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SPORTS:  Ronaldo blow in golden shoe hunt

SPORTS: Ronaldo blow in golden shoe hunt

Soccer, Sports
Cristiano Ronaldo's hopes of finishing as Europe's top scorer were dealt a blow as he failed to score as champions Juventus were beaten by Cagliari. Ronaldo has scored an incredible 31 Serie A goals this season but found himself frustrated on Wednesday night. Luca Gagliano's close-range finish and Giovanni Simeone's powerful drive secured the win for the hosts. Ronaldo trails Lazio striker Ciro Immobile by four goals in the battle for Europe's Golden Shoe. Immobile scored his 35th goal of the season as Lazio beat Brescia 2-0 on Wednesday. With one game of the Serie A season remaining, Immobile is the outright leading scorer in Europe as his latest strike moved him ahead of Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, who finished the Bundesliga season with 34 goals. Immobile is a...
Premier League: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp named LMA manager of the year after historic season

Premier League: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp named LMA manager of the year after historic season

Soccer, Sports
Jurgen Klopp has been named the League Managers' Association (LMA) manager of the year on Monday. Klopp was presented with the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy after being voted for by the full LMA membership. After being presented with the trophy, Klopp said it feels extra special to win the award since he was voted for by his fellow managers. Klopp further said that everything that Liverpool accomplished this year could not have been done without the "superb input" of coaching staff. "They make us a really special bunch of football brains. I love to work with my coaches, my players and everyone at LFC and, of course, I am thankful for the support from all our wonderful Liverpool fans,” Klopp said. Liverpool FC tweeted a video of Klopp where he said, "I have to say ‘th...
SPORTS: Who stayed and Who is out as the English Premier League Season comes to an end.

SPORTS: Who stayed and Who is out as the English Premier League Season comes to an end.

Soccer, Sports
Chelsea confirmed they will play in the lucrative Champions League next season after a 2-0 over Wolves meant they finished fourth. Manchester United joins them in European football’s premier competition after winning 2-0 at Leicester City, who finish fifth, despite spending much of the season in the top four. Leicester will play in next season’s Europa League along with Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves, who finished sixth and seventh respectively. Watford, Bournemouth and Norwich City lost the fight to retain their place at the top table and were relegated to the Championship on a dramatic final day of the season. The three relegated clubs will be replaced by three teams from the Championship. Leeds United were the first promoted team, followed by West Brom. They will be joined...
SOCCER: Denis Iguma set to join KCCA

SOCCER: Denis Iguma set to join KCCA

Sports, UGANDA
Sources at the club reveal that Iguma who passed his medical at the club is said to have signed a two-year deal with the 13-time league champions. "He finalised with the medical and we believe everything will go smoothly. We are preparing a team that will be able to compete on the continent and local scene," stated club board member Ali Kasirye Nganda while speaking on Bukedde FM on Tuesday evening. The 26-year-old who can play both in defence and midfield arrives at a time when KCCA will be without its reliable defender John Revita for a chunk of the upcoming season due to a knee injury. Revita who underwent knee surgery few weeks back at CoRSU Hospital along Entebbe Road will need a lot of time to recover and that may be the reason why KCCA is working quickly to fill the void. ...
SOCCER:  Man United, Chelsea both at home as Arsenal travels away to Wolves on Saturday

SOCCER: Man United, Chelsea both at home as Arsenal travels away to Wolves on Saturday

Soccer, Sports
Norwich vs Brighton and Hove AlbionCarrow Road, NorfolkSaturday, 04-07-2020 @2:30pmRef: Scot Attwell Norwich have won seven of the past 10 meetings in all competitions, drawing one and losing two. Brighton’s 2-0 win in November’s return fixture was their first top-flight encounter since 1983. Norwich City defender Timm Klose is available after a one-match ban, but Moritz Leitner won’t play again this season because of a hernia problem. Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann and Sam Byram are long-term absentees. Brighton will assess the fitness of defender Adam Webster, who missed Tuesday’s defeat by Manchester United with a hamstring injury. Davy Propper has overcome the minor calf issue that led to his substitution during that match. Norwich have lost five straight games in all ...
SOCCER: Why Barcelona captain Messi  is becoming increasingly fed up at the Nou Camp.

