Ndidi linked with Man U move

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Nigerian international, Wilfried Ndidi, has been linked with a transfer move to former Premier League champions, Manchester United.Ndidi has been a key man for Brendan Rodgers’ side and his form has sparked speculation over his future. Arsenal have been linked with the 23-year-old midfielder, while United have also been mentioned as potential suitors.The MEN reports: “The weekend win might have seen United triumph in the battle at the King Power Stadium, but it also showed Solskjaer first hand what could be accomplished if his side were to make a move for Wilfred Ndidi summer.“Ndidi dominated the midfield battle on Sunday afternoon and was part of the reason why United struggled to get the best out of (Bruno) Fernandes in an attacking capacity.“After another excellent showing it marked another good season for the Nigerian midfielder as he made history in a pretty remarkable way.“That is because Ndidi has now made the most tackles by any player in Europe’s top five leagues for the third consecutive season, an outstanding statistic and one which highlights the important role he could play at Old Trafford. “Not only is the 23-year-old viewed as the perfect age for any new United signing but his athleticism and reading of the game would make him the ideal anchor for a midfield that is otherwise attack-orientated.“United’s pursuit of (Jadon) Sancho will only further add to the attacking threat, but in turn place added pressure on the defensive side of the team to pull their weight and provide the perfect balance required for a genuine Premier League title bid.”Tags: Brendan RodgersLeicester CityManchester UnitedOle Gunnar SolskjaerPremier LeagueWilfried Ndidilast_img read more

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Vermaelen hints at Gunners exit

first_imgArsenal club captain Thomas Vermaelen has hinted he may seek a move away from the Emirates Stadium if first-team opportunities remain hard to come by. The Belgian has been kept out of the starting XI this season by Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, who have flourished at the heart of the Gunners’ defence. Vermaelen is not unduly concerned by the situation, but he wants to feature regularly for Arsene Wenger’s men as he is keen to play a part for Belgium in the World Cup next year. Press Associationcenter_img “I’ll have to think about that when it’s necessary. January is still a few months ahead. Of course, never playing will not be the ideal situation for me to go to the World Cup, that’s for sure,” he told the Daily Mail. “People ask me if I panic because I’m not playing a lot but I’m not. “I have spoken to the manager but it will remain private between us. Things can happen in a split second and change my situation. That can happen tomorrow or next weekend. “In that case, we will speak differently in January. I have to be ready for that.” last_img read more

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T&T playing style in need of change: head coach Fenwick

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – New Trinidad and Tobago head coach, Terry Fenwick, has criticised the playing style of the national team and says a change is imperative if they are to improve results.“I think the past administration was playing a style of football that clearly doesn’t work and sticks out like a sore thumb, based on the results that we’ve seen,” the Englishman said in his first media session earlier this week following his appointment last month.“I’ve got to change that. We’ve got to start playing a style of football that suits the players that we’ve got. And we’ve got some terrific players; we need now to play to their strengths.“We are blessed with some fantastic footballers, but unless you put the footballers together in a system of play that suits them, you lose games and that’s what we’ve had.“Some teams get beaten by playing the wrong style of football. (You have to) play to what your strengths are and then that will pull you through.”T&T will attempt to once again rebuild their profile under the former England defender, after experiencing a wretched run last year.They went 14 matches without a single win to mark their worst patch of form in recent history, the only success being a 15-0 crushing of minnows Anguilla last November.The run of form resulted in the sacking of Dennis Lawrence last month and Fenwick, who signed a two-year deal as the replacement, said an overhaul was now necessary to move the national programme forward.Importantly, he said there would be phased introduction of new players to freshen up the squad.“In time, I want to be bringing some new faces out there, give them a chance, give them a run … I will select the best players for the team,” he explained.“Teams around the world have got a core of senior, good example players, not necessarily (because of) what they do on the field – although they are all good players – it’s how they help these youngsters off the field.”He added: “I will need a core of players of that sort of calibre and (with a) feeling for this country. And over time we will introduce youngsters. We will push them through, we will get them into programmes that work and make our different levels successful.”last_img read more

