Sam Allardyce knows Jack Rodwell has a fight on his hands to return to form

first_img Allardyce said: “Everyone is saying ‘what’s happened to Jack Rodwell?’ and it’s clear the number of niggling injuries he’s had and the two years at Manchester City have caused him to lose his focus and his confidence. “I think we’ve got to rebuild that and the only way to rebuild it is to make sure we keep Jack fit and training every day and that when selected he hopefully finds that confidence again. “Jack burst onto the scene with Everton at 17 years old but since he went to Manchester City he has not played as often as he would have liked and that was a big move that didn’t pay off.” However Allardyce handed Rodwell a rare chance from the bench during the defeat at Arsenal last week and it almost paid off as he provided a fine cross for Patrick van Aanholt, who missed a good opportunity to equalise. And Rodwell could figure again against Watford at the Stadium of Light on Saturday with Allardyce short of options due to Lee Cattermole’s absence with a recurrence of his back injury. Allardyce knows the Watford game is crucial to continuing his side’s recent revival and could signify the extent of their improvement by moving them clear of the relegation zone. Allardyce added: “We need to win this game to put together a run of four wins in eight games which will reap us 12 points in eight matches and would be a fantastic start for me. “It would be a fantastic achievement to get us out of the trouble we were in and 15 points from 16 games would be a massive, massive achievement in terms of where we’ve started from.” Rodwell was tipped for great things when he moved from Everton to Manchester City in 2012 but two years being surplus to requirements at the Etihad caused him to lose his way. The 24-year-old spent last week in Germany in his latest bid to shrug off a series of injuries which have hampered his progress in the north-east, but Allardyce is hopeful he can regain some semblance of his earlier form. However Allardyce is under no illusions about the size of the challenge facing his side against Watford team who sit 10th in the table and have made a habit of performing well away from home this season. “The statistics tell us more teams are winning away games in the Premier League than ever before and if you look at Watford’s record away from home it shows you how difficult it is going to be,” he said. “They’ve already won three games away and they’ve scored goals. They’ve got two very good strikers so we will have to be in top form if we are going to try to win this game.” Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says midfielder Jack Rodwell faces a fight to save his once-promising career as he struggles with injuries and loss of confidence at the Stadium of Light. Press Associationlast_img read more

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The Latest: Aqueduct keeps racing without fans amid ban

