Nigeria’s Quadri, Edem through to ITTF Top 16 Cup final

first_imgRelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL For the first time in the last two editions, the defending champion of the men’s singles will not be playing in the final of the 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup after Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri beat defending champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar, 4-3 in the semifinal on Tuesday in Tunis. The tie between the two best players in Africa had all the elements of world class match and the fans at the Rades Multi-Purpose Hall were not disappointed with the display by the two Africans. It was Assar who first drew the first blood with a 2-0 (11-6, 11-5) lead over the Nigerian, but the tide changed when Quadri worked back into the game with two successive wins of 11-4, 14-12 to put the tie at 2-2. For the spectators, there was no dull moment in the encounter and again Assar took charge of the game with another 11-7 win to put the match at 3-2 and in his usual element Quadri fought back again to level with 11-5 win to put the tie at 3-3. The deciding game was as if the Egyptian would leave the table on time, but Quadri again extended the match to 7-7. But three consecutive unforced errors gave Assar a 10-8 lead as the Egyptian needed one point to hit the final. Quadri had a lot in his sleeve as he wriggled his way back into the game to put the tie at deuce (10-10). Even when the Nigerian led at 11-10, a crucial time-out was what he needed to calm the match. To put the match beyond the Egyptian, an unforced error from Assar handed Quadri a 4-3 win being his second consecutive win over the Egyptian in any major competitions. In their last meeting at the 2019 African Games, it was Quadri who won at 4-2. Nigeria’s Offiong Edem and defending champion, Egypt’s Dina Meshref, will battle for the title in the women’s final. The winners of the tournament are expected to represent Africa at the 2020 ITTF World Cups.Tags: 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16aruna quadriOmar Assarlast_img read more

Keith Lambert thriving in second chance for Syracuse club ice hockey after quitting team

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 15, 2017 at 11:14 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34 A few weeks after he quit the Syracuse club hockey team in fall 2015, Keith Lambert begged for his spot back. He phoned head coach Nick Pierandri. But the coach said the Orange didn’t need him.“We could use you,” Pierandri told him, “but we’ll win without you.”The next day, Lambert showed up at the team’s lift session anyway. He felt unwelcome and struggled to keep up with his teammates. But the team thought he earned a second chance.After playing five years at The Harvey (New York) School, Lambert’s career had seemingly ended when he quit. But quickly, he found that he missed the sport he’d been playing since he turned 5. He wanted to get back on the ice. And this season, after re-joining the team last fall, the 6-foot sophomore forward is the third-leading scorer for Syracuse (23-7), which leads all of ACHA Division I teams in goals.“This season’s been great,” Lambert said. “It’s good to be back.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRobbie VanRaamsdonk, a junior forward on the team and friend of Lambert’s, explained that he tried to convince him not to quit, but he was “pretty much done,” so there wasn’t much of a discussion.“I tried to encourage him that he wasn’t making the right decision,” Pierandri said. “And that he would do better in school if he stayed with hockey … I told him I was disappointed.”Two weeks into his hiatus, Lambert knew he had made a mistake. In mid-November, he made the call to Pierandri. During his first workout, Lambert “huffed and puffed” while his teammates “didn’t break a sweat.” He had hardly skated or lifted, and it showed. Lambert had only played in two intramural games during the break, but over the next few weeks he worked back to his previous level of play.Despite coming back to the ice, he didn’t receive significant playing time until last February. Lambert had returned to the team during a dry spell for the Syracuse offense. To earn playing time, he needed to produce offensively. He did. His rhythm returned when beating defenders one-on-one became regular again.“Once I started gelling … making some plays with the older guys,” Lambert said, “I started to feel more comfortable, realizing the guys wanted me on the ice.”During Syracuse’s game against SUNY Oswego, Lambert regained the same confidence that made him a five-year varsity letter-winner in high school. He had 4 points against the Lakers and, on back-to-back weekends, he totaled nine points in two games. In the national championships, Lambert scored four goals in two games for the Orange and earned a spot on the Honorable Mention All-Tournament team.As Lambert’s time on the ice increased, so did his teammates’ respect and confidence.“When he got his shot to get back in the lineup, he ran with it,” VanRaamsdonk said. “At the end of last year, he was probably one of our best players.“He’s a core part of our team.” Commentslast_img read more

