2020 Olympic qualifier: Nigeria beat  Sudan

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Nigeria: We can’t breathe, by Gabriel Agbo Yes, Nigeria is collapsing forward, by Femi Adesina Nigeria U-23 football team on Tuesday defeated their counterpart from Sudan, 5-0 in the second leg of their 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifier. The match, which was played at the main bowl of the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, saw the Nigerian team dominating the entire 90 minutes regulation time. In the 13 minute of the first half, Taiwo Awoniyi opened scoring for Nigeria with a beautiful header that left the Sudanese goalkeeper stranded. In the 25th minute, Ndifreke Effiong out-jumped two Sudanese defenders inside the 18-yard box to head home goal number two for Nigeria. Effiong, who was arguably the best Nigeria player of the match, scored his second goal in the 44th minute when he slotted in a cross from Awoniyi. Nigeria 4th goal came in the 67th minute when Sunday Felaye came off the bench to score with a superb volley. The Nigeria team scored its 5th goal through Sanusi Ibrahim in the 69th minute to seal victory for Nigeria. In the 72th minute, Nigeria team captain, Kelechi Nwakali was substituted; he was replaced by Fatai Gbadamosi.Tags: 2020 Tokyo OlympicNigeriaStephen Keshi StadiumSudanlast_img read more

Ronaldo to United links persist

first_imgDavid Moyes is set to begin work as Manchester United manager next week against the backdrop of further speculation about a return for former golden boy Cristiano Ronaldo. Press Association It has been suggested for weeks now that United believe they can lure Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, where he left in 2009 for Real Madrid in a world record £80million deal. And a report in Spanish paper El Pais on Wednesday claimed a meeting would be taking place between United officials and Ronaldo “in the next few days” to see if there is any likelihood of a transfer being completed. center_img United have not commented on the report, although it is obvious a deal would be hugely complicated given apparent interest from Paris St Germain and supposed advice given to the former world player of the year to remain at Real Madrid for the final year of his contract. New Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti presumably would prefer to keep Ronaldo as he begins the task of shaping the club following Jose Mourinho’s exit. However, Ancelotti is unlikely to have the final say if Ronaldo decides he wants to leave. It merely adds to the air of uncertainty at United, with Moyes set to officially begin work on Monday, with his squad due to begin training later that week. Chief concern will be to work out the best way forward for Wayne Rooney who, like Ronaldo, has been the subject of some much, often conflicting, speculation. PSG, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been linked with the England forward, whilst it has also been stated Moyes would prefer to keep the player he introduced to senior football whilst at Everton. If that is Moyes’ wish, it is unlikely to be fulfilled without some sort of clarification on the supposed transfer request Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Rooney had made at the end of last season. It has now been established Rooney did not express any such desire, merely sought clarification about his status with Ferguson. Yet any public statement to that effect by United would undermine the man who brought them 13 Premier League titles and left at the end of the season with his status as an all-time great beyond question. The side issue is that both Shinji Kagawa and Danny Welbeck spent much of last term out of position, whilst Javier Hernandez’s opportunities were restricted. If Rooney stays, at least one of that trio is bound to wonder whether they have any long-term future at United. At least the picture won’t be made even more complicated by the arrival of Edinson Cavani as United have privately distanced themselves from reports of an interest in the Napoli front-man. last_img read more

All Star awards tonight

first_imgThe 2016 Footballer and Hurler of the Year will be announced at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards this evening.Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan and Paudie Maher are both in the running for the hurling award while Ronan Maher is nominated for Young hurler of the year. The hurling all-stars will also be named live at the event after the footballers were named yesterday. Tipperary’s Josh Keane and Jimmy Feehan are in the running for the Young Footballer of the year. The ceremony begins at the Convention Centre in Dublin at 7pm.last_img

AS Roma: Why did Italian club decide to announce signings alongside missing children?

