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Veteran Corell tops Jamestown Modifieds

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first_imgBy Michael SavalojaThe Jamestown SunJAMESTOWN, N.D. (Aug. 27) – John Corell dazzled late to win his second Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature of the week Saturday at Jamestown Speedway.Corell went from fifth to first over the final nine laps on a smooth, multiple-lane racing surface. The 61-year-old Jamestown native was racing $2,000 richer after claiming victory last Sunday during the Sanders Mod Tour Challenge in Glyndon, Minnesota.“The track was racy. It was fun,” Corell said. “I don’t know what was going on behind me, but I’m thinking they probably had a good show going on back there too.”Corell passed Jarrett Carter, Rusty Kollman, Greg Friestad and Eric Edwards during the final nine green flag laps. Corell started sixth.The veteran’s familiar no. 5 was hooked up high and by the time the leaders knew he was a threat, it was too late. Corell passed Edwards for the top spot with three laps remaining.“The tires started to fire and the car was getting better and better,” Corell said. “I didn’t know if I could win the thing, but I thought I could get up into the top three. Once I got there the track dusted off, the tires took heat and (the car) stuck.”Corell was disappointed with the 14th-place performance he posted on Friday in Mandan. But back in the shop on Saturday, the veteran put his Shaw chassis on the scale and dug into his bag of tricks prior to race time.“I found a couple of things that were wrong, and a couple things that I had changed that I read in my notes that I had forgotten about,” Corell said. “So I changed them back and the car came back.”last_img read more

Rodwell targeting England squad

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first_img The 23-year-old midfielder has moved from Manchester City on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee, thought to be rising to a potential £10million, in a bid to resurrect his career after it stalled at the Etihad. Rodwell was viewed in his teenage years as one of England’s most promising midfielders and the prospect of playing regularly persuaded him to make the move after holding talks with Sunderland boss Gus Poyet. Jack Rodwell has set his sights on securing an England place after completing his move to Sunderland, admitting that watching the World Cup left “a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth”. Press Association “I’m just going to give my all every game, be a good box-to-box midfielder, hopefully score some goals and I will always give it 100 per cent.” Rodwell made his debut for Everton at the age of 16 in 2007 and became a regular for the Merseyside club, making 109 appearances before joining City for £12million in the summer of 2012 despite missing out on Euro 2012 due to a hamstring injury. His career at the Etihad was not helped by further injury problems, and he made only seven Premier League starts during his time at City. He will not be the first player to leave City in order to attempt to resurrect a career at Sunderland – winger Adam Johnson made the same switch in 2012 with notable success, while Joe Hart’s understudy Costel Pantilimon has followed this summer. However Johnson claimed last season it was almost impossible for players not belonging to the eight leading Premier League clubs to break into Hodgson’s England squad ahead of the World Cup. Rodwell is now targeting a regular England place too – he has three caps to his name – after having mixed feelings watching Roy Hodgson’s team in Brazil. He told SAFC TV: “Watching the World Cup left a little bit of a bitter taste in my mouth. I was supporting the team 100 per cent but I also wanted to be there so I think it’s time I put that right, get back playing and get back in the squad. “Without doubt the last couple of seasons I have not played nearly enough football as I have wanted to play. “The regular football is the most important thing for me, to play football and get back to enjoying it, so this is a great place for me to be.” Rodwell had interested a number of Premier League clubs but said Poyet and other club officials had convinced him that the Stadium of Light was the right place. He added: “There was a lot of media around me moving to different teams but I met up with the manager and all the people involved with the club. “They told me about the club and their vision and it swayed me, they came across really well. “Every time I have played here the fans have been great, you feel the passion in the north east and to be part of that is great. last_img read more

