious beliefs (as organized into Judeo-Christian theology) that fundamentally, essentially and largely derived it source from superstitions, myths, historical distortions and irrational fears.

Below are excerpts from his article titled: “What Donald Trump will not do,” published by The Eagle Online on August 2: “During the coming election debates, he should do the Nigerian people a favour and ask Hillary Clinton one question. That question is: Why did she and President Barack Obama refuse to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organisation until late 2014? This was after they had slaughtered over 100,000 innocent Nigerians in a space of four years. If the victims had been

Americans, would they have taken so long to designate them as terrorists? Is Nigerian blood not red and do Nigerian lives not matter?

“Donald Trump would never have made such a mistake or tolerated such evil. If he had been the POTUS for the last seven years and not Barack Obama, Boko Haram would have been designated a terrorist organisation five years ago. Unlike Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, when it comes to foreign policy, Donald Trump is incapable of tolerating and accepting evil from those who espouse terrorism and the cold-blooded murder of women and children as a way of life.

“That is the difference between him and them. He knows what to do to the Islamist terrorists and he will support any foreign government that will take a hardline against those that slaughter innocents in the name of their god. He will crush those that wish to establish a new world caliphate in which non-Muslims and moderate Muslims are slaughtered or turned into slaves. Unlike Barack Obama, he will not pamper the terrorists, encourage them in some parts and treat them with kid gloves. Instead he will wage a hard, full-scale, relentless and comprehensive war against them.

“He will, like Russia’s Vladimir Putin, see it as a battle of the forces of light against the citadels of darkness. He will view it as an end-time war between the sons and daughters of God and the emissaries and agents of Satan. He will decimate the ranks of the Philistines, the Amalekites, the Midianites and all the other vultures, vampires and blood-thirsty barbarians in our midst. He will not support a Nigerian government that has a clear-cut religious and ethnic agenda, that seeks to shame and dehumanise Christians and that is attempting to restrict the spreading of the gospel of Christ.”

The question Femi wished to ask Hillary Clinton is belated and a misdirected one. On September 11, 2001, the day terrorist group touched American soil, George Bush, the then president, in his broadcast, said: “We will either bring the terrorists to justice or take justice to the terrorists.” The fulfillment of this promise was immediate and completed when Osama Bin Laden was killed. George Bush didn’t wait for categorization before he acted as president should.

My question to Femi is: why didn’t the president and Commander in Chief of Nigeria act decisively in 2010? What justification does Femi have for the Father Christmas acts of the Office of National Security Adviser, from where monies meant for the prosecution of the war against Boko Haram were shared to persons (among whom Femi is alleged to be prominent), who used it to prosecute personal vanities? I am not surprised, therefore, that he’s not still seeing the former president as the person largely responsible for all the atrocities committed by Boko Haram as itemized by Femi earlier. The president had the gun and the dry gun powder (apology to Governor Ayodele Fayose), he just didn’t release fire on Boko Haram  for reasons that ranged from ineptitude to wicked political considerations.

The sharing of the arms procurement money was taken to a ridiculous level, when, according to the revelation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, among those alleged to have been beneficiaries of this heinous act, are prayer merchants who were given millions of naira for the purpose of what the friends of Femi called ‘special’ prayer, which they went to offer at some places in Asia and Europe. Since Femi now claims to be an end time revivalist, may I ask him the rationale behind the dubious rigmarole to Asia and Europe to go offer ‘special’ prayer for Nigeria, to a God that the bible and Quran says is omniscient, omnipotent and above all omnipresent.

If Nigeria was so corrupt and dark then, to warrant God taking sabbatical in Asia and Europe, thereby making it impossible for him to hear and answer the prayers of these merchants, the likes of Femi forced God on the exodus. I wonder the kind of god Femi is claiming to know and serve. Could this god be author of schemes, tricks and bold face with which persons who were co-power brokers with Femi in the last government raped, plundered, squandered the commonwealth of this nation? If he is, then this type of god that Femi is high on, is nothing other than primitive, corrupt and vain. These are the very attributes of the persons who had in past years conspired to retrogressively develop Nigeria.

The allegation of ethnic and religious agenda against this present government by Femi is stale and of no useful effect on the mind of Nigerians who know the shallow places Femi is speaking from. How come Femi has forgotten in a hurry how some religious groups and centers went almost berserk while they were promoting malicious ethnic and religious sentiments against President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 electioneering campaign. If this sinister propaganda couldn’t stop Buhari from winning the election, how can this ridiculous gist of Femi now be of any effect? Femi appears to be living in Nigeria of five years ago. If not, he would have sought other critical and logical basis to engage this government, other than this lifeless sentiment.

