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first_imgMAINSTAY Gold Stars came up golden when they defeated Charity Extreme 2-1 in the final of the Essequibo/Pomeroon Football Association (EPFA) knockout tournament and in doing so, have earned the right to represent the EPFA in the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Super16 Cup 2019 which kicks off next weekend.Playing at the New Opportunity Corps ground on the Essequibo Coast, Mainstay drew first blood when Xavier Fernandez blasted the back of the net in the 10th minute. It was a lead that the lads from Mainstay held on to until the second half when Charity Extreme fired back to level things up.Stanley Holder was on target in the 49th minute for Charity. His goal injected new life into the match as both teams were now sensing that they had an equal chance of not only winning the match but going on to represent Essequibo in the GFF year-end tournament which promises lots of excitement.That slot would, however, be filled by the Mainstay Gold Stars side and they owe their victory to a well-crafted goal off the boot of Christopher Belfield who rocked the net in the 69th minute.Mainstay Gold Stars will now be stepping up their preparation game in order to be ready for their first test in the GFF Super16 Cup later this month.last_img read more

first_img* Rivers United through to Round of 32Duro IkhazuagbeThe usual drama associated with FA Cups around the world continued yesterday as 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Lobi Stars of Makurdi, was sent out of the Round of 64 stage of the AITEO Federation Cup.Lobi is to represent Nigeria in next season’s CAF Champions League after being declared winners of the 2018 NPFL season with over a dozen matches left to be played. Amateur clubside, Standard FC stopped Lobi from dreaming of a double this season when after a 1-1 result in regulation time, the Kaduna team triumphed 3-2 on penalty shootout.Interestingly, it was Standard that took the lead in the first half before the NPFL champions rallied to even score in the second stanza.The drama of topflight teams crashing did not stop with Lobi. Lagos church team, MFM FC, also exited the competition in shootout.Second-tier Bet9ja Nigeria National League team, Sokoto United defeated Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and his NPFL campaigners 4-3 in the ensuing penalty kicks after regulation time ended goalless.However, it was not all bad news for NPFL teams as River United who struggled to escape drop to the lower league in the 2017 season crushed a hapless Gusau XI 6-0 to progress to the Round of 32 at the Lafia City Stadium in Nasarawa State capital.Bernard Ovoke was in fine form scoring four times as Rivers United totally annihilated Gusau Eleven.Frederick Obomate and Malachy Ohawume contributed the other two goals for the Rivers State own team.In another game whose second half was concluded yesterday morning, Kwara United defeated Ogun All Stars FC 3-1 to progress to the Round of 32 also.Earlier on Sunday, Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, Heartland Football Club of Owerri and Bendel Insurance FC of Benin City all crashed out of the competition.Shooting lost to Supreme Court while the Naze Millionaires were caged by Confine FC. Insurance lost to Remo Stars Feeder team.However, Cup holders Akwa United moved into next round of the competition with a comprehensive 7-0 drubbing of amateur club, Hope of Glory in their round of 64 tie.In Port Harcourt, Akwa United showed their form as they completely outclassed Hope of Glory with Aniekeme Asuquo grabbing a hat-trick while the duo of Victor Mbaoma and Ezekiel Bassey scored a brace apiece.Shooting Stars lost 5-4 on penalties to fellow Bet9ja Nigeria National League side, Supreme Court in Benin. The game ended in a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes.Nationwide League one side, Cofine FC created one of the biggest upsets of the round by edging out Heartland 4-2 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 at regulation time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgAfter Saturday’s neck-and-neck 1–0 loss for the No. 1 Badgers, Sunday’s edition of the Border Battle rivalry proved to be a different narrative. Wisconsin (9-1-0, 3-1-0-0 WCHA) earned a convincing 4–1 victory over the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-2-1, 5-2-1-0 WCHA) to cap off a hard-fought weekend series at LaBahn Arena.Despite being outshot for the first time this season (31-29), Wisconsin was able to capitalize off its chances in the second and third periods to pull away from its Border Battle rival. It would not have been possible if not for Wisconsin goalie Kristen Campbell’s brave performance. Campbell recorded 30 saves, 18 of which came in the third period.