J Lo Launches New Shoe Line Inspired by Miami, NY and LA

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first_imgCan anyone fill J Lo’s shoes? The actress, singer and pole dancer sure hopes so.Jennifer Lopez announce from Miami yesterday that she is launching a shoe line.The Super Bowl halftime star says her shoes are inspired by the three cities that are an important part of who she is: New York, Los Angeles and Miami. The 50-year-old announced the news on Instagram, still fresh off her Super Bowl halftime show in Miami.The first collection of shoes will hit DSW stores in the spring with handbags to follow.last_img read more

Sophia, West Front Road big winners in Petra Futsal

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first_imgSOPHIA and West Front Road were big winners when the Round-Robin stage of the Petra Futsal Tournament got going at the National Gymnasium on Tuesday evening.Playing game two of the evening, Sophia upstaged Albouystown 4-0 with a dominant performance, stemming from a Dwayne Lowe brace (5th and 16th). Sheik Kama (6th) and Desmond Cottam (12th) were both on target for the Sophia side.Meanwhile, West Front Road stuck three goals past West Back Road thanks to Jamal Pedro (11th), Roy Cassou (12th) and Carl Tudor (22nd).In the night’s opening game, Tucville went down to North East La Penitence 1-2 with Omallo Williams finding the back of the nets on two occasions (17th and 27th) while Tucville Dennis Edwards scored the consolation goal.Game three was a 2-2 stalemate between Back Circle and Tiger Bay with Sylvester Richardson (14th) and Stephon McLean (26th) on target for the former and Tiger Bay seeing Alpha Fletchman (15th) and Deon Alfred (30th) on targetBent Street also drew Broad Street Bullies 2-2 thanks to Keiron Solomon (3rd), Jamal Cozier (23rd) while Bent Street had Dwight Peters (6th) and Colin Nelson (29th) on target.Sparta Boss needled Agricola champion boys 1-0 thanks to Devon Millington (20th) in game five.Matches continue on Saturday night when Tiger Bay play Agricola Ballers, Tucville take on West Back Road, Sophia and Broad Street Ballers clash, Bent Street face Albouystown, West Front Road challenge North East La Penitence and Sparta Boss oppose Back Circle.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

