Balotelli names first son Lion

MARIO BALOTELLI has fathered his first son and promptly named him LION.

The madcap former Manchester City and Liverpool striker has a four-year-old daughter, Pia, with ex Raffaella Fico.

Italy international Balo, 27, can now dream of his son following his career footsteps after his new partner gave birth on Thursday. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

Known only as Clelia, she is a Switzerland-based bank worker and part-time model. The footballer has kept his romance with the 26-year-old secret.

The first clue Balotelli was expecting to be a dad once more came when he posted a picture of a pregnant woman’s belly on social media earlier this month with the caption: “Loading.”

The player joined Nice last summer after Liverpool released him.
He has since scored 24 goals in 36 games for the French Ligue 1 club.

Luis Ortiz fails drugs test, says WBO

Luis Ortiz has failed a drugs test ahead of his heavyweight clash against Deontay Wilder, says World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman.

The Cuban, 38, was due to challenge WBC champion Deontay Wilder for his title in New York on 4 November. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

Sulamain said on Twitter the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association had confirmed Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance but gave no further details. Continue reading “Luis Ortiz fails drugs test, says WBO”

Stamford Bridge quakes for Chelsea vs City clash

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard could make his first league start of the season, while Pedro is likely to play after being rested in midweek.

David Luiz must complete a three-match domestic ban and Danny Drinkwater remains out because of a calf injury.

Manchester City seem certain to be without Sergio Aguero, who was injured in a car accident on Thursday.

Benjamin Mendy is sidelined with a ruptured cruciate ligament and Vincent Kompany is nursing a calf problem. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Jonathan Pearce: “The biggest game of the season so far, and what a juicy one.

“Chelsea’s win at Atletico was one of the best recent results by any English team in Europe.

“It’s 10 league wins in 12. Alvaro Morata has 10 goals in 10 matches for club and country. Hazard is nearing full sharpness. Continue reading “Stamford Bridge quakes for Chelsea vs City clash”

Tax Fraud: Jose to appear in court November 3

A Spanish judge has summoned Jose Mourinho to answer questions regarding accusations of tax fraud.

The Manchester United manager, who is from Portugal but previously coached in Spain, has been called to appear before a judge in a Madrid-based court on Nov. 3.

The 54-year-old Mourinho was accused by Spanish state prosecutors in June of defrauding Spain’s Tax Office of 3.3 million euros ($3.7 million) in unpaid taxes in 2011 and 2012. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

The money in question does not involve Mourinho’s salary from when he coached Real Madrid, but rather revenues from image rights.

Ostapenko crashes out of Wuhan Open

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty crushed French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-3, 6-0 on Friday, cruising into the final at the Wuhan Open.

Barty, who began 2017 ranked outside the top 300, will face Maria Sakkari or Caroline Garcia in her first Premier 5 tournament final.

The 20-year-old Ostapenko, ranked 10 in the world, saw off world No 1 Garbine Muguruza in the quarters but appeared to struggle with an injury to her right wrist against Barty. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

“I think Jelena was struggling a little bit tonight, I’m not sure exactly what it was,” said Barty, 21.

“It’s been an unbelievable week. I’ve played some really good tennis at a really consistent level throughout the match and haven’t had any real drops,” she added.

Barty, ranked 37th in the world, has already seen off former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova, Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded nine, and Johanna Konta, the fifth seed in a dream run in the humid Chinese city.

Benteke out for at least six weeks

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that he expects to be without striker Christian Benteke for at least six weeks due to the injury suffered against Manchester City.

The Belgium international hobbled off with a quarter of the match left to play at the Etihad Stadium, leaving the Eagles fearful of serious damage to his knee.

Hodgson has now confirmed that Benteke did indeed suffer ligament damage in the 5-0 defeat last Saturday, which will likely keep him out of action until the end of November. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

“He’s got ligament damage which will keep him out for a minimum of six weeks,” Hodgson told reporters. “We don’t think he’ll be able to train for six weeks.”

Palace, who will also be without Wilfried Zaha and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for this weekend’s trip to Manchester United, are reportedly looking at free agents Rickie Lambert and Carlton Cole to fill the void left by Benteke.

Pep: I need trophies to save my City job

Spanish manager, Pep Guardiola has admitted that his Manchester City tenure will ultimately be judged on how many trophies he wins during his time at the club.

The Catalan coach endured his first trophyless campaign in senior management during his maiden term at the Etihad Stadium last time out.

Much like in 2016-17, the Citizens have started the current season on fire by winning eight and drawing one of their first nine fixtures in all competitions. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

However, Guardiola concedes that he must get off the mark with his first piece of silverware in English football if he is to keep his job at City.

“I cannot deny it is to win titles. Everybody expects that,” he told BBC Sport. “We are going to be judged on how many titles we win. [Without that], we will be a failure. We know that.

