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CHAN 2018: Eagles to Know Opponents Today

first_imgNigeria’s Home-based Eagles will today know their group phase opponents at the 5th African Nations Championship (CHAN) kicking off on 13thJanuary 2018 in Morocco.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that the Draw Ceremony will take place at the stately Hotel Sofitel Rabat, which also hosted CAF’s Extraordinary General Assembly following the first-ever African Football Symposium in Rabat in July this year.The 16 teams that qualified for the finals have been drawn into four pots, from which they will be drawn into four groups of four for the 23 –day, 16 –nation championship.Nigeria, winners of the bronze medals at the 3rd CHAN in South Africa in 2014, has been slotted into Pot 2, alongside Cameroon, Guinea and Zambia. Pot 1 has host nation Morocco, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire and Libya with Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Sudan in Pot 3 and Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania and Namibia in Pot D.Group A will have its base in Casablanca (Morocco’s industrial and economic capital); Marrakech will host Group B; Group C will be based in Tangier and; Agadir will play host to Group D.Nigeria failed to qualify for the first two editions of the CHAN, hosted by Cote d’Ivoire (2009) and Sudan (2011), but finished in third place in South Africa in 2014 after losing 1-2 to Mali in her first match and then defeating Mozambique 4-2 and host South Africa 3-1. In the quarter –finals, the Eagles came from 0-3 down at half time to defeat Morocco 4-3 after extra time, but they crumbled on penalty shoot –out to Ghana’s Black Stars in the semi finals, before pipping Zimbabwe to third place.In Rwanda last year, Nigeria trounced Niger Republic 4-1, only to draw 1-1 with Tunisia and lose 0-1 to Guinea to crash out at group stage.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 4 to Hold in Abeokuta

first_imgThe fourth edition of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search will hold in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State, between 13 and 15 September. The programme, sponsored by Pay TV company, GOtv, and organized by Flykite Productions, was conceived to unearth young and talented amateur boxers desirous of tuning professional.It will take the form of sparring sessions supervised by some of the country’s best boxing coaches, who will assess and select the boxers adjudged to be ready to move into the professional ranks. The programme will hold at Dunkin Pepper Gym inside the MKO International Stadium Complex.It is open to boxers between the ages of 18 and 25 from all parts of the country. Boxers selected by the coaches will have the licences paid for by the sponsors, undergo free medical examination and are in line to fight in coming editions of GOtv Boxing Night. This is the second time the event is holding outside Lagos since it debuted in 2015. Last year, it held at the Francis Aiyegbeni Boxing Gym, Wall Hotel, Ibadan. The first two editions held at the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gym in Surulere, Lagos. Each of the previous editions attracted over a hundred boxers, out of which an average of 25 were adjudged ready to make the leap into the professional cadre. The programme has helped many boxers rise to local and international prominence.Reigning West African welterweight champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, was discovered at the maiden edition of the programme. He went on to become the national champion before clinching the sub-regional title. He also, on two occasions, won the best boxer award at GOtv Boxing Night, earning cash prizes of N2million and N1million attached to the award. Other products of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, who have come into the big time, include Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola, winner of the best boxer award at GOtv Boxing Night 15; Prince “Lion” Nwoye, Chukwuebuka “Wize King” Ezewudo and Osamudiamen “Chiso” Goodluck.Registration forms for the event are available free of charge at the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gym, Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) Secretariat, National Stadium, Lagos; Alake Sports Centre, Abeokuta; and Akure Township Stadium, Akure.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Freshman netminder ready for action

