Golovkin Wants Billy Saunders After Kell Brook

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Gennady Golovkin will be happy to go back to England and face Saunders, should be beat Kell Brook on September 10.

The unbeaten Kazakh will face Kell Brook at the O2 Arena in London, with his three world middleweight titles on the line.

Saunders has not gotten in the ring since winning his WBO title from Andy Lee. After which he reportedly turned down a chance to fight Golovkin.

But Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, says making a fight with Saunders will be one of the top priorities, so long as the California-based Kazakhstan boxer defends his WBA, WBC and IBF titles against Brook, who is stepping up two weight classes for his shot.

“From our perspective we hope the fight with Saunders can happen because Gennady’s goal is to unify all the belts in the middleweight division,” Loeffler told ESPN.

“We still hold out hopes that the fight with Billy Joe Saunders, or whoever is WBO champion, could be made later this year or early next year.

“Canelo [Alvarez] was the first priority and we were working on it since Canelo won the WBC title. It was one thing for Canelo talking about fighting Gennady, but he has decided to move back down a division and he has got a lot of criticism for doing that.

“But I believe that fight will happen in 2017 and it will be the biggest fight in boxing.”

Golovkin’s manager, Max Hermann, says a fight against Saunders would happen in the UK.

“We tried to do Billy Joe Saunders fight, but it didn’t work out, but we’re still interested because he has the last world title belt,” Hermann told ESPN. “If we can make the fight in the future, we would because Gennady’s aim has always been to unify the division, win all the belts. From our point of view we made a very good offer but he rejected it. In the future, maybe at the end of the year or next year, it could happen.

“Of course, he could go to the UK for this fight. Last time we had negotiations with Frank Warren it was clear that the fight would happen in the UK. From our point of view, we didn’t try to make the fight in the US. We said we would come to the UK, no problem.”

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Dellavedova Targeting Playoffs For Bucks

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NBA star Matthew Dellavedova is hoping to fit into a more leadership role at Milwaukee Bucks and lead them to the playoffs.

The Australian basketball star helped the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA title, and was later traded to the Bucks.

“Leaving Cleveland was tough because I had a great three years there and they gave me my first opportunity,” Dellavedova told ESPN.

“Winning the title is going to give you a bond with those guys for life, and the way the city embraced me made leaving even harder.

“But I’m excited about the opportunity in Milwaukee, especially to step into a bit more of a leadership role. Obviously at Cleveland we had Kyrie [Irving] being the point guard which puts a ceiling on what you can achieve.”

A significant motivator behind Dellavedova signing with the Bucks was the opportunity to work closely with head coach Jason Kidd, someone the Australian has long admired.

“To be able to learn from one of the greatest point guards of all time in Jason Kidd is going to be cool, and something I’m really excited about. “I cannot wait.”

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The Igbos: Why Are They Still Biafrans?

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The Igbos: Why Are They Still Biafrans?, By Adagbo Onoja

In his latest book, We Are All Biafrans, Chido Onumah offers a very powerful discourse of Nigeria by imposing on the observable claims of marginalisation by every other group against the Nigerian State the metaphor of Biafranism. Every other group is selling that narrative about its own place in the Nigerian set up. In other words, they are doing what the Igbos took to a very high level in the late 1960s by declaring sovereignty, a move to which the Nigerian State responded by declaring a police action.

This piece was written by Adagbo Onoja. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

The rest is now history. ‘Biafran’ in that title is thus a loaded metaphor in the hands of the author, an unrepentant advocate of the renegotiation of Nigeria but not the secessionist which some readers imagine him to be, either because of the coincidence of his book with the renewed agitation for Biafra or from what the title of his book, particularly the word ‘Biafra’, has come to denote in popular consciousness in Nigeria.

Of course, the agitation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) makes it the second time the Igbo cultural identity would be associated with contesting the Nigerian State, although some people argue that this time around, it is the Biafranism of the ‘Generation Text’. Members of ‘Generation Text’ have no idea of the horrors of the 1960s.

