Falcons Eye Outright Win against Cote d’Ivoire Today in Abidjan

first_imgTOKYO 2020Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaActing Head Coach of the Super Falcons, Chris Danjuma wants the African champions to go for an outright win against Cote d’Ivoire in their Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s football tournament, African qualifying second round first leg clash in Abidjan this evening. Danjuma said on phone from the Ivorian capital on Wednesday that a win is non-negotiable as the Super Falcons want to make the return leg in Nigeria on Monday an easier session for themselves.“We know the Ivorians are a strong team; we could only beat them on penalties during the WAFU Cup of Nations. However, it is a new day and an altogether new contest on Thursday and we will go for an outright win.“The Super Falcons have the capacity to dominate and score goals that will make the second leg in Lagos a formality.”Thursday’s encounter will take place at the Stade Parc des Sports de Treichville, as from 3.30pm Ivorian time (4.30pm Nigeria).The Falcons, who are staying at the Grand Hotel in Abidjan will have a feel of the match venue during the official training scheduled for 3:30pm Ivorian time on Wednesday.World football –governing body, FIFA has appointed Togolese Vincentia Amedome as referee, with her compatriots Kossiwa Kpadenou, Abra Sitsofe Agbedanou and Edoh Kindedji as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively.Tempa Ndah from Benin Republic will serve as referee assessor while Fatoumata Guindo from Mali will be match commissioner.18 FALCONS IN ABIDJANGoalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie; Tochukwu OluehiDefenders: Ugochi Emenayo; Glory Ogbonna; Osinachi Ohale; Chidinma Okeke; Maryam Ibrahim; Ihuoma OnyebuchiMidfielders: Amarachi Okoronkwo; Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene; Regina Otu; Cecilia Nku; Chinaza UchenduForwards: Asisat Oshoala; Francisca Ordega; Gift Monday; Rafiat Sule; Rasheedat AjibadeShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

MBB : Last time they played in the Elite Eight: Syracuse 63, Oklahoma 47

first_img Published on March 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments Two nights prior to Oklahoma’s Elite Eight matchup with Syracuse, Sooners assistant coaches Bennie Seltzer made his best attempt to decode the Orangemen’s 2-3 zone.As the coaches scouted SU’s 79-78 victory over Auburn in the Sweet 16, Seltzer scribbled observations onto a yellow legal pad and circled what he deemed to be the weak part of the defense.But during the Elite Eight matchup, the Sooners found few holes. The third-seeded Orangemen’s defense triumphed, holding OU’s leading scorer Hollis Price to just eight points, to defeat top-seeded Oklahoma 63-47 in front of 15,207 at the Pepsi Arena in Albany on March 30, 2003.Syracuse advanced to the Final Four for the fourth time in program history, where SU faced Texas at the Superdome in New Orleans.‘Our defense was the difference,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said on March 30, 2003. ‘We were very active on the defensive end. It’s probably the best we’ve played defensively all year. We did a good job of making them shoot tough shots.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse turned in its best defensive performance of the season, limiting the Sooners to just 31 percent shooting. Oklahoma’s 47 points were the fewest the Orangemen allowed all season.And as SU’s defense keyed in on Price, the Sooners’ offense became less effective. The guard hit on just 3-of-17 field goals, including 2-of-11 from beyond the arc.‘We knew their offense goes through Hollis Price,’ SU forward Carmelo Anthony said. ‘He’s the driver of their car. Once we took him away, everything just broke down.’SU’s defense proved to be too much to handle for the Sooners. The Orangemen forced 19 turnovers to key their own offensive attack. It started early in the game, as three straight forced turnovers allowed SU to storm out to a 10-3 lead.And Syracuse never looked back, leading by as many as 18 points in the second half.Anthony finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and forward Hakim Warrick tallied 13 points to pace SU.With an apparent victory and East Regional championship in hand, chants of ‘Final Four!’ rained down on the court and the celebration began.Chants of ‘One More Year!’ erupted as Anthony took his turn cutting down the net. Boeheim stood beaming with son James III in his arms. Assistant coach Mike Hopkins whispered, ‘We’re champions buddy,’ into his son’s ear.And Syracuse took one more step toward proving all of its doubters wrong.Said center Craig Forth: ‘Based on what everybody was saying, we weren’t thought to do much of anything. Now, here we are. And maybe we did play with a chip on our shoulder the whole time, kind of expecting to win.’-Compiled by Andrew Tredinnick, asst. copy editor, adtredin@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Nenagh beaten in Junior Plate decider