Ladies team to face Down in National League named

first_imgManager Shane Ronayne is hoping his side will follow up the victories over Wexford and Roscommon by beating Down in Ardfinnan tomorrow (throw-in 3.00pm).This is the XV selected for the clash with the Ulster county:1 Lauren Fitzpatrick, Ballymacarbry 2 Maria Curley, Templemore 3 Emma Buckley, Cahir 4 Elaine Kelly, Cappawhite 5 Eimear Myles, Brian Borus 6 Samantha Lambert, Ardfinnan (Captain) 7 Siobhan Condon, Aherlow 8 Jennifer Grant, Brian Borus 9 Gillan O’Brien, Moyle Rovers10 Roisin McGrath, Moyle Rovers 11 Aisling McCarthy,  Cahir  12 Catherina Walsh, Moycarkey Borris  13 Edith Carroll, Galtee Rovers 14 Patricia Hickey, Brian Borus 15 Sarah Everard, Moyle Roverslast_img

Clippers send Patrick Beverley back to L.A. with knee injury

first_imgIn order to bolster their roster, forward C.J. Williams was summoned from the Clippers’ G League team in Ontario, where he averaged 16 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in three games. Williams was shooting 48.5 percent, including 46.7 percent from 3-point range.Beverley sat out most of the preseason because of a knee ailment, but a Clippers spokesman said the injuries were unrelated. Rivers also missed most of the preseason because of a strained glute muscle after sitting out for almost two months during the offseason because of a bout with mono. The hits keep coming for the Clippers. The team said Thursday that shooting guard Patrick Beverley returned to Los Angeles and won’t play Friday against the Thunder in Oklahoma City or Saturday against the Pelicans in New Orleans because of a sore right knee.It’s uncertain when he’ll be sound enough to play again.In addition, point guard Austin Rivers suffered a mild sprain of his left ankle during practice Thursday in Oklahoma City and was said to be questionable to play against the Thunder. Beverley and Rivers formed the Clippers’ starting backcourt for all but two of their 10 games so far this season.The Clippers will play the final two games of their three-game trip without at least three-fifths of their opening-night starting lineup. Beverley followed point guard Milos Teodosic (plantar fascia injury) and small forward Danilo Gallinari to the sideline. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Mensur Peljto is teaching boxing free of charge

first_imgBoxing school ”Peljto”, every day has more and more students, and so far more than hundred young men attended it, and their teacher is former boxing champion Mensur Peljto.Trainings are being held in Skenderija, and they are free for everyone, and all beginners will receive gloves and other equipment.Mensur Peljto said that he hopes that some of those young men will achieve results in boxing, and added that trainings are being held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He noted that he’s convinced that among them there are Olympic hopes, and said that once a week he talks about nourishment, discipline, and way of life of a boxer.last_img