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Messi Celebrates with Barca Mates a Contract Extension Looms

first_imgMessi had fended off firm competition from Liverpool stalwart Virgil van Dijk to win the award with Cristiano Ronaldo, who snubbed the ceremony, finishing in third spot.The superstar pipped the Dutchman to the top spot by just seven votes, and was also supported by his wife Antonello at the star-studded event in Paris.In the wake of yet another accolade, the Spanish publication highlighted that Messi has the choice to terminate his contract next year, as stipulated in his current deal, but holds no desire to leave the club.President Josep Bartomeu had previously stressed that Messi’s priority is to remain with the top flight giants, and the club’s hierarchy are keen to secure the star’s future in Catalonia.There are concerns, however, that Messi only wants to remain with Barcelona for as long as he is able to compete at the highest level, and the Argentinian is believed to not be focused on battling for the sake of his career or record at the top of the game.The same outlet also understand that the mercurial forward wishes to avoid the same fate as idol Ronaldinho, who had endured a sharp decline in the latter stages of his career at the club.Bartomeu has reportedly taken charge of negotiations surrounding Messi’s potential renewal and is the main point of contact for the player’s agent.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lionel Messi has been snapped celebrating a sixth Ballon d’Or alongside his Barcelona teammates, with the La Liga champions reportedly confident the Argentinian will renew his contract.The 32-year-old had clinched the coveted trophy once again on Monday, and toasted his victory alongside Antoine Griezmann and Marc-Andre ter Stegen on the flight back from France.And Messi is reportedly on the verge of further good news, as Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona believe the superstar is open to extending his stay at the Nou Camp.last_img read more

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Nigeria Targets Archery Debut at 2024 Olympics

first_imgAs it stands archery is the fastest growing sport in Lagos with the establishment of 25 clubs in just one yearHe said the same template would be used to develop the sport across Nigeria“We are sure that it will help us achieve our ultimate goals which is to be a leading force in Africa and also to compete with the best at major international tournaments particularly at the 2024 Olympics,” observed Egbayelo.As at the start of March, there were 33 more places to be filled for Archery at the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics but Egbayelo, the vice chairman of Lagos Archery, said it would be wise to plan for the one in four year’s time.Archery is also a Paralympics sport and Egbayelo pledged that the physically-challenged athletes won’t be left out of the development programme.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Newly-elected 2nd Vice President of Nigeria Archery Federation, Mike Egbayelo, has pledged his commitment to ensure Nigeria becomes a force in the sport in Africa while also aiming for the country to rub shoulders with the best in the world by way of debuting at the 2024 Olympics Olympics in Paris, France.Egbayelo, who defeated incumbent Ayo Phillips to emerge as the South-west representative on the board in Wednesday’s poll in Abuja, said various plans have been tailored for the phenomenal rise of the sport in Nigeria.He stated: “Last year, we launched the Strategic Action Plan for Archery in Lagos in line with the THEMES agenda of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu to make sports a driving force of development and empowerment of the grassroots and there has been rise in the popularity and growth of the sport.last_img read more

