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Goncalves fires Sporting into last 16, Dortmund bow out

Sporting got the two-goal winning margin they needed to reach the last 16 for the first time since the 2008-2009 season behind Group C winners Ajax.

The away defeat means third-placed Dortmund are heading to the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

“They were more consistent and uncompromising in the decisive situations,” said Dortmund coach Marco Rose.

“We conceded goals too easily and made too many mistakes.”

The Germans were weakened by the continued absence through injury of prolific forward Erling Braut Haaland.

Sporting winger Goncalves, who also scored twice in the 4-0 thrashing of Besiktas, could have finished with a hat-trick but his late penalty was saved only for Pedro Porro to head in the rebound.

Porro had the last laugh having been kicked by Dortmund’s second-half replacement Emre Can, who was sent off for the foul with 16 minutes left after tempers flared. 

It was a bitter night for the Germans, who have lost three consecutive Champions League games for the first time.

“We are out, that’s the bitter truth,” moaned Dortmund captain Marco Reus.

Already missing Haaland, sidelined by a long-term hip injury, Dortmund were also without key defender Mats Hummels, suspended after being sent off in the 3-1 home defeat to Ajax.

Dortmund lost Raphael Guerreiro to injury in the warm-up and his place at left-back was filled by Nico Schulz, who played an unfortunate part in the opening goal.

With half an hour gone, Schulz misjudged a long-ball which bounced into the path of Goncalves, who drilled his shot past Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel to fire Sporting ahead.

Dortmund could have gone into the break level, instead of 2-0 down as Malen hit the post, then had a shot cleared off the line.

Can replaced the hapless Schulz at half-time.

Dortmund’s hopes faded after Can was shown a straight red for fouling Porro, while centre-back Dan-Axel Zagadou was also booked for his part in the resulting pushing and shoving.

Zagadou then gave away a penalty when the VAR spotted he had kicked Sporting striker Paulinho.

Although Kobel denied Goncalves a hat-trick by saving the initial spot-kick, Porro was on hand to head the blocked shot into the net to make it 3-0 with nine minutes left.

Malen’s consolation came after Dortmund captain Marco Reus beat the defence, but it was too late.


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Jude Bellingham has been fined N18.5m for match-fixing comments against referee Felix Zwayer

After Saturday’s ‘Der Klassiker’ fixture between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, the English youngster referred to Zwayer’s involvement in a match-fixing scandal in 2005.

Bellingham suggested that the referee should not be in charge of the biggest match in German football after a penalty was awarded against Mats Hummels for handling the ball in the area.

“The sports court of the German Football Federation has not blocked Borussia Dortmund’s young professional Jude Bellingham (18) for his TV statement about referee Felix Zwayer after the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich last Saturday.

“Bellingham had reminded out of Zwayer’s misconduct immediately after the whistle in the historical context, which had been punished by the DFB several years ago.”

“The sports court considered Bellingham’s statement to be “unsportsmanlike behaviour” and sentenced the English national player to a fine. Borussia Dortmund and the player accepted the verdict, Jude Bellingham is thus entitled to play in the Bundesliga match next Saturday at VfL Bochum,” the statement explained.

Jude Bellingham provided both assists in the Bayern Munich game as the ‘Yellow and Blacks’ fell 3-2 at the Signal Iduna Park courtesy of a brace from Robert Lewandowski.


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Serena William’s inspiring influence on King Richard actor Demi Singleton

This claim is nowhere near exaggeration as the star actor carefully studied every aspect of the Tennis legend and 23 time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and followed up on her life on and off the court as well.

Interestingly, Singleton had never quite held a tennis racket in her life prior to her final screening test and taking up of the iconic role. “My mom was, like, you have three tennis lessons to figure it out, Work your magic” said Singleton, only for her to be recalled days later after the final screen read. Yes, she got the role.

King Richard film, focuses on the dawn of the Williams sisters: Serena and Venus’s lives on the court, before they broke into super stardom.

