Yaya Touré will leave Manchester City at the end of the season, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed. The 34-year-old midfielder has been one of City’s most influential players since joining the club from Barcelona in 2010.

He played a key role in the Premier League title successes of 2012 and 2014 but has fallen down the pecking order this term and started just seven games in all competitions.

“He is not going to stay next season,” Guardiola said today.

It is finally happening after years of promise - Jamie Foxx says his biopic about Mike Tyson will come to the big screen soon.

Tyson himself revealed the film is in "pre-production" with Jamie playing him from the ages of 20 through to his mid thirties. Foxx just turned 50.

Foxx has been building the finances with producers for the planned movie about the astonishing rise of the Brooklyn fighter from the NY C streets to become undisputed heavyweight world champion.

Foxx also admitted that he never takes for granted his Oscar win for his last biopic Ray, especially as other African American stars like Sidney Poitier were overlooked by the Academy in the past.

The actor, comic and singer is "very optimistic" that the movie will happen within the next couple of years.

Jamie, speaking at the Mercedes Benz Oscar Viewing Party in LA, admitted: "I am really excited.

"I know him. I know the story, and I am really excited to film this.

"I cannot wait for people to see what I get to see about him."

Former Real Madrid and Brazil left full-back, Roberto Carlos, will visit Nigeria on March 28 to launch the Real Madrid Foundation Football Clinics for schools.

Yomi Umar, Head of the Real Madrid Foundation Football School and Clinics, Nigeria, disclosed this during a visit to the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Umar who is also the Director, SPR Luxury said his team was in Abuja to inform the minister on the foundation’s activities and the visit of the Real Madrid legend.

Umar said SPR Luxury, in partnership with the Real Madrid Football Foundation and Danjan Sports (UK), would establish a football clinic and school in Nigeria.

Former world number one Serena Williams made her return to competitive tennis five months after giving birth as she teamed up with sister Venus for the US team in the Fed Cup.

In what was a last-minute change to the billing as the Americans had already won the tie against the Netherlands, the pair lost the dead doubles rubber 6-2 6-3.

But this was never about the scoreline, as demonstrated by the standing ovation and loud cheers that welcomed back the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion.

And among those in the sell-out crowd in Asheville, North Carolina was baby Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

"It's great. It's her first match so I'm glad she got to see it," Serena said in an on-court interview.

Swedish Coach, Thomas Dennerby, has officially been unveiled as the new Head Coach of Nigeria’s senior women’s team, the Super Falcons. Dennerby, a former Coach of the Women’s National Team of Sweden, won 34 caps for Swedish junior teams between 1975 and 1981.

He coached the Swedish Women’s Senior Team between 2005 and 2012, during which the team played at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the 2007 and 2011 FIFA World Cup finals, winning bronze at the latter tournament.

In announcing Dennerby’s appointment, NFF 2nd Vice President/Chairman of Strategy, Shehu Dikko, said: “The NFF decided to go for a coach of the calibre of Thomas Dennerby for three reasons: to sustain and enhance the Super Falcons’ dominance on the African scene; to take the Falcons and the other women teams to the next level of challenging for laurels at global competitions like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup and; to generally lay the foundation for the real development of women’s football in our country.”

Former Serie A star and football agent, Massimo Briaschi has disclosed that AS Roma striker, Edin Dzeko is halfway there in his move to Chelsea

Dzeko is in talks over a deal to join the Premier league champions.

According to Briaschi, the deal with AS Roma will be done before deadline day of January transfer window.

“Now he has a foot in London,” Briaschi told Tutto Mercato Web Radio.

“There are still situations to be fixed but I think he will go to Chelsea.

“The proposal is important for Roma and the player,” the former Juventus hitman said.

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has lauded praise on Chelsea new signing Ross Barkley from Everton in the January transfer window.

Barkley has been on the radar of the Premier League Champions since last summer and Chelsea has finally got their man.

The 24-year-old is yet to make his debut due to injury but the England international was available against Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday and will be hoping to make his first appearance for the Blues.

And Chelsea midfielder Kante has admitted that he is a big fan of Barkley and is backing him to be a great addition to the squad at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to club’s website, Kante said: “He is a good player.

“I played against him when I was at Leicester and in my first season at Chelsea. He has the ability to score.