first_img1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit. March 16, 2020 7:25 p.m.The third regional Olympic boxing qualification tournament has been suspended after three days of competition.The 11-day London event was suspended Monday night after a day of fan-free competition. The IOC Boxing Task Force also suspended the remaining two Olympic qualification tournaments, scheduled for Buenos Aires later this month and for Paris in May.The London qualifier had participants from more than 60 countries, and organizers decided to shut it down to allow the boxers to return home amid growing worldwide travel restrictions.The qualifying tournaments for Africa and for Asia and Oceania have already been held, with 96 boxers qualifying for Tokyo in those events. Several more boxers qualified on the third day of competition in London, including British flyweight Galal Yafai. ___1:20 p.m.The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.” Fans were banned as of last Thursday. Racing resumes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The winter meet ends March 29.The New York Racing Association said horse owners are not allowed access to Aqueduct.Belmont Park’s backstretch and its facilities remain open to horsemen and training is allowed. Owners won’t be allowed in the stable area until further notice.Also, The Jockey Club will close its offices in New York and Kentucky to outside visitors as of Tuesday while contiuning to provide services. All business-related travel has been suspended and some employees are working remotely. The Jockey Club is the breed registry for thoroughbred horses in North America.___ 2:35 p.m.The Baseball Hall of Fame has canceled Hall of Fame Classic weekend because of the spread of the new coronavirus.The Hall of Fame said advance purchases for the May 22-24 event in Cooperstown, New York, will be refunded.The Hall of Fame is closed to the public indefinitely.___ 12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.___ More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. ___1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions. The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season.Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4.The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League.The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus. ___9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice. The Latest: Aqueduct keeps racing without fans amid ban The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944.___12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19.Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. 1 p.m.USA Water Polo has canceled a key tournament set to begin in late April in Indianapolis because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. men and women have already qualified for the Olympics. But the the 2020 FINA Men’s and Women’s Intercontinental Tournament would have been been one of their biggest warmups for the Tokyo Games. The cancellation also hurts USA Water Polo’s effort to growing the sport in the Midwest. The event was scheduled for April 28 to May 3.USA Water Polo also announced the cancellation of the inaugural Division III Women’s National Championship. It was scheduled for May 8-10 in Southern California. There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday. ___1:50 p.m.The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events.In addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers. Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.___12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):4:10 p.m.Live horse racing without fans will continue at Aqueduct during New York’s ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people. McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest. Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.”The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___ 4 p.m.Keeneland race track in Kentucky has canceled its spring meet because of COVID-19. The meet was scheduled for April 2-24, with the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby, the highlight of the opening weekend. On Sunday the historic track announced it would be closed to non-essential guests and set up screening checkpoints for those seeking access.The track says no horses will be allowed at Keeneland and it recommended that horsemen not at the track remain where they are.Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason calls the decision to cancel “agonizing” and adds that the track had exhausted all avenues for safely conducting the meet.___ The IOC Boxing Task Force is working on a plan to award the remaining Olympic spots in May and June. In all, 286 boxers will compete in Tokyo.The IOC appointed a task force to govern boxing for the upcoming Olympics after stripping the International Boxing Association (AIBA) of its Olympic authority last June following a series of governance problems with the scandal-plagued organization.___7:10 p.m.The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby quarterfinals scheduled for April 3-5 were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league says the decision was taken following the British government’s updated advice on limiting social contact and mass gatherings.In a joint statement, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the suspension presents “significant financial and commercial implications for rugby league, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.”The Super League includes teams from France and Canada. ___1:35 p.m. The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak.John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.” One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2.The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break. The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments.The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled.___ ___2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.” The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said.Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___12:30 p.m. ___11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time. Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too.Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___11:10 a.m. 3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg.The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later.The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday. The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 “Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe. Associated Press League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games.The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19. 2:30 p.m.Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. All eight matches and thus the European club season were suspended by governing body European Professional Club Rugby.The English Premiership was also suspended for five weeks, following government advice against mass gatherings.The same advice prompted the English Rugby Football Union to suspend all activities until April 14.The activities were at professional and community level, “including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses,” the RFU said.___ Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.”The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season.___6:40 p.m.The Super League — Europe’s top division in rugby league — has been suspended, initially until April.last_img read more

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Amodu, Keshi: A Tale of Two Coaches Bonded Even in Death

first_imgFor some days, both shared the same morgue in Benin. Both had worked together with Bonfrere Johannes as assistants in guiding the Super Eagles to the final of the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations before taking over midway in the qualification series for the 2002 World Cup.Sadly both Keshi and Shaibu worked together as national team coaches, guiding Nigeria to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, only to be dropped.That was an attribute they both shared as Keshi later qualified Togo to the 2006 World Cup and suffered the same cruel fate.Shaibu qualified the Super Eagles and was also dropped from guiding the team at the final tournament.Added to the cruel fate he suffered was the fact that Shaibu also qualified Nigeria to the Beach Soccer World Cup in Brazil, but was unable to take the team to the tournament.Like Keshi who died three days before him, Shaibu also died in Benin. He was a recurring decimal in the technical crew of the Super Eagles having been appointed a record five times.He got into prominence when in 1989, he guided BCC Lions to break a 36-year jinx that afflicted Northern Nigerian teams at the then national cup, the Challenge Cup.His BCC Lions against formbooks, beat the rave of the moment, Iwuanyanwu Nationale to win the cup. It was the first time since Kano’s victory of 1953.In achieving the feat at age 29, Shaibu became the youngest coach to win the Challenge Cup.There is more as his feats were beyond the Challenge Cup. He led BCC Lions to win the Africa Winners’ Cup in 1990 and getting the runners-up position in 1991 before leading the club to become Nigeria’s double champions in 1994.That easily put him in front as an immediate successor to Clemens Westerhof in the national team in 1994.AMODU’S FACT-FILE AS A COACH(COUNTRY)*2002 World Cup Qualification*2010 World Cup Qualification*2006 FIFA Beach WC Qualification*2002 ANC Bronze*2010 ANC Bronze(Club Honours)*4 FA Cups1989 : BCC Lions (Gboko) 1-0 Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Owerri)1992 : El-Kanemi Warriors (Maiduguri) 1-0 Stationery Stores (Lagos)1993 : BCC Lions (Gboko) 1-0 Plateau United (Jos)1994 : BCC Lions (Gboko) 1-0 Julius Berger (Lagos)*League trophy1994 : BBC Lions (Gboko)(Double 1994)*Cup Winners Cup1990 : BCC Lions (Gboko) 3-0, 1-1 Club Africain, Tunisia– Mr Solaja is the most capped Nigerian sports journalist having attended all the FIFA World Cups since 1990. He’s the publisher of SportsVillageSquare online newspaperShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Amodu Shaibu (left) and Stephen Keshi on duty for Nigeria before their deaths four years ago Kunle SolajaWas it a sheer coincidence? Former Nigeria’s coaches, Stephen Keshi and Amodu died one after the other and in the same city, Benin four years ago.It was on this date, 10 June 2016, as the nation was still griping with the passage of Stephen Keshi, then came another deadly blow as another former national football team coach, Amodu Shaibu was pronounced dead.last_img read more

