Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports August 10, 2020 Referees group has agreement with NFL on virus protectionsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL Referees Association board of directors has reached an agreement with the league for health protections along with a program allowing game and replay officials to opt out of the season. Officials will be given until Thursday to opt out for a $30,000 payment with jobs guaranteed for 2021. The deal also gives officials protections if they test positive during the season or show symptoms after arriving for a game. In other NFL news:— New Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson is sidelined indefinitely with a non-football injury. Coach Sean McVay won’t reveal the nature of Robinson’s condition, which isn’t coronavirus-related. Robinson is participating in the Rams’ team meetings, and he doesn’t need surgery or another medical procedure. That means Murray can relinquish the wild-card invitation he received from the U.S. Tennis Association, which now will be given to American Mitchell Krueger.Popyrin is a 21-year-old Australian who is ranked 103rd. He joins Australians Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios (KEER’-ee-ohs) as players who are skipping the tournament.LPGA-MARATHON CLASSICKang rallies to winSYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Danielle Kang pulled off a stunning comeback in winning the LPGA’s Marathon Classic in Ohio. — Pirates utility infielder Phil Evans will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a concussion and fracturing his jaw. Evans was injured when teammate Gregory Polanco’s right elbow hit Evans in the face while the two were chasing down a flyball hit by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. Evans briefly lost consciousness on the play, but director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk says he is expected to make a full recovery. — The Yankees have placed slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. Stanton was hurt in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader with the Rays while advancing from first to second base on a wild pitch. — Michael Wacha (WAH’-kuh) has been placed on the injured list because of right shoulder inflammation three starts into his one-year contract with the Mets. Manager Luis Rojas said that Wacha felt pain in his shoulder after allowing four runs in five innings on Friday. NASCAR-MICHIGANHarvick completes weekend of dominance UNDATED (AP) — Another Cardinals series has been postponed while the team continues dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.The upcoming three-game series with the Pirates scheduled to begin Monday has been called off. It’s the Cardinals’ 11th, 12th and 13th games to be derailed by the outbreak. The Cardinals haven’t played since July 30. In other MLB news:— The Indians sent Zach Plesac back to Cleveland on Sunday in a rental car after the young right-hander violated team rules and Major League Baseball’s coronavirus protocols. A club official told the Associated Press the 25-year-old Plesac went out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night following his win against the White Sox. The person added that the team got Plesac a car so he wouldn’t be on a plane with teammates and staff in the event he contracted the virus. NBA-SCHEDULERaptors take No. 2 seedLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors were able to wrap up the No. 2 seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs while preventing the Memphis Grizzlies from wrapping up a spot in the Western Conference play-in series.Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) scored 26 points to help the Raptors beat the Grizzlies, 108-99. Norman Powell chipped in 16 points and Kyle Lowry added 15 as Toronto wrapped up its fifth consecutive season with at least 50 wins. Dillon Brooks scored 25 points, Grayson Allen matched a season high with 20 and Ja (jah) Morant had 17 points and 10 assists for the Grizzlies. UNDATED (AP) — The seeding and matchups are set for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs following victories by the Stars, Capitals and Blue Jackets.The Stars rallied in the final minute of regulation before beating the Blues, 2-1 in a shootout. Jake Allen was on the verge of a shutout win until veteran Joe Pavelski tied it with 31.4 seconds left in the third period. Denis Gurianov (goor-ee-AH’-nav) provided the lone shootout goal to close out the win.The Stars will take on the Flames and the Blues will square off with the Canucks in the opening round. The other Western Conference series will have the top-seeded Golden Knights versus the Blackhawks and the Avalanche against the Coyotes.The Capitals were 2-1 winners over the Bruins, which means Washington will take on the Islanders in the first round. Goals by T.J. Oshie (OH’-shee) and Tom Wilson helped the Caps avoid an 0-2-1 finish in the round-robin tournament. Braden Holtby stopped 30 shots in the victory.The Bruins went 0-3 in the round-robin tourney and will square off against Carolina in the opening round. BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has completed a weekend sweep of NASCAR’s Cup races at Michigan International Speedway.Harvick held off Denny Hamlin over the final laps and finished 0.09 ahead to become the first driver to win Cup races on consecutive days since Richard Petty in 1971.Harvick also took the first two stages in Saturday’s victory before earning the second state Sunday.Martin Truex Jr. finished third and Kyle Busch finished fourth. Busch remains winless on the year.NFL-NEWS The Blue Jackets have closed out their qualifying-round series with a 3-0 shutout of the Maple Leafs, knocking Toronto out of the postseason.Zach Werenski opened the scoring 6:29 into the first period. Liam Foudy doubled the lead midway through the third period, and the Jackets held on after blowing a three-goal lead in the last four minutes of regulation in Game 4, a 4-3 loss to the Leafs.Nick Foligno (foh-LEE’-noh) iced the series with an empty-net goal.Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) stopped 33 shots in his second shutout of the series.The Blue Jackets will face the Lightning in Round 1. The other East series will have the Flyers taking on the Canadiens. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green’s suggestion for Devin Booker’s future did not amuse the NBA. The league fined Green $50,000 on Sunday for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule with comments about Booker, who is the Phoenix Suns’ star guard.Green said Saturday during an appearance as an analyst for TNT: “Get my man out of Phoenix. It’s not good for him. It’s not good for his career.” MLB-SCHEDULEUNDATED (AP) — The Athletics and Astros ignored social distancing recommendations on Sunday by resorting to some antisocial behavior.Benches cleared and even the stands emptied during Oakland’s 7-2 victory over the Astros. It was the first dust-up between the two teams since A’s pitcher Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) revealed the Astros stole signs during their World Series run while he was with Houston. Oakland’s Ramon Laureano got hit by a pitch for the third time in the three-game series. Laureano began exchanging words with animated Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron, then left first base, threw down his batting helmet and began sprinting toward him. Astros catcher Dustin Garneau tackled Laureano before the A’s outfielder reached Cintron, touching off a wild scene in which players streamed out of the stands to join the scrum.Matt Olson hit a three-run homer in the third and Matt Chapman connected the very next pitch, taking the score from 1-0 to 5-0 on consecutive offerings from Astros starter Cristian Javier.Robbie Grossman also homered and Mark Canha (KAN’-ah) contributed an RBI single as the A’s dealt the Astros their fifth consecutive loss.Elsewhere around the majors:— The Rays pulled out a 4-3 win over the Yankees on an RBI single by Michael Perez in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Brosseau and Brandon Lowe both homered in the seventh, when the Rays tied it at 3. — Brady Singer picked up his first big league win by allowing two runs over five innings of the Royals’ 4-2 decision over the Twins. Hunter Dozier hit a two-run single and Mikael (MY’-kehl) Franco added a solo blast to back Singer.— Justus Sheffield pitched four-hit ball over six scoreless innings of the Mariners’ 5-3 win against the Rockies. Dylan Moore slammed a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to put Seattle ahead to stay.— The Dodgers spotted the Giants a 2-0 lead before AJ Pollock and Mookie Betts each hit a three-run homer to give Los Angeles a 6-2 victory. The Dodgers have won nine of 12 and took two out of three from their NL West rivals.— Manny Machado homered twice and Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. slammed his eighth home run of the season as the Padres coasted past the Diamondbacks, 9-5. Dinelson Lamet (lah-MEHT’) no-hit Arizona until Kole Calhoun led off the seventh with a homer.— Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. belted a go-ahead, two-run homer while the Braves scored five times in the fifth inning of a 5-2 verdict over the Phillies in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Adam Duvall added a three-run double later in the fifth to put Atlanta ahead, 5-1. — The Braves rolled to an 8-0 rout of the Phils in the nightcap as Acuna homered twice. Freddie Freeman went deep as Atlanta spoiled Spencer Howard’s big league debut.— Rookie Andrés Giménez had three hits and scored three runs as the Mets doubled up the Marlins, 4-2 in the rubber match of the three-game set. New York received shutout ball from its bullpen after winning pitcher Jacob deGrom survived seven hits over five innings.— The Brewers were 9-3 winners over the Reds as Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) homered, tripled and drew a bases-loaded walk Milwaukee avoided falling to 0-5 at home for the first time since 1970, the franchise’s inaugural season in Wisconsin. — Angels right fielder Jo Adell was charged with a rare four-base error when a fly ball from Nick Solak popped out of the rookie’s glove and sailed over the fence in the Rangers’ 7-3 win. Solak who had two hits and scored three runs to help Texas complete a three-game sweep.— Mitch Moreland’s second home run of the afternoon was a two-run, walk-off blast over the Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 5-3 win against Blue Jays. Rafael Devers also homered and Boston relievers combined for three hitless innings of shutout relief. — DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and backup Rudy Gay added 19 as the Spurs outlasted the Pelicans, 122-113. Dejounte (deh-ZHAHN’-tay) Murray scored 18 for San Antonio, which moved into 10th place in the West as the Spurs try to gain a spot in the play-in game. JJ Redick scored 31 points with a season-high eight 3-pointers for New Orleans, which is on the verge of elimination.