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Brazil v Nigeria Friendly: Adepoju begs Nigerians to allow Super Eagles sustain winning tempo

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child The Super Eagles retired ace midfield maestro, Mutiu Adepoju, on Monday called on Nigerians to get behind the national team, the Super Eagles toward a better team performance.Adepoju made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the heels of the Genort Rohr -tutored team’s stellar performance against five-time World Champions, the Selecaos of Brazil on Sunday.NAN reports that the Super Eagles got to a well-deserved 1-1 draw against the star-studded Brazil team at the Singapores National Stadium.The Super Eagles drew the first blood in the 34th minute through the in-form Glasgow Rangers Midfielder, Joe Aribo, who lashed the ball in the net in spite of being sandwiched by the Brazilian defenders.The 27-year-old Brazil’s Real Madrid export, Carlos Casemiro, however, saved the blushes of the team when he cancelled Aribos stunner in the 46th minutes of the second half.Adepoju said that Nigerians should support the team more rather than comparing them with other team before them.“It is a friendly game. The Eagles played very well just like they did against the Ukraine team. Talking about the quality in the team, football is changing all over the world.“There is no almighty Brazil again because teams are getting stronger all over the world. Talking about the Eagles, they really played well on Sunday.“The quality is what they should build on toward other big games; we need to get things in perspective. The players are professionals, so, we don’t need to compare them with the class of 1994.“The team needs to win more games and tournament, they are on the right track and we should all encourage them,” he said. Tags: BrazilGENORT ROHRMutiu AdepojuSuper Eagleslast_img read more

La Liga: Quick-fire goals take Atletico Madrid up to third

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Atletico Madrid made it three La Liga wins in a row by beating Levante 2-1 at home on Saturday. The victory took the capital side up to third in the standings following an action-packed game in which three goals were scored in the space of five minutes. Argentine forward Angel Correa gave the home side the lead in the 13th minute. Kieran Trippier took the Levante defence by surprise by volleying a chipped pass from Thomas Partey towards Correa. The visitors responded three minutes later with a volley of their own from striker Roger Marti, which flummoxed Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak at his near post. But Diego Simeone’s side regained the lead 60 seconds later with a header from defender Felipe. Atletico Madrid controlled most of the second half but ceded two chances to Enis Bardhi. He was denied on both occasions by superb saves from Oblak, the latter of which came deep in stoppage time. The victory took Atletico Madrid to 35 points after 19 games, level with fourth-placed Sevilla who were held 1-1 at home to Athletic Bilbao on Friday. Real Madrid lead the standings with 40 points, ahead of FC Barcelona’s visit to Espanyol later in the day. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Angel CorreaAtletico MadridKieran TrippierLa LigaLevantelast_img read more

