RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United have condemned the foul-mouthed abuse aimed at Jesse Lingard after their FA Cup fifth round win on Thursday and will contact Derby County as part of a further investigation. A video on social media showed fans subjecting Lingard to a torrent of abuse as he boarded the team bus after Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Derby at Pride Park. The 27-year-old played the full 90 minutes against Derby, but has not been part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting line-up in the league since New Year’s Day against Arsenal. He has scored twice across all competitions this season. Reuters/NAN.Tags: FA CupJesse LingardManchester UnitedOle Gunnar SolskjaerPride Park
â€œThis is the heart of Russia and for these months it is the heart of the world and the world of football,â€ said the FIFA President.â€œThe whole world is watching and seeing Russia and what a fantastic party and celebration weâ€™re having here. It has been an unbelievable celebration, with great matches and perfect organisation in a hospitable country. You walk around the cities and you can see men, women, boys and girls with shirts from different countries celebrating together. Thatâ€™s football.â€The match was officiated by professional Russian referee Mikhail Vilkov. Russia 2018 Mascot Zabivaka was on hand to help entertain the 200 or so spectators.The players had the chance to take photos with the high-profile guests while also trying to shoot past the fastest goalie in the world – Robokeeper!Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Young Russian footballers taking part in an exhibition match at Moscowâ€™s Football Park on Red Square Thursday had the chance to show-off their skills in front of FIFA Legends as well as FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.Iker Casillas, Lothar MatthÃ¤us, Ronaldo and Carles Puyol starred for the FIFA Legends and they were joined by Russian legends Alexey Smertin and Dmitry Bulykin. The local youth were selected from FC Totem whose players are alumni of the Childrenâ€™s Home No. 1 in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk. The club was founded by LOC CEO, Aleksey Sorokin, who was also in attendance along with LOC Chairman, Arkady Dvorkovich.The two Presidents kicked off the match, having earlier taken a tour of the Football Park, which features a number of highlights including the FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy on display in the pavilion.
MATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoAfter a successful home opener this past weekend in which the UW volleyball team swept Villanova, Valparaiso and No. 11 UCLA, the Badgers are set to begin conference play this weekend.Wisconsin opens the Big Ten season with matches against No. 5 Minnesota Friday at 7 p.m. and Iowa Sunday at 1 p.m.The No. 10 Badgers have gotten off to a hot start this season as they currently stand at 8-1, but really got a big confidence booster by upsetting UCLA which was ranked two spots higher than them at the time.Defeating a team of UCLA’s caliber was a good indication of what Wisconsin can expect going into the Big Ten season as the conference currently boasts five teams in the top 25.”Our kids are confident enough to go against anybody in the top 10 right now and have a shot at them,” head coach Pete Waite said. “So that was a great start for us and it really prepared us for this weekend now because we’re facing a tougher Minnesota team.””It will be really good going into the Big Ten weekend with this much confidence and with our crowd behind us, too,” senior co-captain Sheila Shaw added. “It’s awesome to open Big Tens at home.”In past years, the Big Ten has been one of the better volleyball conferences in the nation and this year will be no different.Aside from the aforementioned Gophers, Penn State is No.4, Ohio State fell to No. 16 following a loss to BYU, and Purdue jumped from being previously unranked to No. 19 this week.However, every game in the Big Ten should have the expectation of being a hard-fought battle.”I think it’s going to be very competitive,” senior co-captain Aubrey Meierotto said. “Every night is going to be a really hard game. Every team in the Big Ten is a really good team so it’s going to be a fight.”If five teams in the top 25 aren’t an obvious enough hint as to just how tough conference play will be this year, the Big Ten is the only conference out of the six major conferences in the nation to have every team with a record of at least .500 in non-conference play so far in 2005.While Minnesota will give Waite and his squad a glimpse at what it will take to beat one of the best teams in the nation, the Badgers beat this same Gopher team that made a Final Four appearance last season.However, Minnesota has a very balanced scoring attack with eight players averaging more than 2.0 kills per game, so honing in on stopping one player won’t be a very efficient strategy.Instead, Waite will be focusing on disrupting the Gophers’ defensive game with his big spikers on the net.”The best player on their team is their defensive player, their libero, Paula Gentil. She is a two-time All-American already and she just gets everything defensively and makes you change what you’re doing offensively,” Waite said. “If we can have more weapons, frustrate her a little bit, it’ll be better for us.”They’re confident because they’re coming off another Final Four appearance,” he continued. “The one thing we have in our favor is that we’re at home and we beat them here last year. Our kids are confident they have a good shot at them this year.”As for Iowa, the Hawkeyes have scampered out to a 9-3 start so far this season. Led by three freshmen starters in outside hitter Catherine Smale, libero Emily Hiza, and setter Kelly Fister, the young Hawkeyes will attempt to make an impact in the Big Ten, as last year they finished with a mere two conference wins.Wisconsin certainly won’t take Iowa lightly in their second game of the weekend.”Coming into any match, you can never take any team for granted,” sophomore setter Jackie Simpson said. “We play in a conference where every night you’re going as hard as you can and we respect any team that comes into our gym or any gym that we go into. We have to really respect every team equally.”