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USC fall acceptance rate drops to 11 percent, record low

first_imgUSC said 36 percent of admitted applicants hailed from California, 3 percent drop from last year. “I think it’s great [the University] … is trying to find students of different backgrounds,” Stearn said. “That definitely would make me want to go there more, if they’re continually striving to make it a more diverse place.” Mary Basilious, a  senior at Village Christian School in Sun Valley, who was recently admitted, said she felt intimidated by the University’s low admission rate and was excited about this year’s record rates. The incoming Class of 2023 is the most diverse admitted class in USC history, with underrepresented minority students making up 29.5 percent and first-generation students making up 15 percent of the admission pool — a jump from last year’s respective 26 and 14.28 percent. According to USC News, the University’s admission rate has steadily declined since it was 17.8 percent in 2014. The rate then dropped to 17.5 percent in 2015, 16.5 percent in 2016 and 16 percent in 2017. “USC seems to be a very diverse school,” Basilious said. “It’s much more diverse than a lot of elite universities, so I’d feel a lot more comfortable going there.” center_img The University earned the 22nd spot on the U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings for 2019, tied with Georgetown University and UC Berkeley. Simmone Stearn, a senior at San Dieguito High School Academy in Encinitas said she was happy to be admitted and is hopeful that the University will do more to increase diversity and ensure its student population reflects the demographics within California. USC received a record number of 66,000 freshman applications for its 2019 admission cycle, bringing the admission rate down to 11 percent — the lowest in history. This marks an increase of 2,000 applicants from last year’s application cycle and a 2 percent decrease in admission rate, according to the University. The University has yet to release statistics on admitted applicants concerning grade point averages and SAT and ACT scores. Detailed breakdowns of the admitted class based on race, gender and geographic location have also not been released.last_img read more

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New act to tackle crime now effective in Jamaica

first_imgThe controversial Zones of Special Operations Act is now in effect across Jamaica.On Wednesday, Minister of Information, Senator Ruel Reid, received a copy of the Jamaica Gazette indicating that the legislation is in place.Law passed after 13 amendmentsThe law was tabled in the House of  Representatives on March 21 and passed in the Senate on July 7 after 13 amendments.The new law gives the Prime Minister, on the advice of the National Security Council, the authority to declare any high crime area of Jamaica a zone for special security operations and community development measures.The measure is part of a national security strategy that targets strategic subject areas: Violence and Crime, Public Order, Corruption, Community Safety, Territorial Integrity, Crisis Response, and Resilience. The other areas are Justice, Cyber Defense, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Economic Security.Associated budgetary allocationMeanwhile, in an effort to boost the effectiveness of this new measure, the budgetary allocation to the Ministry of National Security has been increased by J$2.6 billion.Crime has been a persistent problem in Jamaica. Measures to solve the problem which has created trepidation in Jamaicans in the Diaspora in returning home has challenged different administrations since the 1970s. Since this year various types of crimes, especially violent crimes have escalated to crisis proportions.More Draconian measures soughtJamaicans home and abroad have been calling for the government to introduce more Draconian measures. These include impromptu law enforcement intrusion of communities with high incidences of crime. Accordingly, most people welcome the new Special Operations Act.last_img read more

