Month: September 2020

first_imgJon Walters was unable to train fully with the Republic of Ireland squad in Abbotstown this morning.The Burnley striker took part in the warm up, but missed the main session in order to work with a Physiotherapist.Walters is suffering with an ankle injury. Manager Martin O’Neil says he will be given every chance to play in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi.last_img

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first_imgIn tennis event played at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, First Bank defeated Sterling Bank to claim gold in the men singles, while Union Bank stopped Sterling Bank to win the doubles gold.In the women category, Fidelity Bank claimed gold in both the singles and doubles event.The Games has so far witnessed a large turnout of contingents from all participating banks, just as the athletics event will flag off this weekend in Yaba.The Nigeria Bankers Games which is in its 17th season is unarguably the biggest corporate sporting event in the Banking industry. It is designed to bring staffs, family and friends of the Banking Industry together in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.The Nigeria Bankers Games is organised by MediaVision Limited – Nigeria’s Leading Sports Marketing Company.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The stage is now set for the semifinals of the football event in the on-going Nigeria Bankers’ Games at the Yabatech Sports Complex, Yaba, Lagos on Sunday.United Bank of Africa (UBA) will slug it out with their First Bank counterparts at 12:45pm, while Fidelity Bank will keep a date with First City Monumental Bank at 2:10pm.Fidelity Bank qualified after overcoming a dominant Union Bank side, just as First Bank held Sterling Bank to a one all draw to pick the semifinals ticket.last_img read more

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first_imgOmololu Ogunmade in AbujaLiberian President, George Weah, on Monday met President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, and charged the federal government to give every required support that Super Eagles need to triumph at the World Cup.Weah who described the Nigerian team as a model, said if Nigeria wins the tournament, it will be the pride of the entire Africa, pointing out that the bane of African football is denying the players their due benefits.“I think Nigerian team is a model, we all followed them. I had played with great Nigerian players. I played against them. Now, you have a new generation, the fact that they qualified is a good thing for Nigeria. “But I hope that they will prepare very early because they are going to represent Africa and we will be there to watch them, for them to bring the trophy for the first time if it is possible. But I think the seriousness to go to World Cup is not to pay players to go. I want every African government to know that if you win World Cup, it is pride to Africa, it is not just to Nigeria. So, we must do everything to ensure that the players are not stressed, make sure they concentrate, make sure their incentives are given to them to motivate them.“Some of the things you see at the World Cup, you will see an entire team go to represent a whole country and you will hear that one minister took the money; they did not pay these players and the players are causing problem. When players are going to camp is to relax and focus and for them to be in camp they must have everything there for them not to worry.“Remember I played in European setting. When we go to camp, we had nothing to do. The only thing we had to do was to take a shower and prepare for the game. Everything is laid down here and so, you have no excuse. So, let the players not have excuse, support them and let them go and bring that cup,” he said.Weah, a global sporting superstar in the 1990s remains the only one to have won the Ballon d’Or, European and CAF Player of the Year winner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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first_imgIghalo equalised before the forward set up Alex Iwobi to hit the winner.Nigeria had been on the receiving end of an upset in their previous game, a 2-0 defeat by Madagascar in their final group match.Yet they produced their best performance of the tournament to end Cameroon’s hopes of retaining the title they won in Gabon in 2017.Ighalo’s deflected shot gave Nigeria the lead before Bahoken side-footed the equaliser after Christian Bassogog’s cross.In an enthralling tie, Cameroon took the lead through Njie’s composed finish.Man-of-the-match Ighalo made it 2-2 with a volley after Ahmed Musa’s chest down before Ighalo turned provider for Arsenal’s Iwobi to slot in a dramatic decisive goal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cameroon were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations by Nigeria in a five-goal last-16 thriller.Goals from Stephane Bahoken and Clinton Njie saw Cameroon lead 2-1 at half-time after Odion Ighalo had put Nigeria ahead in Alexandria, Egypt.But two goals in three minutes swung the game back in Nigeria’s favour and set up a quarter-final with either hosts Egypt or South Africa.last_img read more

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first_imgHe told the athletes that sports have gone beyond recreation to become a money-spinning venture, which if properly harnessed will reduce youth restiveness in the society.“Sports is now a serious business, if you do it well, you will attract wealth, you will attract respect to your people, you will serve as a model to others and be useful to society,” the nation’s number one sports journalist said.The SWAN President, who charged members of the association in the state to be proactive, equally called on the government to upgrade facilities at the August 27 Stadium to expand the frontiers of sports in Yobe State.He urged SWAN members to close ranks with a view to growing the association to greater heights, emphasizing the need for training and adherence to the Statute.During the visit, Sirawoo met with the state female hockey team preparing to represent Nigeria in an international hockey championship in Egypt, Yobe Desert feeder team, para soccer team basketball players, inspected the VIP lounge and gymnasium in the stadium.The visit continues with a courtesy call on the Emir of Bade, Alhaji Abubakar Umar Suleiman II, who is a strong supporter of Sports and SWAN in Yobe State.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The President, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo, has charged athletes and team players in Yobe State to aspire beyond the state in their chosen sports.He gave the charge in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, shortly after inspecting facilities at the August 27 Stadium, where he addressed athletes preparing for international championship among others as part of activities marking his two-day official visit to the state.Sirawoo, who appreciated the level of engagements of young talents in the sports development architecture of the state said with determination, their dreams of becoming great players could be achieved.last_img read more