“I do not know what is going to happen in the future. I am so happy to be here. But it will depend on the success we have. At big clubs like Manchester City, if you do not win you cannot stay.”

City currently lead the way in the Premier League table by virtue of a superior goal difference over neighbours Manchester United.

Ronaldo spins with his #1.1B Naira Bugatti Chiron

After a return to goal-scoring form with a brace against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening Cristiano Ronaldo was in a good mood as he showed off a brand new Bugatti Chiron believed to be worth 2.5 million euros (about #1,061,159,312 Billion Naira).

Ronaldo is a known motor enthusiast with the former Manchester United star having been pictured with a number of expensive vehicles in the past.

In a video uploaded to his social media profiles, the 32-year-old labelled the car as his ‘new animal’, which is a rather apt description when you consider the specifications of the model. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

As MARCA made clear in a review of the Chiron, Ronaldo’s latest purchase has a four-turbo engine which possesses up to 1,500 horsepower.The clip, which showed Real Madrid’s all-time leading goal-scorer accelerating out of his garage, illustrated the power of an engine that is said to be able to reach a top speed of 420km/h.

The assemblage of cars of Portuguese goal machine already boasts of Chiron’s predecessor Buggati Veyron. Some other cars of Ronaldo are Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, Bentley GT Speed, Aston Martin DB9, Rolls Royce Phantom along with a huge assortment of BMWs, Mercedes’ and Audis.

Costa completes first full training session

Spanish La Liga team, Atlético put in one final training session at el Cerro del Espino in preparation for tomorrow’s league trip to Leganés.

The big news of the morning was the sight of Diego Costa training with his team mates for the first time.

The striker completed the full session – starting with the warm-up exercises and then ball work drills. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

He look completely at ease with his new team mates, some of whom he already knows from his first spell at the club. Continue reading “Costa completes first full training session”

Tiger Woods has nothing left to prove-McIlroy

Rory McIlroy believes Tiger Woods can walk away from golf with his head “held extremely high” if he is unable to return to competitive action.

Woods has not played since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic at the start of February and is currently recovering from a fourth back operation in the last three years.

And despite giving a positive update on his fitness just five days earlier, Woods acknowledged his career could be over during a press conference on Wednesday ahead of the Presidents Cup, where he is an assistant captain. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

“Yes, definitely,” the 14-time major winner said when asked if it was a possibility. “I don’t know what the future holds for me.” Continue reading “Tiger Woods has nothing left to prove-McIlroy”

Haye, Bellew agree to fight again in London

Tony Bellew and David Haye have agreed terms for a heavyweight rematch in December.

Bellew stepped up to heavyweight to beat former world champion Haye in London in March, but the fact Haye fought for five of their 11 rounds with a ruptured Achilles left more questions than answers.

There was plenty of bad blood between the pair in the build-up to the first fight and now, with Haye fit again, the pair will have a rematch at the 02 Arena on December 17. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

“I will have the exact same attitude I had going into the first fight – win at all costs,” said Bellew.

“I will be victorious on December 17 and I will end David Haye’s career. Another loss to me closes the curtain on the Hayemaker.
“This isn’t personal anymore, it’s strictly business. This is just another fight.”

Haye – the heavyweight champion between 2009 and 2011 – has rebuilt both his body and his team since the loss to Bellew, with Ismael Salas taking over from Shane McGuigan as his trainer.

He said: “I’m excited to give the public the rematch they truly crave, ever since the explosive first showdown earlier this year. On March 4, the script was thrown out the window and the unpredictability of sport revealed itself in its most raw form.

“He somehow won the lottery in our first fight, but believe me, he won’t win the lottery twice.”

FIFA hands Dele Alli one-match ban for offensive gesture

Dele Alli has been banned for one England match for making an obscene gesture during their World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia last month.

The Tottenham Hotspur star will miss Thursday’s penultimate Group F game against Slovenia but will be able to play three days later in Lithuania.

It had been feared he could miss the start of the finals in Russia were England to secure qualification. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

Fifa said in a statement: “Following the incident that occurred during the match between England and Slovakia on 4 September 2017, the English player Dele Alli has been sanctioned with a suspension for one official match and a fine of CHF 5,000 (£3852) for making an offensive and unsporting gesture.

“Although the disciplinary committee was not convinced that the player directed the gesture at the referee, and regardless of whether it was allegedly directed at a team-mate, it did consider such gesture to be offensive and unsporting and therefore it amounted to a violation of art. 57 of the Fifa disciplinary code.”

I miss AC Milan, says Beckham

Three Lions legend, David Beckham has tipped Milan to go back to being amongst the world’s elite after professing his ‘love’ for the club.

Beckham enjoyed two loan spells at Milan in 2009 and 2010, and the former England midfielder recounted some of his ‘beautiful memories’ with the Rossoneri.