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U-17: Mali defeat South Africa to win African Youth Championships

first_imgCAF U17 Championship FinalResult: South Africa 0-2 MaliDate: 1 March 2015Venue: General Seyni Kountche StadiumMali beat South Africa 2-0 in Niamey on Sunday to become the new U-17 champions of Africa.Second half goals from Siaka Bagayoko and Aly Malle decided the tie and earned the Eaglets their first ever triumph in the competition. Neither of the two finalists had won the competition before, but Mali had been knocking on the door after finishing second once and third twice, while South Africa’s best showing before now was a fourth-placed finish ten years ago.Both teams were unbeaten coming into this game though the Malians boasted a better record, with three wins and a draw to South Africa’s two wins and two draws.When both met in the group phase Mali blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2, but this time the Amajimbos had no answer for the all-conquering Eaglets.Bagayoko opened scoring in the 64th minute and Malle made sure of the win in the 77th minute.Third place match  Guinea came from behind to beat Nigeria 3-1 for bronze.Victor Osimhen got the opening goal for the Nigerians, but the junior Syli hit back through Aboubacar Toure and Abdoulaye Keita to take a 2-1 lead into the break. Keita then sealed the win in the second half with his second goal of the game.All four teams have however qualified to represent Africa at the World Cup in October in Chile.–last_img read more

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Heisler: Something goes right for Lakers: In two words, Luke Walton

first_imgSomething is going right in Lakerdom!Showing how bad things have been, last week’s victory over Phoenix that moved them over .500 was the first time they have fielded a winning team since 2013 when they finished November a heady 9-8.That was under Mike D’Antoni who went 27-55 coaching for his job … which he then walked away from when management wouldn’t guarantee the option year on his contract … instead of tanking the season which would have been the smart-money play if management had thought of it, giving them a shot at Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or (sigh) Joel Embiid.See? Even when the Lakers won (a little), they lost.Last season they finally tanked — or maybe they were just that bad? — going 17-65 to break their record for worst finish … for the third season in a row … keeping their pick from Philadelphia for one more year and drawing No. 2 to get Brandon Ingram. That should pay dividends in the future but that’s then and this is now.Now for the amazing part:Most of the players who have been part of what has gone right this season — Louis Williams, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Nick Young, Larry Nance and Tarik Black — were not only here but in rotation last season.Nick Young?Starting in the same backcourt with Russell? As if anyone saw that coming. Not to cheap-shot Byron Scott, the Old School coach who was stuck with a crumbling Kobe Bryant and inexperienced New School players, but the biggest difference from last season to this can be encapsulated in two words:Luke Walton.It wasn’t hard to figure out the Lakers would go after Luke. I did that last February.It wasn’t clear if he would take the job but the rest was easy: He had gone 39-4 running the Warriors in Coach Steve Kerr’s absence. He was a beloved former Laker. Jeanie Buss was desperate for good p.r..In the really good part for the Lakers, they didn’t just get a coach but a style of play … and it wasn’t the triangle offense Luke ran under Phil Jackson or the simple, defense-oriented scheme they ran under Scott.Instead, it was like the one D’Antoni ran while Laker fans dreamed of running him out of town on a rail every day he was here.Here’s one for Dr. Jerry Buss. His last call before he passed away was to hire D’Antoni over Jackson, which was wildly unpopular with Laker fans and blamed on his son, Jim, with even Jeanie Buss claiming her brother had done Phil in.Unfortunately for the Lakers, they had multiple bigs in Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard, making them a better fit for Phil’s offense. With Steve Nash’s injuries and Dwight merely passing through with his skepticism of Bryant, it was a steaming mess, and worse for the following two seasons with Kobe playing only 41 of 164 games.Nevertheless, there’s another term you could use for D’Antoni’s small-ball, floor-spacing, high-powered offense: modern basketball.Kerr installed it in Golden State where Walton learned it, a perfect fit with the Warriors’ smallish, high-firepower roster, leading to their 2015 title.The Spurs’ Gregg Popovich put it in for their last run with Tim Duncan winning titles in 2007 and 2014.The Heat did it with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, winning titles in 2011 and 2012.The Cavaliers are doing it now with Bron and Kyrie Irving, winning last spring.The Clippers do it with a bigger unit, spacing the floor with Chris Paul running high pick-and-rolls with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.Portland, another feared offensive power, does it with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum running pick-and-rolls with Mason Plumlee.Now the Lakers do it with a roster that doesn’t have much size but does have youth, depth … and, lately, promise.It’s not saying much to point out that better days are ahead if the comparison is to the Lakers’ last three seasons, each worse than the one before.Nevertheless, their two top prospects, Russell and Ingram, are barely starting out. D’Angelo went into Saturday’s game in New Orleans averaging just 15.6 points, shooting 39 percent. The blade-thin Ingram, who’ll need time to grow into professional basketball, was averaging 6.1, shooting 37 percent.It remains to be seen where this young team goes from here. If it’s too soon to count on bringing in free agents as the Laker did in their heyday, it’s more doable when you have a future than it was when Kevin Durant et al., dismissed them out of hand because all they had was a past.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column runs weekly during NBA season for the Southern California News Group. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img This just in from the new NBA season:The Warriors aren’t going 82-0, the East is still dominated by LeBron James, wherever he’s playing, the Sixers started on the usual losing streak, Demarcus Cousins is still wacko, but in the really big story on action news:How about them Lakers?No, they’re still not going to finish over .500 or make the playoffs … unless this turns into a whole lot bigger story than it is now… but who imagined this after all these years?last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Monday, July 8, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Monday, July 08, 2013:•9 a.m. On July 3, 2013 at 9 a.m., non-Injury accident in the area of Rock Island Park, Wellington involved a vehicle operated by Matthew R. Geier, 25, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by the city of Wellington.•10 a.m. Ruben A. Salazar, 45, Caldwell, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 400 block. E. Harvey, Wellington.•12:30 p.m. Officers took a report of found property in the area of Sellers Park, Wellington.•4 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1000 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•On July 6, at 6:33 p.m. John D. Sexton, 23, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated burglary and theft.•6:50 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal bite in the 1100 block. W. Harvey, Wellington.last_img read more

