Ryan Lochte’s lie, Brazil’s Relay Runners disqualified & more #Urban96 Sports story

The United States showed why they are gold medal favourites by blowing away Argentina 105-78 to storm into the semi-finals of the Olympic men’s basketball games.

Meanwhile Spain beat France 92-67 and will now face The U.S tomorrow for a place in the gold medal final.

The other semi-final will see Australia, who dumped Lithuania 90-64, take on Serbia.

Serbia had eliminated Croatia from the Games with an 86-83 win .

Moving on on to this controversial one.

We got news moments ago that the United States will not take part in the women’s 4 by 100metres relay final after a disastrous error in the heats. There was what seemed to be A mix-up between Allyson Felix and English Gardner which initially ended the hopes of the reigning champions. The ladies dropped the baton, a development which knocked them out of the final run.

However, there has been a surprising turn around. Allyson Felix told officials that she was bumped by a Brazilian runner right before she got to the zone, and replays have confirmed this.

So what this means is that the Brazilian team have been disqualified and the U.S given a second chance.

But the Americans are not simply walking into the finals.

They will have to run alone in time trial and if they best a time of 42.70 seconds, there will be a second time trial But this time between China and Canada who qualified for the final with matching 42.70seconds.

Meanwhile, good news for Nigeria.

Team Nigeria’s relay team made it to the womens 4 by 100 finals after posing a 42.55 seconds finish.

For a look at the three top countries at the Olympic medals table:

China comes up at number three with 19 gold 15 silver and 20 bronze medals, making it 54 in total

Great Britain occupies number two position with 21 gold, 21 silver and 13 bronze medals, making it 55 in total.

At number one we have the United States with 31 gold 32 silver and 231 bronze, making it 94 medals in total

Football is up next.

Former Director-General of the defunct National Sports Commission, Amos Adamu, has urged Nigerians not to be disappointed with the Dream Team 6 over their loss to Germany.

The national U-23 team last night lost 2-0 to their German counterparts in the semi-finals of the football event at Rio .

Adamu however says Nigerians should be proud of the boys, who in the face of so many challenges performed better than many expected

He saluted the courage of the players, who he said were not disgraced, but fought gallantly. He said there was still hope for the team to win a bronze against Honduras on Saturday.

Let’s move away from all the excitement of the Rio games. We are home now for some Nigeria Professional Football league news.

The problems of Struggling Lagos based side, Ikorodu United, have continued to grow in size. They have been slammed with tough sanctions by the league organizers, the league management company. Ikorodu will have to look for N3.5 million naira after being fined by the LMC for several offences by their supporters.They have also been ordered to play their next three home matches at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta.

Remember we had a case of crowd disturbance during and after one of their recent home matches against 3SC.
This happened at the Onikan Stadium in Lagos.

Still on the league:

It seems to be in confusion at the moment following the reinstatement of Giwa FC on the orders of a high court. Giwa were initially expelled from the league after they stayed away from a total of three successive matches .

The Jos club will now have a dozen games involving them to be rearranged and the October end date for the competition doesn’t look feasible anymore. To add to that The National Association Nigeria Professional Footballers have kicked against another order that players of Giwa FC on loan to various clubs should no longer be used.

They say this is against the rules of both FIFA and the league and will impact negatively on the means of livelihood of the affected players.

The new season is barely on and already injury problems are beginning to mount.

Alex Iwobi has been ruled out for four weeks after suffering a hip injury in Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool Over the weekend.

West Ham’s New signing Andre Ayew has. Been ruled out for four months with a thigh injury after his game against chelsea.

Liverpool’s signing of the season, senegal international Sadio Mane is set to miss their weekend clash with Burnley after suffering a muscle injury.

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has been ruled out of his side’s La Liga opener against Real Betis due to a hamstring strain during their super cup win against sevilla last Night.

We have results of the UEFA Champions League first leg, play-off games.

Nigerian stars, John Ogu and Anthony Nwakeame, were both in action for Hapoel Be’er Sheva who lost 5-2 to Celtic at Celtic Park in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League first leg play-off clash, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Super Eagles defender Efe Ambrose was left out of Celtic’s squad for the match.

In Spain, Elderson Echiejile was left out of the Monaco squad that defeated Villarreal 2-1 at the Madrigal stadium.

AS Roma clung on for a 1-1 draw away to Porto.

Polish champions Legia Warsaw won 2-0 away to Irish counterparts Dundalk and Bulgaria’s Ludogorets beat Viktoria Plzen of czech republic 2-0.

Let’s now inform fans of Manchester united that their coach Hose Mourinho has confirmed that the man who cost them a whooping 89 million pounds, Paul Pogba, will play a part in their home game against Southampton tommorow.

Pogba, did not feature in their last game against Bournemouth due to a suspension.

United’s only injury worry is over Jesse Lingard, who has an ankle problem.

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