“That was the most shots I’ve faced in my career here,” Campbell said of the third period barrage from Minnesota.On offense, though, the Badgers were able to flip the script from Saturday’s showing. Freshman Sophie Shirley, sophomore Natalie Buchbinder, freshman Britta Curl and senior Annie Pankowski all scored for the Badgers. Senior defense Maddie Rolfes recorded a career-high three assists and a +3 plus/minus rating, helping the Badgers earn their ninth victory of the season.Football: Wisconsin shredded 31-17 by NorthwesternInjuries rendered the Wisconsin roster nearly unrecognizable Saturday versus Northwestern, and the Wildcats pounced on the oportunity to shred an Read…Shirley, last week’s WCHA Rookie of the Week, continued the impressive opening stretch to her Badger career, finding the net at the 15:43 mark in the first period for the game’s opening goal for her sixth score of the season. Minnesota answered quickly, controlling the tempo and possession for much of the period. Gopher freshman Emily Oden added a goal at the 2:25 mark, leaving the two sides tied 1–1 to close the first.The second period belonged to Wisconsin, who outshot Minnesota 14-5 in the frame. In what was a prolonged display of offense, however, the Badgers could only tally one goal: A top-shelf beauty off the stick of sophomore Natalie Buchbinder, who earned her second-career game-winning goal in the process.Defending a 2–1 advantage heading into the third period, Campbell came out knowing what to expect from the No. 3 ranked team in the country.“I think we all knew that they were going to come out hard,” Campbell said. “Obviously, they were down a goal, they were hungry, so just being ready for that and knowing that we’ve been in this position before where we’ve had a one-goal lead. I just had to be ready for anything and having to kill a couple penalties, too, everyone had to have each other’s backs out there. It was great to get the win.”Campbell’s ability and the Wisconsin back-line to sustain the Gopher attack in the third proved to be the difference in the game. The Badgers were able to add a third goal off the stick of Britta Curl with 5:16 to go, followed by an empty-net goal from Pankowski to close the contest.Women’s hockey: No. 3 University of Minnesota serves Badgers their first loss of seasonThe No. 1 ranked Badgers (8-1-0, 4-1-0 WCHA) faced off against the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-1-1, 5-1-1 WCHA) Read…Head coach Mark Johnson credited the team for how they responded to their first loss of the season.“The coaching staff was interested in how they would respond after our first loss. I think we came out and played a real strong game,” Johnson said. “Every game presents its teaching moments and certainly in the third period. The effort was good, the crowd was good and we got to give the players a lot of credit for responding in a real positive way.”For Campbell, though, it was all about her teammates.“I think we just keep each other calm, especially when we’re up a goal and killing penalties,” Campbell said. “It’s all about communication as a team.”Up next for the Badgers: A trip to Mankato, Minnesota for a weekend against Minnesota State. Puck drops Friday at 6 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgWith 1:27 left in the Rose Bowl and his team needing a touchdown to even the score, Sam Darnold had a decision to make.USC, marching downfield quickly, had a first down at Penn State’s 27-yard line. Taking the snap out of the shotgun, the redshirt freshman quarterback surveyed the field. He surely must have seen junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster wide open in the left flat for an easy 10-yard pick-up. That would have been the safe, conventional play: A first down catch to temporarily stop the clock and set up in the red zone with plenty of time remaining to tie the game.Out over the middle in the end zone was another option. Sophomore wide receiver Deontay Burnett had run a post route through the teeth of the Penn State secondary, but he was well covered; linebacker Cam Brown was playing Burnett shallow and safety Marcus Allen was back deep. Any pass would have to be pinpoint accurate, or else it would be a sure interception and a comeback-that-wasn’t.Very few quarterbacks in the country at any level would have taken that throw over the conventional, no-risk first-down conversion.But if we’ve learned anything about Darnold, it’s that he’s hardly conventional, and that a high-risk, high-reward play is essentially his bread and butter.It didn’t take long for offensive coordinator Tee Martin to realize he had something special in Darnold.The redshirt freshman’s first career start was a 31-27 loss at Utah, but he had played well. Darnold completed 18 of 26 passes for 253 yards and had his team in position for a win until a last-second touchdown gave the victory to Utah.Listening in on his headphones upstairs, Martin saw a certain bravado in the way Darnold conducted himself both on the bench and on the field.