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Flying Eagles Confident of Reaching World Cup Q’finals

first_imgTwo-time silver medalists Flying Eagles of Nigeria believe they can overpower fellow African representatives Senegal this night and reach the FIFA Under-20 World Cup quarter finals in Poland.Monday’s encounter will kick off at 7.30pm Nigeria time.Senegal, second at Africa’s continental tournament in Niger Republic earlier in the year, where Nigeria finished fourth, topped Group A in Poland to reach the Round of 16, with Nigeria just squeezing through as one of the best four third-place finishers. Flying Eagles at training session in Poland. However, the good old cliché says football is no mathematics and anything can happen when eleven players oppose another set of eleven players. Even at the tournament in Poland, one can reflect on the group stage elimination of a skillful and cohesive Portuguese team after being forced to a draw by homeward-bound South Africa, just as Norway, who pounded Honduras 12-0, left the tournament on the same day as their victims.Coach Paul Aigbogun has close to a full squad to choose from meaning tall defender Valentine Ozornwafor would be back at the heart of defence to partner Aliu Salawudeen. But midfielder Jamil Muhammad, who picked up a knock in the loss to USA on Monday last week, is out of the tournament proper. Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru could return to link up with Kingsley Michael in midfield.All goal-scorers from the 4-0 thumping of Qatar on the opening day – Maxwell Effiom, Ikouwem Utin, Dele-Bashiru and Aliu Salawudeen – as well as striker Tijani Muhammed who restored parity from the spot against Ukraine on Thursday in Bielsko-Biala, are all fit to try and chisel Senegal to bits.On arrival in Lodz on Saturday, the Flying Eagles did an inspection of the Stadion Widzewa, before settling down for training. The team also trained on Sunday evening ahead of the clash with the Junior Lions of Teranga.The seven-time African champions are yet to truly impress in Poland since their opening day 4-0 lashing of Qatar in Tychy.A 0-2 loss to USA and 1-1 draw with Ukraine, both in Bielsko-Biala, meant the Flying Eagles had to sneak into the knockout rounds, but the spirit in camp is high following qualification, and the prospect of squaring up to another African team appears to be engendering unspoken steel determination in the playing body.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

See the goals from Watford that destroyed Liverpool’s hopes of becoming Invincibles [VIDEO]

first_imgPremier League leaders Liverpool saw their 27-match unbeaten run in the English top flight come to a crashing end on Saturday night.The Reds’ dream of emulating the Invincible Arsenal side of 2004 was broken by a stunning display by Watford.Prior to the weekend, the Hornets were in 19th place and in danger of slipping deeper into relegation trouble.However, a brace from Sarr and a third from Deeney gave Watford an emphatic win and three crucial points as they aim to remain in the Premier League.Liverpool remain 22 points clear at the top but the would-be champions have finally been humbled.Take a look at all three goals below:last_img read more

Coach sacking must stop: Stephen Appiah

first_imgFormer Ghana captain Stephen Appiah has kicked against the sacking of coaches anytime the Black Stars failed to shine at major tournaments.There have been several calls for the head of coach Kwesi Appiah after Ghana finished fourth at the 2013 Afcon, but the Ghana FA has renewed their confidence in the former international to stay on.Appiah has endorsed the FA’s decision and believes it is about time the four-time African champions looked at the root causes of problems facing the senior national team instead of laying all the blame at the door steps of coaches.“We have to look ahead and stop the culture of sacking coaches when things go wrong. What is the point in sacking the coach? I don’t think that is the solution,” the former Juventus player told Accra-based Happy FM.He added: “Even if we bring in Alex Ferguson or Jose Mourinho and the root causes are not dealt with, it will amount to nothing.“There is nothing even the two renowned coaches can do. So for me we should give him all the necessary support.” Ghana’s next game is against Sudan in Kumasi in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on March 23.last_img read more

Yaya Toure wants Man City exit after birthday snub

first_imgYaya Toure’s future at Manchester City has been put into serious doubt after his agent stated that the midfielder is unhappy with a birthday snub, Daily Mail reports.The now 31-year-old was irritated that no one wished him happy birthday when his birth-date coincided with title celebrations last week.Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk said: “There is a big possibility Yaya will leave this summer. He is very upset. What happened at his birthday means the club don’t care about him. It was proof.“They can say whatever they want, ‘Oh we like him but we forgot’. Forgot? About Yaya? The player who helped you to be two-times Premier League champions? The guy who helped you win the FA Cup and League Cup?”“In a normal team, his team-mates and club would at least give him good wishes. But when you win the title and two days later you have a big party to celebrate the title and nobody comes to Yaya to say happy birthday, what more do you want?“If a player like Yaya went to Liverpool and they won the league for the first time in 24 years, Yaya would be a god in Liverpool,” Seluk told The Sun. “But at City, Yaya is no hero. He’s nobody. That’s how the club make him feel. He’s very upset and he started thinking about leaving the club. And he will leave if things carry on like this.”In other matters, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak isn’t worried by the limitations of UEFA’s transfer cap, revealing that the side are well on their way in landing their transfer targets.The Sky Blues spent almost £100m on summer transfers last year, and Khaldoon said: “Expect the same – but even earlier. We know exactly what needs to be done.”last_img read more