first_imgThe North Tipp club’s seconds went down 20-12 in the competition decider in Clonmel. The North Tipp club’s seconds went down 20-12 in the competition decider in Clonmel. Nenagh Ormond were beaten in the Munster Junior Plate Final.last_img

#AFCONonCiti: Ghana to face Tunisia in Round of 16

first_imgThe Black Stars of Ghana will face Tunisia in the round of 16 at Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.The game will take place on Monday, July 8 at the Ismailia Stadium in Ismailia, where Ghana has been based since the start of the tournament.Kwesi Appiah’s men finished top of Group F after a 2-0 victory over Guinea Bissau on Tuesday gave them 5 points, same as Cameroon, but they edge the defending champions on goals scored.Tunisia meanwhile finished 2nd in Group E with just 3 points, drawing all 3 group stage games.Game will kick off at 9pm local time, 7 pm in Ghana.It will be live on Citi TV and there will be live commentary on Citi FM.last_img

George Afriyie is new Ghana FA Vice President.

first_imgGeorge Afriyie has been named the Vice President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) following the meeting of the Executive Committee on Thursday.President of the GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi, named Afriyie as the vice president for a four-year term in office.He takes over from Fred Crentsil.This follows the first meeting of the newly-formed Executive Committee to discuss the direction of Ghana football for the coming years.Afriyie, 45, was named by the GFA president in the accordance to Article 30.3 of the First Amendment of the GFA Statutes passed by Congress on December 30, 2014 which states that:”At the maiden meeting of the Executive Committee, the President shall appoint from the membership of the Executive, the Vice President of the GFA and three other members who shall together with the President form the five(5) members of the Emergency Committee.” The newly-named GFA vice president has vast experience in football administration in Ghana after serving in various leadership positions with several clubs in the country including Swedru All Blacks, Accra Great Olympics and Liberty Professionals. He has also worked with the various national teams in leadership positions. Afriyie, who is the current chairman of the Black Stars management committee, served on various management committees of the national teams.He served as the management committee chairman for the Black Meteors and Black Satellites as well as working on the Premier League Board and the Division One League Board. He is a current member of the CAF Marketing and TV Rights Committee. Meanwhile, Eddy Doku, Nanabanyin Benjamin Eyison and Kweku Eyiah have been named to served on the Emergency Committee.They will join Kwesi Nyantakyi and George Afriyie to serve on the five-man body.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Alexander: The Matt Kemp Redemption Tour gets an extra stop