SOCCER: Why Barcelona captain Messi is becoming increasingly fed up at the Nou Camp.

Soccer, Sports
According to the Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, the Barcelona captain has broken off contract talks after finally running out of patience with the club because of the constant rumours and allegations that he is one of the prime reasons for unrest around the Nou Camp. Messi is disillusioned with any number of things emanating from his life at Barcelona at the moment. He is fed up of being accused of running the club, fed up of people saying he hires and fires the coaches, fed up of claims he chooses who should be signed and who should play and fed up with the general direction of the club and the huge mistakes they have made in the transfer market. Enough is enough and now he has, according to the the radio station's programme El Larguero, told the club he will be leaving at the e...
SOCCER: Liverpool have taken Man City’s Premier League title, now they want their records – Alan Shearer

SOCCER: Liverpool have taken Man City’s Premier League title, now they want their records – Alan Shearer

Soccer, Sports
There won't be any fans inside Etihad Stadium on Thursday, but I am still expecting it to be a very lively night. Manchester City will show Liverpool great respect with a guard of honour before the game, but it will hurt Pep Guardiola and his players to have to do it, and they will want to prove a point on the pitch afterwards. The level Liverpool are at might depend on how much partying they have done since becoming Premier League champions last week. They deserved those celebrations but they have had a few days to get them out of the way, and my guess is they will want to be at their very best again when they play City. This is a big game even without any silverware riding on it. Liverpool have already taken City's title, and now they want their records too - most points, bigge...
SPORTS: AFCON postponed to 2022.

SPORTS: AFCON postponed to 2022.

AFRICA, Sports
The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, has announced the postponement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON to January 2022 citing the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament had been scheduled to take place between January and February next year. The football governing body, however decided that the local version of the AFCON, the Championship of African Nations, CHAN, will take place in January 2021. It had originally been slated to be played in April this year. Both competitions will be hosted by Cameroon. In a March 2020 announcement suspending the 2020 CHAN, CAF Organizing after a meeting in Cameroon cited amongst others, the confinement of population in many countries, restrictions imposed on grouping of teams and officials and the closure of...
SPORTS: FUFA to get $ 300,000 COVID-19 relief fund from CAF

SPORTS: FUFA to get $ 300,000 COVID-19 relief fund from CAF

AFRICA, Sports
Confederation of African Football Association (CAF) has confirmed to release financial aid to all the 54 member associations worth $ 300,000 each (1,118,514,300.00 Ugandan Shilling) as relief fund in the telling times of Coronavirus Pandemic. This was communicated on Tuesday, 30th June 2020 during a CAF Executive Committee conducted by video conference. This meeting was to discuss the future of African competitions and other related issues, in a context marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. CAF has allocated an additional USD 16.2 million to lighten the financial burden on Member Associations in a context marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each Member Association will receive an amount of 300,000 USD This money is a big boost after FIFA also confirmed to released $1.5M per the 21...
SOCCER: Bundesliga transfer window adjusted by DFB board

SOCCER: Bundesliga transfer window adjusted by DFB board

Soccer, Sports
The DFB board has decided to make changes to the upcoming transfer window for licensed and contracted players. The background to the changes is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on football matches. "Because of the coronavirus crisis and the resulting shifts in seasons, national and international adjustments to the transfer windows are necessary, so that the previous period [1 July to 31 August 2020] had to be updated. We have now made this adjustment together with the DFL and in coordination with FIFA," said Peter Frymuth, DFB Vice President for Match Operations and Football Development. The result of the joint vote, also in conjunction with the DFL Presidium, is a split and extended transfer period. Accordingly, the transfer window will be open on 1 July 2020 for a single day (c...
SOCCER: Liverpool defender out for the rest of the season.

SOCCER: Liverpool defender out for the rest of the season.