USC basketball is already off to its best start in more than 20 years though Thursday’s crosstown showdown at the Galen Center could prove to be a monumental night for the direction of the program when it comes to pitting itself against its perennial rivals. At the surface, the Trojans have a chance to capture a season series over UCLA for the first time since 2010, which would mark only the fourth time they have accomplished that feat since 2000.A second win over the Bruins in 2016 would not only give the Trojans the temporary title of the collegiate basketball team that runs L.A, but it could also signal an unofficial changing of the guard of the program that holds this distinction moving forward.This notion has come into fruition relatively quickly and even more unexpectedly — UCLA was an NCAA Sweet 16 team last season, while the Trojans lost all but three conference games. The difference in just a year is obvious. What it has come down to, though, is the overall cohesion of each team’s young talent.The ultimate difference has been the contrasting offensive styles for both teams. The Trojans play like more of a unified front, spreading the floor and finding each other for open shots in third-year head coach Andy Enfield’s run ‘n gun system. Meanwhile under Steve Alford, the Bruins seem to rely more on isolation play from its top scorers. This was apparent in the teams’ first meeting at Pauley Pavilion earlier this season when USC dominated the Bruins on its way to an 89-75 victory — a possible indicator of things to come.Taking a step back and looking at the Trojans and Bruins’ current rosters side-by-side, both teams are incredibly young and feature only one graduating senior — USC’s Strahinja Gavrilovic and UCLA starting center Tony Parker. The rest of their rosters feature a group of juniors that are expected to be back next year, along with a fresh bundle of established freshmen and sophomores.Accordingly, it appears that both programs are at similar points in the life cycle of a college basketball program, but their respective directions are not quite the same.It’s a known fact that the Trojans are on the rise. They’ve won 13 consecutive home games to start the season, recently jumped back into the national rankings for the first time since 2008 and currently sit in the top three of the Pac-12 standings. Even with a skilled group of young players, UCLA’s future doesn’t seem as discernible as USC’s. The Bruins resume this season features a road victory at Gonzaga and quality wins at home over Kentucky and Arizona, which are ranked 19th and 20th, respectively, in the USA Today Coaches Poll. They have struggled, however, to find a groove in conference play, falling into the bottom half of the standings halfway through Pac-12 play.Remember that both Enfield and Alford arrived at their respective Los Angeles-based programs at the same time. Their first two years were on opposite ends of the spectrum, but by bringing in some top recruits and simply by being patient, it’s now Enfield that has given his program the more promising feature. USC’s core group of players just seem to gel better than those of the Bruins and that’s a positive sign moving forward, as the Trojans try to continue to assert their superiority in hoops — for now.Don’t get me wrong, neither school is going to forget its roots. USC will always be a football-first school and UCLA will always pride itself on its rich basketball history.Every now and then, though, the tides change. Before this past season, UCLA had USC’s number on the gridiron, winning three consecutive crosstown rivalry games to start making people think that the Bruins are now becoming the “football school” in Los Angeles.USC still has a long way to go before actually becoming the go-to basketball school in Los Angeles, but a win on Thursday night will solidify its dominance for the time being.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Thursdays.
