Mikel Stumbles With Stoke; Simy’s Crotone Crash At Genoa

first_imgIt was a bad day for John Obi Mikel as he could not help Stoke City avoid a 2-0 defeat to Bristol City at the Bet365 Stadium. Former Nigeria international aiming to assist Stoke City to return to the Premier League at the end of the campaign. Still, that target took a tumble on Sunday with the Potters yet to record a victory after two games. It was a rough outing for Crotone on their return to the Serie A as Simy Nwankwo and mates suffered a bruising 4-1 loss at Genoa also on Sunday. The Super Eagles striker, the club’s leading goalscorer last term, started for the Pythagoreans, but it did little to douse the attacking verve of their hosts.Advertisement Loading… Genoa started brightly and scored two goals within the first ten minutes courtesy of Destro and Pandev. Riviere reduced the deficit for Crotone before the break, but Zapacosta and Pjaca ensured the visitors left the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris empty-handed. read also:Mane destroys Chelsea as Liverpool star nets quickfire double Nigerian defender Tyrone Ebuehi continued his steady march to full fitness in FC Twente’s impressive 1-1 draw at Feyenoord. The on-loan Benfica full-back saw action for the opening 78 minutes before making way for Markelo as Twente made it two games without a defeat in the Eredivisie. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Most Expensive Mistakes In History20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalTarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were Kidslast_img read more

Osimhen rescues Lille in thriller

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Osimhen, Napoli bow to COVID-19 Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother Victor Osimhen got his seventh league goal of the season as Lille was held to a 2-2 draw by Nimes in Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash.Osimhen came into this encounter after his first Champions League strike in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.Against the Crocodiles, he continued his fine goal scoring form to help Christophe Galtier’s men preserve their unbeaten home run.Loicy Remy put Lille ahead in the 12th minute, after scoring from a second attempt when goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni had saved his first strike.Renaud Ripart equalised for Nimes on the stroke of half time after sending Bernardoni the wrong way from the penalty mark.The visitors took the lead in the 71st minute after Togo international; Kevin Denkey converted a low cross from Ripart.Following that strike, the teenager is tied on three goals with Jadon Sancho as the highest-scoring player U-20 years of age in Europe’s major league so far.Osimhen’s 79th-minute effort ensured honours were shared at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. The Nigerian had now scored seven times in his last five home games.He joins the Super Eagles on Wednesday for Sunday’s international friendly against Brazil in Singapore.Fifth-placed Lille travels to Toulouse for its next league fixture on October 19 at Stadium de Toulouse.Tags: LOSC LilleVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

Coronavirus May Force Postponement of Nigeria, S’Leone Clash

first_imgAlthough no word on it yet from the Glass House, THISDAY learnt that chiefs of the federation are going to decide on the matter before the week runs out.“No decision has been taken on the match yet but I am sure a meeting is going to be hold on it before the week runs out,” a top official of the a NFF told THISDAY at the weekend.But over the weekend, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has refused to rule out postponing international football matches in response to the escalating global threat of the coronavirus.Matches in the leading two divisions in Switzerland, where football’s global governing body FIFA has its headquarters, were postponed on Friday (Feb 28) after the government banned all events involving more than a thousand people.Five Serie A games in Italy were scheduled to be played behind closed doors with the clash between AC Milan and Atalanta postponed late yesterday. Leagues in Japan and South Korea were postponed earlier last week.With several players, including those from Nigeria involved in AFCON Match-day 3 coming from Europe where the virus threat has been visible in the last two weeks, several federations have started taking a second critical look at the games ahead.“The health of persons is much more important than any football game,” said Infantino as he arrived in Belfast on Friday for weekend’s annual general meeting of the rule-making International Football Association Board.“That’s why we have to look at the situation and hope that it (the coronavirus) will decrease rather than increase. At the moment it looks like it is still increasing.“If games have to be postponed or played without spectators until it is over, then we have to go through that.”And while hopeful that next month’s international friendlies will go ahead, Infantino added: “I wouldn’t exclude anything at this moment. I hope we will never have to get into this direction. I think it will be difficult in any case to make a global ban because the situation is really different.”Infantino was skeptical about the prospect of a large number of matches being played behind closed doors.“Every competition organiser has to decide what is best for him,” he said. “In the short term it can be a solution in order to move on but you cannot imagine a few months of a competition with several matches played behind closed doors.”The new coronavirus has caused fixture delays across sport, with Ireland’s Six Nations rugby union international at home to Italy, scheduled for March 7, postponed and no new date confirmed.In Asia, the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai, due to take place on April 19, has been postponed because of the virus while athletics’ World Indoor Championships, scheduled to take place in the Chinese city of Nanjing this month have been held until 2021.The outbreak could yet threaten the continent-wide Euro 2020 football championships starting in June and the Tokyo Olympics, due to get under way in July.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Femi SolajaFollowing the spread of the Coronavirus across the globe, there are indications that this month’s FIFA window may suffer postponement unless adequate measures are in place to curb the further spread of the virus.Nigeria’s Super Eagles are scheduled to play host to Sierra Leone in a Match- day 3 AFCON 2021 qualifying game slated for March 23rd at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba. Coronaviruslast_img read more

