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first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping has, called on BRICS countries to strengthen confidence in growth, and boost coordination within the emerging-market bloc to jointly cope with global challenges. Acknowledging that the five countries are facing increasing complexities and experiencing slower growth, President Xi has proposed that they upgrade their economic structures for long-term development. He made the remarks at a BRICS leaders’ meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma attended the meeting. They have called for an early implementation of the 2010 reform plan of the International Monetary Fund. The five leaders also strongly condemned Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, and reaffirmed their commitment to international cooperation in combating terrorismlast_img read more


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first_imgThe video closes with the players demanding the NFL state that it condemns “racism and the systemic oppression of black people,” and that the league “admit wrong in silencing” players from peacefully protesting. The players also want the league to state: “We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.”AMERICA PROTESTS-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SOUTH CAROLINAGamecocks march for FloydUNDATED (AP) — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and football players joined others in a protest march from the Governor’s Mansion on Friday.The march of several hundred people went the nearly 2 miles from the governor’s residence to the State House. South Carolina quarterback Jay Ulrich carried a sign, “Matter is the minimum. Black lives are worthy. Black lives are beloved. Black lives are needed.” It is the seventh straight day of rallies in South Carolina following the death of George Floyd. June 5, 2020 CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross had surgery on Friday for a congenital fusion in his spine that will keep him off the field this upcoming season.Ross was being monitored for a shoulder injury suffered in March, but head coach Dabo Swinnery X-rays revealed that two vertebrae in his spine were fused and he had a bulging disc.Ross had a team-high 66 receptions last season for 865 yards and eight touchdowns.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OKLAHOMA STATENCAA hits Oklahoma St with postseason ban in corruption case Update on the latest in sports: NFL-PATRIOTS SOCIAL JUSTICE PLEDGEPatriots pledge $1 million to social justice causesBOSTON (AP) — The Patriots say team owner Robert Kraft’s family is pledging $1 million to local grassroots organizations to promote social justice causes.A statement and video released on the team’s website Friday says the money will be distributed over the next 10 months in $100,000 monthly donations. The recipients will be chosen in collaboration with Patriots players.The groups selected will be those “fighting for equity, working to end systemic racism and creating meaningful change in our community.” NFL JAGUARS PROTEST MARCH‘Today we say no more’: Jaguars march to sheriff’s officeJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a stand against inequality and police brutality.The players, their families, coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell marched from their stadium to the steps of the local sheriff’s department.The Jaguars started their march at 9:04 a.m. local time Friday to signify the local 904 area code. The protest comes two days after owner Shad Khan spoke against racism in a letter on the team website.Wide receiver Chris Conley wore a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt. He said: “Today we say no more. Today we see a nation that can’t await change, a city that won’t sit still or be quiet.”AMERICA PROTESTS-NFL PLAYERS VIDEONEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) is among more than a dozen NFL stars who united to send a passionate video message to the league about racial inequality.The 70-second video was released on social media platforms Thursday night and includes Saquon Barkley, Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamal Adams, Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins, among others. — The Italian soccer federation says teams will be allowed up to five substitutions in matches, although there will still be only three pauses to bring players off the bench. Italian competitions will adopt the temporary rules change when they resume next week. If matches go into extra time and teams haven’t used all five of their substitutes, they can make a fourth interruption at the end of regular time or between the two halves of extra time. The Italian Cup will be completed next week before Serie A is set to resume on June 20.— Chelsea has been declared Women’s Super League champion after the season was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. The English Football Association’s board decided to determine the final standings on a points-per-game basis. Manchester City was a point ahead of Chelsea but had played an extra game when the season was suspended in March.