Whether the ‘Generation Text’ explanation of this phase of Igbo irredentism is true or not, it still makes the Igbos the most Biafranist group in Nigeria. That should throw up the ‘why’ question. What might be there in the Igbo gene to account for the dialectics of Igboness in Nigeria: the unchallenged warriors of the Nigerian space in territorial terms but the quickest to get sucked into homeland insularity at the slightest provocation? How could so educated, so successful in business and so globally mobile and established an ethnic group misread the Nigerian text every now and then?

It is a question that would always be open to debate. Three major explanations remain most often the case. Taken in no particular order, there is the argument that Igbos are reacting to what they perceive as punishment for challenging the Nigerian State. There could be a different list now but around the late 1990s, those who were very educated in this would articulate the case of systematic marginalisation by saying, for example, that the Igbos are the exception in terms of a city which when shut down amounts to shutting down Nigeria. That is, they have no Lagos, Kano or Port-Harcourt which corresponds to the South-West/Yoruba, North/Hausa-Fulani and South-South.

Those who argue this agree that Onitsha is an emporium but would say that Onitsha does not have the strategic value of Kaduna or Oshogbo. There is no export free zone, airport, power plant, refinery or educational institution of stature in the East, it is pointed out. And they say that it was the anger over this that certain institutions such as the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Enugu and even Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, were built. With respect to the citing of industries, there is a strong feeling that the now moribund Aluminum Smelter Company at Ikot Abasi was originally earmarked for somewhere in the East. And that it is the powers that be that removed it. And then the biggest of the sense of marginalisation: Igbos having five states. As far as this is concerned in the popular Igbo consciousness, population and landmass can go to hell.

As with perceptions, these claims do not have to be empirically verifiable to get an Igboman worked up and ready to swear marginalisation. In social life, what is perceived is what moves men to action. As such, very few are interested in linking claims of marginalisation to its plausible contexts. Of course, the war is an explanation. The historical tendency to ‘punish’ those who took up arms against the state cannot be dismissed but so also can it not be dismissed that the same Nigeria made room for an Igboman to become the Vice-President under a gentle president and a very organised party in terms of the sharing of projects.

Recall that when the Yorubas complained in 1981 that nothing was going to them, Chief Adisa Akinloye, Richard Akinjide and other members of the regional caucus put them to task by calling a news conference and disclosing all the projects and appointments that had accrued to that region. So, what might have happened to the Igbos under NPN?

The second thesis says that the Igbos are stuck with a collective self-understanding whose non-realisation makes them angry with Nigeria. No one is sure what that could be. Contributors point to the discourse of the Igbos as the Jews of Africa. The notion of ‘Zik of Africa’ is supposed to capture this dream of Igbos being the most industrious of the lot and, by implication, those who would be the most prosperous as a collectivity.

Theories are never correct or incorrect as such because theories could pull surprises in time and space. As such, we might still have to wait for a more serious study of this thesis as to whether to dismiss it or not. But one question that it would attract is how one ethnic group in any country in Africa could, in and of itself, break out of the iron curtain of under-development enveloping the entire continent, a continent which is basically still the playground of the powerful?

Lastly, there is the argument that explains why Igbos are still Biafrans in the Igbos never having run an empire. In an empire, you are either the conquered or the conqueror. Whichever one it is requires knowledge of the management of power. That is, knowledge of how to ensure that the conquered remains in acceptance of their reality or, if you are the conquered, then the knowledge of how to organise resistance, negotiate accommodation on some issues and fight your way on others. Products of empires are, therefore, assumed to be more adept in such attributes. In other words, it is not required that an ethnic group must have run an empire before the colonialists came around but empire teaches a lot about the complexity of power, its negotiation and its consolidation.

Empire is about what the wise Africanist professor of power would call the layers of the onion. The ‘layers of the onion’ analysis tasks the power operator to look into each layer of the larger entity in contestation. It could reveal what the grand concepts can never reveal. The argument here is the Igbos who have always lived as republicans lack the patience of their empire minded co-operators on the Nigerian scene – the Yorubas, the Binis, the Kanuris, the Hausa Fulanis, the Jukunawas and what have you. Unlike their Others, Igbos had never come under the authority of any other groups until the colonial encounter.

In Achebe’s Umofia, every man was a sovereign. He needed the solidarity of the community, age grades and circle of friends but he was a self-referential player in each of those networks, not a non-person in their dynamics. In other words, the past might be weighing heavily on the present for the Igbos in Nigerian politics.

