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Kanu pays tribute to Argentine legend Maradona

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first_img The Nigerian captioned the pictures od him and Maradona: “KAN U believe it? Do the best you can when you can. Throwback to me and Maradona World Cup. What KAN U say? The greatest the best and like him or hate him he gave all to football @legends# Maradona is currently the coach of Argentine Primera División club Gimnasia de La Plata. Former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo Kanu, has paid a glowing tribute to Argentina football legend, Diego Maradona, saying the former Napoli star has really paid his dues in world football. Appreciating the contributions of the World Cup great, Kanu stated on his twitter that Maradona had put up his best for people to see in his prime, and nothing can change it. Promoted Content6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney Characters7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsMost Outstanding Female Racers Who Made History In Sports6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them He is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time. He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. Maradona’s vision, passing, ball control, and dribbling skills were combined with his small stature (1.65 m or 5 ft 5 in), which gave him a low center of gravity allowing him to maneuver better than most other football players; he would often dribble past multiple opposing players on a run. read also:Tottenham ‘open talks’ with Leicester City winger Demarai Gray His presence and leadership on the field had a great effect on his team’s general performance, while he would often be singled out by the opposition. In addition to his creative abilities, he also possessed an eye for goal and was known to be a free-kick specialist. A precocious talent, Maradona was given the nickname “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”), a name that stuck with him throughout his career. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Martinez must marry styles – Jones

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first_img “What Everton have achieved is sixth place in the Premier League, which is fantastic. We need to match that and do better over a period of time. It’s a great challenge.” Many of the squad returned to pre-season training on Thursday, with others who have had international commitments staggering their return, giving Martinez and his team a chance to get their first look at the players they will be working with. Not that many need introductions as Jones said they were well aware of what they had inherited from Moyes. “It’s a fantastic group of players. That’s there for everybody to see,” he told evertontv. “More than talent, you have to look behind that and you can see the character of the players. I won’t forget the game at Wigan in October when they were 2-1 down with half an hour to go. “The impression from being on the opposite management team was that this group of players aren’t going to stop until they get something out of the game (it finished 2-2 thanks to an 87th-minute Leighton Baines penalty). “It was such a positive statement. Then you come into the club and you hear about the quality of the people not just the quality of the players. That’s what’s exciting because it is a great platform to start work on.” Martinez, who along with Jones has brought three key members of his Wigan backroom staff with him to Goodison Park, has earned a reputation for getting his teams to play attractive football. It is a more open, possession-based style than the current Toffees squad have been used to under predecessor David Moyes. “I think the key here at Everton is to get the balance between what’s gone on before and what we can bring to the table,” he said. Press Associationcenter_img New Everton assistant manager Graeme Jones believes the challenge facing boss Roberto Martinez is to successfully blend two different styles of football without compromising results.last_img read more

Super Eagles’ Full House Bubbles for Ndola Showdown

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first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s legion of foreign-based players have shown their seriousness for this weekend’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Ndola as all the 23 invited players have arrived Eagles’ camp at the Bolton White Hotel and Apartments in Abuja.Team Captain, John Mikel Obi, and the other English Premier League players like assistant captain, Ahmed Musa, Brown Ideye and Godwin Obaje flew into the federal capital city aboard British Airways flight from London early yesterday. They were all part of Gernot Rohr’s evening training programme ahead of the battle with the Chipolopolo.In camp yesterday were: Ogenyi Onazi, Carl Ikeme, Kingsley Madu, Musa Muhammed, Emmanuel Daniel, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Elderson Echiejile, Nosa Igiebor, Abdullahi Shehu, William Paul Ekong and Alex Iwobi. Others include; Kenneth Omeruo, Anderson Esiti, Jamiu Alimi, Wilfred Ndidi, Chisom Egbuchunam, Uche Agbo, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon.Rangers’ Egbuchulam and Godwin Obaje were last minute call up as replacements for injured Chelsea player, Victor Moses and Isaac Success of Watford.The NFF yesterday confirmed that the Super Eagles will train this morning before taking on Nigeria Professional Football League side, Plateau United FC of Jos in a friendly match at the main-bowl of the National Stadium, Abuja later this evening.Meanwhile, for the 20 remaining teams in the CAF qualifying campaign, the journey to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia begins in earnest this weekend as they play their first games in the group stage.With only the five group winners earning the right to represent the continent, the stakes are high from the beginning as every team knows that a loss in the first game sees them having to make up ground.The Group B pairings that have three veterans of the 2010 and 2014 finals, Algeria, Nigeria and Cameroun, will be the focus of football buffs in the continent.The unfortunate fourth team to join the trio is 2012 African champions Zambia. The Chipolopolo, who missed out on a place at the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations finals, are at home to the Super Eagles who also failed to make the cut in their opener on Sunday in Ndola.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Point-Counterpoint: Michael Vick’s next career

