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Nwankwo dreaming Super Eagles return after Serie B heroics

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first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchPlus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On FireThe World’s Most Desirable Fruit – Pink Pineapple33 Celebs Photos From Their Childhood: Will You Recognize Them?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBeautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of Heterochromia2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhy Do Americans Consider Him To Be The Best President? “And then all of a sudden, I found myself out again, which is understandable. No grudges on anyone. I understand every situation because the national team of Nigeria is highly rated.” Nwankwo hopes Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr recalls now that he will be playing in the Serie A next season. “So, if you want to be in the national team, you have to be in the big leagues. That I can understand. “So now we are back up. I just have to focus, like always, on what I will do here,” he added. Super Eagles forward Simeone ‘Simy’ Nwankwo is dreaming a return to the Gernot Rohr tutored-side after impressing in the Italian Serie B last campaign. The 28-year-old Nwankwo played a key role in helping Crotone secure promotion back to the Serie A after finishing second on the 2019-20 Serie B standings. Nwankwo netted 20 times and he walked away with the Serie B’s Golden Boot award. Interestingly, Nwankwo has not enjoyed invitation to the Nigeria national team since September 2018 after scoring just once in five previous appearances for the Super Eagles. “When I went down, I knew the risks of losing that spot that I worked so hard to get to although I didn’t play more, which is perfectly understandable,” Nwankwo was quoted as saying to ESPN. “I met a team that was already structured with one of the best African strikers at the moment – Odion Ighalo. And it was normal, it was perfect for me to stay calm and learn and then watch how things are done. Loading… Read Also: Lampard: Chelsea still a work in progress, but we’ll be back “The only way I will get myself into the national team is about what I do here. This season, I’ve done well. “That puts me in a good window to be looked into by the coaches and everybody that makes the decisions. I hope that in the future I will have my chance back again,” summed up Nwankwo, who was a member of Eagles’ squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Flying Eagles Go for Broke against Ukraine

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first_imgAlthough they already have a spot in the Round of 16, Ukraine could still finish third on the log and be condemned to face Italy, the first-placed team in Group B. That is, if they lose to Nigeria and USA, on three points as Nigeria, racks up a big win over Qatar.Both teams go toe-to-toe at the Bielsko-Biala Stadium as from 7.30pm Nigeria time this evening, with the Flying Eagles determined to take the game to their opponents and get a win.However, Paul Aigbogun’s boys will do well to avoid the kind of lethargic start they contrived against USA, and put together more fluent attacking moves complemented by clinical finishing.If they end up as Group D winners, the Flying Eagles will travel back to Tychy to play a third-placed team in the Round of 16 on Monday. If they finish in second place, they would be off to Bydgoszcz to play the winner of group E (which has another African flag-bearer Mali, as well as France, Panama and Saudi Arabia). And if they end up as one of the best third –placed teams, they would be off to Lodz to play the winner of Group B.Whatever their game-plan for tonight’s encounter, Aigbogun’s wards must watch out for Ukraine’s Denys Popov, who has scored two of the Ukrainian side’s three goals at the championship so far, as well as Serhi Buletsa, who scored one of their goals against USA.Two of Africa’s three other representatives, Mali and Senegal, are also on good ground to reach the knockout rounds. Senegal top Group A after amassing six points from beating Tahiti and Colombia, while Mali perch in second place in group E with four points after drawing with Panama and edging Saudi Arabia in a seven-goal thriller. South Africa, after losses to Argentina and Korea Republic, are pointless in Group F.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UNDER-20 WORLD CUPAfter a below par outing against Team USA in Bielsko-Biala on Monday night, Nigeria’s Under-20 team, the Flying Eagles know they must earn a result against group leaders Ukraine at the same venue today to prolong their stay at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Poland.Goals by Sebastian Soto and a sterling performance by the entire USA squad condemned the seven-time African champions to a 2-0 defeat. They still have three points and two goals advantage from their defeat of Qatar in Tychy on Friday, but any slip could be costly for further interest in the tournament.last_img read more