Syracuse faced its toughest test so far in its young season, and it won’t be reflected in the final score. No. 18 SU (3-0) brushed past Monmouth (1-2), 71-50, in the Carrier Dome on Friday night.Here are three takeaways from game No. 3 this season.The Andrew White showIf not for White, Syracuse would have never been within reach of the Hawks. The fifth-year senior entered the night as the team’s leading scorer and proved he deserved the billing against Monmouth. White poured in 18 points, all in the first half, to carry SU’s offense. He went 3-for-9 from 3.As Monmouth crept closer to overtaking the lead toward the end of the first half, White took over. In a three-minute span, White took over by scoring 10 of Syracuse’s 12 points. That kept the visitors steadily behind, even though Monmouth could still funnel its offense by undercutting SU’s zone.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Hawks outscored the Orange 18-4 in the first half on points in the paint, a big reason Syracuse leaned so heavily on White initially. Monmouth sealed off nearly every attempt to drive the paint, so the offense funneled through White on the perimeter.Inside jobThe center position is a bit of a revolving door for Syracuse at the moment. Dajuan Coleman has the most experience and talent of any of SU’s big men, but Jim Boeheim has been reluctant to give him significant minutes early in the season. Paschal Chukwu is still a question mark, all 7-foot-2 of him, with no steady aspect of his game.Tyler Lydon, Boeheim hinted, is probably the team’s best option at center. But he’s too valuable elsewhere.So as predicted, all three took turns Friday night trying to anchor the defense. The struggles were evident early on with the big men, and the entire interior defense. Six-foot-11 forward Sam Ibiezugbe pestered the Orange underneath the basket in the first half. He sliced past Lydon on a couple occasions, bringing Boeheim to his feet, screaming at the court. Chukwu played only 10 minutes and never seemed comfortable wearing the sports goggles he had on originally.Coleman played six minutes in the first half, leaving no steady presence for the bottom of SU’s zone until the second half. He played nine minutes in the game’s final 20, and helped neutralize the Hawks under the hoop. It will be interesting to see how Boeheim continues to parse out time for his centers, with one evidently more put together than the other.Welcome to the big timeWhile White was the best option for the Orange early, freshman Taurean Thompson flashed the best game of his young career. The 6-foot-10 forward notched 12 points in only 13 minutes. He connected on several baseline jumpers and offered quality play in the post that Boeheim hasn’t shied lauding about.With just under two minutes left in the game, Thompson tumbled underneath the basket adjacent to Syracuse’s bench. Head athletic trainer Brad Pike helped the freshman off the court, while Thompson was unable to put any pressure on his left foot. Comments Published on November 18, 2016 at 9:11 pm Contact Connor: email@example.com | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+
Already struggling in the special teams, the Ravens’ coverage units took another hit on Tuesday with the announcement that linebacker Prescott Burgess has been placed on injured reserve with a thigh injury. The fifth-year linebacker sustained the injury in Sunday’s 30-27 comeback win over the Arizona Cardinals. Burgess appeared in three games with Baltimore this season, recording one assisted tackle and two special teams tackles. The 6-foot-3, 253-pounder led the Ravens in special teams tackles the past two seasons. A sixth-round choice by the Ravens in 2007, Burgess was waived at the end of the preseason before being re-signed to take the place of cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 28. The linebacker was waived again during the bye week in favor of defensive back Bryan McCann before being re-signed again on Oct. 18 after offensive lineman Mark LeVoir was released. The Ravens also announced changes to their practice squad, releasing safety Mana Silva and re-signing wide receiver Rodney Bradley to take his spot.