“For me, listening upstairs from what he was saying on the sideline, he has this macho leadership about him, a sense of confidence,” Martin said. “I think the guys feed off that. I thought he did a good job of managing the offense and making plays, too. There were some decisions out there that he made that was next-level type stuff.”The following week, Darnold earned his first career win in a breakout performance at home against Arizona State. By halftime, he had 212 yards passing. He finished with 352w yards in the air for three touchdowns as the offense dropped 41 points on the Sun Devils.His teammates started coming around to him, welcoming a revamped offense after the early-season struggles under then-starting quarterback Max Browne. Darnold’s dual-threat ability had become apparent.“It was exciting to see a guy like [Darnold],” junior cornerback Adoree’ Jackson said. “He can run the ball, throw the ball and run while he’s throwing.”By now, head coach Clay Helton also probably knew the talent he had unleashed in Darnold. But the following week against Colorado, USC barely scraped by with a 21-17 win after the quarterback was responsible for three of the team’s four turnovers, fumbling twice and throwing his first career interception. Still, Darnold threw for 358 yards, his most of the season. And USC had just beaten the Pac-12 South leader.So Helton didn’t make turnovers too much of a concern. He knew a quarterback as aggressive as Darnold would commit errors. He didn’t want Darnold becoming a robot. After the game, Helton reinforced that message to his quarterback, telling him to “drive it like you stole it.”“You play the game with no fear and he does,” Helton said. “He does some things that people can’t do, so you let him do it.”Lo and behold, Darnold came back strong the following week against Arizona and proved his coach right. Under the scorching Tucson sun, Darnold torched the Wildcats for five touchdown passes, throwing, scrambling and running circles all over the defense. Up big in the fourth, Helton pulled Darnold and the starters and put in the second unit. He expected the first-year starter — fresh off the best performance of his young career — to come off the field and give him a smile. Instead, he got a promise.“Coach, there’s more out there,” Darnold said to Helton.Specifically, Darnold was upset at a few deep balls that didn’t connect with receivers.“You saw the long balls in the first half,” Darnold said. “Guys were open and I missed them.”“He’s a perfectionist,” Helton added. “He’d be a great coach one day. He’s one of those guys that expects perfection and demands it of himself — as well as his teammates — and that’s important.”Darnold answered his own call by dropping another five-touchdown performance the next week against Cal, and then led USC’s 45-20 rout over Oregon on Nov. 5.That set up a date on the road with then-No. 4 Washington, an unbeaten team looking to ruin Darnold’s darling season. But the redshirt freshman stood his ground, out-dueling Heisman Trophy contender Jake Browning and silencing the raucous Husky Stadium crowd.Both of his touchdown passes were vintage Darnold plays — tough throws to the back of the end zone and absolute lasers that were right on the money — but the one to redshirt freshman tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe to give USC a two-score lead in the fourth quarter would be a harbinger of things to come. On third-and-goal, Darnold rifled a pass over multiple defenders right into the outstretched arms of Imatorbhebhe, who hauled it in.It was such a risky throw that redshirt junior defensive back Chris Hawkins thought it would be intercepted.“It was one of the most beautiful passes I’ve ever seen,” he told Darnold on the sideline.If he hadn’t by then, Imatorbhebhe definitely had gained complete faith in his quarterback.