I’m passionate about Super Eagles – Joseph Yobo

first_img Promoted Content10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney PrincessesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TruePink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t KnowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?7 Of The Best Top Models From IndiaWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Newly appointed Assistant coach and former Captain of the Super Eagles, Joseph Yobo has said he was excited with the new position and he is ready to contribute positively to get the best out of the team. “I’m thankful to God for this opportunity, I’m super excited to be appointed as the assistant coach of the Super Eagles. “I’m passionate about the super Eagles and this new chapter of my life and the new challenge ahead and I can’t wait to get started.” the former skipper stated. Read Also:Breaking: NFF appoints Joseph Yobo as Super Eagles’ assistant coach Yobo was capped 101 times and represented the Super Eagles at three FIFA World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The former Everton defender was appointed as the assistant to coach Gernot Rohr by the NFF on Wednesday after relieving Imama Amapakabo of his duties with the team. Speaking via Brila FM on Thursday morning, Yobo said he is really excited and cannot wait to get started.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — The Players Coalition and dozens of professional athletes have sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting an immediate federal investigation into the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia.The letter was signed by such sports stars as Tom Brady, Steve Kerr and Players Coalition co-founders Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins. It requested that the FBI and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division lead the investigation into the shooting of Aubrey, a black man, on Feb. 23.The coalition was formed in 2017 to raise awareness about police and community relations, criminal justice reform and education and economic advancement. It developed out of the dispute between NFL team owners and the players who were kneeling during the national anthem to bring a focus to social injustice.SOCCER-USWNT SUITUS women’s team wants trial to be delayed. May 8, 2020 Ex-NBA player accused of shooting at 2 peopleTYRONE, Ga. (AP) — Former NBA player Shannon Brown faces charges in suburban Atlanta after he was accused of firing a rifle at two people who were looking at homes for salePolice say Brown was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault stemming from an incident May 2 at his home in Tyrone, Georgia. He is free after posting bond on Monday.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the former Los Angeles Lakers guard and two-time NBA champion told police he thought the couple was trying to break into his home.NHL-CAPITALS-LEIPSIC Capitals cut ties with Leipsic after disparaging commentsARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals have placed Brendan Leipsic (LIP’-sihk) on unconditional waivers to terminate his contract after he made disparaging comments about women and teammates in a private social media chat.In a conversation involving his brother and Florida Panthers minor leaguer Jack Rodewald, Leipsic commented on the physical appearances of Vancouver forward Tanner Pearson’s wife and Edmonton captain Connor McDavid’s girlfriend. He also called Capitals linemates Garnet Hathaway and Nick Dowd losers. Leipsic apologized, saying a friend’s Instagram account was hacked and taking responsibility for his comments.The NHL called it “inexcusable conduct” and said it would address the matter with the Capitals and Panthers.UFC-FIGHT ISLAND — Soccer is back in South Korea for the first time since the pandemic shut down sports around the world, and its success or failure will be closely watched by leagues everywhere. The K-League season kicked off Friday in Jeonju with defending champion Jeonbuk Motors playing in an empty stadium but with chants piped in from supporters. Instead of fans, banners with messages of support were draped around the stands.— German politicians have been persuaded to allow soccer to resume in the country despite the coronavirus pandemic, but it seems the public still needs to be convinced. Three new polls from German broadcasters show at least half of respondents saying they are against the plan to restart the season. The top two divisions will resume on May 16 following a two-month suspension, playing in empty stadiums— Soccer teams are going to get some extra help from the bench during a backlog of games caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The International Football Association Board has agreed to let teams use two extra substitutes per match when soccer resumes. Leagues which typically end in May are preparing to restart and face a congested schedule into July and August to complete their season.— At least 70 percent of U.S. Olympic sports organizations have applied for government funds during the pandemic. The Associated Press surveyed 44 of the country’s national governing bodies. All but four of the 36 bodies that responded said they had applied for assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program.MLB-DRAFT One law firm gets lion’s share of $112M in NFL concussion feesUNDATED (AP) — After years of infighting over $112 million in legal fees in the NFL concussion case, a federal appeals court has approved a plan that gives nearly half the money to a single law firm.The decision Thursday grants New York-based Seeger Weiss over $51 million, more than 10 times the amount of any other firm, including the lawyers who filed the first cases in 2012.It was lawyer Christopher Seeger who steered the negotiations that led to a surprise settlement in 2013 and who managed the case through several appeals. Some firms represented more than 1,000 players, while Seeger directly represented only about 20.The settlement, expected to cost the NFL more than $1 billion over time, spared the league a trial over claims that it long hid what it knew about the link between concussions and brain injuries. NASCAR has canceled races at Richmond Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway and Sonoma Speedway. Richmond was originally scheduled for April 19 and Chicagoland was slated for June 21. Speedway Motorsports traded its road course race in Sonoma scheduled for June 14 for a Cup race at Charlotte on May 27.NASCAR plans to race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on May 17 and May 20. Since those races weren’t originally scheduled, NASCAR forfeited events at its Richmond and Chicago tracks.NASCAR is attempting to race at tracks within driving distance of its North Carolina-based teams.