“He can play in different positions: he is a very good no.10 or no.8. He can help us achieve our target this season.”

Barkley will be hoping to get some quality minute against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.

African football is mourning the death of former Burkina Faso goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye who died from a long illness in hospital in Bobo-Dioulasso aged 37.

Soulama won 42 caps for his country and played twice as the Stallions finished runners-up at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

His last professional club - Accra Hearts of Oak - led the tributes, announcing plans to observe a minute's silence before their Ghanaian FA Cup final against Asante Kotoko on Sunday.

"We are shocked to learn of the passing of our former goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye. We extend our deepest commiserations to his family," Hearts announced.

Rivals Asante Kotoko of Kumasi, for whom Abdoulaye also played, expressed their condolences.

"We are saddened to confirm the passing of Soulama Abdoulaye. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the Porcupine fraternity," Kotoko tweeted.

Some of Burkina Faso's top stars and notable Africans have also been playing tribute to the veteran goalkeeper.

Usain Bolt loves Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton loves Usain Bolt ... and they professed their love for each other at an F1 race in Texas over the weekend.

The two were both VIP guests at the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on Sunday -- where they hung out and BS'd together before the race?

Bolt told Bill he's the greatest President ever. Clinton told Bolt, "I'm a huge fan."

 Cristiano Ronaldo has shown again how philanthropic he can be as he has reportedly paid the medical bills of 370 victims injured in the devastating Portuguese wildfires.

His pop star sister, Katia Aveiro posted a link to a report about the Real Madrid’s forward’s generosity on her Facebook page.

It says: “Cristiano Ronaldo paid for the medical treatment of the 370 people injured in the Portuguese wildfires.”

Applauding the move, she adds to the post: ‘And that is It. Good night.’

The devastating wildfires which struck on Sunday near Tabua, 120 miles (200km) north of Lisbon, claimed the lives of 42 people including a one-month-old baby and injured many.

Following the news of the wildfires, the football star from Madeira in Portugal, who’s the Richest sportsman in the World, took to his Facebook to show solidarity to the family of the victims.

“It’s impossible to remain indifferent to this tragedy. Solidarity with the relatives and friends of the victims.

“Full support for firefighters who risk their live to help in the best way possible.”

Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, in an interview with Lagos Talks FM, disclosed that the players and officials, shared their match bonus with goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who is down with Leukemia, after defeating Zambia 1-0 in their World Cup Qualifiers game.

 According to Gernot Rohr, Carl paved way for the Nigerian team with his fine performance in their first away game to Zambia in Ndola which they won 1-0.
He said;

“At first don’t forget him, you win you have a bonus everybody gave his part to Carl he was very happy ‎, the next idea I have is to go and see him to say thanks for what you did in the first game against Zambia. “We can’t forget he brought us on the right way and we are sure he will come out of this great fight he has to fight and come with us to the World Cup,”

Father of Nigerian and Arsenal FC player, Alex Iwobi, Chuka Iwobi took to social media to celebrate his son for helping Nigeria to qualify for the 2018 Russia world cup. Chuka Iwobi, via his facebook page, congratulated his son as he felt proud to be his father.

He wrote;

Nigeria 1 Zambia 0
so proud of you as a father – I am honoured that you played a part in our qualification to the World Cup in Russia.
Young Alex following in the footsteps of his Uncle Jay jay- Russia world cup, here we come!!!
We have so many reasons to thank the Lord

A social media user Emeka Onwuka‏ @CalvinEmeka posted the below photo with the caption “Proud parents. They will be in Russia to watch their kid. #MrandMrsBalogun. #SuperEagles.”

and leon retweeted it with the caption;
“@LeonBalogun: Mama & Papa I made it – your little Leon is going to the World Cup. We’ve came a long way. Proud to be your son .”

Super Eagles & FSV Mainz 05 defender Leon Balogun broke down in tears after himself and his teammates earned the much needed threepoints against Zambia to earn a ticket to the world Cup in Russia.

 The 29-year-old immediately after the final whistle sort the shoulders of his captain John Obi Mikel in an emotional embrace.

The Super Eagles celebrated their victory over Zambia yesterday and qualification for Russia 2018 World Cup by pouring water on John Mikel Obi.