The point has been made about how theories are neither correct nor wrong as such because the theory that is discredited by the evidence of today could provide the most powerful explanation by the evidence of tomorrow. There is, therefore, nothing to quarrel about in respect of each of these three theories regarding current Igbo return to Biafranism. The claim of neglect might be easier for people to grasp, although that could equally be the weakest explanation.

The real question would seem to be how it happened that no force, no tendency and no stream of consciousness in Igboland could enforce a binding narrative of the perceived situation of the Igbos and impose such on national politics? The Igbos are not too weak in the politics of discourse and by which it could have made its narrative to be heard globally. Why an IPOB strategy and the associated risk of deepening the perception that Igbos cannot be cured of the Biafran virus?

Perhaps, there is a generational challenge here. It is possible that the time has come for the Chido Onumahs to take up these issues at the level of the language game. This is not to overthrow the old guard but to enrich the struggle they have waged so far. It is a challenge that arises not for just our intellectual workers and activists of Igbo origin but everyone within the Onumah generational bracket because Nigeria itself is in a dangerous vacuum in terms of a discourse of the country that can move the average Nigerian.

Imagine an Arab Spring type revolt in Nigeria today. It would be nothing but pure anarchy because there is no referential narrative that would guide it and it could degenerate quickly into aimless bloodshed rather than a purposive exercise towards the realisation of the slogan, ‘Another Nigeria is Possible’.

Adagbo Onoja, a journalist, writes from Abuja. He can be reached through adagboonoja@gmail.com

This piece was written by Adagbo Onoja. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Arsenal Complete Mustafi Signi

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Arsenal have announced thd signing of Valencia center back Shkrodan Mustafi for an undisclosed fee.

The move was completed after Arsene Wenger announced that a deal had been agreed to sign the 24-year-old.

The Frenchman had been under pressure to sign. And can now rely on Mustafi to help the injured Mertesacker and Paulista.

“He is at the right age. He has good experience,” the Frenchamn told the club’s official website. “He is a very focused player who can play with the ball as well.

“We have taken a great player but have prepared well for the future.”

It is a return to the Premier League for former Everton player Mustafi, who has become the third major signing of the summer for Arsenal following Granit Xhaka and Lucas Perez’s moves to the Emirates Stadium.

Perez had been announced by the club earlier on Tuesday, as the title challengers race to make up for a slow start to the transfer window.

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Sergio Aguero To Miss Manchester Derby

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The FA has charged Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero for elbowing West Ham’s Winston Reid.

The charge means that Aguero will miss City’s local derby with Manchester United on the 10th of September. The panel had deemed the elbow as a deliberate attempt to hurt Reid, though referee Andre Marriner had claimed to not see the incident.

A statement released by the FA read: “Sergio Aguero has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

“The Manchester City forward was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Winston Reid in the 76th minute of the game on Sunday [28 August 2016].

READ: Aguero Withdraws From Argentina Squad Due To Calf Injury

“He has until 6pm on Wednesday 31 August to reply.

“Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite match officials.

“Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.

“For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.”

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VIDEOS: Chris Brown Involved In Stand-Off With Los Angeles Police

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Every day brings a new Chris Brown drama, and today the superstar singer is battling it out with police.

The Forever singer is accused of threatening a woman with a gun, and the police in Los Angeles, California are camped outside his home in Tarzana, in an attempt to search the home for the gun.

Brown, on his own part, has had it with the allegations, and refused to open up his home to the police. The singer offered to allow the police search his apartment only when they had gotten a search warrant.

As the police waited outside, Brown took to Instagram to narrate the incident. He said he was tired of people constantly being out to get it. He accused the police of not responding to his own calls on time, only to wake him up because of a false allegation.

Wearing a Balmain head warmer, Chris Brown described the police as “idiots” and “the worst gang ever.” TMZ further reports that Brown has thrown a bag containing guns at the police. Watch the videos below!

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Inter Complete Gabriel Jesus Signing

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Inter Milan have completed the signing of Brazil and Santos striker, Gabriel Jesus on a five-year deal.