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took part in a teleconference with members of the National Basketball Players Association for an update on the league’s future plans amid the pandemic. A person familiar with the call’s details says Silver told players that the league is still aiming to hold full best-of-seven playoff series should the season resume and that playing without fans is an obvious possibility. Silver also spoke about the well-known notion of having the season resume in a centralized location, though cautioned that no decisions may be made for another several weeks. UNDATED (AP) — American women’s soccer players want to delay their trial against the U.S. Soccer Federation.The request comes after an appellate court reviews last week’s decision to throw out their claim of unequal pay while allowing allegations of discriminatory work conditions to move forward.Lawyers for the women filed a motion asking U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles to enter a final judgment on his decision to dismiss their pay claim, which would allow them to take the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.Players asked Klausner to stay the trial, currently set to start June 16. The U.S. Soccer Federation agreed not to oppose the requests but did not agree with some of the characterizations made by the players’ lawyers.OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR In other NFL news:— The Jaguars have agreed to terms with journeyman quarterback Mike Glennon to serve as a veteran backup to Gardner Minshew. Glennon began his NFL career with Tampa Bay in 2013 and spent four seasons with the team before playing for Chicago, Arizona and Oakland over the last three years. The 30-year-old Glennon has completed 61% of his passes for 5,163 yards, with 36 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 29 games.— The Saints have cut three-time Pro Bowl right guard Larry Warford following the selection of interior lineman Cesar Ruiz in the first round of the NFL draft. Warford started all 44 games in which he played for New Orleans after signing a four-year, $34 million package in 2017. He was a Pro Bowl selection last season.— The Bills have signed defensive end and second-round selection A.J. Epenesa and two other players taken in the NFL draft last month. Epenesa played at Iowa and led the Big Ten with 10 1/2 sacks last season. Also signed were receiver and fourth-round pick Gabriel Davis of Central Florida and quarterback and fifth-round choice Jake Fromm of Georgia. All three got four-year contracts. — The Patriots have signed four more draft picks: linebacker Anfernee Jennings, tight end Devin Asiasi and offensive linemen Mike Onwenu and Dustin Woodard. New England has signed each of its April draft picks except second-round selection Kyle Dugger and third-rounder Dalton Keene. — Rashard Higgins is back on the Browns’ roster after signing a one-year, $910,000 contract. Higgins was limited by a knee injury last season and fell from favor with former coach Freddie Kitchens, finishing with just four receptions for 55 yards.— Brett Favre (fahrv) is refuting a Mississippi state auditor’s report that said the Hall of Fame quarterback received $1.1 million in welfare money for multiple speaking engagements that he didn’t actually attend. The former Green Bay Packers quarterback told ESPN Wisconsin’s “Wilde & Tausch” radio show he instead was being paid for his role in radio public service announcements and advertisements that ran for a few years in Mississippi. Favre reiterated that he is returning the money paid to him by a nonprofit group whose former leader has been indicted in a welfare embezzlement scheme.— The mother of Jets owners Christopher Johnson and Woody Johnson has died at 99. Betty Wold Johnson was often referred to as “The First Lady of the Jets” by players and called them her “grandchildren.” She was renowned for her philanthropic efforts and was a long-time contributor to arts, education and healthcare initiatives in the New York and New Jersey areas.SPORTS-PLAYERS COALITION-GEORGIA SHOOTINGPlayers Coalition wants federal inquiry in Arbery death $41M settlement by Ohio State covers 162 of doc’s accusersCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University will pay about $41 million to settle a dozen lawsuits by 162 men alleging decades-old sexual abuse and mistreatment by a team doctor, Richard Strauss.About 350 former athletes and other men had sued the school for failing to stop the late doctor despite concerns raised during his tenure. The university first announced a settlement with some of them in March, but the cost wasn’t made public until Friday.A special overseer independent of the university is expected to help allocate varying payments to the men based on their experiences and the harm done, aided by a three-person panel of experts evaluating claims.NBA-FORMER PLAYER ARRRESTED Relocated UFC 249 could ‘bring sense of normalcy to people’JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — UFC President Dana White still wants “Fight Island.” He’s temporarily settling for a peninsula. UFC 249 will serve as the first major sporting event to take place since the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country nearly two months ago. The bouts Saturday night in Jacksonville are expected to draw a large television audience considering the sports-craved nation has seemingly grown tired of replays and video game events. Lightweight contenders Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje headline the fan-free card.  