first_imgRelatedPosts Oshoala visits Lagos Oba Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal The Nigeria Football Federation have shortlisted candidates to be appointed as the new handler of the Super Falcons.A communique signed and made available by the Executive committee of the NFF approved that a reputable consulting firm contracted by federation should, as soon as possible, submit a shortlist of candidates for the positions of Head Coach of the Super Falcons, NFF Head of Women Football, Head of Compliance Unit and Chief Commercial Officer. Swedish gaffer Thomas Dennerby walked from his position after guiding the African champions to her tenth African Women Cup of Nations title in Ghana.The board has also instructed its Technical and Development Committee to work in tandem with the NFF Integrity Office to submit to the Board, within the next five days, a shortlist of candidates to be selected by the Board for the position of NFF Technical Director.Similarly, the Technical and Development Committee is mandated to, in the next one week, and working with the NFF Integrity Office, provide to the Board a shortlist of candidates for the positions of Head Coaches of the U20 and U17 National Women Teams, the U15 Boys National Team, as well as candidates for the position of Consultant on Coaches Training and Development.Tags: CoachNFFShortlistSuper Falconslast_img read more

first_imgRene Meulensteen admits he is embroiled in a transfer window “tug of war” to bolster Fulham’s Barclays Premier League relegation battle. The Fulham head coach pledged to do whatever it takes to bring new recruits to Craven Cottage by the end of the month. Fulham are likely to add a defender and a striker to their squad, with Brondby’s Denmark forward Simon Makienok among their targets. Holland goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg had been expected to make a return from injury in Saturday’s Sunderland clash. But now Meulensteen thinks his first-choice stopper will not be ready for the Craven Cottage cup showdown with Chris Hughton’s Norwich. “He will have to be assessed again: he’s still a doubt for Tuesday,” said Meulensteen. “He’s progressing nicely, but maybe just not enough to make it back for Tuesday. “Let me start by saying first and foremost that David has done an excellent job. “But Maarten is an international established goalkeeper and he has done well for us, so it will be a big boost for us to come back.” Meulensteen confirmed Fulham have allowed Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng to speak to Sky Bet Championship club Watford. Boateng has made just three Fulham appearances since his May 2013 move to Craven Cottage. Fulham boss Meulensteen said Boateng’s World Cup dream could lead him to make the switch in search of regular first-team football. “We’re looking in terms of Derek as a player that has a chance to go to the World Cup,” said Meulensteen. “So we’ve allowed him to speak to Watford.” Press Association Captain Brede Hangeland should be fit to return in Tuesday’s FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich after back surgery. But Meulensteen still admits Fulham need more defensive stability, especially after Saturday’s 4-1 home league humbling at the hands of relegation rivals Sunderland. “There are constant ongoing discussions, but as we all know it’s a difficult time as well,” said the former Manchester United coach. “It’s a bit of a tug of war here and there. “Any manager that has the opportunity to do something that he knows will improve what he has, then he will take it. “Anything that will give us a better chance to stay up, of course you’ll do it. “Brede is very close, very close, he’s trained really well and hopefully we can introduce him on Tuesday. “When Brede comes back you get a very, very experienced defender, and hopefully that will give us some more options.” last_img read more

