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Sports Festival: Team Ogun Claim Five Gold

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Team Ogun win five gold medals on Friday at the National Sports Festival in Benin City, Edo State.

Oluwakemi Oladipo (T3) opened the gold rush in the para-athletics event, which took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium main bowl, winning the 100m event, beating teammate Dauda Aina, who claimed silver, while Team Delta picked the bronze.

It was the fourth gold medal for the team, having won a gold medal in Taekwondo on Day Two of the festival.

There was more to celebrate for Team Ogun in Benin City on Friday as Dorcas Adesokan won another gold medal in the badminton female singles event, after defeating No.2 seed Ruth Ebere from Edo in the final. Sofiat Obanishola of Kwara State shared the bronze medal with Team Edo’s Deborah Ukeh.

They claimed their third gold in men’s golf single match at the Benin Golf Club as Lateef Lasisi emerged winner ahead of Kano’s Haruna Mohammed and Edo’s Sam Agbiyegbe.

To bring the medal rush to an end on Friday, Bukunmi Afolayan and Adebisi Adekansi delivered gold medals in the scrabble ladies doubles event with a perfect score at the Imaguero College venue.

Team Ogun have a total of 24 medals (six gold, four silver and 14 bronze) at the festival.

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BREAKING: Chelsea Beat Real Madrid To Reach Champions League Final

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Chelsea set up an all-English Champions League final against Manchester City as goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount sealed a 2-0 win over Real Madrid on Wednesday in their semi-final second leg.

Thomas Tuchel’s hosts took the lead on aggregate after last week’s 1-1 first-leg draw in the 28th minute at Stamford Bridge when Werner nodded in, and Mount secured Chelsea a spot in their third Champions League final with five minutes to play.

The Blues will face Premier League rivals Man City in Istanbul on May 29.

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Man Utd vs Liverpool Rescheduled For May 13

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Manchester United have confirmed their match against Liverpool, originally scheduled for Sunday, has been rearranged for May 13.

The match was postponed after angry fans stormed Old Trafford in protest of the Glazer family’s continued ownership and their plans to involve the team in the now-aborted Super League.

With the fixture moved to May 13, United will now face the prospect of three league games within five days.

United were originally scheduled to face Leicester City on May 12 but in order to accommodate the rearranged match against Liverpool, the game against the Foxes was moved back to May 11.

That still leaves United facing the prospect of two league matches in a span of three days.

Combined with matches this Thursday against Roma and Sunday against Aston Villa, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will have four matches in the span of one week.

For the Red Devils, it will be the first time in 29 years they will face three league games in five days.

Fans turned up at Old Trafford well ahead of kick-off on Sunday to protest against the Glazer family.

Some protesters managed to push down barriers to force their way into the ground and made their way onto the pitch.

Police struggled to gain control of the situation before the crowds were eventually dispersed.

Kick-off of the game was originally delayed before United released a statement saying: “Following discussion between police, the Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protest today.”

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Di Maria Sent Off As Man City Beat PSG To Reach First UCL Final

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Manchester City reached the Champions League final for the first time in the club’s history as Riyad Mahrez’s double saw off Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 on Tuesday to seal a 4-1 aggregate win.

Mahrez’s goal also decided the first leg and the Algerian, who grew up in the Parisian suburbs, haunted his home town team again with two clinical finishes early in each half.

The final in Istanbul on May 29 against Real Madrid or Chelsea is the culmination of City’s rise since an Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008 transformed the club’s fortunes.

Meanwhile, four years on from making Neymar and Kylian Mbappe the world’s two most expensive players, PSG’s wait for a first Champions League title goes on.

Mbappe could only watch on from the stands due to a calf injury as, just like in last week’s first leg, his side imploded after an excellent first-half performance.

The visitors were left to rue huge missed chances by Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria in between Mahrez’s strikes before Di Maria lashed out at Fernandinho to leave PSG down to 10 men for the final 20 minutes.

City will set the seal on a fifth Premier League title in the past 10 years in the coming days as they remain on course for a treble, having already lifted the League Cup.

But it has taken until their 10th consecutive season in the Champions League for Sheikh Mansour’s investment to be rewarded by playing in the biggest game in club football.

City boss Pep Guardiola has won the Champions League twice before as a coach during his time at Barcelona.

However, the Catalan has also endured a decade of anguish in Europe’s premier club competition since.

Four times Guardiola has fallen at the semi-final stage with Barca and Bayern Munich since last lifting the trophy in 2011 on top of three quarter-final exits with City in the past three seasons.

In many of those ties, the fine details and controversial decisions went against Guardiola’s men despite dominating the match.

This time it was a role reversal as City had to withstand a barrage from PSG before the break.

The French champions thought they had an early penalty to get back in the tie when Oleksandr Zinchenko was penalised for handball.

However, Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers rightly reversed his initial decision on seeing a replay of the ball bouncing off the Ukrainian’s shoulder.

Zinchenko was heavily involved again when the opening goal arrived at the other end.

He raced onto City goalkeeper Ederson’s thunderous long pass into the PSG area. Zinchenko’s cut-back found Kevin De Bruyne and after the Belgian’s shot was blocked, Mahrez pounced to slot home on his weaker right foot.

The tie was still far from over as PSG penned City back and should have been at least level on the night before half-time.

Marquinhos has made a habit of scoring big Champions League goals and the Brazilian was inches away from another when his looping header came back off the crossbar.

Ederson then nearly undid his good work as Di Maria intercepted his hurried throw to Bernardo Silva and flashed shot inches wide with the Brazilian ‘keeper stranded outside his goal. Mauricio Pochettino will wonder what could have been had Mbappe been fit with his replacement Icardi ineffective.

Neymar only ever showed flashes of his brilliance with City’s impressive defence led by Ruben Dias able to focus on stopping the Brazilian without Mbappe to worry about.

City has now kept 31 clean sheets this season in marked contrast to the defensive weakness that has previously cost them in this competition.

Guardiola’s men have always shown enough quality going forward and a clinical counter-attack killed off the tie on 63 minutes.

De Bruyne freed Phil Foden down the left and his inch-perfect cross was blasted high past, Keylor Navas, by Mahrez.

In a repeat of the first leg, PSG’s discipline went with their hopes of reaching the final.

Di Maria needlessly stamped on Fernandinho to be shown a straight red card before Marco Verratti was lucky to escape seeing a second yellow.

Foden hit the post as City threatened to run riot in the closing stages.

But they had already done enough to make history.

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