One bout was called off after a fighter tested positive for the coronavirus.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR cancels 3 racesUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR’s revised 2020 Cup schedule eliminates three major races as the circuit attempts to restart its season. MLB reduces draft to 5 roundsNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will cut its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million.A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association and MLB plans to finalize a decision next week to go with the minimum.The 160 players drafted would be by far the fewest since the annual selection started in 1965. The amount of signing bonus pool money eliminated is over $29 million.NFL-CONCUSSION SETTLEMENT Update on the latest sports Associated Press — A small number of NBA practice facilities reopened for workouts Friday, and at least one team received permission from the league to test players and staff for the coronavirus. Cleveland and Portland were open for players who wanted to get back into game shape. The Orlando Magic revealed that they have been authorized by local health officials to test players and staff.— NCAA President Mark Emmert says the coronavirus is making it unlikely all schools will be ready to begin competing in college sports at the same time. He says the goal is for every team to have an equal amount of preparation time before its season starts. Emmert acknowledges there could be some competitive inequities caused by schools having varied timelines for re-opening campuses.— The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have announced the postponement of its 2020 international games, adding they look forward to taking teams overseas again next year. The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers were previously scheduled to open this season in Prague as part of the NHL’s Global Series. The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning had been slated to play two games in Stockholm.— The presidents of the 11 Big East Conference schools are leaning toward not allowing sports to be played at schools this season unless their campuses are open. While no deadlines have been set, Commissioner Val Ackerman said the presidents indicated a late June/early July deadline for fall sports, and possibly a Sept. 1 deadline for winter sports. It is conceivable the league would play with some members not participating. Ackerman said there are hybrid scenarios that could change things, such as a campus opening late.— Fans returned to the stands Friday for baseball in Taiwan, even though they are spaced far apart as a safeguard against the spread of the coronavirus. Up to 1,000 spectators are now allowed at ballparks in Taiwan, but they must sit apart and are barred from bringing in food despite shuttered concession stands.last_img read more

Syracuse suffers 41-17 blowout loss at Louisville

first_imgSU went three-and-out on the ensuing possession and pushed Louisville back to the 11-yard line. Five plays later on fourth-and-2 from Louisville’s own 48, Bolin looked to his left, where Syracuse had everyone covered up. He turned back to his right and found a wide-open Keith Towbridge for an eventual 32-yard gain because an Orange defender missed an assignment, defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said.Louisville eventually scored to go up 21-10 at halftime and as the game progressed, the floodgates opened against an SU defense that struggled because of a lack of in-game adjustments, Bullough said.“That’s the pickle we have right now,” Bullough said. “We’re not old enough to have those adjustments and put them on the field.”At one point, SU’s entire defensive line was made up of freshmen, a position group that was already limited when senior defensive end Luke Arciniega was ruled out with an upper-body injury on Thursday.Once Syracuse was trailing 21-10 at halftime, it was forced to be more aggressive, offensive coordinator Tim Lester said. The Orange attempted 21 passes in the second half compared to 15 in the first. Syracuse had three three-and-outs in the second half and not a single drive went for more than 44 yards.“When you’re down, you take shots,” Lester said. “First down shot. Second down incomplete. And then you get into third-and-10. That’s naturally going to happen when we’re more aggressive.”With the loss, Syracuse has nearly no room for error if it wants to become bowl eligible. Three games remain and No. 3 Clemson comes to the Carrier Dome next week. SU has never beaten a ranked team under Shafer and has allowed more than 40 points in four of the last five weeks.When asked if he feels like there’s been improvement, Franklin said, “It’s always tough to say that when you keep losing games by large margins.”Saturday was just another example. Comments LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Zaire Franklin stood at Louisville’s 15-yard line. Kyle Bolin lay on the ground. Cole Hikutini had the ball in his hands in the end zone.Franklin had a free rush on the Louisville quarterback, hit him in the chest and knocked him to the turf as he threw.But Bolin squeezed the throw into a narrowing window to Hikutini and Syracuse’s hopes of winning began to narrow, too.“Those types of plays, I always feel like I’m so close, but I’m never close enough,” Franklin said.That play gave Louisville (5-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) an 18-point lead with more than nine minutes left in the third quarter of an eventual 41-17 win. It cemented a stretch in which the Cardinals scored touchdowns on two of four possessions, excluding a pick-six that immediately preceded it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLouisville’s 21 straight points in just more than 10 minutes of game time between the second and third quarters was the turning point of Saturday afternoon’s game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Thirteen more in the second half buried the Orange (3-6, 1-4). In the same time frame after the interception, SU’s drives ended with three punts and a missed field goal.