OCRA announces partnership between Edinburgh, Rushville, and Wabash

first_imgEdinburgh, IN—Thursday,  Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced that the Town of Edinburgh, Indiana, will be the mentored by a partnership between the City of Rushville and the City of Wabash. The Peer program’s goal is for local leadership to gather best practices and the necessary tools to advance an innovative vision through in-person assessments, stakeholder conversations, and peer advisement.“We want to continue encouraging collaboration and reward communities that not only work together, but also mentor and help lift each other to even greater heights,” said Crouch. “Hoosiers joining together can take our rural communities to the Next Level.”Crouch said these two strong mentors can each provide a different perspective that will ultimately help Edinburgh grow based on their goals and vision for the community. Through a guided process, each community will meet with Edinburgh to discuss unique community attributes as well as goals, expectations, and steps of the mentorship process. “Rushville’s strong community engagement, public-private partnership and the ability to achieve success through planning and dedication make them an ideal mentor,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “We are excited Wabash has also agreed to help provide insight into downtown redevelopment, economic vitality, and riverfront development.”Edinburgh will host groups from Wabash and Rushville to showcase their town’s community assets, as well as highlight the community’s strengths and areas of opportunities. During the process, the mentorship team will include notes of the proposed strategies for collaboration and project areas from their combined unique perspective. Edinburgh will complete the process with action steps guided by OCRA. These will include specific ideas, identification of partners and a guide for future community development.“Our downtown revitalization efforts will be enhanced by establishing a collaboration with a mentor community. Such collaboration efforts foster an insightful vision from a community that has already addressed their downtown revitalization,”  JT Doane, Edinburgh Town Manager. “A mentor group will offer a unique perspective to create a vision that is unique and special to our community!”Edinburgh will receive a $20,000 cash matched grant to implement a quality of place project based on recommendations from the process.last_img read more

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Pochettino: Jose Mour than welcome

first_img Press Association The Portuguese is expected to leave his post as Real Madrid boss this summer, with a return to former club Chelsea looking increasingly likely. Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to return to England – and advised Pochettino to do likewise earlier this year. “I would like him to return to the Premier League,” Pochettino said. “I know that he is well respected and well loved in this league. I know that he likes this league as well.” The former Espanyol boss rejected overtures from other clubs to take the St Mary’s helm in January and hopes they will meet Mourinho in the Barclays Premier League next season. “Facing the best managers is always a welcome challenge so I would welcome that,” he added. QPR manager Harry Redknapp also welcomed the prospect of Mourinho returning to English football. “I think he is a fantastic manager and brightens up the Premier League,” he said. “Rafael Benitez has done a great job at Chelsea, I went there last night and saw them and he has done himself no harm with the job he has done there. But it is common knowledge that the Chelsea fans want to see Mourinho back and I think the players probably would. “He is a character and a great manager – you look at his record and it is fantastic.” center_img Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes to be pitting his wits against good friend Jose Mourinho next season.last_img read more

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Quickley leads No. 10 Kentucky past slumping LSU 79-76