Led by Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, Clippers hold off New Orleans Pelicans

first_imgPaul scored 23 points with 11 assists, seven rebounds and four steals. Griffin also scored 23. J.J. Redick contributed 20 points and DeAndre Jordan and Matt Barnes each scored 12 with Jordan grabbing 16 rebounds.The victory did not come without some stress. The Pelicans (37-33) jumped out to a 13-2 lead. The Clippers did well to trail just 28-27 at the end of the quarter. The Clippers then played solidly to lead 50-43 after a Paul 17-footer with 2:26 to play in the half. But Los Angeles did not score again in the half as New Orleans finished on a 10-0 run to lead 53-50 at the break.Coach Doc Rivers was asked if he said anything to his team at intermission. “No, I mean, I didn’t like the way we started the game,” said Rivers, whose team has won four in a row. “It’s amazing, when you look at like the Washington start (Friday) and then tonight, it was just two different teams. We didn’t get it going and they jumped out.“I mean, they were on fire. They moved the ball, they literally could catch the ball almost anywhere they wanted to. And then we called that early timeout and then after that I thought we got the message and started competing.” Sunday’s game between the Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans featured teams thinking about the upcoming playoffs. The Clippers are almost a lock to make them but are looking to move up in the conference standings. The Pelicans are trying to make the postseason, period.The Clippers began the day just percentage points behind idle fourth-place Portland (44-24) in the West. New Orleans was in ninth, two games behind eighth-place Oklahoma City.Thanks in large part to Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, the Clippers emerged with a 107-100 victory over the Pelicans before 19,299 at Staples Center.Record-wise the Clippers at 46-25 are now a half-game ahead of Portland. However, if the season ended today the Trail Blazers would still be considered the No. 4 seed because they lead their Northwest Division. Yet, the Clippers would have homecourt advantage if the teams played each other in the first round. Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 26 points and 12 rebounds. He made his first eight shots before finishing 11 of 13 from the field. Eric Gordon scored 23.The Pelicans, who shot 50.7 percent for the game, shot 70.6 percent in the first quarter. But when the game was on the line in the fourth, the Clippers held them to 36.8 percent from the field.“We got stops down the stretch and found some plays that worked for us offensively and then we just kept going” said Griffin, whose team led 81-77 heading into the fourth quarter and just 94-91 with four minutes to play before Redick hit a big 3-pointer for a 97-91 cushion with 3:47 left. “It was a good grind-out win.“The Pelicans are a great team and have some great players, so it’s a big win for us.”The Clippers are playing well. But there are still 11 games left in the regular season, so there is more work to do. Barnes likes what he’s seeing.“We’re continuing to get better,” he said. “We have to stay healthy and get Jamal (Crawford) back. Every game we have, we are trying to move up (in the standings). But we have to take every game like it is a playoff game and try to get that second or third seed.”Jordan agreed that homecourt advantage is nice. But it’s not the end-all to winning.“I think it is important … but at the end of the day, playoffs are just about matchups and how hard we come out and play,” he said.As for the Pelicans, they are really fighting for their playoff lives. Oklahoma City won Sunday, so the Pelicans are now three games out of that final playoff berth.While the Clippers were without valuable sixth-man Crawford for the 10th consecutive game, New Orleans was missing guard Tyreke Evans (ankle), guard Jrue Holiday (leg), forward Ryan Anderson (ankle) and center Omer Asik (calf).“We have been dealing with a lot of injuries,” Davis said. “It’s tough not having Tyreke, Jrue, Ryan and Omer, who are all important pieces on this team.“But this is the NBA. We have to deal with the adversity and still try to find a way to win.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