Press play to watch the video below and see the players led by Ogenyi Onazi, Ahmed Musa and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, shower a surprised Mikel Obi while they were changing outfits in their locker room.

 Watch the video below;

Nigeria have become the first African side to book their place at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ after a 1-0 win over Zambia in Uyo earned them an unassailable lead at the head of Group B.

Alex Iwobi repeated his feat of being the thorn in the Zambians’ side, once again finding himself on the scoresheet against the Chipolopolo. Having scored in the first Group B game between the sides, he came off the bench in the second half to end Zambian hopes of creating a final day climax on 6 November, instead seeing the Super Eagles book a spot at their sixth finals.

Seen by many as the toughest group of the continent’s five qualifying tables, Nigeria have been dominant, remaining unbeaten throughout and only dropping points thanks to a Cameroonian penalty on the road in Yaounde. The 4-0 win a few days earlier against the reigning African champions was a particular highlight.

With a rich youthful streak through the side, seeing the likes of Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon score crucial goals throughout qualifying, there will be something of a fresh feel to the side who have only missed one tournament – Germany 2006 – since their debut in 1994.

Led by the seasoned John Obi Mikel, who made his belated World Cup debut at Brazil 2014, they will hoping to better their Round of 16 exit from three years ago – the furthest stage they have reached, having also done so in their first two appearances.

Arjen Robben has poked fun at big-spending Paris Saint-Germain on the eve of Bayern Munich’s key Champions League away match in the French capital.

With Anderlecht and Celtic also in the pool, the PSG-Bayern clash at Paris’ Parc de Princes on Wednesday could well decide the winner of Group B.

“Paris have certainly given out a few more euros than us, but money doesn’t score goals, quality on the pitch scores goals, good teams score goals,” said veteran winger Robben before the team jetted to Paris.

“I am convinced we can get something out of this game.”

Nevertheless, the biggest test for Bayern’s shaky defence — which threw away a two-goal lead at home to struggling Wolfsburg in a 2-2 draw last Friday — will be to contain ‘MCN’.

“Of course, that is an attack with world-class players, we have to control that, but we have more experience,” countered Rummenigge.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness launched a thinly-veiled attack on PSG’s spending policy in an interview on Monday, but Rummenigge focused on the football.

“This is a prestige game, but one thing is clear: the Champions League is not decided, we want to create the conditions to become group-winners.”

Boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, in an interview, has revealed the two boxers that can strip him off the world heavyweight title.

According to him, Kubrat Pulev  – his next challenger, and  Deontay Wilder  are the biggest threats to his current rank.
The Nigerian-British boxer revealed this in an interview with Skye Sports.
He said;
“My biggest threat is two people. My next challenger, Kubrat Pulev, because if I make one slip-up it all goes wrong”, Joshua said.
“Loads of experience, really good jab, he’s always kept himself at world title level. He’s very talented, in that sense.”
“Deontay Wilder is making noise in the States and that’s a fight that people want to see. So Wilder is a threat, as well.”
“I can’t let myself down. I’m capable of beating everyone – this is my ego talking – but I’ve got to keep my feet firmly on the ground.”
This coming ahead of October 28, 2017, unified world heavyweight champion showdown at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The fight would be the first time of Anthony Joshua in the ring after a definite win overWladimir Klitschko in April this year.

Joshua hoped to have a lucrative rematch with the Ukrainian in Las Vegas, but Klitschko opted for retirement. This leaves him with Kubrat Pulev as the last and mandatory option.

Arsenal's squad has been hit by a bout of food poisoning in China. Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud were unable to take part in a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich.

Sead Kolasinac started but was forced off in the first-half after throwing up on the pitch.
Arsenal won in a penalty shoot-out to decide the winning team but were more concerned about the lengthy casualty list.

Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey were also unwell but able to come on from the bench. One of the backroom staff has also been suffering from sickness.

Laurent Koscielny was absent with a back problem and assistant manager Steve Bould has been flown home after requiring surgery in Australia to cure a hernia in his neck.

'We have a virus in the camp,' said Wenger. 'The doctor thinks it is food poisoning.

Mertesacker and Giroud were sick. Kolasinac was sick. Theo Walcott and Aaron have had a little bit of food poisoning as well. I don't know what they ate.'

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