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FH : Millman, Susek emerge as leaders for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Kelsey Millman had seen enough of Syracuse’s sloppy, unsynchronized press during last Thursday’s practice. The forwards were out of position, and Millman knew it was time to speak up.She repositioned the players and told them to ‘take ownership’ of their places on the field and apply more pressure on the backs.‘We were trying to implement a press, and no one knew what was going on,’ junior back Iona Holloway said. ‘And Kelsey just was like, ‘This is what we’re doing. This is where you have to be.”Millman has taken command of the SU attack along with senior forward Heather Susek this season. The pair has combined for 13 of the team’s 28 goals this season to lead the No. 5 Orange (7-2, 2-0 Big East). They have combined for seven goals in the last four games and look to continue their scoring barrage this weekend against Providence (2-7, 0-1) on Friday and Massachusetts (2-6, 0-0 Atlantic 10) on Sunday.While Susek was a solid contributor last year and recorded nine goals, Millman was used in a reserve role. She attempted only two shots in 18 appearances, but those two shots were both goals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSusek has noticed a dramatic difference in her teammate’s play during 2011. She credits Millman’s growth to increased playing time.‘I think she’s just more comfortable and more confident on the field,’ Susek said. ‘She knows where the spaces are, and she knows what she wants to do with the ball before she moves.’However, those changes did not occur overnight.This past spring, the pair of forwards worked regularly with SU assistant coach Steve Simpson. Once a week Simpson drilled Susek and Millman exclusively, preparing them for the fall season.‘Happy hour with Steve,’ SU head coach Ange Bradley called it.‘They just worked on adjusting ball positions, getting quicker shots and working on readjusting off the line as a defender,’ Bradley said. ‘I think that they both really have embraced the concepts that Steve has instilled in them.’And the hard work has paid off.This season, Millman leads the team in shooting efficiency of players that have taken more than one shot, scoring on 42.9 percent of her attempts. The transformation is a noticeable one, Martina Loncarica said.‘She likes to score. She wants to score,’ Loncarica said. ‘You can see it in her.’Millman’s scoring ability is enhanced by her knowledge of the game. Loncarica said Millman knows where everyone should be on the field and understands how plays develop.She also leads SU’s defensive press on opposing teams’ backs. It’s a key tactic in Syracuse’s game plan that Bradley stresses at each practice.And Millman knows how important it is to the team’s success. She knew she had to speak up when the team wasn’t running the press effectively, and in doing so she embraced her bigger role on the team.‘We have a really young group, but the press is an important thing that we have going for us. It’s one of our strengths,’ Millman said. ‘It was just really important that we came together and did it together as one unit instead of individually.’As Millman anchors the press, Susek has developed into a scoring threat. She is only two goals away from her total of nine all of last season.The diminutive scorer has flourished by getting behind the defense and finding space, Millman said. A number of her goals have come from finding those openings, often near the back post, and shooting quickly before the defense can react.Millman and Susek have thrived on the field together, and Bradley has been impressed with their chemistry. The head coach said they can read where the other is going on the field before they even take the first step.‘They’re like two little twins out there,’ Bradley said. ‘They’re tiny, they’re quick, they’re fast, and they’re feisty. And they really have learned to work off of each other.’sebail01@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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Health clinic draws student volunteers

first_imgFaculty and students at the USC Keck School of Medicine and the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry partnered with volunteers to staff a free health clinic held Thursday through Sunday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Each year, the clinic provides medical, dental and vision services at no charge over four days for thousands of underinsured people from across Southern California.Wellness · Care Harbor LA opened a free medical clinic Thursday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Volunteers gave out 4,800 wristbands to patients hoping to receive care at the event. – Kelvin Kuo | Daily TrojanStaffed entirely by about 3,250 volunteers, the clinic is hosted by Care Harbor, a non-profit, Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to providing care for the nearly 2.5 million underinsured residents.Last year, the clinic served some 3,000 people. Now in its fourth year of operation, the clinic aims to expand to reach even more patients.Hopeful L.A. residents lined up for hours — even days in some cases — to wait for one of the 4,800 wristbands handed out Monday that guaranteed them an appointment at this weekend’s clinic.Sonja Partner was one of the lucky patients who received a wristband after she waited for 18 hours.“I went to a dentist two months ago and he charged me $4,000,” Partner said as she waited in line for a prosthetic dental treatment at the clinic. “I just can’t afford that.”Michael Cousineau, a research associate professor of preventive medicine at Keck, said that the need for dental care at this clinic has increased, even over last year.“A lot of people have health insurance but don’t have dental coverage,” Cousineau said. “They put off dental care until things get very bad and then they come to these clinics.”In order to help alleviate the problem, students from the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry packed up their mobile clinic — a specialized RV with surgical chairs and dental supplies, and set up at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Not only does the mobile clinic provide free extractions, fillings and root canals for needy patients, it also helps USC dental students gain clinical experience.Sumeet Srivastava, a fourth-year student at Ostrow, is one of about 20 students volunteering at the clinic.“The greatest part about doing this is that the patients can walk away pain-free,” Srivastava said. “They are always very thankful.”Glenn Ault, an associate dean at Keck, coordinated USC’s effort to help at the clinic this year and last.“USC and the Keck School of Medicine have long been associated with the mission of caring for indigent and underserved people because our affiliation with the L.A. County/USC Medical Center,” Ault said. “We have long had that tradition. It’s in our blood.”Ault has organized more than 100 Keck faculty and medical students to volunteer. While faculty specialists in fields like gynecology, optometry and pediatrics are directly providing services for patients, Keck students are taking vital signs and assisting the physicians at the clinic.Laila Muderspach is the chair of Keck’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In her second year volunteering at the clinic, Muderspach is conducting routine pap smears and administering medications for urinary tract infections, among other services.“Most of the people who come through here fall into the gaps between the ages that qualify for health care,” Muderspach explained.Some patients have an even harder battle; Thursday, she treated an unemployed mother of a two-year-old child.“It was really touching to see someone like that who has made the choice for herself and for her family to take control of her health,” Muderspach said.Care Harbor does not only provide free health services at the clinic itself — it also works to ensure that the patients who pass through the clinic are set up with adequate follow-up care.Though the free clinic temporarily alleviates some of the strain on underinsured residents, it barely scratches the surface of Los Angeles’ widespread health concerns.“More than 2 million L.A. residents are underinsured, and we estimate that 700,000 of those are children,” Cousineu said. “That’s one of the highest rates of underinsured people in the nation. That puts a huge burden on the community as there are a large number of people who don’t have access to care.”Cousineau said that the situation will improve as more components of the recent Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, takes effect within the next few years. He insists that a solution to Los Angeles’ major health concerns requires ensuring access to neighborhood health care services and expanding the work force for primary care.Ault is hopeful that the clinic will do much good for the lucky 4,800 patients who got wristbands.“This is an opportunity to provide people with much-needed care and to get them into a healthcare program they qualify for,” Ault said. “It was amazing to see the thousands of people last year who came through the clinic — we were able to help those people get the care they needed.”last_img read more