MLB wrap: Twins turn triple play, hit 5 home runs in win over Yankees

first_imgThis was our 8th game this season where we hit 5-or-more #Bombas – the most in @MLB.We join the 1977 @RedSox as the only 2 teams in baseball history to accomplish this.💣💣💣💣💣💣💣💣#BombaSquad | #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/tqRzo0110D— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 23, 2019CC Sabathia was tagged with the loss and moved to 5-5 on the season. In four innings of work, he gave up six hits and six earned runs.Studs of the NightMike Clevinger pitched seven innings in the Indians’ 7-3 win over the Blue Jays. He allowed five hits and three earned runs.J.D. Martinez homered in the third and then hit an RBI double in the ninth in the Red Sox’s 9-4 win over Tampa Bay.Ivan Nova pitched a four-hitter as the White Sox defeated the Marlins, 9-1. Nova threw a complete game and gave up just one earned run while striking out five.Duds of the NightOrlando Arcia went 0 for 4 in the Brewers’ 6-5 loss to the Reds.The Athletics couldn’t put anything together against the Astros. Oakland had just two hits in the 11-1 loss. HighlightsPaul Goldschmidt hit a grand slam in the 10th inning to help the Cardinals come away with a win over the Pirates. Will the Giants trade Madison Bumgarner? ‘It’s impossible to say’ Good as Gold.(MLB x @PapaJohns) pic.twitter.com/rBCics4etF— MLB (@MLB) July 23, 2019What a catch by second baseman Jason Kipnis.Ending the game in style. pic.twitter.com/eacPdKL5Tu— MLB (@MLB) July 23, 2019What’s Next? Rockies (47-52) at Nationals (52-46) — Game 1 between the Rockies and Nationals was postponed due to inclement weather and the two teams will now fit three games into the next two days, starting with Tuesday’s contest. The Rockies will start Jon Gray (9-7, 4.11 ERA) and the Nationals will counter with Stephen Strasburg (12-4, 3.52 ERA). Brandon Woodruff injury update: Brewers ace (oblique) to have MRI, headed to IL The Twins started off on the right foot against the Yankees on Monday.Minnesota turned a triple play for just the 13th time in club history in the first inning. Yankees designated hitter Edwin Encarnación hit a grounder to third baseman Luis Arráez, who threw to Jonathan Schoop covering second base before Schoop found first baseman Miguel Sanó to complete the play. The Twins ended up winning 8-6.1. 2. 3.Don’t believe me? Just watch. 👀#MNTwins pic.twitter.com/xZRl9hq6fx— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 23, 2019The Twins hit five home runs to come away with the victory. Catcher Mitch Garver blasted two of those while going 3 for 4 at the plate.  Related News MLB trade rumors: Yankees unlikely to land Rangers starter Mike Minorlast_img read more

Few More Days Until Sarajevo Grand Prix

first_imgThere is only a little left for application at Sarajevo Grand Prix. All those who did not apply yet, can apply for free at www.sarajevograndprix.com and with the application you might have the chance of winning one of 4.000 prizes, announced organizers.In addition to helmets, tires, prize fund increases every day. All those who have applied, should be the latest on Sunday, 22 June, at 10:00, in East Sarajevo to take numbers and shirts for bicycle riding.The official departure is at 11:00, in front of City Assembly in East Sarajevo.Many famous people have supported Sarajevo Grand Prix, among which are the women band The Frajle.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

Leila: “The goal is to win everything, but we are going to die for the league”

first_imgMartens is a very good player and after the injury she had now she starts to be her. Very happy for his return.-You have two bands that are two daggers with Torrejón and Hansen on one side and you and Martens on the other …-For my Caro she is also a great player, she is very good. They are players who bring us a lot to the team and enjoy it.-After a year blank, do you have that need to raise a degree?-Each year we are maturing more in that aspect. We are aware that we want to continue growing and we have to prove it in the field. We are growing in maturity and wanting to win everything and that is very positive because we grow individually.-The First Iberdrola you have very close already …There is a lot of league, but we have to continue as before and continue with this ambition to want to win everything and make us grow.-Women’s football is having more games every day, do you notice playing twice a week?When you have so many games in a row because you obviously notice it, it’s a workload that you accumulate. For that we train and have the recovery sessions. We are used to playing every three or four days, having a large squad as that also helps. It’s very important.-If you win the Super Cup you will practically not have time to celebrate it, the Queen’s Cup arrives immediately.We are happy that there are so many games, it is something positive for us and that we are doing things well and we are involved in all competitions.-What is the goal of the team this season?The goal is to win everything, but we are going to die for the league. We want to garnar everything possible and we are working on that.-After four years, do you have the thorn of winning the League?-That thorn yes, we want to win everything and we will do our best to get it.-How did you see the atmosphere in El Helmántico?-Thank the people who came, it is not easy during the week, it is a schedule that is not the best, thanks that approached and that follows us from home. It helps us and we are very grateful. We encourage everyone to come and enjoy the game and football. -First title and first final.-First final, the truth that very happy to be in the final.-How do you face it?– With great desire, in the end we train to reach the finals and we are happy to be able to reach the first final of the Super Cup. We are very excited.-After the final of the Copa de la Reina last year where the Real gave the surprises, of course, you go with little confidence …No, none We are aware that the match will be a difficult one. It has a very compact team, they know what they play, they have very fast and high quality players and we know that it will be a very difficult and competitive match.-Although you may find yourself in one of the best moments in history, it seems that there is no one who is winning …-We are in good time. We are well as a team, training is demanding to be in this state where we are.-And a team as competitive as the one you have this season helps …-The good thing we have is that, we have such a competitive staff, you know that anyone can be in the starting eleven and it will bring you. For me it is very important that we have this wide template because we have injured players and thanks to the template we can have many variants and alternatives. Having a wide and competitive staff there are many options for the coach.-And with mental strength, how did you feel when Atlético got ahead on the scoreboard?Yes, there was a lot left. It also happened to us in the league and we also managed to manage it. We know that a match lasts 90 minutes and in the end it is calm. We managed to manage the goal well emotionally and knew how to impose our game and take it to our field.-Another positive reinforcement?-After all the positive results, this helps us to continue believing and trusting ourselves that we are well and we have to continue with this positive dynamic that we carry.– On a personal level, how are you?-I feel very good and happy to help the team. I feel at a good time and you have to enjoy it because football are times and try to keep that dynamic.– Did I miss Martens ahead?last_img read more