Week 13 PPR Rankings: WR

first_imgReminder: Check back for updates during the week.MORE WEEK 13 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 13 PPR Rankings: WRsThese rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Michael Thomas, NO @ ATL2Tyreek Hill, KC vs. OAK3DJ Chark, JAX vs. TB4Davante Adams, GB @ NYG5D.J. Moore, CAR vs. WAS6Julian Edelman, NE @ HOU7Cooper Kupp, LAR @ ARZ8Tyler Lockett, SEA @ MIN9Chris Godwin, TB @ JAX10Adam Thielen, MIN @ SEA11Stefon Diggs, MIN @ SEA12Mike Evans, TB @ JAX13Allen Robinson, CHI @ DET14Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. NO15Tyrell Williams, OAK @ KC16Jarvis Landry, CLE @ PIT17Terry McLaurin, WAS @ CAR18DeVante Parker, MIA vs. PHI19Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. LAC20Keenan Allen, LAC @ DEN21Odell Beckham Jr., CLE @ PIT22DK Metcalf, SEA vs. MIN23Alshon Jeffery, PHI @ MIA24DeAndre Hopkins, HOU vs. NE25Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. NYJ26Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ CIN27John Brown, BUF @ DAL28Kenny Golladay, DET vs. CHI29Amari Cooper, DAL vs. BUF30Dede Westbrook, JAX vs. TB31Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. GB32Curtis Samuel, CAR vs. WAS33Mohamed Sanu, NE @ HOU34Christian Kirk, ARZ vs. LAR35Russell Gage, ATL vs. NO36Sammy Watkins, KC vs. OAK37Marvin Jones, DET vs. CHI38Brandin Cooks, LAR @ ARZ39Deebo Samuel, SF @ BAL40James Washington, PIT vs. CLE41Robert Woods, LAR @ ARZ42Emmanuel Sanders, SF @ BAL43Will Fuller V, HOU vs. NE44Marquise Brown, BAL vs. SF45Chris Conley, JAX vs. TB46Michael Gallup, DAL vs. BUF47Cole Beasley, BUF @ DAL48Darius Slayton, NYG @ CHI49Anthony Miller, CHI @ DET50Mike Williams, LAC @ DEN51Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ vs. LAR52Randall Cobb, DAL vs. BUF53Nelson Agholor, PHI @ MIA54Phillip Dorsett, NE @ HOU55Geronimo Allison, GB @ NYG56A.J. Brown, TEN @ IND57Marcus Johnson, IND vs. TEN58Robby Anderson, NYJ @ CIN59Mecole Hardman, KC vs. OAK60Kelvin Harmon, WAS @ CAR61Zay Jones, OAK vs. KC62Zach Pascal, IND vs. TEN63Demaryius Thomas, NYJ @ CIN64Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ ATL65Ted Ginn Jr., NO @ ATL66Alex Erickson, CIN vs. NYJ67Danny Amendola, DET vs. CHI68Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. OAK69Corey Davis, TEN @ IND70Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ NYG71Josh Gordon, SEA vs. MIN72Malik Turner, SEA vs. MIN73Allen Hurns, MIA vs. PHI74N’Keal Harry, NE @ HOU75Trey Quinn, WAS @ CAR76Allen Lazard, GB @ NYG77Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. CLE78Willie Snead, BAL vs. SF79Adam Humphries, TEN @ IND80Trevor Davis, OAK @ KC81Kendrick Bourne, SF @ BAL82Tim Patrick, DEN vs. LAC83Scotty Miller, TB @ JAX84Josh Reynolds, LAR @ ARZ Byes are over and everyone’s back in the Week 13 fantasy WR PPR rankings — well, everyone who isn’t injured. We still have plenty of “questionable” wide receivers who would factor in start ’em, sit ’em decisions, including Adam Thielen (hamstring), JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion), Alshon Jeffery (ankle), and Tyreek Hill (hamstring). Fortunately, none play on Thanksgiving this year (though Amari Cooper clearly isn’t 100 percent, but that’s a different kind of worry), so fantasy owners will have until the weekend to search for potential waiver wire sleepers who can rack up catches and help you get into the fantasy playoffs. The Lions, Saints, and Falcons are all Thanksgiving teams that are typically generous to WRs. Guys like Russell Gage (vs. Saints) and Taylor Gabriel/Anthony Miller (@ Lions) have boom-or-bust appeal, though their floors are slightly higher in PPR leagues. Tre’Quan Smith and Ted Ginn (@ Falcons) are similar, but they tend to be much more TD-or-bust, making them better fliers in standard leagues.  WEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerYou don’t necessarily need to take a chance on any of those players if you have one of the aforementioned injury worries. There’s a good chance all will be back, but even if, say, Hill is out, you can take a chance with teammates Mecole Hardman or Demarcus Robinson, who get highly favorable matchups against Oakland. Again, neither fits the mold of a typical PPR receiver, but when these teams played back in Week 2 (also without Hill), Hardman had a 4-61-1 line and Robinson posted a 6-172-2 line. That plays in PPR almost as well as standard.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Tight endThielen doesn’t play until Monday night, which always causes drama, but considering Seattle allows the fifth-most WR receptions in the NFL, you can maybe squeeze some value out of Olabisi Johnson if you’re in a pinch. Minnesota ranks third in that category, so Josh Gordon or Malik Turner have some emergency streamer upside, as well.Nelson Agholor (knee) isn’t a bad PPR sleeper if he’s back against the Dolphins. New England’s Mohamed Sanu (ankle) and Phillip Dorsett (concussion) both missed last week but would be decent PPR plays in favorable matchups against Houston. If they’re out, fantasy owners could turn to Patriot backups Jakobi Meyers or N’Keal Harry, with Meyers having more PPR appeal.WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPDede Westbrook and Chris Conley both took advantage of garbage time and posted nine targets in Week 12 and have highly favorable matchups against Tampa in Week 13. Only the Panthers allow more receptions to WRs than the Bucs. Kelvin Harman and Trey Quinn are deeper sleepers this week against the Panthers.This biggest worries are Will Fuller (@ Patriots) and Hollywood Brown (vs. 49ers). Both are big-play specialists (though Fuller has had some high-catch games this year), and given the matchups, both are  atmajor risk of busting. You’re still sticking with DeAndre Hopkins despite arguably the toughest matchup for a WR against Stephon Gilmore, but Hopkins could disappoint, as well.With so many options this week at WR, fantasy owners shouldn’t have a problem filling out their starting lineups. Let’s just hope we all pick the right players. last_img read more