The completion of the deal brings an end to a long running transfer saga, with Gabigol featuring immediately for De Boer.

Despite taking his Inter medical last week, Gabigol had flown back to his native Brazil amidst reports his club would not let him move to San Siro until January 2017, after the Brazilian season had finished.

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PHOTOS: Hip-Hop’s Power Couples Celebrate At MTV VMAs After Party

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An MTV VMA after-party had the power couples of the night come together to celebrate two of their own.

The celebrants were Beyonce with her phenomenal fifteen-minutes performance and Best Video win; and Kanye West for his elaborate speech. 

Those in attendance included Swiss Beatz, Alicia Keys, Cassie, Puff Daddy, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Beyonce and Jay Z.

According to Kendall Fisher for E!, the group conviviated at the upscale restaurant Pasquale Jones in New York City for some warm and well deserved dinner and stayed till late, Monday morning, August 29.

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Fisher reported that an observer of the merriment said, “Bey and Jay arrived shortly after midnight and stayed until 3:45 a.m., while Kimye showed up after them and left a little earlier, around 2:15 a.m. Diddy, Cassie, Alicia and Swizz arrived later on in the evening and left at about the same time as Beyoncé and Jay Z.”

“They were all talking about Kanye’s speech over dinner. They actually said that it was tame for Kanye,” the observer added. “Kanye was in a great mood and was really happy how [things] went.”

The MTV VMA ceremony was an amazing experience for those who attended or watched it through the convenience of their display screen.

From Drake professing his love for Rihanna on stage to Kanye West’s Speech, the VMAs made for great viewing.

Look how happy everyone looks.

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Why are the women standing though. We don’t want to sound sexist but thought it was usually the other way around?

Here are the power couples. 

Beyonce and Jay Z – We couldn’t fnd any photo of Jay on the red carpet as Beyonce strutted in with Blue Ivy. beyonce-jay-after-party-29aug16-02

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian – Kimye missed out on Beyonce’s performance as Kim had to wait backstage to introduce Britney Spears who was to perform after Bey and Kanye opted to wait with her.

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Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys – marriage name ‘Dean’ – one of our couple crush slayed the red carpet with love and of course, Keys rocked her face sans makeup. She’s keeping true to her word.

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Puff Daddy and Cassie – these two looked good together seems they have settled their spat and their relationship is on better grounds now. Cassie’s hair though. Combs made our MTV VMA Best Dressed List.

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Read: Kim Kardashian Unveils Kanye West’s Famous Art Exhibit

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Blue Ivy Makes Her Red Carpet Debut In A $11,000 Dress

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Beyonce strutted her daughter, Blue Ivy on her first red carpet at the 2016 AMA VMAs.

Blue, 4, walked on her first red carpet, Sunday, August 28 at the Madison Square Garden, New York.

Both mother and child wore looking regal rocking marching braids.

Donning a peach-nude Mischa Aoki fluffy princess dress tagged as “The Grand Royalle” dress, Blue slayed it by wearing a crown fit for a princess on her head.

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Blue strutted with poise while walking with her mum.

 

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Read: Beyonce Shines At MTV Video Music Awards 2016 [See All The Winners]

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Suicidal Man Jumps Into River After Chanting “Buhari”

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A suicidal man dived into a river after chanting the name of the Nigerian president, “Buhari” several times.

The man jumped into the body of water on the Mile Two bridge in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area on Monday, August 29 and was rescued by a passing speed boat.

Luckinson Akpos for Flattimes said the unidentified man who is in his 40s, “stood on the bridge for some minutes.. loudly expressed bitterness over his sufferings.”

The site added that the unnamed man felt “things had gone bad for him” and he felt helpless.

“He…. mentioned Buhari repeatedly, muttered some other words before he finally took the terrible decision,” Luckinson reported.

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Akpos added that an observer named Mr Andy Odiaka confirmed he witnessed the incident from the onset.

Odiaka said, “I was there on the bridge where the man was also standing. He was speaking to himself. He said he had no transport fare to move from one place to another.”

“He said his suffering was too much that he could hardly feed. I also heard him saying life was meaningless to him.”

“He mentioned Buhari many times, and the next thing I saw, the man jumped from the bridge into the water.”