“I don’t question Sam anymore,” he said. “I know he’s going to put it right where I can catch it, so it’s my job to catch it. He can make pretty much every throw on the field.”The upset over Washington was the ultimate confirmation: This kid out of San Clemente was the real deal, and in a span of weeks, had gone from backup redshirt freshman to the quarterback of the future. But just for good measure, Darnold led the Trojans to blowouts over rivals UCLA and Notre Dame to end the season on an eight-game win streak.And before USC’s postseason game, Martin had one more prophetic quote on Darnold.“He’s going to push the defense and see how much he can get,” Martin said after the UCLA game. “He’s like a kid playing around the stove until he gets burned, but he’s going to pull his hand up. He’s like the kid who’s going to put his hand as close as he can again the next time.”If it wasn’t apparent already, it’s clear that Darnold wouldn’t just settle for a simple little dump-off to the flat. Not if he can help it. And definitely not in the fourth quarter of a one-score game in the Rose Bowl.No, Darnold didn’t care that he had plenty of time on the clock. Didn’t care that it was first down and not fourth down. Didn’t care that he was ignoring his best receiver for a wide-open reception and instead throwing to a well-covered sophomore who replaced the injured redshirt junior Steven Mitchell Jr. in the starting lineup earlier in the season.Of course, he was going for it all. And of course, the throw was perfect, right over the outstretched arm of Brown. By the time Allen entered the picture, Burnett already had the ball and a foot in the end zone.“How does he make this throw with that coverage?” marveled Kirk Herbstreit on the ESPN telecast.Burnett credited his chemistry with Darnold.“Me and Sam are always having talks,” he said. “I see what I see and what he sees around the field.”Ultimately, though, the decision rested with Darnold to look off his top receiver and go for the deep ball. He said Burnett was supposed to “keep a straight line” on the play instead of run a post route.“But just the player that he is, he made a play, and I saw him,” Darnold said. “So I’m happy I threw it to him and not the shallow (receiver).”With that, the game was tied, and the rest is history.If the Washington upset was the moment Darnold became a legitimate quarterback, the Rose Bowl was the game that propelled him to Heisman Trophy frontrunner next season. He broke Vince Young’s bowl record for total yards (473), along with the record for touchdown passes (5). He threw for 453 yards, eclipsing former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez’s mark of 400 yards in the 2009 Rose Bowl. He finished the season with multiple touchdown passes in nine straight games; the last USC quarterback to do that was Matt Leinart. And he’s just 19 years old.If Sam Darnold followed the script, he probably would have set none of those marks. If he didn’t consistently go for the home run over the safety valve, USC might not have even been in the Rose Bowl. If he didn’t have that quiet confidence, that calm demeanor, that sense to stay poised and deliver clutch throws on the biggest stage, then we’re definitely not talking “USC” and “national championship” in the same breath next season.Quite frankly, USC let Darnold be Darnold this season, and it was probably the best decision that could’ve been made.“Certain animals are born certain animals, and you can’t change it,” Martin said.In an ESPN interview after the game, Darnold was asked how he inspired a sense of belief in his teammates.“I think just staying poised. I’m never going to change for anyone,” he said. “That’s just who I am.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Chess Pro Tour will entering a crucial stage with the commencement of the Masters’ Series that is, (Battle of the Titans) event between FIDE Master Olufemi Balogun and International Master Oladapo Adu.The much-anticipated event comes up at Orchid Hotels and Event Centre Lekki on May 12, 2018.Chess pundits are already looking forward to the clash that is mostly seen as a clash between new order and the old horse and many are of the opinion that Balogun, who made his debut at the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul 2012 looks set to upstage Adu in the match. FM Olufemi Balogun with a elo rating of 2255 FIDE rating is a Chess Pro Tour Card holder and highest ranked on the Pro Tour ranking is the only African or Nigerian to have play against a current World Chess champion, Magnus Carlson of Norway.Balogun lost the much anticipated encounter in the double colour in a reversed fixture match during the 2017 FIDE World Cup IN AzerbaijanOn the other hand, IM Oladapo Adu, with a 2273 FIDE rating and former national champion and he is a proponent of famous Sicilian opening who became the Nigerian national champion in 1995. In 