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Men’s basketball: Wisconsin to face a ‘completely different’ Kentucky team in Final Four rematch

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Wisconsin doesn’t need to be reminded of last season’s heartbreaking loss to Kentucky in the Final Four or that this year’s Kentucky team hasn’t lost a game all season to be motivated for Saturday’s Final Four rematch against the Wildcats at Lucas Oil Stadium.For the Badgers, Kentucky is simply another step in the road as they pursue the school’s second National Championship and cap off one of the best season’s in program history.“Our goal is to win a National Championship, and we know we have to beat good teams if we’re going to do that,” Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky said. “Arizona was a good team, North Carolina was a good team, Oregon was a good team. So it’s going to be a tough road and we’re looking at it as another very, very good opponent we have to beat if we want to accomplish one of our goals.”While Kentucky comes into Saturday’s game with a perfect 38-0 record, Wisconsin certainly has had an impressive season of its own, winning both the regular season and tournament Big Ten championships en route to a 35-3 overall record.The 35 wins are a school record for Wisconsin and even though the opponent that will share the floor with the Badgers in the 71,932-seat Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday doesn’t have a blemish on their record, nothing will change in terms of preparation.“Well, I think we’ve had a pretty good season also. Our guys believe in a 40-minute contest when they step on the court, that we can get this,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “When we talk about challenges, we talked about challenges when we played Alabama-Birmingham, UAB, down in Nassau, Battle 4 Atlantis, because we go over every scouting report the same way. We have a process we go through. Every team is treated the same way.”While it’s undoubtedly a rematch, Wisconsin won’t be facing the same Kentucky team that ended its season in Arlington, Texas just over a year ago. Both of the Wildcats’ top scorers in last season’s game (James Young and Julius Randle) are no longer on the team while perhaps the best freshman class in recent memory has joined Kentucky and propelled them to that blemish-free record.“They’re a completely different team, to be honest,” fifth-year senior Josh Gasser said. “They’ve got a couple of guys back, but they’re really structurally different.“They’re a different team, we’re a different team so whatever happens, happens.”Leading the freshman class for Kentucky is 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward Karl Anthony-Towns who’s averaging 10.1 points per game with 6.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. Both his blocks and rebounding averages are best on the team and his 10.1 points per game is tied for second-best.But the biggest piece of the Kentucky puzzle that returns this season is seven-foot forward Willie Cauley-Stein who missed the Wildcats’ final three tournament games – including the Final Four matchup against Wisconsin – last season with an ankle injury. Cauley-Stein is averaging 9.1 points and 6.5 rebounds and like Kaminsky, was named an all-American earlier this week.Men’s basketball: Breaking down Kentucky’s frontcourtIn preparing for their national semifinal matchup with Kentucky, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan was faced with a dilemma with Read…Both Anthony-Towns and Cauley-Stein are a large presence in the paint with their length and have the ability to alter opponent’s shots. In addition to Anthony-Towns and Cauley-Stein, Kentucky brings seven-footer Dakari Johnson and 6-foot-9 forward Marcus Lee off the bench.“It’s not going to be easy,” Kaminsky said of going up against Kentucky’s frontcourt. “They’re great shot-blockers. They know how to score on offense. They can run the floor. They can defend in multiple position. It’s kind of like a two-headed monster with their bench and their starters.“But I think we have a team that’s willing to do whatever we can to make sure we win.”The winner of Saturday’s Final Four matchup will advance to the National Championship game on Monday to face the winner of No. 1 Duke vs. No. 7 Michigan State. Saturday’s game will tip-off at 7:49 central.No. 1 Wisconsin (35-3)How they got here:Second round – defeated Coastal Carolina, 86-72Third round – defeated Oregon, 72-65Sweet 16 – defeated North Carolina, 79-72Elite Eight – defeated Arizona, 85-78Probable Starters: G – Bronson Koenig (6-4, 8.6 ppg), G – Josh Gasser (6-4, 6.9 ppg), F – Sam Dekker (6-9, 13.9 ppg), F – Nigel Hayes (6-8, 12.4 ppg), F – Frank Kaminsky (7-0, 18.7 ppg)Key Reserves: G – Traevon Jackson (6-3, 8.6 ppg), G – Zak Showalter (6-2, 2.1 ppg), F – Duje Dukan (6-10, 4.8 ppg)No. 1 Kentucky (38-0)How they got here:Second Round – defeated Hampton, 79-56Third Round – defeated Cincinnati, 64-51Sweet 16 – defeated West Virginia, 78-39Elite Eight – defeated Notre Dame, 68-66Probable Starters: G – Aaron Harrison (6-6, 11.0 ppg), G – Andrew Harrison (6-6, 9.2 ppg), F – Trey Lyles (6-10, 8.7 ppg), F – Karl-Anthony Towns (6-11, 10.1 ppg), F – Willie Cauley-Stein (7-0, 9.1 ppg)Key Reserves: G – Devin Booker (6-6, 10.1 ppg), C – Dakari Johnson (7-0, 6.5 ppg), G – Tyler Ulis (5-9, 5.6 ppg)Game VitalsWho: No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 1 KentuckyWhen: Saturday, April 4, 7:49 CSTWhere: Lucas Oil Stadium (71,932); Indianapolis, IndianaTV: TBS (Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson)TruTV (Wayne Larrivee, Mike Kelley, Phil Dawson)last_img read more

