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first_imgThe Nnewi-born tactician spoke about his team’s priority and the importance of the maximum points during a pre-match press conference yesterday before wrapping up preparations for the big game at the Soccer Temple.“I’m aware they have a strong team with quality coaches and quality players as well playing on the continent but beating them is our priority for now and we want to do just that on Friday.“The game is very, very important to us and we are prepared well enough to face Rangers because last season we were not able to beat them both home and away.“The maximum points is so crucial to us and I’m sure we will do all our best to defeat Rangers which I know will not be easy but we will beat Rangers by God’s grace,” the youthful coach told mountaintopfc.com.MFM FC are in fourth place on the 20-team Nigerian top flight table with 13 points with two outstanding matches at hand against Rivers United and Wikki Tourists. Rangers on the other hand are fifth from bottom of the log with nine points from seven NPFL games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NFPLHead coach of high-flying Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club, Fidelis Ilechukwu has said his side’s priority for the moment is to defeat reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers tonight.The Olukoya Boys will host the Flying Antelopes in one of Matchday 10 fixtures of this weekend at the Soccer Temple, Agege Township Stadium in Lagos.last_img read more

first_imgThe star that shines brightest in the constellation of power basketball conferences remains, now almost perpetually, the Big East. From No. 3 Syracuse to the No. 25 upstart Cincinnati Bearcats, eight schools from the nation’s most complete conference continue to litter both NCAA polls. A Big East-flavored top 25 is about as close to a given as sports will allow.Each year since 2004, the gauntlet from hell, which poses as the Big East conference, has yielded at least five schools in the year-end polls and has sent more teams to dance in March than any other conference in the country. And it appears that in 2011 we will not encounter an aberration to that compounding trend.But what has made this conference into the powerhouse that it has become? Why do we, year in and year out, find ourselves staring at Jim Boeheim’s shiny head on the big stages or have to, once again, root against another Bob Huggins-coached team replete with players who have no intentions to graduate from college?It’s the coaching.Whether athletes remain in college for the full four years or not, rosters frequently change, meaning that, barring removal from their positions, coaches are often the only constant.And the head coaches in the Big East are far and away the best group in the country.Two of the coaches, Boeheim of Syracuse and Jim Calhoun of Connecticut, are now fixtures in the record books as they, with each passing season, climb closer to the acme of all-time wins by a head coach (currently held by Bob Knight with 902).Boeheim (843 career wins), a devout professor of the 2-3 zone, consistently produces teams that frequent the late rounds of the NCAA tournament. But aside from Carmelo Anthony, with whom the Hall of Fame head coach won his only national championship, the list of superstars that have come through Syracuse runs rather short. In fact, the list might end with ‘Melo. Derrick Coleman? Sherman Douglas? Maybe that’s why the practice facility is already named the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center.Seven regular season titles with an abbreviated list of remarkable players leads me to believe that Boeheim is directly responsible for the school’s success.Jim Calhoun, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee himself, has encountered even more success than Boeheim, winning two national championships and six Big East championships over the course of his career. During those title runs, he has had the aid of several outstanding athletes such as Ray Allen and Richard Hamilton.But even with future NBA champions, winning two titles with distinctly different teams points to Calhoun as the reason why.The list of coaches in the Big East who have made a significant impact, not only in the conference, but also nationally, goes on.A rung down from the two Hall of Famers sits a group of coaches who have already found their own success in the nation’s toughest conference. Rick Pitino, whose mantra remains “shoot now, ask questions later,” has led three different schools to the Final Four (Providence, Kentucky and Louisville), a resume that seems to fit nicely with the rest of the conference’s coaches.Also in that second tier, Jamie Dixon, in his eighth year as head coach at Pittsburgh, has molded his team into a perennial high seed in the NCAA tournament; an impressive feat considering the Pittsburgh job is the first head-coaching gig he has held.Throw in Mike Bray of Notre Dame, the third-longest tenured coach in the Big East (behind Boeheim and Calhoun) and West Virginia’s Bob Huggins who, aside from his maligned reputation of failing to graduate his players, continues to produce deep tournament runs, and you come up with a wealth of accomplished head coaches unrivaled by any other conference in the country.But even then, the list of talented Big East