Co-incidentally the 14 year old actor, Singleton is exactly the same age Serena Williams was when she turned pro in Tennis which could also mean that, it’s safe to call her a prodigy at this stage.

More than 9 years in child acting, the Hollywood star actor also starred in The Lion King on Broadway playing the role of Young Nala, Simba’s love interest as well as appearing in a flashback as young Serena during a superbowl commercial played by Serena herself.

“Until maybe two years ago, if somebody told me that the score was 40-Love, I would look at them and be so puzzled”, said the 14 year old.

“Serena Williams isn’t just a tennis player, she’s an icon. I distinctly remember seeing her play on TV when I was younger, and I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. She’s not afraid to do what she loves. I think that’s why I’ve always thought tennis was easy, because she makes it look so easy, right down to the outfits.”, Singleton says.

Serena Williams’ influence on the 14 year old would no doubt end in the movie industry or on set as the the King Richard star actor sees her as a role model for aspiring tennis athletes not just females but males also and who wouldn’t really?

The retired 40 year old American legend is the most successful woman to ever grace the court.


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Champions League: Barcelona stars arrive Germany for ‘final’ showdown with Bayern Munich

The Spanish La Liga side suffered a setback in their quest to advance to the Champions League knock-out stages after a 0-0 draw against Portuguese outfit Benfica in their last outing.

That result means that Barcelona needs to win away against Bayern Munich should Benfica defeat Dynamo Kyiv in the other group game.

Speaking to the Barcelona website ahead of the game, veteran Brazilian defender Dani Alves gave his thoughts.

He said, “The game tomorrow? It’s a difficult scenario but the challenges are for people who are not afraid. We are Barça and we are dependent on ourselves.”

He said, “It’s our last chance to progress to the knock-outs, it’s like a final.”

“We have to mentally prepare ourselves to give our all and get the result.”

Barcelona takes on Bayern Munich in one of the biggest games to end the Champions League group stage on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.


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2 internet fraudsters jailed 14 months each

Agomoh held that she considered the provisions of section 270 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 that spelt out how someone who enters a plea bargain agreement must be sentenced in her judgment.

“Let me warn Olugbemiro and Falana that their participation in any form of crime henceforth would attract maximum punishment.

“However, to serve as deterrent to others, Olugbemiro is sentenced to eight months custodial sentence and Falana is sentenced to six months in prison.

“Each of you shall write and sign an undertaking at the EFCC’s office to be of good conduct upon completion of your jail terms.

Earlier, counsel to the EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, Mr Mabas Maburb and Mr C.A. Okoli had each told the court that the convicts were each arraigned on amended charge bordering on impersonation.

According to the prosecutors, Olugbemiro and Falana specialise in deceiving their victims with profiles of famous foreigners so as to gain undue advantage of them.

Maburb and Okoli said that N177,000 cash and 500 dollars were recovered from Olugbemiro while Falana restituted 240 United States of American Dollars.

The prosecutors stated that the offence is contrary to and punishable under section 22(A) and (B) of the Cyber Crime Prohibition and Prevention Act 2015.


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BUJU thrills fans in London as he kick-starts his ‘Sorry I’m Late’ tour

The concert definitely got fans worldwide talking about his musicianship. It also had some artists thrilling the fans. Bella Shmurda was one of the artists who entertained the crowd with his song ‘Cash App’.

A fan who was present at the concert went on her Instagram story to shower praises on the singer, she said; BUJU is an exceptional artist and performer. After his beautiful performance at Wizkid’s concert he came today and smashed it at his own concert”.

Days later, he also went ahead to have his first taste at performing to over 20,000 audiences at Wizkids Day 1 O2 Arena concert. He went ahead to express his gratitude to fans for singing his songs back to back and to Wizkid for giving him the platform.

BUJU had earlier gone on Instagram to announce his Lagos concert which has gotten both fans and other artists excited as his songs have been enjoyed across the board. Popular musician Wizkid showed support to the young king as he commented; “Inside!!!”. A fan @youfoundjoy_ commented; “Because of you, I must be in Lagos on 22nd”.