first_img Press Association Aidan O’Brien saddled Mediterranean to win the race 14 years ago and the Ballydoyle handler is also responsible for Fields Of Athenry, who is a leading fancy for next month’s St Leger having won a Listed race and a Group Three on his last two outings. Those triumphs came in the familiar dark blue of John Magnier, but rider Donnacha O’Brien will be wearing the brown and white quartered silks of Danish owner/breeder Flemming Velin this time. Fields Of Athenry will be sporting unfamiliar colours as he attempts to become the first three-year-old to win the Betfred Ebor since 2001. “I’m hoping Clondaw Warrior is well-in on his current rating” said Mullins. “Their experience jumping will help them in a big field, but the rest are all hardy handicappers. “I’ve used Jack once or twice and he won on Clondaw at Galway. I was a little surprised he was able to win as he did there. “What I don’t know is did he win because he liked Galway more than the rest? Will he be able to reproduce it on a track like York, a much more conventional track? “With Wicklow we really liked him as a novice hurdler then he lost his way a bit before bouncing back. He’s less exposed on the Flat and didn’t stay at Royal Ascot. “Hopefully Jack’s claim will help him. You need a Listed horse just to get in this race these days.” Nick Peacock, owner of Wicklow Brave, added: “What is interesting is we had to give Quick Jack 17lb at Galway and we only give him 1lb in the Ebor, so it will be interesting. “I think it’s ideal trip-wise. He has a middle-distance pedigree and I think anything from a mile and a half to two miles is fine for him.” William Haggas makes no secret of the fact this is his favourite meeting of the season and he won four of the first eight races at the fixture. He runs Arabian Comet, one of only two representing the fairer sex, the other being John Kiely’s Toe The Line. “I think a fast pace will really suit her as she is much better in strongly-run races than small fields,” said Haggas. “They never go off very quick in the fillies’ races she’s been running in and I spotted she was 25-1 for the Ebor or 25-1 for the Yorkshire Oaks, so we’ve gone for the Ebor and I’m quite excited.” Hughie Morrison, who was on the mark on Thursday with Chil The Kite, is fearful the ground may ruin the chances of Arab Dawn, although it may play to the strengths of Fun Mac and Nearly Caught. “The ground will be a key influence on how they run,” said Morrison. “I think Arab Dawn would prefer fast ground, while the other two would not be inconvenienced on slower ground as it would help slow the others down. “All three are working very well. If the ground was fast I would be very bullish about Arab Dawn, but there is not much between the other two.” Marco Botti’s Suegioo is a standing dish in these staying handicaps and will sport first-time blinkers for his 25th outing. “Any more rain would be appreciated as I just worry that the one-mile-six-furlong trip on quicker ground might be a bit sharp for him. I am really happy with him and we are swapping the cheekpieces for blinkers to try to sharpen him up,” said Botti. “I was happy with his piece of work at the weekend and he seems in great order. It is a tough race to win, but he is one of those horses that has done nothing wrong. He ran well in a Listed race last time out.” Mark Johnston has not won the Ebor since way back in 1992 when Quick Ransom and Dean McKeown kept the prize in Yorkshire and he runs both Notarised and Watersmeet, who fought out the Old Newton Cup earlier in the season. Assistant trainer Charlie Johnston said of the pair: “Both horses always run their races and have good, solid form this season. Notarised won at the track in the spring and has also won at Haydock, while Watersmeet ran well in a Group Three last time out. “Both horses have nothing to hide from the handicapper and it may be that there will be a few in there which are better handicapped, but they will run their races and can hopefully run in the first five or six.” The rider takes a valuable 5lb off the 9st 8lb Fields Of Athenry is supposed to carry and his trainer has high hopes. “He’s a hardy, tough horse and gets a mile and six well,” said O’Brien. “Seamie (Heffernan) went a good gallop on him at Leopardstown when he won the Ballyroan and he’s progressing well.” After Roger Charlton declared top-weight Quest For More as a non-runner before the 9am cut-off point, first reserve Clondaw Warrior gets a run meaning Willie Mullins will be double handed. The champion National Hunt trainer is becoming more familiar with his raids on the big Flat handicaps in England, but fans of the jumps will know his two representatives well. Wicklow Brave won the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival but failed to see out the trip in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot before finishing down the field in the Galway Hurdle behind Tony Martin’s Quick Jack, who he meets again here. Clondaw Warrior finished third in a competitive handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Festival but has since landed the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting before claiming a big race at the Galway Festival, for which he picked up a 4lb penalty. However, the handicapper hiked him 11lb for that success and Mullins is hoping his charge can take full advantage in the hands of Frankie Dettori, with 7lb-claimer Jack Kennedy now on Wicklow Brave. last_img read more

first_imgA California couple has been arrested after authorities say the couple allegedly strangled their newborn baby.According to the Oxnard Police, they were called to St. John’s Medical Center Friday due to the report of an infant who was brought in with suspicious injuries.  Doctors found that the infant was unconscious and attempted to resuscitate the infant, however, he later died of his injuries.During the investigation, authorities found that the infant’s mother 20-year-old Andrea Torralba and her boyfriend, 21-year-old David Villa did not want the child so they decided to strangle him.Both has since been arrested on a felony charge of assault on a child by means of force resulting in the child’s death.Villa’s bail has been set at $5,000,000 while Torralba’s bail has been set at $1,000,000.last_img read more

first_imgOn Monday, officials announced that a retired Florida police officer was found dead in his jail cell, less than two weeks after being sentenced to life in prison for sexual offenses against children under the age of 12.According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, 67-year-old James Michael Trejbal was found unresponsive in his isolation cell at the Duval County jail.Homicide detectives stated that there didn’t immediately appear to be signs of foul play.Trejbal pleaded guilty Feb. 27 to sexual battery of a child younger than 12 and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, according to court records.Trejbal was a former K9 officer, and he retired from the Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office in 1999.He was arrested in January, but authorities were alerted in December of possible sexual offenses from years earlier, and additional victims were discovered as recent sexual offenses were identified, police said. Some of the offenses were against victims younger than 12, investigators said. Some victims involved custodial authority, but the gender and circumstances were not released.last_img read more