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Nigeria settle bonus payments dispute

first_imgNigeria will play in the Confederations Cup in Brazil next week after a dispute about bonus payments was settled.The Super Eagles’ first match in the tournament is on Monday, but the players refused to leave their hotel in Namibia and missed a scheduled flight.But they will now fly to south America in time for the game against Tahiti.It is claimed the Nigerian players were angry over unpaid bonus money promised to them after they beat Kenya 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier last week.The players wanted to be paid £6,370 ($10,000) but the cash-strapped Nigeria Football Foundation, who have been forced to cut back on backroom staff of the various national teams, refused.The Nigerian players had then been offered a bonus £1,590 ($2,500) following their 1-1 draw in Namibia in another World Cup qualifier on Wednesday, but the players wanted more. “Their officials all departed on an earlier flight, but the players and technical staff are still in Namibia,” said Namibia Football Association general secretary Barry Rukoro.Nigeria’s first game takes place in Belo Horizonte against Tahiti on 17 June, before playing Uruguay in Salvador on 20 June and then Spain in Fortaleza on 23 June.last_img read more

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Ghandy Kassenu moves to Al Merrikh

first_imgFormer Liberty Professionals left-full-back Ghandy Kassenu has finalized a 6-month transfer deal with Sudanese premier league giants Al Merrikh SC.The 23-year-old was part of the Black Satellites’ squad that won the FIFA U-20 world cup in 2009. His contract with Liberty Professionals expired at the end of the just ended Ghana premier league season.Al Merrikh who are based in Omdurman have won the Sudanese premier league 18 times, been to the CAF champions league and Confederations Cup seven times and have made 12 appearances at the African Cup of champions clubs.Ghandy Kassenu was instrumental for the Scientific Soccer Lads and believes his move to the Sudanese side is positive for his career.He hopes to improve in order to catch the eye of the senior national team handlers and tells JOY Sports “it’s a good move and a stepping stone for me. It presents me with an opportunity once again to play in a different country and learn new things. Al Merrikh is a very big club, they play in the CAF Champions league as well as the Confederations Cup. I will get to play in the highest level in Africa and that will give me a lot of experience and exposure and with that, I hope I can be a good material for the Black Stars some day.”last_img read more

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