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Odion Ighalo’s Super Eagles Return Hinged On Someone Other Than Rohr – Agent

first_imgNew Manchester United signing Odion Ighalo owns the decision of returning to the Super Eagles of Nigeria, his agent Atta Aneke says.Ighalo announced his retirement from Nigeria’s men senior national team eight months ago but Coach Gernot Rohr recently revealed his desire to have the forward back in the Super Eagles’ set-up ahead of  the 2021 Nations Cup and 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.However, agent to the former Watford striker Atta Aneke reportedly explained that Ighalo was only going to return if he wanted to. “For now we have not talked about a return to the senior national team,” said Aneke.“He is free to decide what he wants. It was his decision to retire from the team in the first place, so it’s up to him to rescind or stick by his decision.”Ighalo called time on his international career after Nigeria’s campaign at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.The 30-year-old finished the tournament as top scorer, with 5 goals and helped Nigeria pick a bronze medal. He joined Manchester United in a last-gap January transfer loan move from Chinese Super League side Shenghai Shenhua for the rest of the season.  RelatedExclusive: Ighalo Reveals Rohr Super Eagles Comeback Discussions (VIDEO)June 4, 2020In “Featured”Gernot Rohr Reacts To Odion Ighalo Man Utd Move (AUDIO)February 3, 2020In “England”INSIDE AFCON 2019: How Odion Ighalo Shut His Critics Up With His FeetJuly 20, 2019In “AFCON”last_img read more

New throwing ring coming for Stadium

first_imgTHE next time the country’s top discus thrower, Fedrick Dacres, competes in his pet event at the National Stadium, he will do so inside a new throwing ring.Dacres, the Doha World Athletics Championships silver medallist, pulled out of the event at last Saturday’s S.W. Isaac-Henry Invitational meet, citing a poor surface to the ring.“As throwers, we cannot glide inside the circle as there is no friction there, and I can’t believe this is how they are treating us as throwers,” the 25-year-old Dacres said last Saturday. SOON TO COME Yesterday, Major Desmon Brown, general manager of Independence Park Limited (IPL) and first vice president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Ian Forbes, both said a new ring could be in place soon.“We have known about this problem for some time ago and we contacted Mr Forbes from the JAAA. When we have any issue with sports, we speak with senior members from the respective sporting bodies so they can coordinate with coaches who have the technical knowledge in the respective areas,” Major Brown said. He then confirmed that work on the new ring is set to begin tomorrow.According to Forbes they knew about the problem (with the throwing ring) and it was a work in progress.“The issue came up at our last JAAA executive meeting and contact was made with IPL for the adjustment to be made,” Forbes said. He added that they had contacted three top local throwing coaches for their recommendations but they were unable to get a meeting involving all three.Forbes stated that some throwers had no problem with the ring but they had to listen to the concerns of the World Championships silver medallist.“Some athletes felt nothing was wrong with the surface but we really had to listen to Fedrick (Dacres) as he is the country’s premier thrower … he had a serious and genuine concern. We are about to meet with IPL and the technical team and once we get the recommendation, IPL is ready to execute their plans,” Forbes said.last_img read more