— The Asian qualifying tournament for the World Cup is set to resume in October after the coronavirus pandemic forced games in March and June to be postponed. The Asian Football Confederation says it agreed with FIFA (FEE’-fah) to schedule two dates in October and two in November to complete the current groups. Twelve teams will advance to a further group stage next year.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CLEMSON-ROSSRoss to miss 2020 season following back surgery UNDATED (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has approved a plan for Muirfield Village Golf Club to have at least some fans for the Memorial in July. That would make it the first PGA Tour event with a crowd since the tour was shut down March 13 by the coronavirus. DeWine says plans submitted for the tournament were approved by local officials. He said on Twitter that casinos, racinos, amusement parks and water parks will be able to open on June 19.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus outbreak:— Liverpool could win the Premier League title at home after all. Police originally indicated they wanted the Reds’ second game after the restart against Crystal Palace to be staged at a neutral venue because of concerns that supporters could congregate outside Anfield. But the league now says the game on June 24 is scheduled to be at Liverpool’s home stadium. Liverpool leads Manchester City by 25 points and is two wins from ending its 30-year title drought.— The University of Maryland will begin allowing its football players to begin voluntary, individual workouts under the supervision of the sports medial staff on June 15. Football players will be permitted to return to campus on June 8 for medical screenings. The athletes will be tested for symptoms of COVID-19 on a daily basis.— Italian top-flight soccer clubs are asking for no title winner or relegations if the season is stopped again. One of the ideas the Italian federation is planning in case of another stop is the use of an algorithm to decide the final classification. Italian media reported 16 of the 20 Serie A teams voted in favor of not relegating anyone and not assigning the league title unless it is mathematically certain. A final decision is expected to be made during the next FIGC council meeting on Monday. The Tokyo Olympics are to open on July 23, 2021. They were postponed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.Endo is the latest powerful politician to speak out this week about the games, bracing the Japanese public for possible changes and costs.Tokyo Governor Yurkio Koike said Thursday the games were likely to be downsized and undergo many changes.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKMemorial could be first PGA event with fans on hand The video says “change always begins with listening.” The recipients will be invited to speak with the team’s executive staff and senior management across the Kraft Group’s businessesVIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLMore than half of NFL coaching staffs not at team facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — More than half of the 32 NFL teams did not have their coaching staffs back at their facilities Friday even though the league has approved such returns where local governments allow them.NFL teams have been performing all their offseason duties virtually since their facilities were closed by Commissioner Roger Goodell in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.center_img The league is taking a slow approach to reopening those team buildings, with the latest step allowing coaching staffs to return. Only players currently rehabilitating injuries are allowed at the complexes.TOKYO OLYMPICS-DEADLINEFormer Olympic minister says March is deadline for TokyoTOKYO (AP) — Next spring has been set as a possible deadline by a local lawmaker for deciding if the postponed Tokyo Olympics can go ahead.That’s the judgment of former Japanese Olympic minister Toshikai Endo. Japanese television NHK quoted him at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS STATE-RACISM ALLEGATIONSTexas State to look into allegations of racismSAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Texas State has ordered an investigation into a former basketball player’s allegations of racist remarks by coach Danny Kaspar.Athletic director Larry Teis calls the allegations deeply troubling and said the investigation would be handled through the school’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX.Former Bobcats point guard Jaylen Shead posted the allegations on Twitter late Thursday, accusing Kaspar of singling out black players with racist taunts and threatening to have a foreign player deported. Now, the introductory race will take place on a high-speed, high-banked Texas oval, where it has not been tested.BOXING-OBIT-RADEMACHERPete Rademacher, 1956 Olympic boxing champion, dies at 91CLEVELAND (AP) — Olympic boxing champion Pete Rademacher has died at age 91.Rademacher won a gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Games and fought Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title in his first professional bout. Rademacher is the only boxer to fight for a championship in his first pro bout. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma State men’s basketball team has been hit by numerous penalties by the NCAA infractions committee, making it the first school to be punished following the federal corruption investigation into the sport.Penalties include a one-year postseason ban for the team for next season. The ruling includes three years of probation, a $10,000 fine and a reduction in basketball scholarships for the program.The punishment comes the day former Oklahoma State assistant men’s basketball coach Lamont Evans was found by the infractions committee to have violated ethical-conduct rules by accepting up to $22,000 in bribes from financial advisers.Schools like Kansas, North Carolina State, Louisville, South Carolina and Southern California were investigated for corruption.Oklahoma State issued plans to appeal, saying it was “stunned by the severity of the penalties and strongly disagrees with them.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-LABOR STANDOFFPlayers holding firm in battle with MLBNEW YORK (AP) — Major league players and owners continue to fire salvos instead of fastballs. Shead transferred to Washington State before last season.INDYCAR-WINDSCREENIndyCar drivers uncertain how aeroscreen will work at TexasINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some IndyCar drivers are nervous heading into Saturday’s season-opening race at Texas. They will be racing on one of the series’ trickiest tracks, in stifling heat and with the new windscreen for the first time.The protective device was supposed to make its debut on a road course in March. But when the pandemic shut down the sports world, series officials revised the schedule. Players accused teams of “depriving America of baseball games” as part of a money fight created by the coronavirus pandemic. They raised the possibility baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred might push ahead with a shortened season over the union’s objection.Union chief negotiator Bruce Meyer has sent a letter to Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem threatening that an attempt to play without an agreement could lead players to block any attempt to expand the playoffs and deny consent to neutral-site games in the postseason.Major League Baseball made its initial economic proposal on May 26, offering an 82-game regular season schedule and a sliding scale of cuts beyond the prorated shares of salaries the sides agreed to on March 26.Players responded on Sunday with a 114-game regular season schedule running through October and no additional cuts. Each player would get about 70% of his original salary under the union’s plan and roughly 22-47% under MLB’s proposal, including $200 million tied to the postseason being completed.Management quickly rejected the union plan and said it would not offer a counterproposal given the insistence of the players’ desire for a longer season that would spill into November. Among MLB’s objections concerns November baseball that could be canceled by a second wave of COVID-19. He knocked Patterson down in the second round before being counted out in the sixth.  Rademacher had dementia for years and his brain will be donated for medical research.last_img read more


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first_imgWhat a difference a week can make. After enduring its fair share of criticism following a lackluster performance in last Saturday’s season opener against Bowling Green, the Wisconsin defense rebounded to ground the Temple Owls’ offensive attack in UW’s 65-0 blowout victory.Just a week after Bowling Green’s spread offense tore through Wisconsin for 42 points and 531 total yards, the Badger defense held the Owls to just 45 total yards for the game. The performance capped a roller coaster week for a UW secondary that allowed 458 yards in the air last week against Bowling Green quarterback Omar Jacobs.”We were on some of our secondary guys pretty hard this week and I thought they responded,” head coach Barry Alvarez said. “I thought they anticipated well. Obviously this team isn’t going to throw the ball as well as what we saw a week ago, but yet they were still scary when you watched them on film.”Added junior strong safety Joe Stellmacher, “It was a long week of practice. Coaches were on us everyday. The spotlight was certainly on us in the defensive backfield, but we took the challenge. I thought we competed well today and held them down.”Last week’s showing prompted the UW coaching staff to make a pair of changes, with redshirt freshman Allen Langford stepping in for Levonne Rowan at left cornerback and Stellmacher taking Johnny White’s starting spot. Both Langford and Stellmacher looked solid in their first starts of the season.”I know Langford, I didn’t see any balls going over his head,” defensive coordinator Bret Bielema said. “I think he competed and he was in there a long time. Joe has good tempo out there. He’s in the game on and off the field.”The Badger defense took control from the start of the game. After gaining 13 yards on five plays on its first possession of the contest, Temple failed to total another yard on its remaining 22 snaps of the first half.Bielema’s defense held Owls’ starting quarterback Mike McGann to just three completions on 16 attempts in the opening half and repeatedly pressured the Temple signal caller. Sophomore defensive end Kurt Ware led the way for the young defensive line, tallying a pair of quarterback hurries to go along with a sack in the opening stanza. Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Gino Cruse also recorded a sack, the first of his UW career.”The front four played so good,” linebacker Dontez Sanders said. “They got a lot of push today, they got a bunch of sacks, balls out and everything. I think they played real good today.”Wisconsin effectively rotated a total of eight players through the defensive line prior to mop-up duty, with four different linemen recording quarterback hurries to go along with the group’s four sacks and five tackles for loss.”I think Jamal Cooper’s got a chance to be a special player,” Bielema said. “Kurt Ware does a nice job in there. (Mike) Newkirk, his name just keeps popping up, and he’s a strainer, and he just really works hard. [Jason Chapman is] good in there, Nick Hayden’s good, so [defensive line coach John Palermo] rolls guys through there and I think it’s really working out well so far.”Wisconsin’s run defense was equally as solid, limiting the Owls to a paltry total of minus-19 rushing yards in the first 30 minutes.Temple’s offensive fortunes did not improve after the break either. Ware forced McGann to fumble on the Owls’ second play of the half with his second sack of the game. On the next snap the senior quarterback had his pass intercepted by UW free safety Roderick Rogers, before giving way to backup Shane Kelly.”What I liked, in the second half, there were some guys out there that don’t see much time,” Bielema said. “We were on them about don’t be sloppy, don’t let the game get away from you. I liked the way they responded, they were competing right there until the end.”McGann returned later in the game, but neither he nor Kelly found any success. For the game, the two combined to complete just six passes on 26 attempts against the revamped secondary.”I saw a big improvement,” Stellmacher said. “I thought a lot of guys weren’t playing tentative this week. It was a lot more guys were just playing and reacting this week. You didn’t see the wide eyes that you saw last week. So that was very encouraging. And I thought we improved 100 percent.”last_img read more


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first_imgPitch 11: 88 mile-per-hour sinker swung on and missed. Strike one.Pitch 12: 91 mile-per-hour fastball fouled off. Strike two.Rivera left Iona in June as the team leader in strikeouts and ERA. His confidence, athleticism and mechanics culminated together. He entered the realm of professional baseball at his developmental peak, still unsure what he profiled as a potential major league pitcher.“He’ll find success,” McGrath said. “He’s never been one to back down. He’s got fire in his belly that keeps him going.”Pitch 15: 86 mile-per-hour slider swung on and missed. Strike three.Improvement with the Doubledays has come in stages.Pitching coach Tim Redding said he’s never made more mechanical changes with another pitcher as he has with Rivera, who bounced between the bullpen and starting rotation.Redding moved Rivera to the right side of the pitching rubber to create a more intimidating angle for right-handed hitters, who see many of Rivera’s pitches look tantalizingly close to hitting them.“As the levels get harder, you have to really learn how to pitch,” Rivera said.  “Here, you throw one, they see it. The next one they foul it off. The next one, if you throw it again, they’re going to square it up.”Pitch 17: 89 mile-per-hour fastball outside. Ball one.Pitch 18: 92 mile-per-hour fastball fouled off. One ball, one strike.Pitch 19: 88 mile-per-hour lineout to right field.The final two Scrappers hitters Rivera faced reached base, but he exited the game with his team ahead. A job well done in Redding’s eyes.Rivera’s pitching with a confidence that manifested itself from turning around a baseball career at a dead end. He’s found solace in his father’s nightly words of encouragement, knowing he’s finally well equipped to forge his own path to the major leagues.“His dad can’t pitch for him, I can’t pitch for him, and pitching coaches in the future can’t pitch for him,” Redding said. “He’s just got to be comfortable with himself and realize it’s just him out there and not everybody else.” Comments AUBURN, N.Y. — Mariano Rivera III held up one finger, signifying his final pitch.His feet shoulder-width apart atop the bullpen mound; his metal spikes cracking the littered sunflower seed shells. The glove on his left hand and ball in his right came together at his waist, and he rocked back to begin his throwing motion.The catcher’s glove popped as it halted the trajectory of Rivera’s 90 mile-per-hour projectile. Rivera hopped off the mound after throwing his final warm-up pitch, and exited to the field through the bullpen gate past his fellow relief pitchers clad in red Auburn Doubledays hoodies.Rivera recounted the methodology of pitching as he approached the mound to face the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in the fifth and sixth innings on Aug. 26 en route to collecting his first professional win in the 27-pitch relief outing.“Staying calm and having a short-term memory,” Rivera said of knowing how to pitch. “Learning how to read the swings of batters.