first_imgPeter Boxell’s son has been missing for 31 years. At times, he says, it has been a “living nightmare”.Attempts to find Lee – a Sutton United fan who went missing aged 15 – have involved thousands of police hours, a year-long dig in a church graveyard and four Crimewatch appeals. Boxell also started the Missing People choir, which reached the Britain’s Got Talent final in 2017.During last summer’s transfer window, however, Boxell received further help from an unexpected source.Italian club Roma are considered trailblazers when it comes to their social media campaigns, having previously featured everything from black screens to the history of the Earth when announcing new player signings.This summer, they went for a more poignant approach by featuring missing children videos alongside their transfer announcements, with several featuring Lee.Some fans initially questioned why the club would combine the joy of a new signing with the sadness felt for a missing person, but, remarkably, five children highlighted in their videos were found. Unfortunately, Lee was not one of those discovered. After years of searching, Boxell now accepts his son may have passed away.But when Lee’s case was featured on the club’s social media channels, dozens of Roma fans made contact to offer Peter support and wish him well in his search.He says the response was like a “comfort blanket”.“It’s difficult to describe, but it makes us feel like we are not alone and not the only ones suffering,” Boxell adds.“It gives me hope that, if not my son, somebody elsewhere will be recognised from an appeal and reunited with their families.” The move by Roma was the idea of their head of strategy, Paul Rogers, who says he became “obsessed” with the story of rock band Soul Asylum, whose video for their early 1990s hit song Runaway Train also featured missing children.“We had built up quite a sizable social media presence and going into the summer transfer window, we thought we had an opportunity to do something more meaningful,” he tells BBC Sport.“Football on social media can be quite toxic at times, and we thought we could do something that is the antithesis of that and could be embraced by all sorts of fans.”The reaction from supporters all over the world was overwhelmingly positive, as the Italian club featured 109 cases in 72 different videos across 12 different countries.The five children found included two from Kenya, two teenage girls from London and a boy from Belgium. Boxell says: “One being found is brilliant, but five is incredible. It’s an absolutely amazing idea and not something I’d have even dreamed of.“Lots of kids go to football games, so any new way of getting appeals out about missing kids is worth doing.” Rogers says it was “nerve-wracking” when he first met the US-based National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children to tell them about how Roma could potentially help.But after producing a mock-up video using old missing children cases and pointing out Roma’s 16 million social media followers, they were “blown way” by his idea.He says: “One of the things they said which struck me was, ‘most brands try to distance themselves from something like this because missing children is a very sensitive subject and maybe you don’t want to be associated with it’.“We said we wanted to help 100%. We felt that even if no children were found, we could still raise awareness of the cases, the issue of missing children and the organisations doing that work.”More than 140,000 children go missing in the United Kingdom each year, a statistic which Missing People chief executive Jo Youle says is “truly shocking”. She says the reasons range from problems at home or school, to mental illness and even sexual exploitation.“The vast majority of kids are found in the first 24-28 hours, and only 1% are still missing a year later,” she says.Peter Boxell pictured with his son, Lee, just before he went missing in 1988Even so, that amounts to 1,400 children. The charity is hoping to double the 10,000 people it helps each year, so the help from Roma was hugely welcome.In total, the club’s missing children videos were viewed more than nine million times across their social media channels, having worked alongside 12 organisations across the world, including the United States, the UK, Italy, Spain and Kenya. They plan to continue the campaign around any signings they make in January’s transfer window. “Roma have been a trailblazer with this and have shown how much impact a football club can have,” Youle says. “I hope that it will inspire other clubs to see how much it engages their supporters and makes them proud to be part of a group helping in this way.”The idea of featuring missing children at the time of a transfer story might jar with some, but it actually takes advantage of two factors unique to football clubs.When announcing a new signing on their social media channels, clubs instantly have a viral moment, which is a perfect chance to spread a message.And by recruiting a player from a particular country, they have a channel into a specific audience with a heightened interest.So when Roma signed Chris Smalling from Manchester United, they knew it would garner more interest from the United Kingdom. Hence why the video featured missing children from England.The same also applied when Davide Zappacosta joined the club from Chelsea. The first girl from London was found after featuring in the winger’s video.It was a similar ploy used in the Soul Asylum video, which was tailored according to whether the song was broadcast on the east or west coast of America, or indeed, the UK.Although it cannot be said definitively that the five missing children were found as a result of featuring in Roma’s videos, Rogers says that by helping raise awareness of the cases, the end result still brought moments of “euphoria” around the club’s offices.But there was little time to celebrate.Once a child is found, the legal ‘right to be forgotten’ kicks in. Any trace of their identity must be deleted from their social media accounts.Any videos featuring that missing child must also be re-cut so they are not included. The move is to ensure they can live a life where they are not stigmatised for going missing in the first place.Rogers says: “We saw some reaction which said ‘this makes me sad at a time I shouldn’t feel that way’. Others said ‘why not do this at another time?’“But the whole point was that signings are a viral moment. We could point to a missing child post at any time of the year, but we wouldn’t get as much attention.“It was quite hard work, but I remember getting that call from Missing People for the first girl found and it was one of the best calls I’ve ever taken. It felt better than winning any match or even the Champions League.“Everyone was so proud that they worked on something that had an impact, but Roma isn’t responsible for finding five children.“Our role from day one was to help with the search to find missing children. If we hadn’t done it, would they have been found anyway? Maybe.“But how do people find out about a missing child? Most football fans don’t follow Missing People on their Twitter, for example. This takes it to a new audience.”Whether other clubs would have the same impact as Roma is debatable. Part of the club’s success comes from having an established social media audience which transcends Italian borders.But having seen how the campaign has drawn fans together, Rogers believes that more clubs could unite to launch a similar campaign for International Missing Children’s Day on 25 May.“Five children were reunited with their families after Roma’s campaign, but imagine if clubs such as Barcelona or Manchester United or Liverpool all got involved,” he says.“I would never tell other clubs what they should or shouldn’t do, and most of them do lots of good stuff in the community, but it would be an incredibly powerful thing to do and it would send out a good message.“I’m not naive enough to think that Roma can change the world on its own, but I do believe that football clubs could change the world together.”Lee Boxell, who went missing in 1988, watching his team Sutton United in a celebrity matchBoxell says the best outcome for his family now is to find Lee’s remains so they can have a proper funeral and start the grieving process.In the meantime, though, the ability to help others is what keeps him going.“For 31 years, we have had to live with not knowing what happened to Lee and living in limbo is a terrible thing to deal with,” he says.“But singing in the choir has given me an outside interest and singing about Lee is quite cathartic, as is spending time with people in a similar situation.“Out of my loss, something good has come – helping others who also have missing loved ones.“I don’t know if that was meant to be, but it’s given me comfort knowing I can help others a little bit.”last_img read more

