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Wimbledon 2014: Djokovic Off to a Jump Start, Verdasco Out | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Wimbledon 2014: Djokovic Off to a Jump Start, Verdasco Out

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 23, 2014

Top seed and 2011 champions Novk Djokovic got his Wimbledon campaign off to a winning start with a straight sets win over Andrey Gobulev.

Djokovic claimed a comfortable 6-0, 6-2, 6-4 win over the 54th-ranked player from Kazakhstan, who had lost his last nine matches on grass prior to the encounter at Centre Court.

Sixth seed Tomas Berdych fought back from an opening set loss to securing his place in the second round of the mens singles on the opening day.

Novak Djokovic Sees Off Gorbulev to Reach the Second Round of Wimbledon.

The Czech Republican outlasted Romanias Victor Hanescu 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

Spaniard Fernando Verdasco lost out 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to Australias world number 58 Marinko Matosevic.

There were also wins for 12th seed Ernest Gulbis, 17th seed Mikhail Youzhny and Queens Club champion Grigor Dimitrov, seeded 11th.

Gulbis saw off Estonian Zopp 7-6, 7-5, 7-6, while Youzhny claimed a comfortable win over British number two James Ward 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.

Dimitrov also beat Americas Ryan Harrison in straight sets on the back of his victory qt Queens Club last week. He recorded a 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over the American.

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Murray Begins Wimbledon Title Defence With Comfortable Win | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Murray Begins Wimbledon Title Defence With Comfortable Win

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 23, 2014

Andy Murray began the defence of his Wimbledon title with victory over unseeded David Goffin.

Seeded third for this years tournament, Murray received a rapturous reception as he walked on to Centre Court to a standing ovation.

The returning mens singless champion, 27, wasted no time in dispelling the 105th-ranked Belgian 6-1, 6-4, 7-5, to set up a second round match with Slovenian Blaz Rola.

I thought it was a very high standard match, Murray told BBC Sport.

Murray Sees Off Goffin as He Starts His Wimbledon Title Defence.

I was glad to finish it in three. Sometimes you can win in three sets and not play that well, but Im pleased with the way I struck the ball.

I was nervous this morning and I was nervous last night, but once you sit down on the chair its time to get on with this year.

As the first British man to defend the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry won his third in 1936, Murray had loads of support from his grandparents to dad Willy watching from the Royal Box, while his mother and new coach Amelie Mauresmo and the rest of the team gazed from nearby.

It victory means Murray has now won his 14th consecutive match at the All England Club.

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AC Milan want Eto | INFORMATION NIGERIA

AC Milan want Eto

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 24, 2014

Eto

Acmilan are interested in bringing Samuel Eto to Italy. Information Nigeria understands.

The striker had a fair season for Chelsea last term but all that is expected to crumble after behind the scenes brawl with the Blues boss.

Eto has revealed countless times that age is not a factor in his Football life and willingly to play for more years.

Acmilan are in dire need of a striker to bolster their attacking option in a bid to secure Champions League football next season.

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Arsenal REJECT Manchester United’s Vermaelen bid | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Arsenal REJECT Manchester Uniteds Vermaelen bid

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 24, 2014

Vermaelen

Arsenal Football club has rejected a £10million bid to lure their captain to Old Trafford. Information Nigeria understands.

Vermaelen has seen his playing time limited at Arsenal due to a strong Central Defense pairing of Koscienly and Merteshacker.

Since Robin Vanpersie ditched the NorthLondon club for United, many expected the Belgium to follow suit.

Arsenal have now blocked any bid from the Theatre of Dreams for their Clubs captain and revealed they want him to stay.

Albeit, if the Red Devils increase the money offered, it could be irresistible for the London Club.

Thomas Vermaelen though has squashed reports in the media linking to various clubs, stating precisely that he wants to stay and fight for his place in the Gunners starting XI.

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Alba tells journalist: I’ll cut your head off | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Alba tells journalist: Ill cut your head off

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 24, 2014

Alba

Despite Spain ending the WorldCup campaign on a high note with a resounding victory, Full-Back Jordi Alba is in no mood to celebrate.

While an AS newspaper Journalist was simply doing his job by interviewing the player, the Barcelona player singled out the Journalist and made a rather shocking laconical statement to the poor fellow:

Next time I am going to cut your head off.”