coaches continues. Jay Wright of Villanova has led his team to six straight 20-win seasons with two Elite Eight and one Final Four appearance over that stretch. And the new coaches on the block, Buzz Williams of Marquette and Georgetown’s John Thompson III, have had early success as well.No other conference in the land has the collection of quality at head coach like the Big East. The ACC may have Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Gary Williams, but after that, the names read rather vapid. Again, the ACC is undeniably down this year.In the Big 12, after Bill Self and Rick Barnes, no one has proven themselves as a great coach. The verdict is still out on Frank Martin until he wins without Michael Beasley.The reason for the Big East’s dominance is clear: they have the best coaching. And the success of those coaches perpetuates the inflow of good players who want to play for a thriving program in the best conference in the country.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Floyd Little got a glimpse of the structure that will forever enshrine him on the Syracuse University campus. A look, just to see, before a ceremony on Saturday would make its existence official. A statue of Little that people will walk by and always know what he meant to the football program and the school.He wanted his look to be quick. He wanted the moment on Saturday to still feel novel, as if he was seeing it for the first time, just like everybody else.“To see a statue,” Little said, before pausing. “I don’t know how to feel, because it’s something that’s totally different. To realize that you’ve lived long enough to see a statue of you on the campus of Syracuse University in perpetuity. All the kids for years to come will be able to see an image of me on the campus. That’s huge for me.”On Saturday at 11:45 a.m. outside the Ensley Athletic Center, Little will be honored along with Jim Brown and the late Ernie Davis. Each will have a statue side by side in what is being dubbed Plaza 44. When the groundbreaking took place in May, the school announced the restoration of the No. 44 out of retirement, but its future has been in ambiguity ever since.Later in the day at 3:30 p.m., Syracuse (3-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) will host No. 1 Clemson (9-0, 6-0) in the Carrier Dome. It’s a moment that Little says is a “separate entity” from the festivities that morning. And one he’s looking forward to because his entire extended family will be there to support him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“To be able to go back and honor our three great legends of 44 … is sensational,” Cliff Ensley said. “Floyd was always my hero and still is.”Director of Athletics Mark Coyle and Chancellor Kent Syverud will both be in attendance. Brown had yet to  respond about his attendance as of Monday afternoon, but Little said he’d love for the fellow Syracuse icon to come.Regardless, Little said being cemented in Syracuse history next to two other No. 44 legends is all that he could ask for.“It’s important we recognize some of the heroes,” Little said. “It’s like the Pro Football Hall of Fame, to honor the heroes of the game. That’s what this is all about. Honoring the heroes of the game.” Comments Published on November 12, 2015 at 9:40 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

first_imgComing off its second straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship, No. 5 Syracuse (10-4, 2-2 ACC) plays Colgate (4-9, 2-6 Patriot) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 1 p.m. Before the Orange matches up with the Red Raiders check out three questions facing SU.1. How did Syracuse pull off this feat of winning the ACC championship after a relatively lackluster season?Connor Grossman: There’s a better reason than Evan Molloy’s emergence in net, although his performance can’t possibly be understated against two of the country’s best offenses. Ben Williams has been SU’s rock at the X the past two seasons. He’s been one of the best in the country at his position. But there’s a glaring weakness. He knows it. He assumes opponents know it. His performance at the end of games has been dismal at times. In Syracuse’s overtime losses to Johns Hopkins and the Blue Devils, Williams folded in the fourth quarter and overtime. The game-changing faceoff has seemingly always been out of his reach. But in the ACC tournament, there was nothing he had to reach for. There were no late comebacks, largely because of his dominance late in the game that held opponents at bay. He combined to go 9-of-13 in the fourth quarter in the conference tournament to seal the Orange’s title. That’s as encouraging a sign as any from this past weekend.Jon Mettus: Syracuse has always had the potential, it was just a matter of putting the pieces together. The Orange was ranked No. 4 prior to the year and started out 5-0 before hitting the rough stretch against Johns Hopkins, Duke, Notre Dame and Cornell that had people wondering if it was even an NCAA tournament team. Three of those developed from blown fourth-quarter leads into overtime losses. What you’re seeing now is a much improved defensed spurred by the emergence of Molloy in net. Without him, SU doesn’t win the ACC title, which is why he was voted MVP. SU has a spread out attack that’s hard to stop and Williams is back in his