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Rodgers: Ndidi Is a Soldier, Platform Provider For Strikers

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed the impact of Wilfred Ndidi at the club this season, likening the Super Eagles midfield trojan to a soldier on the field of play, reports Completesports.com.

The Nigeria international has been one of the key performers for the Foxes this season, contributing two goals in 14 Premier League appearances amid a consistent all-round showing.

Ndidi was particularly exceptional in Sunday’s hard-fought 2-1win against Everton in which his compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho shone with a goal assist and a late winner.

“He’s an incredible player. We have lots of artists and he’s the soldier,” Rodgers told a news conference of Ndidi ahead of Leicester City’s Premier League clash against Watford on Wednesday.
“He provides the platform for the attacking players. Every top team needs a player like that. He’s been phenomenal in the time I’ve been here.”

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Sports Minister Dare Threatens to Sue Radio Presenter, Seek N10bn for Defamation

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The Founder and main presenter of the Human Rights Radio, Mr. Ahmed Isah, has been asked to retract his unfounded accusations against the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, and apologise within seven days or face a civil suit of N10,000,000,000.00 in damages.

This was contained in a letter dated Thursday, December 12, 2019, sent by the Sports Minister’s lawyers, Okechukwu C. Uju-Azorji, Esq. and Festus Ukpe, Esq.

The letter was titled “DEMAND TO RETRACT BRIBERY ALLEGATION PUBLISHED AGAINST THE PERSON OF MR. SUNDAY DARE AND TO CEASE FROM MAKING ANY FURTHER DEFAMATORY PUBLICATIONS AGAINST HIM.”

It reads in part: ‘Our attention has been drawn to a programme popularly known as “Brekete Family Programme” aired on your station on the mornings of 11th & 12th December, 2019. In the course of the said programme, you made defamatory statements against our client. Specifically, on 11th December, 2019, in the course of the said programme, you made the following statement:
“Any minister wey just land, the first thing wey this people go do na to give you 200 million naira. So if it be say this Dare don collect 200 million naira, if no be so why him no put mouth”
Additionally, on 12th December, 2019, in the course of the programme, you also made the following statement:
“As soon as dem appoint you minister, dem dey give the person 200 million naira so wetin me I dey suspect be say, no be say this present minister of sports no get the capacity, e be like say monkey hand don resemble human being hand, maybe he collect the 200 million naira and him neck don dey deep, if he try to dig, maybe him leg go show.

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“We have our client’s [Sports minister] instructions to demand an unreserved apology and a retraction of the defamatory publication in favour of our client to be broadcast in your programme and published in two (2) newspapers with nationwide coverage within seven (7) days of your receipt of this letter. Kindly note that in the event that you refuse to comply with the above requests, we will be left with no options than to seek redress for our client through the instrumentality of the judicial process and thereby seek injunctive reliefs and Ten Billion Naira (N10,000,000,000.00) in damages for the embarrassment which your publication has occasioned our client.”

It is unclear if the recipient has responded to the letter.

Full text of the letter below:

Thursday, December 12, 2019
The Founder/Chief Executive Officer,
Human Rights Radio,
Abuja.

Dear Sir,
DEMAND TO RETRACT BRIBERY ALLEGATION PUBLISHED AGAINST THE PERSON OF MR. SUNDAY DARE AND TO CEASE FROM MAKING ANY FURTHER DEFAMATORY PUBLICATIONS AGAINST HIM
We are solicitors to Mr. Sunday Dare, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development (hereinafter referred to as ‘our client’) and on whose behalf we write you this letter.
Our attention has been drawn to a programme popularly known as “Brekete Family Programme” aired on your station on the mornings of 11th &12th December, 2019. In the course of the said programme, you made defamatory statements against our client. Specifically, on 11th December, 2019, in the course of the said programme, you made the following statement:
“Any minister wey just land, the first thing wey this people go do na to give you 200 million naira. So if it be say this Dare don collect 200 million naira, if no be so why him no put mouth”
Additionally, on 12th December, 2019, in the course of the programme, you also made the following statement:
“As soon as dem appoint you minister, dem dey give the person 200 million naira so wetin me I dey suspect be say, no be say this present minister of sports no get the capacity, e be like say monkey hand don resemble human being hand, maybe he collect the 200 million naira and him neck don dey deep, if he try to dig, maybe him leg go show.”