The concert is set to be on the 22nd December at the Balmoral Convention Center, Victoria Island, Lagos and is packaged by Achievas Entertainment. Daniel Cole Chiori, one of the directors of Achievas Entertainment said, “BUJU is such a talented musician and he has shown his worth with the songs he has dropped and we are glad to partner with him to showcase a bit of his talent to the world”.

Tickets are fast selling on the Abegg app.



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‘Chief Daddy 2’ gets official release date

Confirming the film’s release date, EbonyLife boss Mo Abudu wrote on Instagram:

“Come January 1st 2022, the Beecrofts are returning with more family drama, more secrets, more laughs and even more fun and entertainment.”

Though plot details have remained sketchy, all fingers point to what becomes of the Beecrofts post learning about the will.

‘Chief Daddy: Going for Broke’ was shot in Lagos and the United Arab Emirates by John Demps.


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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes takes daughter Matilde out for driving class

Fernandes was key in helping Manchester United to a hard-fought victory against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Preparing for a midweek Champions League clash, Fernandes took to his official Instagram account to post a photo of him and his daughter.

The photo blew up on social media as Maltide born in 2017, is just four years old.

Along with the photo was a message that said, “Tough job for Santa Claus this year as Matilde is waiting for a unicorn.”

Bruno is expected to be in action when Manchester United host reigning Switzerland Super League champions Young Boys in their final Champions League group game scheduled for Tuesday, December 7, 2021.


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Police detain 3 Dowen students over Sylvester Oromoni’s death

Odumosu also tells Punch that two other students of the school linked with the assault, are at large, with those in police custody helping the Command with information on how to track them.

Oromoni’s death has captured the attention of an entire nation, with the Lagos State government announcing the closure and sealing off of the school last week.

The father of the deceased boarding student had alleged that the JS2 student died from injuries sustained during an assault by five of his colleagues who were hell bent on initiating him into a cult group.

Dowen had however insisted that Oromoni died after sustaining injuries during a football game.

“It is still an allegation until we conduct our investigation. We just started full investigation yesterday (Monday).

“Two out of those mentioned in the viral video are at large while three of the students are helping us to get others.

There are allegations that Oromoni was bullied and beaten to a coma before his death.

News of his passing sparked outrage on social media platforms, with over 100,000 persons signing an online petition seeking for the arrest and swift prosecution of those found culpable.

Oromoni’s family has petitioned the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, demanding a coroner inquest into his death.


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Dowen College parents announce candlelight tribute for Sylvester Oromoni

“The Parents’ Forum is organising a candlelight on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 by 6pm at Dowen College, 18, Adebayo Doherty Road, Lekki, Lagos State,” a statement reads.

12-year-old Oromoni was allegedly tortured to a coma by some of his school colleagues who were hell-bent on initiating him into a cult group.

Dowen denies this version of events however, saying the student died from injuries sustained during a football game.

The incident has sparked nationwide outrage and the Lagos State government has since sealed off the institution, pending the outcome of investigations.

“Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased and pray God to give them the strength to bear the irreparable loss.

“As parents of Dowen College students, we are still in shock and could not come to terms with this incident and the accounts so far provided by the school management, students and the media,” a statement from the parents reads.

The rest of the statement reads as follows:

We are, however, temporarily relieved by the swiftness with which the authorities intervened and commenced investigation towards unravelling the cause of Sylvester Oromoni’s death.

We urge the school management team and other stakeholders to fully cooperate with the authority in the ongoing investigation.

We, therefore, say justice for Sylvester is justice for all.

On our part as parents, we will work more closely with the school (management/board) to ensure that necessary measures are put in place to prevent recurrence of this unfortunate incident and stamp out bullying in any form from the school.

We will also continue to appeal to parents, through all available means, to show more interest in what their children do and who they associate with in school and at home.