— Damian Lillard poured in 51 points as the Trail Blazers outlasted the 76ers, 124-121 to pull within a half-game of Memphis for eighth place in the West. Philadelphia played the last three quarters without All-Star center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’), who left with what the team called a left ankle injury. — Caris LeVert had 27 points and 13 assists as the Nets earned a 129-120 win over the Clippers and the seventh seed in the East. The Nets shot 85.7% (18 of 21) from the field in the first quarter, racing to a 21-point lead. Joe Harris delivered 23 of his 25 points by halftime.NBA-GREEN FINEDNBA fines Draymond Green $50,000 for Devin Booker comments — Detroit completed a three-game sweep as Spencer Turnbull pitched seven strong innings and Miguel Cabrera singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth to send the Tigers past the Pirates, 2-1. The pitchers’ duel came after the two teams combined for 46 runs in the first two games of the series.— Mike Freeman’s RBI single in the 10th inning gave the Indians a 5-3 lead in a 5-4 triumph over the White Sox. Shane Bieber struck out eight over six innings but gained a no-decision after allowing home runs by Jose Abreu and James McCann.— The Nationals-Orioles game had to be suspended with the Birds leading 5-2 in the top of the sixth. Stephen Strasburg threw scoreless ball in his first start of the season until Hanser Alberto’s two-run double and Anthony Santander’s two-run single in Baltimore’s five-run fifth. The grounds crew had trouble placing the tarp over the infield during a thunderstorm, leading to the suspension.MLB-NEWSPirates-Cardinals series postponed Kang trailed by five with six holes to play before igniting her comeback with consecutive birdies. She had pars the rest of the way and didn’t take the lead until Lydia Ko took double bogey on the final hole.Kang finished at 15-under in winning for the fifth time in her LPGA Tour career.F1-70TH ANNIVERSARY GPVerstappen storms to unlikely victory over Mercedes duoSILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Max Verstappen has sprung what could be the surprise of the Formula One season by beating Lewis Hamilton to win the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. The Grizzlies dropped to 1-5 in the restart and are barely hanging onto eighth place in the West, with Portland, Phoenix and San Antonio close behind. In other NBA action:— Gordon Hayward hit three free throws with 2:29 remaining in overtime to put the Celtics ahead to stay in their third straight win, 122-119 over the Magic. Hayward finished with 31 points and Jayson Tatum scored 29, including the tying basket with 4.2 seconds left in regulation. Nikola Vučević led Orlando with 26 points and 11 rebounds.— Austin Rivers torched the Kings for a career-high 41 points off the bench and the Rockets used a big third quarter to pull away in a 129-112 victory. Houston was up by seven in the third quarter before scoring the next eight points, with 3s from Ben McLemore and Robert Covington. James Harden added 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Rockets won easily despite playing their second straight game without Russell Westbrook.— Rookie Darius Bazley scored a career-high 23 points off the bench in the Thunder’s 121-103 rout of the Wizards. Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 18 as Oklahoma City moved to 3-2 in the seeding games. Washington is 0-6 since the restart. The 23-year-old closed with a 6-under 64 to win the PGA Championship by two strokes over Paul Casey and third-round leader Dustin Johnson. Morikawa was tied with Casey before an eagle on the par-4 16. He closed with consecutive pars for a 13 under total.Johnson fell behind with a bogey on the par-5 14. He also was second in last year’s PGA Championship, three months after his runner-up finish at the Masters.Jason Day, Matthew Wolff, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau (FEE’-now) and Scottie Scheffler shared third at minus-10.NHL-SCHEDULEStars, Caps, Jackets win — The Washington Football Team has activated linebacker Reuben Foster off the physically unable to perform list. Foster tore an ACL and caused additional damage to his left knee during offseason workouts in May 2019 before missing that season.— Wide receiver Chester Rogers has signed with the Dolphins. Rogers started 22 games over four seasons with the Colts before becoming available. He has 111 career receptions for 1,221 yards and five touchdowns. TENNIS-US OPEN-WITHDRAWALSPopyrin withdraws from US Open; Krueger gets wild-card spotNEW YORK (AP) — Alexei Popyrin withdrew from the U.S. Open on Sunday, allowing 2012 champion Andy Murray to move into the main draw. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGOLF-PGA CHAMPIONSHIPMorikawa is last man standing in tight PGA ChampionshipSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — American Collin Morikawa has become a first-time major champion by winning at San Francisco’s Harding Park. The Red Bull driver crossed the line at Silverstone 11.3 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Valtteri Bottas third. Hamilton and Bottas struggled with their tires to clear the way for Verstappen to take an unlikely win.last_img read more

