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South Africa hosts first NBA match

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Basketball fans across Africa would enjoy live first-ever National Basketball Association game with the fixture of Team World against Team Africa in South Africa.

This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday by SuperSport, saying the exhibition match has been scheduled for Saturday (today) at the Ellis Park Arena, Johannesburg. It said the match would enjoy the support of various charity organisations across the continent, adding the ticket had since sold out.

The statement noted that Sudanese, two-time captain of the NBA All Stars, Luol Deng of Miami Heats would lead the pack for Team Africa.

It added that it would be a homecoming of sorts for Team Africa players, whose parents were of Africa descent. Some of the players were born on the continent, while a few second generation Africans.

The African Team include, Al- Farouq Aminu who plays with Portland Trail Blazers, U.S.; has Nigerian parents. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who plays for Milwaukee Bucks from Greece has his parents from Nigeria. Nicolas Batum, plays for Charlotte Hornets from France but his parents from were from the Cameroons, Bismack Biyombo, plays for Toronto Raptors had the Democratic Republic of Congo parents.

Festus Ezeli, who plays for Golden State Warriors, is Nigerian, while Serge Ibaka, who plays for Oklahoma City Thunder, from Congo and Luc Mbah a Moute, plays for Sacramento Kings, is Camerounian.

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Guardiola reacts as Haaland fumes over not scoring hat-trick against West Ham

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said Erling Haaland’s anger at not scoring a hat-trick against West Ham, reminded him of Lionel Messi.

Haaland grabbed both goals as the Premier League champions began defence of their title with a 2-0 win at the London Stadium.

The Norway striker converted a first-half penalty, before running onto Kevin De Bruyne’s pass to complete a brace on his City debut.

In a post-match interview, Haaland said it was “a bit s***’” that he was unable to score one more, before being substituted in the closing stages.”

But Guardiola said the player’s reaction was what he would expect from a top player.

“I was fortunate to be with [Lionel] Messi.

“When he scores two, he wants three, when he scores three, he wants four. All the top players are the same.

“They are never satisfied, always hungry, starving for goals, and want more, but at same time, I have to use other players,” Guardiola said.

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Ten Hag to sign two strikers after 2-1 defeat to Brighton

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Manchester United have opened talks to sign Benjamin Sesko and Marko Arnautovic, ESPN reports.

United have contacted Bologna about Arnautovic, who has previously played in the Premier League for Stoke and West Ham.

United manager, Erik ten Hag, has pressed the club to sign an experienced forward who would be content with a back up role off the bench.

Arnautovic is 33 years old and Ten Hag is a fan of the player after working together at FC Twente.

The move for Arnautovic is considered separate from that of Sesko.

Chelsea are also interested in the 19-year-old, although Salzburg would rather keep him until next summer.

Ten Hag was asked after the 2-1 defeat against Brighton on Sunday about the need for new players.

The Dutchman replied: “I don’t go into names and I think in this preseason, 250 players are involved or linked with Man United, so that’s it.

“We have two strikers [Ronaldo and Martial], maybe a third one, [Marcus] Rashford.

“We considered him as a striker, but he had a really good season on the left side and he had two really good chances but the typical nine wasn’t available today.”

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Tobi Amusan wins 100m hurdles gold

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Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan has won the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The world champion successfully defended her title at the Alexander stadium on Sunday.

This is coming days after she won gold and bagged the world record at the World Athletics Championships in the US.

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