first_img“I don’t look at it that way,” he said. “I told them I wanted to be here. I told them I wanted them to give me a chance to play every day. And I guess that proves I can help this team win any way I can.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Look at him now.The Matt Kemp Redemption Tour will hit Washington, D.C., a week from Tuesday. That became official Sunday afternoon when the bulk of the rosters for the 89th All-Star Game were announced. Kemp, Atlanta’s Nick Markakis and Washington’s Bryce Harper were voted into the National League’s starting outfield in fan balloting. Kemp received 2,930,353 votes, fifth highest among the eight NL starters.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.(Consider that the two leading NL vote-getters were Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman with 4,039,219 and Markakis with 3,556,469, an indication that the Braves were, um, very good at getting out the vote. It’s hard to tell, but I’m guessing Kemp did not benefit from many votes from Braves fans.)But this is on merit. After going 1 for 2 with two walks in as the DH in Sunday night’s 4-3 loss to the Angels, Kemp is fourth in the National League in hitting at .319, 10th in RBI with 57, sixth in slugging percentage (.550) and first in batting average with runners in scoring position (.438). He has 15 home runs and 18 doubles, his adjusted OPS+ of 143 going into the game was his highest in six years — or the last time he was in an All-Star Game — and he has resuscitated his reputation as a defensive outfielder thanks in large part to those 40 pounds he shed in the offseason.This is not, Kemp said, any sort of vindication or “I showed you” moment.center_img “The past is past. Things happen, an injury here and there, stuff like that. But right now I’m an All-Star and I’m happy about it.”The signs of this were visible in spring training, though most of us were too busy wondering how the Dodgers were going to shed their share of his $21.75 million salary from their payroll.But Dave Roberts saw them.“No. 1, the bat speed, the ball coming off the bat, the sound,” the Dodger manager said Sunday. “It looked right. And then you layer that on with good players around him. So you know that the production possibility is there, and then it’s just about getting an opportunity.”He got that opportunity, has been productive and has stayed healthy. (Which likely has something to do with the weight loss.)Kemp played 161 games in 2011, when he had 39 homers, 126 RBI, a 172 OPS+ and should have won the National League MVP award. As it was, Ryan Braun outpolled Kemp and was subsequently popped for PED use.(Inexplicably, a Kemp-for-Braun trade was a hot Twitter rumor at one point this spring, proving that bots do too have a sense of humor.)Following that near-MVP season Kemp dealt with a shoulder injury in 2012, and a bad ankle resulting from a botched slide in 2013, while the industry-wide perception was that he wasn’t the best influence in the clubhouse. Then he was traded twice in a year and a half, and even though he logged 35 homers and 108 RBI in 2016 between San Diego and Atlanta, he was tagged as excess baggage.A year ago he had 19 homers and 64 RBI in 115 games and led the league only in grounding into double plays. Worse, he’d turned 33, in an era in which front offices truly were reluctant to trust anybody over 30.“It wasn’t a good atmosphere for him,” said his buddy and fellow All-Star, Kenley Jansen.“Today he’s an All-Star again. I’m happy for him. He’s gone through a lot.”Roberts was right when he said before the game that he didn’t think Kemp would show how meaningful this really is to him.“I definitely think that there’s a moment away from here where he looks back and appreciates his … I don’t know if reascenscion is a word, but just being back essentially to being an All-Star caliber player, and also to get recognized by the most important people, the fans,” Roberts said.The best part? This story isn’t close to being over.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter ANAHEIM — We probably should have paid more attention back in January.Larry Reynolds, the baseball agent, was talking about Matt Kemp, his client. And at the time, when it was generally assumed that the Dodgers had acquired Kemp for the express purpose of finding someone with which to offload his contract, it sounded like, well, an agent talking up his client.“He wants to play for the Dodgers,” Reynolds said then. “He wants to win a World Series. He’s gone out this offseason and changed his entire look … he’s in top shape, and he basically wants to come out and, whoever he’s with, prove everybody else wrong.”And: “Right now his mindset is to show up in spring training and let the people know that, ‘Hey, I’m going to be tough to get rid of. But if I do go somewhere else, you’re going to regret it.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