groove at the X.Paul Schwedelson: I’m going to be the corny guy here, but every roundtable needs that guy anyway, right? Defense wins championships. And that’s what happened. Molloy played absolutely out of his mind with impressive save after impressive save. But then he also kickstarted Syracuse’s offense and directly contributed to at least two goals in the title game. His MVP honors are 100 percent deserved. And the Orange’s slide-and-recovery game really picked up. Deemer Class and Myles Jones, one of the best offensive midfielder duos in the nation, were held to just two goals and no assists. North Carolina’s Michael Tagliaferri and Luke Goldstock combined for no goals. All in all, it came down to SU’s defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Can Syracuse carry over its level of play from the ACC tournament to the NCAA tournament? Why?C.G.: It’s hard to argue that it won’t, especially when Syracuse put it together against two elite teams in the span of three days. But the NCAA tournament is a different animal. Just ask last year’s SU team that shocked the college lacrosse world with a loss in the quarterfinals. Sure, a fortified defense and goalie situation probably gives the team more confidence than it had a month ago. But the NCAA tournament selection committee likes to avoid early-round rematches. SU’s best asset against Duke and UNC was familiarity. There’s only so much that can be extracted from two exciting ACC tournament wins and a sure-fire game against Colgate on Saturday. The unknown is what will stop Syracuse.Courtesy of Michael J. Okoniewski | Syracuse Athletic CommunicationsJ.M.: Syracuse is a wild card going into the NCAA tournament, as is UNC, which SU beat to get to the conference title game. This has been a weird season of lacrosse as a whole and the Orange kind of epitomizes that. You couldn’t watch the last seven minutes of the ACC championship on TV, but it was probably the best stretch of lacrosse for the Orange all season. Five unanswered goals to turn a one-score game into a near-blowout. A 4-for-5 performance at the X by Williams. SU is peaking right now and its ceiling is high. But one slip up would likely mean an early exit from the tournament. Ultimately, though, if Molloy continues to play lights out, the offense will find a way to score and the Orange will be a very tough team to beat.P.S.: Absolutely. Syracuse’s downfall earlier in the year was never a lack in ability. It just hadn’t made key plays down the stretch of games. Against Duke in the ACC championship, Williams won 7-of-8 faceoffs in the fourth quarter. The Orange scored five straight goals after the weather delay to bury the Blue Devils. Things are coming together for SU at the right time of year and that’s what head coach John Desko had been preaching since January. Replacing five of its top six scorers from last year was a daunting task and it seems as though Syracuse is really clicking now.3. What is Syracuse’s biggest weakness now that the goalie/defense situation seems to be settled?C.G.: In a convoluted sort of way, the depth of the Orange offense might emerge as team’s biggest weakness in the NCAA tournament. As it looks on paper, the team boasts one of the most spread out offenses in the country. Usually a good thing when the whole operation isn’t a one-man band. But against a lockdown defense (Notre Dame and its 7.75 goals allowed per game, for example), can someone like Sergio Salcido or Tim Barber take the reins on offense? If primary attack threats Nick Mariano and Dylan Donahue are shut off, the reliability of SU’s secondary offensive pieces seems questionable. To spin the question a different way, this scenario is going to be the team’s greatest test heading into May. It might stand as the biggest weakness if SU’s not playing on Memorial Day weekend.J.M.: I still think Syracuse’s biggest weakness is its defense — Molloy excluded — specifically, its man-down defense. Don’t get me wrong, the D is much improved from the one we saw blow multiple late leads in the middle of the season, but the Orange has allowed man-up goals on more than 47 percent of its opponents’ chances. That percentage ranks 62nd in the country. Four of North Carolina’s seven goals in the ACC semifinal game came on the man-up, which was the only reason the Tar Heels were still in the game. With SU averaging three penalties per contest, a poor man-down showing can easily spoil an entire game.P.S.: I’m still interested to see how Syracuse’s offense will do against a top-tier defense. So far this season, the Orange has only played two teams ranked in the top 25 in goals allowed per game nationwide. That’s Notre Dame (seventh), which SU scored just seven goals against, and Army (sixth), which it scored nine goals against. In the NCAA tournament, it’s probably going to take 10 goals to win games. Syracuse’s balanced attack with Dylan Donahue running the show and feeding to dynamic midfielders like Salcido and Mariano has been pretty good. But I don’t know if it’s been spectacular. And based on seeding, there’s a chance the Orange will end up playing a team with a stellar defense like Notre Dame, Maryland (ranks tied for ninth), Navy (ranks first), Yale (ranks eight), Loyola (ranks tied for ninth) or Brown (ranks 14th). Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 6, 2016 at 4:41 pmlast_img read more