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoIn backing up former Badger goaltender Brian Elliott, current UW goalie Shane Connelly had to wait patiently before he got his chance to shine. For freshman Scott Gudmandson, that wait has been much shorter. In just his fourth game with Wisconsin and the team’s fourth of the season, Gudmandson got the start in goal against Robert Morris in the series’ finale. The Alberta native did not disappoint, saving 25 shots and allowing just two goals en route to earning his first collegiate win. “I think he was pretty solid overall,” senior defenseman Davis Drewiske said. “It was his first game (on) a pretty big stage. … All in all, I think he performed pretty well. I have to be happy with him.” After the game, head coach Mike Eaves compared Gudmandson’s learning curve to the one Connelly had as a freshman behind Elliott. While it may have come as a surprise to start a young goalie so early in the season, Eaves felt the opportunity was right for Gudmandson to get his feet wet. “We were looking for opportunities (to start him), and the opportunities we were going to give him were based on how he progressed and how we felt based on what he had seen so far,” Eaves said. “Now might be a good time, and it was.” For Gudmandson, who posted a 15-8-0 record last season with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League, it was the chance he had been waiting for. “It was pretty exciting when I found out that I was going to start,” Gudmandson said. “It’s my first college game, the most people I’ve ever played in front of. It’s pretty cool. The atmosphere and everything in this town is second to none. It’s just an unbelievable feeling.” Having never played in front of more than 1,000 people, the Kohl Center crowd of 13,538 was somewhat intimidating for the freshman netminder, even if it was his home rink. Gudmandson was admittedly nervous, and it showed early on, as he was unable to corral rebounds off his pads and allowed two goals in the first two periods. “I thought he played pretty well,” Connelly said. “You could tell he was nervous going in. … Most goalies [in] their first college game are going to be nervous.” “I think if you’re not a little bit nervous, you’re not ready to go,” Drewiske said. “He understood the magnitude of it.” Connelly didn’t say much to Gudmandson before the game, instead choosing to let the freshman focus and hit the ice on his own. “I kind of just let him go,” Connelly said. “It’s kind of a tough place. You don’t know how other goalies are going to react if you talk to them. Some goalies like to be left alone.” As the team captain, Drewiske chose to offer a few words to the freshman, stepping up before the game to try to calm Gudmandson’s early nerves. “Right before we all went out, we just grabbed him and said, ‘Just have confidence, and we’ll take care of you,’” Drewiske said. “I don’t think he needed to hear much more than that.” The team took care of him in a big way — seven players scored for Wisconsin — as it skated to an 8-2 victory and a sweep of the Robert Morris. “The older guys were great at supporting me in the dressing room, giving me a pat on the back,” Gudmandson said. “I think that helped settle me down there.” After shaking off his early jitters, Gudmandson had perhaps his finest moment in the game in the third period, making a beautiful glove save to his left after the initial shot bounced off his pads. “After the save, it was a great feeling to have the crowd cheering for you,” Gudmandson said. “It makes me feel a lot more like a part of the team.” The save electrified the Kohl Center crowd and elicited praise from the UW student section. “He got a lot of confidence,” Eaves said. “He made that big save in the third period, and he had his first taste of Badger worship from the fans. I think confidence is so much a part of a goaltender’s equipment, so that was nice.” Despite the impressive first start, Eaves said Connelly is the team’s goalie, and Gudmandson’s time in the net will depend on the circumstances. “I think his athleticism has helped his willingness to kind of take what Coach (Bill) Howard has done,” Eaves said. “He’s got enough repetitions that it’s become a part of who he is now, such to the point that Howie felt comfortable saying, ‘Hey, let him go in there and see what he can do.’” Gudmandson knows he might not get many starts as a freshman, but that hasn’t changed his mindset in practice. “I can’t really put an expectation on when I’m going to play,” Gudmandson. “You never know what’s going to happen as a goalie. I’ve just got to prepare every game like I’m gonna play because if [Connelly] goes down with an injury, I’ve got to be there to be ready.” And if his Badger debut was any indication, he’s ready.last_img read more

Maher devastated after ‘unbelievable’ Canning winner

first_imgGalway will now face either cork or Waterford in this year’s final on the first weekend in September.Tipp Captain Padraic Maher says it’s a tough defeat to take when they were so close but he’s still talking about that point. Tipperary players and fans are still devastated this morning after losing out to Galway by a single point in the All Ireland semi-final.The Tribesmen found a winner after 73 minutes of play to end a very tight game one in front – 0-22 to 1-18.The point that finally separated the sides was Joe Cannings injury time score from halfway and out on the touchline under pressure – most of the country is still talking about it.last_img