Syracuse holds off late surge from North Carolina, will play Maryland in ACC championship Sunday

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 25, 2014 at 9:11 pm Contact Tyler: tfpiccot@syr.edu After a dominant first half in which it surrendered only two goals to the best offense in the country, Syracuse looked to be on pace for an easy victory.Then North Carolina’s Megan Ward entered the game and made the Orange earn it.The sophomore made 11 saves as the Tar Heels rallied to take the lead with 13:35 remaining, but late goals from Amy Cross and Katie Webster helped No. 2-seed Syracuse (17-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) hang on for a 9-7 victory over the third-seeded Tar Heels (14-4, 5-2) in the semifinals of the ACC tournament in Chestnut Hill, Mass.“We knew that UNC was definitely a great second-half team,” said Webster, who led Syracuse with four goals. “We got the early lead, and we needed it.”Kayla Treanor put the Orange on the board only 4:57 into the game, and Webster’s trio of scores kept SU in control throughout the first 30 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDown 6-2 at the break, North Carolina head coach Jenny Levy looked to Ward for a spark in the second half. The sophomore did just that, as she stymied the Orange for almost 22 minutes of game action. “(Ward) was definitely hot in the beginning,” Webster said.The Tar Heels rallied to take a 7-6 lead, but the Syracuse offense was simply too much in the end. Following goals from Treanor and Cross, Webster provided some final insurance with 5:49 left thanks to a spin move around UNC midfielder Maggie Bill.At the other end, Kelsey Richardson and the Syracuse defense shut down any attempt at a second comeback. Richardson went the distance and made nine saves between the pipes.The Orange will face top-seeded Maryland at 1 p.m Sunday in the championship game. Webster said the Orange learned a lot from its loss to the Terrapins on March 10, but this game will come down to execution.Said Webster: “If we come out like we did today and don’t break down as much in the second half, then we can definitely win on Sunday.” Commentslast_img read more

Jennifer Bleakney makes successful transition to midfield

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first_img Published on September 19, 2017 at 11:59 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 One of the fastest players for Syracuse won four outdoor track state titles in high school. Instead of running collegiately, Jennifer Bleakney opted to use her speed for field hockey.“She can run forever,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “She has an elite engine.”Before 2017, Bleakney was a forward on a national championship winning team. She transitioned to midfield for her junior season and has boosted her offensive output for No. 6 Syracuse (8-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast). Through eight games, she already has a career-high four assists and her four goals are two shy of her sophomore season total, in fewer than half as many games.The seamless transition is in large part because of Bleakney’s strong running ability — she ran a 4:58 1600-meter race her senior year in high school. Add in her effectiveness in close quarters, which she credited to her experience as a forward, and she’s become a top threat for SU.On Sunday against then-No. 24 Rutgers, Bleakney set-up in an attacking midfield position as Laura Hurff fed her a hard pass. With a defender closing in on her back, Bleakney received the pass and spun around the defender. She ran with the ball into the arc and fired a right-hand shot that clanged against the back of the goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think there’s more space to move around in,” Bleakney said of the midfield. “I just like being in the middle and making decisions in the midfield rather than up front.”SU’s midfield has limited opponent’s movement through the center of the field. Bleakney has joined Hurff, Erin Gillingham and Florine Hogendoorn in the midfield unit that’s rarely given the opponent a chance to test Syracuse’s backline.Gillingham, a senior midfielder who has started in every game this season, has eased Bleakney’s transition.“Just playing off of her and making sure my movements are sharp and crisp,” Gillingham said. “(If I do that) she has an easier transition into the midfield.”Bleakney still wants to improve vision despite totaling a career high in assists. It still has been difficult to know where to pass the ball after receiving it, she said. As a forward, the link-up play involves other forwards in and around the circle, she added. Now, she plays in relation to both of SU’s forwards and backs, finding the best passes to move the ball up the field.Learning the patterns of midfield movement has also come as a struggle for Bleakney. After spending much of her first two years grasping the forward movement Syracuse employs, she has had to learn a whole new system.“Forward movement is hard in itself,” Bleakney said. “It took a lot of time to learn that and then learning where the midfielders go and how to move off of our defenders is something else entirely.”The midfield has been an integral part in Syracuse allowing just two goals in nine games, with both goals coming against Wake Forest. Two first team All-American backs, Lies Lagerweij and Roos Weers, garner much of the credit for that performance. But it’s the midfield that presses quickly whenever Syracuse turns the ball over, often winning possession back. Bleakney, a convert to the position, has been a part of that.“If she continues on the path and relaxes,” Bradley said on Aug. 31, “I think she’s gonna have a great season and take us a long way.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers face toughest test to-date with No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth

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first_imgAfter a much-needed weekend off to relax and recover from an intense month of competition, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is back in action this weekend, taking on the University of Minnesota-Duluth in yet another away game.The Badgers (11-0-1-0, 9-0-1-0 WCHA) have spent much of their season away from LaBahn Arena, with almost two-thirds of their games on the road. This weekend’s battle against Duluth is no exception, and will be a battle between the No. 1 and No. 3 ranked teams in the country.Wisconsin and Duluth (7-2-3, 6-2-2 WCHA) have both faced, and taken down, some of the same opponents this season, including wins against the University of North Dakota, Ohio State University and Bemidji State University. With similarly successful season under their belts, junior forward Annie Pankowski knows that a win this weekend could provide UW with some much-needed momentum before they head into a two-weekend home stretch.“There’s an excitement to beat a team like Duluth at home,” Pankowski said. “They’re number three, and they’ve played some teams that we’ve played too, and we’ve both come out on top. I think that having the chance to go there and beat them at home gives us the chance to get a little bit of wind behind us.”Men’s hockey: Wisconsin takes on yet another opponent from the East with Merrimack matchThe Badgers play host to the Merrimack Warriors Friday and Saturday night at the Kohl Center after coming off a Read…Defensively speaking, Wisconsin has been quite the team this year. Not only has netminder Ann-Renée Desbiens been excelling at stopping pucks from hitting the back of the net, she is also backed by one of the strongest defensive cores in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.The defensive strength is going to be a challenge for Duluth, especially with senior defensive pairing Mellissa Channell and Jenny Ryan awaiting them in the Wisconsin D-zone. The senior duo of Channell and Ryan has been proving to be a brick wall for any team to get past, thanks in part to a chemistry that has been developing for four years.With such a strong pair anchoring the Wisconsin defense core, it is clear that UW is building one of the strongest defenses in the WCHA. Their strength is going to be tested this weekend; a matchup that will prove to be a good indicator for how Wisconsin will fare next month when they take on the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.“I think game by game we’re getting better,” Channell said. “We started off this season really early this year so I think it was kind of tough to get into the swing of things. As soon as we got going, got practices under our belt and got more games under our belt, we’ve just been improving every game.”The puck drops in Amisol Arena Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. CT.last_img read more

Republic continue preparations for Austria game

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first_imgThe Austrian captain and manager held their pre-game press conference earlier and outlined a need to improve defensively.Martin O’Neill’s team are currently second in Group D after the first three rounds of matchesMeanwhile, Northern Ireland host Azerbaijan in Windsor Park needing a win to stay in the running for qualification. At Wembley England host Scotland – the home side are two points clear at the top of the group with the Scots fourth.last_img

