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Serena Not Obsessed With Grand Slam Record

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Serena Williams has said that she is not feeling overburdened by the weight of history, despite missing another chance to win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
The 37-year-old American was outplayed by Romania’s Simona Halep, who won her first Wimbledon title in a 6-2 6-2 win.
Defeat means Williams has now lost three Slam finals in the past year.
“Someone told me I shouldn’t look at the records, I should just focus on my game. That’s what I’ve been doing since I got to 18,” she said.
Williams’ last major title came at the 2017 Australian Open – when she was eight weeks pregnant – and moved her within one more of Margaret Court’s all-time record.
Williams took a year off the tour as she gave birth to her daughter Olympia in September 2017, returning to the sport six months later.
She has lost to Germany’s Angelique Kerber in last year’s Wimbledon final and then Japan’s Naomi Osaka in a controversial US Open final where an extraordinary outburst saw her call umpire Carlos Ramos a “thief” and a “liar”.
This latest defeat, against an inspired Halep, who chased down everything Williams threw at her, came after a frustrating year in which she has been hampered by a knee injury.
“It seems like every Grand Slam final I’m in recently it has been an unbelievable effort to get there,” she said.
“It would be interesting to see how it would be under different circumstances.”
Williams is already the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title – her victory in Melbourne two years ago coming aged 35 years and 125 days – and she does not think her age is a barrier to clinching that elusive 24th.
“I feel like I’m still incredibly competitive or else I wouldn’t really be out here,” she said.
“For the most part, I feel like I’m on the right track. I’m just going in the right direction in terms of getting back to where I need to be.”
Two-time Grand Slam champion Tracy Austin suggested the weight of Williams matching Court’s record might be “getting into her head”.

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Diobu Football Competition Is To Foster Peace – Nsiegbe

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The Chairman of the organising committee of the ongoing Diobu Peace/Unity Football Competition (DPUFC), Okechukwu Nsiegbe, has said that the competition is to bring peace, love and unity among youths in the area.
He explained that the competition is intended to discover talents that will excel in the football industry.
Nsiegbe stated this in an exclusive interview with Tidesports on Wednesday at the Roumuowaji play ground after Ikwerre Street FC defeated D/Line FC 9-10 in a penalty shout out after regulation time.
“The essence of the competition this period is to bring peace, l ove and unity among youths,  because Christmas season is time to make peace “Nsiegbe said.
According to him, scout will be around to discover players during the tournament.
He further revealed that 16 teams registered for the tournament.
“The competition is a knock out basis, by this weekend the competition will reach quarter final stage” he stated.

 

By:   Kiadum Edookor

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Rivers Boxing Championship Discovers New Talents

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The President of Nigeria Boxing Federation (PNBF), Kenneth Minimah, says the second edition of the Rivers State Open Boxing Championship (RSOBC) has discovered new talents and exposed them to limelight.
He stated that the competition is an important avenue to discover hidden talents.
Minimah, said this on Wednesday, in an exclusive interview with Tidesports in day two of the Championship,  at the Port Harcourt boxing gym, Basketball court complex, Old Port Harcourt township.
The boxing President noted that the state has been the home of professional boxers in the 80s.
According to him, talents discovered during the championship will be given the right direction for the sport.
“Rivers State Open Boxing Championship is trying to rejuvenate the sport in the state” Minimah said.
The retired general used the medium to call on those who have passion for boxing  and cooperate bodies in the state to support sponsorship of boxing competitions in the state.
“Boxing should also be taken to the grassroots,” he stated.
In the same vein, he commended Anthony Joshua, as he reclaimed his titles after had beaten Andy Ruiz Jr.
According to him, Joshua has his career back on track, adding that he had also put his mother nation back in the boxing board.
He also urged the upcoming boxers in the state to see Joshua as a role model.

 

By:   Kiadum Edookor

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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Eagles Know Foes, January

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Nigeria’s senior national team, the Super Eagles will know their group stage foes for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying series next month.
The Super Eagles had featured in each of the last three World Cup tournaments and will be bidding to make it four in a row for the first time ever and seventh overall in Qatar in 2022.
Tidesports gathered that Nigeria will be joining thirty-nine (39) other African countries in the second round (group stage) draws, which has been scheduled for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
The second round of the qualifiers will kick off in March 2020 and will conclude in October 2021. Group winners will advance to the third round, which is scheduled for November 2021.
The ten group winners from Round 2 will be paired up for knockout matches, with the five winners securing a berth at Qatar 2022, a format reminiscent of the 2014 World Cup qualifying race which saw Nigeria defeating Ethiopia en route to qualification.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar between 21 November and 18 December 2022.

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