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Leicester 2-0 Chelsea: Lampard’s job on the line as Foxes go top of EPL



Chelsea suffered a fifth defeat in eight league games against Leicester to leave Coach Frank Lampard on the brink.

Leicester City moved into first place in the Premier League on Tuesday with a convincing 2-0 win over a struggling Chelsea side at King Power Stadium.

According to CBS Sport, the Foxes made the Blues pay for their errors and scored both goals in the first half to blow the doors off the match and continue Chelsea’s miserable run of form.

Frank Lampard’s side have lost five of their last eight league matches and finished the day in eighth place.

Chelsea had the majority of possession but could not break down an inspired Leicester defence, led by youngster Wesley Fofana, who gave the visiting attack all they could handle under the wind and rain.

The Blues were the most threatening on set pieces, twice getting good looks on corner kicks, while Timo Werner put away a late free kick cross that was ruled offside.

It was Wilfred Ndidi’s wonderful strike at the top of the box that resulted in the winner just six minutes in, with his rocket shot kissing off the left post and leaving every Chelsea player frozen.

James Maddison then took advantage of a sleeping Reece James to make it 2-0 in the 41st minute, securing an insurance goal that they didn’t even need in the end.

The Foxes are now seven matches unbeaten in all competitions.

Leicester were exceptional and deserved the result

Brendan Rodgers, for the first time in 16 tries, finally got a win against Chelsea as his side took it to them, exploiting space to get players in deep. Frankly, the Blues were lucky the scoreline wasn’t much worse.

With Chelsea’s defensce in disarray, the Foxes were able to play balls to the far side and have enough room to make something of it, especially on the second goal.

In the end, it was the lack of shape and execution defensively and really not creating enough quality chances in the final third, finishing with an expected goals of 0.74.

Jamie Vardy missed a couple of chances to pile on the humiliation. It mattered little, though, as Brendan Rodgers’ men surged to the top of the Premier League table.

Timo Werner thought he had set up a dramatic late finale, only for his goal to be disallowed.

Chelsea fans need not rely on their horoscopes to predict that this could spell bad news for Lampard.

In fact, prior to kick-off, talkSPORT reported that he could be sacked if they lost at the King Power Stadium.

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10 Nigerian athletes banned from Tokyo Olympics



Ten athletes from Nigeria among 18 athletes banned from participating in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
While the names of the affected athletes were not released, a statement from the Athletics Integrity Unit indicated that a total of 18 athletes had been declared ineligible, with Nigeria being the most affected.
According to the AIU, the 10 athletes from Nigeria failed the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15.
It stated, “Under the framework of Rule 15 governing National Federation Anti-Doping Obligations, which came into force in January 2019, National Federations are accountable for ensuring appropriate anti-doping measures are in place in their respective jurisdictions.
“Among other things, the Rule sets out minimum requirements for testing on the national teams of ‘Category A’ federations deemed to have the highest doping risk and considered as a threat to the overall integrity of the sport.
“The key requirement in Rule 15 is that an athlete from a ‘Category A’ country must undergo at least three no-notice out-of competition tests (urine and blood) conducted no less than 3 weeks apart in the 10 months leading up to a major event. Only then do they become eligible to represent their national team at the World Athletics Championships or the Olympic Games.
“For the year 2021, the seven identified ‘Category A’ National Federations are: Belarus, Bahrain, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and Ukraine.

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Tokyo Olympics: Australia beat Nigeria 84-67 in Basketball opener



Australia’s Boomers beat Nigeria’s Tigers 84-67 in a commanding performance on Sunday night in Tokyo with star player Patty Mills scoring 25 points as both nations opened their quest for a first Olympic medal in men’s basketball.

Australia matched its best finish by finishing fourth at the Rio Games in 2016 but is capable of going further this time with a veteran roster full of NBA players.

The Australians, ranked third in the world, pulled away in the fourth quarter of a game that had been evenly matched between teams with the most NBA players outside of the U.S.

Nigeria’s D’Tigers featured eight current NBA players and the Australians seven.

Both teams won exhibition games in Las Vegas against the Americans, who have 12 NBA players on their roster.

Australia opened an 11-point lead midway through the third quarter after holding the Nigerians without a basket for more than five minutes to open the second half.

But the Australians lost momentum soon after when the game was delayed because the horn was malfunctioning, and Nigeria cut the deficit to five early in the fourth.

But Matisse Thybulle of the Philadelphia 76ers made a 3-pointer and then Mills, the San Antonio Spurs guard who was a flag bearer for the Australians in the opening ceremony, helped break it open.

Obi Emegano scored 12 points for Nigeria, led by Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown.

Australia plays Italy on Tuesday in matchup of teams that won in Group B on the opening day. Nigeria faces Germany.

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PHOTOS: Nigeria dazzles in Tokyo Olympic opening parade






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