Chiefs vs. Texans final score: Kansas City racks up 51, notches wild comeback win over Houston

first_imgWhere were you on Jan. 12, 2020?It’s a day that will go down in NFL history; the day the Texans blew a 24-0 lead and went on to lose 51-31 to the Chiefs in an AFC divisional matchup. It was a game the Chiefs had no business winning based on their performance in the first quarter: muffed punts, dropped passes, fumbles and more led to a 21-0 Houston lead. No one covers Kenny Stills and he’s GONE for a 54-yard TD! #WeAreTexans #NFLPlayoffs @KSTILLS @DeshaunWatson📺: #HOUvsKC on CBS📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) January 12, 20203:10 p.m.:  Injury timeout, as Texans right guard Chris Clark is struggling to get to his feet. Took a few steps and went right back down. Not a great start.3:08 p.m.:  Needless to say, Arrowhead Stadium is loud, and the Chiefs’ defense is amped up. Flying around early in this one.3:01 p.m.:  We are just a few minutes away from kickoff. One team will walk out a game closer to the Super Bowl, another will just walk out of here. Then, the Chiefs started scoring in bunches, putting 28 points on the board in the second quarter and taking a 28-24 lead into halftime. From then on, it was all Kansas City. MORE: Complete NFL playoff schedule, resultsThe Chiefs defense buckled down in the second half, allowing just one touchdown in the third quarter as the pass rush flushed Deshaun Watson out of the pocket on seemingly every passing play.The Chiefs will host the AFC championship game and face off against a ferocious, surprising Titans team that has knocked off two of the top three seeds in the AFC playoffs. Could KC be next?Sporting News trackied live scoring updates and highlights from Chiefs vs. Texans in the NFL divisional round playoff game below.(All times ET)Chiefs vs. Texans score 1Q2Q3Q4QFTexans2137031Chiefs028131051Chiefs vs. Texans highlights from divisional playoff game6:30 FINAL: Mahomes and the Chiefs stun the Texans in one of the most memorable playoff games in history, 51-31.6:28 p.m.:  After some garbage time yards, Frank Clark sacks Watson on fourth down and we’re going victory formation in KC.6:17 p.m.:  Three-and-out for KC and the Tecans take over following a punt on their own 7-yard line.6:12 p.m.:  Turnover on downs after Watson scrambles and he just can’t connect with Hopkins. 4:53 left in the game.6:08 p.m.:  The clock is ticking, seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. Houston down 20. This game is over.6:02 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Butker puts a kick through the uprights to extend the KC lead to 20. 51-31 Chiefs, midway through the fourth.5:57 p.m.:  And the Texans turnover on downs after another Watson pass was nearly intercepted.5:54 p.m.:  Tyrann Mathieu drops an easy interception in the end zone. Big oof. 5:47 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Another quick-strike drive here and Mahomes finds Blake Bell for a touchdown. KC answers and extends their lead back to 17. 5:38 p.m. HOUSTON SCORING PLAY: Watson goes airborn for a touchdown. Texans pull within 10. 41-31 Chiefs.. @DeshaunWatson leaps in!A five-yard TD run pulls the @HoustonTexans within 10. #WeAreTexans #NFLPlayoffs📺: #HOUvsKC on CBS📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) January 12, 20205:37 p.m.:  A Watson 39-yard pass to Fuller and it’s first-and-goal at the 5-yard line.5:34 p.m.:  Texans down 17, they need to come away with points on this drive, with just over 2 1/2 minutes left in the game.5:27 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Williams with his second touchdown of the day. Right up the gut for six. Chiefs are firing on all cylinders.5:24 p.m.:  First-and-goal for the Chiefs now. Just under six minutes left in the quarter. 