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International Round-Up: Kudus scores again in Ghana win



Mohammed Kudus was on target for the second time in September’s international window as Ghana defeated Liberia in an international friendly on Tuesday night.

Fresh from netting in the Black Stars’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Central African Republic last week, the West Ham United summer signing was at it again in Accra, helping his country to a 3-1 win.

The score was locked at 0-0 at half-time, but Ghana took the contest away from their visitors in the second period, with Ernest Nuamah breaking the deadlock on 52 minutes.

Kudus then added his team’s second, before Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew scored a third, meaning Liberia’s late reply was nothing more than a consolation.

Kudus now has nine goals from his 26 international caps.

Elsewhere, Saïd Benrahma started in Algeria’s 1-0 friendly victory away at Senegal.

The Irons forward was part of a front three in Diamniadio, where Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Farés Chaibi scored the winning goal with 64 minutes on the clock.

Like Kudus and Ghana, Algeria’s attentions will now turn to January’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ivory Coast.

Nayef Aguerd’s Morocco returned to action following the tragic earthquake suffered in the country last week, defeating Burkina Faso 1-0 in a friendly in Lens, France.

Aguerd played the 90 minutes in the centre of defence alongside former Wolves man Romain Saïss, as his nation kept a clean sheet, ensuring Azzedine Ounahi’s first half goal was enough for victory.

Maxwel Cornet, meanwhile, was among the substitutes for Ivory Coast’s friendly against Mali in Abidjan. However, that match was abandoned due to weather issues at half-time with the score at 0-0.

Switching continents, Edson Álvarez’s Mexico were in action for a friendly against Uzbekistan in Atlanta, USA.

Álvarez played an hour, winning his 71st cap for El Tri, as they drew an entertaining contest 3-3.

Raúl Jiménez gave Mexico an early lead, only for Uzbekistan to score twice to leave Álvarez’s side chasing the game.

They did so successfully, and looked to have won the contest when they notched twice inside the final ten minutes through Jiménez again and Uriel Antuna, but Uzbekistan found a stoppage time leveller to ensure the spoils would be shared.

Finally, Alphonse Areola was an unused substitute as France were defeated 2-1 by Germany in a friendly.

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Delta, Lagos Make The List As Karate Federation Releases Names Of Talent Discovered At Youth Games




The Karate Federation of Nigeria has just released a 12-man list of talent discovered at the recently concluded 7th National Youth Games in Asaba, Delta State.

According to the document signed by Javan Bernard for the Secretary General of the Karate Federation of Nigeria, and sighted by Sports Marketing International, only six states out of the good numbers of states that participated in the karate event of the games made the list with Delta State having the highest numbers of athletes, followed by Lagos, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Anambra, Edo and Oyo State.

From Delta are Eteimo Victory (-47kg), Ehiozube Jennifer (+47kg), Ehiozube Joshua (-50kg) and Oba Emmanuel (+50kg), Team Lagos have Akorede Elizabeth Gbemisola (-47kg) and Alabi Sherif Adigun (+50kg). Team Edo have Jimoh Bright (+50kg).

Others are Mariam Gimba (-47kg) and Ngodoo Stefanie (+47kg) from the FCT. Team Anambra have Goodluck Chukwuemeka Njoku (-50kg) and Collins Chiagozie Ndikwe (-50kg), while Team Oyo have only Vincent Like (-50kg).

It would be recalled that while speaking with journalists in Asaba during the youth games, Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh reiterated that his tenure in the ministry would focus on giving the young talents the attention they deserved, adding that one of his administration’s focuses is unearthing and also supporting young talents, who will transition into elite stars in the future.

He said athletes discovered at the Asaba 2023 would be groomed and monitored for them to be stars in their respective sports while noting that the country must ensure that there is no void in the continuum of progress when current elites begin to draw closer to the twilight of their careers.

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U.S. court to hear arguments over Ronaldo rape case settlement




A U.S. appeals court plans to hear Wednesday from lawyers trying to revive a woman’s bid to force Cristiano Ronaldo to pay millions more than the $375,000 in hush money he paid her after she claimed he raped her in Las Vegas in 2009.

