Federer Knocks Nadal To Grab Shanghai Masters


World number two, Roger Federer has defeated the world number one, Rafael Nadal to claim the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.

Rafael Nadal Through to the Rogers Cup Final.

Roger Federer brushed aside world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday and register his fourth victory of the year over his Spanish rival.

The Swiss world number two beat Nadal in the finals of the Australian Open and Miami Masters and in the last 16 at Indian Wells, and never looked likely of losing to his long-time rival, firing 10 aces as he cruised to victory.

Federer, the only man who can still stop Nadal ending the year as number one, took an hour and 12 minutes to claim his sixth title of the year with a clinical performance.

Source: Reuters

Tennis Player Wins First Title Since Return From Doping Ban


30-year-old former world number one, Maria Sharapova has won her first title since May 2015 after doping ban.

Former world number one Maria Sharapova has won her first title since May 2015, beating Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6 (10-8) in the Tianjin Open final.

The 30-year-old Russian was playing her seventh event since she returned to the tour in April from a 15-month drug ban.

She trailed 4-1 in both sets before overcoming the 19-year-old Belarusian, who was contesting her first WTA final, in two hours and five minutes.

It is the five-time Grand Slam winner’s 36th WTA tournament victory.

Sharapova was denied a wildcard for the French Open, missed Wimbledon through injury and reached the US Open fourth round as a wildcard before losing to Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.

The Russian, who began the week ranked 86th in the world, received a wildcard for the event in China.

She broke a nervous-looking Sabalenka in the opening game but then lost four games in succession as the teenager struck back with aggressive returns.

The Russian got back on serve at 4-3 after a 16-point game and then claimed the decisive break with a forehand winner down the line.

World number 101 Sabalenka surged into a 5-1 advantage in the second set with some more fiercely struck returns before Sharapova responded with five consecutive games to serve for the match at 6-5.

But she was unable to complete victory and a double fault sent the set into a tie-break, which saw the players drop four successive points on serve.

Sabalenka survived three match points but a double fault gave Sharapova a fourth chance and she duly recorded her first title since the Italian Open two years and five months ago.

The result means Sharapova moves up to number 57 in the world rankings.

Source: BBC Sports

Lola Rae and Tekno break up again; Unfollowed each other on social media (photos)


Just about two months after they presumably got back together, after an alleged break up, Nigerian music sensations, Lola Rae and Tekno, have yet again, hinted another break up.

The duo have unfollowed each other on their Instagram pages respectively – it should be recalled that sometime in August, they hit the web with break up reports after unfollowing each other on IG and weeks later, disparaged the reports as they were spotted having a nice time partying, with Tekno sharing the photos and video of them partying at a club in Lagos.

Well, it looks like they’ve had to have a time off from each other again as their IG pages state the obvious. Tekno, is currently busy with his career and is in the works with DJ Cuppy who on one hand has broken up with her footballer boyfriend Victor, which makes them both single… if you know what I mean.

source: Instagram

Roger Federer defeats Rafeal Nadal in final


Roger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in a showdown between the two best players on the planet.

It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and closes the gap on world number one Nadal at the top of the rankings as the season reaches its conclusion.

In-form Nadal was ahead in their overall record down the years, with 23 wins to Federer’s 14, but he was up against it almost right away.

Number two Federer put Nadal under the cosh immediately on the Spaniard’s serve, breaking him in the first game — to roars of approval from the majority inside the arena.

The 36-year-old Swiss, fondly known as “Cow” in China for his laid-back personality, had started the better and he rattled through his own service game for 2-0.

Federer, a 19-time Grand Slam champion who had beaten Nadal in their last four encounters, was in full flow under the Qizhong Tennis Center roof, which was closed because of downpours in Shanghai.

Nadal, 31, groaned while lashing many of his shots; Federer was all quiet efficiency.

Somewhere in the stadium somebody rattled a cow bell.

Federer rapidly made it 4-2 with two booming aces in a row, drawing huge cheers from much of the stadium.

In contrast, Nadal — a 16-time Grand Slam winner but who had never won the Shanghai Masters — was labouring through his service games.

He went long on a straightforward forehand but powered an ace to make it 4-3 to the Swiss.

There were suggestions that Federer might not be quite as fresh as his old foe, having been pushed to three sets a day earlier in the second semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro.

The timeless Federer rubbished that notion as he seared his way to a 5-3 first-set lead.

Nadal sent down his fourth ace for 5-4, only for Federer to seal the set with his seventh ace of the match.

There was little between the great rivals in the early exchanges of the second set until the pivotal fifth game.

Nadal, on a great run of form that won him the US Open and China Open in recent weeks, saved the first break point but could not survive the second one to put Federer in reach of a second Shanghai Masters crown.

Source: ( AFP )

Gospel music has evolved in Nigeria –Von Iyke


Budding gospel singer, Victor Onuabuobi, aka Von Iyke, believes that even though secular artistes are more popular, gospel artistes in the country have also made giant strides over the years. In a chat with Sunday Scoop, he said, “I would like to start by saying that I bless God for what He is doing in the Nigerian gospel music industry today.

It has really evolved over the years and to the glory of God, we have world-class gospel acts who have made and paved the way for upcoming artistes like myself to have a solid foundation on which we can carry on the mission.

My mission in the industry is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ through the instrumentality of music and by the grace of God, reach out to the hearts of people by uplifting them with spirit-edifying songs of praise and worship.”