first_imgKentucky: Hosts Florida on Saturday night.LSU: Visits South Carolina on Saturday night.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/MarchMadness and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 LSU (18-8, 9-4) pulled to 78-74 on Charles Manning Jr.’s driving floater off the glass with 19 seconds left. But Quickley made a free throw with 11 seconds remaining and the Tigers weren’t able to put home their final basket until less than a second remained.Freshman Tyrese Maxey scored 14 points for Kentucky, while Sestina and Ashton Hagans each scored 11.Skylar Mays scored 17 points and Darius Days had 13 points and 11 rebounds for LSU. Taylor added 13 points and Manning 11.BIG PICTUREKentucky: The SEC-leading Wildcats continue to demonstrate they can stay in games even during stretches in which they don’t shoot well. They never trailed by more than four points, even while shooting just 31.6% in the first half and missing eight of their first 10 3s. They led 29-28 at halftime took command when they shot 73.9% in the second half. Calipari said he did not have an update on Hagan’s condition after the game, but added, “I did tell the team, ‘We played well without Ashton.’ That will get him back fast.”FRUSTRATED WADEWade said it’s up to his players to communicate better on the court and put an end to second-half defensive breakdowns that have plagued LSU recently. “Hopefully there will be an improvement. If not, we’ll be playing home games in the NIT,” Wade said, adding that lineup changes are not an option. “We’re playing who we have to play. Those guys have to get it fixed. We’ve exhausted all options.”UP NEXT Early on, LSU’s Williams energized the crowd when he took a no-look bounce-pass from Javonte Smart and went up strong for a right-handed, roundhouse dunk over Richards. But Richards, who entered the game with a team-high 54 blocks this season, responded by rejecting two of Williams’ shots — in addition to shots by Smart and Days — later in the half.“We haven’t seen a rim-protector as good as Nick Richards and just probably a post presence in general,” Mays said. “He did a good job controlling the paint and made it tough for us and that’s kind of our bread and butter.”LSU finished the first half shooting marginally worse than Kentucky at 31.3% and the Wildcats took a 29-28 lead into halftime on Hagans’ 3 a half-minute before the horn.BANGED UPWhile Hagans played more than 31 minutes, he finished the game out of the lineup and with an ice pack on his left leg. Associated Press Quickley leads No. 10 Kentucky past slumping LSU 79-76center_img February 19, 2020 “At halftime, I said, ‘We’re up 1 and we cannot make an open shot. We missed 10, like open — wide open,’” Calipari said. “I’m whistling and dancing, skipping, going to the locker room. We can’t make a shot and we’re still up one? And so in the second half we made the shots, which is why we went up 14 or 15.”LSU: The Tigers outrebounded Kentucky 45-33, thanks in large part to 23 offensive rebounds. But a number of LSU’s second-chance attempts were missed put-backs than appeared to be rushed in an effort to avoid having even more shots rejected by the tall and athletic Wildcats. LSU missed 13 of 20 3-point shots, and Wade pointed out that front-court starters Days, Emmitt Williams and Trendon Watford were a combined 9-of-33 shooting. “That’s not going to get it done,” Wade said.SETTING THE TONEWhile Kentucky struggled offensively in the first half, its length and athleticism was evident on the defensive end. The Wildcats blocked eight shots during the opening 20 minutes, with Richards swatting away five.“I always say, ‘If you have no post presence, your team’s a fraud,’” Calipari said. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Immanuel Quickley’s reliable scoring and Nick Richards’ shot-altering defensive presence gave No. 10 Kentucky a decisive edge in a challenging road game with first place in the Southeastern Conference at stake.Quickley scored 21 points and Kentucky made a timely string of 3-pointers in a 79-76 victory over LSU on Tuesday night.“Immanuel was great down stretch again, just making baskets and 3s,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “He’s playing so steady.” The 6-foot-11 Richards scored 13 points and blocked six shots for Kentucky (21-5, 11-2 SEC), which rejected 11 LSU shots in all en route to its fifth straight victory and ninth in 10 games.“Richards totally controlled the game defensively,” LSU coach Will Wade said. “He’s as good as there is in the league.”Kentucky made seven of eight 3s in the second half, when graduate transfer Nate Sestina hit three, including two during an 8-0 run that widened the Wildcats’ lead to 15 points with 5:14 to go.“We left him wide open,” Wade said, lamenting a frustrating pattern of defensive breakdowns during the past five games, of which the Tigers (18-9, 9-4) have lost four. “He’s a good college player. Of course he’s going to make a wide open shot.”Richards’ basket inside with 49 seconds left helped slow a furious Tigers rally that had trimmed Kentucky’s lead to 75-70 on Marlon Talyor’s 3 with 1:30 to go. last_img read more