An attorney for the woman is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the dismissal of the case in June 2022 and reopen the civil lawsuit she first filed in Nevada in 2018.

The appeal argues the federal court judge in Nevada erred in repeatedly rejecting the woman’s attempts to unseal and include as evidence the confidentiality agreement she signed in 2010 in accepting payments from Ronaldo.

A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based appellate court isn’t expected to issue an immediate ruling after it’s scheduled to question attorneys for Ronaldo and his accuser, Kathryn Mayorga, during oral arguments Wednesday at a special sitting at the law school on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mayorga gave consent through her lawyers, including Leslie Mark Stovall, to make her name public.

Ronaldo is one of the most recognizable and richest athletes in the world. He is the captain of Portugal’s national soccer team and has played for the Spanish team Real Madrid, Manchester United in England and the Italian club Juventus. He joined Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr at the start of the year after ending his second stint at Manchester United.

Las Vegas police reopened a rape investigation after Mayorga’s lawsuit was filed, but Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson decided in 2019 not to pursue criminal charges. He said too much time had passed and evidence failed to show that Mayorga’s accusation could be proved to a jury.

Mayorga, a former teacher and model from the Las Vegas area, was 25 when she met Ronaldo at a nightclub in 2009 and went with him and other people to his hotel suite. She alleges in her lawsuit filed almost a decade later that Ronaldo, then 24, sexually assaulted her in a bedroom. Ronaldo, through his lawyers, maintained the sex was consensual. The two reached a confidentiality agreement in 2010 under which Stovall acknowledged that Mayorga received $375,000.

In dismissing the case last year, U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey in Las Vegas took the unusual step of levying a $335,000 fine against Mayorga’s lead lawyer, Stovall, for acting in “bad faith” in filing the case on his client’s behalf. Stovall’s appeal on Mayorga’s behalf, filed in March calls Dorsey’s ruling “a manifest abuse of discretion,” seeks to open the records and revive the case.

It alleges Mayorga wasn’t bound by the confidentiality agreement because Ronaldo or his associates violated it before a German news outlet, Der Spiegel, published an article in April 2017 titled “Cristiano Ronaldo’s Secret” based on documents obtained from what court filings called “whistleblower portal Football Leaks.” Ronaldo’s lawyers argued — and the judge agreed — the “Football Leaks” documents and the confidentiality agreement are the product of privileged attorney-client discussions, there is no guarantee they are authentic and can’t be considered as evidence.

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Ten Hag: I’m responsible for latest defeat; there are no excuses again




Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has said everyone at the club is sticking “together” following their 3-2 loss to Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The defeat was United’s sixth in their last 10 games in all competitions — a torrid run of form has left them bottom of Champions League Group A and 10th in the Premier League.

“Last season was brilliant, terrific, more than we can expect, but also in this project there would be gaps and this moment is a very difficult period,” Ten Hag told a postmatch news conference.

“We are fighting together, we will stick together, we are behind each other; me, the directors and team all together, we will fight. We know we will do better and together we will come out.

“I am responsible for this team, this result, together with my squad. We have to do better but also I have seen a team with great spirit, and also one backed by the crowd from the start to the end. In the end the fans are disappointed as we are. But the good thing from this team is every time they find the energy.”

Goalkeeper André Onana made a sloppy pass to Galatasaray forward Mauro Icardi that led to Casemiro giving away a penalty and being sent off. The error comes after a rough start to life at Old Trafford, coming after a mistake in their previous Champions League defeat allowed Bayern Munich to open the scoring.

“We are happy with our goalkeeping group,” Ten Hag said. “Last season, Andre was in a final in the Champions League and can be one of the best goalkeepers in the world. We have seen already his great capabilities and also his personality. He will make a mistake and bounce back, and will do so again, I am sure,” he said.

“There are no excuses. Maybe we’re unbalanced [on the] left side but we still can’t make the errors we are and we have to do better, simple as that.”

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