“He is an Igbo man because he was speaking the language. I thought he was joking when he said he was tired of everything around him. If not for a speedboat that was passing, he would have died.”

“The boat stopped and the passengers dragged him to the riverbank and they continued their journey.”

“Thereafter, nobody was ready to assist him. People simply looked at him, expressed sympathy and continued their journey. I have to call an emergency number.”

The Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS, got to the scene of events and its officials were able to resuscitate him.

All the man had in his pockets was N90.

Read: Female Police Officer In Kenya Commits Suicide

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Police In Barricade As #BringBackOurGirls Activists March To Buhari With Sealed Lips [Photos]

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Once again, officers of the Nigerian Police Force have not only prevented the Bring Back Our Girls group from gaining access into Aso Rock to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, but may have ensured that their lips were sealed with tapes in what was described as a ‘‘silent march.’‘.

One of its conveners Obiageli Ezekwesili, as seen with lips sealed with tapes in what the group described as a silent march.

One of its conveners, Obiageli Ezekwesili, as seen with lips sealed with tapes in what the group described as a silent march.

The activists, who were advocating for the release of the Chibok schoolgirls – that were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists, 869 days ago – were seen today marching in silent as they aim to press their demands for the rescue of the missing girls.

We cannot categorically ascertain if the group decided to have their lips ‘voluntarily’ sealed or they were pressured to do so, but one thing we can tell is, as they approached the presidential palace, they were met by a police barricade.

READ ALSO: We’re Ready To Swap Boko Haram Detainees For Chibok Girls – Buhari

While reminding the government that today August 30, marked the 869th day the girls had been held in captivity, the police officers were spotted to have created a blockade in standoff.

READ ALSO: Hungry And Angry, IDPs Go On Rampage In Maiduguri

One of its conveners, Obiageli Ezekwesili, said: ‘‘It is criminal and totally unacceptable for our IDPs to have to protest because of poor feeding at the camps,’‘

Some of the inscriptions the protesters held read, ‘Mr President, no more delay,’ ‘Mr. President, Act Now, We Want Results’ and ‘Mr. President, Decide NOW!’

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Current Economic Recession In Nigeria, A Blessing In Disguise – Utomi

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Nigerian renowned management expert, Patrick Utomi, has described the current recession being faced in Nigeria as not a problem but a golden opportunity to finally get the country’s economy right.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Discovers ‘Huge’ Deposits Of Nickel In Kaduna

Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of Integrated Produce City (IPC), a private initiative championed by him and other investors at Ugbokun community in Ovia North East local government Area of Edo state, the Professor stressed that without appearing to scandalise anybody, he actually pray for oil prices to stay down and stay down for a long time for Nigerians to come of their senses to know that the country is really rich.

His words: “Let me shock you by saying that the recession we face in Nigeria is a golden opportunity. It is not a problem; it is an opportunity to finally get the Nigerian economy right.

“So without appearing to scandalise anybody, I actually pray for oil prices to stay down and stay down for a long time. Then, we will come to our senses and we will know that Nigeria really is a rich country.

“Right now, we are not behaving as we should be behaving. Competitively driven industrial policy ‎in select value chains will be helpful in confronting the misery index and bringing hope to millions.”

Speaking further at the event, he said the Integrated Produce is unique first, because it aims to confront the biggest monster facing agriculture in Nigeria, which is yielding losses – the poor returns that farmers get, as middle men scoop everything up, the profits that slip away in these kinds of disarticulated markets and the poor infrastructure challenge that face people in agriculture.

READ ALSO: Does The President Need Emergency Powers To Pull The Economy Out Of Recession?

He continued: “With a well organised trading platform, accessing commodity exchanges, efficiencies increase at a pace that increases global competitiveness on the produce in which our factor endowment are strong.”

On his part, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state, who performed the grand breaking ceremony, on behalf of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, described the Integrated Produce City as a shear commitment by the investors to combat poverty, noting that it is the first produce city in the heart of Benin kingdom.

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Crystal Palace Sign Loic Remy On Loan

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Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Chelsea striker, Loic Remy on loan for the season.

The 29-year-old has made only nine Premier League starts for Chelsea in his two years with Chelsea.