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first_img WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News LIVE TV COMMENT Last Updated: 2nd September, 2020 08:08 IST Ravens MVP Lamar Jackson Headlines QB-driven AFC North It’s all about the quarterbacks in the AFC North, a division that includes the reigning NFL MVP, the top pick in the 2020 draft and a two-time Super Bowl winner looking to make a successful comeback It’s all about the quarterbacks in the AFC North, a division that includes the reigning NFL MVP, the top pick in the 2020 draft and a two-time Super Bowl winner looking to make a successful comeback.The Baltimore Ravens won the AFC North last year behind Lamar Jackson , who accounted for 1,206 of the team’s NFL-record 3,296 yards rushing. He also threw for 3,127 yards and 36 touchdowns before running away with the MVP trophy.Baltimore went 14-2 last season, then lost its playoff opener to Tennessee. Despite that defeat, the Ravens remain the team to beat because of their diverse offense and after adding Calais Campbell, Derek Wolfe and first-round draft pick Patrick Queen to a defense that yielded only 17.6 points per game in 2019.For the Ravens, winning the AFC North is merely one facet of their overriding goal.“Man, the only thing I really want is a Super Bowl,” cornerback Marlon Humphrey said. “I know Lamar has spoken about that a lot. He’s the leader of this group, and we’re all trying to get the same thing.”The rest of the AFC North is up for the challenge of unseating Baltimore. The Pittsburgh Steelers have back Ben Roethlisberger, who missed most of last season with an elbow injury; the Cincinnati Bengals expect big things from top draft pick Joe Burrow; and the Browns hope quarterback Baker Mayfield can flourish under a new coach.STEP AT A TIMEThe Ravens entered the postseason with a 12-game winning streak and the best regular-season record in the league. All that got them was a quick exit in the playoffs.Jackson worked hard to improve after absorbing his second postseason loss in two tries, and GM Eric DeCosta gave him some help by drafting speedy wide receiver Devin Duvernay and running back J.K. Dobbins before signing free agent guard D.J. Fluker to replace retired star Marshal Yanda.The path to the Super Bowl begins with the Sept. 13 opener against the Browns.“As of right now, the focus is on Cleveland,” right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. said. “Long term, we all want to have the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl. But we understand that it’s the small goals that come first.”BEN’S BACKThe Steelers are using Roethlisberger’s surgically repaired right elbow to prop open a narrowing title window during the final stages of their longtime quarterback’s career.Pittsburgh spent the offseason looking for ways to bolster an offense that floundered in 2019 while Roethlisberger watched from the sideline after his injury in Week 2. The Steelers signed free agent tight end Eric Ebron and drafted wide receiver Chase Claypool in the second round, hoping to restore some of the potency to an air attack that fell flat with Mason Rudolph and Devlin “Duck” Hodges under center.The 38-year-old Roethlisberger has felt so good during his 17th training camp that the team loosened (somewhat anyway) the restrictions it put on him in previous years in an effort to avoid wearing him out. He’s also heaped praise on the players around him, optimistic the Steelers have the talent to chase down Baltimore.Pittsburgh might not need Roethlisberger to return to the form he showed in 2018 — when he won the NFL passing title — to have a chance. The defense returns 10 starters from a group that led the league in sacks and takeaways last season, the main reason the Steelers managed to stay in the playoff hunt until late December.GREAT EXPECTATIONS, PART 2The Browns have turned the page on 2019, when they crumbled under outside expectations — and their own.This is a critical year for Mayfield, who followed a sensational rookie season by regressing (22 TDs, 21 interceptions) during a 6-10 clunker that was followed by yet another coaching change in Cleveland. Mayfield dedicated himself to getting in better shape and he arrived at training camp looking trim and acting more mature.First-year coach Kevin Stefanski was deprived of a true offseason because of the pandemic, so it could take a little longer for the Browns to iron out any wrinkles. But Cleveland’s offense has huge potential, as star receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are both healthier following surgeries, and running back Nick Chubb has quickly developed into one of the league’s best. Tight end Austin Hooper is dependable and a huge upgrade.The defense is another story.Edge rusher Myles Garrett has moved on from his helmet-swinging suspension and the Browns rewarded him with a five-year, $125 million contract extension. The loss of linebacker Mack Wilson and rookie safety Grant Delpit — both starters — to camp injuries is ominous for Stefanski.BURROW’S BURDENThe bottomed-out Bengals made themselves relevant again by drafting Heisman Trophy winner Burrow. The question is: How much of an impact he can make right away on a 2-14 team after limited practice time and no preseason because of pandemic precautions?Burrow has playmakers around him — A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon — but it’s tough being a rookie starting quarterback even under the best conditions. In Cincinnati, things are never optimal.At least it will be interesting to watch it play out.“I feel very comfortable with my guys, and I think we’re going to be pretty good on offense,” Burrow said. “I’m excited more than nervous, I’d say.”___PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISHRavens, Steelers, Browns, Bengals.Image credits: AP center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By First Published: 2nd September, 2020 08:08 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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