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You know what pitch you threw and how they reacted.”Pitch one: 89 mile-per-hour fastball fouled away. Strike one.The 5-foot-11 right-hander developed rapidly in three years at Iona College and was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the fourth round of the MLB Draft this year based purely on ability, not because of a Hall of Fame pedigree as the son of former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.The younger Rivera persevered in his first professional season with the Doubledays, the short season single-A Nationals affiliate, who play 30 miles from the Syracuse University campus. He posted an underwhelming 4.15 earned run average, a struggle that helped him grow a new appreciation his “art.”The Rivera family lifeblood of pitching is on track to bear another success story.“I’m nothing like my father, I’m just starting,” Rivera said. “There’s nothing to compare. He’s up here and I’m down there.”Pitch five: 92 mile-per-hour fastball chopped foul. Two balls, two strikes.Pitch six: 84 mile-per-hour slider swung on and missed. Strike three.The fourth-round draftee has come a long way since maxing out at 82 miles per hour as a scrawny senior in high school, being used almost exclusively as a pinch runner.Equipped with nothing else but athletic genes and a familiar name, Rivera was taken under the wing of Iona pitching coach Sean McGrath in 2013. Despite a “vanilla” arsenal of three pitches, McGrath was amazed by Rivera’s arm speed.“There was little learning curve with him,” McGrath said. “It was, ‘hey, here’s your challenge, take it,’ and it was almost done.”Pitch eight: 82 mile-per-hour change-up swung on and missed. One ball, two strikes.Pitch nine: 91 mile-per-hour fastball grounded out to second base.McGrath unshackled Rivera’s lower body — improving his leg kick among other aspects of his windup — to give him up to 10 extra miles per hour on his pitches over three seasons at Iona.But as scouts dotted the stands to see Rivera in action his first two years, he faltered. Even with the blueprint for success in hand, an emotionally unstable foundation didn’t lend itself to building.Pitch 10: 90 mile-per-hour fastball blooped for a single.By Rivera’s junior year, McGrath helped his pitcher adopt the mindset that he didn’t need to impress every scout, just the right one.“They saw something that I myself didn’t see at the moment,” Rivera saidLogan Reidsma | Photo Editor Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 9, 2015 at 9:47 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more



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first_imgThe Forward Madison FC Flamingos (1-2-0) mounted an impressive comeback victory against Orlando City B (0-3-1) Friday night in the Flamingos’ first win in franchise history. After an impressive showing in a scrimmage Tuesday night against the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team at Breese Stevens Field, the Flamingos were able to get on the scoreboard for the first time ever and hold on for the win over the Badgers.With the win Friday, the team got their first real taste of victory — accentuated by their first home field appearance — after several wins in pre-season scrimmages.In both of the Flamingos first two regular season games, the team lost by a score of 1–0, including a heartbreaking loss in extra-time to North Texas SC April 13. The Flamingos came out the gates firing away versus Orlando, looking like they were on the verge of scoring quickly. The best opportunity came from Josiel Núñez, who was able to get off a shot just wide of the post during the 16th-minute of play after escaping a jersey tug by a defender.Forward Madison FC: Badgers and Flamingos face off in intercity scrimmageForward Madison FC took on the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team at Breese Stevens Field in a scrimmage Tuesday Read…Unfortunately, Forward Madison FC fell to a 1–0 deficit after a foul in the Forward Madison 18-yard box resulted in a penalty kick conversion by Orlando’s Koby Osei-Wusu. The goal from Orlando was the Flamingo’s second penalty kick goal allowed in two games.After trailing at the half, the Flamingos showed what separates them from the rest of their opponents — grit. A game-changing save by goalkeeper Ryan Coulter on a breakaway by Orlando striker Luc Granitur in the 52nd minute turned the tides in favor of Forward Madison FC.To follow, in the 58th minute, Núñez made history by scoring the first goal in Forward Madison FC regular season history. With defenders closing in on him, Núñez took a shot off the inside of his right foot. The ball curled away from the Orlando goalkeeper, who reached out an arm but was only able to graze the ball with his fingertips as the ball came to rest in the back of the net. The game was tied at one all.Men’s soccer: Wisconsin takes on Creighton this weekend in penultimate spring gameThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team will take on the Creighton University Bluejays Saturday night in Omaha, Nebraska. The Read…The second and deciding goal of the night for Madison came off the foot of Flamingo defender Shaun Russell. In the 70th minute, Núñez took a free kick from just outside the penalty area. He put a nasty curve on the ball, but the shot just missed and bounced off the left post near a diving goalkeeper. The rebound traveled to Russell, who took advantage of the spin that