first_imgAs the NFF/AITEO Federation Cup 2018 approaches its final destination of Asaba, Delta state, where next year’s CAF Confederation cup candidate will emerge, Rangers International F.C is set to brush aside the challenges of Nasarawa United F.C to pick the final ticket as both sides trade tackles in one of the semi-final matches fixed for Sani Abacha stadium, Kano.The ‘Flying Antelopes’ are targeting their first final appearance in over a decade after they narrowly lost to now defunct Dolphins led by former Rangers great, Ifeanyi Onyedika in Lagos in the year 2007 while their opponents, Nasarawa United were losing finalist two seasons back.Coach Olugbenga Ogunbote who guided his wards past a tricky quarter-final tie against defending champions, Akwa United where Rangers came from behind to tie the encounter at regulation time and went on to win on penalties 4-2 to qualify for this stage of the annual competition that is sponsored by oil giants, Aiteo while coach Kabiru Dogo’ wards relied on a late goal to send El-Kanemi Warriors F.C out of the competition in Aba on Thursday, October 4, 2018 in another quarter-final encounter. Coach Ogunbote told Rangers official website yesterday he was happy making it to the Last Four stage of the competition.“We thank God again for His divine favour. It was a tough match against the defending champions but I believe that if you want to be a champion, you must beat champions.“Looking ahead to the semi-finals, we are not expecting anything less because as you progress, the competition becomes tougher and we are prepared to hold tight to our plans as our target remains hitting the finals and been crowned champions,” stressed the Rangers gaffer.He however admitted to be familiar with Nasarawa and their brand of football.“Nasarawa United we know is not a small team. We lost once to them in the league and were not able to pay them back in their own coin as the league ended abruptly. So, we have conditioned our minds towards stopping them on their tracks on Wednesday in Kano,” concluded the vastly traveled coach.Captain of Rangers, Okechukwu Odita, who scored the equalizer against Akwa United said ahead the Nasarawa United match, “No two matches are the same but we are ready to defend the colors of Rangers with the last drop our bloods. The motivation is there and we are physically and mentally ready for the Nasarawa challenge.“Surely, nothing good comes easy and we know this so we are re-doubling our efforts to see that we overcome Nasarawa on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and head down to Asaba for another drink from the oldest trophy in the land,” he reassured fans of the Enugu club.The ‘Flying Antelopes’, Saturday morning, at the Sani Abacha stadium, defeated Kano based armature side, Dorayi United F.C 1-0 in a practice match with Godwin Zaki converting a spot kick in the first half after a ball handling incident.Rangers which last won the trophy over three decades back are pitched against the ‘Solid Miners’ from Lafia in one of the semi-final games while it would be a North-West regional derby as Katsina United trades tackles with Kano Pillars, ‘Sai Masu Gida’, winners of the delayed, quarter-final fixture against Enyimba International after a 4-2 demolition job, in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgLast Updated: 29th August, 2020 22:43 IST Khel Ratnas To Get Rs 25 Lakh; Arjuna & Dronacharya Awardees 15 Lakh Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on the occasion of National Sports Day on Saturday announced an enhancement in the prize money in four of the seven categories Amid Covid-19 pandemic resulting in economic slashdown and cuts, this comes as a fresh air. In an incredible decision by Sports Ministry, believe it or not, the prize money for the Khel Ratna Award has been increased to Rs 25 lakh from the previous amount of Rs 7.5 lakh, Arjuna and Dronacharya (Lifetime) awards have been enhanced to Rs 15 lakh from Rs 5 lakh.Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on the occasion of National Sports Day on Saturday announced an enhancement in the prize money in four of the seven categories of the National Sports and Adventure Awards. READ | Rijiju Defends Govt’s Decision To Confer Sports Awards To Record 74 WinnersWhile Dhronacharya (Regular) will be given Rs 10 lakh instead of Rs 5 lakh per awardee. Dhyanchand Awardees will be given Rs 10 lakh instead of Rs 5 lakh.“The prize money for the Sports Awards was last reviewed in 2008. These amounts should be reviewed once every 10 years at least. If professionals in every field have seen an enhancement in their earnings, why not our sportspersons,” Rijiju said.Sports Minister also paid a floral tribute to the statue of Dhyan Chand on the occasion of the hockey legend’s 115th Birth Anniversary at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium this morning. READ | National Sports Day: Amit Shah Salutes Sportspersons, Lauds PM’s Khelo India Initiative”Today is a very important day for all of us, especially the sporting fraternity.  