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Scottish Open: Ronnie O’Sullivan & John Higgins reach third round

O’Sullivan is chasing a fourth ranking title of the season Ronnie O’Sullivan started and finished with century breaks as he beat Robert Milkins 4-1 to reach the Scottish Open third round. The 42-year-old, crowned UK champion for the sixth time on Sunday, concluded with a 101 clearance, his 45th ton of the season and 919th of his career. John Higgins rattled in three centuries – 144, 138 and 108 – and an 85 break to beat Christopher Keogan 4-1. Defending champion Marco Fu also won, 4-2 against China’s Fang Xiongman. But Ali Carter is out after a 4-3 loss to Ashley Hugill, ranked 116th in the world. O’Sullivan, who will face China’s Li Hang – a 4-1 winner over Englishman Jamie Curtis-Barrett – in the third round, said he was “inspir...

SON blames importation of expired tyres on porosity of borders

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says that porosity of the nation’s borders remains the major cause of smuggling of used tyres into the country. The Coordinator of SON in Niger, Mr Badewole Sunday, said this in Minna on Wednesday at a one-day sensitisation workshop for tyre marketers in the state. Sea of tyres outside the warehouse. PHOTOS: Akeem Salau. Sunday said that the workshop, with the theme; `Tyre Quality Panacea for Road Safety’ was necessitated, following the recent inspection of tyre shops in the state.‎ “We discovered that some dealers were displaying and selling tyres that had expired‎ to innocent motorists even at a high price,” he said. The coordinator said that some motorists bought the expired tyres, popularly called `Tokunbo’ from dealers wi...

Aubameyang puts Lamborghini up for sale

Borussia Dortmund fans can now drive off in one of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s distinctive luxury sports cars after the Gabon international put it on the market for 279,980 euros ($329,096). Aubameyang German daily Bild report that the striker has put his silver-painted Lamborghini Aventador, advertised as a ‘celebrity vehicle’, up for sale with a car dealer in Dormagen, near Cologne. The 28-year-old footballer has a weakness for fast cars, and there is no mistaking that the car belongs to Aubameyang as it has his distinctive lightening-flash logo on the bonnet. The luxury vehicle has a top speed of 350 km/h. Aubameyang, who has scored 12 goals in 14 league games this season, had the vehicle painted silver with a colourful rainbow matt effect. The footballer was suspen...

Kanu’s lawyer writes FG, seeks pardon for detained IPOB members

…says Buhari pardoned, gave cash gifts to over 500 inmates in KanoBy Ikechukwu NnochiriABUJA – Counsel to the ‘missing’ leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, has asked the Federal Government to grant state pardon to youths of Igbo extraction he said were arrested and locked up in various prisons for exercising their constitutional guaranteed rights to self determination. IPOB members on solidarity march Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, in the letter he wrote to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, decried that “hundreds of innocent and defenseless IPOB members who are mostly youths”, are languishing in different prisons in the South East states and Kuje Prison in Abuja, based on “phantom, frivolo...

Petrol Scarcity: Motorists pay extra money to fill tank in Niger

Motorists now pay between N500 and N1000 to petrol station attendants before they are allowed to fill their car tanks at some stations in Chanchaga and Bosso local government areas of Niger. Long queue of jerry cans at a petrol station as fuel scarcity bites harder, yesterday. Newsmen who monitored situation and sale of fuel on Wednesday, reports that apart from cost of product, petrol station attendants demand between N500 and N1,000 to fill the tank of motorists. A motorist, Hajiya Rabi Abdullahi in Bosso, told newsmen that she had to pay extra N1,000 to petrol attendant to fill her car tank. She said “Ì feel it is better for me to pay extra to buy petrol at filling stationthan buy from `black marketers’ where I am not sure of the quality of the product.” Malam Bashi...

Buhari approves appointment of managerial staff of AUSC Region 2 Hqtrs

By Luminous JannamikeABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, to appoint pioneer managerial staff of the newly launched African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 2 Headquarters in Nigeria. President Buhari arrives Paris Ahead of the One Planet Summit in France The President made this known on Wednesday while declaring open the 1st session of the West African Ministers of Sports Council Meeting holding in Abuja. Buhari, represented by the Minister of State for Power, Works, and Housing; Suleiman Hassan, said the motive behind the directive is to facilitate the easy take-off of the AUSC Region 2 Permanent Headquarters/Secretariat which is situated in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The Pres...

Association to FG: Ban importation of maize

The President, Maize Association of Nigeria (MAN), Alhaji Bello Abubakar-Funtua, has called on the Federal Government to ban importation of maize into the country to boost local production. Maize Abubakar-Funtua made the call while addressing a news conference in Kano on Wednesday. He said the call was necessary in order to encourage farmers to produce the commodity locally and boost food production in the country.“There is urgent need to effect measures aimed at stopping importation of maize into the country for local production of the commodity to be realistic,” he said. According to him, if the Federal Government allows the importation of the commodity to continue, it will discourage farmers from the business. He said massive importation of the commodity would crash...

Woman allegedly bites Ikeja Electric workers over power disconnection

A 28-year-old trader, Kemi Shopade, who allegedly assaulted two Ikeja Electric workers that wanted to disconnect her electricity wire, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos. Shopade, resident of Alaguntan, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, is being tried for conspiracy and assault. The Prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Awase, said that the accused committed the offences on Nov. 24, at her residence. Awase said that the accused and two others, who had yet to be apprehended, assaulted two workers of Ikeja Electric — Mr John Oluwole and Mr Uwaoman Ibiam. “The accused beat up and bit the complainants while performing their duty,” he said. He said that the complainants disconnected the electricity supply of the accused over unpaid electricity bills from January. “The accu...

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Reinaldo Rueda and his Flamengo team face Independiente. Around 40 Flamengo fans have been detained after setting off firecrackers outside a Rio de Janeiro hotel in which they believed members of rival team Independiente staying. Flamengo play the Argentine side in the second leg of the Copa Sudamericana final at the Maracana Stadium on Wednesday. Rio’s Public Security Department said Flamengo fans shouted insults, sang songs and lit firecrackers outside the Hilton Hotel on Copacabana beach in the early hours of Wednesday. Police used tear gas to bring the crowd under control. CONMEBOL, South American football’s governing body, condemned the violence in a statement on Twitter.

Neymar moving to Real Madrid ‘would annoy me’ – Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta

Steve Nicol argues that Chelsea have a great opportunity against a Barcelona side reliant on Lionel Messi and Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Craig Burley says Barcelona will have just enough to get past his former side, Chelsea, in the last 16 of the Champions League. Andres Iniesta says he would be annoyed if former teammate Neymar left Paris Saint-Germain for Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid. Neymar quit Barca in the summer, joining Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee of €222 million, but his brief spell in France has generated just as many stories off the pitch as it has on it. His relationship with teammate Edinson Cavani has been under scrutiny following an argument over penalty-taking duties, while he has frequently been linked with a move to Madrid. Madrid president Flor...