directed the ball right to him and knocked it in for a 2–1 Madison lead.After two Don Smart yellow cards resulted in a red card for Madison in the 81st minute, the short-handed Flamingos managed to hold off Orlando in the remainder of regulation and five minutes of stoppage time.Hundreds of miles away in Madison, supporters across the city exploded in celebration as victory finally came to a state known for their rich professional athletic success. Forward Madison FC secured their first franchise win, taking the weight off of their shoulders as they return to Wisconsin for their inaugural home opener of the regular season at Breese Stevens Field. The win also puts Forward Madison FC in a tie for 7th place in USL-League One.During post-game interviews after a home-opening win against the Wisconsin Badgers Tuesday night, forward Brian Bement expressed the excitement building up inside him and his fellow teammates as they awaited their first home game of the regular season at Breese Stevens Field April 27, when they take on Greenville Triumph SC.Men’s tennis: Wisconsin closes out regular season with home matchups against Northwestern, IllinoisThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (9-10, 3-6 Big Ten) will close out its regular season this weekend. The Read…“Myself and the other guys are buzzing for the regular season to come back here,” Bement said. “This was incredible and I can’t even imagine how incredible it will be next weekend.”Greenville Triumph SC (2-2-0) will prove to be a tough battle for Forward Madison, as they won two straight matches before falling on Saturday. Of these two wins, one comes against Lansing — who is tied for second place in USL-League One — and Chattanooga, who beat Forward Madison FC in the first game of the season.Players to watch in the matchup include midfielder Núñez and forward Paulo Júnior for the Flamingos and forward Jake Keegan and midfielder Carlos Gómez for Greenville.Núñez and Júnior combined for the first goal of the season, with Júnior tapping the ball to Núñez for the shot and score.Greenville’s Jake Keegan leads the team this season with two goals, having scored one in each of the team’s two wins. Gómez has assisted on both of those goals, putting him in the lead with two assists on the season for Greenville.A limited number of tickets for the home opener are still available online, but the majority of the seats have already been filled thanks to the already dedicated Forward Madison FC fanbase nicknamed “The Flock.”Breese Stevens Field — which is projected to be nearly done with construction on time for the weekend — will be a loud and rowdy environment, hopefully giving the Flamingos enough energy and support to come away with a win. The game will take place Saturday, April 27, with kickoff scheduled to take place at 7 p.m.last_img read more


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first_imgAkande arrived the Nigeria U-17s camp with a huge reputation, having scored an impressive 30 goals in 42 games for Chelsea’s youth teams this season while providing 22 assists.‘’Adrian has been called for five England camps and has rejected all of them in hope of playing for Nigeria,’’ Adrian’s agent, Tobi Alabi who used to play for Millwall, told an online publication.Akande has certainly shown signs that he could cut it as a professional footballer as he has drawn comparisons to Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé.‘’He plays like Hazard and Barcelona’s Dembele. He is two-footed, very quick and strong on the ball. He can score the same, with both right foot and left foot and he is a hard worker.‘’He has no weaknesses. I saw a mention that defensively he isn’t strong but he’s not a defender, he’s an attacker so his defensive capabilities aren’t important, of course, he will work hard for his team but he’s not a defender, ‘’ added Alabi.Akande played for the youth team of Crystal Palace before transferring to Chelsea at the age of 12.Akande who flew back to Nigeria on Wednesday night is expected to undergo an MRI test this week.Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, played a key role in convincing the precocious talent to commit his international future to Nigeria over England after holding talks with the player’s camp.Since assuming office as the President of the NFF, Pinnick had never hidden his intention to woo players with Nigerian background who have featured only in age-group competitions for foreign countries. So far, he has not done badly with his moves.“The initial plan was to take our players in the various clubs, but now, what we are trying to do is what we call VIP scouting – talking to these young players that are playing abroad to play for their fatherland.