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  • Track Clinic

    first_imgLast weekend I attended the IATCCC track and field clinic at Indianapolis.  It was always a lot of fun and one of my favorite weekends of the year.  I get to meet coaches from other parts of the state that I only get to see at this clinic since I am no longer a head coach.We normally have around 800 coaches from all over the state of Indiana attend.  I don’t know how this compares to other state associations, but it is amazing to see all of them passing through the hallway as different speaking sessions end.One thing I found out at this clinic is that they are revising the exchange zone for the short sprint relay.  It will be interesting to see how this new exchange of batons will work in a race where the exchanges are already very hectic.I would take this opportunity to thank all of you for the kind words that I have received concerning the John McNichols award that was presented to me at the annual track and cross country banquet.  Being involved with athletics has kept me going through the years.  I am eternally grateful for this opportunity.last_img read more

  • NC A&T looks to extend streak vs BCU

    first_imgDID YOU KNOW: NC A&T has attempted the 10th-most free throws in all of Division I. The Aggies have averaged 24.3 free throws per game, including 30.2 per game over their five-game winning streak.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com TALE OF TWO ROSTERS: NC A&T has been fueled by senior leadership while Bethune-Cookman has leaned on freshmen this year. For the Aggies, seniors Ronald Jackson, Kameron Langley, Andre Jackson and Devin Haygood have collectively accounted for 57 percent of the team’s scoring, including 66 percent of all points over its last five. In the other locker room, freshmen .RAMPING IT UP: The Wildcats have scored 80.4 points per game against MEAC opponents so far, an improvement from the 66.5 per game they managed against non-conference competition.KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Langley has accounted for 57 percent of all NC A&T field goals over the last five games. Langley has 28 field goals and 53 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Bethune-Cookman is 0-6 this year when it scores 65 points or fewer and 10-6 when it scores at least 66.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Aggies have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Wildcats. Bethune-Cookman has an assist on 22 of 80 field goals (27.5 percent) across its previous three outings while NC A&T has assists on 51 of 84 field goals (60.7 percent) during its past three games. Associated Press NC A&T looks to extend streak vs BCUcenter_img February 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNC A&T (12-12, 8-1) vs. Bethune-Cookman (10-12, 4-4)Moore Gym, Daytona Beach, Florida; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: NC A&T looks for its sixth straight conference win against Bethune-Cookman. NC A&T’s last MEAC loss came against the Coppin State Eagles 79-75 on Jan. 18. Bethune-Cookman lost 73-67 at Florida A&M on Saturday.last_img read more