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B’ville’s Tutor takes fourth at tennis state qualifier

first_imgAnd Tutor did win a tough first set, 7-5, only to have DelPino take the second set 6-2. Now it all hinged on the third set, but DelPino’s momentum carried over and she defeated Tutor in another 6-2 decision.B’ville’s other singles player in the state qualifier, Paige Tromblee, knew all too well about Vlassis, having lost to her in the sectional Division I semifinals a week earlier.Here, in the state qualifier, Tromblee matched up with Utica-Notre Dame’s Emily Lyga in the first round. Tromblee won the first set 6-4, dropped the second set 6-2 and was tied in the third set before Lyga got the break and prevailed 7-5.Emily Lyga went on to fall to DelPino in the quarterfinals while her sister, Ellen Lyga, made it all the way to the finals, clinching her own state tournament berth before Vlassis beat her 6-0, 6-1 in the championship round.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story The work of an entire season for Baldwinsville girls tennis player Brooke Tutor rode on what happened in a single set during a single match on a Thursday afternoon at Drumlins.That was where Tutor battled for a berth in this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships at Latham after making it through the early rounds of the sectional state qualifying tournament without much stress.Back in Tuesday’s opening round, Tutor was dominant in her first-round match against Marcellus star Danielle Copp, earning a 6-0, 6-0 shutout. Tags: BaldwinsvilleTenniscenter_img A quarterfinal match followed against Manlius-Pebble Hill’s Parmees Fazeli, who had needed three sets to win her opener over New Hartford’s Grace LaFountain. Tutor took full advantage, defeating Fazeli 6-2, 6-1.But this led Tutor straight into the semifinal Thursday against the top seed, Christian Brothers Academy’s Gieselle Vlassis, who had not dropped a game in her first two matches.The Brothers’ sensational freshman, already a two-time state tournament participant, overwhelmed Tutor 6-0, 6-1, which meant that Tutor had to beat another CBA star, Grace DelPino, in the third-place match to advance.last_img read more

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No. 5 USC sweep UC Irvine at home

first_imgThe USC women’s volleyball team didn’t skip a beat in its first home game of the season, beating UC Irvine 3-0 Wednesday in its first match at the Galen Center to improve to 9-1. The Women of Troy held off the Anteaters in straight sets (25-18, 25-15, 25-19), their fifth sweep in nine victories this year.Back on track · Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio led USC in points (12.5) against the Anteaters, recording nine kills and two aces. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanSenior outside hitter Sara Shaw led all players with 10 kills to pace a balanced USC offense. Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio chipped in with nine kills, while freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu added eight.“We’ve got some work to do, but I told them that I was pleased that they won,” USC head coach Mick Haley said. “I thought we did some very good things, but we still aren’t in rhythm yet, and we aren’t recognizing certain situations, so I’m hoping Friday gives us another opportunity to get better.”Haley opted to incorporate several different rotations into the match, as 13 players saw time against Irvine. Freshman setter Alice Pizzasegola split duties with junior Hayley Crone, notching 14 assists along with five digs and two service aces. Fellow freshmen Anne Marie Schmidt, Taylor Whittingham and Elise Ruddins received minutes throughout the contest, and sophomore middle blocker Kiara Wright performed spot duty as well.USC maintained a consistent lead throughout the first set, going up 19-10 on back-to-back kills by Nwanebu and Shaw. Junior middle blocker Hannah Schraer knocked down a kill for USC’s 23rd point, after which an attacking error and service error sealed the frame for the Women of Troy.“We were trying to get a serve-receive pattern straightened out and define responsibilities a little better,” Haley said. “I really think when everyone’s on the same page, this is going to be a great team. I keep wanting to push it a little too fast, but mostly everyone here was satisfied by the win.”The Women of Troy ran away with the second set, working their way to leads of 16-8 and 24-12 before winning the set on a UCI service error. The third set saw stiffer competition from the Anteaters, but USC held on for the win. Pizzasegola fed Nwanebu for a kill to bring up match point, and a UCI service error again concluded the set and clinched the victory for the Women of Troy.“I think we kept pressure on UCI, which is good because they’re a very good team,” senior libero Natalie Hagglund said. “They served very tough, and I think our concentration went in and out, but I think our offense was pretty good at times. We need to work on playing a consistent game and keeping our concentration throughout the match.”Haley has maintained that wins are not entirely representative of where the team stands and said that his squad still has a way to go before realizing its maximum potential.“I just think we can play so much better,” Haley said. “That’s where I’m at with my evaluation. I’m not so concerned about wins, I just think that we can play better.”Haley has come to expect the usual consistency from the likes of seniors Hagglund, Shaw and middle blocker Alexis Olgard. But the steady presence of his freshmen after three exhausting road tournaments had Haley beaming.“The fact that they’re not brain-dead from three weekends in a row on the road is pretty amazing, so I think they’re doing exceptionally well,” Haley said. “The freshmen’s volleyball IQ is very high. They know how to play the game, and that’s what is saving them right now. What I’m asking them to do — changing techniques, learning a new system, meshing with the upperclassmen — is taking a lot out of them, so we’re going to have to get our legs back and be mentally alert.”USC will host Cal State Fullerton tonight in its final match before kicking off conference play against crosstown rival UCLA next Wednesday.last_img read more