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first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-TALLADEGA-NOOSERace starts with show of solidarity, Bubba Wallace says racial incident won’t break himTALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — The NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama has begun after a show of support for driver Bubba Wallace. Fellow drivers lined up and pushed his car to the front of pit road in a show of solidarity. The move came one day after a crew member found a noose in his garage stall. Wallace is the only fulltime Black driver in the top NASCAR series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its facilities. SOCCER-FIFA INVESTIGATIONConvictions of FIFA officials upheld by US appeals courtNEW YORK (AP) — The convictions of former soccer officials Juan Ángel Napout and José Maria Marin have been upheld in a 3-0 decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Napout was convicted in December 2017 of one count of racketeering conspiracy and two counts of wire fraud conspiracy. He was sentenced to nine years in prison. Marin was convicted of three counts of wire fraud conspiracy, two counts of money laundering conspiracy and one count of racketeering conspiracy. He was sentenced to four years. Marin was released April 2 after he was granted compassionate release. He turned 88 last month.F1-DIVERSITYF1 announces new initiative to tackle racism and inequality PARIS (AP) — Formula One has announced an initiative aimed at tackling racism and encouraging more diversity within the series. F1 says “We Race As One” will also address issues surrounding inequality, sustainability and the coronavirus pandemic. F1 intends to send a strong message about equality when the season begins on July 3 at the Austrian Grand Prix as the first of eight scheduled European races through September. WOMEN’S WCUP-JAPAN Japan out of 2023 Women’s WCup; Australia-NZ bid favored WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans will skip the Florida-based resumption of the NBA season. He is the first known example of a healthy, eligible player sitting out. Bertans can become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and is expected to command a big contract as one of the league’s top 3-point shooters. The Wizards are allowed to sign a replacement player for Bertans as early as Tuesday, and Washington general manager Tommy Sheppard said the club “will look at it closely.” The league plans to resume its season in July with 22 of 30 teams playing eight games apiece at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando, Florida, before the playoffs begin.NHL-THORBURN RETIRESVeteran NHL forward Chris Thorburn announces retirementUNDATED (AP) — Veteran forward Chris Thorburn has announced his retirement after playing more than 800 NHL games since 2005. Thorburn spent his last time on the ice celebrating the St. Louis Blues winning the Stanley Cup last season. Despite playing just one game for the Blues in 2018-19, he was the fourth player handed the Cup. Thorburn played 801 regular-season games for the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets and Blues. He skated in four playoff games with Winnipeg in 2015. The 37-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, finishes his NHL career with 53 goals, 81 assists and 968 penalty minutes. Update on the latest sports Associated Press Borna Coric, ranked 33rd in the world, tweeted that he feels well and has no symptoms, but is urging anyone who has had close contact with him to be tested for COVID-19. Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov also has said that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Djokovic will now be tested as well. His media team says he has no symptoms but “he needs to do the test and then we will see what’s going on.”Elsewhere in sports news affected by COVID-19:— Ravens coach John Harbaugh is confident his team’s training camp will begin as scheduled next month despite the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking on a video conference on Monday, Harbaugh said he expected the NFL would have a plan in place that would enable teams to start practicing in late July. Harbaugh said they’ll just have to be very adaptable, and flexible and smart about what they’re going to do and that testing was the main thing. The Ravens have replaced 13 scheduled on-field practice sessions with virtual classes so far this offseason. — When Brooks Koepka goes for a historic three-peat in the PGA Championship, there won’t be anyone at Harding Park to cheer him on. The PGA of America confirms the first major of this unusual year won’t have spectators. The PGA Championship is scheduled for Aug. 6-9 in San Francisco. It’s the first major of a golf calendar reconfigured because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Open is scheduled for September and the Masters is in November. The British Open was canceled. No one has ever won the PGA Championship three straight times in stroke play. About 60% of the Bryant footage is of games involving the Lower Merion Aces from the Philadelphia suburbs. Ross’ library includes 130 hours and more than 700 athletes, including LeBron James, Tom Brady, Michael Phelps, Ryan Braun, Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal.ZANARDI INJUREDZanardi stable but not ready to be brought out of comaSIENA, Italy (AP) — Doctors say Alex Zanardi remains in stable condition after a crash on his handbike and for now will stay in a medically induced coma. A hospital in Siena says the Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist spent a third night in intensive care without change and that his neurological condition remains grave. The FBI is investigating the discovery of a noose found in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall of Bubba Wallace. President Steve Phelps says security has been stepped up for Wallace since the noose was found on Sunday. On Monday, every driver and their crews joined Wallace in a show of solidarity before the race that was postponed a day by rain.NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace says a noose found in his garage stall at Talladega in Alabama “will not break me.” Wallace says, “I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.”KOBE BRYANT-HIGH SCHOOLKobe Bryant high school footage to be auctioned on July 23LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s time in high school will be showcased when about 22 hours of footage of the late basketball star playing games and giving interviews will be sold on July 23 by the auction house Profiles in History. The footage is from the media library of Stu Ross, who produced “High School Sports Show,” a syndicated weekly television series seen in 35 cities. — Jonquel Jones, the star center for the Connecticut Sun, has decided not to play in the WNBA this season because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Jones led the Sun to the WNBA Finals last year, averaging almost 18 points and more than 10 rebounds in the postseason. She becomes the first WNBA player to cite the virus in opting out of the upcoming season. Renee Montgomery, the former UConn guard now with the Atlanta Dream, had previously announced she will skip the season to focus on social justice issues. — Atlanta United president Darren Eales says the team remains on pace to begin full team training on Tuesday, assuming there are no more positive tests for COVID-19. Eales says the two players who have tested positive are in isolation but are expected to be with the team for the MLS Is Back Tournament in July at Walt Disney World. He says the tests of asymptomatic players are evidence the protocols set up by MLS “are working.” The players who tested positive last week have not been identified.— Two Rutgers football players have tested positive for the coronavirus. Coach Greg Schiano discussed the positive tests Monday during a conference call with the media. It was his first availability since the team was allowed to return to campus for voluntary workouts. Schiano said players and coaches were tested before the team returned on June 15. One of the positive tests came from those samples and the player was isolated. The second positive test came from a sample taken when the players reported on June 15. The player was isolated and three players who had contact with him were put in quarantine.NBA-WIZARDS-BERTANSWizards GM to AP: Bertans to sit out restart of NBA season The hospital’s medical director says “we need to have patience.” Zanardi has been in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator since he crashed his handbike into a truck near the Tuscan town of Pienza on Friday during a relay race.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS2 virus cases following Djokovic’s charity event ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Two tennis players have now tested positive for the coronavirus after participating in Novak Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition in Croatia. June 22, 2020 TOKYO (AP) — Japan has pulled out of bidding to host soccer’s 2023 Women’s World Cup. That leaves the top-rated joint bid by Australia and New Zealand a clear favorite in the FIFA vote on Thursday. That bid received the highest evaluation from FIFA with Japan rated second and Colombia third. Japan and Australia are both members of the governing body of Asian soccer. Asian soccer president Sheikh Salman of Bahrain praises Japan’s decision as “another impressive show of Asian football unity.”last_img read more