  • LeGrand’s injury sends shocks through Rutgers, Big East

    first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The negative side of football reared its ugly head last weekend when Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand suffered an injury that paralyzed him from the neck down. Rutgers, though, is doing its best to just establish a stronger community. From the rest of the football team to the Rutgers students to the Big East conference, LeGrand’s injury has left that community with many heavy hearts. ‘We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers of so many people,’ Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday. ‘The league has been tremendous. Coaches, athletic directors, trainers, players from across the country really, but our league has really been special.’ LeGrand, mainly a special teams player, was attempting to make a tackle on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter Saturday against Army when he was involved in a violent collision with the Black Knights’ Malcolm Brown. After lying motionless on the field for several minutes, LeGrand was carted off. The crowd, attending the first FBS game in New Meadowlands Stadium, fell silent in shock. And it has since affected the entire athletic program. It was a main topic of discussion Wednesday for Rutgers head coach Mike Rice at the Big East media day for men’s basketball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘(Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti) came and spoke to our student athletes, as he did (with) all our athletic teams, and just about how to support (LeGrand),’ Rice said. ‘The prayers for him, picking up the men’s football team as they walk by, making sure your thoughts, and you’re communicating your support for them and for Eric. ‘As a coach — and I was at the game — your heart sinks.’ Rutgers went on to win the game, but the focus was on LeGrand, who still remains at Hackensack University Medical Center. It sparked reaction across the Big East football landscape, including Syracuse. Senior linebacker and captain Derrell Smith said his prayers go out to LeGrand and his family. ‘It’s something that happens in the game,’ Smith said. ‘It’s unfortunate that it had to happen to somebody. … I’ll definitely keep him in my prayers, and I wish the best for him.’ Other Scarlet Knights’ teams have also shown their support, along with students of the university. Rice, entering his first year as RU’s men’s basketball coach, said tragedies like the one that occurred Saturday create a greater sense of closeness among teams, students and people. ‘Things like this unfortunately do. It brings you together,’ Rice said. ‘Me and my wife can’t even think of what (Schiano’s) last four or five days have gone through. As usual, he’s handled it with class, with a personal touch.’ The football team will pay tribute as well, wearing stickers on the front of their helmets that will read ‘Believe.’ The team chose ‘believe’ because it is one of the few things the players can do in the situation. They believe LeGrand will walk on the field with them once again. ‘It has been a challenging couple of days here since the game,’ Schiano said. ‘It’s going to be a long, long road and a long fight. ‘But everyone here at Rutgers, on his team, his family, we believe he is going to recover and is going to walk out of there.’ Connecticut quarterback suspended for season UConn announced Wednesday that starting quarterback Cody Endres has been suspended for the rest of the season for an undisclosed violation of school policy. The junior took over in the middle of UConn’s game with Buffalo on Sept. 25 and kept the role as starter from that point. He has thrown for 471 yards and five touchdowns to only two interceptions in his two-plus games of work. The Huskies went 1-1 with him as a starter. Connecticut (3-3, 0-1 Big East) was picked to finish fourth in the Big East football preseason media poll, and the Huskies had even higher expectations than that. But things haven’t gone as planned — especially the quarterback situation. Endres, who was suspended in the preseason for breaking team rules, took over for quarterback Zach Frazer in the Buffalo game. Frazer had struggled as the Huskies’ starter, completing only 52 percent of his passes and throwing just two touchdowns in three-plus games. Those struggles allowed Endres, back from suspension, to take the starting role. Endres also started six games last season before an injury ended his year. Frazer had since been dropped to third on the quarterback depth chart, behind redshirt freshman Michael Box. It hasn’t been decided whether or not UConn head coach Randy Edsall will give Box his first career start Saturday at Louisville or if he will go back to Frazer. Big man on campus WR Armon Binns Senior Cincinnati Last week: 8 receptions, 175 yards, 3 TDs Binns, part of the Bearcats two-headed wide receiver attack along with D.J. Woods, had a career day against Louisville Friday. In the midst of a shootout with the Cardinals, Binns was quarterback Zach Collaros’ favorite target all night, hauling in eight catches, including three for scores. His big game helped Cincinnati (3-3, 1-0 Big East) win its conference opener, 35-27. He also accounted for over 60 percent of his quarterback’s 275 yards passing. And all three touchdowns came at crucial junctures in the game. The senior’s 10-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter was a much-needed response to a Louisville touchdown, putting the Bearcats back on top 14-7. After the Cardinals reeled off 17 unanswered points to take a two-score lead, Collaros found Binns for a 31-yard touchdown catch, cutting UL’s lead to three heading into halftime. In the fourth quarter, Binns got the hat trick with a touchdown that gave Cincinnati a cushion it needed. Winning just 28-27, Binns burned Louisville cornerback Bobby Burns, and his quarterback delivered a perfect strike, leading to a 62-yard touchdown that gave the Bearcats the 35-27 score that eventually went final. Binns and Woods have combined for 63 catches, 1,075 yards and 13 touchdowns in six games this year. Woods is first and Binns second in receiving yards in the Big East, and Binns is tied for second and Woods fourth in receptions. They are also No. 1 (Binns) and No. 2 (Woods) in touchdown receptions in the conference. mcooperj@syr.edu Published on October 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