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WHS graduate Casey Dry is doing well after injuries sustained in Afghanistan

first_img 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. +8 Vote up Vote down wellingtoncitizen · 364 weeks ago Thoughts and prayers to Casey and his family. Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 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 comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Casey Dry, the son of Shane and Kenna Dry of Wellington, is recovering from injuries in a Germany hospital after a military incident in Afghanistan, last week.The 2009 Wellington High School graduate is expected to make a full recovery. Due to the military security, no details pertaining to Dry’s injuries or the military operation for which he is a member of is being released at this time.Dry, who serves in the U.S. Army and serves with a bomb-deactivation unit, was injured on Thursday afternoon as well as several in his division. Dry was taken from Bagram Airfield base in Afghanistan to a German hospital. He then is expected to be flown back to the United States where he will continue treatment.“He is doing well and looking well and is in good spirits,” Kenna Dry said on her Facebook page. “Thank you to everyone for your prayers, and well wishes and concerns.”last_img read more

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Alcácer traveled to Marbella, waiting to solve his future

first_imgFor now, the workforce has landed in Malaga to move to Marbella, where it has been concentrated. In it was Paco Alcácer. The striker went to his club about a month ago to ask to leave the team and has offered to Atlético. The rojiblanco club was receptive, but it is not the only center forward that is on the agenda. Cavani, Piatek, Ekambi … There are several solutions that are handled. At the moment, Alcácer will be in Spanish lands, at least, until the 12th. The Dortmund will complete a concentration for the winter break in Marbella and, meanwhile, the striker hopes to solve his future. The yellow sports direction was already covered with the Haaland signing, which today was one more on the expedition and could let Alcácer go. From Germany it has been reported that the Ruhr basin club requests 40 million to let him go. It is not that amount that Atlético has in mind. The market has opened and one of the first teams to move has been Borussia de Dortmund. The English team has already signed a signing and a transfer, but there may be more. Haaland arrived, the feeling of the first part of the Champions League, and left the Weigl team to enroll in Benfica. But far from Michael Zorc, Borusser sports director, the market is closed. Yesterday he was asked about the rumors about a departure from Paco Alcácer towards Atlético and he didn’t close the doors. “I have read the rumors, but I generally do not pay attention to these things until there is something concrete; I don’t rule out that something happens before January 31, but it’s also possible that nothing happens, ”explained the Borussia leader.last_img read more

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