Guyana to open Qatar WC qualifiers against Trinidad on October 8

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first_img…. Minister Ramson pledges government support By Rawle ToneyGUYANA will kick off their 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifier campaign against rivals Trinidad and Tobago on October 8.The Golden Jaguars were drawn in Group F in the CONCACAF zone of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifier alongside the Twin Island Republic, St Kitts and Nevis, Puerto Rico and The Bahamas.After their clash with the ‘Trinis’, the Golden Jaguars will return home to roar against The Bahamas on Tuesday October 13.On November 13, Guyana will travel to St Kitts and Nevis for their third game and then host Puerto Rico.The first round will be played in a single round-robin format, meaning each team will play four matches; two home and two away, during the FIFA International match window.Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr, joined president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde and his staff at their secretariat to witness the Draw which was done live at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, conducted by FIFA’s Director of Tournaments and Interim Competitions, Jaime Yarza, with the assistance of CONCACAF Legends Shaun Goater (Bermuda) and David Suazo (Honduras).Asked about the draw, Forde said Guyana are in a competitive group, while calling for corporate and governmental support.“We know this will not be an easy campaign but we’re up to this task. We have a few weeks; if the October window remains open, we have a few weeks to prepare. We’re trusting that the COVID-19 situation will be brought under control and we can get our national team back into training. We take this opportunity to ask our stakeholders, corporate Guyana, Government of Guyana – once we complete our preparation plan – to come on board and give us all the support that they can,” Forde added.Meanwhile, Minister Ramson said Dr Irfaan Ali-led Government of Guyana wants “to be able to promote football in Guyana as part of the Government’s programme, working in a collaborative way.”“Sport is important to the President of Guyana, sport is important to me and we don’t only want to say it, we want to show it and that’s why I wanted to make the time to be here with you when Guyana is being drawn and to know where they are going to play,” Ramson said.The Sport Minister told the GFF, “You can expect hearing from me just as much as I expect to hear from you and, as much as we can do; you can expect that as well. There are a lot of things we’re facing at the moment but we are willing to explore innovative ways for partnership; we will work in a collaborative way, once the objective is to showcase Guyanese talent and develop Guyanese talent.”The Golden Jaguars’ best run in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers came during the run-up to the 2014 tournament in Brazil, where they had reached the penultimate round of the CONCACAF zone.It was during that run they had a memorable showing against Trinidad and Tobago on November 11, 2011 at the Guyana National Stadium where Guyana had won 2-1, thanks to goals from Ricky Shakes and former English Premier League player Leon Cort.Guyana only played Puerto Rico twice at the senior level internationally, with the US territory winning 2-0 in 1993, and Golden Jaguars, with a goal from defender King Solomon Austin,, winning 1-0.The clash against St Kitts and Nevis will mark the third meeting for Guyana, but it will also be the first time the two countries are meeting during a World Cup qualification tournament.last_img read more

Big Ten names Anderson P.O.W.