Hull hold on for Anfield draw

first_img Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Balotelli all went close in injury time as Liverpool’s dominance of the second half almost brought reward in the closing moments. Steven Gerrard also went close while Balotelli, who forced Eldin Jakupovic to save early on, and Sterling both had good penalty appeals turned down. Jakupovic, Hull’s third-choice goalkeeper, was Hull’s saviour at the end, tipping over Coutinho’s long-range effort and blocking Balotelli from point-blank range. Further criticism of Balotelli after this showing would be harsh, given his clear determination to fight for the cause on the occasion. Bigger questions should perhaps be asked of Liverpool’s fluency and why they only showed urgency in fits and starts. Despite that, Balotelli’s selection had not been certain. Rodgers, however, did drop Glen Johnson, Coutinho and Jordan Henderson to the bench after the Madrid reality check. His side did make a promising start and give the Hull defence some anxious moments in the opening 15 minutes. Sterling had a good shout for a penalty after a clash with Robbie Brady on the edge of the box. The England forward even assumed he had won the decision as he collected the ball after tumbling down but referee Neil Swarbrick thought differently, and penalised him for handball. Mario Balotelli and Liverpool fired blanks as Hull held on for a goalless Barclays Premier League draw at Anfield. Much of the focus was on Balotelli after an underwhelming start to his Liverpool career and controversy in midweek after exchanging shirts at half-time in the loss to Real Madrid. But the Italian and his team-mates could not find a way through as Hull frustrated them to prolong the Reds’ below-par start to the campaign. Dejan Lovren went close as he leapt to meet a Gerrard corner with a firm header but Ahmed Elmohamady headed off the line. Balotelli then got his first sight of goal as he raced onto a Sterling pass after Martin Skrtel had launched an attack from deep. The Italian burst down the right and fired in a shot at a tight angle but Jakupovic, playing in the absence of Steve Harper and Allan McGregor, pushed his effort away. Hull weathered that storm and settled into the game, frustrating Liverpool in their attempts to compose further attacks. Almost half an hour had gone before the Reds threatened again, but Joe Allen dragged a long-range shot well wide. Liverpool tried to remain positive and Balotelli’s body language was not of a player out of sorts. The former Manchester City forward at least looked up for the challenge and a neat backheeled pass to release Alberto Moreno delighted the crowd. Hull began to make some inroads in the latter stages of the first half and Jake Livermore forced Simon Mignolet to save – albeit at the second attempt – after Hatem Ben Arfa had charged down the right. The influential Mohamed Diame caused further alarm with a shot that flew wide and Mignolet voiced his anger to his defenders. Liverpool were almost caught out on the stroke of half-time as Tom Huddlestone connected with a firm strike from the edge of the box and a deflection off Skrtel took it only narrowly wide. Liverpool noticeably tried to up the tempo and get Sterling into more advanced positions after the restart. Hull were alert to the threat and the youngster came in for some rough treatment as he tried to work shooting opportunities. That signalled the start of a scrappy period of play with Ben Arfa, Sterling and Balotelli all finding themselves booked after various clashes. Hull went route one in an attempt to alleviate growing Liverpool pressure and Abel Hernandez forced Mignolet to save from distance. Liverpool came back and Sterling teed up Gerrard on the edge of the box but the former England captain’s shot curled inches wide. Gerrard had another shot deflected for a corner and Balotelli almost scored from the resulting set-piece as he went close to connecting with a header. Liverpool roused themselves for a strong finish but Balotelli got nothing after appearing to be pushed in the back by Alex Bruce. Sterling then shot narrowly wide from distance and Jakupovic tipped over from Coutinho and blocked from Balotelli at the death. Press Associationlast_img read more

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bill Clinton to speak at Day 2 of the DNC

first_imgABC NewsBy LIBBY CATHEY, ABC News(MILWAUKEE) — Following a first night of programming focused on unity — featuring a handful of Republican speakers and former first lady Michelle Obama — Democrats continue their mostly virtual convention in Milwaukee Tuesday under the theme of “Leadership Matters” with primetime speeches from both the party’s more established leaders and its younger stars.“We’ll hear from the leaders and the experts, the veterans and the activists, all those who seek to unite and not divide, and who step up — not back down — from a fight over what’s right,” the Democratic National Convention Committee said in a news release.Tuesday evening’s program includes speeches from former President Bill Clinton, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was allotted just one minute. Some progressives view her speaking time as a slight by the establishment and a reflection of the broader disconnect between the national party and younger, more diverse voters — a gap party leaders are hoping to close heading into November.A group of 17 “rising stars” within the party — including former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Pennsylvania Rep. Conor Lamb and Texas Rep. Colin Allred — are slated to deliver the night’s keynote address meant to capture the party’s “diversity of ideas and perspectives.”Former Vice President Joe Biden’s formal nomination by a pre-recorded roll call vote from all 57 states and territories is also set for Tuesday.Here is Tuesday’s lineup of speakers:Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally YatesSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.Former Secretary of State John KerryRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Pa.Former President Bill ClintonFormer second lady Dr. Jill BidenKeynote address from former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Tennessee State Sen. Raumesh Akbari, U.S. Rep. Colin Allred of Texas, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania, Nevada State Sen. Yvanna Cancela, former Ohio State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, Long Beach, California, Mayor Robert Garcia, Pennsylvania State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, South Carolina State Sen. Marlon Kimpson, U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, Michigan State Rep. Mari Manoogian, Texas State Rep. Victoria Neave, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Georgia State Rep. Sam Park, New Hampshire State Rep. Denny Ruprecht, and Birmingham, Alabama, Mayor Randall WoodfinCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ellsworth softball “unleashed” in season-opening win over John Bapst