“I am yet to see a Nigerian that is regretting being a Nigerian. No Nigerian, even if they have four or five passports, they are always excited being Nigerians. I can assure you that we shall get them to play for us at the appropriate time,” Pinnick said.Meanwhile, Bournemouth goalkeeper Joseph Oluwabusola is set to miss out on the Golden Eaglets roster to the upcoming Africa U-17 Cup of Nations which begins in Tanzania on April 14.Although the Golden Eaglets coaches have refused to categorically rule him out from the squad set to be announced in the coming days, his chances are slim because he has not trained with the team since the start of their training camp.Bournemouth had earlier assured the Nigeria Football Federation that Oluwabusola would be permitted to link up with the Nigeria U-17s 14 days before the start of the tournament but this has not happened.He was a member of the Golden Eaglets squad at the 2018 WAFU-UFOA Zone B qualifiers for the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations but did not come off the bench in all their four matches in Niger.Akande, Go Ahead Eagles’ Lateef Omidiji and Barcelona Escola whizkid Kelechukwu Ebenezer Ibe-Torti are among the foreign-based teenagers observed by Garba ahead of their trip to Tanzania for the U-17 AFCON.The five-time world champions will do battle with the hosts, Angola and Uganda in the group stage.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With the Nigeria Professional Football League not seen as good enough to produce players for the Super Eagles, the football federation largely depends on players of Nigerian descent to star for the senior national team in what the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick described as VIP Scouting. Very soon Nigeria’s U-17 team would be flooded with ‘foreigners’ after the NFF boss convinced Chelsea prodigy Adrian Akande to commit his international future to Nigeria over England and is expected to be named for the upcoming Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in TanzaniaChelsea prodigy Adrian Akande has committed his international future to Nigeria despite being courted by the English Football Association.Golden Eaglets coach, Manu Garba closely monitored the highly-rated winger in Abuja for about one week, with a view to naming him on the roster for the upcoming Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania.last_img read more


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first_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 06:32 IST Column: Woods Gets To See And Hear How The Other Half Lives Tiger Woods arrived at Olympia Fields for the first time in 17 years, this time with no one around to chase after his every move from the moment he stepped out of the car until he walked off the course First Published: 26th August, 2020 06:32 IST FOLLOW UScenter_img Associated Press Television News LIVE TV Written By Tiger Woods arrived at Olympia Fields for the first time in 17 years, this time with no one around to chase after his every move from the moment he stepped out of the car until he walked off the course.That’s not a bad thing.He’ll be in a red shirt on Sunday with about the same number of people.That’s not good, at least not for him.Woods is learning after three tournaments what others have begun to realize over the last three months. Some players thrive on energy from the crowd as a pick-me-up. Now the reaction, the volume, is the same for a birdie as a double bogey.Woods is one of those players who feeds off noise.“Always have,” he said. “I’ve played in front of thousands of people ever since I turned pro 24 years ago. It’s always been odd when I haven’t played in front of people. In one way, it’s been nice between tees not getting tapped or getting a glove pulled out of my pocket. Those are things I’ve had to deal with for a very long time.“But you hit good shots and you get on nice little runs … we don’t have the same energy, the same fan energy.”This is not his issue alone, nor is it the reason he has yet to finish in the top 35 in the three tournaments he has played since golf returned from the coronavirus-caused shutdown. Hitting good shots and making putts goes a long way in any environment.Graeme McDowell was walking along the ninth fairway in the middle of his second round last week at the TPC Boston when he said he felt like a “golf zombie.”“It’s like I have no soul,” he said.The courses are different and look the same. They’re empty. McDowell spoke of needing the adrenaline he gets from the crowd around the first tee at a U.S. Open or Ryder Cup. Maybe some players do better with no one watching, especially if they’re on edge and need something to calm them down. McDowell isn’t one of them.Neither is Rory McIlroy.He played the final two rounds with Woods, as big a draw as there is in golf, with hardly anyone watching. Woods began the final round with four straight birdies and the only buzz came from Twitter.McIlroy knows about ebbs and flows in his game. He once missed four out of five cuts and won three out of four tournaments, all in a span of four months in 2012.But his play since returning to an empty stage in June is worth noting.He had had seven consecutive top 5s, including a victory at a World Golf Championship, and reached No. 1 in the world. Since the return, he has seven straight tournaments out of the top 10 and has yet to reach the back nine with a chance to win.Coincidence? Maybe. Three months off surely cost him some momentum.“This is going to sound really bad,” McIlroy said, “but I feel like the last few weeks, I’ve just been going through the motions. … And look, that’s partly to do with the atmosphere and partly to do with how I’m playing. I’m not inspiring myself, and I’m trying to get inspiration from outside sources to get something going. I can definitely see where Graeme is coming from.”That might allow McIlroy to reconsider what he once said about Woods. He played with Woods and Justin Thomas in the opening two rounds at Riviera a few years ago and was amazed by all the commotion around Woods.