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first_imgAfter two all-around dominating performances in two Wisconsin victories, UW guard Jolene Anderson was named the Big Ten Player of the Week. It was the second time this season Anderson has received the award.”You could say Jolene throws the team on her back because she does so many great things in terms of rebounding, defense, steals, anticipation, and played with foul trouble yesterday and still scores,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said in a press conference Monday. “Obviously, she’s going to draw a lot of attention each game.”However, Stone gives partial credit for Anderson’s success to other members of the team, particularly point guard Rae Lin D’Alie. The freshman D’Alie, who had a career high 11 assists Sunday against Iowa, has matured quickly. And Stone feels her on-court awareness has resulted in points for Anderson.”I think it starts with Rae Lin D’Alie,” Stone said. “If you look at Rae Lin and what she’s been doing on the court, … (she) finds Jolene in transition.”In those two games against Iowa and Indiana, Anderson averaged 24.5 points per game on 50 percent shooting. She also grabbed 16 rebounds, including 10 boards in the game against the Hawkeyes.”The last two weeks, Jolene’s been playing at a very, very high level,” Stone said. “When her feet are set, she’s very prolific. She can shoot the ball, there’s no question.”Then people take her outside shot away and she’s been getting to the rim a lot better, getting to the foul line, and that’s what we need.”Racing bye to 20 winsFollowing Sunday’s win, the Badgers currently sit at fourth place in the conference standings with a 7-6 conference record. In order to gain a first round bye in the Big Ten tournament, Wisconsin will need to finish in the top five. With two of their last three games against ranked opponents, and sitting just ahead of Illinois and Minnesota, they will certainly have their work cut out for them.Despite the tough road ahead against No. 4 Ohio State, who is 14-0 at home, and No. 16 Purdue, Stone stresses the mental toughness and optimistic attitude her team needs to embrace.”We respect every team that we play,” Stone said. “That’s just the way it is. You respect all, but you don’t fear anybody either. …We’ve got some confidence, some momentum going right now.”Besides securing a bye in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, Stone has proposed another goal to her team. She wants to get to the 20-win plateau.”We hit the 18-(win) mark and we want to keep going,” Stone said. “Our goal is 20. You’ve got to take one at a time, and we’ve got some tough tasks in front of us, but our team is not afraid of that.”Coach Stone hopes her team’s intensity during practice and in the past few games will carry on through the rest of the schedule.”How you practice will be relayed in the game, and we’ve practiced at a high level,” Stone said. “I think the whole game (Sunday) gives you a great example. Every time they made a run, we answered. That mentality has to maintain. The belief, the faith, the winning attitude, it’s a look on our team that puts us in a position to hopefully accomplish some goals this year.”NotablesStone also sang the praises of Danielle Ward’s play against Iowa. Ward scored in double digits for the first time in six games, and her 15 points and nine boards gave what Stone felt was a much-needed confidence boost for the junior forward.”She’s a very gifted player,” Stone said. “(Sunday) was a very good game for her, a boost of energy for her and our entire basketball team. … When things are going well for you, you’re mentally stronger. … We’ve stood by Danielle the entire time and she had a great game (Sunday) for us.”Contributions from Ward like Sunday’s will be much-needed for Wisconsin to succeed in the coming weeks.last_img read more