Palmer takes inspiration from 2 Timothy ahead of CAS ruling

first_imgPresident of Tema Youth Football Club Wilfred Osei Kweku Palmer has committed his legal battle with the Ghana Football Association into the hands of the Lord ahead of the big verdict from CAS.This is because The Court of Arbitration for Sports will finally on the 4th of August publish its ruling on the case he brought against the Federation.Palmer is at the Swiss court challenging his disqualification from contesting the GFA presidential elections which was held in October 2019 and won by Kurt Okraku.He is seeking to have the elections annulled and his candidacy reinstated for fresh elections to be held.If that scenario is mirrored by the ruling from CAS it will throw the GFA off their schedule and their objective after going through over a year of normalization.He took to his official twitter handle to quote the 2nd Book of Timothy to indicate the legitimacy of his claims and to affirm his faith in God. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” 2 Timothy 4:7 KJV#04/08/20 #GodHasTheFinalSay— Wilfred Kwaku Osei Palmer (@oseipalmerP4P) August 3, 2020last_img read more

Cowboys vs. Bills odds, prediction, betting trends for NFL Thanksgiving game

first_imgHere’s everything to know about betting on Cowboys vs. Bills in Week 13, including updated odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for the 2019 NFL Thanksgiving game.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook ReviewCowboys vs. Bills odds for Thanksgiving 2019Spread: Cowboys -7Point total: 46Odds: Bills -113, Cowboys +103The Cowboys have been around a touchdown favorite despite losing a tough game at the Patriots and the Bills routing the Dolphins and Broncos in back-to-back weeks. They have yet to beat a team with a winning record this season. The Bills have only one such win, over the currently 6-5 Titans.Cowboys vs. Bills all-time seriesThe Cowboys hold a 8-4 record and have won three of the past four meetings. The most notable of their matchups have come in the Super Bowl, two consecutive Dallas routs over Buffalo after the ’92 and ’93 seasons. When the Bils last played in Dallas in 2011, they lost 44-7.Three trends to know— 57 percent of spread bettors are taking the Bills to cover the big number. 60 percent of moneyline bettors are also liking the Bills.— 62 percent of bettors like the total to go over. The Cowboys average 26.8 points per game, the Bills average 21.0 points per game.— The total has gone over in only 3 of 11 Bills games. The Cowboys are 4-1 against the spread in their past five games.Three things to watchDak vs. JoshPrescott has played very well for most of the season making big plays with arm and timely ones with his legs. Josh Allen, his counterpart, has done the same but at a less explosive level. Allen must outplay Prescott here as a dual threat for the Bills to have a chance. He should have great confidence going in after his two best games of the season against Miami and Denver. Prescott was off in the rainy conditions of New England, but he will be ready to make amends in Dallas.Bills’ run defenseThe Bills have been vulnerable at times against teams committed to the running game — see the loss to Philadelphia. The Cowboys should want to get Ezekiel Elliott rolling again so he can set up the fine play-action passing opportunities for Prescott. The Bills’ secondary and pass rush are solid, but the run and Prescott’s ability to buy time against a front that can be worn down can really help the Cowboys.Garrett in the line of fireJerry Jones expressed his disappointment with Garrett and the current coaching staff in a way he quite has never had before after the frustrating loss to the Patriots. The Cowboys need to win and keep pushing toward the NFC East title because a loss might raise the ire of Jones to the point of no return for Garrett.Stat that mattersThe Bills have the No. 3 pass defense in the NFL, averaging giving up 184.3 points per game. The Cowboys still have the No. 1 passing offense in the NFL even after last week’s rough game at the Patriots, averaging 303.5 points per game. But the Bills have played only one team currently in the top half of passing offense in the NFL, the Patriots, and they lost that game. When the Bills (8-3) travel to face the Cowboys in the second game of the NFL Thanksgiving schedule on Thursday (4:30 p.m. ET, CBS). Buffalo currently holds a wild-card playoff spot in the AFC, in second place behind New England in the NFC East. Dallas leads the NFC East by a game and a tiebreaker over Philadelphia.The Bills are surging to a surprise postseason berth, but with a tough final month, need a win to strengthen their position. The Cowboys, clinging to another expected playoff trip, need a win against a winning team to create some cushion — and take coach Jason Garrett off the hot seat. Cowboys vs. Bills predictionThe Bills have not been really tested on the road this season. Their wins so far are against the Dolphins (twice), Jets, Broncos, Bengals, Titans, Redskins and Giants. The Cowboys have lost big games at home to the Packers and Vikings, and are looking for a “quality win” themselves after only beating the Giants (twice), Eagles, Redskins, Dolphins and Lions.Something has to give here, and go with the home team to roost on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys are the more talented team overall and desperate will kick as they play hard, well and clean for Garrett in a sudden must-win situation. Prescott and the offense tend to perform much better at home, the Bills lack the firepower with Allen to match in what could turn into a grinding field-goal fest in th end.Cowboys 26, Bills 16last_img read more