Loic Remy was on loan at Newcastle with Alan Pardew, scoring 14 goals in the 2013-14 season.

“It was very important to know Alan Pardew as he is a very good manager and I am happy to be here,” said Remy.

Pardew said: “Loic has been a target of mine throughout this transfer window and I’m delighted the deal has been done.

“I brought him to Newcastle so I know what he is capable of and I am convinced he will be a quality addition to our squad as we evolve.

“Loic has international and Champions League experience as well as being a Premier League title winner and is the latest example of the high calibre of players we have brought into the club during this transfer window.”

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Kante Is Like A Rat – Hazard

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Eden Hazard has compared Chelsea teammate N’golo Kante to a rat, as he praises his performance.

The France international helped Leicester win the EPL trophy last season, before joining Chelsea in the summer.

And Hazard has since lauded the midfielder’s impact at the club, although through a quite unusual comparison.

“He [Kante] gives us confidence,” Hazard told Chelsea TV.

“We want to try to dribble and to pass the opponent because we know even if we try but don’t pass the opponent and if we lose the ball then he is there behind us, he can take the ball.

“He is a fantastic player. He is a like a rat, he goes everywhere and he has a top mentality and is a top guy.

“It is always good to play with the top players.”

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Arsenal Announce Lucas Perez Signing

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Arsenal have announced the signing of Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez.

Wenger confirmed the signing of the forward and Mustafi on Saturday, with an official confirmation coming today.

There is no news on the fee that is agreed, but it is believed to be around £17 million. With the details about the length also undisclosed.

“He’s not only a goalscorer, he’s a guy who combines well with partners, who can give a final ball and makes good runs,” Wenger told Arsenals’ official website.

“He’s got a good eye for goal and had an outstanding season last year.”

Wenger had come under pressure for a perceived lack of activity in the transfer market, with Gunners fans getting restless having gone without a Premier League title since 2004.

Perez plied his trade for several clubs across Europe, including Rayo Vallecano, Karpaty Lviv and PAOK, before joining Deportivo, initially on loan, in 2014.

The 27-year-old, renowned for his pace and work rate, scored 17 goals in 36 league appearances for the club last season, while also providing 10 assists.

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Rooney To Quit England After World Cup

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Wayne Rooney has revealed he will be quitting the England squad after the World Cup in 2018 in Russia.

The England international will remain as captain under Sam Allardyce and lead the squad against Slovakia.

But he is insisting he will be retiring from international football after the World Cup.

“Obviously i’ve been selected and I made my mind up before the Euros whether we did well or not that I’d continue so over the last few weeks I’ve had nothing to think about in terms of England,” Rooney told a news conference on Tuesday.

“I’ve had a fantastic international career so far and played a lot of games and enjoyed every minute but at some point it’s going to come to an end.

“I’m not old, I’m 30, and come Russia that’ll be the time for me to say goodbye to international football.

“My mind is made up but it depends on Sam Allardyce, that’ll be my last tournament if selected. There have been highs and lows but I’m a proud man.

“It’s still two years away and I started playing professional football at 16 and international when I was 17 so it’ll have been 15 years, it’s a lot of years and I think that’ll be the right time to finish.”

Rooney is England’s record scorer with 53 goals and he will win his 116th cap his country if he plays on Sunday.

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Apple Ordered To Pay 13bn Euros In EU Tax Crackdown

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The European Union (EU) has on Tuesday directed Apple to pay a record sum of 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes in Ireland.

This is even as the union stated that deals allowing the US tech giant to pay almost no tax were illegal, in a crackdown on fiscal loopholes that also risks inflaming tensions with the U.S. Treasury.

READ ALSO: 5 Ways To Improve Your Health If You Sit For Long Hours

On Tuesday, the EU regulator revealed that the world’s richest company benefited from selective tax treatment that gave it an unfair advantage over other businesses, a statement that has angered Washington.

Ireland has been seeking to attract multinationals by offering extremely favourable tax conditions, known as sweetheart deals, but EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Apple’s broke EU laws on state aid.

“This decision sends a clear message. Member states cannot give unfair tax benefits to selected companies, no matter if European or foreign, large or small,” Vestager said, adding that “this is not a penalty, this is unpaid taxes to be paid.”

