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Australian Open: Berdych Buries Nadal Ghost in Straight Sets



Spaniard Rafael Nadal ended his Australian Open campaign with straight sets defeat by Seventh seed Thomas Berdych in Tuesday’s quarter-final encounter at Rod Laver Arena.

Seeded third in Melbourne and playing his first match against a top 10 opponent since beating Novak Djokovic to claim his ninth French Open title last year, Nadal was just not at his best.

The seventh seed, who is just three weeks into his partnership with Venezuelan coach Daniel Vallverdu, closed out a 6-2 6-0 6-6(7-5) win in two hours 13 minutes to reach his second semi-final at Melbourne.

The win also saw Berdych snap a 17-game losing streak against Nadal, whom he has not beaten since Madrid in 2006. He is the second Czech player (Since Ivan Lendl) to reach the Australian Open semis twice having lost to eventual champion Stanislas Wawrinka at the same stage last year.

Rafael Nadal Loses to Thomas Berdych for the First Time Since 2006. Image: Tennis Australia.

Rafael Nadal Loses to Thomas Berdych for the First Time Since 2006. Image: Tennis Australia.

“The goal is the top but you have to climb all the steps. I’m feeling strong and prepared and I want to go all the way,” Berdych said in his on-court interview.

“I’m just putting myself in the best possible position and trying to go one by one.”

After dropping the first two sets, Nadal was serving to stay in the match when he saved two match points at 5-5 to take the contest into a tie-breaker, but Berdych was calm in control as he raced to a 5-1 lead and then clinched it on the fourth match point on his opponent’s return serve.

Berdych will meet the winner of the last 8 tie between British No. 1 Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios for a place in the 2015 showdown.

Asked if having Vallverdu as part of his team will play a part in a possible last 4 tie with Murray, Berdych said: “It might be an advantage for us? But just important to be prepared.”

Vallverdu was in charge of the British team when Murray won the London 2012 Olympic gold and has a long-standing friendship with the two-time Grand Slam champion.

No more Kyrgios comeback in Melbourne Park

Murray beat Kyrgios to Reach Aussies Semi-Finals. Image: Tennis Australia.

Murray beat Kyrgios to Reach Aussies Semi-Finals. Image: Tennis Australia.

Murray ended Kyrgios’ fairytale runwith straight sets win to reach his fifth Australian Open semi-finals.

The Sixth seed sailed to a 6-3 7-6(7-5) 6-3 win over the home favourite and will now be looking to get his fifth win over Berdych after managing just 4 in their ten meetings.

Murray, 27, was never “going to underestimate Kyrgios” after watching the 19-year-old come back from two set down to clinch a five-setter against Andreas Seppi two days ago and with the Canberra native playing in his first quarter-final fixture at the Australian Open, he held his nerves and produced brilliant tennis on the big points en route to a convincing win.


Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack



BREAKING: Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack

Diego Maradona

Argentina and Napoli legend, Diego Maradona has passed away at the age of 60 following a heart attack.

The Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue.

Recall that some weeks ago, it was reported that the football legend had a blood clot on the brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully.

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Two weeks after being discharged from the hospital and recovering at home, he reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning.

The Argentine national team’s official Twitter account confirmed the news on Wednesday.



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The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria



Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.

This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.

However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.

Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.

The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.

Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
the article.

How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?

The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.

Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.

Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.

Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.

As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like can do so with the use of VPNs.

Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.

With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.

Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.

Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:

One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.

Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.

This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.

It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.

The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:

As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.

The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.

The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.

This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.

With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.

If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.

Wrapping It Up:

We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.

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Betting – The Ultimate App For Sports Fans!



For all those sports fans out there who are tired of following sports news that you do not find relevant, Sporty Group has come out with the perfect solution to this problem – is the ultimate sports app for all sports fans! Sporty gives access to the world’s best sports content with zero cost and zero ads. The app is available on the Google Play Store for free. Fans around the world can access the latest sports news on their handheld devices anytime and get live updates on matches. offers a lot of features that can be leveraged by those who are sports enthusiasts. Here are the standout features of the newly launched application that has access to the world’s best sports content. 

  • Latest Sports News (SportyNews)

Get access to all the hot articles and video news in the world of sport at the tip of your fingers through Sporty. This news can be completely customized as per one’s liking. Pick your favourite sports, leagues and teams, all in one place, to be the first to know everything or just pick the option of “Popular” news. 

  • Live Scores and Exclusive Videos (SportyTV) provides live scores of all the sports around the world, including an additional choice where one can filter out scores of just their favourites, whether it would be league scores or team scores. 

  • Game Stats (SportyLive)

Analyze every game in detail through this feature on Sporty. Get the most comprehensive data on any match through the app with match facts, team line-ups, minute-by-minute analysis and tracking, competition trees, live league tables and formations.

  • Chat System (SportyChat)

Chat and share sports talk on Sporty with other users and friends! An incredibly unique feature on offer indeed, which can help you stay updated and also share banter with friends on the go.

Get Sporty, Live Sporty as you Follow, Like, Share, Watch & Chat on!

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