first_imgRelatedPosts Cleric urges Christians to avoid ill-gotten wealth to attain greatness in life It’s unfair to discuss 2023 election now, opposition tells Enugu PDP After 13 years of enmity, Enugu ex-Governors in closed door meeting Rangers International FC of Enugu on Wednesday defeated Jigawa Golden Stars FC of Dutse 1-0 in a Nigeria Professional Football League rescheduled Match Day 7 in Enugu. The match was decided in the 62nd minute with the only goal of the day coming from Rangers player Dauda Madaki. The visiting team gave their all in the first 45 minutes, but were pegged back after the interval. Speaking after the match, Rangers assistant coach, Mbwas Mangut, said the match lived up to expectations. “We expected a tough match against the team from Dutse and that was why we gave it our all,” Mangut said. He said Rangers technical crew had to rotate players because they have more tough matches ahead. He said: “We still have Akwa United and Kano Pillars to play on Sunday and Wednesday next week. “Thank God we won this match because what matters is the three points and not the scoreline.” In his reaction, Jigawa Golden Stars FC Coach, Gilbert Ubana, said his team played well. “We wanted to pick something from this match but we made a mistake after the interval which led to the goal,” Ubana said. The coach said that he never lost hope of going home with positive result. “This team is a work in progress because they are still mastering my tactics because I just took over two weeks ago,” Ubana said. The visiting team’s Captain, Yusuf Mohammed, said they have accepted the outcome of the match in good faith. Mohammed said: “Although, most of us came from the Nigeria National League, but that was not why we lost because football is all about win, draw or loss. “We have lost, so we are going home to keep perfecting our strategies for the matches ahead.”Tags: Dauda MadakiDutseEnugu StateJigawa Golden Stars FCMbwas MangutnpflRangers International FClast_img read more

first_imgHer treble gave the 34-year-old a new status in the oldest hat trick hero in any World Cup, breaking records set previously by Cristiano Ronaldo and Carli Lloyd.34 – Oldest player to score a World Cup hat-trick:Women’s WC – Cristiane (34y 25d)Men’s WC – Cristiano Ronaldo (33y 130d).Record.#FIFAWWC— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 9, 2019Brazil had won all seven of their previous Women’s World Cup opening games and only the brilliance of Jamaica’s goalkeeper Sydney Schneider prevented the scoreline from being even more emphatic.Cristiane opened the scoring in the 15th minute and, after Andressa had missed a chance to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot, doubled Brazil’s advantage five minutes into the second half before a superb free kick completed her treble, after which she was immediately substituted. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings —  Cristiane has now scored 10 World Cup goals; only Marta (15) has netted more such goals for Brazil’s women’s national team.—​ Cristiane’s treble is the first by a Brazilian in a Women’s World Cup match since June 1999, when both Sissi and Pretinha scored hat tricks in Brazil’s 7-1 victory over Mexico. Women’s World Cup 2019: Rose Lavelle defying all odds Cristiane became the oldest player to score a hat trick in a World Cup on a record-breaking day for Brazil as it beat Jamaica 3-0.Teammate Formiga became the oldest player to appear in the women’s finals, at the age of 41 years and 98 days, and also the first to appear in seven editions of the tournament.And it was a successful day for all involved with Brazil as it strolled to victory, with Cristiane the star of the show in Grenoble. Schneider, a 19-year-old American-born goalkeeper studying at the University of North Carolina, was handed her place after coaches learned she had Jamaican grandparents on her mother’s side.In the first half she saved brilliantly twice from Debinha, though Cristiane’s precise header from Andressa’s cross was too good for the Jamaica number one.Schneider did, however, produce heroics by diving to keep out Andressa’s spot kick, awarded for a handball by Allyson Swaby.Yes mi Keeper #ReggaeGirlz #WorldCup2019 #JamvsBra— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) June 9, 2019Jamaica’s only real threat came from their star forward Khadija Shaw, who fired one spectacular drive that Brazil goalkeeper Barbara did supremely well to prevent finding the top-right corner.For once Schneider was caught out early in the second half, unable to reach a low cross from Andressa, who steered the ball in from the right and Cristiane slid in to finish.Her hat-trick goal was the pick of the bunch, a sublime free-kick swept left-footed beyond the Jamaica wall and in off the underside of the crossbar to cap off a wonderful individual display.Key Opta Facts— Brazil’s victory over Jamaica was its first win in any competition since July 2018 (2-1 vs. Japan), halting a run of nine consecutive defeats before today.— Brazil has maintained its record of winning 100 percent of its opening World Cup matches. Indeed, it has won these eight games by an aggregate score of 23-1.— Following Jamaica’s defeat, each of the last six sides playing in their first ever Women’s World Cup match have now failed to win (D2 L4 — also South Africa, Spain, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Ecuador). Women’s World Cup 2019: U.S. veterans take pride in leading rookieslast_img read more

first_imgAn 18-month-old girl who fell from a third floor window is recovering in the hospital, and is expected to survive, police say.Officials say the toddler fell down at The Cove at Boynton Beach apartments Wednesday evening. The toddler was taken to Delray Medical Center. She did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. Police are investigating how the fall occurred.last_img