The tax repayment order – by far the largest in EU history – follows a 3-year inquiry into whether Dublin’s tax breaks for Silicon Valley titan Apple were against the law.

Reacting to the ruling, Apple and the Irish government disclosed that they would appeal against the European Commission verdict, while the US Treasury said it could undermine its economic partnership with the EU.

Apple said: “we will appeal and we are confident the decision will be overturned.”

“It will have a profound and harmful effect on investment and job creation in Europe.”

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Barcelona Sign Alcacer From Valencia

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Barcelona have completed the signing of Spain striker Paco Alcacer from Valencia on a five-year contract.

The 22-year-old underwent a medical at Barcelona, before he completed the switch, worth €30 million.

The La Liga champions’ sixth signing of the season, Alcacer concludes Barca’s long search for attacking reinforcements to support Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

“When I found out about the offer from FC Barcelona I asked the club to listen to it, as it was my decision to take a step forward in my career,” He told Valencia’s official website.

“I want to thank Valencia CF and the fans. Despite the fact that I am leaving Valencia CF, I will always be a Valencianista at heart.”

Alcacer scored 43 goals in 124 appearances for Valencia and has won 13 caps for his country.

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Lens Completes Move From Sunderland To Fenerbache

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Jermaine Lens has signed for Turkish club, Fenerbache from Sunderland on a season long loan.

The Netherlands international follows in the footsteps of Martin Skrtel, who swapped EPL for Fenerbache.

He is reunited with Dick Advocaat who brought him to Sunderland from Dynamo Kiev and now manages Fenerbache.

Lens hit out at Sunderland on Monday, insisting the Premier League side were trying to force him into a move.

“I just had a problem with the club,” Lens told Fox Sport. “Sunderland would just love to get rid of me.”

Fenerbahce have opened their season in poor form, losing their opening game to Istanbul Basaksehir and then drawing against Kayserispor.

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Schweinsteiger Has No Mourinho Problems

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Bastian Schweinsteiger is insisting he has no pproblems with Mourinho and will try to break into the first squad.

The germany midfielder joined from Bayern Munich in July 2015. And has now fallen out of favor with Mourinho.

The World Cup has been asked to train with the reserves. And this has brought criticism from Rummenigge.

However, the 32-year-old is adamant that there is no rift with the Portuguese and he remains determined to play a part at Old Trafford this season.

Speaking ahead of Germany’s friendly with Finland, which marks Schweinsteiger’s international farewell, he said: “My absolute dream would be to play for Manchester United and to help them with their goals.

“I have no personal problems with Jose Mourinho. I still believe in my own ability. I could still help United if given the chance.

“I have to wait and see now how it goes in September and October and how it develops. One thing is for sure, I’m not going to stop playing football.”

Schweinsteiger opened the door to a possible future move to MLS, where the likes of Andrea Pirlo, David Villa and Steven Gerrard ply their trade, but noted that is not an immediate option.

“The MLS transfer window is closed,” the 32-year-old said. “So it won’t happen this season. But of course, the US is an option.”

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8 Of Our Fave Teyana Taylor GIFs From The Video Of ‘Fade’

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Teyana Taylor served up what is one of the hottest dance performances of the year as she grooved her way through the video of Kanye West’s Fade.

Taylor, who is signed to Kanye’s G.O.O.D Music label, starts the video dressed in a grey sports bra and panties, before moving on to a steamy shower scene with fiance, NBA player Iman Shumpert.

The video generated a lot of buzz on social media, with users falling over themselves at Teyana’s racy dancing.

In all of the 3:45 minutes of the video, the Google Me singer serves up some serious dance moves. Check out our fave gifs below!

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From the King Kong chest flaunt to the pre-Shoki, yassssss!
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When something is pinching your body but you’re not sure where it is. (By the way, say aye if you’d love to be that bench.)
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Teyena moonwalking with them knees. MJ would be proud.
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Amen.
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According to the National Geographic Society, those vibrations measured a 10 on the Richter scale. Boom!
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African mothers gonna love this. When you daughter can dance and wash the floor at the same time.
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Igbo Traditional Dance, Teyana style!
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From Jay-Z to a drunk boxer in 0.03 seconds. Iconic.

