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Lekan Babalola, Bright Gain, others for Lagos Jazz Festival

Inspiro Productions, organisers of Lagos International Jazz Festival, has unveiled a list of performing acts for this year’s edition of the show. Tagged Jazz in the Megacity, the organisers say that the intention is to celebrate Nigerian Jazz and Jazz related musicians who play the genre of music in various fusions and with an indigenous flavour.
Artistes for this year’s bill which runs from April 30 to May 2 at The Freedom Park includes two-time U.K.-based Grammy award-winning Nigerian International mega-percussionist, Lekan Babalola, U.S.-based multi – instrumentalist, Adeniji the ‘Heavywind’, Bass virtuoso and director of the SPAN Academy of Jazz and contemporary music, Bright Gain, veteran musician and classical clarinetist, Tee Mac, vocal sensation, Ego and neo-highlife musical icon, Nomoreloss amongst a long list of other accomplished and upcoming musicians.

 Festival founder and director, Ayoola Sadare said; “our dream is to make the Lagos International Jazz Festival not just another entertainment event but as one that adds value to both the Lagos Megacity as a tourist destination, contributes to its GDP and presents an international platform for our indigenous musicians. We believe that the festival should be one of the leading Jazz festivals in Africa in the near future and are working tirelessly to fully integrate Lagos into the global jazz tourism circuit. We are satisfied with our eclectic lineup of artistes who will be playing this genre and other related ones with traditional Jazz, Naijazz, Afrojazz, Fuji, Afrobeat, Apala, Highlife and Naija-Hiphop all represented on 5 stages aptly named after prominent Nigerian musical icons of blessed memory, namely Fela Kuti, Elder Steve Rhodes, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Osita Osadebe and Bala Milla.”

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Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal are scheduled to be the first two games when the Premier League resumes next month before the first full round of matches starting from Friday, June 19.

A statement read: “Premier League Shareholders today agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019/20 season of Wednesday 17 June, provided that all safety requirements are in place.

“Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal – postponed due to the Carabao Cup Final – will now take place on 17 June, followed by a full match round beginning on Friday 19 June. Due to COVID-19, games will take place behind closed doors.

“Premier League Shareholders also approved a proposal that would see all 92 remaining matches broadcast live in the UK by…

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Breaking News: FIFA cancel 2020 edition of “The Best” awards due to Covid-19 crisis

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FIFA The Best awards for 2020 have been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis as Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe will remain reigning champions in the men and women’s categories.
According to Spanish news media outlet Marca, the world football governing body states made the decision in canceling awards ceremony owing to health concerns.
The event was supposed to hold in September, in Milan, Italy, but health conditions have been considered amid the global pandemic.
Barcelona’s Messi who won the 2019 edition beating Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Ronaldo still holds the most record for FIFA The Best award wins with two while the other two editions have been won by Luka Modric and Messi.
Rapinoe won the women’s category while Jurgen Klopp and United States handler Jill Ellis scooped the best men and women’s coaches respectively.
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​Oshoala Wins First League Title In Europe As Barcelona Reclaim Primera Iberdro

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Oshoala wins first league title in Europe as Barcelona reclaim Primera Iberdrola crown

The Super Falcons star secured her maiden league diadem with the Catalans due to the coronavirus pandemic
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The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RSFF) made attempts to complete the 2019-20 season but the inability to meet the government’s health protocol dashed their hopes, hence the termination.

The announcement saw Oshoala’s team reclaim the league crown for the first time since 2015 despite being unable to see out their remaining games due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Oshoala, who won her fourth African Women’s Player of the Year crown in January, made an unsuccessful bid to win a league title on her previous spells in Europe with Liverpool and Arsenal.

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Ajax denied title as Dutch Eredivisie season declared void

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There will also be no promotion to the Dutch Eredivisie or relegation from the top flight, following an agreement reached over a video conference call between the Dutch FA (KNVB) and clubs.

The Eredivisie have put forward Ajax to go directly to the play-offs of the Champions League, with AZ playing in the second heat of the Champions League. Third-placed Feyenoord go straight into the group stage of the Europa League with PSV and Willem II qualifying for the second qualifying round for the Europa League.

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Maguire, who joined United from Leicester for £80m last summer, was made captain of the club in January after the departure of Ashley Young, and has enjoyed an impressive first season at Old Trafford.

With the Premier League halted due to the coronavirus crisis, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United sit fifth in the table, three points off the top four but 37 points off leaders Liverpool, having finished 32 points off last season’s champions Manchester City.

But speaking exclusively to Sky Sports’ Gary Neville and Geoff Shreeves forThe Football Show, Maguire says the club’s ambitions are bigger than a Champions League spot, and he can see the improvement, particularly in defence.

“I think you can see from the start of the season we look a lot more like a team, we can probably see where…

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