Richard Sherman, other NFL players note league’s hypocrisy with latest coronavirus protocols

first_imgThe NFL is putting a stop to the swap for 2020.According to multiple reports, the NFL is attempting to limit unnecessary interaction between players, personnel and media should games get underway this fall. Among those policies, the NFL is going to outlaw postgame conversations among players and won’t allow for jersey exchanges, something that’s grown increasingly popular in recent years.  It’s a pretty nonsensical thing to do, considering that players are spitting, breathing, hitting, tackling, contacting and are generally within six feet of each other for a three-hour game. While not every player will interact with every other player of the opposition’s 53-man roster, with the way COVID-19 can spread, it seems like another wonky, not-common-sense half-measure from the league.While the banning of jersey swaps is supposedly endorsed by the NFLPA, San Francisco DB Richard Sherman led the way with criticism of the NFL’s latest COVID-19 policy:This is a perfect example of NFL thinking in a nutshell. Players can go engage in a full contact game and do it safely. However, it is deemed unsafe for them to exchange jerseys after said game. 😂🤣😂 https://t.co/fWefsUSVDc— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) July 9, 2020Other NFL players and personalities also noted the league’s hypocrisy.This has to be a joke… https://t.co/OrJBcBtiFl pic.twitter.com/cA8Iu0LI39— Randall Cobb (@rcobb18) July 9, 2020thats DAMN SILLY bro.. 🤦🏾‍♂️ https://t.co/QDOwn2G3bc— Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson) July 9, 2020So we can hit eachother ALL game but can’t shake hands after? 😂 https://t.co/9qrAoYIr8y— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) July 9, 2020No postgame interactions after sweating and spitting on each other for three hours. 👌 https://t.co/dVllVof4RD— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) July 9, 2020So we can tackle each other for 60min but can’t exchange jersey that takes 2 mins😂😂😂 https://t.co/5RKq54T0mH— Darius Slay (@bigplay24slay) July 9, 2020this is like when teachers would enforce NO GRINDING at high school dances like kids weren’t going to after parties https://t.co/g28AL2ud1s— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) July 9, 2020 NFL teams will be forbidden from postgame interactions within 6 feet of each other and jersey exchanges between players will be prohibited during the 2020 season, sources say.Another way the NFL will look different in the COVID-19 world.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 9, 2020The idea is that the NFL is attempting to limit interaction before and after the game to limit the potential for coronavirus transmission among players. (Hopefully this means disallowing postgame handshakes between the coaches, as well.) Yeah, about that…last_img read more