Soccer, Sports
The Cameroonian centre-back has been limited to just eight league starts this term through injury and picked up his latest knock in the 0-0 draw with Everton earlier this month.  Matip sat out the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace last week and the 28-year-old believes his season is now over.  "This season I will be not back on the pitch but for next season, I hope I’m going to be quite early a direct help for the team," he told the official Liverpool website.  The Reds have nothing left to play for this season after they were confirmed Premier League champions last week on the back of Manchester City's 2-1 loss at Chelsea. 
SOCCER: Leicester’s home game with Crystal Palace could be postponed after the city was put back into lockdown.

SOCCER: Leicester’s home game with Crystal Palace could be postponed after the city was put back into lockdown.

CORONAVIRUS, Sports
Leicester's game against Crystal Palace at the weekend could be postponed, according to Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.  The city was confirmed as the UK's first area to be hit by a 'local lockdown' after a regional flare-up of coronavirus cases, with schools to be closed from tomorrow and the abandonment of national easing measures, set to be implemented on July 6. Leicester's King Power Stadium is just south of the city centre which is at the heart of the lockdown zone - along with nearby suburbs such as Birstall and Oadby - meaning games, including the Foxes' upcoming home fixture against Palace, are at risk of either being moved away or postponed. Leicester's game against Crystal Palace could be postponed, according to Richard Masters M...
SPORTS: Rio Ferdinand “very upset” with Man Utd keeper Dean Henderson after latest perfomance.

SPORTS: Rio Ferdinand “very upset” with Man Utd keeper Dean Henderson after latest perfomance.

Sports
Rio Ferdinand says he would be "very upset" as a defender with Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson after Arsenal's last-gasp winner at the shot-stopper's loan club Sheffield United. Henderson - who has impressed for the Blades - was beaten at his near post by Dani Ceballos as the Gunners booked their place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. It came after David McGoldrick thought he had forced extra-time by cancelling out Nicolas Pepe's opener from the penalty spot at Bramall Lane. There has been some talk Henderson could usurp David de Gea as United's No.1 next season following a string of errors by the Spaniard over the last couple of years. But Ferdinand was seemingly unimpressed by the England Under-21 international conceding the late goal. He told BT Sport: "I sp...
SPORTS: Karim Benzema secures a win for Real Madrid ahead of Barcelona in race for La Liga.

SPORTS: Karim Benzema secures a win for Real Madrid ahead of Barcelona in race for La Liga.

Soccer, Sports
Karim Benzema delivered a moment of magic as Real Madrid took a two-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga by beating bottom club Espanyol. Benzema's volley against Valencia could be goal of the season and he might now have a claim to best assist too after his brilliant back heel teed up Casemiro to finish for a crucial 1-0 win. Real's advantage in the table, coming after Barca's draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday, is their biggest since February and puts them within sight of their second league title in eight years. "It's a very important win," said Benzema. "I can't say we don't look at Barcelona, of course we do. But we're focused on our own league. There are not many games left and every game now is a final." By the time Real play at home to Getafe on Thursday they mi...
SPORTS:  Juventus’s victory over Leece secures their position in Serie A.

SPORTS: Juventus’s victory over Leece secures their position in Serie A.

Soccer, Sports
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 23rd goal of the season as Juventus moved seven points clear at the top of Serie A with victory over 10-man Lecce. The visitors had Fabio Lucioni sent off for a foul in the first half before Paulo Dybala struck from outside the box just after the break. Ronaldo drove home a powerful penalty after being brought down before setting up substitute Gonzalo Higuain. Defender Matthijs de Ligt then headed in a late third for the dominant hosts. Ronaldo, who also scored a penalty in the 2-0 win at Bologna on Monday, has now scored 23 goals in 24 league appearances this season. The win means Juventus extend their advantage over title rivals Lazio, who have a game in hand and could reduce the deficit back to four points if they beat Fiorentina on Saturday....
SPORTS: Relegation-threatened Aston Villa host wounded Wolves at Villa Park