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Further to the foregoing, you provided your programme as a platform from which one Tunde Aderibigbe and Harrison Jalla made similar defamatory statements through direct reference and innuendo.
The ordinary meaning of the above statements suggests that our client is a corrupt and fraudulent public officer who collects bribes for the purposes of perverting justice. Curiously, all the aforementioned defamatory statements were unfounded, baseless and made without any scintilla of evidence but for the purpose of disparaging our client and denigrating the excellent work he is doing at the Ministry of Sports.

If your outfit had toed the path of responsible journalism and had investigated the activities of our client in public service before the mad dash for the defamatory publication, you would have discovered that our client is a responsible public officer who has maintained a high reputation for integrity both in public office and in his private dealings. The damage which your embarrassing broadcast has caused our client is unimaginable and totally unacceptable to him.

We have our client’s instructions to demand an unreserved apology and a retraction of the defamatory publication in favour of our client to be broadcast in your programme and published in two (2) newspapers with nationwide coverage within seven (7) days of your receipt of this letter. Kindly note that in the event that you refuse to comply with the above requests, we will be left with no options than to seek redress for our client through the instrumentality of the judicial process and thereby seek injunctive reliefs and Ten Billion Naira (N10,000,000,000.00) in damages for the embarrassment which your publication has occasioned our client. Thank you.
Yours sincerely,

For: Festus Keyamo Chambers

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Jimmy Butler’s Heat To Host Lakers At American Airlines Arena

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Jimmy Butler’s Heat to host Lakers at American Airlines Arena. Buy all Miami Heat tickets with no fees at TickPick. Get tix to Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Arena starting from $143.

Will Duncan Robinson be able to replicate his monstrous 34-point performance in last night’s win over the Atlanta Hawks?

Heat is coming off a 135-121 home win over the Hawks. Duncan Robinson had a big game with 34 points (12-of-16 from the field) on 10 threes. Kendrick Nunn was terrific putting up 36 points (14-of-26 FG) to go along with 6 rebounds.

Lakers are coming off a 96-87 home win over the Orlando Magic. Jared Dudley had a great performance with 9 points (3-of-5 FG) despite recent struggles.

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Heat dropped their last matchup between the teams on the road. The Lakers will attempt to keep their momentum going with 5 wins in their 5 outings. The Heat has been hot as well taking 4 of their previous 5 matchups. Both teams are expected to be at full strength today with no notable injuries.

Miami will be going up against LA’s strong shooting, with LeBron’s team sitting at No. 3 in the league in field goals made.

The Lakers are coming off a back-to-back, while the Heat had a day off. Miami is in the midst of a 3-game road trip.

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Trae Young’s Hawks To Host Pacers At State Farm Arena

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Trae Young’s Hawks to host Pacers at State Farm Arena. Get all Atlanta Hawks tickets at TickPick, where smart fans buy tickets. Tix to Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers at State Farm Arena starting at $19.

Can Trae Young replicate his impressive 15 points/13 assists performance in last night’s loss to the Chicago Bulls? Hawks will try to move on from a 102-136 loss to the Bulls, a game in which Trae Young had 15 points (4-of-14 from the field) and 13 assists.

Pacers are coming off a 122-117 home win over the Boston Celtics. Malcolm Brogdon had a big game with 29 points (6-of-10 FG) and 8 assists. Aaron Holiday was solid with 18 points (8-of-9 from the field).

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In the last head-to-head matchup between the teams, the Hawks lost on the road. Atlanta has won just 2 wins in their last 5 games. Both teams will be featuring their full lineups with no crucial players sitting out the contest.

The Hawks are averaging 8.48 steals, while the Pacers are coming in with only 7.12. Widening this defensive gap will be key for a Hawks win.

Both teams are coming off back-to-backs. The Hawks will be playing home vs LAL, away at NYK, and home vs UTA coming up.

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