McCatty: Refs to blame for basketball foul up

first_imgVeteran basketball official, Howard McCatty, has agreed with the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association’s (ISSA) competition’s director, George Forbes, that the referees are to blame for the incident which forced game one of the ISSA Southern Conference under-19 basketball final to be ruled null and void and ordered replayed.McCatty, a former basketball president and currently a referees’ trainer and technical commissioner, said the match officials erred by not ensuring that the teams were checked, even though others are sometimes assigned to fulfil this task.”They (referees) should have checked the identification cards before the game started. But, here in Kingston, we usually have someone checking it, and they (refs) thought it was checked by the table,” he explained.CHECKING ID’S”But I would put the blame on the referees because a technical commissioner should be at the table to check all IDs. In Northern (Conference), I check all IDs before the games starts,” he added.Calabar won game one of the series, only for Camperdown to launch a protest against their opponents for not having their IDs available for the game.However, ISSA investigations revealed that Calabar had no IDs. Camperdown did not have their full complement either and, as a result, a replay was ordered. Forbes blamed the match officials for not upholding the rules.”Our rules are quite simple, and that is you must have an ISSA-issued ID. The referees are the ones causing the problem. How do they know that a player has an ID? If I am the referee and I know you and I say you can play, that does not mean you satisfy the criteria,” Forbes said recently.McCatty admitted that sometimes schools have ID issues when they come to games, and insists that once it can be verified that a player is legitimate, they try to accommodate the schools as best as they can. However, he says next season, there will be no room for such leniency with the regulations.last_img read more

Weary Angels turn back gritty Oragons

first_imgLATEST STORIES The victory came after they overcame the fancied Alyssa Valdez-led Creamline Cool Smashers in a grueling five-setter late Saturday, 27-25, 17-25, 25-23, 19-25, 15-5.“The girls are really tired,” said PetroGazz coach Jerry Yee, who used all but reserve libero Rica Enclona in the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“One also has to consider our training, so whoever I send to the court, there’s really the fatigue factor.”With his mainstays showing fatigue in the third set, Yee started Ranya Musa in the fourth and sent Rachel Austero off the bench. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The duo delivered with Austero scoring all her four points in the frame, including an offspeed hit and an ace that sealed PetroGazz’s victory.“Again, we tell them, the coaching staff, rotate the players, use our timeouts,” said Yee, whose wards get a much-needed break before facing another tough opponent in Ateneo-Motolite on Saturday.“Let’s use our depth, whatever we have.”Earlier, Tacloban foiled the Adamson-Akari attackers at the net to score a 25-21, 25-12, 25-22 rout as the Fighting Warays notched back-to-back wins after an opening-game loss.BanKo-Perlas paces the eight-team field at 2-0 while Ateneo occupies second spot (1-0).ADVERTISEMENT PetroGazz overcame fatigue and Iriga-Navy, 25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 28-26, late Sunday to bolster its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Playing their fifth straight game in a nine-day stretch, the Angels seemed to have lost steam in a third-set setback but bounced back in an extended fourth-set duel to turn back the Lady Oragons and improveto 3-2.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Superal seeks strong Taiwan LPGT finish View commentslast_img read more