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EPL: Heartbreak for Iheanacho, Ndidi as Leicester miss out on UCL

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It’s deja vu for Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi as Leicester City missed out on a top-four place again on the last day of the season following a 4-2 loss to Tottenham at the King Power stadium.

Iheanacho and Ndidi both played for the full 90 minutes but could do little to prevent Leicester from a damaging defeat.

The Foxes were also in a similar situation last season but lost to Manchester United to end the season in fifth place.

Brendan Rodgers men had been in the top four all season, but some disappointing results at the business end of the season allowed their rivals to close the gap on them.

They went into Sunday’s clash outside the top four but knew they could still fight their way back should results go their way.

However, Harry Kane equalised four minutes from the break to send Leicester back to fifth. But news came through that Chelsea were behind against Villa, meaning Leicester only needed to win to finish in the top four.

It looked like they got the memo as Vardy put them ahead once again from the penalty spot seven minutes after the break.

It got better for them as Chelsea went two goals behind at Villa Park. But soon after, Leicester capitulated as Spurs scored three times in the last 15 minutes through a Kasper Schmeichel own goal and Gareth Bale brace to send the Foxes out of the top four.

 

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10 Nigerian athletes banned from Tokyo Olympics

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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

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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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