Lily May shortlisted for SportsAid’s One-to-Watch award

first_img England girl international Lily May Humphreys has been shortlisted for SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award, in recognition of a spectacular season.The 15-year-old has won the British girls’ championship, the European Young Masters and the English women’s championship during 2017 – as well as helping England to win the girls’ Home Internationals.Humphreys, a member of the England Golf girls’ squad, is one of 10 athletes on the shortlist for this year’s One-to-Watch Award. The annual award, set to be presented at the charity’s SportsBall in London on Thursday 23 November, was launched in 2006 and shines a spotlight on the achievements of Britain’s brightest young sporting prospects.Past winners include the double Olympic medallist and current diving world champion Tom Daley, while five fellow recipients competed at the Rio Games.Humphreys, who gets a SportsAid grant from Suffolk SportsAid Foundation, admits this latest accolade is one to savour.“I was really happy to be on the shortlist, finding out that my hard work had paid off and that I’d been recognised was just really nice,” said Humphreys, who is a member of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, Essex.“A lot of time goes into it, you have to practice whatever the weather, even if it’s raining or cold, you just have to keep going and try to make sure you’re improving all the time.“Having SportsAid support has been really helpful, it’s allowed me to play in competitions around the country and doing that has allowed me to be picked for England to play around Europe.”Humphreys has played in events far and wide, including the World girls’ championship in Canada and the Asia Pacific junior championship in Hong Kong – with top ten finishes in both – but she will never get complacent about representing her country.“Playing for England is always a real honour, you feel proud that you can go out there and play, see different places and see different people around the world – it’s really great,” she added.Humphreys took up golf six years ago and remarked: “I first hit a ball when I was nine, first went on a golf course when I was ten and by 11 it became a thing I was going to do for quite a while – there’s been a lot of hard work that goes into that.”Dame Katherine Grainger, Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, and five-time Paralympic champion Natasha Baker are among the panel of judges for the award.The winner of SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award will be revealed at the charity’s annual SportsBall in London on Thursday 23 November. All the funds raised from the SportsBall help to support the next generation of British athletes. Please visit www.sportsball.org.uk for details of all the award contenders and for ticket information. 7 Nov 2017 Lily May shortlisted for SportsAid’s One-to-Watch award Tags: Lily May Humphreys, SportsAidlast_img read more

Wests Tigers confirm 2017 coaching structure

first_imgWith David Kidwell taking the head coaching job for the New Zealand national team, Taylor will be joined by Andrew Webster, Paul Stringer and Craig Sandercock next season.Webster re-joins the club after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at the New Zealand Warriors.Stringer steps up from the NSW Cup team while Sandercock continues his role from last season.“We are all really excited by the new coaching structure at the Club,” Jason Taylor said. “It’s going to allow us to achieve some really detailed coaching, which is what we’ve been striving for.“To have an extra assistant Coach on the roster is going to be make a big difference to the quality of coaching that we can get done and I’m confident it will improve the overall performance of the team.”last_img read more