For Lakers, Suns, a pair of shooters have been sharp

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years LOS ANGELES — They’re coming in hot, Avery Bradley and Kelly Oubre are.In his pregame analysis of Monday’s opponent, Lakers coach Frank Vogel zeroed in on Oubre, the Phoenix Suns’ electric forward who’s been shooting lights out in his past eight games, going 28 for 59 (47.5 percent) from 3-point range.“Kelly Oubre is on fire right now,” said Vogel, most concerned with recent history and the 24-year-old forward’s previous three games.“He’s shooting over 50 percent from the 3, averaging over 30 points a game … and he’s obviously the second option to Devin Booker, who’s an All-Star-level player who didn’t make the All-Star Game. They’ve got a lot of firepower coming in here and we’re gonna have to play well to beat them.”center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Related Articles “I love working with (Cook), he motivates me, keeps me positive – my roll dawg. We work out all the time together.”And by all the time, Bradley means anytime.“It can be anytime,” he said. “Definitely on off days we’re there. Practice days; if we have practice that night, we’re there, shootin’. Our plan was eventually get the opportunity, build confidence and then the hard work will kick in, and I think that’s what’s happening now.”TEAM USA FINALISTSAnthony Davis, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee were named among 44 finalists for the 2020 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team, it was announced Monday. The official 12-member 2020 U.S. roster will be announced later this year.Davis was a member of the 2012 team that went a perfect 8-0 en route to a gold medal in London. Howard started for the U.S. on the undefeated 2008 team that won gold in Beijing. And James is a three-time Olympic medalist (2004 bronze and 2008 and 2012 gold).“It’s a blessing just to be a finalist,” Kuzma said. “Growing up, I always wanted to play for the Olympic team. That was always a goal of mine. Never really knew if it was gonna happen, but the opportunity to be on the team. It’s a blessing.”STAYING SHARPWith just Monday’s game and Wednesday’s in Denver on the docket before the All-Star respite, Vogel said he talked with his squad about keeping their edge (and cutting down on those pesky turnovers – they had 24 in their victory at Golden State on Saturday).“This is a time of the season that teams take losses that they shouldn’t take,” said the first-year Lakers coach, whose team went into Monday’s game with the Western Conference’s best record (39-12). “We’re playing for something bigger, and it’s more important to us, and we’re not gonna be one of those teams; we’re gonna take care of our business tonight.”For his part, Bradley wasn’t concerned about All-Star break-itis infecting the Lakers’ locker room.“I’m not even worried about it,” Bradley said. “We got two more games, that’s the focus, just trying to play well before break.Plus, he said, “that’ll make my break better.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPhoenix coach Monty Williams said the 6-foot-7 forward has defenders thinking so much about him getting to the rim for dunks that they’re giving him space to shoot.“The threat of him dunking on you at times makes you back up, so he’s had games where he’s knocked down 3s so that’s about it,” Williams said. “Obviously, we played an up-tempo type of basketball and Kelly’s hit 3s … he’s made shots.”On the other side, Williams’ squad would be wise to keep an eye on Bradley, the Lakers’ soft-spoken 6-2 defender. The veteran guard, a career 36.4 percent 3-point shooter, has been lighting it up in his past six contests, making 18 of 30 attempts (60 percent) from behind the arc in that span, including going 5 for 7 in the Lakers’ win at Golden State on Saturday.While Oubre has been able to take advantage of defenders in the 37-plus minutes per game he’s been playing during this recent hot streak, Bradley’s goal has been to capitalize on all the opportunities that come his way in the 23.3 minutes per game he’s been on the court.“To be honest, just staying in the gym, trying to find a way to get myself going. Late nights, me and Quinn Cook,” said Bradley, who was 0 for 10 in the five games before he found his current rhythm.last_img read more


first_img•Lakers down one to the Hornets. Lakers still win in six.•Boston up one on your Knicks. Boston wins because I told ya so.•Memphis up one on the Spurs. It’s going to be close but the Spurs win it.•Chicago woke up and beat the Pacers as they should have and will continue to do so.•Heat…76ers. Oh shut up, you know!!!•Atlanta up one on Orlando and Howard scored 45. This could be interesting. But Orlando should pull it out.•Thunder will continue the run on the Nuggets.•As of this writing I can’t remember who Dallas is playing but whoever it is, Dallas will win…Huh!:06 NBA…on the side•Who dresses Kobe? C’mon man you make good money, pay a stylist.•Hold up Carmelo, don’t laugh. You’re on the list too.•Phil Jackson, I love Fisher too, but put Shannon Brown on Chris Paul.•We should let “Big John” Marshall take Bynum behind the Homewood Y and work his soft butt one on one. I bet he would get tough then… or get knocked out!!!:05 The Pirates almost had me, they all most had me. Nothin’ new at PNC Park.:04 I hope the Pens win. That’s all can say, that’s all I know. Shut up, it’s all you know too!:03 Now that they proved that Bonds didn’t shoot Lincoln and Kennedy or start the Vietnam War, I guess the world can get back to normal. They started with 22 counts, now down to one. A hung jury. A billion dollars wasted, and a host of sell-outs and got nothin’. Nuff said.:02 Speaking of the Pens, correct me if I am wrong but the last time I checked their colors are black and gold like every other pro team in town. So why is the rally call for fan support a white out? Why not a black out where everyone wears a black shirt… I am just askin’???:01 Congratulations to Dr. Howard Slaughter the most recent inductee to the Penn Hills High School Hall of Fame. One of our school’s all-time great football players. Welcome to the club my brother. Hey City league…Penn Hills Indians…that’s how we roll!!“Game Over” BILL NEAL :10 This is an easy call. The punks that kicked 42 year old Dodger fan Brian Stowe into a coma should be taken to the same spot in the parking lot and let the family stomp them into a coma. :09 Look for Pitt wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin to go high and early in the upcoming NFL draft. 220,4.4 forty, and can catch. :08 Derrick Rose is your NBA…MVP. Take it to the bank!:07 NBA Update:last_img read more