Lobi Stars striker Anthony Okpotu says he is ‘overwhelmed’ after being named the Best Player in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) last season by the League Bloggers Award.In a colorful ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel in Lagos on Tuesday night, Okpotu who also emerged topscorer in the NPFL last season with 19 goals, beat off competition from Daniel Itodo, Alhassan Ibrahim and Stephen Odey to emerge the league’s Most Valuable Player.Speaking exclusively to www.busybuddiesng.com, the 23-year old forward equally dedicated both awards to God and his teammates.“I was overwhelmed after being named the best player in the league for last season,” Okpotu said.“It was a thing of joy for me, I am very, very happy.“I will dedicate it first to God and to my teammates because I didn’t do it alone. We did it as a team. So, I will dedicate it back to my teammates and to God.” Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Okpotu-November-29.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAUDIO: Excited Okpotu Dedicates NPFL Golden Boot To God, Less-Privileged, Teammates.September 11, 2017In “Nigeria”I’m Not In A Hurry To Leave The NPFL – Okpotu (AUDIO)March 3, 2018In “Nigeria”LBA Awards: Lobi Stars Goal Machine Okpotu Bags Double HonoursNovember 29, 2017In “Nigeria”
Gate fees for Sunday’s CAF Champions League, 1/16th stage, second leg match against MC El Eulma at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium have been released.While GHÈ¼8 will be charged at the red and green seats area, a seat at the centre line will go for GHÈ¼10. GHÈ¼30 is charged at the VIP stand. The gates will be opened at 10am prompt.The game will however kickoff at 3pm. Management is appealing to Kotoko supporters and all football fans to come to the stadium in their numbers as the ‘Operation fill the Baba Yara Sports Stadium’ continues unabated.Communications Manager, Kwaku Ahenkorah tells Asantekotokosc.com that, managers of Kotoko are bent on securing the club a league stage ticket this time. He adds that, they would need the backing of supporters to get that done.“Any Africa campaign is a capital intensive project. We all know that it involves a lot of money. One way we can help cover the cost of participating in Africa successfully is filling the stands. That’s why we are still appealing to our teeming fans to be there in big numbers”.
On July 20, 2020, Alyssa Nakken made history.Nakken took her place in the Giants’ first-base coaching box in the final innings of an exhibition game vs. the A’s, becoming the first woman to coach on the field in MLB history. Alyssa Nakken coaching first for the Giants 🙌 pic.twitter.com/yl8qtT6ct4— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) July 21, 2020Nakken was named to the Giants’ coaching staff in January, though she won’t be in the dugout during games. MLB rules dictate a seven-coach maximum during gametime. Nakken will be in uniform, but in the clubhouse during that time.MORE: 2020 MLB fantasy cheat sheetHere’s what you need to know about the ceiling-shattering Nakken:Who is Alyssa Nakken?Nakken, hired to the Giants’ coaching staff in January 2020, became the first woman to be named a coach on an MLB staff. While her official title is assistant coach, Nakken had the opportunity to coach first base for a few innings during the Giants’ final exhibition game vs. the Athletics on July 20. In her role, she will focus on high performance and clubhouse culture.But holding down the first base box is not something Nakken is unfamiliar with: She stood in the first base box a few times during intrasquad games over the summer. She worked closely alongside first base coach Antoan Richardson over the summer, overseeing outfield and baserunning instruction.But before Nakken was on the Giants’ coaching staff, she was in the San Francisco baseball operations department for six years, aiding with the team’s health and wellness programs, and served in a multitude of roles within the front office. She earned a master’s degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco in 2015.Nakken is also a highly touted athlete in her own right. A three-sport star in high school, Nakken was named to the All Pacific Coast softball conference team for all four years during her stint at Sacramento State, with a first-team nod in 2009. During her time as a Hornet, she batted .304 with 19 home runs at first base. “I feel a great sense of responsibility,” Nakken said in February (via MLB.com). “Coaching, I never saw it. This job has kind of been hidden for so long. I’m so excited to be in this role for the challenge and the opportunity to make an impact for this organization that I love.”But also, I’m excited that now girls can see there is a job on the field in baseball. It’s really cool.”Nakken is leading a women’s revolution in baseball, which includes the Yankees’ Rachel Balkovec, the Cubs’ Rachel Folden and the Cardinals’ Christina Whitlock.