This weeks edition on Billzbox Media Sports Round-Up features a whole lot of new headies as we look at what happens next after Russia 2018.
Below Are The Headies:
* France Emerge World Champions, Received Heroic Welcome.
* LMC Suspends NPFL Indefinitely
* Djokovic & Keber Emerges Wimbledon Champions, Top Ranks As Murray Hits Massive Slide down.
* Tour De France Reaches Finale, Organizers Criticized for absence Of Women Events.
* Manny Pacquaio Wins As Joshua Is Set To Face Povetkin.
* Calabar Marathon Set To Take Place Before Carnival Calabar.
* Transfers Windows Get Busy As Clubs Hit Pre-Season.
WHAT NEXT AFTER RUSSIA 2018:
From The most significant sporting event shutting down to the continuation of the crises in Nigeria football, Here’s a quick recap of all the trending stories that happened over the weekend and Monday night.
FRANCE EMERGE CHAMPIONS, RECEIVE HEROIC WELCOME:
France emerged champions in Sunday’s final against first-time finalists, Croatia after a Six(6) goal thrilling encounter which involved the first own goal in a world cup final and the joint highest goal scoring final in the tournament’s history.
An unfortunate own goal From Croatia and Juventus striker, Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring for the French side with Ivan Perisic getting the equaliser Ten(10) minutes after. Minutes later, Referee Nestor Pitana awarded a penalty after having a long look at the Video Assistant referee (VAR) which saw Atletico Madrid forward Griezman convert to a goal. Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe were the other scorers while Mandzukic made a goal off Hugo Lloris error. 4-2 it ended! Moreover, Le blues Reigned Supreme!
That victory makes it a 2nd for the French side dominated by immigrants mainly from Africa, and Coach Didier Deschamps the 3rd manager to win the World Cup both as a coach and a player after Saggalo of Brazil and Franc of Germany.
France is now the 6th country to have the world cup more than once.
RUSSIA 2018 WORLD CUP IS ARGUABLY THE BEST WORLD CUP!
Lots of commendation to the host team for staging a successful world cup event which saw the predictions of pundits fail, The Big nation fail, the big names fall and technology rule.
*Golden Ball Awards- Luka Modric – Croatia
*Fifa Young Player Award-Kylian Mbappe-France
*Golden Boot Award-Harry Kane-England
*Golden Glove Award-Thibout Courtois-Belgium
*Post-Russia 2018 World Cup Updates
*Qatar has been handed the mandate for 2022 World Cup
*Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin gave all fans with ID visa-free entry till the end of 2018.
*Lagos state government have come to the aid of stranded Nigerians in Russia
*Argentina sacked Jorge Sampoali as coach.
LMC SUSPENDS NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE INDEFINITELY!
However, we are as surprised as you are! The feud between Amaju Melvin Pinnick and Chris Giwa has extended its ripple effect to the country’s elite league as LMC Confirmed the indefinite postponement of the league.
In a recent letter sent to the owners of the 20 clubs currently participating in the league…The Letter reads
“Kindly be informed that the League Management Company (LMC) has decided to postpone the resumption of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) indefinitely,”
“The decision is based on the current adverse circumstances in the administration of football in the country as a result of which sponsors, partners and service providers have expressed strong concerns and are reviewing their involvement in the league.
“There is, however, the need to engage them further in this regard to mitigate against any possible adverse outcome. Furthermore, organising matches of the NPFL under the current circumstances might cause irreversible damage to the League brand.”
The letter was communicated via the chief operating officer, Salihu Abubakar.
Let’s watch where all these dramas will lead to.
Novak Djokovic defeated Kevin Anderson to win the final of Wimbledon to win his fourth Wimbledon title. It was Kevin Anderson’s first Wimbledon final.
That victory closed propelled him back to top skipping 11 places to 10th in the rankings.
1. Rafael Nadal
2. Roger Federer
3. Alexander Zverev
4. Juan Martin Del Potro
5. Kevin Anderson
6. 6. Grigor Dimitrov
Serena Williams lost to Angelique Kerber in the finals of the Wimbledon. Despite her loss, she returned to the world’s top 30.
Manny Pacquiao did light work of Lucas Mathysse by posting his first knockout win since losing to Jeff horn and since stopping former four-division champion, Miguel Cotto. He won (60-7-2 39 knockouts) to claim a welterweight title and stake his claim in the sport.
He will likely face Vasiliy Lomachenko or Terrence Crawford. Senator Pacquaio will return to his country to continue public service until then.
Anthony Joshua will face fighting Alexander Povetkin on the 22nd of December at Wembley for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight titles.
Potvekin who defeated David Price in his last outing will be looking to cause an upset.
The Maiden edition of the Calabar marathon has been announced after the IAAF and Athletics Federation of Nigeria AFN certified the race. The race event is set to hold a day to the carnival Calabar dry run with prizes from 1million naira up for grabs!
Interested persons could register for the event at www.calabarmarathon.org/mreg.
(Done Deals, Whispers & Ongoing Negotiations)
*Christiano Ronaldo has been unveiled by Real Madrid after which the players sold 50million pounds worth of jersey for his new club. He’s got the Midas touch! Hasn’t he?
*Daley Blind has been resigned by Ajax from Manchester United on a four year deal for a fee of about 18 million pounds.
*Diego Maradona have been appointed as the club chairman of Belarus’ Dynamo Brest.
*Manchester United have indicated interested on France’s wonderkin, Kylian Mbappe and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic.
* Arsenal’s Manager, Unai Emery is preparing to trim his squad and Welbeck, and David Ospina is possible casualties.
*Ahmed Musa is linked with a move to Saudi Arabian Club Al Nassr for a reported fee of 40Million Pounds.