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‘Difficult to accept’ shooting of our fan by a police officer – Asante Kotoko

first_imgFans, however, resumed throwing objects on the pitch, with a few managing to gain access to the inner perimeters of the stadium before being chased back by security.Some videos showed some of the Kotoko players pleading with the fans to stop. The management of Kumasi Asante Kotoko says it is having a great deal of difficulty accepting the shooting of one of its fans by a police officer.The club added in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer that while it vehemently condemned any “unruly” acts by its fans, it is extremely displeased with the shooting.“Hooliganism is one thing that no club wants to be associated with and we at Asante Kotoko will not endorse any such thing. We are saddened that the reaction of  some of the disappointed fans after the match led to reprehensible developments including the shooting of an innocent supporter”The police have commenced investigations into the incident and have interdicted the officer who shot the Kotoko fan.The club says it will work with the police in their investigations as they “continue to seek medical attention” for the fan.They also appealed to their fans to stay calm despite their agitations over the result and the ensuing violence.Dark day in KumasiThe match itself ended 1-0 to Chelsea, with Kofi Owusu getting the only goal of the game.However, it wasn’t the result that was the last thing on most minds after the game.Fans of the Porcupine Warriors were upset about a decision by the referee which resulted in defender Dacosta being sent off.The crowd felt that the referee had erroneously given Dacosta the card as they believed the initial incident had involved another of their players, Kwame Adom and an opposing player.The yellow card flashed by the referee to Dacosta proved costly, however, as he was already on a card.A number of Kotoko fans started throwing items including water bottles onto the pitch.The match was held up for a number of minutes as officials tried to regain control of the crowd, resulting in eight minutes of added time after 90 minutes had been played.last_img read more

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Tanner Wood recognized as USA Today ‘Inspirational player’ – 1 of just 13 high school athletes to receive such an honor

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The accolades keep coming for Tanner Wood, the record breaking back from Conway Springs, who has signed to play defensive end/outside linebacker at Kansas State.On Friday, the Conway Springs High School senior was recognized as one of 13 football players across the nation featured in the USA Today “The Inspiration presented by The National Guard.” His story can be found here: http://www.usatodayhss.com/inspiration/article/versatile-football-star-tanner-wood-makes-a-difference-on-and-off-the-fieldUSA Today High School Sports and the Army National Guard teamed up to find a select number of high schoolers across the nation, who have inspired their communities the most much like those found in the movies “Remember the Titans,” “Hoosiers,” “The Blind Side,” “Coach Carter.”An assembly was held at Conway Springs High School Auditorium to showcase the honoree on Friday. The article on USAtoday.com was then released nationwide.Wood, the son of Tim and Michele Wood, has had an incredible senior year. He received national attention for a 659 yard performance in a 84-56 win against Chaparral last October. He combined for more than 3,000 yards rushing and passing his senior year and captured the interest of schools like Oregon, USC, Stanford and Notre Dame before settling for K-State.He then was named the 2012 Gatorade Kansas Football Player of the Year. A banner for that honor is displayed in the Conway Springs High School halls.The assembly was a celebration that featured T-shirt give-aways, speeches from a Sgt. Moreno National Guard representative,  Conway Springs head football coach Matt Biehler; and Conway Springs athletic director Lelin George.Wood then spoke to his fellow students and teacher — quick to thank them for helping achieve his success.Wood will be reporting to K-State in June. His shoulder is about fully recovered. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down WHSFAN · 379 weeks ago CONGRATULATIONS, GREAT HONOR FOR ANOTHER SUMNER COUNTY YOUNG ADULT! GOOD LUCK AT K-STATE. Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down online assignment · 306 weeks ago Everybody Loves the Pakistan and Pakistan is the great country in the world and most largest public of the world wild. We help the poor people via essay services online and specially London students. Report Reply 0 replies · active 306 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Shocking Kaddu miss costs Uganda in Zimbabwe draw

