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TRENDING: BRITISH Born Nigerian Boxer, ANTHONY JOSHUA Gives Joseph PARKER Bloody NOSE, Holds World Title Number FOUR…Wins on points 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 *28 yr. old Pugilist Parades Championship Belts as WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO * Victory in Cardiff becomes Joshua’s 21st straight career win * ‘I am Now Ready to Face Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury’-Joshua BY THOMAS IBADE/SPORTS EDITOR, CARDIFF

TRENDING: BRITISH Born Nigerian Boxer, ANTHONY JOSHUA Gives Joseph PARKER Bloody NOSE, Holds World Title Number FOUR…Wins on points 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 *28 yr. old Pugilist Parades Championship Belts as WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO * Victory...

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD GLOBALLY: ‘We Hereby Announce NIGERIA’S Born JOHN OGBONNA EMMANUEL as Number ONE Wrestler in the World’-UNITED World Wrestling *Retained status as Champion at African Wrestling Championship *Another Nigerian in the 79kg category, Agiomor Ekerekeme rated third in World Wrestling behind Iranian wrestlers Rashid Kurbanov, Ezzetollah Akabarizarinkolaei *Other Nigerians on World wrestling stage ranking: Robert Daufa rated 7th in the World in the 92kg category, Soso Tamara rated 9th in the World in the 97kg category, Welson Ebikewenimo rated 10th in the World in the 57kg category BY KELVIN OLUWANIKAN/SPORTS CORRESPONDENT, EGYPT

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD GLOBALLY: ‘We Hereby Announce NIGERIA’S Born JOHN OGBONNA EMMANUEL as Number ONE Wrestler in the World’-UNITED World Wrestling *Retained status as Champion at African Wrestling Championship *Another Nigerian...

SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN UNITED KINGDOM PRISON: NIGERIAN Retired FORMER Premier League Goalkeeper, ABDUL AZEEZA Jailed in London…For Possessing FAKE British Passport, Bogus Residency Permit *Investigators Discovered ex-Nigerian Professional footballer’s house used as factory in producing false traveling documents * Pleads GUILTY to TWO counts of possessing an Identity document with improper intent, possessing equipment with intention of making fake documents *Co-criminals’ Fate: Alfred Adekoya sentenced to 40 months and two weeks in custody after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture a fake document, Victor Ariyo-Spiritual Service/Money Laundering specialist bags THREE Years in Jail, Luke Nkanta-Courier sentenced to 16 Months in Prison BY MUMUNI ORIOLA/SPORTS CORRESPONDENT, UNITED KINGDOM

SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN UNITED KINGDOM PRISON: NIGERIAN Retired FORMER Premier League Goalkeeper, ABDUL AZEEZA Jailed in London…For Possessing FAKE British Passport, Bogus Residency Permit *Investigators Discovered ex-Nigerian Professional...

HISTORIC FEAT IN LIBERIA: ‘GOD, LIBERIAN People made me PRESIDENT of LIBERIA’-George WEAH, 25th President of Liberia …Three-time African Footballer of the Year, first African player to win Ballon d’Or succeed the first elected female President *Says: ‘My Victory has changed the face of Politics in Africa, Youths are eligible to contest and become President’ * ‘60% of our population, Liberian Youths under the age of 30 voted for me’ * ‘The Lord help me Defeat Joseph Boakai former Liberian Vice-President in power for 12 years, Don’t you ever give up your Dreams’ * Ex-FIFA World Player of the Year fights illiteracy, Graduates in Bachelors Degree with Distinction in Business Management from Devry University, USA *Had Masters degree in Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, Devry University * Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s Football Club Manager Congratulates WEAH: “I congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia” * “This is a challenge to Nigeria’s former Super Eagles’ Superstars..Austin Okocha, Sunday Oliseh, Kanu Nwankwo and rest to freely contest Nigeria’s Presidency in 2019”-Nigerian American Press Association BY ROSEMARY ABBOT, STAFF REPORTER, MONROVIA

HISTORIC FEAT IN LIBERIA: ‘GOD, LIBERIAN People made me PRESIDENT of LIBERIA’-George WEAH, 25th President of Liberia …Three-time African Footballer of the Year, first African player to win Ballon d’Or succeed the first...

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD WORLDWIDE: NIGERIAN Physically Challenged Lady, ALICE OLUWAFEMIAYO Makes HISTORY, Breaks WORLD Record as a WEIGHTLIFTER in MEXICO…Defeats earlier women’s +86kg record at the World Para Powerlifting Championships *Wins Power After Lifting 140kg in her first three attempts *Fourth Attempt outshines former Record in 2014 by lifting 145kg * Tells Paralympic website: “I feel very happy, it was not something I was expecting” * “I believe that Nigeria are the best in powerlifting in the world. The first event of the competition and we have a world record already broken”-National coach, Feyisetan Are BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD WORLDWIDE: NIGERIAN Physically Challenged Lady, ALICE OLUWAFEMIAYO Makes HISTORY, Breaks WORLD Record as a WEIGHTLIFTER in MEXICO…Defeats earlier women’s +86kg record at the World Para Powerlifting Championships *Wins...