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2015)–A wide-open field of eight older horses, including trainer Neil Drysdale’s comebacking Grade I winner Winning Prize, will contest 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes.A winner of the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) three starts back on March 8, 2014, Winning Prize has been idle since running a disappointing sixth as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade II, seven furlong Turf Play King Stakes at Woodbine on Aug. 10. A two-time Group I winner going one mile on turf in his native Argentina, the 6-year-old horse by Pure Prize was a runaway winner of three Argentine turf sprints prior to making his U.S. debut with Drysdale in August, 2013 at Del Mar.Blessed with an abundance of natural speed, Winning Prize will try the hillside turf for the first time. Owned by David Heerensperger and Jose Nelson, he has eight wins from 15 starts and earnings of $612,913.Fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade II, six furlong Palos Verdes Stakes Jan. 31, trainer Jeff Bonde’s Distinctiv Passion set torrid fractions en route to a gate to wire score in the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong Midnight Lute Stakes Dec. 27. A 5-year-old Florida-bred horse by With Distinction, he will try the hillside for the first time, but has two wins from three five furlong turf sprint tries at Del Mar. Owned by Edward J. Brown, Jr., Alan Klein and Phil Lebherz, Distinctiv Passion could be quickest horse early in the Hernandez. He is 14-6-1-4 overall with earnings of $348,180.Trained by David Hofmans, Home Run Kitten has an impressive resume down the hill that includes a nose victory in the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes four starts back on Sept. 26. Second, beaten a neck in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) on Dec. 26, he was a close third in his most recent start, the Grade II, one mile turf Arcadia Stakes on Jan. 31. With what appears to be an abundance of speed signed on, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Kitten’s Joy will hope to be rolling late under Gary Stevens.Owned by Tarabilla Farms, Inc., Home Run Kitten has two wins from three tries down the hill and is 12-4-2-3 overall with earnings of $281,800.John Sadler’s Sweet Swap has run 11 of his last 13 races down the hill, winning four of them. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, the 6-year-old Candy Ride horse hopped at the break and finished third, beaten three quarters of a length in the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes down the hillside on Jan. 25. He figures to once again be forwardly placed on Sunday and will be ridden back by Joe Talamo. A winner of the Grade III San Simeon Stakes over the course on April 13, 2014, Sweet Swap is 16-6-3-3 overall with earnings of $351,529.Claimed out of a second place finish down the hill for $62,500 on Feb. 12, trainer Peter Miller’s U S Citizen owns a Hernandez Stakes best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 96 and although he’ll be making his stakes debut on Sunday, he has two wins, three seconds and a third from seven tries over the course. Owned by Rockingham Ranch, U S Citizen has a stalking style and will be ridden for the first time by Victor Espinoza. A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Proud Citizen, he is 23-4-7-4 overall with earnings of $216,635.Although winless in four stateside starts, trainer Phil D’Amato’s English-bred Hay Dude comes off a pair of sharp seconds, most recently in the Clockers’ Corner Stakes, where he flew from off the pace when beaten by a half length. A 5-year-old gelding, he’s owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino. Hay Dude has an overall mark of 16-3-4-4 and has earnings of $115,249. He’ll be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Kent Desormeaux.Claimed out of a $62,500 claiming win by trainer Gus Headley on Feb. 1, Seeking the Sherif tries turf for the first time and gets a new rider in Kayla Stra. Owned by Kurt Rexius, Seeking the Sherif had a phenomenal 2014, ascending the class ladder following a $12,500 claim on Dec. 28, 2013 en route to five wins from 10 starts while earning $224,700. A 6-year-old gelding by Officer, Seeking the Sherif is 14-8-1-2 overall with earnings of $282,100.Named in honor of the original voice of Santa Anita, the legendary Joe Hernandez called races at The Great Race Place from December, 1934, until his death in February, 1972.The complete field for the Joe Hernandez Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race program Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Sweet Swap, Joe Talamo, 118; Winning Prize, Rafael Bejarano, 118; U S Citizen, Victor Espinoza, 118; Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado, 123; Chief Lion, Martin Pedroza, 116; Home Run Kitten, Gary Stevens, 123; Hay Dude, Kent Desormeaux, 118 and Seeking the Sherif, Kayla Stra, 118. First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–