Yet another oil discovery in Guyana

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first_imgThe US-based oil giant, ExxonMobil Wednesday said that the latest oil discovery in Guyana will help bring production to more than 500,000 barrels per day.In a statement, the oil company said it was satisfied with the discovery in the Pacora Well in which drilling began on January 29 this year to a depth of 18,363 feet in 6,781 feet of water.Potential for 500,000 barrels daily“This latest discovery further increases our confidence in developing this key area of the Stabroek Block,” said Steve Greenlee, ExxonMobil Exploration Company president.“Pacora will be developed in conjunction with the giant Payara field, and along with other phases, will help bring Guyana production to more than 500,000 barrels per day,” he added.Aggressive program of explorationOn Tuesday, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said that the discovery was in keeping with “an aggressive program of exploration as we proceed towards production in 2020. “To date we have overseen the drilling of seven wells by Exxon, six of which have borne fruit in that they have proven good. One has not, but we have an excellent record and I would like to congratulate the crew of the Stena Carron drillship that has done 90 per cent of the discoveries without a day lost or any injuries or any man hour lost and that is commendable.”Guyana gained world attention in May last year, when ExxonMobil announced the discovery of more than 90 meters of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs about 120 miles off its coastline. The Liza-1 well was drilled to 5,433 meters in 1,742 meters of water, and is the first well on the Stabroek block.The Pacora-1 well is located approximately four miles west of the Payara-1 well, and follows previous discoveries on the Stabroek Block at Liza, Payara, Liza Deep, Snoek, Turbot and Ranger.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometers). Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is operator and holds 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 per cent interest.last_img read more

Richard Flint – Industry needs to rethink treatment

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first_img Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Speaking to BBC News, Richard Flint outgoing Chairman of Sky Betting & Gaming (Sky Bet) has stated that the gambling industry ‘hasn’t done enough to look after problem gamblers’.Flint who departs Sky Bet governance this June, further details that industry leadership ‘should consider funding a network of gambling treatment centres’.Sky Bet’s outgoing chairman and former CEO, makes his statement, as UK regulatory and national health stakeholders review how to develop better support structures for treatment of problem gambling.The pressure is mounting on the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), to introduce a new ‘wellness levy’ on licensed operators, forcing the industry to primarily pay for the development of UK gambling prevention, treatment and research networks.The treatment and prevention of gambling harms, has become a key agenda for betting leadership, with tier-1 operators such as GVC Holdings, William Hill and Sky Bet developing funding towards restructure and education disciplines.Leading Sky Bet in 2018, Richard Flint introduced the bookmaker’s ‘four-point plan’ on corporate responsibility, becoming the first UK betting incumbent to launch a dedicated social responsibility programme on gambling harms.This summer, the NHS will open its second dedicated gambling addiction treatment centre, in Sky Bet’s home city of Leeds, a development supported by Flint –“I’ve been to a gambling addiction treatment centre and seen the devastation that gambling addiction has caused people and their families,” he said.“Leeds is opening a treatment centre this summer which is a great step forward, but I do think we need a bigger network of treatment centres going forward.”last_img read more

Crash on M-32 slows traffic into Alpena

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAn accident slowed traffic on M–32 outside of McDonald’s late this morning.Traffic moving into Alpena came to a halt from approximately 11:40 a.m. To 12:15 this afternoon. A pick up and SUV collided near the intersection by McDonald and Applebee’s, leaving the passenger side of the SUV with significant damage. Captain Ken Piper of the Alpena Township fire department says no one was transported to the hospital from the scene and there were no injuries caused by the crash.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Accident, alpena, crash, M-32Continue ReadingPrevious First ever Alpena Veterans Coffee Hour coming to National Marine SanctuaryNext Bay City man arrested after swallowing cocainelast_img read more

Butler County sees first death from COVID-19

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first_imgALLISON — Butler County has reported our listening area’s third death due to COVID-19. A statement from the Butler County Department of Public Health on Saturday announced the first death in the county due to coronavirus. The individual was a 61-80 year old. Previous deaths in our listening area were reported in Cerro Gordo and Floyd counties.25 new COVID-19 cases were identified in our listening area over the weekend, with 21 of those new cases in Wright County, two in Cerro Gordo, and single cases in Butler, Franklin and Kossuth, with one case being subtracted from Mitchell County’s total. That brings the total number of cases in our listening area to 299. 13 more local cases recovered for a total of 99.State health officials say two more people died with COVID-19, so the state has had 533 deaths as part of the coronavirus outbreak.The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that 19,488 people had tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 245 since Saturday. More than half of the state’s confirmed cases were concentrated in seven counties: Polk, Woodbury, Black Hawk, Linn, Marshall, Dallas and Buena Vista.last_img read more