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Blues to check on ill midfielder

first_imgChelsea will assess Ramires ahead of the derby with Fulham.The midfielder missed Saturday’s 2-1 win against Wigan because of illness but it is hoped that he will be available for the Easter Monday clash at Craven Cottage.John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, who all missed the Wigan game, will also be checked to see if they can rejoin the Blues squad.AdChoices广告Skipper Terry is nursing a rib injury, while Lampard has a thigh problem and Cole recently suffered a twisted ankle.See also:Last-ditch Mata gives Chelsea victoryChelsea showed their strength, insists bossFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Diouf Warns AFCON 2019 Will be Tougher than Previous Editions

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeFormer Senegal and Liverpool FC forward, El Hadji Diouf, 38, has warned countries going for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt to be prepared for bruising battles as the elongation of teams from 16 to 24 will make it more difficult than previous tournaments.Speaking at the weekend in Lagos shortly after featuring for African All Stars versus Naija Legends in the testimonial match for outgoing Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Diouf stressed that now teams are going to play more matches than before. “It is going to be more difficult now with 24 teams. Countries have more teams to play in the competition now unlike in previous tournament. What that means is that chances of getting knocked out early is very obvious,” observed the Senegalese who led the Teranga Lions to their first ever quarter final appearance at the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan.While not dismissing the prospects of host Egypt lifting the trophy with the arrays of stars in the current Pharaohs’ squad, Diouf however observed that the Egyptians will be under tremendous pressure from their fans who will want them to win.“I agree with those tipping Egypt to likely win the tournament as hosts but football is not mathematics. Other factors play roles in final outcome of matches. Egyptian players are going to be under pressure to win and of course, this has its side effect on the psychology of the players,” the former Liverpool forward noted.He however did not rule out his country, Senegal, Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire from also making impact at the 32nd edition of the African football showpiece.“Senegal, Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire are other countries with likely chances of also winning AFCON 2019 because of the quality players in their ranks. We are having good time now in Senegal with big players in the current (Teranga) Lions,” he stressed.Speaking on the all English Premier League teams finals in both the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League, Diouf insisted that it was a testimony that the league in England remains the best in the world.“You don’t need further proof that the English league is the best in the world. I have played there and other leagues in Europe and know the difference. The English league has just reconfirm its status as the best having its four teams in the finals of both the Champions League and the Europa League.”He praised Nigerian football fans for trooping out en-mass to fill Agege Stadium during the African All Stars versus Nigerian Legend game at the weekend.“This is amazing. It is only in Nigeria you can find this type of crowd, I mean fans trooping out in their thousands to fill a stadium in a novelty match. You guys here love football with passion. I can see it reflected here this afternoon. I love your country so much and will always come back here if invited,” Diouf concluded.Though retired from football since 2015, El Hadji Diouf still have his eyes on the game, working as a Government Goodwill Ambassador and Adviser on Sport to President Macky Sall.He is also running his own sports newspaper business in Dakar and operating his own gymnasium.Diouf was signed on in 2002 for £10m by Gérard Houllier before the 2002 World Cup. His impressive performances in the tournament for Senegal, led to much excitement for his arrival at Anfield.He was a hit at Liverpool before taking his trade elsewhere in the English league.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Taiwo Awoniyi: Another Loan Spell Looms