“I swear, playing in front of all that, he gives up half a shot a day on the field. Like, it’s two shots a tournament he has to give to the field because of all that goes on around,” McIlroy said that day. “Whoever is teeing off at 8:30 in the morning doesn’t get that and can just go about his business. He has to deal with that every single time.”McIlroy missed the point.If all that commotion costs Woods two shots to the field, what does it cost the players with him?Right now, nothing.Without spectators, has Woods lost an advantage he once had?“Absolutely,” Woods replied. “Anyone who has played in front of thousands of people, it is very different. That’s always been one of the things I’ve become accustomed to. The guys who played with me, who haven’t become accustomed to it, they have only experienced one round here and there. That’s been every round I’ve played for over two decades.“That advantage — for me, and some of the other top players — trying to deal with all that noise and the movement, that experience is no longer there.”Nick Faldo touched on this when he was discussing the 10-year anniversary of Woods winning the 1997 Masters, a watershed moment in golf. Faldo said that when he slipped the green jacket on Woods that Sunday, he thought the Masters would be the only major he could win.Sure, Augusta National suited his game.“But also because the Masters was the only major that the media was kept outside the ropes,” Faldo said. “And I thought that was going to be his biggest challenge. Now it’s his greatest asset. Everyone joining him now on the weekend at a major goes into his world. That’s Tiger’s arena. Other guys will step into that arena one week and go back out. He’s there all the time. And good luck coming into his world.”It’s a new world for everyone now.It’s especially different for Woods, not so much for some of the players paired with him.For the less accomplished players who always wondered what it was like to be in his shoes, the absence of spectators has allowed Woods to see what it’s like to be in theirs.Image credits: AP last_img read more


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first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr 2, CMC – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL) Tuesday announced it would begin a non-stop service from Barbados to Jamaica from April 15 subject to government approval.The airline said that it would carry out the service every Monday and Friday between the two destinations“The launch of this twice weekly non-stop service between Kingston and Barbados, subject to government approval, is in direct response to feedback from our valued customers. The airline business is about providing a service that our customers want and this flight, is a welcome addition to our network, to serve their needs,” said CAL’s chief executive officer, Garvin Medera.He said Caribbean Airlines is improving the reach and efficiency of its network, ensuring that it has strong connectivity within the Caribbean and “we also continue to develop more alliances with industry partners for travel outside the region”.The chief executive officer of the Barbados Tourism Marketing, William “Billy” Griffith said Bridgetown is “looking forward to the additional 300 seats that this new Caribbean Airlines service from Jamaica will bring.“In 2018, we had over 9,000 arrivals from Jamaica, up 2.2 per cent over 2017,” he said, adding that “this demonstrates this market’s potential for growth, and with a strong marketing programme and Barbados’ well-packed annual calendar of events, we have high hopes for significant business from the island”.CAL said that the once approval is given by the government, the flights will depart Kingston every Monday and Friday at 2.50 p.m (local time), arriving in Barbados at 6.25 p.m (local time).It said the flight will then depart non-stop to Kingston at 7.25 p.m.last_img read more


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first_imgAsantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, owner and life patron of football club Asante Kotoko, has impressed upon former Ghanaian international, Samuel Osei Kuffour to bring his expertise to bear and strengthen the technical department of the club.Describing him as an accomplished footballer with many years of experience, Otumfuo said “I expect you to endeavour to complement efforts of the technical team to build a winsome side.”Kuffour, a member of the newly-constituted Kotoko board, previously played for Bundesliga side Bayern Munich, with which he won the UEFA Champions League.Otumfuo Osei Tutu, inaugurating the Paul Adu-Gyamfi-led ten-member board at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on Wednesday, stressed the need for former players of the club to be given the opportunity to contribute their quota to enhance the technical direction of the club.Other members of the Board include Frank Apeagyei, Kabral Blay-Amihere, Nana Kwame Kusi II, Otumfuo’s Ankobeahene, Kofi Dua Adonten, Nana Ekuoba Kwadwo Gyasi, Jude Arthur, Joe Gyekye, representing the old players, and Bernard Xiel, representing the supporters.last_img read more