2015, Adu qualified for the Chess World Cup 2015, being knocked out in the first round by Veselin Topalov.The Pro Chess Tour is an elite program developed to transform chess into a professional sport in Africa especially Nigeria. The tour comprises of the following circuit of events; Q-SCHOOL, OPEN CHESS CLASSICS (OCC), Premiere League, Masters’ Series, Grand SlamShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img Source: Sky Sports The Premier League will hold further talks this week, as it targets a return behind closed doors in June – and it has the backing of the government.All 20 clubs will hold their latest conference call on Friday, armed with the knowledge that the country’s political leaders are also keen for the season to resume when possible.The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden said in the House of Commons: “I personally have been in talks with the Premier League, with a view to getting football up and running as soon as possible in order to support the whole football community.“But, of course, any such moves would have to be consistent with public health guidance.”The government’s next review of current lockdown restrictions is due on May 7, as detailed planning continues under a ‘Project Restart’ programme.Prime minister Boris Johnson said on Monday: “I ask you to contain your impatience.”Johnson says the UK is “making progress” and “beginning to turn the tide” against the coronavirus pandemic but urged people to maintain social distancing restrictions.Sport will only resume when the government is satisfied its own measures are in place.The Premier League, along with other sports, will have to meet specific criteria before a return including testing arrangements for participants, paid for by sporting authorities or clubs, and ensuring measures are in place to avoid fans gathering outside matches.It has yet to be decided whether games will resume at approved stadiums, or at a neutral venue such as St George’s Park.The Premier League remains committed to completing the remaining 92 games of the season, in line with UEFA’s recommendation.last_img read more

first_imgThe striker will not join the club for their week-long trip to Portugal due to a reported conflict with the Magpies over their shirt sponsorship deal with a money-lending companyNewcastle United have confirmed that striker Papiss Cisse has been left out of the club’s pre-season tour squad heading for Portugal.Alan Pardew has named a 23-man squad for the trip, where they will face Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira on Saturday and Tuesday, but the Senegal international will not travel with the rest of the team.The striker, who is Muslim, is reportedly in conflict with the club over their shirt sponsorship deal with money-lending company Wonga and is believed to be unwilling to wear a branded shirt.The company’s association with the club requires all players to wear training gear and match day shirts with the logo, but Cisse believes doing so would go against his religious beliefs.The 28-year-old has offered to wear a shirt without the logo or one bearing the name of a charity, but Newcastle have thus far rejected that approach. Cisse joined the club from Freiburg in January 2012 for a fee in the region of £9 million and has gone on to score 26 times for the Magpies.Newcastle United squad in fullJak Alnwick, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Adam Campbell, Fabricio Coloccini, Mathieu Debuchy, Paul Dummett, Rob Elliot, Yoan Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Davide Santon, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Haris Vuckic, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwalast_img read more

first_imgRua gained top position on the ground toward the start of the round and managed to keep it for most of the remaining three minutes.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearEven into the third, Pedro stumbled slightly on his injured leg. Shogun didn’t waste a second jumping on the opening, and 30 seconds later he had the win. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearPedro was limping on an injured right leg going into the third and deciding round. With his movement compromised, Pedro was dropped and Rua pounced with brutal ground and pound.Referee Steve Percival was forced to step in and stop the action after 43 seconds of the last round.”Tyson is a great fighter, a well-rounded, very tough guy,” Shogun said post-fight. “There was a lot of pressure, but I used it as motivation. I have been doing this for 16 years, it’s what I love to do and I’m going to train even harder now to come back and keep doing this for you guys.”Pedro rocked Rua two minutes in, but was caught on the way in looking for a finish.Getting his shots off first in each exchange, Pedro quickly drew blood from Rua’s nose and mouth. MMA legend @ShogunRua w/ the upset in Adelaide#UFCAdelaide pic.twitter.com/8b07DTF2DU— UFC Aus/New Zealand (@UFC_AUSNZ) December 2, 2018 A famous knockout win was within his reach with two minutes left in the round after landing another crushing combination, finishing with a knee to the jaw. The fence was the only thing keeping Rua on his feet as Pedro went in for the kill, but the veteran managed to hang on.Rua opened the second round aggressively, showing he wasn’t out of it by sending Pedro into the cage with straight right hand. ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA — UFC veteran Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has shown there’s life in the old dog yet, earning a third-round TKO win over Tyson Pedro in the co-main event at UFC Adelaide.After nearly being stopped in the first round, Shogun bounced back in the second, dominating on the ground.last_img read more

first_img Kings G Buddy Hield a critical part of Sacramento’s rebuild Buddy Hield is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 18.4 points. However, the Kings have five other players who are averaging double-digit scoring numbers this season. Shumpert is close to being their seventh player to do so, as he’s currently averaging 9.5 points per game. Related News NBA trade rumors: Kings targeting Wizards SF Otto Porter Jr. The 28-year-old Shumpert has always been seen as an up-and-coming player, but now he’s a legitimate nine-year NBA veteran. He’s just one cog in the scoring machine the Kings have created this season. Sacramento is only 11-11, but they’re in a better place than most people expected them to be in. They’ve stashed a bevy of lottery picks with plenty of upside.center_img The Kings are a young team on the rise and Iman Shumpert recently shed some light on the squad’s newly acquired nickname.”We’re ‘The Scores,” Shumpert said after practice last week, via NBA.com. “We come, we try to score fast, we try to score at a high rate. We have a lot of young bodies. It’s cool to be on a team where we don’t know who’s going to score it.” “We’re just going to share the sugar.” Shumpert said. “Whoever is going that’s who we’re feeding. We’re playing off the energy. Calling us ‘The Scores’ is a reminder that we all can do it … It don’t matter who scores we just got to win.”If the Kings develop the young pieces they have and maintain their offensive versatility, they could end their 11-year playoff drought soon.last_img read more

first_imgRussell Westbrook wants to see boundaries in place preventing NBA fans from touching the players on court after a young supporter appeared to push him in Denver.The Thunder star had 22 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in a 121-112 loss Tuesday to the Nuggets. “He hit me, so I told his dad, ‘Be careful, you can’t just have your son hitting people, just let him know,'” he said.”You’ve got to control your kids. It’s that simple. He’s responsible for his kid. Watch the game, sit there, have fun, enjoy it.”There’s too much leeway for all the fans to touch the players and get away with it. We can’t react and do the things that we need to do to protect ourselves.”It’s important that they understand — kids, whoever it is, dads, moms — that they can say whatever they want, as long as it’s respectful, but the touching, for me, is off limits.” Brad Stevens on Celtics’ big loss to Raptors: We’re taking too many shortcuts defensively But video of one particular incident involving Westbrook went viral as a child courtside stood up and appeared to push the point guard after a foul was called.Russell Westbrook pulled the dad card on a Nuggets fan after the kid gave him a little push. pic.twitter.com/b4nBTXlV9r— ESPN (@espn) February 27, 2019Westbrook turned and stared at the fan, before bending down to address him and his father, later detailing the conversation to reporters as he bemoaned fans’ ability to physically interact with players. Related News Russell Westbrook on the courtside incident with the kid pic.twitter.com/3qHODHPn8w— Brady Trantham (@BradyDoesSports) February 27, 2019Explaining his initial reaction, Westbrook said he did not know it was a child at the time.”No, no, then I turned around and I see it’s a kid,” he said. “Initially you don’t know that, but I can’t … What am I going to do? Hop in the stands?”There’s got to be some type of rule or some type of boundary set that you can’t allow that.”last_img read more