first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the have concluded plans to give Nigeria U23 a suitable welcome when they return from Brazil.The Nigerian team to the games defeated Honduras 3-2 to win the 2016 Olympics men’s football bronze medal in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.According to goal.com, coach Samson Siasia’s squad was received on arrival in Lagos yesterday night and would be accorded with another in Abuja later tonight. “Based on the directives of the minister of youths and sports, the Under-23 Team will be well received on arrival tonight (Monday night) in Lagos. The team would be accorded another befitting reception on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport tonight ,” a top official in the ministry disclosed last night.Meanwhile, coach Siasia confirmed the team’s arrival while appreciating his players and technical crew for a job well-done.“We are arriving tonight in Lagos via South African Airline,” he told Goal.“We are anxious to get back home to meet our darling fans and families having stayed away for months while preparing for the Rio Olympics.“We are grateful to that we are not coming back to Nigeria empty handed. Kudos to the players, coaches and the other backroom staff of the team for a job well done.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgIf the demeanor of the women’s tennis team is any implication of how it will fare in the Big Ten Tournament, then the situation is looking good. While head coach Brian Fleishman mentioned it briefly, it is the unspoken confidence in the eyes of both players and coaches alike that is carrying the team into the tournament with hopes of success.The Badgers are scheduled to play Iowa on Thursday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, a team they defeated 4-3 earlier in the season.After winning three of their past four matches, the lone loss being a hard fought battle with Ohio State, the team appears to be back on track after losing its first seven Big Ten matches.“The girls now are more confident,” Fleishman said. “It’s a great time to be confident at the end of the season, and carrying that confidence into the match against Iowa is going to be big for us.”One of the main catalysts behind the Badgers’ recent success and newfound confidence is senior Liz Carpenter. Carpenter has won her past three singles matches, and is 6-4 in Big Ten play.“We finished the season on a high note and have been playing really well, and we are going to try and continue that into the conference tournament,” Carpenter said. “Everyone is going to be really focused and come fired up for their match.”As one of three seniors on the team, Carpenter is going to be playing with some extra urgency this tournament.“In the conference tournament, any match can be your last,” she said. “I am going to be making sure when I am on the court I am really pumped up and not worrying about the other person, just focusing on playing my game.”Along with leading the team by example, Carpenter is not forgetting her role as a verbal encourager of the younger players.“I’m really big on cheering — I’m always screaming at the other players trying to pump them up,” she claimed. “So really I’m just going to continue with what I have always been doing, which is cheering really loud.”Nevertheless, while Carpenter provides motivation for the underclassmen, one of the younger players on the team, freshman Angela Chupa, is far from lacking confidence.“We are just going to go out there and compete,” Chupa said. “We already beat Iowa a few weeks ago, and we are going to go out there and prove we deserve to beat them a second time. I am more excited than nervous for this weekend. This is our last chance to prove ourselves this season, and we want to go out with a bang. This is the time to do it.”Fleishman is confident his players can prove themselves if they remain concentrated on their tasks and avoid too many unforced errors.“We are going to focus on not giving free points away, trying to make the other team play more balls, and not thinking we need to hit winners,” Fleishman said. “I am pretty confident the girls are going to step up and do exactly what I said, keeping things in play and keeping things in perspective.”Hosting the tournament is also giving the players confidence. Chupa believes the home court advantage will give the team a clear upper hand against its Big Ten opponents.“It is absolutely an advantage playing on our home courts,” Chupa said. “We are trying to get a lot of fans to come out, and we played well this past weekend on our home courts.”“It’s going to be really fun playing on our home courts for the tournament,” Carpenter said. “We practice every day out there, and are familiar with the wind and temperature and I definitely think it will be to our advantage.”“Our girls are pretty focused right now,” Fleishman added. “They know they are in a position to do good things, and I think they’ll go out there and do it.last_img read more