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Competing for championships has become an expectation for the Bucksport softball program in recent years. After a blowout win Saturday, the Golden Bucks will be doing so once again.Bucksport advanced to the Class C North title game with a 16-2 home victory over Orono on Saturday. The regional championship game appearance was the eighth in a row for the Golden Bucks and put the team within two wins of claiming back-to-back state championships.The Golden Bucks (17-1) strung together 18 hits and controlled the game early by taking a 6-1 lead through one inning and a 14-1 lead through two. Hannah Ashmore recorded four hits, MaKenzie Smith added two singles and a double and Hannah Stevenson hit a grand slam to center field.In the circle, Kate Saunders pitched all five innings. The senior standout finished with three strikeouts and no walks as the top-seeded Golden Bucks defeated the No. 5 Red Riots (10-8) via mercy rule in five innings.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport will face No. 2 Narraguagus (17-1) for the Class C North championship at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, in Brewer. With a win, the Golden Bucks would advance to face Madison (18-0) or Sacopee Valley (16-2) in the state championship game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at St. Joseph’s College.A showdown with Madison would mark the fourth time in six years that the two teams have met for the Class C title. Bucksport beat Madison in the 2013 and 2017 state title games, and the Bulldogs edged the Golden Bucks in 2016.GSA baseball falls to HoultonGeorge Stevens Academy’s baseball season came to an end Saturday with a 4-2 loss to top-seeded Houlton in the Class C North semifinals.Austin Snow had two hits for the No. 4 Eagles, who led 2-1 entering the bottom of the fifth inning before Houlton (13-3) took the lead. GSA finished the season with a 12-6 record.last_img read more

first_img Published on May 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds A Syracuse football player punched Naesean Howard as Howard allegedly stabbed Chauncey Scissum at a South Campus party last month, possibly saving Scissum’s life, according to Syracuse.com.Howard had already stabbed cornerback Corey Winfield several times, according to police. Scissum, who had his arm in a sling, couldn’t defend himself and that’s when the third player knocked Howard to the ground at the outdoor barbecue on April 16. Assistant district attorney Mike Manfredi declined to name the player who punched Howard and said no one sustained any injuries after Howard was punched, per the report.“This individual did something that was very heroic given the dangerousness and volatility of the situation,” Manfredi told Syracuse.com. “Nobody was ready for this, and he was the only one who acted in a way to defend his fellow player.”The stabbing hospitalized both Winfield and Scissum, both current defensive backs on SU’s football team, while Howard, an ex-Syracuse football player, was charged with first-degree assault, which could result in up to 25 years in prison if he’s convicted. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered to take a mental health exam.Howard’s next court date is June 24, according to Syracuse.com.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThere was a lot of optimism surrounding the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-18, 3-15 Big Ten) entering the 2019-20 season, but a mixture of blowing late-game leads, defensive struggles and battling a grueling conference schedule has allowed the 2019-20 season to become another rebuilding year for the Badgers.After a strong finish to the 2018-19 season in which Wisconsin won two games in the Big Ten Tournament and almost knocked down the NCAA tournament bound Michigan, fans believed Wisconsin had a chance to turn the corner. They outperformed their seed in the Big Ten and showed potential to compete with the best of the best.   Women’s Basketball: Badgers fall on road to Rutgers, end regular season on seven-game losing streakFor a season which began with five out of six wins in non-conference play, the 2019-2020 Big Ten campaign for Read…With all four scoring leaders returning including rising star Imani Lewis, the Badgers appeared to have a strong nucleus of players who could help the team return to their first postseason appearance since the 2010-11 season.Initially, things clicked early for Wisconsin. Before the start of Big Ten play, the Badgers stood an impressive 8-3 and competed well against top competition. In November’s Bahamas Hoopfest, Wisconsin took a 22-win Arkansas team to the wire, only losing by four to the Razorbacks, who will likely head to the NCAA tournament. Though any loss isn’t satisfying, it appeared the Badgers could compete with the Big Ten’s best. Women’s Basketball: Ranked conference opponents Maryland, Northwestern dominate faltering BadgersComing into back-to-back ranked contests, the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team (11-17, 3-14 Big Ten) lost four in a Read…While Wisconsin proved the ability to compete with tournament teams, the depth of the Big Ten tests teams night in and night out. With eight teams projected to make the NCAA tournament field, the most out of any conference in the country, Wisconsin struggled to combat against the Big Ten’s grueling schedule. Throughout the season, Wisconsin has struggled immensely in conference play. The Badgers are 12th in the Big Ten with a dismal 3-15 record. The Badgers have lost seven consecutive conference games and are 2-13 in their last 15 conference games.The last six of Wisconsin’s games have been against NCAA tournament projected teams. Wisconsin’s matchups were against anything but marginal tournament teams, as these Big Ten teams are legitimate tournament contenders. Also, Wisconsin’s previous three opponents have been ranked in the top 20 with Maryland at No. 6, Northwestern at No. 11 and Iowa at No. 19.Women’s Basketball: Badgers fall to Minnesota, Ohio State as conference woes continueAfter managing to defeat Illinois at Champaign’s Assembly Hall Feb. 2, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-13, 3-10 Read…This slate of games is challenging for any team, especially one struggling in conference play. Though Wisconsin lost all three games by double digits, they have also shown the inability to finish games in crunch time against quality teams. In a two week January stretch, Wisconsin squandered chances for upsets against ranked opponents Iowa and Indiana. First, in a home game against the Hawkeyes, the Badgers dominated the first half, taking a 15 point halftime lead into the intermission. The Badgers were clicking on all cylinders, shooting a solid 21 of 34 from the field. With a 50–35 lead, it appeared Wisconsin was primed for a momentum-building upset. In the second half, the Hawkeyes took control, outscoring the Badgers by an astounding 22 points en route to an 85–78 win. Iowa shot a 11-15 from the field in the third quarter and the Badgers could never seem to get a stop. This game was a missed opportunity for Wisconsin for a signature win on their home floor. Another Wisconsin meltdown came in the Jan. 30 road loss to No. 20 Indiana. Traveling to raucous Assembly Hall, the Badgers were composed early, taking a commanding 33–21 lead into the break. Freshman guard Sydney Hilliard was enjoying her best game, finishing with 23 points on 10 of 14 shooting.Women’s Basketball: Badgers need win in ‘prove it’ games with Big Ten schedule nearing closeTo say that the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (10-10, 2-7 Big Ten) has gotten off to a rocky Read…Hilliard’s tremendous play was not enough as the Hoosiers used a 23–13 fourth-quarter advantage to force overtime. Indiana dominated the extra frame, eventually winning the game 75–65. Like Iowa, Wisconsin yet again squandered a golden opportunity to gather momentum and collect a signature win. The inability to finish during crunch time is one reason for the Badger’s disappointing season. The final reason for the Badger’s struggles this season has been their inconsistency on both the offensive and defensive ends as a team. On the offensive end, Wisconsin has struggled to string together proficient scoring numbers as the team ranks 12th in the Big Ten in scoring average, scoring 64.7 points per game. Conversely, the Badgers have struggled to prevent opposing teams from easy jump shots and baskets. Again, Wisconsin ranks in the bottom half of the Big Ten in scoring defense, giving up 67.5 points per game — the fifth worst in the Big Ten. In a season that was once filled with a young core and hopes of a postseason appearance, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team has not lived up to expectations during the 2019-20 campaign. With struggles both offensively, defensively and in crunch time, Wisconsin barred themselves from finally becoming highly competitive within the Big Ten.last_img read more