Hearing for Florida Teen Accused of Hacking Twitter Gets Hacked

first_imgProsecutors believe that Clark was able to gain access by convincing a Twitter employee that he was a co-worker.He is facing numerous charges, including 17 counts of communications fraud and 11 counts of fraudulent use of personal information.Clark was arrested last Friday and entered the not-guilty pleas on Tuesday.The judge denied a motion to reduce Clark’s bond. He remains in jail, with bond set at $725,000.The next hearing is scheduled for October 7. Officials say it will be password protected. In an ironic twist, a bond hearing for a Tampa teen accused of recently hacking the Twitter accounts of politicians, celebrities and technology moguls got hacked this week.The bond hearing took place over Zoom.While it was in progress, the judge and attorneys were interrupted several times by people shouting racial slurs, playing music, and even showing pornographic images.The suspect, 17-year-old Graham Clark, is accused of using the hijacked Twitter accounts to scam people worldwide out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin on July 15.The affected accounts belong to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, former President Barack Obama, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, among others.last_img read more

A break to recover troops in Levante

first_imgThe I raised He faces the break as an opportunity to recover cash for the remainder of the competition. Ruben Rochina, Robber pier, Nemanja Radoja Y Hernani, which ended the week with the group in the last work session before suspending group training until further notice. In this way, Paco lopez It could count up to four players after the coronavirus crisis of at least two weeks without competition. Radoja he is the one who is the furthest from returning. The Serbian midfielder fell last day in the match against Granada at Ciutat de València on the return to the team after his hamstring injury. It lasted 55 minutes. The Balkan has relapsed and aggravated his ailments, since tests confirmed grade II tear in the hamstrings of his left leg, the same area that had him six weeks away from the playing fields. On that occasion the injury was grade I.While Robber has been working with the rest of the group for a few weeks after overcoming his anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee, produced on the penultimate day of last season against Girona, with the descent at stake, in Montilivi. The Galician could end the season by entering a call, but from the coaching staff they are very cautious with the central defender, who has gone through a long and hard process so far. Rochina, for his part, he fell the following week, in the match against Villarreal, when he was having a great personal moment. The one from Sagunto had a grade II muscle break in the right adductor, with a diagnosis of around four weeks of discharge. Without joining the group yet, the left-hander was close to rejoining the training dynamic. On the resume it will be ready.center_img The Portuguese winger began to take his first steps with the group before the suspension of training on the recommendation of the RFEF. The Portuguese suffered an osteochondral injury to the internal femoral condyle of the right knee who finally opted to heal through conservative treatment, thus avoiding surgery. A little more than a month later, the confirmation of his non-operation was on February 10, Hernani is already tested with the other colleagues.last_img read more

Britain’s Joshua stops Klitschko

first_img The biggest heavyweight fight in more than a decade had something for everyone, but in the end, it was Joshua who announced himself as the future of the division. He finally turned things around for good with a right uppercut early in the 11th round that spun Klitschko’s head around. He was all over the Ukrainian and dropped him with a left hook, but Klitschko got up only to take even more punishment. Joshua knocked Klitschko down again and was landing punches to his head on the ropes when referee David Fields moved in to stop the bout late in the 11th round. “When you go to the trenches, that’s when you find out who you really are,” Joshua said. “In this small little ring here, there’s nowhere to hide.” The fight was stopped at 2:25 of the 11th. Joshua was up 96-93 and 95-93 on two scorecards, while Klitschko was ahead, 95-93, on the third. The Associated Press had it 94-94 going into the final round. LONDON (AP): Anthony Joshua survived the first knockdown of his young career, coming back to drop Wladimir Klitschko twice before stopping him in the 11th round on Saturday night to retain his heavyweight titles and stake his claim as the boxing’s next star. Before a boisterous crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium, Joshua, 27, and Klitschko, 41, traded huge punches in a spectacular fifth round and again in the sixth before Joshua finally found a way to finish the long-time former champion late in the fight. Right uppercutlast_img read more