“I have so many beautiful memories of my time there… it was special,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

“The club, fans and city welcomed me with open arms. I liked playing in Italy and at Milan: I miss Milan, as well as the country.

“It was like staying with a family. Milan are a club with a long history, you sense it every time you go to Milanello or are at San Siro. I loved the people, food, friends I made… Continue reading “I miss AC Milan, says Beckham”

Deschamps hail Matuidi impact at Juve

France boss Didier Deschamps has hailed Blaise Matuidi’s impact at Juventus, finding the midfielder to be in ‘top form’.

Matuidi has slotted straight into Juve’s team after his late arrival from Paris Saint-Germain last month, his performances for the Bianconeri earning him a France call-up for their final 2018 World Cup qualifiers over the next fortnight.

“Seeing him at this level is good news, even though his transfer happened late and it usually takes time to get used to a new language, culture…” the Coach said at a Press conference. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

“He’s been used [by Juve] from the off and now he plays games one after another. Continue reading “Deschamps hail Matuidi impact at Juve”

Wenger hails Giroud on 100th Arsenal goal

 

Arsene Wenger has hailed Olivier Giroud for his ‘remarkable achievement’ after the Frenchman scored his 100th Arsenal goal against BATE Borisov on Thursday.

Having won their opening Europa League game against Cologne, the Gunners put their stamp on Group H with a 4-2 win in Belarus.

With Wenger’s side 3-1 up they were handed a remarkably soft penalty for a nudge on Rob Holding at a corner. Nonetheless, Giroud stepped up to bag his 100th strike in 238 games – the same amount of appearances it took Robin van Persie to reach the landmark at the club. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com. Continue reading “Wenger hails Giroud on 100th Arsenal goal”

Lukaku, Morata, Kane are not world class -Henry

ROMELU LUKAKU, Alvaro Morata and Harry Kane still have a way to go to be deemed world class.

That is according to Premier League legend and Arsenal’s record goalscorer Thierry Henry.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham’s star strikers have started the season on fire.

Lukaku and Morata are joint-top scorers in England’s top flight with six goals each. Kane, meanwhile, has recovered after another slow August to score four times. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com. Continue reading “Lukaku, Morata, Kane are not world class -Henry”

Asensio has €700m buy-out clause in new Real deal

 

Marco Asensio has become the latest Real Madrid player to sign a contract extension at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. The former-Mallorca starlet will remain at Madrid until 2023, as Diario AS stated on July 16.

The new contract will include a buy-out clause of €700 million, although that figure could be revised in the future. Real Madrid are eager to avoid a situation like Barcelona had with Neymar, where a club met the player’s clause, rendering Barcelona unable to prevent his departure. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

The 21-year-old has gained the full confidence of Zinedine Zidane since returning from a fruitful loan spell at Espanyol in 2016-17. This season he is Real Madrid’s second-top goal-scorer with four goals. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (five) has scored more.

Asensio becomes the latest Real Madrid player to extend his contract since the summer, following Marcelo (2022), Isco (2022), Karim Benzema (2021), Dani Carvajal (2021), and Marcos Llorente (2021), and Raphael Varane (2022).

Pogba out until mid-November

Manchester United are reportedly concerned that Paul Pogba’s injury could keep him out until after the international break in November. The France international has been out for the last three weeks with a hamstring problem, ending what had been a fine start to the season for him in United’s midfield.

Pogba only joined the Red Devils last summer for what was then a world-record £89million, and was starting to show his true potential after taking time to fully adjust to the Premier League. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

However, United now fear Pogba’s injury could be worse than initially expected as they weigh up whether or not the 24-year-old should undergo surgery.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the club fear he is looking doubtful to return in time for the Chelsea game on November 5, with November 18 a more realistic target.

Jose Mourinho will be comforted by the form of midfielders Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini so far this season, while he also has Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick as backup options.

United certainly don’t seem to be desperately missing Pogba at the moment with Romelu Lukaku’s goals firing the team to success game after game, but the club won’t want to be without their record signing for too long.

There is concern that Pogba’s injury is similar to the one suffered by Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, who has been ruled out for three months. They are reported to have consulted Sakari Orava, a Finnish muscle repair specialist, about the injury but still remain unclear about how long Pogba will be out for.

Morata rates Hazard as world-class

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata says he is finding it easy to combine with new team-mate Eden Hazard after making the move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The 24-year-old has shone since joining the Blues from Real Madrid this season, netting seven times in his first eight appearances for the club.

However, he hasn’t yet spent a great deal of time on the pitch with Hazard, who missed the start of the campaign through injury and who is only just working his way back into the side. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com Continue reading “Morata rates Hazard as world-class”

Iwobi: Arsenal player all watch Arsenal Fan TV

Super Eagles and Arsenal ace, Alex Iwobi has confirmed him and his Gunners team-mates do in-fact watch Arsenal Fan TV, regardless of the stick and abuse some of the players might take on a weekly basis.