5:17 p.m.:  Frank Clark with a big sack on third down to kill the Texans drive.5:15 p.m.:  Travis Kelce has a hamstring injury and is questionable to return. Could loom large in this game. 5:08 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Damien Williams with a two-yard rush. Kansas City is up 34-24 after Butker misses the kick. 5:06 p.m.:  Mahomes rushes to the 10-yard line. 5:03 p.m.:  And we’re back and the Chiefs have a quick first down. DeAndre Hopkins apparently suffered a rib injury at the end of the first half, but is jogging back out now.4:48 END OF SECOND QUARTER:  Unbelievable. Fairbairn misses the kick at the end of the half, and the Chiefs get the ball coming out of the break. A 28-point second quarter for KC is the stuff of legends.4:46 p.m.:  Watson to Hopkins for 38-yards and 19 seconds left in the half. A few yards outside of field goal distance. 4:39 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Mahomes scrambles left and dumps it off to Kelce for the touchdown. Kansas City comes all the way back to take the lead. This is unbelievable. Chiefs up 28-24 with 44 seconds left in the half.THIS IS WHERE LEGENDS ARE MADE.— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 12, 20204:36 p.m.:  Kelce can’t be guarded right now. Chiefs on the 19-yard line and Mahomes scrambles for another 15 yards.4:32 p.m.:  Chiefs are driving and have life. Mahomes just scrambled for 30-plus and they’re now inside Texans territory, down three points at the two-minute warning.4:26 p.m.:  Houston driving now and just entered Kansas City territory. Just over four minutes left in the half.4:21 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Mahomes finds Kelce again on a rollout, and KC is down just three points now. This is unbelievable to watch.Mahomes. Kelce. Again.THREE TDs in THREE minutes.And just like that it’s a three-point game! #NFLPlayoffs #ChiefsKingdom📺: #HOUvsKC on CBS📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) January 12, 20204:19 p.m.:  This game is officially drunk. Houston’s DeAndre Carter fumbles on the kickoff and the Chiefs are in prime scoring position again, on the 6-yard line. 4:15 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Mahomes finds Kelce, who just ekes it past the goal line for six. Here come the Chiefs. 24-14.4:11 p.m.:  Houston tried faking the punt and KC stops it. Kansas City takes over in Texans territory. 4:04 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Touchdoooooooown Kan-sas City! Damien Williams grabs a TD and the Chiefs get on the board. 24-7 in the second.Damien Williams JUST got his head around in time 🔥🔥 @TooLoose26— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 12, 20204:03 p.m.:  Mecole Hardman with a big-time return and Travis Kelce with a catch and he is trying to get this team pumped up. Chiefs inside the red zone.3:58 p.m. HOUSTON SCORING PLAY: Fairbairn kicks a 31-yarder and the Texans take a 24-point lead early in the second.3:54 p.m.:  Credit to Houston right now, who can do no wrong: they’re moving the ball and playing ferocious defense. Knocking on the door of another score.3:48 p.m. END OF FIRST QUARTER:  Well, that was quite a start. Texans are up 21-0, which is what everyone saw coming, right?3:48 p.m.:  This has been a miserable first quarter for the Chiefs. Dropped passes, miscues and just sloppy play. Still plenty of game left, but KC needs to get something done quick. 3:38 p.m. HOUSTON SCORING PLAY: Watson finds Darrin Fells for a touchdown over the middle. Texans up 21-0, still some time left in the first quarter.3:36 p.m.:  Tyreek Hill was back for the punt return — and he muffs the punt. Houston gets the ball back at the 5-yard line. Just surreal. 3:27 p.m.:  Chiefs punt the ball away after a decent looking drive. Mahomes and the offense victimized by another bad drop that would have had the first down.3:22 p.m.:  Chiefs get another shot here, with 10:01 left in the first quarter. Not the start Kansas City wanted but plenty of time left in this one.3:18 p.m. HOUSTON SCORING PLAY: Holy cow. The Texans block a punt and bring it back for a touchdown. Texans up 14-0 early. Stunning.AND THE @HOUSTONTEXANS BLOCK IT. RETURN IT. TOUCHDOWN.Early 14-0 lead. #NFLPlayoffs #WeAreTexans📺: #HOUvsKC on CBS📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) January 12, 20203:12 p.m. HOUSTON SCORING PLAY: Watson hits Kenny Stills for a 54-yard touchdown reception on a third-and-1. Stills was wide, wide, wide open. Blown assignment led to the easy throw and catch. Houston up 7-0 early.last_img read more