Shooting the hoop at World Netball Championships

first_img Full-time players needed Invariably, the player bears responsibility for the result. That burden for decisions made in competition, for execution of practised routines and for delivering results rests with the athlete who steps into the court or crosses the boundary rope. The player, however, is never alone. In reality, even the player’s on-the-field responsibility is subsumed by the quality of the sports system he or she represents. That loose ball at the death, that last-minute fumble and that long serve to a sharp opponent at match point are as much the player’s fault as it is the fault of the system that produced the player. It is through this prism that Jamaica’s losses at the Netball World Cup can be viewed. Defeats from winning positions, as in the preliminary round 50-54 loss to England, aren’t just due to the players or changes made by the coaching staff. The same goes for the qualification round 48-55 setback to the undefeated New Zealanders. The Silver Ferns and their neighbours, Australia, are products of superior systems. They regularly play indoors and their combined ANZ League provides regular high-level play. There are more part-timers on the England team, but many of them play in the ANZ. Narrow losses at the 2014 Commonwealth Games had some pundits thinking that England would break the Australia-New Zealand domination of the sport at this World Cup. We will see. Luckily, Jamaican losses to New Zealand and England occurred at a stage of the tournament that wasn’t fatal. The situation was probably made worse by the ankle injury suffered by 30-year-old centre Paula Thompson. Provided Jamaica beat improving Malawi and Uganda, Thompson could be back at full speed for the semi-finals. That could be the key to more goal attempts for our shooters led by Romelda Aiken. To shoot the hoop in the long term, Jamaica needs to move from being an outdoor sport played by part-timers to being contested more often indoors by a full-time senior group. The better our Sunshine Girls become, the more they will gain access to professional leagues. That has helped England close the gap to the Big Two – Australia and New Zealand. There are encouraging developments. Jamaica has recently launched its own semi-professional league. When that league moves indoors, that will be a major advance. Second, the promise of affordable access to national sports facilities due to lower electricity costs will give the Girls more practice in the conditions under which their rivals play all the time. That’s the hoop hope for the future. In the meantime, the Girls seek now to reach the semis and to upset the form chart in Sydney, host of the Netball World Cup. Before you give up in the presence of two superior systems, remember one thing. Upsets actually do happen. That’s why we play the games. – Hubert Lawrence did radio commentary on the 2003 Netball World Cup in Kingston.last_img read more

Dwyer hails tremendous season

first_imgRASHEED DWYER stormed to a second-place finish at the Zurich Diamond League meeting and told The Gleaner his 2015 season had been ‘tremendous’.The 200m race was won by Panama’s Alonso Edward, who also won the series, but Dwyer admitted that had he run more 200m races the result may have been different.The 26-year-old said: “It was a good execution. I came off the corner and tried to hold my form, but I haven’t run a 200m for a while, so I am a bit rusty, but other races will be much better.”GOODSEASONHe added: “My season has gone well. I am running 19.80 so it has been a tremendous season so far. I’m not going to set any goals or targets for next season, I am just going to continue to work hard, go back to the drawing board and take it from there.”In stark contrast to the fortunes of Dwyer, fellow Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade said 2015 had been his worst year ever.”The race was okay, I am bit tired from the rounds in Beijing, but it’s okay,” said the 25-year-old who finished in fourth.He added: “It’s been the worst season ever. I had injuries since the early part of the year and I am still struggling with it. I am just trying to get through and prepare for next year. I am going into rehab then start my training for next season a little earlier so I can be ready.”- J.C.last_img read more

Champs memories!!!

first_imgWho can forget that fateful Saturday evening 26 years ago when Daniel England was pipped on the line by Donovan Powell.It was late evening on the final day of Champs when Asafa Powell’s brother performed the unthinkable.The seemingly indomitable high school legend was “famously” defeated on a day when historians were keen to see whether he could perform the feat of Kingston College’s Lennox “Billy” Miller, to win three 200-metre races in Class One at Boys’ Champs.England, running in one of his last events at the famed Championships, was finally dethroned as 200 metres champion.For four years, since he was in Class Two, the Calabar High athlete seemed indomitable.For until 1990, he was unbeaten not only in the 200 metres, but the 400 metres as well, ala Michael Johnson of Olympic fame.It was in the 400 metres that England rose to stardom, four years earlier, when he was in Class Two.There were the typical bouts of frenzied cheers when the popular athlete graced the track to produce a superlative clash.The little man did not appear to be perturbed, even when perennial rivals KC dispatched 200 metres and 400 metres specialists to upstage the mighty one.Quite aptly described as the little man with a big heart, the diminutive Calabar athlete collared and clobbered all and sundry.It was not that he was not tested by other stalwarts.Daniel England simply proved unbeatable against all opposition at Boys’ Champs in the late 1980s.That is, until the start of the new decade when he ran into St Jago High School’s Donovan Powell in the 200 metres.The gun went off and the roar went up. Less than 21 seconds later, a noisy debate replaced the cheers.The two super athletes had crossed the finish line together.After the dust settled and the deliberations and debates eased, Powell was adjudged the winner of one of the most exciting 200-metre races to grace the most magnificent of high school meets in the world.Even with the rare loss in the 200 metres, Daniel England left high school undefeated in the 400 metres.last_img read more