first_imgby Jim LitkeAP Sports Columnist (AP)—The calls that every agent with a kid in the draft dreads most are about money.“The first call is always about taxes,” longtime NFL agent Ralph Cindrich said a while back. “So few of these guys have had after-school jobs that they see their first paycheck and demand to know where the rest of the money went.”That won’t be a problem with Ndamukong Suh. NDAMUKONG SUH It’s not just that the projected top-three pick come April 22 is smart and sophisticated, qualities that Suh displayed again during an appearance last week on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Smart enough, anyway, that he’s lined up his first charitable donation even before he’s seen a single paycheck.At a time when most guys in his position would be out pricing a Bentley, the 23-year-old defensive tackle just pledged $2.6 million to his alma mater. It was the largest single gift ever by a Nebraska football player, among the largest-known contributions ever by an active pro athlete to his alma mater, and unprecedented for someone who hasn’t yet signed a contract.“I didn’t feel like I had to, but I definitely wanted to give back to the university that gave me so much,” Suh said when the donation was announced, just before Nebraska’s Red-White spring game kicked off.Pro athletes donate plenty to charities, but for reasons that university fundraising officers don’t completely understand, they give only so much to old State U.There are exceptions, to be sure: Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony recently gave $3 million to fund construction of a basketball facility at Syracuse; and Steve Smith, who collected a few sportsmanship and citizenship awards during 15 seasons in the NBA, donated $2.5 million to help build a student-athlete center on the Michigan State campus that bears his mother’s name.Veteran agents like Cindrich and Nashville, Tenn.-based Brian Parker routinely encourage clients to donate, as much to build relationships in the communities where they work or live as to take advantage of potential tax breaks. Even so, Parker was heartened to see a draft pick who’s that far out in front of the process.“It’s encouraging for a lot of reasons,” he said, “but it’s definitely not the norm. The best way to sell a player to a general manager is to be able to say he’s got it all—height, weight, speed, character, consistency and smarts. Everything I’ve read about Suh suggests he’s one of those.”The job of selling Suh belongs to agent Roosevelt Barnes, and it’s likely to be an easy one. The most recent comparable example was LSU defender Tyson Jackson, who went to Kansas City with the third overall pick in 2009 and has a six-year deal with $31 million guaranteed. And keep in mind that Jackson wasn’t nearly as decorated as Suh—a Heisman finalist and winner of the Outland, Bednarik, Nagurski and Associated Press Player of the Year awards last season.Then again, predicting any player’s future is always risky, even for someone like Suh, who came into the NFL scouting combine at 6-7 and 305 pounds and not only did every drill—something top picks often avoid—but nailed each one. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 32 times, ran 40 yards in 4.98 seconds and soared 35-1/2 inches in the vertical jump, the best for any defensive tackle since 2000.Yet scouts find his backstory just as compelling. It’s one reason why he’s been trailed by a camera crew for an NFL Network documentary the past few weeks. His mother, Bernadette, is a schoolteacher from Jamaica who required her son to post a 3.0 grade-point average before he could play football. His father, Michael, was born in Cameroon and became a mechanical engineer after moving to Portland.Suh graduated from Nebraska with a degree in construction management from the College of Engineering, to which $600,000 of his total pledge will go to endow a scholarship. The other $2 million will fund a renovation of the Cornhuskers’ strength and conditioning center, where Suh put in long hours.“He was one of the strongest guys I’ve ever seen on the field,” Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini told recently. He has great explosion, and despite all that, he moves like a basketball player. He’s really smooth.”And if nothing else, Suh’s donation should see to it that he won’t be the last guy from Nebraska to fit the description.(Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press.)last_img read more

first_imgTwo Nelson swimmers registered some impressive results at the Swim Canada’s Age Group Championships this past weekend at Laval University in Quebec City.Kelsey Andrusak and Samuel Matthew, both swimming with the Kootenay Swim Club, were especially pleased with the results competing at this level of competition for the first time their careers.This meet is designed to give swimmers ages 12 through 18 years of age the opportunity to race against the best athletes in their age group in Canada.The long course meet is held every summer in various cities across Canada.Andrusak and Matthew competed in four events during the championships.Andrusak started the competition on fire, turning in her best swim of the meet, finishing in tied for 11th place in the 50 breaststroke.The result was a new personal best.  As a result of the tie Andrusak had to have a swim off to determine who the first alternate would be in case one of the top 10 was not able to start in the final. Andrusak then finished 19th in the 100-meter freestyle and 21st in the 100-meter breaststroke and the 50-meter freestyle.Meanwhile, Matthew opened with a personal best, and a 21st place finish in the 50-meter breaststroke before placing 19th in the 100-meter breaststroke with a new best time.Matthew then swam his best race of the championships, erasing two seconds off his personal best time to finish 15th in the 200-meter breaststroke and taking 22nd in the 200-meter individual medley. “(We) would like to thank Coach Chris Wright for his dedication and support,” the two swimmers said. “Unfortunately due to the cost and time commitment Chris was unable to attend in Quebec but the preparation that he provided over the course of the year certainly showed in the results that were obtained.”Andrusak and Matthew now turn their attention to the upcoming season, which begins in September.The two Kootenay Swim Club swimmers have already achieved 2 of the 3 time standards at the next Age Level that they need to qualify for the 2016 Age Group Championships, which will be held in Calgary. In addition Andrusak and Matthew have both qualified for four events at the 2016 Speedo Western Championships, which will be in Winnipeg next spring.Andrusak and Matthew are also grateful for the community support through the recent bottle driv.For more information on the Kootenay Swim Club please check ou the club’s website.last_img read more