2025 World Athletics Championship bid: IAAF picks Kenya, not Nigeria

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President, Sebastian Coe, has offered encouragement to Kenya’s proposed bid for the 2025 World Championships.
Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa also expressed interest in hosting the 2025 IAAF World Championship.
Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei revealed that the country’s Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed had written to the IAAF to register their interest in staging the Championship, which has never been hosted in Africa.

Iran women to attend football match freely for first time in decades

Thousands of Iranian women fans are to attend a football match freely Thursday for the first time in decades after FIFA threatened to suspend the country over its controversial male-only policy.

The Islamic republic has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums for around 40 years, with clerics arguing they must be shielded from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men.

World football’s governing body FIFA ordered Iran last month to allow women access to stadiums without restriction and in numbers determined by the demand for tickets.

This is the worst Manchester United team for decades – Owen slams Red Devils squad

Former England striker Michael Owen has labelled the Red Devils’ squad "the worst Manchester United team for decades".
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen the departures of high-profile names such as Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera, while investing heavily in young, British talent.

How Nigeria’s Olympic silver medalist, Isaac Promise, died at 31

Nigerian football international, Isaac Promise Isaac, has died.

Promise who captained Nigeria to the 2008 Olympic silver medal and scored 79 goals in 11 professional seasons in Turkey, died late Wednesday after collapsing at his apartment gym in Austin, Texas, authorities said.

At the time of his death Isaac Promise was aged 31.

The Nigerian football body and the Isaac’s club, Austin Bold FC, confirmed the death via Twitter on Thursday.

Euro 2020 qualifiers: England grab Tomori, Abraham, drop Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard

Midfielders Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard have been left out of England manager Gareth Southgate's squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers away to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

There is a first call-up for defender, Fikayo Tomori, while his Chelsea team-mate, striker Tammy Abraham, has also been picked.

Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker has again been omitted.

England play the Czechs on 11 October and Bulgaria on 14 October.

Everton midfielder Fabian Delph has been recalled, but Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain misses out.

Why Solskjaer should be Man United's Head of Football, not manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man to have at Manchester United. He is just in the wrong job.
Manchester United's pursuit of a late second goal against Arsenal was a good reflection of their attempt to appoint a director of football. You just knew they weren't going to get it.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United have scored twice or more in just one of their past 15 matches in all competitions, a stat that grows more worrying with every passing minute.

Salah's double ensure Liverpool survive Salzburg scare

Liverpool survived a huge scare to get their Champions League defence back on track as Mohamed Salah scored twice in a thrilling 4-3 win over Salzburg at Anfield, despite blowing a three-goal lead.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring against his former club before Andy Robertson and Salah put the holders in command inside the first 36 minutes before Salzburg bore their teeth.

Willian grabs Chelsea winner as Lampard hails young stars

Willian’s brilliant late strike gave Chelsea a precious 2-1 win away to Lille on Wednesday that they will hope kickstarts their Champions League campaign, but it was the young stars in Frank Lampard’s side who stole the show again.

The Brazilian volleyed home in the 78th minute to decide the game under the roof at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on what was his 300th appearance for the club.

Tammy Abraham had earlier put Chelsea in front on his 22nd birthday with his eighth goal already this season, only for Victor Osimhen to equalise for Lille.

Olympic sprinter, Allyson Felix, breaks world record held by Usain Bolt 10 months after giving birth

Olympic sprinter, Allyson Felix, has smashed a world record held by a man, gold medal-winning track star, Usain Bolt, and she did it just 10 months after giving birth.
Felix, 33, was part of Team USA's mixed-gender 4x400m relay team that won the gold at the World Championships Sunday.
The win gave Felix her 12th gold medal at the world championships, pushing her past Bolt's record for the most gold medals of any athlete at the track and field World Championships.
Felix's daughter, Camryn, was born last November via emergency C-section at 32 weeks.

VAR call helps Arsenal secure 1-1 draw at Man United

A video review tinged with controversy plunged Manchester United to its worst seven-game start to a league season in 30 years.

The assistant referee's flag was already raised for offside when Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang chipped a deft finish past United goalkeeper David De Gea in the 58th minute of a frenetic and error-strewn Premier League game between the two old rivals on Monday.