  • USC looking for strong start in Pac-10 play

    first_imgThree weeks and a few victories later, No. 20 USC (3-0) enters Saturday afternoon’s tussle with Pac-10 foe Washington State (1-2), still unsure where all of its 2010 puzzle pieces fit together.Focused · Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley will have a chance to improve on his two touchdown, two interception performance in Minnesota against Washington State on Saturday. Barkley has already thrown for nine touchdowns this season. – Tim Tran | Daily TrojanDuring the last three weeks the Trojans have shown  their most consistent facet is the team’s ability to display a steady level of inconsistency.Redshirt junior tailback Marc Tyler has started the previous three games, yet it has been senior Allen Bradford and true freshman Dillon Baxter who have shined brightest at the position in the past two games.Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley generated a lot of Heisman hype by starting the season with seven touchdowns and no interceptions, only to see that go by the wayside with a two-interception showing against Minnesota last Saturday.On the other side of the football, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s group has looked every bit the part of a bend-but-not-fully-break unit. There have been big plays, untimely penalties and a whole lot of uncertainty thrown in between.Despite dropping in the AP polls for three straight weeks, the Trojans head into conference play perfect in the only stat that truly matters: their record. According to USC coach Lane Kiffin, the team continues to work to improve every day.“I feel like the week overall was pretty good,” Kiffin said. “We’ve got to continue to do a better job of protecting the ball. That will be a major part of our focus this week — taking care of the ball and trying to finish a game in the plus-turnover margin. This is going to be a good trip for us. If we come away with the win … we’ll be satisfied.”Saturday’s Pac-10 opener with the Cougars looks similar to the three previous showdowns the Trojans found a way to eke out — but in no way does that mean Kiffin is allowing his team to take a break.“For us, it’s one game at a time and every game they let us play, our goal is to win,” Kiffin said. “There is a lot riding on each game, individually for the players and for us as a team. “For Kiffin, Saturday’s game once again provides the opportunity for many on the team to gain much-needed in-game experience and get a feel of the football field before the cream of the Pac-10 schedule is upon them.“We hope to rotate in a number of guys this week,” Kiffin said. “[We want to] get through this game, hopefully with a win, get to 4-0, come back for our Pac-10 opener at home and really have a good grasp of evaluating four games combined with everybody.”If there ever was a place for a team still searching for its heartbeat, Pullman, the Washington town of less than 30,000 people, looks to be a suitable place to begin that search.The Cougars’ defense is last in the Pac-10 in points allowed per game (40.7), rushing yards allowed per game (184.7) and total offense allowed per game (457 yards). The Cougars have also failed to beat USC since 2002, and have not taken out an AP top-25 opponent since 2006. They are coming off two consecutive 11-loss seasons.There are bright spots, however, for Washington State, and those can be found mostly on the offensive side of the football.Quarterback Jeff Tuel has put up 700 yards and five touchdowns through the air this season, true freshman receiver Marquess Wilson has amassed 281 yards receiving and two touchdowns, and running back James Montgomery will face USC after missing last year’s contest because of acute compartment syndrome in his leg. If the Cougars are to pull off the unexpected upset for their home crowd, the offensive attack appears to be their best bet.But no matter what team shows up in Pullman to face the Trojans, USC seems to be focused on nothing other than playing its own game to the best of its ability.“We just want to have a great game,” said senior cornerback Shareece Wright. “We’re not worried about who they are, or what they do. We’ve got to be ourselves and play our game.”last_img read more