Gus Malzahn, Bo Jackson win golfing skills competition

first_imgKenny Lofton (Arizona): 26’2″ Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss): 287 yards Rich Rodriguez (Arizona): 273.3 yards Gus Malzahn (Auburn): 7’9″ Long Drive (Celebrity Division) Kevin Huber (Cincinnati): 302.7 yards Bo Jackson (Auburn): 331.5 yards Urban Meyer (Ohio State): 16’2″ Session ID: 2020-09-19:69a6956d44b675872d9f5a5d Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-915039-4200787691001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.AUBURN — Gus knows the short game and Bo knows the long ball.Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson each won during Monday’s skills competition at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament at Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee.Malzahn won the Closest to the Pin Contest among the coaches with a 98-yard shot that finished 7-feet 9-inches from the pin while Jackson won the Long Drive Competition among celebrities with a drive of 331.5 yards.Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze (287-yard drive) and former Maryland quarterback Scott McBrien (8-feet 9-inches to the pin) also took home victories.All four of the winners will receive $5,000 for the charity of their choice.The 13-team field of college coaches and celebrity alumni will compete in the tournament round Tuesday for a share of $500,000 in scholarship and charity.The tournament will be broadcast on ESPNU in August and December. Sean Tuohy (Ole Miss):13’5 Closest to the Pin (Coaches’ Division) Jon Barry (Georgia Tech): 318.4 yards Steve Fuller (Clemson): 273.8 yards Paul Johnson (Georgia Tech): 8’6″ Dave Doeren (N.C. State): 273 yards Jeff Logan (Ohio State): 293.7 yards Gus Malzahn reacts in the closest to the pin competition during the 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Celebrity Challenge at Reynolds Plantation on Monday, April 27, 2015. (Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl/Abell Images/Todd Kirkland)The full results from the Long Drive Competition include: Jeff Logan (Ohio State): 24’5″ Long Drive (Coaches’ Division) Terry Harvey (N.C. State): 31′ Randy Edsall (Maryland): 23’5″ Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Fred McCrary (Miss. State): 32’4″ Closest to the Pin (Celebrity Division) Dan Mullen (Miss. State): 242.3 yards Fred McCrary (Miss. State): 300.5 yards Steve Fuller (Clemson):15’9″ Terry Harvey (N.C. State): 317.4 yards Scott McBrien (Maryland): 317.7 yards Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss): 11’6″ Kenny Lofton (Arizona): 300.5 yards Scott McBrien (Maryland): 8’2″ Bo Jackson (Auburn): 36’9″ Jon Barry (Georgia Tech): 10’2″ Dave Doeren (N.C. State): 23’5″ Sean Tuohy (Ole Miss): 263.5 yards Dabo Swinney (Clemson): 23’7″ Tommy Tuberville (Cincinnati): 19’5″ Steve Spurrier (South Carolina): 23’5″ Gus Malzahn (Auburn): 273.1 yards Urban Meyer (Ohio State): 239.6 yards Randy Edsall (Maryland): 267.7 yards Rich Rodriguez (Arizona): 24’6″last_img read more

Oceania Cup gives more opportunity for island nations to participate

first_imgRugby League BY SERAH ABRAHAM UPNG Journalism Student The Oceania Cup is an extension of what the Pacific Test series, more importantly a trophy league tournament that provides participants from the Pacific Island nations to compete in more test matches. PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka said rather than playing one test in the middle of the year, the Rugby League International Federation has opted for a trophy league tournament. “The midyear test will be around June-July whilst the end of year will be in November which is played in two pools, pool A & pool B,” said Tsaka. It depends on the teams ranking whether to stay on Pool A or Pool B as per the results. Depending on results in one year the loser of the last place team in Pool A goes back to pool B and the top place moves on. With this approach taken by the RLIF, Tsaka said that the Great Britain Lions will be making a tour of New Zealand. “Great Britain comprises of Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England so it is a big tour for them leading up to the 2021 World Cup which will be hosted in England,” he said. “We were fortunate during the RLIF meeting to sit down with Great Britain and the RLIF and work out the calendar where all our Pacific nations will get to play Great Britain.” They are playing all the other Pacific Island nations in New Zealand but they get to play in PNG at Oil Search National Football Stadium on their way back. “It has been penciled in that on their way back from New Zealand we will host them and the Kumuls will play them here in Port Moresby,” Tsaka said. The details of the actual tour and the Oceania Cup will be announced in early December. PNG will also be looking forward to participate in the inaugural 9s rugby league tournament next year. There will be 10 teams for the men and four teams for the women but teams have not been finalised yet so invitations will be sent out by January. “It is an entertaining brand of football and with the Pacific Games held this year, Papua New Guinea is looking at defending the 9s gold medal and also hoping to get invited to the world 9s event.last_img read more