first_imgTaiwo Awoniyi’s dream of re-launching his career when he joined Bundesliga side, Mainz on loan in the summer did not go as expected as he struggled for game time. With just six appearances and only one start, another loan spell is on the horizon with Greek giants Olympiacos among those keen to cash-in on the Nigerian this winter transfer Taiwo Awoniyi has struggled for game time at Mainz and Liverpool are therefore likely to end the Nigerian’s loan with Bundesliga side this month, with the Nigerian striker the subject of interest from a host of European clubs.The 22-year-old had hoped to shine when moving to Germany last summer, but has made just six appearances for the Bundesliga strugglers. Only one of those was from the start, and Awoniyi was substituted at half-time in that game with Mainz down to 10 men away at Fortuna Dusseldorf. The forward has managed only 150 minutes in total for his club this term.With Jean-Philippe Mateta, Mainz’s main striker, having returned to action just before the winter break, it is anticipated that Awoniyi will find it even harder to get regular football in the second half of the campaign.Liverpool have the option to terminate the loan agreement, but will not do so unless a clear opportunity for game-time arises. They have not been short of interest, with Greek giants Olympiacos among those keen.Ligue 1 trio Montpellier, Brest and Nimes are also understood to be monitoring the situation, while Turkish outfit Besitas and La Liga duo of Leganes and Real Mallorca have also made enquiries.Liverpool intend to meet with interested parties in the coming days, but are aware that Awoniyi would ideally prefer to remain in Germany.The Nigerian U-23 international joined the Reds in 2015 but has since spent his time out on loan, with the club unable to secure a UK work permit.Spells at FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen and Gent failed to work out, but Awoniyi was impressive in two stints with Belgian outfit Mouscron. He scored 10 goals in 28 appearances during the 2017-18 campaign, then returned for the second half of last season and netted 11 times in 15 games. Liverpool had fielded interest from across Europe last summer, and had intended to take him on their three-game tour of the USA in July, as back-up to Divock Origi and Rhian Brewster. But he suffered a thigh injury a week before he was due to report for pre-season scuppered that plan. Awoniyi did not return to full training until mid-August, by which time Mainz had added Adam Szalai, the veteran Hungary striker, to their squad. Szalai, 32, has remained ahead in the pecking order, despite scoring just once in 14 Bundesliga appearances.Mainz return to league action at home to Freiburg today, but the expectation at Anfield is that Awoniyi is unlikely to remain at the club until the end of the season. The question now is simply which proposal offers the best chance of regular football.Awoniyi claimed that he had been assured of a future at Anfield and had been described as an ‘amazing talent’ behind the scenes and that it was Jurgen Klopp himself who encouraged him to choose Mainz over a number of rival suitors. But in a season full of positives for Liverpool, the struggles of their highly-rated young striker has been a real disappointment.Six games, one start and no goals; it’s fair to say Mainz expected a lot more from a striker who apparently has a  £10 million price-tag on his head.Liverpool transfer news: Schalke keen on £10m Taiwo Awoniyi signing as R…Schalke have made an approach to sign Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi – but will face competition from a host of…And, with last season’s top scorer Mateta returning from injury before the Christmas break, Awoniyi may have played his final game for Achim Beierlorzer’s side.“He is a very young player who has athleticism, speed and a good shot, everything you need. But you don’t play because you have everything, but because you are effective, I have to make that clear,” a clearly baffled Beierlorzer told Kicker, explaining why he has been reluctant to give Awoniyi a chance.After helping Nigeria to win the U-17 World Cup in 2013 with a splendid performance, observers were of the opinion that the Super Eagles have a future in Adeniyi. It indeed came as no surprise when English Premier League club, Liverpool, signed him two years later. However, his seventh loan spell looms with his Mainz and a senior national team place is still far between.However, in spite of having spent the last four seasons away from Anfield and yet to make an appearance for the club, Awoniyi was last year handed an improved contract by the management of Liverpool.“I feel excited and I feel very happy. When I was told about the contract I was so eager to get it done, to move onto the next stage, going out on loan or being a Liverpool player,” Awoniyi told Liverpool’s official website then.“My ambition is to work hard wherever I find myself and hopefully be a better player.”The Nigerian striker has since enjoyed loan stints with FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Royal Excel Mouscron (twice) and KAA Gent and Mainz last summer for a sixth loan spell since he joined Liverpool in 2015 and a seventh is expected the winter transfer.The 21-year-old, who is yet to play a competitive game for Liverpool, spent last season at Belgian side Mouscron, scoring 14 goals in 38 appearances.In April, he admitted his inability to get a UK work permit could derail his hopes of playing for Liverpool, expressing his sadness at being unable to feature for Klopp’s men.“It saddens my heart that it’s been difficult to get a work permit for the past four years,” he said.“At the end of the season, we have to go back to Liverpool to discuss. Everyone knows the importance of the work permit and how it works, and that you’d need to play for your national team. If you don’t get a chance with your national team then it becomes difficult to get it.”The youngster’s struggles to obtain a work permit come as a result of the difficulties non-EU players face, with footballing hopefuls first needing to demonstrate their worth on the international stage, something Awoniyi is yet to do with Nigeria. Such issues haven’t dampened his hopes for the future though, insisting he chose to join to Premier League outfit due to his love of the English game. He added: “Personally, I chose Liverpool because I would love to play in the English Premier League for Liverpool. If God says it will happen then it will, but if not then I can only go on with my life and career.“Going from Germany to Holland and to Belgium was a big career move for me as a player. My thanks to Liverpool for that. It helped me a lot to develop more as a player. At the moment, I don’t have a work permit. I’ll go on loan again and keep on working hard as much as I can.” With the likes of Olympiakos, Montpellier, Real Mallorca and Leganes are allegedly lining up to offer the Nigerian international another chance away from Anfield and Liverpool will be hoping that his next loan spell goes rather better.His first loan stint was at German second-tier club FSV Frankfurt in the 2015/16 campaign then Dutch side NEC Nijmegen the following season in order to attract interest from national selectors and gain a work permit.For non-EU players to be granted a work permit, they must demonstrate they are an international player of “the highest calibre.”This means they must have played in 75 per cent of a FIFA top-50 ranked national team’s matches over the previous two years.Awoniyi, who helped his country win the U-17 World Cup in 2013, is currently part of Nigeria’s under-23 side vying for a ticket to the 2020 Olympics football event in Tokyo.After representing the country at all levels, the product of Imperial Academy is still hoping for a chance at senior level.He played at the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, scoring twice and then helped Nigeria win the 2015 African U-23 Championship in Senegal.However, he missed out on playing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in spite of being selected by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional squad.In 2010, Taiwo was voted the Most Valuable Player at a Coca-Cola football competition in London. His performance at the competition was spotted by Olofinjana who made him join Imperial Soccer Academy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Jeffers emerges as Wisconsin’s top freshman