  • Stepping into the spotlight

    first_img“It was terrible to see JT go down,” Slovis said. “He’s [my] teammate, he’s a friend. I didn’t know the implications of the injury. I didn’t know he was going to be out for the entire year. Especially finding that out was hard to hear. But everyone gets their opportunity at some point, and you never know when you’re going to get another one.” From just outside the red zone, Slovis put the ball up for grabs, but a Chaparral defender came down with it and ran the interception back for a touchdown. A boisterous celebration erupted in the far end zone as the Desert Mountain team looked on, dejected. Having taken a helmet to the chest, Slovis returned slowly to his feet. Former Desert Mountain offensive coordinator and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner said he and former head coach David Sedmak placed high demands on the young quarterback, but Slovis thrived with the responsibility. After Slovis got the job done in his debut, head coach Clay Helton announced Daniels would miss the rest of the season. Now the starter, Slovis was thrust further into the spotlight ahead of a highly anticipated matchup with Stanford. But the game wasn’t over yet — a flag had been thrown on the hit. The opposing team’s celebration died down as the referee called roughing the passer, giving Desert Mountain a final untimed down and a chance to win the game. “He just loved the position of quarterback,” Kedon’s father Max Slovis said. “He loves the cerebral position where he gets to dissect what the other team’s doing and analyze and then make the decision of where [his team’s] going to go with that play. Whereas basketball’s a little more of a one-on-one, in-your-face kind of sport … That didn’t really fit him as much.” The nerves were certainly there, but Slovis did what he needed to do, hurling a deep ball to set up a score and ultimately leading the Trojans to an 8-point victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs.  “I told him early on, ‘We are going to expect you to do more than most high school quarterbacks in the entire country,” Warner said. “‘From calling plays to what you’re going to have to see, and more importantly, to the number of throws you’re going to have to make in each game, is probably going to be more than any quarterback in the league.’ And … he welcomed the opportunity to have to make every play.” In the Trojans’ last game against Colorado, Slovis threw for 406 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception on the night. His 72.3% completion percentage this season ranks sixth amongst all NCAA quarterbacks and is the highest for any freshman. The casual supporter and football fanatic alike appreciate Slovis’ game, and even students who don’t follow the football team recognize Slovis as its front man. Following his breakout performance against Stanford, the title of USC’s student meme page on Facebook was changed to “Kedon Slovis Fanclub Incorporated,” the same page where posts satirizing the Trojans’ disastrous losses could be found last season. Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis was a relatively unknown prospect out of high school, but finds himself thriving as USC’s starting signal-caller. (Tal Volk | Daily Trojan) But then visiting programs saw Slovis in action. Although Slovis is younger than the majority of his teammates, he is taken seriously as a leader and has become more comfortable with experience. Silence overcame the rowdy Coliseum crowd as sophomore quarterback JT Daniels lay injured on the turf midway through the Trojans’ season opener. As freshman Kedon Slovis stepped behind center, there was speculation as to whether the 3-star recruit out of Scottsdale, Ariz., was ready to inherit a close game on one of college football’s biggest stages.  “The plan was to go and compete for the job as a freshman,” Sedmak said. “He’s got that focus and that drive … and the reports coming back, especially through spring ball, were that he was doing really, really, well … When they named him the backup I was not surprised. It’s not something that you would expect, but knowing him and who he is and how hungry he was, I wasn’t surprised.” “Most kids in high school would be like, ‘Oh whatever, I’m not going to go home and practice calling plays,’” Warner said. “But he did it at that point in time when he was a sophomore, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s something a little different about him,’ and I found that out before he was even [starting].” Sedmak said Slovis was eager to step back onto the field and prove he was better than the performance fans saw at BYU. After suffering a concussion on the second play from scrimmage against Utah, Slovis returned to face then-No. 9 Notre Dame on the road. Warner recalled giving Slovis the practice script and advising him to incorporate practicing the play calls into his routine, reciting them in front of the mirror or in his bedroom. Kedon began to focus solely on football, putting in extra hours with his long-time quarterback coach Shawn Seaman in addition to going to high school practices.  