Gambia Accepted Back Into Commonwealth

Barrow: reaccepted by commonwealth

The Gambia was readmitted to the Commonwealth on Thursday, welcomed back into the fold after its sudden pullout in 2013 and following the democratic election last year of President Adama Barrow. Former president Yahya Jammeh dramatically withdrew the impoverished west African nation in October 2013, branding the group an “extension of colonialism”. New President Adama Barrow began the readmission process in February last year, two months after topping an election after which Jammeh initially refused to give up his 22-year rule, triggering a crisis. Accused of flagrant rights abuses, Jammeh…

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Courtois Set To Bid Chelsea Farewell

Courtois: Heading to Real Madrid soon

Thibaut Courtois has fuelled Real Madrid transfer speculation by saying his “heart is in Madrid”, even though he is in talks with Chelsea over a new deal. The 25-year-old, who is under contract with Chelsea with 2019, has reportedly emerged as a target for reigning La Liga and European champions Real. In an interview with Belgian publication Sport/Foot Magazine, Courtois confirmed talks are ongoing with Chelsea, but also spoke about his love of Madrid, where his two children live. “My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid,” he…

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Bobsled Team: Fought Fears To Hoist National Flag

Gunning for glory

•Nigeria’s Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games representatives Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga. Photo: Obi As they prepare to make Olympic history in Pyeongchang, Nigeria’s women’s bobsleigh team admit they battle their demons every time they climb into the sled. Being billed as “Cool Runnings” reloaded in the country’s first Winter Games appearance, Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga knelt in silent prayer  on Wednesday before hurtling down the track at breakneck speeds they know could kill them. “The first time I got in a sled it was honestly terrifying,”…

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Tax Evasion: Sanchez Swims In Troubled Waters

Sanchez: In trouble

Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez has struck a deal with Spanish authorities to accept a 16-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud in return for avoiding a trial. Sanchez, who joined United from Arsenal last month, faced being tried over the fraud of 983,000 euros ($1.21 million) linked to image rights during his time at Spanish giants Barcelona, according to details of the deal seen by AFP. Prosecutors said the 29-year-old Chilean forward had failed to declare any proceeds from the exploitation of his image rights in 2012 and 2013…

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Russia 2018: Khedira’s Brother Turns Down Tunisian Offer

Rani Khedira: Rejects offer

Rani Khedira — brother of Germany star Sami — has turned down the chance to play for Tunisia at the 2018 World Cup. The Khedira brothers were born in Stuttgart to a Tunisian father. Both Rani, who is 24,  and Sami, 30, played for German junior teams while Juventus midfielder Sami went on to become a World Cup winner who has made 72 appearances for Germany. Rani Khedira is a defensive midfielder with Augsburg, who has made 36 appearances in the Bundesliga. He was approached to play at the World…

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Evra Joins The Hammers

Evra: moved to West Ham on a free transfer

West Ham signed former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra on a free transfer on Wednesday, with the Frenchman set to link up again with former boss David Moyes. Evra has won multiple league titles and the Champions League in an illustrious career but his spell at Marseille ended abruptly in November after he launched a kung-fu kick at a supporter. Evra, who joins the Hammers on a contract until the end of June, worked with Hammers manager Moyes during his time at Old Trafford and is looking forward to linking…

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Russia 2018: NFF Unveils New Kits For Super Eagles

Iwobi: Displaying the new jersey

Nigeria on Wednesday unveiled the Super Eagles’ home and away kits for the 2018 World Cup. The new kits, whose home shirt features a bright green-and-white zig-zag pattern spreading across the torso and the contrasting sleeves, pay homage to their USA 1994 campaign. The away shirt is closer in resemblance to their more recent shirts with an all-over dark green design.  Nigeria are in Group D alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. Four key players expected to be named to the Nigeria roster for the 2018 World Cup in Russia have…

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