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp The luckless Warriors again found themselves denied in stunning fashion as Uganda ‘keeper Denis Onyango pulled off a miraculous save to scoop off the line and deny substitute Evans Rusike as his shot span towards goal.Patrick Kaddu wasted a glorious chance for Uganda when he blazed over from close range after Chigova palmed out a deflected cross, with Taddeo Lwanga bending just wide for the Cranes late on.Hosts and record seven-time champions Egypt can secure a spot in the knockout rounds later with victory over DR Congo in the second game of the doubleheader.“I’m sure everyone can agree today we played better than we did against Egypt. We created many chances and we failed to put them away, this happens in football,” said Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa.“This is not the result we wanted, you could see after the game they (Uganda) celebrated,” added Billiat. “We as strikers let the nation down. We need to step up and take more responsibility.”Uganda starting XI 18 Denis Onyango 5 Bevis Kristofer Kizito Mugabi 15 Godfrey Walusimbi 12 Ronald Brian Mukiibi Ddungu 16 Hassan Wasswa Mawanda 23 Michael Azira 7 Emmanuel Arnold Okwi 8 Khalid Aucho 17 Faruku Miya 9 Patrick Henry Kaddu 22 Abdu Lumala Okwi celebrates his goal. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAUganda   1 (Okwi ’12) Zimbabwe   1 (Billiat ’41)Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Incredible open-goal misses by Patrick Kaddu and  Knowledge Musona proved costly for both sides as Uganda were held 1-1 by Zimbabwe in a game of many missed chances at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.A win would have guaranteed Uganda a place in the last 16, but the draw still edged them closer towards qualification after moving onto four points in Group A. This leaves Zimbabwe needing to beat the Democratic Republic of Congo in their final game to stand a chance of squeezing through.Emmanuel Okwi pounced on a rebound to nudge Uganda ahead on 12 minutes in Cairo but Khama Billiat levelled for Zimbabwe with a glancing finish shortly before half-time.After winning a Cup of Nations match for the first time in 41 years with Saturday’s 2-0 defeat of DR Congo, Uganda jumped out to a dream start when Okwi bundled home after Abdu Lumala’s low drive was parried by Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova.Zimbabwe, beaten 1-0 by Egypt in the opening game of the tournament, created a number of chances in response, with captain Musona ballooning over after Billiat’s cutback rolled invitingly into his path.Billiat dragged another effort wide and a header from Alec Mudimu was nodded to safety, but the former brought Zimbabwe back into the game when he flicked a low Ovidy Karuru cross into the far corner on 40 minutes.Zimbabwe remarkably failed to grab the lead early in the second half when Musona somehow failed to put the ball into an empty net, spooning against the crossbar from just a couple yards out.last_img read more

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Teachers vital to development of athletes –Min. Norton

first_imgMinister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton, on Sunday morning reminded teachers from the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) of the major role they play in the development of athletes.“It is so important, because we have had athletes where scholarships were offered to these athletes and they could not take it up because they were not academically qualified. So with the emphasis being placed on literacy and education in general, I think that would help our athletes to advance in life and make full use of theirMinister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton, setting a brisk pace in the Literacy Awareness walk.potential”, the minister stated.The call was made at the culmination of an awareness walk held by the CPCE English and Spanish majors to raise awareness on the importance of literacy. Held under the theme “Promoting literacy through quality education”, the walk began at the National Park on Thomas Lands at 6:30 am and culminated at CPCE, Turkeyen.Minister Norton noted that while private athletic clubs promote sports in and around the country, it would be more impactful if Physical Education is taught in all schools across the country. He added, “We are hoping that we can work along with the teachers and the teachers can walk along with us, so that we can promote sports and athletics in particular at a higher level.”CPCE English Major Eion Adams described literacy as the road on which everyone can realise his or her full potential. He called on his colleagues to, “Let us continue to build our children holistically. Let us use literacy to develop the skills of our students, so in return they can contribute meaningfully to society. They are the children of our future, let us teach them well and let them lead the way, and let us give them a sense of pride.”First Lady Sandra Granger, at a recent literacy conference, reminded, “Our children must be given the tools and the opportunity to expand their minds and their horizons regardless of where they may live in Guyana, or their social or economic background… The starting point of education – learning to speak, to understand, and to respond to data in all its shapes and forms — and the development in each child (of) the capacity to express her or his thoughts and feelings begin with literacy, which for the purpose of this exercise encompasses literacy and numeracy.”Early rain showers did not deter the participants, among whom were the 15 semi-finalists of the Miss Guyana World competition.last_img read more