Spurs star Kane booed at NFL London clash… at his own HOME stadium

first_imgKane, who is a big NFL fan and supports the New England Patriots, was pitch-side for much of the game and was even invited to the traditional coin toss.But as his name was read out over the PA system, the 26-year-old was roundly booed.Kane was well off colour as Spurs were walloped 3-0 away at Brighton a day earlier.But it would still come as a shock if it was his own fans booing him and not the NFL supporters having a bit of fun.And the action at the stadium will have brought a smile to Kane’s face after the toils of 24 hours later.Oakland were seemingly down and out, falling 17-0 behind.KANE WANTS NFL CAREERThey incredibly turned it on its head to go 21-17 up before late heartbreak and a 24-21 triumph for the Bears.SunSport reported how England captain Kane has hinted he wants to finish his sporting career playing American Football.Kane, 25, is a huge fan of the US sport and even has his own limited edition NFL jersey – released by Tottenham thanks to the club’s close connections to the American league.And the Spurs ace revealed he could see himself making his NFL debut one day as a kicker.Latest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer3He told ESPN: “That’s real. Something that in ten or 12 years I definitely want to try.”It goes back to that drive to be the best. Even if I download a game on my phone, can I be the best in the world?”If you play in the Premier League and the World Cup and you then play in the NFL, would you then be considered one of the greatest sportsmen ever?”3 Oakland Raiders won a real ding-dong battle at the Tottenham Hotspur StadiumCredit: Getty Images – GettyKane booed at Tottenham’s stadium. These NFL players ain’t playing lol— TiriForry (@MangoCoconutNG) October 6, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not run away ‘like a kid’ despite bad losses against Bayern Munich and Brighton Harry Kane guest NFL captain just got booed in his own stadium.As if I couldn’t love the Bears and American football more.— Matt Williams (@frolicols) October 6, 2019center_img TOTTENHAM striker Harry Kane was BOOED when his name was read out – at his own stadium.The England star was a special guest for last night’s NFL clash between Oakland Raiders and the Chicago Bears at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.3 Harry Kane was a special guest as NFL arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur StadiumCredit: Rex FeaturesHarry Kane booed out of building at coin toss. You love to see it #nfluk— Luke King (@Coolhandluke_25) October 6, 2019last_img read more

Rivaldinho: “Carrying my father’s name is a burden”

first_imgMany years have passed since you were a star in Spain with the announcement of Cola Cao …It’s true … (laughs) Many, many years. It was a lot of fun to make that announcement and I’m very fond of him. I remember that when I went out with my father, people asked to take pictures with him, of course, but also with me. Mainly the children. I think I was a child minicelebrity in those times …What was it like growing up in Barcelona with a superstar like his father?It was wonderful. I am privileged to have a father who was number one, one of the best in history. And it is also a great padrazo. Growing up in Spain has given me a different view of the world, I have a head and a European mentality. I met different cultures and it was something that helped define my personality, the man I am today.As a child, he came to play in the Barça quarry …Yes. He was the youngest boy in the club, he was about seven years old and trained with the children of nine. Messi, Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas, Víctor Valdés were older than me but we were training in the same field. Of course, nobody imagined that they would end up becoming what they are, but it is a story that I like to remember, that I have trained with them.Do you remember Messi of those times? Was it already a small show?I do not remember. He was too young. But I do remember people talking about him. That there was this Argentine boy who was a phenomenon.Have you always wanted to be a footballer?When you have a father who is famous, you see people asking for autographs and photos, you want to be like him. So I always wanted to be like my father. Be a footballer I have grown up in large club locker rooms, interacting with great players. It all seemed incredible. He wanted to feel the same sensation as they did when they scored a goal and the stadium shouted his name. And my father always supported me.I guess the thrill of playing next to him will have been indescribable …And it’s not like we’ve only played together. We scored both in the same game and won (for Mogi Mirim against Macaé in the second Brazilian division of 2015). It was the greatest emotion of my career, to be able to play next to my idol. How is it for the career of a football player who is looking for his own space to be his father’s son and bear the weight of his name?More than a help is a burden. It has the positive side, when I do something good, it affects the media because I am Rivaldo’s son. But in the end they always end up comparing you to your father. There is doubt that if you are by plug, by name. But I think I am demonstrating by my merits the quality that I have as a footballer. Something that I am getting by my own effort.An effort that took him to Romania where he is the idol of the Viitorul Constanta, of Hagi, a legend like your father …Hagi here is like Pele. But as a coach he is a close person, a true teacher who teaches you something new every day. Much of my evolution this season is due to Hagi. He bet on my potential. It gave me the opportunity I was looking for and the result is seen in the field.What is the biggest lesson Hagi has taught you?He is a very serious and dedicated guy. It is no accident that he won everything in Romania. His great teaching is the winning mentality. He always says that victory or defeat lasts one day. It’s what my father tells me. That what you did yesterday is no longer worth anything today. Worth what you will do tomorrow. What you evolve and learn after each training, triumph or failure is what remains. So I try to improve something every day.After two years of development in Romania, its name begins to sound for the five major leagues. But we are seeing younger and younger boys, such as Vinicius, Rodrygo and Reinier, making this transition to Europe. How do you see it?It is not ideal because you lose part of the training period. You do not arrive in Europe 100% prepared and when you are in a club like Real Madrid the pressure is tremendous. You have to contribute immediately and that is very difficult when your training is not complete. But Rodrygo is very good and I love Vinicius. The ideal is what Neymar did, endure in Brazil, evolve and come with more filming. But football has changed and I understand that, currently, it is almost impossible.last_img read more