Braun: Ramirez makes run for MVP during Dodgers’ playoff push

first_imgThe term “value” in baseball seems to have lost its meaning.While the MVP award in the National League has not been given out yet, it seems the most deserving player probably won’t be a serious candidate for it.I’m talking, of course, about Manny Ramirez.Yes, I’m talking about the same Manny who ran to first base slower than a stumbling little leaguer. The same guy who many think was purposely striking out, fielding poorly and not taking his job seriously as a member of the Boston Red Sox.Though Boston fans may be glad that he’s gone, and probably aren’t too unhappy with Jason Bay in left field, you bet they’re upset about the way he’s playing now.In less than a third of the season since being traded to the Dodgers, Ramirez has hit 17 home runs and 53 RBIs. That’s around 55 home runs and 160 RBIs for a full season.Frankly, in Los Angeles, Manny can’t be happier and neither can the Dodgers.Before he came to town, the Dodgers were all but done. They couldn’t hit, they had no pop in their lineup and seemingly the fans just didn’t care about the struggling team that had second place written all over it.He revitalized the Dodgers and brought life back into a clubhouse that has not seen a playoff series victory since Kirk Gibson brought the fire in 1988, when the Dodgers won the World Series.Any person in their right mind — yes, even Red Sox fans — can and should admit that Manny’s presence in Los Angeles not only pushed the Dodgers to the playoffs, but it did so in commanding fashion.He’s so good that fans in Los Angeles expect him to give them a curtain call after he strikes out. Don’t even mention when he goes yard; that’s a given.Even if he’s only been a Dodger for a third of the season, it was the most incredible play displayed by any player the entire year.But he didn’t only play for himself. With Ramirez in the middle of the lineup, every player is simply trying harder. They want to knock runners in, and because the opposing pitchers don’t want to face Manny, they have to throw strikes to the players who bat around him.Before Manny came, the Dodgers were several games back in the weak NL West division, and Los Angeles just couldn’t overtake the Diamondbacks.Now, look who’s on top. And there’s only one reason why — Manny showed up.No other team in baseball can attribute their success to a single player the way the Dodgers can do with Ramirez.Seems like there’s a new definition of “Manny being Manny.” I’m not talking about him giving high fives to people in the bleachers or cutting off a throw from left-center field. In terms of his antics, he hasn’t changed a bit, but instead of sounding off on how he feels about a situation, he lets his bat do all of the talking.Those previously-mentioned shenanigans can be exactly what a team needs to get an extra push. That and a .393 batting average, of course.You could make the same case for Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun or maybe even Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard, but think about it this way — Braun and Howard had all year to give their respective teams the extra push to get into the postseason — Manny did it all in two months.He may play for the worst team in the playoffs, but that team would be sitting at home if he never came along. That is why Manny deserves to win the MVP award.Jonah is a sophomore hoping to major in journalism. Think Manny Ramirez is a changed person, or is he the same nuisance that he gave Boston for six years? E-mail him at jbraun@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Men’s hockey exceeding expectations in rebuilding season

first_imgJordy Murray netted two goals for the Badgers this weekend while being swept by the Mavericks.[/media-credit]Heading into this season, the expectations for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team were not very high.The Badgers were again expected to be a competitive team in the WCHA, but, overall, this season was supposed to be mostly a rebuilding year.After losing to Boston College in the national championship, Wisconsin also lost many of its best players, including 2010 All-Americans Brendan Smith and Blake Geoffrion.Entering this week with a 19-10-3 record, the Badgers have largely exceeded expectations. This weekend’s home series against a talented Minnesota team will have a huge impact on where Wisconsin finishes this year.The Badgers won 12 of their last 13 games heading into last weekend’s pivotal away series against a surging Nebraska-Omaha squad, which Wisconsin ultimately lost, 4-1 and 4-3.However, UW head coach Mike Eaves did not seem very disappointed during his Monday press conference.“We played hard enough to win. … We gave up only 10 scoring chances on Saturday and 14 on Friday,” Eaves said. “We did some good things.”The loss also acted as an opportunity for UW’s younger players to be exposed to an intense playoff-like atmosphere away from the Kohl Center.“Some of our younger kids didn’t play at the level we have seen,” Eaves said. “This experience will prepare us for the end of the year.”Young TalentYoung, talented players, such as forwards Mark Zengerle and Craig Smith, have emerged to propel the Badgers to an impressive season thus far.After a slight lull in point scoring, Zengerle has increased his point production as of late and Eaves has taken notice.“The nice thing we’ve seen from Mark is that his work ethic has continued to be up there,” Eaves said. “He understands that if he wants to be an elite player in this league, he is going to have to work hard.”The Badgers’ youth becomes even more apparent when each class is measured by point production.UW’s sophomore class is the highest-scoring class in the nation with 35 goals and 99 points. Wisconsin’s freshmen share eighth in the nation with 76 points. UW’s juniors rank 17th in the nation with 62 points, and the Badger seniors are tied for 42nd in the country with 47 points.However, those senior statistics do not fully describe the effect senior leadership has had on the team. Senior goalie Scott Gudmundson has been dominant at times over the course of the season and is one of the most indispensable players on the team.Big series on a big stageThis weekend’s series against Minnesota will clearly be a litmus test for whatever success the Badgers might have in the postseason. After all, the opponent is the rival Gophers, and the venue is the Kohl Center, ranked as the most intimidating college hockey rink by a recent poll in The Wall Street Journal.“It’ll be a fun building this weekend for two nights in a row,” Eaves said.last_img read more