Major Dhyan Chand’s three consecutive gold medals for India and his exemplary skills and determination makes every Indian proud. On the occasion of this National Sports Day, the govt confers the awards and I would like to congratulate all the award winners for the accolades and honours they have brought to India,” Rijiju mentioned.Asked why the number of sports awardees this year have increased significantly, with 74 awards being given in 7 categories,  he said, “The performance of our athletes in the international level has become better. When our players perform better, they have to be recognized and rewarded. If the Govt doesn’t recognize their achievements, it will discourage every budding sporting talent we have in India. So, compared to the previous years, the performances of the Indian athletes have gone up considerably and as a result, the number of award winners have also gone up,” the Sports Minister said. READ | National Sports Day Quotes 2020 To Share On Major Dhyan Chand’s Birth Anniversary”Secondly, there should be a proper process in which you make a choice. For the sports awards, the committee was headed by a Supreme Court judge and all the renowned people from the field of sports. When they take a call there is intense deliberation, discussion and there are set guidelines on the basis of which they have used their judgment. There might be disappointments on certain occasions but sports awards are not for one year. It is the cumulative performance of four years. So if any sportsperson is left out because of other contenders in the same category, it is rewarded next year. The cumulative performance of four years is taken up. The Minister doesn’t decide the awards, the Minister only gives the consent on behalf of the Govt but it is the technical committee which decides,” he said.Rijiju also paid his commiserations to late athletics coach Purushotham Rai, who passed away last night after a massive heart attack. The Bengaluru based coach was due to get the Dronacharya Award during Saturday’s virtual ceremony in person from Bengaluru.READ | National Sports Day 2020: History, Significance And Importance Of The Day In India 1 week ago Khel Ratna, Arjuna awards to be conferred virtually on Aug 29 First Published: 29th August, 2020 12:09 IST Suman Ray Written By 1 week ago Rohit Sharma expresses gratitude on Khel Ratna Award, says ‘It is a big motivating factor’ SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TVcenter_img FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND WATCH US LIVE COMMENT 1 week ago National Sports Day: Amit Shah salutes sportspersons, lauds PM’s Khelo India Initiative 2 weeks ago Khel Ratna Award: Vinesh Phogat, Manika recommended for India’s highest sporting honour 2 weeks ago Tamil Nadu Guv Purohit lauds Mariyappan Thangavelu on winning Khel ratna awardlast_img read more

first_imgThe Jamaican government collects millions pulling in revenue from amnesty offered to residents who have not paid fines in traffic tickets.The Jamaica government says it has collected some J$160 million from unpaid traffic ticket fines, under the Traffic Ticket Amnesty that started on August 2.National Security Minister, Robert Montague, told the Jamaican Parliament earlier this week that the three-month amnesty which will end on October 31, is pertinent to tickets issued between September 1, 2010 and July 31, 2017.Pay without incurring penaltiesUnder the amnesty, persons are given the opportunity to pay outstanding ticket fines without incurring penalties or any additional fees.“I want to use this opportunity to urge all members of the public who believe they may have any outstanding ticket or tickets to make that call before the new Road Traffic Act comes in with harsher penalties,” Montague said.Pay onlineMotorists may pay outstanding traffic tickets online, using Tax Administration Jamaica’s website – jamaicatax.gov.jm – or at any Tax Office located island-wide.According to official figures, the outstanding traffic tickets in the courts total J$2.283 billion, with the Inland Revenue Department records indicating that there is J$565.92 million in outstanding tickets as at December 31, 2016.Notorious offendersAccording to reports some Jamaican motorists are notorious for paying scan attention to traffic tickets issued to them by law enforcement officers for various traffic violations. This lax action has costed the Jamaican government significant in loss of revenue.The tax holiday is meant to correct the situation by allowing those who were given traffic tickets the opportunity to pay the fines without penalty. After, October, the penalty for ignoring payment traffic ticket fines is expected to be very stern.Several officesTax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has opened several offices on Saturdays during the three month Traffic Ticket Amnesty to facilitate members of the public paying their outstanding traffic ticket fines. The following Tax Offices operate between the hours of 10am – 4pm:Constant SpringMontego BaySpanish TownMay PenMandevilleSavanna-la-marSt. Ann’s BayThe Portmore Tax Office will continue its regular Saturday opening.last_img read more

