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Djokovic, Federer Win In Shanghai Masters

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World number one Novak Djokovic produced another high-quality display to ease past American John Isner in the Shanghai Masters third round.
Serb Djokovic, 32, did not face a break point as he won 7-5 6-3 against the big-serving 16th seed.
Switzerland’s Roger Federer, 38, also reached the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 win over Belgium’s David Goffin.
Goffin could not convert any of five set points in the opener.
Federer, who won the Shanghai title in 2014 and 2017, will take on German fifth seed Alexander Zverev in the last eight, while Djokovic faces Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Zverev, 22, won 6-0 7-6 (7-4) against Russian Andrey Rublev, who trailed 3-0 and 5-2 in the second before finally pushing his opponent, with 21-year-old Tsitsipas beating Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-5 3-6 7-6 (7-5).
Defending champion Djokovic, who won the Japan Open last week, has not dropped a set in seven matches since injury forced him out of the US Open.
“I’m very happy with the way I am playing. This is one of the best serving matches I’ve played,” said Djokovic, who won 85% of his service points.
Later on Thursday, Djokovic and compatriot Filip Krajinovic lost 6-3 6-2 to British pair Jamie Murray and Neal Skuspki in the doubles.
Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev saved five set points in the first set before squeezing past Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil.
The US Open runner-up, who won the St Petersburg Open last week, earned a 7-6 (9-7) 7-5 victory to extend his record to two defeats in his past 24 matches.
Those losses came against Spanish world number two Rafael Nadal, who is not playing in Shanghai, in the US Open final last month and the Rogers Cup final in August.
Medvedev, 23, will play 10th seed Fabio Fognini in the last eight after the 32-year-old Italian beat Russian seventh seed Karen Khachanov 6-3 7-5.
Italian 11th seed Marco Berrettini progressed with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 win over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, boosting his chances to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals in London next month.

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Omeruo Needs To Do More In Super Eagles – Amokachi

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Ex-Nigeria international, Dan Amokachi, has tasked Leganes of Spain defender, Kenneth Omeruo, to take up bigger responsibilities in the Super Eagles.
Omeruo, 26, earned his debut international cap in 2013 and quickly became a regular, with then captain, Joseph Yobo nearing his retirement.
He was considered the heir apparent to Yobo and, at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013, Omeruo showed just how good he was.
According to Amokachi, so far, he has made over 50 caps for the Eagles and continues to show he can become even better and indispensable.
At the 2019 AFCON in Egypt he was one of the tournament’s best players, according to ratings by whoscored.com with a 8.09 score, the highest by any defender.
In addition to his on-field abilities, the former Chelsea player has also been praised for his leadership quality in the locker room.
Amokachi, who was an assistant Coach in 2013, and later the interim head coach of the Eagles, described Omeruo as “tough” and a player whom others can look up to for inspiration.

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No Structure On Grassroots Football In Nigeria – Ezeji

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Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) legend,  Victor Ezeji has said that Nigeria did not have any structure on ground in terms of grassroot football development in the country.
He explained that, if there is any structure, the country would have gotten abundant talents, and there would be no need looking for players anytime there is competition.
Ezeji made the assertion , yesterday, in an exclusive interview with Tidesports in Port Harcourt , saying that catching then young is the best policy to adopt.
“ If we catch them young at the tender age and  groom them, we will not have this problem of running around looking for players” Ezeji said.
He commended the Rivers State government for bringing back school Sports, saying that, it will be an avenue to discover talents.
According to him, if you engage the youth at their tender age it will take them off crime.
“We want everyone to support grassroot sporting activities because it is a way of encouraging the kids. It will take them  off the streets” he stated.

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Ikpoba-Oka LG Emerges Winners Of Edo Sports Festival

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Ikpoba-Oka Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo at the weekend in Benin emerged winners of the just-concluded Edo State Sports Festival with 100 gold medals.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the competition, which was its third edition, Edo’s Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, thanked all the 18 LGAs which participated in the competition.
“This festival was also used to select athletes that will represent the state at the 20th National Sports Festival tagged `Edo 2020’.
“There were lots of surprises during this competition, and that is what we expected. We are going to see new athletes at the National Sports Festival.
“For us, this is the beginning of the return of sports to the native land which is Edo, and just as Governor Godwin Obaseki said at the opening ceremony, this event has become an annual event.
“The era where Nigeria uses calculator to calculate qualifications are over. Edo and Delta State are back and Nigeria now will be winning at world games as it used to be,’’ he said.
The deputy governor assured that the state government would keep in touch with all the participants in the competition.
Tidesports source reports that Owan West LGA clinched 74 gold medals while Egor LGA won 64 gold medals.

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