We appeal to the public to see this incident as an inflection point, not only for Dowen College but also other schools in Nigeria, as recent events have shown that bullying, molestation and other vices among students are common in our schools.

Therefore, we rely on the authorities for justice regardless of the social status of whoever is involved.

What happened to Sylvester could have happened to any other child in the school. To many of the traumatised students, Sylvester was a classmate, a roommate, a schoolmate or a friend.

We, therefore, earnestly ask for a resolution that will bring some relief to the bereaved family, other parents, students of Dowen College and the public.

These should include a change of the school management and hostel teachers, installation of Closed Circuit Television cameras in all strategic places and overhauling of the school security system.

The Parents’ Forum is organising a candle light on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 by 6pm at Dowen College, 18, Adebayo Doherty Road, Lekki, Lagos State.

The lighting of candles is to pay tribute to a life ‘passed’, and keeping the light burning signifies that the memory still lives on and burns bright.

The candle light, no doubt, shall promote reflection and signifies remembrance of a life cut short in its infancy.

We pray the Almighty God to comfort the Oromoni family during this trying period


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Meet Ahmed Alsanawi, Football’s most popular Hairdresser

Ahmed Alsanawi started the company in 2013 with his wife and business partner, Tanya and in a short space of time had attained success becoming the home of professional footballers and walk-in customers alike.

The UK based salon consists a team of talented individuals including: Huw, Joe, Abz, Brad and CEO himself, Ahmed.

Even then, A star barbers have had successes in the following years especially with Ahmed who continues to be flown in expensive private jets across the world just to render his exotic services courtesy of these superstar footballers.

What’s most interesting about Aslawani is his incredible collection of jerseys courtesy of the superstar footballers he comes across.

The celebrity barber is also proud to show off his finished jobs on Astar official Instagram page and was given a shout out by the France National Team for his haircut services prior to their World Cup 2018 triumph.


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Rio Ferdinand says Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw might struggle under Ralf Rangnick

Wan-Bissaka was on the bench against Crystal Palace on Sunday, having just returned from an injury layoff while Shaw was sidelined due to a head injury. Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles replaced the duo in the United line-up and performed admirably in the win over Palace.

Ferdinand believes that Wan-Bissaka and Shaw will struggle under Rangnick as the tactician prefers ball-playing defenders, an advantage that Dalot and Telles have over the sidelined duo.

Ferdinand explained that being good in the defensive phase is not good enough for a defender under Rangnick, as the 63-year-old manager prefers full-backs who can give a steady output on the ball also.

Rangnick got up to a good start in his United career, nicking a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace courtesy of a Fred winner. The Red Devils are next in action on Wednesday 8th December against Swiss side Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League, having already qualified for the Round of 16.


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Spider-Man: across the spider verse is the two-part sequel we’ve been anticipating

This sequel will see the return of Moore as Miles Morales, Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy and Johnson as Peter Parker. In addition to these returning characters, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will also include Issa Rae as Jessica Drew / Spider-Woman.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is directed by Joaquim Dos Santos (Voltron: Legendary Defender), Kemp Powers (One Night in Miami), and Justin K. Thompson (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs). The sequel will be written by David Callaham (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie).

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In the teaser, Miles is listening to “Sunflower” — the hit track by Post Malone and Swae Lee. Miles has no idea there’s a multi-dimension portal open above him, through which Gwen Stacy is staring at him. Gwen says, “is this the room you grew up in?” Miles tries to play it off by hiding items that are not very “adult” before Gwen glances upon his drawings in a book. She thinks they are good, but her face changes after she spots one of herself. After the awkward moment, Gwen invites the grounded Miles Morales/Spider Man to see firsthand the villain and plot ahead of them.

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Israel Olorunnisola is a freelance creative. When he is not writing about Film, Music, TV or Pop culture he is telling stories on Wattpad.

Pulse Contributors is an initiative to highlight diverse journalistic voices. Pulse Contributors do not represent the company Pulse and contribute on their own behalf.


