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Navratilova: ‘Coco Gauff can change the world’

first_img Loading… Martina Navratilova has said rising tennis star, Coco Gauff, has the ability to “change the world for the better” after the American delivered a powerful speech at a Black Lives Matter demonstration last month.Gauff shot to prominence at Wimbledon last year when she beat Venus Williams en route to the last 16 at the age of 15, before claiming her maiden WTA title in October. Now 16, Gauff spoke at a peaceful protest in her home city of Delray Beach last month, and 18-time grand slam winner Navratilova was full of praise for her, saying her actions show that tennis is still “at the forefront of social change”. Navratilova told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “She’s just so poised on and off the court. She was just really brought up with great qualities and it shows how she plays, it shows how she’s active now politically. “I smile so much when I see the reach that she already has now and she will have in the future. “She’s one of those people that can change the world for the better and she seems to want to do that. “I think the way things are going now, with some countries making great progress and some countries, like ours here in America – in my opinion – going backwards in time, I think it’s essential that people get involved. “Because I think they’re seeing how much politics can affect their lives and their freedoms. “Sport has always been at the forefront of social change and now it can be that again with Black Lives Matter and just equality for all. Promoted ContentTake A Look At The Celebs Who Lost Their Money And WhyThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe 6 Weirdest Things You Can Learn On WikiHow11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You9 Best Movie Robots Of All Time8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right Now6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Bettercenter_img “Tennis has had its share of obstacles but I think overall we’ve been at the forefront of social change and it seems like now with Coco Gauff leading the charge, we’re still there.” Navratilova, who won nine of her grand slam singles titles at Wimbledon, spoke about missing the event, which would have been taking place at the moment had it not been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. read also:Australian Open: Coco Gauff, 15, stuns title-holder Osaka She added: “It’s the only major that I have not missed since ’73, since I started playing. “It’s sad. I’ve spent over three years of my life in the UK and love it there. And it’s such a lovely time of the summer anyway. “In the history of the sport, anybody that was a giant of the sport played there so you just feel those ghosts, you feel that magic of the giants of the game. “They were all there at one time or another so you’re kind of connected when you’re there. I miss all of it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Zenith /Delta Principals’ Cup: Keshi Stadium to Host Final April 1

first_imgThe final of this year’s edition of the Delta State Principals’ Cup has been fixed for April 1 and venue is the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.Incidentally, this venue has hosted international matches in recent time. The Super Eagles defeated Seychelles 3-1on Friday at the arena and today, the U-23 team will tackle Libya in an AFCON qualifier second led tie. Also tomorrow, the Super Eagle will clash with the Pharaohs in an international friendly encounter.No doubt, the people of Delta will continue with this football feast on Monday next week when the final of the youth football competition sponsored by Zenith Bank takes centre stage.Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who entered into a partnership agreement with the sponsors three years ago to revive the competition which was in limbo for 27 years, has confirmed that he will be present for the final.The governor was present at the final of the first and second edition of the tournament and the young ones will also be glad to have him around this term.Commissioner for Basic and secondary Education, Chiedu Ebie, confirmed at the weekend that Govvernor Okowa would be at the final.The organisers led by Tony Pemu are excited as all the four finalists that will compete for honours on the final day.Pemu said all arrangements have been concluded to make the April 1 date grand for all participants.“We are all happy that the date is here and the schools are ready to excite us with their talents,” Pemu said.Only last week, Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, stated that plans were in place to make this year’s final better than the previous ones.He commended the finalists of the competition which involved hundreds of private and public secondary schools in the state.Obule Integrated School, Sapele and Boys Secondary School, Obiaruku will compete in the final while Ekpan Secondary School and Comprehensive secondary school will clash in the third place shortly before the final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Poch’s men blow two-goal lead after Kane penalty and Moura thunderbolt