Though Information Nigeria cant verify yet if the Journalist drew first blood with a sarcastic comment.

Jordi Alba played full 90minutes in the victory of Australia.

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Neymar Fires Brazil Into Last-16, Mexico Too Strong for Croatia | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Neymar Fires Brazil Into Last-16, Mexico Too Strong for Croatia

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 24, 2014

Neymars brace helped Brazil see off Cameroon and advance into the last-16 of the World Cup on Monday.

The Barcelonas forward came up with two brilliant first-half goals either side of Joel Matips leveler in Brasilia.

Fred and Fernadinho completed a 4-1 win over the Indomitable Lions, who were without injured inspirational captain Samuel EtoO and the suspended Alexandre Song.

Neymar Celebrates Scoring a Brace Against Cameroon in Brasilia.

Brazil finished the preliminary round as winners of Group A, while Mexico- 3-1 victors over Croatia- claim the runners-up slot.

The hosts will meet Group B runners-ups Chile in the quarter-finals scheduled for Saturday in Belo Horizonte.

Brazil claimed the ascendancy when Neymar received a Luis Gustavo cross from the left, the 22-year-old opened his body to beat Charles Itandje with a fascinating one-time, side-footed shot into the bottom corner.

Neymars opener- the 100th goal of this World Cup- got the partisan crowd at Arena Sao Paulo rocking and bubbling.

Cameroon exposed coach Luiz Felipe Scolaris sides inconsistent defence, as Allan Nyom dribbled Dani Alves before squaring for Matip to escape Luiz and finish from close range.

Neymars Brace Sends Brazil to the Second Round of the World Cup.

Marcelo then found Neymar with a clever pass to race upfield and wrong-foot Itandje.

Second-half substitute Fernandinho then sent Hulk clear; the latter found Luiz to cross to Fred, who made no mistake but to add a third goal for Brazil- replay suggested he was offside.

Manchehster City midfielder Fernandinho capped his brilliant display with a superb fourth goal in the closing minutes of the game.

Fernandinho Sinks Cameroon in Brasilia.

Croatia 1-2 Mexico

Mexico will face Group B winners the Netherlands after a vibrant display against Croatia.

Croatia needed a win to progress to the second round of the tournament, but it was the El Tricolor that showed determination right from the blast of the whistle.

A Hector Herrera strike hit the crossbar, before Rafael Marquez headed in for Mexico and Andres Guardado added a second.

Javier Hernandez Breaks Goal Silence in a 3-1 Win Over Croatia.

Javier Hernandezs header put Mexico 3-0 up, and Ivan Perisic scored a late consolation for Croatia.

Croatia were reduced to ten men when Ante Rebic got his marching orders for a rough tackle on Carlos Pena late on.

A draw would have done the trick for coach Miguel Herreras side, but Mexico left no stone unturned on their route to a seventh knock-out stage appearance in the last eight tournaments.

Niko Kovacs Croatia have now been eliminated in four of their last five major tournaments.

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Eagles Get Oboabona Boost Ahead of Argentina Cracker | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Eagles Get Oboabona Boost Ahead of Argentina Cracker

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 24, 2014

Defender Godfrey Oboabona is back training with Nigeria after an ankle injury.

The 23-year-old Rizespor of Turkey export missed the 1-0 win over Bosnia-Hercegovina because of the injury he sustained during his side’s World Cup opening draw with Iran.

“The medics have given me a clean bill,” said Oboabona, who reportedly sustained a deep cut in his limb but no fracture, following a kick by one his opponents from Iran.

He went through his pace in a separate session away from the rest of the team in Campinas on Monday.

Godfrey Oboabona Back In Super Eagles Training.

The cenre-backs return comes as a major boost for the African champions ahead of Wednesday’s battle for first-place finish against favourites Argentina. A draw against the two-time champions sees coach Stephen Keshi’s team into the round of 16 for the first time in 16 years.

Keshi could name the ex-Sunshine Stars defender in the Super Eagles squad for the final group game in place of captain Joseph Yobo, who is just a game shy of his 100 Nigeria caps.

Its good news that I will reach that milestone but what is uppermost in my mind is for the team to win and for us to advance to the next stage, said 33-year-old Yobo. The rest will be a bonus,

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