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– Arda Turan has been sentenced to 32 months jail term following a nightclub brawl

– Turan was involved in a fight with Turkish singer Berkay Sahin in an Istanbul nightclub last year

– The midfielder is currently on loan with Turkish club Basaksehir

Arda Turan, Barcelona star, has been handed a 32-month jail term after a nightclub row.

According to Mirror citing Turkish newspaper Haberturk Turan, the Barca ace was sentenced to two years and eight months behind bars for illegal possession of firearms.

After his sentence, the court opted to defer the verdict, meaning the midfielder would not head to the prison yet unless he is involved in a related incident in five years.

Turan is on loan with Turkish Super Lig side Basaksehir, but was involved in a row with Turkish singer Berkay Sahin at an Istanbul nightclub late last year, leaving the musician with a bleeding nose.

The football star was alleged to have attacked the pop star in a fight over the singer’s wife.

Turan would later arrive at the hospital with a gun which he fired at the ground, causing panic.

Turkish TV station uploaded a video clip showing outside the nightclub aftermath of the incident and Turan was sighted leaving the club.

The footage also shows Turan entering the hospital and in discussions with someone, before throwing an object down on the table.

Turkish newspaper Haberturk is claiming the pair clashed after Turan made provocative remarks to the singer’s wife, Ozlem Ada Sahin.

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Turan completed a switch from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona for £30m in 2015, netting 15 times for the Catalan club, winning four trophies, as well as earning 55 appearances and winning four trophies.

He has previously plied his trade with Galatasaray before making his initial switch to the Spanish topflight in 2011.

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Nakuru hit Mwamba, Kabras stay on top

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AYUMBA AYODI

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Visiting Nakuru weathered a second half assault from Mwamba to beat Kulabu 18-13 in a thrilling Kenya Cup match at at the Railway Club, Nairobi.

Leaders Kabras Sugar, defending champions Kenya Commercial bank (KCB) and Homeboyz claimed crucial wins to stay in the top three positions in the log.

Kabras Sugar thrashed touring Kenya Harlequin 34-3 for a bonus point victory at the Bullring to stay top with an improved tally of 50 points while KCB mauled Kisumu 55-3 at Kisumu Polytechnique ground to remain second with 49 points.

Homeboyz claimed a swift 36-11 victory against host Nondescripts at the Jamhuri Park to also stay third with 45 points.

Menengai Oilers failed to uphold their giant-killing instincts when they fell to host Impala Saracens 37-29 in a tight clash at the Impala Sports Club. Oilers had stunned Mwamba 30-14 in their previous outing.

The victory saw the Sarries stay fourth with 35 points as host Blak Blad crushed visitors Western Bulls 44-0 in a bottom-of-the-table clash at Kenyatta University ground.

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Back at Railway Club, Nairobi, there was no end to Mwamba’s miseries after they failed to recover from Oilers defeat the previous Saturday.

Nakuru stayed sixth but with an improved tally of 29 points, one below Oilers, who still managed a bonus point from the defeat to Impala to stay fifth.

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Mwamba camped in Nakuru’s half virtually for the better part of second half but wasted a lot of opportunities. Nakuru failed to venture into Mwamba’s 22 metre zone the whole of the second half as the Great Rift side deployed an impregnable defence.

Nakuru scored all their points in the first half with centre Oscar Ouma and hooker Emmanuel Mboya landing a try each. Full back Collins Onyango made one conversion and kicked in two penalties to lock the duel.

Fly-half Brian Kivasia gave Mwamba the penalty in the first half with the burly eighthman David Machanje landing from rolling mauls but all was in vain.

“The absence of my prop Felix Omondi was really felt in the second half as my forwards had to dig in for the slim victory,” Nakuru coach Felix “Mwalimu” Oloo said, adding that they have now resolved what he terms “domestic issues” that had seen his side register poor results.

Mwamba coach Peter Kefa rued the mistakes that cost his side. “We lost a vital try-scoring chance and two penalties in the second half and it made the big difference,” said Kefa.

