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Sports Minister, Others Commend Adesanya After Successful l Title Defence

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Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has congratulated Nigerian-born UFC middleweight champion, Isreal Adesanya, after retaining his title with a second round knockout of Paulo Costa in Abu Dhabi .

Adesanya made light work of his opponent , dominating the fight from start to finish as he wrapped up business with a knockout of Costa in the second round via punches .
Adesanya was barely touched in the fight and left Costa needing medical attention after the defeat .
Apart from the minister, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission , Abike Dabiri -Erewa and other Nigerians, also celebrated the Lagos -born UFC Star .
“ Isreal Adesanya wins again. Second round knockout ! Middleweight Champion of the World ! Nigeria in the podium again. Shout out to Lagos !“ Sunday Dare tweeted .
Dare also congratulated Canadian -born Nigerian fighter Hakeem Dawodu who had earlier defeated Russian Zubaira Tukhugov via split decision to stay unbeaten in nine professional MMA fights in the featherweight division.
“ I also congratulate and celebrate Hakeem Dawodu . Another Nigerian who won his fight this morning before Isreal, ” Dare added .
Chairman , Nigerians in Diaspora Commission , Abike Dabiri- Erewa also hailed Adesanya ’ s feat .
“ Congrats @stylebender . You made it all look so so easy ,” Dabiri- Erewa wrote on Twitter.
Other Nigerians also hailed the middleweight champion for the easy fight despite pundits predicting a tough encounter.
“ Izzy Adesanya knocked Costa out in round 2 of the # ufc 253 . The last style bender is one of the smartest fighters I have ever watched . A win for Nigeria . A win for Africa, ” OB Amponsah tweeted .
“ That left hook right behind Costa ’s ear did the damage . Israel Adesanya is no fluke . No one saw this game ending in round 2 , Naija great ,” @ cktwist 23 tweeted .
“ Israel Adesanya gave a shout out to Nigerians after an “ Izzy ” victory . He never forgets his roots . Congratulations, ” Elvis Tunde reacted to Adesanya ’ s win on Twitter.

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Tiger Woods Hospitalised After Car Crash

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US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “ major damage , ” the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s department said .
Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment , a statement said.
The extent of his injuries was not known . The roll -over collision near Los Angeles did not involve any other vehicles .

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FIFA Clears Eight Players For Super Eagles

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FIFA has cleared eight new players for the Super Eagles.
Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman is on top of the list.
Others on the list are:
* Jordan Torunarigha Hertha BSC
* Nathan Tella Southampton FC
* Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham FC
* Ovie Ejaria Reading FC
* Noni Madueke PSV
* Sheyi Ojo Cardiff City

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Arsenal Complete Martin Odegaard Signing

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Arsenal have made an official statement to confirm that they have signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan. The 22-year-old Norwegian international has joined the Premier League heavyweights for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
Odegaard was touted for big things upon returning from his impressive loan spell at Real Sociedad, having been recalled from a two-year spell with La Real early, last summer. However, the 22-year-old has struggled to nail down his spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side, managing just nine outings in all competitions till date. His situation alerted Arsenal, who have quickly moved to sign him.
The interest from Arsenal makes a great deal of sense, seeing as they have lacked a genuine creative powerhouse in the squad this season. While Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka provided respite in recent weeks, the Gunners have still been in need of another out-and-out attacking playmaker, especially following the infamous departure of Mesut Ozil.
On his part, the young Norwegian was intent on temporarily leaving Real Madrid, which brought Arsenal on the verge of signing him this week. With Los Blancos unwilling to let him join Real Sociedad again, Arsenal became the favourites to sign him and have now secured his services. Upon his arrival, Mikel Arteta expressed his delight at having landed Odegaard.
The Arsenal boss said, “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while. Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”

 

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