Ilian Iliev: We may be more sorry, there was a direct…

first_imgThe coach of the Black Sea – Ilian Iliev, speaks after the 1: 1 draw against CSKA. The specialist was of the opinion that his team could regret the missed opportunity to win. Iliev also had claims to the judges’ verdicts.“We played the way we wanted the game. I congratulate the players. We can be more sorry. We could have decided the game earlier. We were lucky in the end. We accept the result as fair. The goal gave CSKA an advantage. We accept the result. It’s hard for me to accept. some decisions of the referees. I am not sure that Dimov’s second foul would have been played in the opposite direction, “said the Black Sea coach. It became a healthy match, interesting for the people. It was a heart attack for the coaches. We have several people on the field who have to decide who will take the penalty. For me, this is pure red card. The defender had no idea to clear the ball. It happens for the pass, “Iliev said.Crazy match in Varna! Canceled goal, missed penalty, red card and Black Sea – CSKA 1: 1!Courier signed for the “sailors”, and Juric was right for the “reds”last_img read more

HSI announces Euro Championship names for Young Riders, Juniors and Children

first_img HSI announces Euro Championship names for Young Riders, Juniors and Children COMMANDANT John Ledingham, HSI team manager, coach and Chef d’Equipe, tonight (Friday) announced the following teams for the up-coming European Championships for Children, Juniors and Young Riders at Vejer De La Frontera in Spain, which take place from the 16th to the 21st of July 2013.The names of horses and riders selected are:YOUNG RIDERMark Murphy Co. Louth (DOB: 22/06/1994) – Cruisings Micky Finn – Owner: Brendan Murphy/HorsewareJUNIORSBertram Allen Co. Waterford (DOB: 01/08/1995) – Molly Malone – Owner: Ballywalter FarmsMichael Duffy Co. Mayo (DOB: 28/10/1996) – Murchu – Owner: John MurphyJeremy Sweetnam Co. Cork (DOB: 12/12/1995) – Unique – Owner: Marie SweetnamTom Foley Co. Clare (DOB: 08/03/1996) – Paddy Fly – Owner: Carmel KingCHILDREN ON HORSESJessica Kuehnle Co. Laois (DOB: 21/02/1999) – Baby Guinness – Owner: Ashford FarmJack Ryan Co. Kilkenny (DOB: 10/09/2001) – Sandballin – Owner: Marguerite RyanJenifer Rea Co. Cork (DOB: 23/07/2000) – Brecht Van De Romstee – Owner: Deirdre BournsJessica Harty Co. Waterford (DOB: 19/03/1999) – Young Limerick – Owner: Helen HartyConor McMahon Co. Clare (DOB: 17/08/1999) – Simply Be – Owner: Deirdre BournsNon Travelling Reserve Children on HorsesEmily Larkin Co. Meath (DOB: 02/07/2000) – Flexing – Owner: Lloyd and Claudia Thorsrud 5 July 2013, 13:21 Tags: Home  »  Disciplines News  »  HSI announces Euro Championship names for Young Riders, Juniors and Children last_img read more

Ireland’s Max Wachman crowned European U16 Show Jumping Champion as he wins individual gold in Poland