first_imgSPURS tossed away a two-goal lead as they came Acropolis in Athens.Harry Kane fired the North Londoners ahead against the run of play with a 26th minute penalty.9 Mathieu Valbuena leads ecstatic celebrations following his equaliser for Olympiakos after they trailed 2-0Credit: Reuters9 Harry Kane clashes with Olympiakos’ Tunisia defender Yassine MeriahCredit: Getty Images – Getty9 Brazilian Lucas Moura celebrates after making it 2-0 on the half-hourCredit: AP:Associated PressLast season’s semi-final hat-trick hero Lucas Moura added another four minutes later with a sizzling shot from outside of the area as Tottenham looked in total control.But Daniel Podence pulled a goal back for Olympiakos in the 44th minute.And after VAR had confirmed the assistant ref was right to rule out a Dele Alii ‘goal’ for offside, the Mathieu Valbuena made it 2-2 with the second spot kick of the night after he had been fouled by Vertonghen.Alli and sub Erik Lamela both had shots saved by hosts’ keeper Jose Sa late on as Spurs went in search of a winner.WEDNESDAY’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTSGroup AClub Brugge 0 – 0 GalatasarayParis Saint Germain 3 – 0 Real MadridGroup BOlympiakos 2 – 2 TottenhamBayern Munich 3 – 0 Red Star BelgradeGroup CDinamo Zagreb 4 – 0 AtalantaShakhtar Donetsk 0 – 3 Man CityGroup DAtletico Madrid 2 – 2 JuventusBayer Leverkusen 1 – 2 Lokomotiv MoscowFIVE CHANGESAnd while Olympiakos are now unbeaten in 19 matches in all competitions since February, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and his players will be disappointed to have thrown away a two-goal lead just like they did at Arsenal earlier this month.Pochettino made five changes to the starting line-up from Saturday’s 4-0 win at home to Crystal Palace, with seven of those who started in Madrid keeping their places.They included Christian Eriksen, who arguably had one of his poorest performances in a Spurs shot.Kane’s strike was his 15th Champions League goal in just 20 appearances.It may not have been enough to have earned his team a win but with one point they at least have the same number as they did from their opening three group matches last season.9 Lucas Moura doubled the Tottenham lead with a thumping finish into the cornerCredit: Reuters9 Harry Kane salutes his 26th minute spot-kick opener in GreeceCredit: Reuters9 England skipper Harry Kane fires Spurs in front from the penalty spot with the first of their two goals in four minutesCredit: ReutersACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneMORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this year9 Spurs htman Harry Kane tumbles to earn the penalty he himself scored midway in the first halfCredit: Reuters9 Mathieu Valbuena fires Olympiacos level from the penalty spot on 54 minutesCredit: AP:Associated Press9 Mathieu Valbuena watches as his spot-kick equaliser flies inCredit: Reuterslast_img read more

Liverpool 0-0 Bolton: Reds frustrated as battling Trotters secure FA Cup replay

first_img1 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey in action for Bolton on his return to Anfield Liverpool avoided falling victim to a day of FA Cup giant slayings but failed to overcome Championship outfit Bolton, with the Reds facing a fourth-round replay following a 0-0 draw at Anfield.With Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham all dumped out against lesser opposition earlier in the day – Jose Mourinho’s Blues suffering the biggest shock against League One Bradford – Brendan Rodgers’ men were hoping to come through unscathed against the Trotters.And while they were rarely troubled at the back, with veteran goalscorer Eidur Gudjohnsen twice firing wide from the visitors’ best chances, Liverpool were repeatedly felled by in-form goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.The Hungarian pulled off a string of fine saves in the second-half, denying Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Fabio Borini, and his heroics between the sticks saw a battling Bolton hold on.It was goalless at the break after a cagey first 45 minutes, with Liverpool dominating possession but struggling to break down the stubborn defences of Bolton, who began to withdraw into their own half after an impressive start.The Reds were unconvincing in the opening stages but soon began to look more comfortable, with Jordan Henderson seeing a Steven Gerrard – who was rested by Rodgers – style volley well saved by the impressive Adam Bogdan, who was a constant thorn in Liverpool’s side.The game began to peter out before the break, but there was a heart-on-mouth moment for home fans when Bolton’s Dean Moxey hammered a volley from 20 yards which beat the flailing Simon Mignolet but drifted narrowly wide of the post.Liverpool stepped up the pressure after the re-start, with half-time substitute Lazar Markovic causing problems on the left flank while Bogdan was brought into action again, rushing off his line to prevent Sterling running through on goal.The shot-stopper was in the thick of it moments later, getting down low to tip away another Coutinho effort, with on-loan full-back Javier Manquillo slicing the rebound inexplicably wide with the goal at his mercy.Bolton forward Gudjohnsen then had two great chances in as many minutes, first sidefooting wide after great wide play from Tim Ream, and then volleying over the bar from close-range from an unmarked position in the box.Liverpool carried more attacking threat following the introduction of Borini off the bench, with the Italian making an immediate impact and forcing another excellent save from the full-stretch Bogan, who did well to tip away the striker’s arrowed drive.Adam Lallana was next to go close for the Merseysiders, though the England international really should have done better as he headed over following brilliant link-up play between the hosts’ brightest players, Coutinho and Sterling.Chances kept flowing as the Reds piled on the pressure in four minutes of added-time, a closely-marked Borini heading wide and Lucas seeing a long-range effort blocked, but Bolton managed to hold on, with the away stand erupting in celebration at the full-time whistle.They host Liverpool at the Macron Stadium in ten days time.last_img read more