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From Russia with love… Brief stories from the World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Birthday cake for Lionel Messi © AFP / JUAN MABROMATAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup:Messi’s 31st His 31st birthday Sunday falls smack bang in the middle of a complex overseas work assignment for his country, but the little town of Bronnitsy is doing its best to make Lionel Messi feel at home.Argentina’s World Cup base camp, 50 kilometres from Moscow, has organised a party — ‘Bronnitsy celebrates Lionel Messi’, a sign near Argentina’s home from home announces proudly.A celebratory concert starting on the lakeside beach opposite will mark Messi’s birthday, with a birthday cake presentation later, says the flyer.Tips from the topDidier Drogba – influential figure in Romelu Lukaku’s career © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Christian PetersenRomelu Lukaku is lighting up the World Cup finals with four goals for Belgium and Didier Drogba for one could not be happier.The retired Chelsea legend is an influential presence in the life of the Manchester United striker.Their story began though before their paths crossed at Stamford Bridge.“I spoke to him when he was very young,” Drogba told the BBC. “I was on the telephone to Vincent Kompany and he said to me ‘Listen, I’m with this kid and he really wants to speak to you’.A couple of years later, he signed for Chelsea. At Chelsea I was on the massage table and he came up to me. ‘You’re my hero.When you were playing for Marseille, I looked up to you so much. I could tell you what shoes you were wearing for no matter what game and at what time you scored. I remember all that, he told me, because I was nine years old at the time… and I was 34!“He’s someone that wants to learn and I’m really happy to give him advice, and I think he’s taking advice from everyone.He’s also learning from Thierry Henry and I think when you want to be the best, you have to learn from the best.”Russian revivalRussia forward Fedor Smolov enjoying the World Cup hosts’ change of fortune © AFP / Manan VATSYAYANARussians are falling over themselves praising their national team after their two big opening match wins. But just a few weeks ago, almost no one was willing to give the 2018 World Cup hosts a chance.Riding a historic seven-match winless streak, Russian players were getting grilled in the press.“I stopped reading the sports articles after we drew with Turkey 1-1 on June 5,” said forward Fedor Smolov. “I just accepted the fact that we were the worst people in Russia.”China thumbs-upBelgium’s China-based Axel Witsel © AFPBelgium coach Roberto Martinez has issued a vote of confidence in the Chinese Super League after starting two players from the competition in the side that handed a 5-2 thrashing to Tunisia in Moscow.At one time, a lucrative Chinese move would have been considered the end of a player’s international career but Martinez said that is no longer the case.“It was a worry, whether their level would suffer by going to China,” he said after starting midfielders Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian) and Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang).“But as you saw, the players have developed a stronger mentality (in China) because they become big players in big projects. I don’t think there’s anything negative about anyone going to Chinese football.”Hands-off UzohoHands off our goalkeeper Francis Uzoho Nigeria tell clubs © AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURINigerian officials have reportedly issued a hands-off to clubs sniffing around their young keeper Francis Uzoho after an impressive display to keep a clean sheet in the Super Eagles’ 2-0 win over Iceland.At just 19, Uzoho is one of the youngest players at the tournament and Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper reports an English Premier League side have sent scouts to monitor him.But Nigeria have told them to back off, wanting Uzoho, who is signed to Spain’s Deportivo La Coruna, to focus on his World Cup campaign.“We need total concentration to succeed in this competition,” a source close to the team told the newspaper.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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