HONOR FOR NIGERIA ABROAD: NIGERIAN Doctor, Anambra State Genius BENNET OMALU Wins AMERICAN Medical Association AWARD…Still First Person in the World to Identify Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Sports *Presents Detailed Paperwork on CTE to National Football League *Justified as work justified change the face of American football *At 16 years joined University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Earned Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at 22 years *Graduates in Masters of Business Administration from Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University * “I discovered that science and faith actually go together, because, science and faith seek the truth, and there can only be one truth”-OMALU * ‘Omalu identified chronic brain damage, as a major factor in the death of other professional athletes, particularly football players. He called the disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. Omalu is without question, the winner of the distinguished service award’-Andrew Gurman, President of American Medical Association BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF/UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

HONOR FOR NIGERIA ABROAD: NIGERIAN Doctor, Anambra State Genius BENNET OMALU Wins AMERICAN Medical Association AWARD…Still First Person in the World to Identify Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Sports *Presents Detailed Paperwork on...

SUCCESS AGAINST ALL ODDS: NIGERIAN Born Anambra State Man, VINCENT AGULUEFO Wins 2017 World’s Greatest Bodybuilding Heavyweight NPC Ruby Championship in USA…Defeats 50 Others to earn GOLD Trophy * Honored FIRST PLACE in Men’s Bodybuilding Heavyweight, Overall Winner & Men’s Classic Physique and Overall Outlook’ * Strongly Holding Unto the Promises of God in Miracles * ‘Always I Believe I will Make NIGERIA proud Abroad’-Aguluefo * His favorite QUOTE: “Sometimes we gotta walk through fire to be purified Gold, Believe in Yourself Always” BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

SUCCESS AGAINST ALL ODDS: NIGERIAN Born Anambra State Man, VINCENT AGULUEFO Wins 2017 World’s Greatest Bodybuilding Heavyweight NPC Ruby Championship in USA…Defeats 50 Others to earn GOLD Trophy * Honored FIRST PLACE in Men’s...

FROM 20 YEARS TILL DATE: NIGERIA’S MAGIC PLAYER, ‘Jay Jay OKOCHA’ Wins BOLTON WANDERERS’ Best Player Award…Fans says he is best player to have ever played at the Reebok Stadium, now Macron Stadium *Beats former Spain defender Ivan Campo and French forward Youri Djorkaeff * Jay Jay captures the hearts of not only the Bolton faithful, but football fans across the country for his silky skills and cheeky smile *REMARKABLE: Shine for Trotters on 145 occasions, played in the Carling Cup Final – where he scored two unforgettable free-kicks in the semi-final first leg – and and also in the UEFA Cup BY CHUKA NINIABU/SPORTS REPORTER, UNITED KINGDOM

FROM 20 YEARS TILL DATE: NIGERIA’S MAGIC PLAYER, ‘Jay Jay OKOCHA’ Wins BOLTON WANDERERS’ Best Player Award…Fans says he is best player to have ever played at the Reebok Stadium, now Macron Stadium *Beats former...

INSPIRATIONAL ABROAD: Nigerian-AMERICAN, AL-FAROUQ AJIEDE AMINU is Reigning United States Professional Basketball Player…Signs $30million Contract with Portland Trail Blazers *Earlier played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game *Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2010 NBA draft with eighth overall pick *Recorded 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in an 87–99 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on April 17, 2013 *Won with the D’Tigers of Nigeria the 2015 FIBA Africa Championship (AfroBasket) in Tunisia by defeating Angola 74–65 *Played in Los Angeles Clippers (2010–2011), New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2011–2014), Dallas Mavericks (2014–2015), Portland Trail Blazers (2015–present) BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

INSPIRATIONAL ABROAD: Nigerian-AMERICAN, AL-FAROUQ AJIEDE AMINU is Reigning United States Professional Basketball Player…Signs $30million Contract with Portland Trail Blazers *Earlier played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition...

BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian American, AKBAR OLUWAKEMI-IDOWU GBAJA-BIAMILA Making Waves in Hollywood…His American Ninja Warrior show Receives 2nd EMMY Nomination Award as Best Reality Competition Series *Former professional American football player works as Sports Analyst for the NFL Network *Basketball Star, teammates won back-to-back City and State Championships in 1996 and 1997 *Named team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year, compiling 11 sacks and 74 tackles in his senior campaign *HIS Yoruba Heritage, Nigerian ancestry, Biological Parental links to Bolatito(Mother), Mustapha(Father) Revealed *PLUS How He played College Football at San Diego State University BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian American, AKBAR OLUWAKEMI-IDOWU GBAJA-BIAMILA Making Waves in Hollywood…His American Ninja Warrior show Receives 2nd EMMY Nomination Award as Best Reality Competition Series *Former professional American football...