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D’Tigers shock USA in pre-Olympics basketball friendly

Nigeria shocked their USA counterparts 90-87 in a pre-Olympic basketball friendly on Saturday night.

The game was played in Las Vegas, Nevada.

D’Tiger, with six NBA players and head coach Mike Brown in charge, became the first African nation to beat the Americans.

It is the first of five tune-up games for USA before the Olympics in Tokyo.

They were without three players still active in the NBA Finals.

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant led the Americans with 17 points.

Nigeria was led by Gabe Vincent with 21 points.

“I’m kind of glad it happened,” USA head coach Gregg Popovich said.

Popovich noted that the Nigerians have been training together since June, while his side was assembled just four days earlier.

He added that the defeat should be seen as a learning experience and not “the end of the world.”

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Arteta promotes Arthur Okonkwo to Arsenal first-team

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Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has promoted Arthur Okonkwo to the first team.

This comes after the 19-year-old goalkeeper signed a long-term contract with the Gunners.

Okonkwo joined the club as an under-9 player before he was signed as a scholar in July 2018.

In the 2020/2021 campaign, he trained with the first team regularly and also travelled with the squad as a third choice goalkeeper.

Arteta told the club's official website: “We welcome Arthur to the first-team squad. We are so happy another academy player has come through our system at the club.

“Together with Arthur’s huge talent and hard work, we thank our colleagues at the academy for developing Arthur in recent years to get to...

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Copa America final: Messi finally wins international trophy as Argentina beat Brazil

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Lionel Messi has landed his first trophy with Argentina, after they beat Brazil in the Copa America final on Saturday.

Angel Di Maria's 22nd minute strike proved to be decisive, as they won 1-0 at the Maracana.

The victory ended Argentina’s 28-year wait for a major trophy, and also ended Brazil’s unbeaten home record that stretched back more than 2,500 days.

“It’s a great title, especially for our people. The fans support the team unconditionally. I think they can identify with this team that never gives in,” said Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni.

It was the first time in six editions playing at home that Brazil had failed to lift the trophy.

And while 34-year-old Messi’s odyssey...

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‘We have cried and danced together’ Actress Mercy Aigbe gets emotional as she recounts life experiences with daughter on her 20th birthday

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A few hours after soliciting prayers from her fans and followers, Nollywood actress Mercy Aigbe has penned a special tribute for her daughter on her 20th birthday.

Mercy Aigbe, in the post shared on her Instagram page, said she's emotional as she wished she is currently with her daughter to celebrate together.

The actress said she is also proud of her daughter's intelligence, hardworking, selflessness, humble and respect.

According to Mercy Aigbe, she misses her daughter so much, recounting how they stay up late at night to discuss anything and everything, being through life challenges together, adding they have cried, danced and partied together.

She also prayed for her daughter to continue to sparkle like the star and urged her fans to...

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