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Amusan wins third consecutive diamond league title

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan has emerged winner of the Diamond League trophy for an astonishing third consecutive time.

On Sunday night at Oregon in the U.S., Amusan with a time of 12.33 seconds emerged winner of the fiercely-contested 100 metres hurdles event.

The win came after a disappointing outing in Budapest, Hungary during the World Athletics Championships.

Amusan, with Sunday’s remarkable performance, has now made history as the second woman in Diamond League history after Dawn Nelson-Harper to win a hat-trick of 100m hurdles titles.

Interestingly, Sunday’s win has come for Amusan in Oregon where she won the world title last year and also set a world record in the process.

For Sunday’s race, the hard-charging Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico finished second in 12.38 while American Keni Harrison was third in 12.44.

Danielle Williams of Jamaica who dethroned Amusan in Budapest finished fourth in 12.47

The athletics season has been a torrid one for Amusan but she emphatically proved on Sunday she is arguably the best sprint hurdler in the world.

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The sweet victory in Oregon brings a triumphant close to what has been a difficult summer for Amusan.

Amusan was left shattered in the build-up to the World Championships in Budapest after she was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for whereabouts failures.

The 26-year-old was cleared by a disciplinary tribunal on the eve of the meet’s kick-off.

It was not surprising then when Amusan uncharacteristically finished sixth in the 100m hurdles final in Budapest.

With many not initially sure whether the AIU would file an appeal against Amusan at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), the focus already shifted.

It was shifted to next year’s Olympic Games in Paris.

However, with a better frame of mind to prepare, Amusan came out smoking to win her third Diamond League trophy on Sunday.

The world record-holder first made history in 2021 when she ran a 12.42 African record to become the first Nigerian to win a Diamond League title.

For those who said it was a fluke, Amusan went on to successfully defend her title the following year, running a new 12.29 Weltklasse meeting record in Zurich, Switzerland.

And on Sunday Amusan made it a hat-trick of wins with a season-best time of 12.33 secs at Eugene in Oregon.

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Super Eagles Coach: NFF divided over Minister’s choice of Amuneke

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Super Eagles Coach: NFF divided over Minister’s choice of Amuneke

There are serious indications that some members of the  Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are grumbling about the latest development by the Sports Ministry to allow former U-17 coach, Emmanuel Amuneke to oversee the remaining games of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

ThePAPERS reports that the  Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) axed Finidi George‘s tenure as  Super Eagles coach and announced plans to hire a foreign technical adviser in the wake of the team’s shambolic 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign so far.

A reliable source from the Glass House told ThePAPERS that there are rumours from the Sport Ministry that the rejected Emmanuel Amuneke could eventually be appointed as interim coach of  the Super Eagles Super Eagles for the remainder of the World Cup qualifiers before appointing a foreign coach.

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This development, according to the source, will not be welcomed by the top executive members of the NFF, while some are already grumbling to decline the approach of the Sports Ministry whenever it comes up.

The PAPERS had earlier reported that former Tanzania national team coach, Emmanuel Amuneke was the anointed candidate of the Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, John Enoh before NFF appointed Finidi George for the top job.

It is yet to be confirmed if the speculations could amount to the announcement of Amuneke as interim  Super Eagles coach.

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I’m dead, don’t exist anymore – Paul Pogba

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I’m dead, don’t exist anymore – Paul Pogba

Former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has sent the football world into a frenzy and hysteria after making some deeply disturbing and disconcerting statement about his life.

In a viral video on social media, Pogba in a moment of deep emotional vulnerability, opened up about his struggle with life and how football, a sport he once loved passionately, has now become a source of misery and turmoil.

“I’m over. I’m dead. Paul Pogba doesn’t exist anymore.”, the French national team midfielder Paul Pogba said.

The footage captures the visibly unsettled 31-year-old football star, seated in what appears to be a tranquil outdoor setting, letting it all out in a no holds barred conversation

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“I don’t know who I am anymore. Football used to be my life, my passion. Now, it feels like I’ve lost myself,” Pogba confessed in the deeply poignant footage, which has elicited an outpour of sympathy and concern from fans and fellow athletes alike.

The French midfielder, known for his flair and dexterity on the pitch, has been a prominent figure in global football, having played for top clubs including Juventus and Manchester United, as well as representing France at international tournaments. His career has been marked by highs and lows, including pivotal moments in the sport’s spotlight and personal challenges.

Pogba’s heartfelt declaration has sparked speculation and concern among his supporters, with many expressing hopes for his well-being and eventual return to the sport he loves. The video underscores the pressures and uncertainties faced by athletes in the public eye, highlighting the toll that fame and expectation can take on individuals beyond their professional achievements

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Napoli new manager Conte hopes to convince Osimhen

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Napoli new manager Conte hopes to convince Osimhen

New Napoli manager, Antonio Conte, has expressed his desire to speak privately with Victor Osimhen.

He wants to discuss Osimhen’s future amid uncertainty over a potential exit from the club.

Conte is looking at persuading the Super Eagles striker to continue plying his trade with the Serie A side.

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At the moment, nobody is willing to pay Osimhen’s €130m release clause.

Chelsea and Manchester United interest in the Nigerian star has dwindled as both team shifted their focus to younger forwards like Samuel Omorodion and Joshua Zirkzee, while Arsenal are now reportedly in talks with Viktor Gyökeres.

There is no bid forthcoming from PSG at the moment with only Al Ahli and Al Hilal looking as the only serious interested clubs. But the 25-year-old is not interested in a move to the Saudi Pro League

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