Duke rises to No. 1 in AP poll again, Kansas drops to 5th

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Following a 21-point win over Air Force in their only game last week, the Wolverines (12-0) moved up two spots in this week’s poll, passing Tennessee.Michigan has its highest ranking since hitting No. 1 during the 2012-13 season and still has that stifling defense, allowing 55.8 points per game, good for third nationally.VOLS JUST SHORTTennessee won in two blowouts last week and added 10 more first-place votes than the week before.It wasn’t good enough to keep the Vols ahead of undefeated Michigan.Tennessee, which lost to Kansas on Nov. 23, finished a single point behind the Wolverines in the overall voting, 1,472 to 1,471.BUZZING HOKIESVirginia Tech entered the 2018-19 season with high expectations. The Hokies are living up to those so far under coach Buzz Williams.Virginia Tech moved into the top 10 for the first time since 1995-96 after beating North Carolina A&T in its only game last week.The Hokies have one blemish on their record, by one at Penn State, and have a win over then-ranked Purdue on their resume. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. No. 6 Nevada, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Florida State and Virginia Tech rounded out the top 10.Duke (11-1) started the season No. 4 in the preseason poll, but moved to No. 1 for a record-tying 135th week in the first regular-season poll after turning its opener against then-No. 2 Kentucky into a laugher. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2018, file photo, Duke guard Tre Jones gestures to teammates during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech in New York. Duke has regained the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 following a win over No. 12 Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)Duke moved to No. 1 after blowing out Kentucky in its season opener, only to lose the top spot two weeks later with a loss to Gonzaga in Maui.Well, the Blue Devils are back at No. 1.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img SUN DEVILS (BARELY) RISINGNo. 17 Arizona State picked up one of the biggest wins in program history by knocking off top-ranked Kansas 80-76.The Sun Devils (9-2) picked up only one spot in this week’s poll, thanks to a road loss to Vanderbilt the previous Sunday.The Jayhawks dropped four spots to No. 5, but should get big man Udoka Azubuike back soon after he missed four games with a sprained ankle.RISING AND FALLINGNo teams made significant jumps in this week’s poll. No. 10 Virginia Tech and No. 16 Kentucky were the biggest movers, adding three spots each.No. 21 Buffalo had the biggest drop, losing seven places after losing to No. 18 Marquette. No. 12 Auburn and No. 14 North Carolina lost five spots each.Furman’s first run at being ranked came to an end this week after the Paladins lost by 20 to LSU.Nebraska dropped out of the poll from No. 25 despite winning its only game last week.IN AND OUT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ The Blue Devils stayed in the top spot until a rally against Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational title game came up short. Duke worked its way up to No. 2 and slid into the top spot after routing Princeton and holding off No. 12 Texas Tech last week.The 69-58 win over the previously-unbeaten Red Raiders had a March-like feel at Madison Square Garden as two Elite Eight teams from a year ago played for the first time.“This is a great night for college basketball,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.WOLVERINES RISINGMichigan’s follow-up to its national title-game run a year ago keeps chugging along.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Difficult, rewarding’ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No. 20 North Carolina State (11-1) moved into the poll for the first time since 2013 after knocking off then-No. 7 Auburn on Wednesday and South Carolina Upstate on Saturday.No. 25 Oklahoma is ranked for the first time since hitting No. 4 in last year’s poll.VOTER DEATHIndiana beat writer and AP Top 25 poll voter Terry Hutchens died last week after being critically injured in an automobile collission. He was 60.“Hutch” covered the Hoosiers for CNHI Sports Indiana . Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Buoyed by a win over No. 12 Texas Tech and Kansas’ loss at No. 18 Arizona State, Duke moved atop The Associated Press Top 25 released on Monday, receiving 35 of 64 first-place votes.No. 2 Michigan received nine first-place votes, No. 3 Tennessee got 12, and No. 4 Virginia and No. 5 Kansas received four each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chrisslast_img read more