first_imgJacob Rapoport, RumbleMonkeyRumbleMonkey, the online platform that allows gamers to play head-to-head in their favorite esports titles for real money, has announced that it is expanding its closed beta, and adding a ‘suite of new features’. The new features include a ‘more intuitive onboarding process’, as well as an upgraded match history and statistics, improved funds management, and a seamless user experience.Jacob Rapoport, RumbleMonkey CEO commented: “The expansion of our beta is an important moment for RumbleMonkey and our users. “Right from the start, our goal has been to develop a platform that makes it fun and easy for gamers to jump into their favorite games and compete in real-money matches. This update is a major step toward that goal.”RumbleMonkey currently supports only Hearthstone but has plans to expand into other titles down the line. Admittedly it’s Hearthstone’s popularity amongst pro poker players which makes it a more obvious and natural fit for real money play.We interviewed Jacob back in March about their plans in the space. Esports Insider says: We like the feel of the RumbleMonkey platform and it’s a great, and safe, option for Hearthstone players to play head to head for real money. We’re looking forward to new titles being added and RumbleMonkey’s further development.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — The 2019 Thunder Bay International Film Festival begins Wednesday night on the road at Alcona High School.Tuesday means one last day of previews for local students in the area. Students at Alpena High School got the chance to have a sneak peek of some of the movies coming to the 7th annual film fest. A discussion took place after viewing a few of the selections.“It made me really think about our actions and what I can do to help prevent these things from continuing,” said Freshman Emma Allen.Students, volunteers, and festival coordinators talked about environmental issues facing our Oceans and Great Lakes. The freshmen that attended the afternoon session had a few favorite films. They also took away some important messages that the films portrayed.“It’s interesting to see how sharks are treated, and how they can be treated better,” said Freshman Ande Fischer. “They are not just these vicious animals that we see, they are actually are beautiful creatures, and they have a life too.”“There were a couple standouts that really made you think about what we do to ecosystems and how it effects other species,” said Freshman Sawyer Haugerude.This was the last round of previews for the film fest. Over 1,000 students got a first look thanks to the Friends of Thunder Bay, volunteers from Huron Pines Americorp, and volunteers from the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Intiative.The film fest kicks off Wednesday in Alcona. Thursday, the film fest travels up to Rogers City then back to Alpena on Friday through Sunday.More information on films and tickets for the festival can be found at www.thunderbayfriends.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 2019 Thunder Bay International Film Festival, Alcona High School, alpena, Alpena High School, Film Fest, First Federal/mBank Community Foundation, friends of thunder bay national marine sanctuary, Huron Pines AmeriCorp, Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship InitiativeContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan Air National Guard officials seeking community leaders input in airspace proposalNext Alpena City Council approves 1-percent administration fee on tax billslast_img read more

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has marked his 100th game in charge by watching Liverpool produce an irresistible performance as they beat a toothless Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in the English Premier League at White Hart Lane.Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno were on target as Liverpool bounced back from last week’s defeat by champions Manchester City with a classy performance that ended Tottenham’s 100 per cent start to the season.Enigmatic striker Mario Balotelli made amends for his wasteful finishing on his Liverpool debut with his impressive all round performance and positive work ethic in Sunday’s match.The result allowed fifth-placed Liverpool to move level with Tottenham in the standings with six points.Balotelli nearly enjoyed a dream start inside three minutes, but his powerful close-range header was parried by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.Spurs had been joint English Premier League leaders after winning their opening two league games without conceding a goal, but were left reeling by Liverpool’s trademark explosive start. Sturridge and Henderson linked up well and the latter’s well-weighted cross was steered in at an acute angle at the far post by Sterling in the seventh minute.Tottenham took just one point from eight games against last season’s top four, conceding 27 goals and scoring just two, and Sterling’s goal signalled the start of another forgettable day.Sturridge and Balotelli had chances to extend their lead, but were thwarted by a combination of poor finishing and the athletic Lloris.Spurs were second best for much of the first half, but could have drawn level in the 42nd minute had it not been for Simon Mignolet’s stunning save that blocked Nacer Chadli’s rasping shot.Liverpool started the second half with the same intent they displayed in the first, with Gerrard coolly converting a penalty after Joe Allen had been needlessly pulled back by Eric Dier. Moreno, who had been at fault for Stevan Jovetic’s first goal as Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City last week, added a third with a superb solo run and finish after he had dispossessed Andros Townsend on the halfway line.last_img read more