first_imgValve has announced the invites and qualifier format ahead of August’s The International 7. Six teams have been directly invited, with 12 other teams to join them through regional qualifiers. Credit: ValveThe teams that have been invited are not a huge surprise to many. Four time Major champions OG are joined by EPICENTER: Moscow winners Team Liquid as the European representation. DAC champions Invictus Gaming and Galaxy Battle winners Newbee are the two Chinese squads to have made the cut. Virtus.pro, runners up at the Kiev Major and winners of The Summit 7 and North American organisation Evil Geniuses round off the six direct invite slots. With regards to qualifiers, the breakdown of qualifiers by region will be as follows:3 x China qualifiers;3 x South East Asia qualifiers;2 x Europe qualifiers;2 x North American qualifiers; 1 x CIS qualifier; 1 x South American qualifier. With ten teams set to compete in each regional qualifier, there’s tough competition – particularly in the European and North American region where there’s only two slots up for grabs. This year there’s to be no wildcard which historically saw two teams eliminated prior the actual tournament getting underway. Instead, 18 teams will compete in the round robin stage prior to the double elimination main event. The bottom team in each of the two groups will not make it through. As with each year, there’s a number of community who are upset by the distribution of qualifier spots. With North America, China and Europe arguably housing the most competitive qualifiers – there’s plenty who argue that they should have three qualification slots. Regardless, Valve has decided its policy so teams will now have to accept it and ensure they’re best prepared for the upcoming qualifiers. Currently the prize pool sits just shy of $16,000,000 and it still looks fairly likely that the total prize will eclipse that of last year which sat just short of $21,000,000. Esports Insider says: Congratulations to the six teams invited as they can now sit back and prepare ahead of the tournament. The qualifiers are sure to be fantastic as there’s arguably more pressure on them than playing any other tournament all year round. Getting to The International and winning is every players dream and there’s definitely going to be a lot of money on the line.last_img read more

first_imgThe Vertical reported this month that Shaw was “the most prominent on (Walton’s) short list of candidates.” Questions persisted as to whether executive vice president Jim Buss would sign off on another coach with strong ties to Jackson, currently the president of the New York Knicks.Despite five titles and an endorsement from Jackson, Shaw was not hired to replace his mentor when Jackson retired from coaching in 2011.Joining Walton in L.A. might not be Shaw’s only option. The Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies all have head coaching openings, and several teams — including the Warriors — will be seeking new assistants.Shaw said the biggest dilemma he faces in taking a new job is personal rather than professional.An Oakland native, Shaw moved his family back to the Bay Area last summer after being fired in Denver. In the fall, his son will be a senior at Bishop O’Dowd High School — Shaw’s alma mater.“All the years that I’ve played and just moving as much as I have over the last five years since I left L.A. I want to provide some stability for my kids,” Shaw said. “Those are more what’s making me take my time in that decision more than anything else.”Walton’s departure from the Warriors also opens a spot on Kerr’s bench – a prospect that seemed to interest Shaw. He said he reached out to Kerr last summer after top assistant Alvin Gentry became the head coach in New Orleans, but Kerr told Shaw he had decided to promote Walton.“I’ve been present,” Shaw said. “I’ve been around, there’s openings here, but right now that’s the last thing on Steve Kerr’s mind.“By the time he gets around to that, all the other spots will probably be filled so you’ve got to take that leap of faith that things will work out the way you want them to work out.” OAKLAND — Brian Shaw has been offered a spot on Luke Walton’s Lakers coaching staff, but the former Phil Jackson lieutenant and Denver Nuggets head coach said he is still weighing his next move.“I have some decisions to make fairly shortly,” Shaw told the Southern California News Group on Wednesday night after the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.“I have an offer and I have some options,” Shaw said.Shaw, who is working as an ESPN analyst during the series, is considered one of the top candidates for a number of openings. Shaw was a three-time champion as a Lakers player and won a pair of titles as an assistant coach from 2005-11. Most recently, he was the head coach in Denver, but he was fired last March after his teams went 56-85 in less than two seasons.Walton, 36, was hired on April 29 to replace Byron Scott, whose third-year team option was not exercised. A two-time champion as a player with the Lakers, Walton will remain an assistant with the Golden State Warriors through their playoff run and has not officially assumed his Lakers duties. The fact he is starting to build a staff, however, is not surprising.Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said earlier this month that the Lakers wanted to hire assistant coaches “as soon as possible,” and that hires would likely be made before the Warriors’ season ended.Kupchak said Walton had several months after his half-season as the Warriors’ interim head coach to consider a potential coaching staff. The Warriors went 39-4 and set an NBA record with a 24-0 start with Walton as acting head coach while Steve Kerr recovered from offseason back surgery.“At that point, it’s natural to think ‘what if, and if I did, who would I like to have sitting next to me,’” Kupchak said.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Curtis Daniels, 53, of Neosho, Mo. has been charged with theft, a level 9 felony, in connection to having $2,000 worth of copper wire stolen from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad yard in Wellington.At 1 a.m., on Jan. 31, Daniels allegedly loaded about 600 pounds of wire into the back of his Dodge Ram pickup without permission to do so. The suspect was apprehended by Wellington City Police who discovered his pickup on the south road of the Prairie Lawn Cemetery.BNSF has had a rash of copper wire burglaries recently. Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said he did not know if this incident was related to other earlier incidents. Copper wire is part of the metal theft trend in which items such as copper, aluminum, brass and bronze are stolen for their intrinsic value as raw material or commodities. 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 Comment (1) 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. +1 Vote up Vote down Ami · 339 weeks ago That truck actually entered the cemetery late Sunday afternoon January 24th… It was barely running and puffing black smoke.. I had never seen it in this neighborhood before and found it odd when he seemed to not know which way to go. Lived here long enough to know when someone isn’t familiar with the entrance and where to go… Glad he was caught!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 339 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

first_imgAttempted murder-arson…says justice system has failed herThe Corentyne, Berbice woman who had a near-death experience when her ex-husband tried to kill her is urging Police to catch her assailant before he finds her.In an interview with Guyana Times on Friday, Owamawattie Alvin admitted being fearful for her life.Owamawattie AlvinAccording to the 47-year-old, she was attacked on Wednesday evening when her ex-husband allegedly tried to kill her using a knife, a piece of wood, and a broken glass. She is seeking to relocate somewhere outside of Berbice until the perpetrator is apprehended. She told this publication she cannot not remain in Berbice while her ex-husband, Lionel Thomas, 62, of Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, remains on the run.“He can be anywhere, and come from behind and kill me; because it seems that is his intention.”However, even as she is calling on the Police to capture the man, she is questioning the seriousness of officers at the Whim Police Station to fight domestic violence.“When we go at the station, the station was full with Police; was about 15 of them there, and when we go in the station, they all left, and only one Constable remain.”Alvin had gone to the Whim Police Station on Wednesday evening covered in blood and wearing torn clothing. She was accompanied by her pregnant 17-year-old daughter, who was also bleeding.“I sit down there about 45 minutes, and then the OC [Officer-in-Charge] come, and when I tell him what happen, he call back the patrol and start to quarrel with them, and he tell them that they should have carried me to the hospital; and he tell a CID [Criminal Investigation Officer] officer to leave what he doing and take me to the hospital,” Alvin related.Thomas and the mother of four had been together for 28 years. Two years ago, Alvin walked away from the abusive relationship.“He want me find everything fuh he and he always beating me up. One time he chop me on me hand, so I decide to end the relationship; but he ain’t want done de abuse,” the woman said.According to Alvin, the justice system does not seem to be working, and based on her experience, she has little confidence in the system.According to Alvin, both she and Thomas are before the court on two separate matters. Both, she said, are in relation to threats to her life.“The magistrate put him on a bond, and he always breaking the bond and threatening to kill me. When he go back, the magistrate put him on $20,000 bail,” she detailed.The woman said that on Monday Thomas was arrested after chasing her with a cutlass at Port Mourant on Saturday, and was expected to be taken to court on Thursday. However, he was released from the Rose Hall Town Police Outpost on Wednesday.It is believed that after Thomas was released from Police custody, he went to Alvin’s home and tried to kill her. The woman was able to escape with the help of her pregnant daughter. However, hours later, flames were seen coming from the Lot 192 Area ‘R’ Ankerville Port Mourant building. The building was reduced to rubble. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

first_img0Shares00A massive star in his native Chile, Alexis Sanchez will be the subject of a film about his life © AFP/File / RHONA WISESANTIAGO, Chile, Aug 9 – Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez announced on his Instagram account on Thursday that a film about his life is due out in Chile next year.Sanchez is the biggest star of Chilean football and the epitome of a rags to riches success story. The motion picture entitled “Alexis, the film,” is “a story about a kid that did everything to achieve his dream,” according to the trailer published on Sanchez’s Instagram account.Production company Fabula, responsible for the Oscar-winning “A Fantastic Woman” which starred Daniela Vega, is behind the film.Fabula said in a statement that children all over the country would be invited to audition for the lead role “based on unprecedented moments in Alexis’s life.”Sanchez, 29, will play himself as an adult.The film is due to be released during next year’s Copa America in Brazil, where Chile will be the defending champions.Sanchez, Chile’s all-time top goalscorer, joined Manchester United in January following spells at Arsenal and Barcelona.0Shares00(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgSarri’s men are still in pole position for a top-four finish, but now lead Arsenal and a resurgent Manchester United by just three points.Moreover, Chelsea still have to visit United, as well as title-chasing Liverpool and Manchester City in their final 15 games of the league campaign.The trend since the Blues lost for the first time under Sarri at Tottenham at the end of November suggests Chelsea will not maintain their slender advantage.Under Abramovich, Chelsea managers don’t tend to be given time if unsuccessful in their first season.Eden Hazard’s goal scoring has dried up since he has been wedged into a centre-forward role © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISSarri insisted he is still up for the fight, even if he accused his players of lacking the same heart.