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Deschamps: Martial Must Be Consistent

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Didier Deschamps has asked Anthony Martial to stay consistent, following his muted start in the new season.

The French forward was a delight under Louis van Gaal and scored 11 goals in his debut EPL season.

“Anthony started the season very early. He’s already played a lot in a system that is slightly different to ours,” Deschamps said of Martial, who only started one of France’s seven matches at Euro 2016.

“He needs to be more consistent, despite his qualities. He can make the difference in a game because he’s a fast and powerful player who can score and assist. At this age, even if he has already proved a lot, he has to go through that stage. He has to maintain a certain level of performance for some weeks, some months.

“He’s played a lot, he’s the one who played the most last season and that’s why he was a little unfit at the European Championship. He has a lot of qualities. I’ve already told him that so he is aware, but he must push himself a little harder sometimes.

“It’s his state of mind. He’s like that so he needs to battle a little with himself. He needs to get stronger in order to maintain his level on a long run.”

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“Verratti Not Happy At PSG”

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According to Italy coach Giampiero Ventura, Marco Verratti is unhappy at PSG, because he is being played out of position.

The new Italy coach is set to make his bow on Thursday and insists the midfielder is unhappy at his club.

“In Paris, Verratti is playing just behind the strikers, but it’s not the right position for him. He is a playmaker,” Ventura told reporters.

“Also Verratti is not happy in PSG because he is playing in the wrong position.

“It’s a shame because he is an amazing player.”

After starting the opening two matches of the Ligue 1 season on the bench, the Italy international was in the line-up for PSG’s surprise 3-1 loss at Monaco last week.

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Avengers Announces Cessation Of Hostilities Against Nigerian Gov’t

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The Niger Delta Avengers on Monday announced that it had ceased hostilities in the riverine region and was ready for negotiations with the Nigerian government.

The group, which has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta in the last few months, issued a statement, despite the Nigerian military reportedly launching an offensive in the region over the weekend.

READ ALSO: Buhari Threatens To Deliver Boko Haram Tactics On Militants

The group, which had previously rejected the government’s offers of negotiations, stated its readiness to dialogue on Saturday.

“We have listened carefully and halted hostilities in the Niger Delta,” said the statement, presented as an “open letter” to President Muhammadu Buhari on the group’s website.

“We expect a genuine and positive attitude to restructuring and self-determination for every component unit of Nigeria,” the group said. It added that “no amount of troop surge and simulation exercises will make you win the oil war”.

This is coming on a day the Nigerian military said it had launched a new offensive against militants in the Delta, killing five and arresting 23, to crack down on criminal activities.

During the weekend in Kenya, President Buhari had said that the federal government was open to discussions helping resolve the issue of militancy in the Niger Delta, which accounts for the majority of Nigeria’s oil production.

READ ALSO: We’re Ready To Swap Boko Haram Detainees For Chibok Girls – Buhari

Buhari, however, stated that he was doubtful that the militants had announced a ceasefire, according to his spokesman Garba Shehu.

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900 Persons Surrender Illegal Arms In Benue

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At least 900 persons have surrendered over 700 illegally acquired arms, ammunition and Improvised Explosive Device to the amnesty panel in Benue state, the state executive said on Monday.

Speaking at the Benue People’s House in Makurdi, Governor Samuel Ortom promised to ensure that his administration continues to make security its priority.

READ ALSO: 14 Dead As Herdsmen Raid Benue Community

This he said when he hosted the Assistant Commandant General of the Nigerian Security and Civil  Defence Corps in charge of Zone ‘H’, comprising Benue, Taraba, and Kogi states, Mr. Joseph Oragande.

He said, “The citizens who are mostly farmers and investors who are mostly foreigners need to be protected and I believe the overall boss of the NSCDC used wisdom to post Oragande to Benue at the time farmers and ranchers and other citizens are facing the problem of security.’’

Ortom also assured that he will liaise with the new assistant commandant general of the agency to tackle the security challenge.

READ ALSO: 81 Persons Killed By Herdsmen In Benue State

The Governor further lauded the NSCDC for its role in ensuring security saying that his administration is using the carrot and stick approach to tackle the menace.

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