Kabras Sugar 34-3 Harlequins; Mwamba 13-18 Nakuru; Impala 37-29 Menengai Oilers; Nondescripts 11-37 Homeboyz; Blak Blad 44-0 Western Bulls; Kisumu 7-55 KCB.

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Watford stalemate hits Spurs Euro hopes

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Watford’s Troy Deeney (L) vies with Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen © AFP / Adrian DENNIS

LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 18 – Watford held Tottenham to a goalless draw on Saturday to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League and further damage Spurs’ Champions League ambitions.

When Nigel Pearson took over at Vicarage Road last month Watford looked doomed ro relegation but he has put together a remarkable run of results to lift the club out of the relegation zone.

It is a different story for Jose Mourinho’s Spurs who, without the injured Harry Kane and with uncertainty over the future of Christian Eriksen, could be 11 points off fourth spot by the end of the day.

But Pearson will feel Watford should have wrapped up all three points after his side squandered some golden chances in the second half and captain Troy Deeney saw his penalty saved.

Before kick-off there was a warm tribute from the fans to former manager Graham Taylor, who died three years ago.

It was the visitors who settled first, finding their rhythm from the kick-off, dominating possession and probing for openings on the edge of the Watford box .

But the home side broke dangerously in the second minute, with Gerard Deulofeu shooting wide of Paulo Gazzaniga’s goal.

That was a rare foray forward in the opening stages for Watford, who struggled to get on top of Mourinho’s men.

Son Heung-min looked lively on the left of Tottenham’s attack and had the first shot on target but despite all their posession Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster rarely looked troubled.

– Watford threat –

The home side gradually worked their way into the game and started to see much more of the ball.

They had a good chance to test Gazzaniga when Japhet Tanganga was booked after bringing down Ismaila Sarr in a dangerous position just outside the penalty box but Nathaniel Chalobah wasted the opportunity.

Shortly before the half-hour there was a delay of several minutes as referee Michael Oliver was forced to change his communication kit, accompanied by the crowd chanting: “It’s not football any more.”

Foster saved from Son in the 30th minute and was down smartly to keep out a sharp Lucas Moura shot after a delightful through ball from Dele Alli.

Watford flew out of the blocks in the second half and could have been 2-0 up but for some poor finishing.

First Abdoulaye Doucoure scuffed the ball just wide after good work down the right by the dangerous Sarr before Sarr himself failed to connect properly from close range.

Although Watford were now well on top, Spurs continued to look dangerous on the break.

Alli headed over while Son shot after being released through the middle.

The decisive moment appeared to come with about 20 minutes to go when Spurs captain Jan Vertonghen was booked for handling Deulofeu’s shot in the penalty area.

Deeney stepped up and struck his shot firmly but Gazzaniga dived to his right to keep the ball out and the scores level.

Mourinho brought Eriksen off the bench and later introduced new signing Gedson Fernandes but it was Watford who continued to look the more dangerous side.

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Kenya v South Sudan tie delayed as fans break gate

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The kick-off of the much-anticipated Kenya versus South Sudan showdown in the last match of the Fiba Afro-basketball pre-qualifiers at Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium has been delayed.

This was after a mammoth crowd turned up for the match, which the winner will sail through to the next stage, and forced their way into the venue.

Fans on the court before the Fiba
Fans on the court before the Fiba Afro-basketball pre-qualifiers match between Kenya and South Sudan at Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium on January 18, 2020. PHOTO | PHILIP ONYANGO |

By the time of going to press, Fiba and the Kenya Basketball Federation officials were holed up in a meeting to decide on the way forward with the mostly likely scenario being to call off the match.

KBF chairman Paul Otula had earlier ordered that the gates be locked after it was apparent that there was no more space to accommodate the droves of people who had made their way into the facility.

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Fans on the court before the Fiba Afro-basketball pre-qualifiers match between Kenya and South Sudan at Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium on January 18, 2020. PHOTO | PHILIP ONYANGO |

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But the fans, dodged the security personnel and broke the rear gate allowing all and sundry to flock in filling every s[pace including the playing court against the Fiba rules. The rules require that fans do not access the perimeter wall of the playing court.

Both the Kenya Morans and the South Sudan teams had left the venue for their respective hotels.

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