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Odion Ighalo: Super Eagles striker celebrates 4th anniversary of his orphanage home

The former Manchester United striker opened the Ighalo orphanage home on the 6th of December 2017.

To celebrate the anniversary, Ighalo took to his official Instagram account to post videos of the home along with photos.

Along with the post was a message that said, “My sincere appreciation goes to almighty God without whom we can do nothing.

“I’m grateful to God for how far he has brought us and where He is still taking us to. I want to specially appreciate members of my board of trustees and all my staffs and caregivers at the home, for their tireless effort and commitment every day to see that the HOME is run and managed well.

“To all the donors and volunteers your support and donations every day are the things that keeps us going. Thank you and may God reward and bless you all as you put a smile on the faces of the kids.

Ighalo who now plays with Al-Shabab is known to give back to the community and those in need.

Recently the 32-year-old showed that asides from being a footballer he is also a philanthropist as he gifted widows houses and gifts.

Ighalo is in the country as the Saudi Arabia Professional League is on a break but is expected to return for their Al-Shabab’s next fixture against Al-Taawoun on Monday, December 27, 2021.


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Troops prevent IPOB/ESN from attacking 2 Imo communities, defuses IEDs

Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Enugu.

Nwachukwu said that the group targeted people of the two communities for refusing to observe its illegal “sit-at-home’’ order for Monday, Dec. 6.

“The swift response of troops compelled the attackers, mounted on two Sienna Buses and a Toyota Hilux truck to abandon their mission and withdraw in disarray.

The army spokesman said that in a separate development, troops uncovered four Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by members of IPOB/ESN on Orlu-Owerri Road.

“Vigilant troops, who were on a reinforcement mission to Mgbidi/Awo-Mmama detected the IEDs planted at about 15 meters apart on both sides of the road and safely defused them.

“No casualty was recorded during the diffusion.

“The troops also recovered four wraps of unexploded ordnances, one motorcycle battery, two vehicle alarm devices, one detonator, wires and batteries.

Nwachukwu urged all law-abiding citizens to go about their normal businesses and disregard the illegal “sit-at-home’’ order by the proscribed group.

“We appeal to the good people of Mgbidi, Awo-Mmama and Omuma to report any suspected member of the irredentist group, who may be seeking a safe haven, to relevant security agencies,’’ he stated.


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Bekeme Olowola honoured for laudable contributions to mining and geosciences

Similarly, CSR-in-Action Advocacy received the award of the ‘Best Performing NGO in Mining and Geosciences’, which honours any Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that has committed its activities to soliciting for, educating, and creating awareness for solutions to challenges within the industry in Nigeria.

“In response to the nominations of your name by credible Nigerians and stakeholders through our various voting and nomination platforms, we are glad to inform you that after a thorough selection and assessment process by our award nomination and selection council, you have been unanimously endorsed for conferment and recognition as the WOMEN ROLE MODEL in MINING AND GEOSCIENCES,” the NIMG said in a letter inviting Masade-Olowola to the awards.

Bekeme Olowola is the founder and Chief Executive of CSR-in-Action, a group made of a consulting firm, a think tank, and a training institute dedicated to corporate social responsibility, policy development, advocacy, empowerment, and sustainable development in the region. She is also a board member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the international organisation advancing the practice of sustainability reporting becoming the first out of West Africa.

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Under her leadership, CSR-in-Action has promoted sustainability measurement and reporting using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards specifically, since 2011, and has catalysed the adoption of sustainability strategies and transparency in the region.

SITEI is also the platform on which she recently spearheaded the design and development of the West African region’s premier Community Engagement Standards (CES) , a conflict mitigating and management tool for the extractive industries of developing economies.

She has won many industry awards and recognitions, including the Marketing Communication Personality Leadership Prize for the Year 2017, and the Sustainability Professional of the Year, 2019. Also in 2019, she was named in Leading Ladies Africa’s 100 Most Inspiring Women in Africa list.



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