19 Things I Learned in Nigeria

1) Nigerian children like to express the shit out of themselves on the airplane. 2) Just because two people are fluent in the same language doesn’t mean they can easily communicate. As a former British colony, Nigeria’s official national language is English. In reality, most people’s first language is their local Nigerian language and English is a second language they’re often fluent in but sometimes not as comfortable speaking. And many less educated Nigerians don’t speak English at all. Femi and his siblings speak fluent English but with such a different…

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Napoli solidifies hold on 2nd with 4-0 win over Frosinone

ROME (AP) — Napoli is not only Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne. A 4-0 victory over promoted Frosinone on Saturday didn’t include any goals from the southern club’s standout strikers. Arkadiusz Milik scored twice, Faouzi Ghoulam provided two assists in his first match in more than a year, and Piotr Zielinski and Adam Ounas also found the net. With Mertens rested, the collective effort was the perfect warmup for a decisive visit to Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday. The win also solidified Napoli’s hold on second place in…

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Free-scoring West Ham survive late scare to beat struggling Crystal Palace

West Ham beat Crystal Palace 3-2 and secured a third straight Premier League victory thanks to a pulsating second-half performance that was a vast improvement on their first. It was also a trio of wins featuring three goals in each, which the Hammers hadn’t achieved since 1982 when John Lyall was the manager. Goals from Robert Snodgrass, Javier Hernandez and Felipe Anderson turned out to be just enough to shade a London derby that began with James McArthur’s early Palace opener and was kept interesting when substitute Jeffrey Schlupp made…

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Atlanta beat Portland to seize MLS Cup crown in second season

Atlanta (AFP) – Atlanta United won the Major League Soccer title in its second season of existence, defeating the Portland Timbers 2-0 in the MLS Cup final on Saturday. Atlanta’s MLS Most Valuable Player Josef Martinez led the way in front of a league-record crowd of 73,019 at Mercedes Benz Stadium, opening the scoring in the 39th minute with his 35th goal of the 2018 campaign. Argentine defender Franco Escobar doubled the score in the 54th minute as Atlanta made coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s last match at the helm a…

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Fortune finally shines on James Tarkowski as Burnley beat Brighton & Hove Albion to escape relegation zone

James Tarkowski’s personal pain is over, and perhaps Burnley’s is coming to an end too. Certainly, the England centre-back’s return to full fitness has come at a crucial time for Sean Dyche. Tarkowski has had two hernia operations in the past six months, playing for nearly a year with the problem. He can now set about sorting out Burnley’s defence, which has been unusually generous for much of the season. He is a handy goalscorer too. In his second start after returning from surgery, Tarkowski did not seem to know…

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Dortmund beats Schalke 2-1 in Ruhr derby, Bayern keeps pace

BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund kept its nine-point advantage over Bayern Munich with a 2-1 Ruhr derby win at Schalke in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Jadon Sancho sealed the unbeaten visitors’ 11th win from 14 games with a fine finish in the 74th minute, restoring Dortmund’s lead after Daniel Caligiuri equalized from the penalty spot. Thomas Delaney had given Dortmund an early lead. Bayern, which is chasing an unprecedented seventh consecutive title, kept pace and moved second with a 3-0 win over promoted Nuremberg in their Bavarian derby in Munich.…

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