first_img Ireland’s Max Wachman crowned European U16 Show Jumping Champion as he wins individual gold in Poland Tipperary’s Max Wachman is the new European U16 Show Jumping champion after he today (Sunday) added the individual gold medal to the team gold medal he won on Friday at the FEI European Pony Championships in Strzegom, Poland.Max Wachman and Cuffesgrange Cavalidam (ISH) (Photo: Strzegom 2019)Riding the Coolmore Show Jumping-owned Cuffesgrange Cavalidam (ISH), 15-year-old Max finished as the only rider to complete all five rounds of the championship competition on a zero score. Today’s result comes 12 months after the Tipperary teenager won individual silver at the 2018 European Championships at Bishop Burton in the UK.Britain’s Holly Truelove took the silver medal after a jump-off against Ilona Mezzadri (FRA) who collected the bronze. A superb performance saw five Irish riders finish inside the top 13. John McEntee finished in eighth place with Little Smithe, just ahead of Niamh McEvoy in ninth with Ardfry Skye. Francis Derwin and Cul Ban Mistress (CP) finished 11th, while Max Wachman’s younger brother Tom finished 13th with Ocean Des As.All five Irish riders were part of the GAIN Irish U16 team managed by Gary Marshall that won team gold at the European Championships on Friday.Horse Sport Ireland CEO Ronan Murphy said:“This performance from Max was simply outstanding. To finish five rounds of Championship jumping and a jump-off round in the team competition on a zero score is an incredible achievement. Congratulations to Max, to the winning owners Coolmore and to Ronan Sheehan – breeder of the winning pony. This is a superb finish to the 2019 U16 European Championships, with Ireland winning three medals in total – Show Jumping team gold, Show Jumping individual gold and Eventing team bronze and we also had excellent performances from our two Dressage individual riders.  I want to thank all those working behind the scenes who helped to make this happen and to all our loyal sponsors for their support.“I also want to take this opportunity to wish our senior Dressage, Para Dressage and Show Jumping riders the very best of luck in the hugely important Longines FEI European Championships which get underway on Monday in Rotterdam.”The Irish teams for 2019 FEI European U16 (Pony) Show Jumping, Eventing and Dressage Championships are sponsored by GAIN Equine NutritionEquiline – Official athlete clothing supplier of Team Ireland Equestrian 18 August 2019, 17:26 Tags: Home  »  General  »  Ireland’s Max Wachman crowned European U16 Show Jumping Champion as he wins individual gold in Poland last_img read more

Reifer expected for Scorpions showdown

first_imgBarbados all-rounder, Raymon Reifer is set to rejoin Guyana Jaguars ahead of round four in the West Indies Championships. This is according to head coach, Esaun Crandon. “Reif [Reifer] had a concussion in Barbados and he should be ok for the next game so most likely we will have him playing for us in the next game,” Crandon said.The 28-year-old missed Jaguars’ third round home game against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force which they won by 219 runs and was under treatment and observation since being struck.Reifer has played 72 First Class matches and scored 2753 runs with one century and 14 fifties. He has also taken 163 wickets with his left arm seam. Jaguars, the five-time defending champions are currently at the top of the table with 44.6 points while Barbados Pride trail on 44.4 points. Windward Islands Volcanoes sit in third on 32.8 points as Red Force rank fourth with 32.6 points. Leeward Islands Hurricanes are in fifth with 26.6 points and Jamaica Scorpions round off the table with 21.2 points.When the tournament resumes on February 6 in round four, Jaguars will be hosting Scorpions, Pride travel to St. Kitts to face Hurricanes and Volcanoes take on Red Force in Dominica.last_img read more

California shooting spree suspect talked about killing his father several times: DA