The business of managing and addressing the present challenges that confront the national and internal communities is a serious one and requires hard thinking, hard action, urgency and eternal vigilance. The answers to the challenges created by the inevitable conflicts of interests, culture and ideology of societies around the world can’t possibly be found in the easy but fatalistic theology of adherents of organized religious movements.

If in the thinking of Femi is the idea that the myriads of challenges that confront the world today can easily be resolved if we all just pessimistically succumb to the predetermined outcome concocted in the body of the teaching of eschatology, there is no need therefore for him to pretend to be writing about a better Nigeria when his bible has prophetically predetermined that one of the Abrahamic religions will ultimately prevail on the other in Armageddon.

He should just patiently wait for the appointed time of fulfillment.

Akingbade Thomas wrote this article. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

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AFRIMA 2016: AU To Announce Host City On Monday

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The African Union Commission (AUCS) in partnership with the International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) will be expected to announce the city to officially host AFRIMA 2016 edition on Monday, August 15, 2016.

A statement issued as regards to the announcement by a representative of AFRIMA, Nneka Uche, in Abuja, also disclosed that the venue will be at Protea Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.

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The 2016 edition of AFRIMA is scheduled to hold on 4-6 November.

In January 2016, the African Union identified and nominated four cities in the host country, Nigeria that include Cross Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and Lagos to present itself for the hosting of the continental music awards, which is having its third edition in Nigeria.

The statement made it clear that the interest of the African Union in these cities was because of the vision of their state governments in promoting tourism, preserving Africa’s rich culture and inspiring the youths.

Other key factors considered are security, infrastructure and availability of appropriate venues among others.

According to Dr Mustapha Kaloko, the African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs, the main purpose of host city partnership was to shore up Africa’s image of a great continent sprawling with unequalled tourist attractions.

His words: “This, invariably, will assist in showcasing the economic potential of cities in Africa.

“It is to promote Africa’s strengths to the global audience which, in turn, adds to the GDP of the state and the continent at large.’’

The associate producer of the AFRIMA, Ms Adenrele Niyi, said that transparency and fairness, as depicted in AFRIMA’s ethos, would be highly employed in the choice of state that emerges as host.

“AFRIMA is an international platform which seeks to celebrate the African cultural heritage and values using this channel to reward established talents as well as emerging music talents of African origin.

“Also, AFRIMA creates sustainable growth of the African music industry as a contributor to national and continental economies.

“Among AFRIMA’s core values are fairness, integrity and transparency.

“The AU and the International Committee of AFRIMA will stand by these values in the choice of the host city for the 2016 edition,’’ Niyi said.

The AUC and AFRIMA partnership was established as a continental music and cultural initiative to celebrate, reward and showcase the rich musical heritage of Africa.

The continental award tagged AFRIMA 3.0, will hold its grand finale from Nov. 4 to Nov 6 in the city that emerges as the host.

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Allegri Backs Pjanic To Become One Of World’s Best

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Allegri believes Juventus man, Miralem Pjanic has what it takes to become one of the best deep-lying midfielders in the world.

The former Roma player joined Juventus for €38 million, after five years with the capital club, where he was mainly deployed as an attacking midfielder.

However, since joining Juve, the talented midfielder has been used in a deeper role by Allegri, who continues to look for an heir to Andrea Pirlo following his departure in 2015.

And Allegri believes that Pjanic will eventually become a world star in that position.

“He [Pjanic] seems like Hernanes, who last year had never played in front of the defence and now looks like a totally different player,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“I think Pjanic will become one of the best in the world in that position.”

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18 Dead As Torrential Flood Destroys Property Worth N700m In Kano

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At least 18 persons have been killed in the past two weeks with property worth over N700 million destroyed by flood in Kano state, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said on Saturday.

A statement issued by the North-West Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Alhaji Musa Ilallah in Kano, revealed that the torrential flood ravaged about 22 local government areas of the state.

While collaborating with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), in the assessment of the damages in the areas, NEMA said properties, including houses and farmlands were lost to the floods.

The statement read: “The worst affected local government areas are Shanono, Bagwai, Kiru with 749 victims and N347million worth of properties damaged.

“The other areas affected are Rano, Kibiya, Bunkure, Gabasawa, Dawakin Tofa, Kano Municipal, Danbatta and Takai.

“Others are Dawakin Kudu, Karaye, Rogo, Kura, Wudil, Bichi, Sumaila, Garun Mallam, Ungoggo, Bebeji and Warawa.”

“NEMA commiserates with the government and people of Kano state over the loss of lives and also sympathises with victims who lost their properties in the flood.

“NEMA assures that it will continue to partner the Kano State Government to alleviate the sufferings of victims of all disasters in the state.”

NEMA advised the communities along the river Niger to evacuate immediately to safer ground over the likelihood of floods that may occur at any moment.

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