“It stings,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “It stings bad.”Syracuse got off to a fast start with a two-play touchdown possession after a Cordell Hudson interception. But it all fell apart for Syracuse following Eric Dungey’s interception.Louisville’s Trumaine Washington jumped in front of the intended out route and had 39 yards of open field in front of him. Dungey was the last offensive player back to the Orange’s sideline as he walked off the field after throwing a pick-six for the first time in his career. It was the first of three turnovers the freshman had in the game before getting hit in the head and leaving the game.Jessica Sheldon | Staff Photographer Published on November 7, 2015 at 4:07 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Related Stories Blum: Eric Dungey should have been taken out before 4th-quarter injuryGallery: Syracuse falls to Louisville, 41-17Storify: Syracuse fans react to blowout loss at Louisville Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Clippers need to regroup for Game 6 after controversial loss to Oklahoma City Thunder

first_imgClippers coach Doc Rivers was asked late Tuesday night, after his team had blown a late 13-point lead and a very late seven-point lead, if he needed the league to issue a memo regarding that controversial play at the end that resulted in the Oklahoma city Thunder retaining possession of the ball.“No, I don’t need it,” said Rivers, whose team lost 105-104 in Game 5 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, giving the Thunder a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Game 6 is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Staples Center.“I’ll release the memo,” Rivers said. “They blew the call. That’s the news, all right?”The play of which Rivers spoke was an out-of-bounds play where the ball certainly appeared to go off OKC’s Reggie Jackson. The officials reviewed the play, but stayed with the call made on the floor because, as they stated afterward, the replay was inconclusive in their minds. Interestingly, Jackson appeared like he might have been fouled by Matt Barnes on that same play, but no call. The Thunder took the ball out with 11.3 seconds left. Chris Paul was then called for a foul on Russell Westbrook, who was beyond the arc. He made all three free throws with 6.4 seconds to go, and when Paul uncharacteristically committed his fifth turnover of the game in the last couple of seconds, OKC had staged a successful rally akin to the one the Clippers had two days earlier in Game 4.So what’s the answer to getting a replay system to work better than the one currently in place?“The answer is to get it right,” Rivers said.All that said, the Clippers were greatly responsible for their demise in Game 5. They had the Thunder right where they wanted them. Rivers acknowledged his team waited too long in the closing minutes to run its offense. He added the defense, which had been played so well by Barnes and others on struggling Kevin Durant, also broke down, allowing Durant to score 10 of his 27 points in the final 4:11 after Jamal Crawford had given the Clippers a 101-88 lead with a 3-point basket.That’s not to mention Paul committed two of his five turnovers in the waning seconds. “It’s a tough blow, it’s a very tough blow, but we’re still alive,” said Barnes, who scored 16 points with 10 rebounds and did a terrific job on Durant most of the game; Durant started 3 of 17 from the field and finished 6 of 22. “We’ve got to go home and try and take care of business on Thursday and try to come back to OKC on Sunday (for Game 7).“We have to rebound,” Barnes said. “We have to be resilient. We have to regroup. There was stuff down the stretch that caused us that loss, too. We have to go back and watch film and try to be better on Thursday.”It’s been a hectic postseason for the Clippers, to say the least, what with the ongoing Donald Sterling saga. This was just another in a long line of tough circumstances from which Los Angeles has been faced with overcoming.“Another blow,” Rivers said in the postgame news conference. “Hell, we’ve been absorbing them all playoffs, so we got another one. And we have 48 hours to gather ourselves, get back on the court and get ready to play. And we can do it.”Game 5 is one the Clippers must forget, reserve guard Darren Collison said.“We’ll be feeling better by the time the next game starts,” said Collison, who scored just one point in nine minutes Tuesday. “If we do the right things, we can definitely compete with the best of them.“I thought we played exceptionally well the whole game besides the last minute, so there’s a lot of things we can take from this game. We’ve just got to leave this in the past and take care of the next one.”The Clippers led 104-97 with 49.2 seconds left after a Paul 17-footer. He pounded his chest and glared into the crowd. Then it all fell apart. But OKC coach Scott Brooks was quick to point out his team had a lot to do with it.“Last game, we had some tough situations go against us,” said Brooks, referring to his team’s Game 4 loss, in which it held a 16-point lead with just over nine minutes to play. “And one of the things I tell our guys is, we play through everything. We’re a no-excuse team, you fight through everything. The game of basketball is played until the clock goes down.“Also, the last play of the game. Russsell, obviously, he steps up and makes three big free throws. But the defensive stop we had the last six seconds; they still had a chance to win that game. They (his players) did a good job of communicating on switches. Serge (Ibaka) did a god job of staying in front of Chris Paul and Reggie (Jackson) did a good job of slapping at the ball. I thought that was the winning play of the game.”Rivers and the Clippers might disagree.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more