Cricket World Cup Arrives Nigeria February 11

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The International Cricket Council has confirmed that game’s World Cup trophy would arrive Abuja, Nigeria at noon today to begin a three-day Tour of the country as part of the build up to the 2019 World Cup.Nigeria despite not being eligible to participate in the World Cup in the United Kingdom later in June, has been picked as one of the countries that the World Cup would visit, in recognition of her growing interest in the game.President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Professor Yahaha Ukwenya, who was elected the head of the body in June 2017, said he and his team could not have thought about this 18 months back, when they assumed leadership, “I believe we have communicated to the world, how passionate our team is, in several ways, and, how ready we are to grow the game in these few months that we have run Cricket as a new board, that was what earned us this,” he said.The trophy would be hosted in Abuja and Lagos. While in Abuja, it will be received by the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung,  and visit some iconic places like the Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua Cultural Centre and the Katampe hills; in  Lagos, it will be received by Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and also displayed at the Tafawa  Balewa Cricket Oval on Lagos Island.“The tour of the World Cup Trophy is presently the biggest activity in the game of cricket, the world over, and Nigeria has been placed on that map by sheer effort of the dedicated people that make up the leadership of the Nigeria Cricket Federation.This is the first time the World Cup Trophy is coming to this part of Africa. It is indeed an honour,” the NCF Vice President, Uyi Akpata, said.“We have a lot people in the cricket community that have been yearning to have a taste of World Cup Trophy and we are working out a very fair ground that would be inclusive for all the groups represented in our diverse community in Nigeria, both students, diplomatic community, professionals, enthusiast and sports fans,” he added.The effort of the new board of the Nigeria Cricket Federation in 18 months has seen  Nigeria move from division 2 to division 1 in the under-19 category and the unranked Women’s national team has been ranked 36th in World T-20 International.The NCF also kicked off a grassroots development programme where over 3,000 kids have been reached in 2018, with double that figure being targeted for 2019.Most recently, the ICC, also partnered the NCF in a three-day Commercial Strategy and Development Workshop, delivered by the renowned CSM Sports consultants for Middle-East and Africa.  The workshop was targeted to rejig, review and re-assess the Federation’s 4 years strategic development goals, in which the team was already ticking some right boxes.The World Cup trophy would depart Nigeria on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.last_img read more

Ghana fans livid after shock semi-final defeat

first_imgThere is a constant flow of reactions from Ghanaian soccer fans after the Black Stars failed to book a final Nations Cup berth with Nigeria at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa.The Black Stars of Ghana yesterday lost 3-2 on penalties to a very determined and tactical Burkinabe side in a heated semi final duel which turned out highly controversial, courtesy shambolic officiating by Tunisian referee Jedidi Slim who seemed to have lost his way round his profession for most part of the crucial game.The ritual of reviewing the performance of the national team after they crash out of major tournaments began late in the night and has continued unabated with fans expressing what they felt was the missing link in the team’s effort to rescue the much anticipated 5th Africa Cup win.“Throughout the tournament the team failed to impress me. I’m disappointed with the head coach; our technical men failed us, they could not read the game. For me I’m disappointed in the players, they were not committed”, a soccer enthusiast confessed to Joy Sports.Most fans are not taking lightly the fact that their beloved Black Stars have repeatedly made it to the semi finals of the Nations Cup since 2008 and have never brought the cup home. They are not the least impressed about the fact that the Stars managed to top a very difficult Group by beating Niger and Mali and drawing with DR Congo.Even the spirited display by the team to see off Cape Verde at the quarter final seemed to have been forgotten. The national team is being heavily chastised and the trend is likely to prevail at least until the team wins a silverware to show for their performances.Meanwhile the Black Stars would have an opportunity to go one better than last nations cup fourth place finish when they face the Eagles of Mali at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday for the third place play off.last_img read more