Paul Wright: Governors of horse racing need to act

first_imgA lot has been written regarding the appointment of 52 Government boards whose members were, as The Gleaner columnist Gordon Robinson puts it, “considered, vetted and approved in absolute secrecy”. It goes without saying that ideally, in a modern democracy, such appointments would be subject to scrutiny from the very people who would be affected by an unsuitable (incompetent) appointee. But the reality is that we have to live with it until we the people, understand and use our power to force elected representatives to govern on our behalf, not theirs or their ‘pardies’. In the popular sport of horse racing, there appeared in the Track and Pools publication of April 13, the results of an appeal heard by the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC). This appeal was held on April 7. The facts outlined in the report of the appeal were that a horse, PRINCE OSHAUN, trained by Colin Blair and ridden by the apprentice jockey, Bebeto Harvey, won the fourth race on the 28th November 2015. At the conclusion of the race there was a Stewards Inquiry, where the film of the race was reviewed. After the review, the winner, PRINCE OSHAUN, was disqualified for intimidation and interference to horses #5, MONEY NEVER SLEEP and horse #15, ROMAN SPY. Therefore, all those punters on and off the racetrack who had backed PRINCE OSHAUN, lost their money as second-past-the-post GRAND CORAZON was now declared to be the winner. However, at the appeal, the aggrieved trainer submitted that his horse (PRINCE OSHAUN) came down from the outside after the interference occurred and could not have intimidated any other horse or jockey. Mr Blair further submitted that if his horse, PRINCE OSHAUN, was not in the race, the infractions that happened would have still occurred. The trainers’ submissions at the appeal reflected the opinions of fans of racing who were present in the North Lounge at the Caymanas racetrack on that fateful day. UPHELD THE APPEAL The appellate body reviewed the film of the race and listened to evidence from Harvey and Operation Steward Robert Clark. Its conclusion was that PRINCE OSHAUN could not have intimidated any other horse or jockey, and upheld the appeal. Thus, the new results would reflect that PRINCE OSHAUN was, indeed, the winner and directed that the appropriate adjustment to the purses be made. Unfortunately, those knowledgeable punters who had selected PRINCE OSHAUN to win the race (and who witnessed PRINCE OSHAUN winning the race) have absolutely no possibility of being rewarded for their correct decision, while those responsible for this error is allowed to say, “oops”, and continue to adjudicate on races ostensibly to keep making these errors with absolutely no possibility of any sanction, while punters are actively encouraged to “come on down to the track and support the sport of kings”. Here now is an opportunity for the new commission to inject some long-lost confidence in the administration of the sport by taking decisive action against any member of staff whose actions repeatedly are found (on appeal) to have no basis in fact. Those responsible for these (numerous) errors only serve to turn off punters (the lifeblood of the sport) as there are many alternatives for the betting dollar. Racing cannot afford to keep alienating those whose money keeps the sport alive. For even though there was no parliamentary vetting and public comment on their suitability, competence or integrity, the sport of kings, horse racing, needs board members to do the right thing.last_img read more