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first_imgI know it’s a ways away, but given the gravity of much-maligned quarterback Michael Vick’s crimes, I think it’s time that the former Hokie thinks about his future… outside of prison. What better way to refurbish his image than to prove to the world that he wasn’t torturing or killing dogs because he’s a heartless individual, but because he was trying to make ends meet and make a few bucks here and there. How might he do that, you ask? By becoming a Westminster Kennel Club dog show exhibitor, that’s how. I mean, think about it: The job would be the greatest PR stunt since Edward Bernays got women hooked on “Torches of Freedom.” It would be tackier than Mr. Rogers’ red cardigan on top of a button-down shirt and tie, and it would certainly be hokier than Matthew McConaughey’s efforts to be “tight” with professional athletes. Vick showing a well-groomed, well-mannered, healthy-looking dog might actually get people to forget the past. Even if PETA doesn’t forget Vick’s inhumane ways, I’m sure corporate sponsors will; if they’re dumb enough to give William Hung a record deal, appearances on several top television shows and a contract with Cingular Wireless, Vick’s stunt should result in countless offers. Moreover, when it comes to flash, Vick’s got game. He made a living doing it on the field, juking DB’s out of their cleats. As an exhibitor for the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Vick could mesmerize with his new look: a suit and tie. (Vick can thank this whole dogfighting mess for that transformation.)There is a way Vick can be absolved of his crimes. Dog-gonnit, Westminster is the answer.last_img read more

Syracuse offense sputters, shoots 31 percent from field in blowout loss to Duke

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first_imgDURHAM, N.C. — It didn’t fit the rest of the script: Trevor Cooney running to the elbow, rising up without a defender in his personal space and sending a mid-range jumper into the bottom of the net. But too much of the script was already written for the jump shot to have any pull on the game’s result. There was no reaction from a Syracuse bench that had spent close to 38 minutes trying to will its team back into the game. No one stood. Only a few hands lightly clapped. Duke, having already subbed out Jahlil Okafor and Quinn Cook to standing ovations, had entered cruise control. The scoreboard showed 1 minute, 42 seconds and a 16-point Blue Devils lead. “We got a few open looks but there was just a lid on the basket,” SU forward B.J. Johnson said. “We shot a pretty poor percentage and whenever you shoot poorly against a good team it’s going to be hard to win.” Syracuse (18-11, 9-7 Atlantic Coast) was buried by its own offensive deficiencies from the start in an eventual 73-54 loss to No. 4 Duke (26-3, 13-3) at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday night. In all, the Orange shot 19-of-62 from the field and 3-of-20 from 3, 31 and 15 percent, respectively. After Cooney (13), Rakeem Christmas (11), Michael Gbinije (12) and Tyler Roberson (16), SU’s other four players scored just two points in a combined 60 minutes. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen add 15 turnovers, Christmas fouling out with 9:42 to go and a relentless Blue Devil defense that yielded less space with each passing possession and it was something resembling the perfect storm. “I thought for the most part, we competed on defense but you’ve got to make shots to be in the game with the fourth-ranked team in the country,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We didn’t make shots.”Duke was able to contain Cooney, Christmas and Gbinije all at once, a feat that few teams have accomplished this season. The last squad to fully do so was St. John’s on Dec. 6 when Chris McCullough was healthy and his legs were fresh, and SU lost that game by a dozen points. Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski put Cook on Gbinije — after the forward scored 28 in the teams’ first meeting — and Matt Jones on Cooney. Aside from those matchups, Duke had players sag off Roberson and the SU guard opposite Cooney, which made it hard for the Orange to find Christmas in the paint. By focusing its attention elsewhere, Duke allowed Roberson to lead Syracuse in scoring for the first time this season. The result was the team’s flattest offensive display to date. “We were able to keep Gbinije out of the paint and part of that was we did something a little bit different defensively and it clogged up the paint a little more,” Krzyzewski said. “It helped against Christmas and against their penetration, so that was good. “(Tyus) Jones was the main guy who had to do that and he did a really good job of that.”Jones, who guarded either Kaleb Joseph or Ron Patterson throughout, mostly floated in and out of the lane to deter the Orange from getting to the rim. And as the game wore on and no secondary scoring option emerged, it turned into a foot race that Syracuse couldn’t compete in. With Christmas fouled out and the offense running without a post threat in the stretch run, Duke stiff-armed all feeble comeback attempts and drained the clock at leisure. After the Blue Devils played keep away for close to 30 seconds, Grayson Allen found Matt Jones in the corner and he effortlessly knocked down a 3. Then Patterson charged down the court as the game’s final seconds ticked away. He got all the way to the 3-point line at the top of the arc with a second or two remaining and, with no defenders in sight, unleashed a shot that nosedived into the from rim and bounced out. Patterson gave the rim a sideways look with a light smile on his face. The look said it all. “I thought we played all right but we didn’t get the ball in the basket,” Boeheim said. “You have to do that, particularly down here.” Comments Published on March 1, 2015 at 12:06 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse football game day: Everything to know about matchup with Clemson