first_imgIn the late ’90s, a teenage girl went to the UW Field House to watch a volleyball game with her father. That girl, Audra Jeffers, is now the top freshman on the Wisconsin roster.“I was watching the team play, and it looked like something that I really wanted to try,” Jeffers said. “I just ended up falling in love with it.”Inspired by her trips to the Field House, where she and her family generally watched two or three games a year, Jeffers began playing volleyball in eighth grade. By the time she graduated high school, the Hartland, Wis., native had joined the elite Milwaukee Sting club team, won the Asics National Tournament and competed in the Junior Olympics. Now, Jeffers is poised to make her presence felt at the college level.“She’s got the ability to be an All-Big Ten player,” head coach Pete Waite said. “Next year it will be her freshman year, so I think a great goal for her is to be top freshman in the conference. And in the future, she has unlimited potential.”A mobile 6-foot-2, Jeffers has all the tools to make an immediate impact. Waite said the possibility of Jeffers emerging as the Big Ten’s top newcomer is very real.“She’s got the size; she’s got the physical ability; she’s got the determination,” Waite said. “She would never look individually at any of those things, but I know she has the talent to do that.”Waite and the UW coaching staff recognized Jeffers’ talent immediately, but opted to redshirt the talented newcomer for the 2004 season. With a strong pool of middle blockers ahead of her, Jeffers would not be able to break into the starting lineup at the position she had played throughout high school. But Waite could not keep the talented freshman on the shelf.He decided to move her to outside hitter, a position where she could utilize her length and athleticism — and more importantly, a spot where she could step into a starting role. Of course, the transition would take time.“I think redshirting helped a lot,” Jeffers said. “I came in as a middle and starting swinging outside and right side, and it was just a whole new arm swing. That took adjusting, but I think I’m finally grasping it.”Jeffers spent the ’04 campaign learning the nuances of her new position, adapting to the college environment and adding some much-needed muscle. In addition to participating in the team weight lifting regimen, Jeffers put in extra time to maximize results.“We would go as a team, and then there’d be one day a week that I went on my own,” Jeffers said. “I feel a lot stronger.”With her redshirt season behind her, Jeffers is ready to step into a productive role in her debut season. The freshman has impressed coaches during the spring season and will likely earn a starting job at either left-side or right-side hitter in the fall.“I feel like I’m ready to play,” Jeffers said.Coach Waite agrees. In fact, the UW helmsman believes Jeffers will eventually become an elite contributor.“I’d say she’s very versatile,” Waite said. “She surprises you with her range even in the back row, for a player who’s six-two or six-three. She’s very agile, and she’s got quick feet. All those are good ingredients for a top volleyball player.”“She’s about everything you’d ask for in any player on your team,” Waite added.While the coaching staff has not decided which side she will play in the fall, Jeffers sees herself eventually settling down on the right side, where her experience in the middle will pay dividends.“I think on the right side, because the right side allows me to come in and hit out of the middle,” Jeffers said. “Since I was always a middle, I’m really comfortable with that.”Wherever she ends up, Waite is confident she will adapt to the role. The coach said he feels comfortable putting Jeffers in any of the front row positions.“She’s just so coordinated for her size, and she proved to us in the fall that she could play any of those positions,” Waite said. “It takes a lot of coordination and agility to get that done.”During her redshirt campaign, the versatile Jeffers also let her team in on another of her many skills.“We were at a home where they had a piano, and she just sat down,” Waite said. “She did things by memory that none of us could do with years and years of training. Her fingers flew on the keys.”Also a former choir singer, Jeffers has played the piano for nine years. When she takes the court in the fall for her first collegiate campaign, the newcomer may have Badger fans singing her praises. And, as Jeffers has shown, you never know who might be watching.last_img read more

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Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Submit Paddy Power has announced that it will reopen all betting shops in England, plus 150 Irish estates from Monday 15 June – ‘just in time for Royal Ascot’ (16-20 June).The bookmaker stated that its betting shops in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland remain closed until further notice by regional governments.Helping its retail staff work under unprecedented circumstances, Paddy Power has launched its new in-store ‘Do Your Brit‘ campaign informing customers of hygiene and safety procedures to follow.Paddy Power details that it will limit the number of customers in betting shops at any one time, with all shops providing 2-metre floor markings to ensure social distancing between patrons.Retail staff will recommend that all customers use hand sanitisers available when they enter the shops, with the use of contactless payments as the preferred payment option.In addition, Customers will be asked to take bet-slip pens with them once they have placed their wager.Accommodating for pandemic circumstances, Paddy Power has reminded its retail customers that they can still cash-out previous winning in-store bet-slips to their online accounts by emailing their bet-slip and further player information to shopwinnings@paddypower.com.“As our shops reopen, our number one priority is keeping our customers and team members safe. So, all our shops will follow the latest government guidelines on social distancing,” it said in a reopening statement.“This news is the latest ray of light in these dark times after horse racing returned in the UK and Ireland earlier this month. The Premier League is expected to start next week and you can get involved with the action in all stores in England and 150 across Ireland.”last_img read more

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Professor Ernest Aryeetey charges Ghana to use sports as development tool

first_img“This event we are witnessing today and the rest of the week is a very clear manifestation, and an example of the contribution an educational institution can make towards addressing issues that affect youth, communities, countries and our continent as a whole. I applaud therefore the University of Ghana and the Sports Directorate who have brought up this very great programme. The Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana Professor Ernest Aryeetey has said that sports and debate play key roles in the lives of students.He revealed that the importance of the two necessitated the elevation of sports at the University to a full Directorate, now headed by Dr Bella Bello Bitugu, whose efforts secured the hosting rights of the 8th Pan African Universities Debate championship.In his key note address at the opening ceremony of the championship at the campuses of Legon in Accra on Thursday he said: “It is clear to us that there are very important life skills, values, knowledge and expertise that help the individual, in both his or her career and life in general, but which are not structured in the formal learning and teaching of our students.“Some of them are the lessons that we learn in Sports like resilience, time management, focus, concentration, networking, understanding, tolerance, learning to manage both victory and defeat in life etc.”The other phenomenon is debate. Debate challenges the students to come up with critical analysis, think outside the box, be creative and be able to convince others of why this or that position is best.”The Director of Sports, Dr Bitugu indicated that: “Debate is a particular form of training for our youth who sooner rather than later will be managing our systems. That is why we are imbibing in them these qualities that I will call Software expertise towards innovation, creative solutions, dialogue, tolerance and understanding rather than conflict proned processes, and as we say in Ghana “jaw” “jaw” instead of “war” “war”. Youth and Sports Minister  Dr Mustapha Ahmed mentioned that  “…our continent is one made up mainly of youth. In some countries a little bit below half, in some a little above half of the population is made up of the youth. Clearly, the majority of the people on the continent are the youth and they are the ones mainly affected by unemployment and other adversities.”center_img “The ultimate objective is not just to win this competition, but rather to enable you take these thoughts home, table them before your colleagues and family members and ignite discussions to see how you can make your very little contribution in your very little world or community towards the progress of Africa.” About 20 African  countries are taking part in the competition  currently underway at the campuses of University of Ghana, Legon and it is expected to end on  December 17.LEGON 2015 is in partnership with African Heights Foundation, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the Ministry of Education and other sponsors.–last_img read more