Ran by its Arsenal-daft presenter Robbie Lyle, the ever expanding YouTube channel has exploded over the last two seasons or so, and now regularly pulls in millions of hits every month. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com

Despite being dedicated to Arsenal, some of the reoccurring supporters who appear on the show regularly can be pretty harsh on some of the club’s current staff, but Iwobi has admitted it’d be a lie to say he and his colleagues didn’t give it a glance every now and then.

Speaking via the London Evening Standard, the Nigerian international said: “It would be a lie to say, ‘No, they haven’t watched it.

“Fans have the right to voice their opinion whether positive or negative, they are the lifeblood of the club.

“As a football player, you should learn how to deal with negative comments, it comes with the territory.

“Our focus is to play football and do well for the club.”

PSG willing to offer Zidane record €25M-a-year

French giants, PSG are ready to make Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane the highest paid in the game.

Zidane has only just signed a new contract with Real, however PSG are keen to bring him back to France, says Diario Gol.

PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi is willing to offer Zidane €25m-a-year, which would make him the highest paid coach in the world and place him in a similar salary bracket as Neymar and Barcelona star Lionel Messi. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com

Al Khelaifi believes coach Unai Emery lacks the authority to handle the current locker room and believes Zidane would be a better manager of their star studded squad.

For his part, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is sure to fight PSG to keep hold of Zidane, who has brought historic success to the club over the past two seasons.

Nadal eyes coaching role after retirement

Spanish tennis star, Rafael Nadal remains non-committal with regard to his interest in becoming a coach once he hangs up his racket, but admits that he would prefer to work with kids in his tennis academy in Mallorca rather than travel with a single player on the ATP Tour.

Nadal turned back the clock in 2017, returning to the top of the world rankings for the first time since July 2014, and has made it clear that he has no plans to call time on his career anytime soon. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com

Questions regarding the 31-year-old’s journey into coaching after his playing career were raised after he was seen advising Roger Federer during the recently-concluded Laver Cup, in which the duo were in Team Europe and took on a team made up of players from the rest of the world. Continue reading “Nadal eyes coaching role after retirement”

Alonso: Hamilton now big F1 title favourite

Fernando Alonso believes Lewis Hamilton is now the firm favourite for the 2017 F1 title with Sebastian Vettel left in a “risky situation”.

Hamilton has opened up a season-high advantage of 28 points ahead of this weekend’s Malaysia GP after taking advantage of Vettel’s disastrous Singapore GP, when the Ferrari driver crashed with Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen at the start.

And McLaren’s Alonso, who has competed against both drivers for world titles in the past, reckons Vettel has left himself no more room for error.
Asked by Sky F1 if the title was Hamilton’s to lose and Vettel’s best chance had gone, Alonso replied: “I think so.

“Now the championship is not as it was before Singapore where the two were equal. Now there’s a clear advantage for Lewis. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

“It’s a risky situation now for Vettel.

This week on the F1 Report, Marc Priestley is joined by former Manor boss Graeme Lowdon and recently-crowned British F3 champion Enaam Ahmed to preview the Malaysia GP. Continue reading “Alonso: Hamilton now big F1 title favourite”

Aguero suffers broken ribs in car crash, out of Chelsea tie

Sergio Aguero could face two months out with broken ribs after reports surfaced overnight that the Manchester City striker was involved in a car crash in Amsterdam on Thursday evening.

According to reports in Aguero’s native Argentina, the forward suffered the injury when the taxi taking him to the airport crashed into a pole.

Pictures on social media appeared to confirm the incident.

Aguero was in the Dutch capital to see a concert of Colombian singer-songwriter Maluma, and it is believed that his injuries would have been more severe had he not been wearing a seat-belt. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

Aguero’s former club, Independiente, tweeted a photo of Aguero with the words: “Strength and prompt recovery. Everyone @ Independiente is with you in this difficult moment.” Continue reading “Aguero suffers broken ribs in car crash, out of Chelsea tie”

Klopp among contenders for Bayern job

Jurgen Klopp is among the contenders to be the next manager of Bayern Munich after Carlo Ancelotti parted company with the club following a disappointing start to the new season.

The former Chelsea chief guided Bayern to the Bundesliga title last season but crashed out of the Champions League to Real Madrid at the quarter-finals stage.

The German giants brought in the likes of James Rodriguez, Corentin Tolisso and Nicklas Sule in the summer to boost their hopes of enjoying success in Europe’s top club competition, but the start of the new season has not gone well for Ancelotti and his team. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com

Bayern have already dropped five points from their opening six Bundesliga outings and Bild claims the comprehensive way in which PSG beat them 3-0 on Wednesday night led to Ancelotti leaving his role. Continue reading “Klopp among contenders for Bayern job”