first_imgClonmel Town battle it out with Nenagh AFC in Cooke Park.Clonmel were comfortable 4-0 winners over Fairview Rangers of Limerick in the semi-final while Nenagh needed penalties to overcome Cork outfit Kilreen Celtic in the last four.last_img

first_imgESL has announced the appointment of former professional Counter-Strike 1.6 player Jonas “bsl” Alsaker Vikan as Global Tournament Director.The role is all encompassing and will see Jonas oversee all high profile ESL tournaments, including the likes of ESL One, Intel Extreme Masters and the ESL Pro League. The Norwegian former pro began his career in esports all the way back in 2002, as a co-founder of team Meredia and a 1.6 player. A year later bsl founded Norwegian team NoA for which he is best known as. Team NoA went on to become one of the world’s top teams, and the first esports team to feature players from multiple continents under one organisation. Team NoA was also the first organisation to pay for a player transfer when they bought out the contract of Ola “elemeNt” Moum from SK Gaming. Since moving on from playing and Team NoA, Jonas has covered esports around the world. He was also the general manager of Berlin Allianz during the Championship Gaming Series and has also appeared as a caster and desk host for several event series. Hist most recent foray saw him work for Norwegian newspaper “Adresseavisen” where he was awarded Norway’s parallel to a Pulitzer for his work.“I was always a fan of competitive gaming and fortuned enough to turn my hobby into a profession,” said Jonas Alsaker Vikan, Tournament Director at ESL. “It’s amazing to see how far the industry all has come and I am very excited to become an active part at ESL, pushing and fostering esports even further in the upcoming years.”“We are excited to welcome Jonas as the new Tournament Director to our product team,” said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL. “With his extensive expertise in the esports industry, resulting from a variety of job experiences, Jonas embodies the natural fit we were looking for.”Esports Insider says: Having been around esports for the best part of 15 years, bsl is clearly a man who knows the industry. Having reaped prestigious accolades for content in Norway, he’s now moved to being tournament director at ESL. We look forward to seeing what he brings to the table in the future.last_img read more