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Ex-Super Eagles defender, Yisa Sofoluwe, dies after brain ailment

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Former Super Eagles defender, Yisa Sofoluwe, has passed away after a battle with a brain ailment.

Sofoluwe, popularly known as the dean of defence, was confirmed died on Tuesday evening at the Intensive Care Unit of the University Teaching Hospital, LUTH.

He was diagnosed with mild cerebral atrophy, a brain disease.

Ex-international Waidi Akanni, a close friend of Sofoluwe, told The PUNCH, “Sofoluwe is gone. We lost him this evening. May God rest his soul. We will go there (LUTH) tomorrow (Wednesday) to get his remains.”

Dosu Joseph, an ex-Eagles goalkeeper and Atlanta 1996 Olympics gold medalist, also confirmed Sofoluwe’s death to The PUNCH in a WhatsApp message.

“Thanks for your support, we lost him, another icon is gone. To God be the glory,” he said.

Sofoluwe was earlier admitted at the Prince and Life Medical Hospital, Ikorodu, Lagos, before he was rushed to LUTH on Friday, after his medical condition became worse.

Born December 28, 1967, Sofoluwe was a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a defender and won 40 caps, scoring one goal for the country.

He was Super Eagles regular left back between 1983 and 1988, playing at the 1984 and 1988 African Nations Cups.

He also played for some of the biggest clubs in the country in his time such as the 3SC and Abiola Babes.

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Nigeria’s Oshoala leads Barcelona to first women’s Champions League win

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Asisat Oshoala won the Women’s Champions League title with Barcelona Femeni after humbling Chelsea 4-0 in the final on Sunday.

The triumph is the first Champions League title for Barcelona Femeni and Oshoala became the first African woman to win the trophy.

Lluis Cortes’ girls took Chelsea apart with some blistering football at the Gamla Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Melanie Leupolz netted a freak own goal 33 seconds into the one-sided first 45 minutes.

Despite not getting on the score sheet, Lieke Mertens, the 2017 UEFA and FIFA women’s player of the year, was simply unplayable. The midfielder contributed to three of the four goals her side netted.

After making it 2-0 with a controversial spot kick, Alexia Putellas put a sensational pass through to Aitana Bonmati, who scored the third.

A glorious run from Martens ended with a tap-in for Caroline Graham Hansen to compound Chelsea’s woes in the first half.

Chelsea came into the second half guns blazing but were successfully contained by the Blaugranes.

Oshoala came off the bench in 71st minute for Jennifer Hermoso. The Super Falcons captain scored in added time but the goal was ruled offside.

Barcelona Femeni clinched their league title last Sunday with eight games remaining. They have won all 26 Primera Division games this season.

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Joshua, Fury heavyweight showdown confirmed for August 14

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Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury world heavyweight title showdown will take place in Saudi Arabia on 14 August, Fury has said.
He announced the fight date Sunday in a video on Twitter, saying, “All eyes of the world will be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and I cannot wait to smash Anthony Joshua on the biggest stage of all times.
“This is going to be the biggest sporting event ever to grace the planet earth. Do not miss it.”
Neither Joshua, his promoter Eddie Hearn nor Fury’s co-promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren have confirmed the fight date.
Last week, Hearn confirmed that the fight would take place in Saudi Arabia.
The all-British bout has been billed as one of the biggest in heavyweight boxing for decades and the winner will become undisputed champion.
Joshua, 31, holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belts while Fury, 32, is WBC champion.
The fight will see all four belts contested in a heavyweight bout for the first time in history.
The last undisputed heavyweight champion was Britain’s Lennox Lewis from 1999 to 2000 before a boxer had to also hold the WBO belt to be recognised as undisputed champion.
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Iga Swiatek humiliates Pliskova to lift Rome Masters title

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Polish teenage star Iga Swiatek produced the best tennis of her short career to thrash Karolina Pliskova 6-0 6-0 to win the Rome WTA 1000 title on Sunday.

The match lasted just 46 minutes.

Swiatek dropped just 13 points in total – four in the first set and nine in the second, to record the double bagel.

She faced only four game points against her opponent as she claimed the most one-sided victory in the history of the event, since 1983.

This was when Andrea Temesvari defeated Bonnie Gadusek 6-1 6-0.

The French Open champion last year will climb five spots to No 10 in the rankings on Monday after sealing her third WTA title.

After winning the championship, Iga posted this on Twitter:

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