Rafael Benitez has been sacked as manager of Real Madrid .The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu since taking over in June, and while he only finds his side four points off Atletico at the top of La Liga he has had fallouts with key players and been criticised for a defensive style of football.
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Bayern Munich have announced that Carlo Ancelotti will take charge of the club next season and will replace Pep Guardiola, who is to depart.
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Conor McGregor scored a spectacular knockout in just 13 seconds Saturday night to claim the UFC Featherweight title and end Joe Aldo’s long reign as champion.
The outspoken Irishman (19-2) stopped Aldo (26-2) with a spectacular left hook to the jaw, making good on pre-fight jibes he’d end UFC 194 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand within the first round.
“I did say that the right hand would be his downfall. I felt he would tense his body, he’d load the right hand and over-extend and I’d catch him,” McGregor told ESPN after the fight.
“If I say it’s going to happen, it happens,” he added.
Aldo came at the 27-year-old Irishman with a right-left combo, the second of which he managed to connect — but McGregor returned with a powerful left, dropping the Brazilian champion senseless.
The victory caps a stunning rise for “The Notorious,” who’d said Aldo — previously unbeaten in a decade — was running scared when he’d pulled out of their fight in July with a rib injury.
Aldo quickly declared that he wants a rematch, but whether he’s given the chance remains to be seen — Frankie Edgar is in line for a title shot after victory in Friday night’s The Ultimate Fighter 22 finale.
McGregor, for his part, said he’d be willing to accommodate the Brazilian’s request, telling ESPN that although he’d have claimed victory in any case, “you don’t want to see it like that.”
Nigeria’s Under-23 team on Saturday defeated Algeria in the final of the Under-23 Africa Nations Championship to become African Champions for the first time.
Nigeria opened scoring from the penalty spot through Oghenekaro Etebo after Victor Osimhen was brought down in the 12th minute.
Defender Olusegun Oduduwa put the score line at 1-1 with a headed own goal to help the Algerians get back in the game before Oghenekaro Etebo produced a fine run to score his second goal of the match making it 2-1 for Nigeria in the 40th minute.
Algeria were awarded their own penalty in the second half after Oduduwa again fouled an Algerian player but the Nigerian goalkeeper, Emmanuel Daniel, became the hero as he saved Zinedine Ferhat’s effort.
Oghenekaro Etebo finished as the tournament’s top scorer.
Nigeria’s semi final victory over hosts, Senegal had ensured they also qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Saturday’s final clash at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar, Senegal, was third time Nigeria and Algeria have met at the Under-23 level since the inaugural competition in Morocco in 2011.
Nigeria thrashed the North Africans 4-1 four years ago, before they played a goalless draw in a group game at the just concluded tournament in Senegal.
Wife of former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has died after a battle with cancer.
Keshi’s wife, Kate, 54, has been battling cancer for some time before giving up the ghost on on Wednesday, December 9 in the United States of America.
“She was ill for a while now and I’m still in shock of this great loss ,” Keshi told Complete Sports .
“She is more like a sister to me and was the rock behind me and everything I do. My love for her was at first sight.
Keshi’s wife was last seen publicly at the wedding of her daughter » Ifeyinwa, which held in March at Ekenwa in Benin.
53 year old Keshi has been married to his Kate for 35 years. The former Nigeria international defender married her at the age of 21.