5 Floridians arrested for illegally harvesting Saw Palmetto Berries

first_imgIt’s a seasonal crime!Five Floridians are facing misdemeanor charges for illegally harvesting Saw Palmetto Berries.Residents in Lehigh Acres say it’s common to see people picking the berries and even going into private properties to do so.However, in July last year, Saw Palmetto Berries were added to the list of commercially exploited plants in the state.Now a special permit is required to harvest the berries.The berries are used in certain medicines and are sold for about $1.25 per pound.If an individual is found illegally harvesting them, the berries are returned to the owner, or destroyed.last_img read more

TV Selections Revealed for Final Week of Regular Season

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and its television partners have determined the broadcast schedule for the final week of the basketball regular season. ESPN3 and Eleven Sports will each offer multiple games across their platforms.On Feb. 28, the Eleven Sports selection has changed. The network will now feature the Southeastern Louisiana at New Orleans men’s game that night. The Lions and Privateers have both clinched spots in the Southland tournament, and are now fighting for top seeds.As previously announced, ESPN3 will feature two institutional productions Feb. 28. First, Central Arkansas visits Sam Houston State in women’s action. The Sugar Bears have won three straight and earned a spot in the conference tournament, where they’ll be looking for a third consecutive championship. Later, the Stephen F. Austin men host Abilene Christian.March 3, ESPN3 will showcase the Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State doubleheader. The women’s game features the Bearkats hosting the Ladyjacks, who are currently only a half game back of first place. On the men’s side, byes in the tournament may be on the line when rivals meet.Also on March 3, Eleven Sports is set to bring the men’s game between Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana to a national audience. The Colonels are currently in first place, trying to complete their first Southland regular season championship since 1998. The Colonels-Lions affair will be the middle game of an NCAA hoops tripleheader on Eleven Sports, sandwiched between Big Sky and Atlantic 10 action.Broadcasts on ESPN3 are available via WatchESPN.com and ESPN apps. All Southland games on Eleven Sports are simulcast on the Southland Digital Network, available via Southland.org/live and Southland Conference apps. Wednesday, Feb. 28 Central Arkansas at Sam Houston State (Women’s Basketball), ESPN3 – 6:30 pm CTSoutheastern Louisiana at New Orleans (Men’s Basketball), Eleven Sports/Southland Digital Network – 7 pm CTAbilene Christian at Stephen F. Austin (Men’s Basketball), ESPN3 – 7 pm CTSaturday, March 3Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State (Women’s Basketball), ESPN3 – 4:30 pm CTNicholls at Southeastern Louisiana (Men’s Basketball), Eleven Sports/Southland Digital Network – 5 pm CTStephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State (Men’s Basketball), ESPN3 – 7 pm CTOther games will be streamed through instutional platforms. Check southland.org/scoreboard for links.last_img read more

Mourinho says he was wrong breaking Covid-19 lockdown to train Spurs trio in park

first_img5 Tottenham stars Ryan Sessegnon and Davinson Sanchez were spotted jogging as they ignored social distancing ordersYoungster Ryan Sessegnon and central defender Davinson Sanchez were also part of the trio being put through their paces.Following orders to stay at home and only head outside for essential travel with household members, Mourinho has accepted his mistake.Reported by the Mirror, he said: “I accept that my actions were not in line with government protocol and we must only have contact with members of our own household.“It is vital we all play our part and follow government advice in order to support our heroes in the NHS and save lives.”Mourinho was believed to have offered to work closely with £55million signing Ndombele with last summer’s arrival struggling to force his way into the side since the Portuguese’s appointment in November.The Frenchman, 23, has made 12 league starts but just four of those have come under the ex-Manchester United boss.His team-mates Sessegnon and Sanchez were also seen jogging less than the recommended two metres apart.5most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealSeveral parks in London have already been closed by police in order to avoid people meeting up during the current lockdown.The guidelines state more than two people out together is viewed as “a gathering” and must be dispersed.Prem stars Mason Mount, Jack Grealish and Kyle Walker have all landed themselves in hot water after ignoring the government’s advice on social distancing.5 Jose Mourinho has apologised for breaking government guidelinesCredit: PA:Press Association5 The Portuguese boss wanted to help out Ndombele, rightCredit: AFP or licensorsJose Mourinho leads Tottenham virtual training session on exercise bike as stars self-isolate due to coronavirus 5JOSE MOURINHO has admitted he was wrong after being caught breaking the coronavirus lockdown to train three Tottenham stars in a London park.Pictures appeared to show the Spurs boss doing drills with players including club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele on Hadley Common in North London yesterday.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updateslast_img read more