North-Hager works toward University Park Family

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first_imgWhen people discuss the University Park area, they sometimes disparage the “University of South Central” as an unsafe urban environment stricken with high crime rates.Eddie North-Hager, associate director of media relations, works to counter this stereotype that he said comes from major news outlets’ scant coverage of South Los Angeles by providing a place to showcase local news.Community · Eddie North-Hager, associate director of media relations, has created the website UniversityParkFamily.com to reverse stereotypes about South Central. – Jessica Badrous | Daily Trojan“So often in our neighborhood, the press only covers things when they’re newsworthy enough for the whole city, which is usually crime,” North-Hager said. “Crime in this area has been reduced drastically since 2001, but we still have this feeling that it’s of epidemic proportions.”North-Hager created the website UniversityParkFamily.com in 2009 to allow community members to act as citizen journalists by sharing news and upcoming events specific to the University Park area. He calls it part news, part social networking.“Facebook focuses on yourself or your circle of friends,” North-Hager said. “University Park Family focuses on the neighborhood, and it involves the neighborhood to focus on the one thing they have in common, which is their geographic location.”University Park Family, which has about 500 members, goes beyond the interests of USC students. Instead, it is a place for community members, who make up more than half of users, to connect by sharing information others might have never found.North-Hager began working for USC media relations six years ago, around the same time he moved to Leimert Park and created LeimertParkBeat.com, the first of several websites like University Park Family.“People choose to live here because they love the area, but being involved can be really hard,” North-Hager said. “I was new to the area, and I didn’t want to be an authoritative voice in their lives, rather I wanted us to be able to share everybody’s strength in a central place.”North-Hager said his own experience as a community journalist showed him the value of allowing members of the community to act as citizen journalists themselves.He grew up in Tucson, Ariz., where he began working for the local newspaper while in high school and got a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona. His first full-time job was with the Idaho Press Tribune as a community reporter, in a town he said was much smaller than the University Park area.“At one time, most large neighborhoods had some kind of a personal news outlet,” he said. “I think that most of them could use one today too.”He was working for the Daily Breeze in the South Bay when he made the switch from reporting to public relations in 2006 because of his worries about the future of daily newspapers.While North-Hager recognizes that many journalists see making the transition to public relations as “going to the dark side,” he said his job at USC has never made him question his values, but rather has allowed him to use skills he learned from his years as a reporter.“I haven’t bent my principles as a media relations person once,” he said. “As a good press release, you’re not there to write it, you’re there to report it. You have to put out the news very quickly and at a level a 10th-grader would understand.”One of the benefits of his transition was the opportunity to further his education at USC. He said each semester the university provides one tuition-free class to employees. North-Hager used his free classes toward his masters in communication management. For his final project in 2009, he and his team created another similar website for Echo Park, and during the past few years, he has created websites for Rancho Park, San Pedro and Culver City.Now, North-Hager uses his knowledge of USC to enhance the University Park experience for all users. He frequently posts information that most USC students hear about, such as street closures affecting regular traffic, that community members might not see until they happen.Because of his work with the community, he was asked to join the neighborhood commission, something his boss encouraged.“At USC, we want to give you the tools to be a great person and that doesn’t just mean make money,” he said. “We want you to be part of the community.”last_img read more

Rivers Utd’s Ihunda Undergoes Successful Surgery in India

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first_imgRivers United defender, Chigozie Ihunda has undergone successful surgery on his knee and is expected to be back in action for the ‘Pride of Rivers’ in the next three to six months.Ihunda injured his left knee during United’s 1-0 win over Warri Wolves at the Warri City Stadium, Warri on May 8 and has not played competitively ever since. The right back is currently in New Delhi, India where he has now undergone successful surgery and will now continue his rehabilitation with a view to returning to active competition.Rivers United doctor, Chukwuemeka Agi who is with the defender in India explained that the procedure which took place on December 24 was successful.“Ihunda has been operated upon at the Artemis Hospital in New Delhi, India.“We arrived in New Delhi on December 22 and he (Ihunda) had blood tests and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) done on the same day.“We had a review with the surgeon on December 24 and agreed to have the surgery two days later.“The surgery lasted for two hours. The operations that were done were in two phases; the first was a key hole surgery on the left knee while the second was an open surgery.“He is currently in the first phase of recovery and we will now need to commence rehabilitation.“He has already started minor physiotherapy which we hope will be good and effective.“The time line for his return to action will be between three to six months but it could also be earlier depending on how the physiotherapy progresses.“We wish to thank the Rivers State Government for facilitating this trip and ensuring the career of this young man did not end prematurely,” Dr Agi told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.Ihunda who is recovering well after the surgery also took the time to discuss his current situation.“This is an important moment in my career. Football is my life and I feared I may never play again.“It is God that will bless the Governor and the Rivers State Sports Commissioner, Honourable Boma Iyaye for the role they played in bringing me here (to India).“I also want to thank my teammates for their support during my trying moments.“Hopefully, I will be with them soon on the pitch to help Rivers United FC win things,” a very emotional Ihunda said.Ihunda scored two goals for Rivers United last season before he sustained the unfortunate injury on match day 15.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ohtani homers, drives in 5 runs as Angels beat White Sox