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first_img Published on November 5, 2016 at 9:24 am Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) is in South Carolina getting ready for a 3:30 p.m. matchup with No. 3 Clemson (8-0, 5-0). The Tigers are coming off a 37-34 win over then-No. 12 Florida State, while the Orange is coming off its bye week.Here’s everything you need to know for game day.How can you watch the game: ABC or ESPN2Dish: Channel 9 for ABC, 143 for ESPN2DirecTV: Channel 9 for ABC, 207 for ESPN2Time Warner: Channel 1200 or 9 for ABC, channel 25 or 301 for ESPN2 (Channel 1 or 37 for SU students)Fios: Channel 509 or 9 for ABC, channel 574 or 74 for ESPN2Who’s Out? Offensive lineman Omari Palmer and wide receiver Devin Butler. Read the injury report here.What is Dino Babers saying before the game? He’s called Clemson one of the best teams in the country several times and has asked for a slingshot and a rock. Here’s what he had to say in his press conference on Monday and on the ACC coaches teleconference on Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat is Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney saying before the game? Here’s what he had to say on the ACC coaches teleconference.Can Syracuse make a bowl game with a fifth win? Yes, but it’s not guaranteed. Read how it can here.What do our beat writers think will happen? Find out here. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Badgers enter into tie for second in Big Ten following win over Rutgers