first_img Related Lake County Sheriff’s Office(LAKE COUNTY, Calif.) — The reason why a northern California man allegedly carried out a shooting spree, killing two people including his father, is unknown, but the suspect allegedly “talked several times about killing his father in the past,” the local district attorney said.Alan Ashmore, 61, of Clearlake Oaks, California, is in custody, accused of gunning down his 85-year-old father and a 64-year-old man in a shooting spree on Monday that also left several people injured.Lake County District Attorney Don Anderson told ABC News Wednesday that the suspect, who authorities believe acted alone, lived with his father.Anderson said the other man Ashmore allegedly killed, Richard Braden, allegedly supplied drugs to the suspect, and Anderson said one of Ashmore’s motivations to commit the crime was Ashmore allegedly accused Braden of getting him addicted.The Monday shooting spree began at Ashmore’s home, where he allegedly began arguing with a 22-year-old woman there; he allegedly threatened her and held her at knifepoint, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said. The woman resisted him and Ashmore allegedly shot her in the foot as she tried to flee, the sheriff’s office said.Ashmore then allegedly fatally shot his father, the sheriff’s office said, after which Ashmore allegedly pointed a gun at a neighbor and pulled the trigger, but the gun misfired.Authorities say Ashmore then allegedly drove to a neighbor’s home where he went inside and fired a gun. As the residents fled, one woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries.Ashmore then allegedly kept driving and fired at another home, the sheriff’s office said. He then allegedly stopped at the home of a former employer and fired through the back of the house, but the residents were not home, the sheriff’s office said.The gunman then allegedly found Braden, who was sitting in his parked car, and fatally shot him, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities said Braden had gone to Ashmore’s home earlier in the day, but Ashmore wasn’t home then, so Braden left and parked nearby and sat in his car.When Ashmore came across a California Highway Patrol officer responding to reports of the shootings, Ashmore allegedly fired at him, hitting the officer in his ballistic vest, the sheriff’s office said. The officer’s injuries were non-life-threatening.Ashmore then allegedly drove to a Chevron station and confronted a vendor inside; when the vendor fled, the suspect allegedly fired at him, the sheriff’s office said. The vendor, who wasn’t hit, allegedly got his gun — which he was licensed to carry — from his car, and fired back at Ashmore, who took a soda from inside the station, the sheriff’s office said.But Ashmore wasn’t hit and he fled, authorities said.The shooter allegedly next stopped at a Power Mart, stealing items including cigarettes and a lighter, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities say Ashmore engaged someone in an altercation there and then left.As Ashmore continued to flee, he allegedly lit wildfires, which were later controlled by fire crews, the sheriff’s office said.Ashmore next drove to a winery where he allegedly brandished a firearm at someone, the sheriff’s office said.Ashmore was captured at a police roadblock and surrendered.Ashmore is set to make his first appearance in court Wednesday afternoon and does not yet have an attorney.Anderson said Ashmore faces numerous charges, including two counts of first-degree murder; five counts of attempted murder; several counts of assault with a deadly weapon; two counts of arson; and attempted murder of a police officerCopyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Rassie: Japan have more than earned their respect

first_imgSpringbok coach Rassie Erasmus says he is not surprised by the fairytale World Cup ride hosts Japan have experienced ahead of their quarterfinal in Tokyo this weekend.Japan rose to seventh in the world rankings on Monday, just two places behind the Boks, after beating top-tier teams Ireland and Scotland on their way to their first World Cup play-off.Considering their impressive run of form, Erasmus said the Boks were taking the challenge seriously.“For us, their success hasn’t been a big surprise and it’s going to be a really tough game,” he said.“After our warm-up game I said they would be No 1 or No 2 in their pool, so we’re not surprised.“However, we are playing for our country and we want to try and win the World Cup, and for the next week unfortunately Japan are the enemy.”The Boks beat Japan 41-7 two weeks before the World Cup started, softening the blow of their 2015 World Cup pool game when Japan shocked the Boks with a 34-32 win in Brighton, and Erasmus believed this weekend’s game should be considered in isolation.“They have improved and we have improved and the reason for that Japanese warm-up game was to erase the Brighton game, so that if we did play them in the play-offs, hopefully that (2015) game didn’t get mentioned again.“It’s 1-1 now and we’re going into a quarterfinal against a really tough team.”Wing Cheslin Kolbe and Herschel Jantjies are expected to be fit after picking up ankle and hamstring niggles last week.“Internally our team has already been announced and they will both be in the team,” said Erasmus, who was set to officially announce his side on Thursday.“We will have our first full training session in preparation for Japan and we expect them to come through the session. I would say they are 99% ready.”The Boks transferred from Kobe to the capital city – a two-hour, 45-minute ride bybullet train – to be met by their largest media conference since arriving in Japan in the first week of September.With a big crowd expected to be cheering for the home side on Sunday, the Boks were preparing to face more than just a very good Japanese national team.“It’s a tough position to be in,” Erasmus said.“The first thing is that it’s really tough not to like the Japanese people.“The way they have embraced all teams – not just South Africa – on and off the field, and the way they have handled the typhoon (Hagibis) have been awesome.“I know there have been lots of losses in terms of lives and in different ways, and we send our condolences from South Africa and the Boks to those people.”For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more