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first_imgCHICAGO — Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run home run and drove in a career-high five runs to help the Los Angeles Angels to an 8-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.Ohtani finished with three hits and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Albert Pujols and Kevan Smith added two hits apiece for the Angels, who have won 10 of 11 against Chicago.José Abreu homered and drove in four runs, and Yoán Moncada had three hits for the White Sox, who have dropped 10 of 12. Tim Anderson went 2 for 5 to raise his AL-leading average to .334, six points ahead of the DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees.Abreu hit a three-run home run — his 30th — off Luís Garcia to pull the White Sox within one run in the seventh. The Angels loaded the bases in the ninth with a single, intentional walk to pinch-hitter Mike Trout and another walk. Brian Goodwin lined out to first to end the threat.Hansel Robles pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 23 opportunities.Ohtani homered off Dylan Covey (1-8) to give the Angels a 5-2 lead in the third. The opposite-field shot was the designated hitter’s 17th homer of the season. Ohtani is 11 for 24 against the White Sox this season. He became the first Japanese-born player to have five RBIs and a stolen base in a major league game.Carson Fulmer replaced Covey and walked two straight to bring in a run. Another run scored on a wild pitch for a 7-2 Angels lead. Centerfield Adam Engel ran into the fence to make a catch and end the inning.Covey, who was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday, was charged with seven runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. His last victory was May 31 against Cleveland. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The White Sox pulled within 7-4 in the fifth on Anderson’s double and Moncada’s single.Smith homered off José Ruiz to extend the Angels lead to 8-4 in the seventh.SUBBING INBench coach Joe McEwing is leading the White Sox while manager Rick Renteria recovers from surgery on Friday to repair his right shoulder rotator cuff. He is expected to return Tuesday, when the White Sox host Kansas City.“He’s recovering well,” McEwing said. “He was able to get a lot of sleep, much-needed sleep.”TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: OF Mike Trout (right toe discomfort) was out of the starting lineup Saturday. He pinch hit in the ninth, drew an intentional walk and was removed for a runner. Trout exited Friday’s game in the fifth inning and is considered day to day. … 1B Albert Pujols returned to the starting lineup after sitting out Friday due to an illness. … INF Tommy La Stella (broken right tibia) took part in live batting practice again on Saturday. Manager Brad Ausmus said he is unsure when La Stella will return. He has been on the IL since July 3.UP NEXTRHP Jaime Barria (4-7, 6.27 ERA) is expected to start for the Angels in the series finale Sunday against the White Sox and RHP Dylan Cease (3-7, 6.75). Barria is seeking his first victory since July 24. Cease struck out a career-high 11 in 6 2/3 innings against Cleveland in his last start. Andrew Heaney (4-4) struck out eight and allowed four runs in six innings for the Angels. He was 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA in four previous career starts against the White Sox.Ohtani hit a two-run double to give the Angels a 2-0 lead in the first.Abreu’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first gave him a career-high 108 RBIs and cut the Angels’ lead to one. James McCann doubled to tie the game.Related Articleslast_img read more