Nigerian chess champion teaches winning strategies to Lagos slum kids
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Tunde Onakoya, a former Nigerian chess champion, is teaching children from one of the poorest communities in Lagos how to play the game. It's a way of broadening their horizons and allowing the best players to access scholarships. Every weekend they work on improving their performance, thanks to Onakoya, who himself grew up in a slum. His charity Chess in Slums now wants to expand into other countries in Africa. Our France 2 colleagues report, with FRANCE 24's Camille Nedelec and James Vasina.
Chelsea's Kante to miss Zenit clash, says Tuchel
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Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante will not be involved in the club's Champions League opener against Zenit St Petersburg, manager Thomas Tuchel said on Monday (September 12) ahead of their Group H clash against the Russian side. Kante has been struggling with an ankle injury this season, and was substituted at halftime against Liverpool before the international break when the problem flared up again and he subsequently missed France's World Cup qualifiers. Tuchel was hopeful Kante would be back in action against Zenit but now expects the 30-year-old to return for Sunday's Premier League trip to Tottenham Hotspur.
Controversial football club from separatist Transnistria reaches Champions League
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Fans of European giants Real Madrid and Inter Milan will see their teams face unusual competition this autumn: a club from a tiny separatist region in one of Europe's least known countries, Moldova. After a couple of failed attempts, Sheriff FC is making its debut in the group stage of Europe's top football competition this year, becoming the first team ever from the ex-Soviet country to reach the Champions League itself. Sheriff FC hails from Transnistria, a Russian-speaking region which broke away from Moldova after a brief civil war following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Lewis Hamilton escapes serious injury thanks to halo
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The sight of the hefty back tyre of Max Verstappen's Red Bull Formula One car crashing down towards the helmet of Lewis Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix made for sickening viewing. The seven-time world champion was beached in his Mercedes, but ultimately saved by his halo, a cockpit head protection system introduced in March 2018.
Tennis star Raducanu embodies 'exuberant diversity' of British society
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Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo launches her presidential campaign - a "gamble" according to Libération, considering the steep task of reviving France's Socialist Party. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen meanwhile sets the tone for a "bitter election campaign" and Emmanuel Macron puzzles over how to frame his re-election bid. Plus, the British papers celebrate 18-year-old Grand Slam champion Emma Raducanu and a 12-year-old Scottish boy races alongside cyclists in the Tour of Britain.
Russell to join Hamilton at Mercedes in all-British lineup
George Russell will race for Mercedes next season in an all-British line-up with seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton, the Formula One team said in a widely-expected announcement on Tuesday (September 7). Russell, who is in his third season at Williams, will replace Finland's Valtteri Bottas whose move to Alfa Romeo was made official on Monday. The 23-year-old will be Hamilton's first new team mate since Bottas, now 32, also joined from Williams to take the place of retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg in 2017.
Argentina football fans excited to watch Messi play in World Cup qualifier match
Argentina football fans share their excitement over watching their national team and star Lionel Messi play against Bolivia in the World Cup qualifiers. Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to overtake Pele as the top international goalscorer in South American football history on Thursday as Argentina cruised to a 3-0 victory over Bolivia in their 2022 World Cup qualifier.