Read why NZ pacer Tim Southee feels India have become a better side away…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AP/IANSAdvertisement kp2NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Er( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) jmaWould you ever consider trying this?😱8foiCan your students do this? 🌚4vvRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian cricket team has been the dominating with an upper hand in the T20 series against New Zealand away from home, with already securing two back to back wins in the first two matches of the series. Before Team India takes on the hosts tomorrow and try to extend their lead in the series, New Zealand superstar Tim Southee opens up about their opposition at hand, and there’s nothing but eulogy.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/IANSDespite a hectic schedule in between the Australia ODI series at home to flying to their immediate neighbours just two days before the first T20, India have shown peak finesse, and Tim Southee speaks the same.“India have played well. They’re a great side and they’re full of world-class players. The first game is the one that slightly got away on us but we were certainly outplayed in the second game,” the Kiwi bowler spoke in a recent interview with IANS.Advertisement From chasing down a hefty target of 204 in the first game to restricting the star studded Black Caps batting squad to a flustering 132 in the next one, stunning performance on foreign grounds are now a walk in the park for Virat Kohli and the squad.Southee continued: “We know it’s always tough when you play against India and they’re becoming a better and better side away from home as well. We know we need to be on top of our game if we need to beat India,”Advertisement The first two games of the 5 match series were both held in Eden Park stadium in Auckland, and the shift of ground to Seddon Park cricket ground in Hamilton tomorrow may turn out to be favourable for the hosts, believes Southee.“Change of venue should help us. We need to win this game but I think it goes back to what we need to do as a group. Focus on how we prepare today and if we play the way that we know this team can play then I’m sure the result will take care of itself.”The 31 year old had no luck against the swashbuckling Men in Blues batsmen in the first match, but secured the wickets of both India’s skipper and Rohit Sharma, but hopes that the squad has grasped some lessons from the losses to exert in the next match.“The guys would have learnt from the first two games. The first one got away from us. We should have defended that. We can’t sort look over our shoulders. We need to look ahead to this game and hopefully keep the series alive going forward.” he added.Also read-See which young star India’s batting coach has predicted a big future for!See what KL Rahul really thinks about being India’s WK in limited overs cricket! Advertisementlast_img read more

Gameiro: last chance to recover part of the investment

first_imgThe striker is still an appetizing player on the market. Last January he had offers from French clubs although he did not want to leave and decided to end the season at Valencia. Once this season ends, the situation will be different. If a club offers you more than a year of contract and Valencia agrees, the Frenchman could pack and leave Valencia. Otherwise, he would fulfill his contract since, at the moment, Valencia has not told him anything about a possible renewal. Because, Valencia must move tab in the next market, which, among other things, does not know when it will be, due to the change of date that the 2019-20 season will have. Valencia still must amortize next year 5.3 million of the signing of the French, so at least you must take out this amount to avoid incurring losses. In the sports field, Gameiro is amortized. It was one of the protagonists in the Copa del Rey that Valencia lifted last year and its performance, in general terms, has been good. Valencia paid Atlético 16 million euros in the summer of 2018, for the transfer of Kevin Gameiro. The French He will be 33 in just one month and ends his contract in June 2021. Because, Valencia has in the next transfer window the last chance to recover part of that investment. If it is not transferred, it will fulfill its contract and will leave free a few months later. The case is similar, in terms of contract termination and the footballer’s age, to that of Garay, who is currently seriously injured and with a contract that ends in two and a half months.last_img read more