“It seems to me that, as a group of players, they’re not aggressive from a mental point of view. They don’t have a ferocity in their mentality,” said Sarri.“It’s difficult to change. You have to try and influence their mentality and it could take some time, or it could change with a new player coming in or an older head assuming more responsibility and driving the team on.”Sarri does seem set to get what he wanted in the signing of Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus for the rest of the season to offer some much needed firepower.– Hazard blunted –However, while the former Napoli boss pointed the finger at his players, his tactics have also come under the spotlight in recent weeks.Chelsea’s early-season form owed much to the goals of Eden Hazard with Sarri claiming the Belgian was capable of scoring 40 this campaign.Instead, Hazard has just 12 as his goals have dried up since he has been wedged into a centre-forward role due to Sarri’s lack of faith in Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.In keeping with their performances of late, Chelsea enjoyed 64 percent possession against Arsenal but had just one tame shot on target to show for it.Chelsea enjoyed 64 percent possession against Arsenal but had just one tame shot on target to show for it © AFP / Ben STANSALLRemoving Hazard from his favoured position wide on the left of a front three has made it easier to crowd out Chelsea’s most dangerous player.Meanwhile, as Sarri demands more aggression, his most tenacious player, N’Golo Kante, is also out of position.Kante shone in winning back-to-back Premier League titles with Leicester and in his first season at Chelsea, as well winning the World Cup with France, as a relentless holding midfielder.However, Sarri prefers the passing of Jorginho, who he brought with him from Napoli last summer, at the base of his midfield and Kante shunted further forward.Hazard has voiced his frustration at playing out of position and keeping him happy is a club priority as he enters the final 18 months of his contract, with Real Madrid interested in a cut-price swoop come the summer.Teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi also seems set to snub the offer of a new deal to join Bayern Munich after becoming frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities under Sarri.The Italian needs to find answers quickly to arrest Chelsea’s slump with the finance and prestige of Champions League football paramount to his and Chelsea’s future.Arsenal boss Unai Emery recently revealed the financial restrictions he is working under with no money available to sign players on permanent transfers this month.Two seasons without Champions League football is part of the reason for penny pinching at the Emirates. Now Chelsea run the risk of facing a similar fate.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri lambasted his side’s mentality in losing 2-0 to Arsenal on Saturday © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 20 – It took 19 games for Maurizio Sarri to suffer defeat as Chelsea manager, but a stunning start to life at Stamford Bridge has quickly turned sour with the Italian lambasting his side’s mental fortitude after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.A fourth loss in 11 league games leaves Chelsea at serious risk of missing out on the Champions League for a second consecutive season for the first time since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“While we are clearly disappointed with the outcome, this tells us that collecting on this judgment, against this guy, is really tough,” Cook said. Cook had hoped the watch might be worth as much as $22,000, but an appraisal from San Francisco jeweler Shreve & Co. concluded it was worth only about $100. Simpson had told his lawyer, Ronald Slates, he paid $125 for it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! O.J. Simpson is getting his fake Rolex watch back. The timepiece, seized earlier this week by attorneys for Fred Goldman, was ordered returned to the former football star after it was determined to be a knockoff made in China. Goldman has won a multimillion-dollar wrongful-death judgment against Simpson, but the watch has so little value it falls under an exemption in the judgment excluding jewelry worth less than $6,075. Goldman lawyer David Cook said his client will comply with Friday’s order by Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg. last_img read more

first_imgMEMBERS of St Eunan’s GAA club have appointed Kieran Ryan and Johnathon Scanlon to manage their senior team this year.Kieran is a stalwart of the treble team of 07-09 and Johnathon is a former player and ex-Donegal panellist and former manager of Termon and Downings.In a vote, they narrowly defeated the other candidate Eamonn O’Boyle, who had let the club to two of their three treble successes. The Ryan/Scanlon partnership takes over from Charlie Mulgrew.ST EUNAN’S APPOINT NEW TEAM BOSSES was last modified: January 14th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more