first_img Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — Jake Hackett waited out a long winter and rainy early spring for the Ellsworth softball team’s season opener. When that moment finally came, he didn’t want his team to waste any time.All throughout preseason workouts, the new Ellsworth head coach has sought to incorporate the Eagles’ vigor and enthusiasm into their playing the style. Among his biggest points of emphasis has been his team’s approach at the plate, where he wanted, in his own words, to see his team’s full potential “unleashed.”“This team is full of excitement, and I think it’s important for us to make that a big part of how we play,” Hackett said. “It’s important to let them go and get wild. … We’re going to run, we’re going to steal and we’re going to capture that energy.”Ellsworth did so Thursday when it posted a pair of five-run innings en route to a 13-1 victory over John Bapst at Ellsworth High School. The win marked Hackett’s first as head coach of the Eagles, who played as the away team on their own field with Husson University’s O’Keefe Field unavailable to John Bapst.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter a scoreless first inning, the Eagles used three base hits and a pair of walks to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Although John Bapst responded with two singles in the bottom of the inning, Ellsworth pitcher Mackenzie Chipman struck out the next two batters before getting a flyout to escape the jam.In the third inning, sophomore Kayla Duhaime began a massive Ellsworth rally with a double to right field. Katie Hammer, Lexi Rossi and Sara Shea added base hits for the Eagles in the inning, and the team took advantage of four passed balls and two errors from John Bapst in the process to stretch the lead to 7-0.Ellsworth senior Mackenzie Chipman pitches during the fourth inning of a high school softball game against John Bapst on April 25 at Ellsworth High School. Chipman struck out nine batters and allowed just three hits and one unearned run in the win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“Hitting-wise, we work better when we get loud and when we get rowdy,” said Chipman, who noted that the Eagles’ middle-inning surge came as they became more animated in the dugout. “We don’t do as well as when we’re serious and silent, but when we start to be louder and pump each other up, it all kind of comes together for us.”John Bapst got on the board in the top of the third before Ellsworth made it 12-1 in the bottom of the inning with more opportunistic baserunning as well as hits from Duhaime, Hammer, Rossi and Ellie Clarke and Isabelle Perry. Chipman then bookended the Eagles’ final run in the fifth with a pair of shutout innings to seal a five-inning victory.Hammer delivered a game-high three hits for Ellsworth, which also got multi-hit efforts from Duhaime, Rossi, Shea and Sydney Stevens. Each of the nine batters the Eagles sent to the plate had at least one hit.“With the energy and support this group of girls has for each other, when one person gets a hit, it becomes contagious,” Hackett said. “When we’re hitting in the cages at practice, those balls are flying all over the place, and it was good to see that play out in a game situation.”Chipman excelled in the circle for the Eagles with nine strikeouts, four walks, one unearned run and just three hits allowed. Between her solid pitching performance and the team’s offensive success, Ellsworth put the 12-run mercy rule into play to end the game two innings early.The middle innings did present trouble for Chipman, though, as John Bapst put a total of seven runners on base in the second, third and fourth. Yet the senior fought through the pressure with six strikeouts during that span to stifle the Crusader bats and earn her 15th career win.“Whenever a person gets a hit, I just try to shake it off and focus harder on the next batter,” Chipman said. “They got some runners on base, but I just stayed focused on my spots and told myself to relax and get it together.”Playing as the road team at home meant Ellsworth batted first and had its runs tallied on the “GUEST” side of its on own scoreboard, which Chipman admitted was an odd feeling. Yet after playing just one preseason game and having their first three regular season games postponed, the Eagles were happy to get the season started in any way possible.“Every time I heard that one of our games was canceled, I threw a little temper tantrum,” Chipman joked. “It was like, ‘Really? We have to practice inside again?’ It feels good to finally be outside for once and playing for real.”Ellsworth will begin a run of three games in as many days when it hosts Old Town at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. The Eagles will then host George Stevens Academy and Foxcroft at that time Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020center_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more