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World Cup preview: Nigeria vs Argentina

first_imgNigeria and Argentina will be battling it out for a last-16 spot at the World Cup, and Jorge Sampaoli’s side could make some unwanted history.Argentina are currently enduring their longest winless run in World Cup finals history (D2 L2) and have never previously gone through a first-round World Cup group stage without at least one victory before.The last time Argentina failed to progress past the group stages of the World Cup was in 2002 – with their sole victory that year coming against Nigeria – but coach Sampaoli has urged to his side to give their best performance on Tuesday.”We have to make our goal five games to reach the final. Tomorrow will be the first final,” he said. “No matter who plays tomorrow will have the obligation to give until the last bead of sweat so that Argentina will go through.”We don’t have any alternative and I am sure this is how it will go. Tomorrow, I am sure that they will see the best version of Argentina at this World Cup.”If Argentina beat Nigeria in their final game and Croatia beat Iceland, Argentina go through. They will also go through if they beat Nigeria, Iceland beat Croatia, and Argentina’s goal difference betters Iceland. But Nigeria can qualify with a draw or win against Argentina if Iceland lose or draw against Croatia, and coach Gernot Rohr was ruthless when asked about ending Lionel Messi’s World Cup campaign, which could potentially be his last.”We love this great player, Messi, everybody loves him,” he said. “The question is not if it is the last World Cup for him or not, the question is for us to be qualified.Ahmed Musa scored twice for Nigeria in their last game against Iceland”We are not here to watch him play. We are here to make a result, we are professionals. We are here to defend the colours of Nigeria and we know in football there is no mercy, no pity, everybody wants to win and we cannot make any gifts even if we like very much this player.”Team newsWilly Caballero is set to be dropped by Sampaoli after his mistakes against Croatia, with River Plate goalkeeper Franco Armani – who is uncapped by Argentina – expected to take his place.Angel Di Maria and Ever Banega could be recalled to the starting XI, while Gonzalo Higuain and Paolo Dybala are also available. Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel is set to play with his left hand in a cast after sustaining a fracture against Iceland, although will need to get the all-clear from match officials to wear the protective material.Argentina lost 3-0 to Croatia in their second group gameOpta statsFour of the eight games between Nigeria and Argentina have come at World Cup finals – Argentina winning all four contests.Nigeria have faced Argentina in the group stages in each of their last three World Cups (2002, 2010, 2014).Nigeria’s most recent encounter with Argentina came in November 2017, with the Super Eagles winning 4-2 in Krasnodar, thanks in part to a brace from Alex Iwobi.All six of Nigeria’s wins at the World Cup have come against European opposition, with the Super Eagles drawing two and losing five against nations from other continents. Nigeria are looking to win successive World Cup games for the first time since 1998 – three points will also guarantee a place in the knockout stages for the fourth time.Argentina have just one point from their opening two gamesNigerian attacker Ahmed Musa is now his country’s all-time top scorer in World Cup games with four goals after scoring twice against Iceland.Messi has had 12 shots in this World Cup so far but has yet to score – that’s eight more attempts than any other Argentina player.last_img read more

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Angels drop sixth straight game as rookie Jose Suarez allows six runs