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first_imgIt was another impressive start for the Badgers (17-10, 10-6 Big Ten) against Rutgers University (18-10, 9-8) at the Kohl Center as they put up 39 points in the first half while shooting 46% from distance. Wisconsin also held it down on the defensive side of the ball by holding the Scarlet Knights to 0% from beyond the arc on six attempts. The first half performance for the Badgers really set the tone for the rest of the game, and it gave the Badgers a 13 point lead which they never gave up. Wisconsin ended up winning the game by the score of 79–71.   Men’s Basketball: Badgers continue to show resiliency after loss of Kobe KingFirst day of class in the fall semester, I got to class with a few minutes until the professor would Read…The big men for the Badgers put in another impressive performance. Micah Potter led all scorers with 18 points while also collecting nine rebounds. Nate Reuvers also found success scoring the basketball as he finished with 17 points. A majority of his scoring — 14 of his 17 points — came in the first half. Reuvers was also responsible for 11 of the Badgers’ first 17 points.  The most impressive performance on the day came from Senior Brevin Pritzl. Pritzl found his stride shooting the ball as he ended the game shooting 70% from the field. He converted an “and-one” mid-range jumper during the game and he even finished a lob pass on a baseline out of bounds play in the second half. The senior from De Pere, Wisconsin finished with 17 points in his 36 minutes on the court.  The Badgers’ hot shooting never let up throughout the entirety of the game, as they finished by shooting the ball 50% from three-point land — knocking down 11 of their 22 attempts. In contrast, Rutgers shot just 28.6% from deep. Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin takes down Purdue at home behind Ford, PritzlThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-10, 9-6 Big Ten) extended their win streak to three games Tuesday night Read…It was not just three-pointers that killed Rutgers, but free throws as well. The Scarlet Knights were only able to make seven of their 10 free-throw attempts, as the Badgers got to the line with ease. Wisconsin saw 26 total free throw attempts and knocked down 20 of them.  With the Penn State Nittany Lions losing today on the road at Indiana, Wisconsin has found themselves in a four-way tie for second place in the Big Ten conference. Just six days ago, the Badgers were sitting at seventh place in the conference. But after two wins this week, the Badgers have worked themselves into second place — only two games back on the Terrapins. This speaks volumes of how tough this conference really is and how tight the race for the conference crown is coming down the final stretch of the season. Men’s Basketball: Don’t attack Kobe King for his decision to leave UWUniversity of Wisconsin men’s basketball fans, before you read this, I need you to understand — I get it. It Read…The Badgers now begin preparations for Thursday’s trip to Ann Arbor. Thursday’s game against the Michigan Wolverines is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN2.last_img read more

Video: Watch Neymar Walk Out Of Barcelona Training After Fighting With Team-mate

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first_imgThe video shows Neymar angrily pulling off his bib and kicking the ball away after the mild fracas with Semedo, following the intervention of Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets.What caused the burst-up is yet to be ascertained, as 25-year-old Neymar walks off the pitch. Video Credit: Twitter.com RelatedVideo – Watch Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele Do A Neymar, Fights In TrainingAugust 1, 2017In “Europe”EXPOSED: Real Madrid, Barcelona Were Never Interested In Mega Money Deals For Pogba And NeymarSeptember 3, 2019In “Spain”Brazilian Model Who Accused Neymar Of Rape Charged For FraudSeptember 11, 2019In “Americas”center_img epa06113761 FC Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar during a team training session at Barry University in Miami, Florida, USA, 27 July 2017. FC Barcelona will play against Real Madrid in El Clasico Miami on 29 July. EPA/JUANJO MARTINBarcelona forward, Neymar Jr, was seen angrily storming out of Barcelona’s pre-season training session on Thursday after a fight with new signing, Nelson Semedo.The Brazilian’s future at the Nou Camp have been a major transfer topic over the last few days, following Paris Saint-Germain’s reported £196million interest.last_img read more