Chelsea to Reward Moses with New Deal

first_imgEnglish Premier League club, Chelsea will hand Super Eagles winger, Victor Moses with a new contract and will hold talks in 2017 according to the London Evening Standard.The Stamford Bridge will open talks with the Nigerian in the coming days with a view to rewarding him for his impressive displays this season.Moses agreed a four-year deal worth £45,000 a week in 2015 but Chelsea are already willing to negotiate another one and offer the 25-year old a significant pay-rise. The Nigerian international has been one of the surprises in the Premier League this season after becoming a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge.He has netted three league goals for Chelsea this season and his powerful displays have helped Chelsea to the summit of the league standings.Moses joined Chelsea from Wigan for £9 million in 2012 but has been loaned to Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham respectively in the previous three seasons.However, coach Antonio Conte has given him a chance to impress since arriving in the summer and is a huge admirer of the skilful star.Moses has made 14 appearances this season and has started the past seven League games as a right wing back in the new 3-4-3 formation.The 25-year-old scored his fourth goal of the season in the 2-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday and was also named man-of-the-match for a second week in a row.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

No. 1 USC sweeps Oregon for tenth straight win

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan The Women of Troy notched their tenth straight victory Sunday afternoon, rolling past rival Oregon 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 26-24) to improve to 16-1, one win shy of matching the 2006 squad for the best start to a season in school history (17-1).“I thought we played outstanding volleyball today,” USC head coach Mick Haley said. “The players executed the game plan extremely well and made me very proud of the hard work they’ve put in.”USC improved to 48-9 all-time against the Ducks and, more importantly, avenged a tough 3-0 loss at the Galen Center last September. Freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu recorded a team-high 11 kills to go along with three blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio, who in Haley’s words “dominated” Friday against the Beavers, added nine kills, three blocks and another service ace. Senior libero Natalie Hagglund anchored the defense with another strong outing, posting 21 digs, tallying at least 20 digs for the fifth time this season.Unlike the OSU match, USC was tested heavily from the beginning, as Oregon turned a 7-4 deficit into a 13-11 lead. The Women of Troy went on a 4-0 run and later pushed ahead 19-16 on senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard’s kill, but the Ducks came back to tie it at 20. USC then pulled away, as Nwanebu knocked down a kill to make it 24-22 before sealing the set 25-23 with a kill off of an Oregon block.The second set remained contentious early on, as the two sides played to ties of 8 and 10. After back-and-forth play, USC took a 19-16 lead after Bricio and junior middle blocker Hannah Schraer notched back-to-back kills. The Ducks closed to within 23-17, but Nwanebu recorded another kill and Bricio slammed her 44th ace of the season to clinch the set at 25-18.The Women of Troy appeared to be running away with the third set, as they held a 10-5 advantage after a kill by Schraer. USC then pushed ahead to 21-13 on a Bricio kill from the back and looked to be in control, but the Ducks impressively stormed back and recorded a stunning nine straight points to take a 22-21 lead. Oregon then went up 24-23, but USC avoided a fourth set with back-to-back blocks and an Oregon error that sealed their 10th straight win of the season.“Oregon is such a top team, and they beat us 3-0 in our gym last year,” Hagglund said. “We had a lack of focus in the third set, but I think it was very important overall that we executed and finished the game in that situation.”The victory served as the 1,200th career victory in Haley’s 35-year career. USC also improved to a stellar 85-7 in matches as the No. 1-ranked team and are 8-0 in the state of Oregon since 2008. The 10-game winning streak is the longest since USC opened the 2012 season with 13 consecutive victories.USC will hit the road again this week for matches against Arizona State Friday and Arizona Sunday.last_img read more

Ghana striker Clottey sorry for CHAN poor show

first_imgLocal Black Stars striker Emmanuel Clottey has apologized for the team’s abysmal display at the CHAN after a second straight defeat in Group B on Wednesday.Ghana, silver medalists at the last edition, were piped 1-0 by Zimbabwe at the Stade Wad Madani after a 2-1 reverse to South Africa last Saturday.The local Black Stars must get a big win over Niger on Sunday and hope Zimbabwe fall heavy to Group leaders South Africa to stand a chance of qualifying to the quarter-final.“We apologise for our bad performance, we did not expect to play like this, we don’t know what happened,” Clottey said a post-match conference.“We want to correct out mistakes and we have one more chance to do that.”Source: Ghanasoccernet.comlast_img read more