Speaking on his new song, You are God, he said, “This song was written from a heart that is so overwhelmed by the immense power of God. It is really an ode to the King of kings, and to remind the world that there is none like our God. He is God all by Himself, no doubt.”

source: Punch

Morocco to replace Kenya as host


An unanimous decision was taken by the emergency committee of the African Football Confederation (CAF) on Saturday in Lagos to give Morocco the hosting rights  ahead of Equatorial Guinea,while a third candidate, Ethiopia, was not considered because it did not provide a letter of guarantee from its government.

Original hosts Kenya fell behind with five-venue preparations for the biennial 16-team tournament, which runs from January 12-February 4, leading them to be stri*ped of the hosting rights last month.

Morocco have not hosted a senior CAF competition since the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations.

They were scheduled to stage the same event in 2015, but withdrew fearing visiting supporters could bring the deadly Ebola virus into the north African kingdom.

Equatorial Guinea successfully replaced Morocco at short notice, having co-hosted the Cup of Nations with Gabon three years earlier.

CHAN is restricted to home-based footballers, giving them international exposure otherwise largely denied because most African national squads are packed with professionals playing in Europe.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

All he does is Win! Timi Dakolo covers Guardian Life Magazine’s Latest Issue


From winning the West African Idol singing competition in 2007 to becoming a judge on The Voice Nigeria, where he took on the challenge to mentor Idyl – the 2017 winner of the singing competition, Timi Dakolo shares the secret to winning singing talent hunts:

It is simple but not so simple experience of connecting with your audience, being the song (and) not just singing the song, and also, being likable. You don’t show any form of arrogance.

 

Ten years after winning Idols, Dakolo talks to Guardian life about his experience so far.

Grab a copy of The Guardian to read more about his exclusive interview with Guardian Life.

Source – BellaNaija

Bayern Munich bounce back after Ancelloti sack


An own goal from Julian Schuster put Bayern in front on seven minutes, and a flying header from Kingsley Coman doubled the lead shortly before half-time.

“We wanted to show what we can do straight away,” Thomas Mueller told Sky Sports. “There will be a lot of people singing our praises in the coming days, but we need to just keep working well.”

A fine strike from Thiago Alcantara put the reigning champions 3-0 up on 63 minutes, just moments after they had been denied a penalty by VAR. Further goals from Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich completed the rout.

“The team was awesome today, we deserved to win,” said Thiago.

The win saw Bayern move within two points of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table, before the league leaders’ match against RB Leipzig later on Saturday.

Heynckes’ men are two points clear of third-placed Hoffenheim, who twice threw away the lead in a 2-2 draw at home to Augsburg.

After Michael Gregoritsch had cancelled out Benjamin Huebner’s opener 15 minutes from time, Mark Uth restored the lead with a curling strike into the top corner for Hoffenheim.

Augsburg, though, equalised once again in the 89th minute, with Kevin Vogt deflecting a Jeffrey Gouweleeuw cross into his own net.

“We were the better team at times,” Augsburg’s Daniel Baier told Sky Sports. “We went to sleep a bit for their second goal, but the draw is a fair result.”

At the other end of the table, Hamburg could celebrate scoring their first goal since August despite losing 3-2 to Mainz.

Alexandru Maxim’s second-minute opener for Mainz was quickly cancelled out by Walace, the Brazilian’s equaliser ending a five-game goal drought for Hamburg.

Stefan Bell restored the lead shortly after half-time, however, before a Christian Mathenia error allowed Danny Latza to add a third. A late penalty from Sejad Salihovic was not enough for Hamburg to avoid defeat.

Elsewhere, disciplinary mistakes saw Hertha Berlin suffer a 2-0 defeat by Schalke 04.

Genki Haraguchi was sent off before half-time, while Vladimir Darida conceded a penalty after the break. Leon Goretzka scored from the spot, before Guido Burgstaller added a second on 78 minutes.

Schalke moved up to fifth, after Hanover 96 were defeated 2-1 by a late Ante Rebic winner against Eintracht Frankfurt.

A Salif Sane header had cancelled out Sebastien Haller’s early goal in the first half, but Rebic struck on 90 minutes to inflict a first home defeat on Hanover this season.

Source: ( AFP )

Juliet Ibrahim Speaks About Her Love Life With Iceberg Slim


Juliet Ibrahim cut a figure of one who doesn’t care about public opinion as she confirmed rumours suggesting she has a romantic relationship with Iceberg Slim.

The Ghanaian actress in a video chat with Hip TV pointed out that the general thoughts concerning her love life doesn’t really matter while also mentioning that she likes to keep things on a low-low like a car with hydraulic suspension.

Keeping things under the wraps seem to be very priceless to her, a possible reason why the news of her relationship with the rap figure hit the fans domain pretty late.

“I am actually someone who doesn’t bring out my private life into the media or out there into the public because I tend to keep things private.

“I live a public life but I still have my private life so err if I choose to celebrate somebody because I am dating the person or that I am in love with the person that I want to celebrate the person, I think it is a personal choice and how I do it is a personal choice.

“I don’t err want people judging me or seeing anything in it or thinking they can do better if they were in my shoes because at the end of the day it is my happiness that matters not anyone else so I live my life to please me and I still do keep my private life private,” she commented.

Source – Gossiphill