SPORTS: Relegation-threatened Aston Villa host wounded Wolves at Villa Park

Soccer, Sports
Aston Villa vs WolvesVilla Park, BirminghamSaturday, 27-06-2020 @14:30pmRef: Craig Pawson Villa are undefeated in the last four home meetings with Wolves in all competitions, winning two and drawing two. Wolves can win consecutive top-flight matches against Villa for the first time since 1962-63. Aston Villa have no new fitness worries for Saturday’s visit of Wolves. Frederic Guilbert is available after injury, while Danny Drinkwater and Henri Lansbury may also be involved for the first time since the Premier League restart.Wolves also have no new injury problems. Winger Pedro Neto will be hopeful of a starting spot having caught the eye as a substitute in Wolves’ last two matches. Villa are without a win in seven league matches, drawing two and losing five. Their only victory in...
SPORTS: SC Villa Football Club Custodian signs contract extension

SPORTS: SC Villa Football Club Custodian signs contract extension

Soccer, Sports
KAMPALA – SC Villa has secured goalkeeper Saidi Keni to a new contract. Keni who is heading into his third year at the clubs signed a one and half year contract extension. The development was confirmed on Thursday through a press statement released by the club’s PR. “We are excited to announce that Saidi Keni has put pen to paper on a new contract which will keep him at SC Villa until January 2022. Reads part statement. The contract Keni signed has an option for another 12 months’ extension. Speaking after signing the extension, Keni who joined Villa from Proline FC in 2019, spoke highly of the Jogoos. “I am happy to commit my future to this great club because as a young boy growing up, I dreamed of playing for one of the great clubs of Uganda and they don’t come any gre...
SPORTS: Liverpool wins Premier League after 30 years struggle.

SPORTS: Liverpool wins Premier League after 30 years struggle.

Soccer, Sports
Liverpool's 30-year wait for a top-flight title is over after Manchester City lost 2-1 at Chelsea to confirm the Reds as Premier League champions. Jurgen Klopp's side needed one victory to seal the league but City's failure to win means they cannot be caught. It is Liverpool's 19th top-flight title and their first since 1989-90. Despite being urged to "stay home" by the city's metro mayor because of coronavirus, thousands of fans gathered at Anfield to celebrate. Many of the supporters who congregated at the club's ground wore face masks and some lit flares. A number of Reds players, including goalkeeper Alisson, defender Virgil van Dijk and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, celebrated together after watching the Chelsea-City game. Klopp, wearing a Liverpool shirt and ...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Minister Nathi Mthethwa on the approval of resumption of football relating to Coronavirus COVID-19 Level 3 Regulations

Coronavirus – South Africa: Minister Nathi Mthethwa on the approval of resumption of football relating to Coronavirus COVID-19 Level 3 Regulations

Sports
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 25, 2020/ -- The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa published gazetted Directions relating to COVID-19 Level 3 Regulations on 28 May 2020, which cover the resumption of sport activities. The different Sport bodies are submitting their plans, indicating their state of readiness and the stringent health protocols they will implement in accordance with the prescribed Regulations and Directions. The plans of the Premier Soccer League have been approved, considering the mitigation strategies and plans in relation to the Level 3 risk adjusted strategy in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The plans have further been subject to analysis by Health authorities, the NICD (National Institute of Communicable Diseases) who have recommended that the m...
SPORTS: Bamweyana as new Wakiso Giants FC coach,Uganda.

SPORTS: Bamweyana as new Wakiso Giants FC coach,Uganda.

Soccer, Sports, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Wakiso Giants FC have confirmed Douglas Bamweyana as head coach. This was announced on Wednesday via the club’s official social media handles. Bamweyana replaces Deo Sserwadda who was in charge of the side until the close of the just concluded 2019/20 Uganda Premier League season. He becomes the fourth head coach of the Purple Sharks since they were promoted to the top tier in 2019. Bamweyana will be assisted by former Vipers’ assistant coach Richard Wasswa and Steven Bengo while Ali Kiggundu will be the club’s goalkeeper coach. Speaking after his appointment, Bamweyana expressed his excitement to be joining Wakiso and noted that the club will be challenging for honour in a few years. “I’m excited about the project, the quality of the lads and the challenge to ...