Benitez backs Ronaldo on free kicks despite poor return

first_imgReal Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has defended the club’s policy of continuing to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to take the vast majority of their attacking free kicks despite a woeful success rate.Ronaldo has scored only twice in his last 85 dead-ball attempts on goal for club and country, according to Spanish soccer statistician Mister Chip.Of those 85, 34 hit the defensive wall, 25 were saved, 23 missed the target and one hit the frame of the goal, Mister Chip said on his Twitter account (@2010MisterChip) during Real’s 1-1 La Liga draw at Atletico Madrid on Sunday.Ronaldo failed to score in La Liga for the fourth straight match for only the second time in his career and remains tied on 323 goals with former Spain striker Raul as Real’s all-time record marksman.Real have a number of other players, including Gareth Bale, who are free kick specialists but Benitez suggested Ronaldo would continue to take them.”When we practice in training he hits them well and I am confident,” Benitez said in an interview with Spanish radio broadcaster Cadena Ser on Monday. “He hits them quite well. I will tell them to make you a video.” Benitez also defended his decision to substitute in-form striker Karim Benzema in the second half of the derby at the Calderon and said he would do the same again.Benitez gained a reputation for caution during stints at clubs including Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Napoli and his introduction of midfielder Mateo Kovacic with 13 minutes left prompted accusations Real had squandered a chance to kill off their city rivals.Atletico scored a deserved equaliser in the 83rd minute and substitute Jackson Martinez almost won the game late on but his shot was well saved by Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas.”I would be angry too if the coach took me off,” Benitez told Cadena Ser.”But I would react and try to score two goals so they don’t substitute me,” he added. “I have quite a good relationship (with Benzema). He is a great player. I have not had any problem with him.”Real’s next outing is a La Liga game at home to Levante on Oct. 17.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

LaMelo Ball, 17, to play in Australia’s NBL

first_img“My agents did a ton of research on the options I had to play this coming season and Australia really made sense for me,” LaMelo told ESPN. “They have a really strong league, with excellent coaches and great players, including former and future NBA players, and great strength and conditioning programs. My goal is to be the top pick in next year’s Draft and I feel they can help me reach that goal. Also, the timing of the season works well with the timing of next year’s Draft.”The “Next Stars” program, according to the NBL, is designed to “contract overseas players and develop them in Australia to give them the best chance of being drafted into the NBA.” Related News 5-star recruit RJ Hampton spurns NCAA to go pro in New Zealand Kenyon Martin Jr. says he’ll skip college basketball at Vanderbilt to turn pro View this post on Instagram Decision Coming Soon…A post shared by LaMelo Ball (@melo) on Jun 15, 2019 at 11:50am PDTRJ Hampton, a five-star recruit from in the 2019 class, could be the new model for top high school prospects after he turned down the likes of Duke, Kansas, Memphis and the rest of the NCAA to play professionally for the NBL’s New Zealand Breakers next season.”I had already decided to play in the NBL prior to RJ’s decision, I just hadn’t yet narrowed down the team,” LaMelo Ball said. “But having RJ there only adds to the excitement. I think it will be a good experience for both of us to be there at the same time and to be able to play against one another.”As of early April, the NBA and the league’s players union have resumed talks about lowering the league’s minimum age to 18 in a move that would end the so-called one-and-done era. The sides are targeting the 2022 NBA Draft for the new rule to take effect, according to ESPN. While Lonzo Ball is on his way across the country after being traded from the Lakers to the Pelicans, younger brother LaMelo Ball is heading across the globe.The 17-year-old announced Monday he will sign a “Next Stars” contract with the Illawarra Hawks of Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL). “We couldn’t be more excited to have LaMelo coming to join the NBL this season,” NBL CEO Jeremy Loeliger told ESPN. “I think it’s a real win-win situation for everyone involved. It gives him a fantastic opportunity to play against some hardened professionals, which I think will do wonders in terms of getting him ready for his rookie year in the NBA. He’ll get the chance to answer a lot of questions being asked by a lot of people – and everything I’ve seen makes me think he’s going to take a lot of them by surprise.”LaMelo Ball returned to high school basketball this past season at SPIRE Academy in Ohio after a short stint playing professionally in Lithuania. He’s considered a five-star recruit by 247Sports, but his college recruitment has been virtually non-existent because his professional experience threatens his college eligibility. last_img read more