Week 14 Fantasy Football Podcast: Waiver pickups, sleepers, start ’em/sit ’em

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first_imgJared “Mr. Consistent” CookWho looked worse last week: Cam Newton or Odell Beckham Jr.?Post-game attire for winning and losing QBs Should you start or sit Justin Jackson? Is Jaylen Samuels really a “game changer”? Should you stop making waiver pickups if you’re out of the fantasy playoffs? Is Jeff Wilson Jr a real person and/or a legit sleeper? We tackle these hard-hitting questions in our Week 14 fantasy football podcast.After a look back at things we got wrong last week, including serious miscalculations about Adrian Peterson, Golden Tate and Matt LaCosse, we move on to this week’s top trending players. Rookie handcuffs Jeff Wilson Jr., Jaylen Samuels, Justin Jackson, and Rashaad Penny dominate the conversation, but have a little time for a rookie QB, too (Josh Allen). We then move to the favorable/unfavorable matchups for bubble players, including Carson Wentz, Baker Mayfield, Mark Ingram, Josh Adams, Spencer Ware, Chris Godwin, Courtland Sutton, Allen Robinson, Alshon Jeffery, DeVante Parker, John Ross, David Njoku, Trey Burton and more.  Week 14 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerAlong the way, we break down proper consolation-bracket etiquette, whether Adam Humphries is the type of guy who can score in four straight games, late trade deadlines, silly “bonus leagues”, uninformed weather forecasts, Odell Beckham Jr.’s “business decision”, double mini-byes, Jared Cook’s consistency, “Blount rolling”, Cam Newton’s emasculating one-play benching, how to pronounce “cache”, Kelly Bryant continuing Mizzou’s storied history of QB greatness, and much more.Week 14 Fantasy Football PodcastTimestamps:WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY FOR YOURSELF? (1:39)Badmouthing Adrian Peterson, Golden Tate, and Derek CarrSaying Willie Snead was a better option than Michael CrabtreeGetting zero TE sleepers correct  GOOGLE ‘EM: Most searched players of the week (6:45)Jeff Wilson Jr. (Must-start or sucker’s play?) (8:05)Jaylen Samuels (Game changer or GAME CHANGER?) (12:28)Justin Jackson/Austin Ekeler (Can you really start both if Melvin Gordon is out?) (18:33)Chris Carson (Why are we still talking about Seattle RBs?) (21:03)Josh Allen (Better than Lamar Jackson?) (23:13)SLEEPERS, RISKY PLAYS, START ‘EM/SIT ‘EM: Players we’re excited/worried about for Week 14 (27:15)QBs: Jameis Winston, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Mitchell Trubisky, Jared Goff, Matthew Stafford, Carson Wentz, Andrew Luck (27:26)RBs: LeGarrette Blount, Mark Ingram, Sony Michel/James White, LeSean McCoy, Isaiah Crowell, Spencer Ware, Derrick Henry/Dion Lewis, Josh Adams, Marlon Mack, Doug Martin (37:30)WRs: Courtland Sutton, Zay Jones, Allen Robinson/Taylor Gabriel, Adam Humphries/Chris Godwin, Alshon Jeffery, Doug Baldwin, John Ross, DeVante Parker (44:35)TEs: Vance McDonald, David Njoku, Dan Arnold, Antonio Gates, Trey Burton, Cameron Brate, Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph (53:12)RANDOM S*@# (56:17)Mizzou: Quarterback Ulast_img read more

Clippers ‘Reinvention,’ new ‘City Edition’ jerseys featured on Sports Illustrated cover

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first_imgIts way too plain, need more design on the sides. Its just a White Jersey with a fat Black stripe down the side with “Los Angeles” in a gta type font thinking that will save it. Best thing about it is the shoulders blue and red on each side.— KL213PG (@ClipperCam) October 15, 2019 On social media Tuesday morning, Clippers fans weighed in, comparing this season’s City Edition design to the motif used in the video game “Grand Theft Auto” and remarking on the players who made the cover: “Shamet making the cover is awesome. And the jerseys? (Fire emojis),” tweeted @Albeanu.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters The Clippers grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s NBA Preview issue this week rocking a new look — and not just because Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are front and center, flanked by Patrick Beverley, Landry Shamet, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, accompanied by the headline, “Welcome to the Reinvention: Inside the Clippers’ extreme makeover.”It’s a different look because they’re wearing the team’s new white-and-black City Edition jerseys with “Los Angeles” in an Old English font across the chest. The uniforms are intended to celebrate the spirit of L.A. street culture and West Coast hip hop. (There are hints, if you look closely, of the Clippers’ traditional colors of blue and red.)The Clippers will debut the new uniforms at home on Nov. 22 against the Houston Rockets, and then wear them again another 16 other times throughout the 2019-20 season, including on Christmas against the Lakers.Last season, the Clippers’ City Edition jersey celebrated the team’s 35th season in Los Angeles and were an ode to the uniforms worn by the 1984 gold-medal winning USA Basketball Team. But not everyone loved the look: “It’s way too plain, need more design on the sides. It’s just a White Jersey with a fat Black stripe down the side with ‘Los Angeles’ in a gta type font thinking that will save it. Best thing about it is the shoulders blue and red on each side,” tweeted @ClipperCam.Fans of the style will be able to purchase the Clippers City Edition uniforms (and other City Edition merch online at www.ClippersStore.com and at the TEAM L.A. store starting Nov. 27.) What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more