first_imgPreviousCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)Cincinnati Reds’ Jose Iglesias, bottom, is tagged out by Los Angeles Angels shortstop David Fletcher on a steal attempt during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez (54) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsCincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto heads into the dugout during a rain delay in the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. On Votto’s hat is a heart with the word Dayton written inside. Votto played minor league ball in Dayton. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)Cincinnati Reds’ Aristides Aquino (44) reacts as he rounds third on a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)Cincinnati Reds’ Aristides Aquino follows through on a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)Cincinnati Reds right fielder Aristides Aquino (44) goes deep in the corner to field a single off the bat of Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher (6) dives back to first base on a pick-off attempt as Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) takes the throw during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)Cincinnati Reds’ Eugenio Suarez (7) raises his arms as he crosses home plate with a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. At right is Angels catcher Max Stassi. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)Cincinnati Reds’ Jose Iglesias (4) is congratulated by Aristides Aquino, right, on a two-run home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton (8) rounds the bases with a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)Cincinnati Reds’ Jose Iglesias, bottom, is tagged out by Los Angeles Angels shortstop David Fletcher on a steal attempt during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)NextShow Caption1 of 11Cincinnati Reds’ Jose Iglesias, bottom, is tagged out by Los Angeles Angels shortstop David Fletcher on a steal attempt during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)ExpandCINCINNATI — Hours before the Angels took the field in hopes of snapping their losing streak, Brad Ausmus said a couple things that proved to be prophetic.The Angels manager said that he’d been encouraged by Justin Upton’s recent at-bats, despite the lack of results, and Upton then hit a three-run homer in the top of the first.Ausmus also talked about the challenges of relying on young players, just before 21-year-old José Suarez gave those three runs right back on his way to allowing six in the Angels’ 8-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.The Angels lost their sixth game in a row — equaling their worst stretch of the season. They have lost 10 of their last 12. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros In the fourth, Suarez gave up a homer to Aristides Aquino on a hanging curve ball. In all, eight of the 14 homers he’s allowed have come on curves or changeups.Aquino’s homer put the Reds up 4-3, and then Suarez gave up an RBI single to pitcher Anthony DeSclafini and a bloop single to Nick Senzel, making it 6-3.Suarez managed one more inning, getting through five innings for the first time since June 20, but he nonetheless saw his ERA rise to 6.22.“What is he 21 years old?” Ausmus said. “We’re not going to rush to judgment on a 21-year-old’s first season in the big leagues.”While Suarez continued the Angels’ pitching difficulties, they stayed in the game because of homers by a Upton and Mike Trout.Upton’s first-inning three-run homer came on the heels of a 9-for-63 slump. Upton had gone 1 for 13 since getting a day off to work on his swing last week, and Ausmus said even before his homer on Tuesday that he saw some evidence.“He definitely looks better at the plate,” Ausmus said. “I just think the at-bats look better. He’s letting the ball travel deeper. He’s not swinging and missing like he was on pitches way out of the zone. I think he’s making good progress.”Upton also walked twice and hit a fly ball to the warning track in left.The Angels’ also got a run on Trout’s 38th homer of the season, which pulled them within 6-4 in the fifth.In the eighth, an inning interrupted by a 54-minute rain delay, the Angels loaded the bases with two outs in a 7-4 game. Pinch-hitter Kole Calhoun hit a line drive toward right-center, but Aquino grabbed it in the gap to end the inning.After manager Ausmus had used his second and third pinch-hitters of the game in that inning, he was left with Albert Pujols playing an inning at third base for the first time since 2015.“It’s tough,” Trout said. “It’s a rough stretch for us right now. It’s a much needed off day tomorrow. We’ll try to win some games in Boston.”Related Articles While a little of everything has gone wrong for them recently, the pitching has been the biggest issue, which is to be expected when relying on an inexperienced staff.“There are often mistakes made that you can only learn from experience,” Ausmus said before the game. “Oftentimes you have to make those mistakes before you can learn. The problem is, if you are making those mistakes at the big league level, it can cost you runs or games.”Suarez has started just 10 games in the big leagues, and so far he has gotten through just one of them without allowing a homer. He has given up 14 homers in 46-1/3 innings.Suarez’s best pitch is his changeup, but he’s allowed four homers on that pitch, including a pair of first-inning homers that erased the lead Upton gave them. Eugenio Suarez hit a solo homer and then José Iglesias hit a two-run shot, tying the score.“My pitches weren’t working in my first and second inning,” Suarez said in Spanish. “I kept wanting to throw them for strikes but I couldn’t really locate them. That’s what hurt me in my first three outings, too.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

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Don Rex Anderson, 85, Wellington: April 16, 1928 – May 26, 2013

first_imgDon Rex Anderson, 85, of Wellington died Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington. Burial will be in the Udall Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 28, 2013 from 9 a.m., until 8 p.m. at the Hawk-Shelley Funeral Home of Wellington. No Family night is scheduled. A memorial has been established with the First United Methodist Church or the Sumner Regional Medical Center Endowment and may be left with the funeral home. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.hawksfuneralhome.com.Don Rex Anderson was born on April 16, 1928, to John and Orpha Lodema (White) Anderson in Clyde. Married in 1950, he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis (Biery). Don retired after managing several grain elevators in Kansas; He was a 60 year member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Shriners. He served several terms on the USD 353 school board and was president of the board for two terms. Don enjoyed collecting and rebuilding antique tractors.In addition to his wife Phyllis, Don is survived by his children; Jody Anderson and her spouse Jim McGovern of Lawrence, Dana and Beverly Anderson of Wellington, Dane Anderson of Andover; grandchildren, Jeffrey McGovern of Lawrence, Jenna McGovern of Omaha, Neb., Jamie McGovern of Lawrence, Laura (Anderson) Spencer and her husband Drew Spencer of Roeland Park, Fla., and Danielle Anderson of Wellington.He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lodema, and a brother and sister-in-law, George and Frances “Babe” Anderson.last_img read more

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