Less than a week after USC made Slovis an offer, he and his family visited campus, and it was game over from there. Despite getting the wind knocked out of him just seconds earlier, Slovis stepped up in the pocket and found the open man in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. With Slovis’ talent at quarterback and poise beyond his years, it may come as a surprise that he was largely unheard of during the recruiting process. Desert Mountain went 6-5 his junior year and isn’t known for harvesting Division I talent. Slovis also lacked varsity film from his sophomore year, which likely contributed to his status as a 3-star recruit. Slovis continues to demonstrate his ability to recover from mistakes as a Trojan. A lot of buzz surrounded the young quarterback after his record-breaking first start against Stanford, but his first road game was another story. Slovis threw three interceptions in USC’s loss to BYU, including a costly pick in overtime to seal the Trojans’ fate.center_img “We sat down, talked about it a little bit, and I said, ‘Alright then, that is your job,’” Max said. “‘Your job is to become a Division I quarterback. You don’t need to get a job after hours … this becomes your biggest goal, to do everything you can to make it happen and academically make it happen.’” The chance that head coach Clay Helton and offensive coordinator Graham Harrell took on the young quarterback is paying off. “Just amazing that he had that poise, that toughness, that he could come back immediately after … first of all, he got intercepted,” Sedmak said. “Second of all, it was emotional because the game was over, and third, he got crushed, and yet he could put all that behind him within 30 seconds or a minute and make the big play both mentally and physically so we could win the game.” “Once the [coaches] came it was like, ‘OK, what doesn’t this kid have?’” Warner said. “‘Why have we not heard anything about this kid?’ And it was simply just because nobody really gave him the time to take a look at who he was and what he was capable of.” Slovis took extra classes during his junior year and over the summer so he could graduate early and participate in USC’s spring camp. 2018 starting quarterback JT Daniels, redshirt junior Matt Fink and redshirt sophomore Jack Sears were all returning for spring ball, but Slovis had every intention of being in the mix for the top job. Unlike many future Division I quarterbacks, Slovis did not start for his high school team as a sophomore, waiting his turn behind then-senior Austin Nuessle. As a backup, Slovis initially struggled with the wordiness and complexity of the plays he was expected to call. Sedmak recalled Slovis’ first high school start against crosstown rival Chaparral High School, a program that had won the majority of its contests against Desert Mountain in the years prior. His team fell behind 20-0 at the half, but after Slovis led a comeback effort, the score was 27-21 Chaparral with seconds to go. Max recalled a conversation he had with his son about his goals as an athlete. Even before Kedon made Desert Mountain’s varsity squad, he was confident that he wanted to work toward being a Division I quarterback. As chants of “Kedon Slovis” erupted from the Coliseum stands that night, it was clear that the fresh face had returned some of the energy to a Trojan program still recovering from that rough 2018 campaign. With Slovis’ sudden new role came increased media attention. His inexperience showed as he stumbled through the first postgame press conference, but like his play-calling ability, Kedon’s new sense of confidence with the media has come with practice. Once Slovis became the starter his junior year, Warner and Sedmak noticed not only his work ethic, but his ability to take accountability for and recover from mistakes, a critical trait for a player whose program rested on his shoulders. “When I focused on the other guys, those were probably my worst reps or days,” Slovis said. “I decided to just focus on what I was doing, do my best and at the end of the day, you can control what you can control, and the coaches will put you where you’re supposed to be.” Although Slovis showed promise in basketball his freshman year and was named team MVP, the analytical nature of the quarterback position and the responsibilities it entails continued to bring him back to football. “It was surreal, but at the same time, I tried not to let it change anything,” Slovis said of his fellow students’ support following the Stanford game. “As much as people think things have changed for me, the only difference is probably people recognize me more now, but everything I do in the facility and outside of football is relatively the same.” “First of all, the academics here,” Slovis said of his reasons for committing to USC. “My parents and all of my extended family really value that, so when I was wanting to play college football, the big thing was to make sure [I] go to a school that’s academically up there. But also, it’s a historic football power with 11 national championships. Not many other schools have that combination of both athletics and academics.” Slovis said he tried to drown out the performances of the veteran quarterbacks he was competing with to focus on proving his own talent. This was not the first time Slovis had to rise to such a challenge. During his two years as the starter for Desert Mountain High School, he was expected to compensate for a small offensive line and a defense that had trouble getting stops. “He has grown into [his confidence] much more in the last year and a half, and he takes great pride in being able to handle those situations in front of the camera, in front of the microphone, so he goes back and looks at that stuff, too,” Max said of his son. “He definitely works on it and thinks it’s important to put out the best product, whether as an interview or in the pocket.” Although he managed just 74 passing yards in the first half, the freshman lit up in the second, finishing with 255 yards and two touchdowns against a Notre Dame defense that had only given up three passing touchdowns through five games. As the Trojans came up just short of a brilliant upset, it became clear that Slovis could be the top signal-caller for the long haul. “When he first got here, he was kind of low key, but then after [the] Stanford game … he’s been way more vocal,” redshirt freshman running back Markese Stepp said. “You can tell he’s matured. He’s been taking on more of a leadership role, and you can just tell he’s a competitor.” After his transition from being a 3-star recruit to the starting quarterback for such a historic football program, Slovis continues to prove he can handle the limelight.last_img read more

  • Defensive Blow for Pharaohs of Egypt

    first_imgHe made two appearances after recovering from the knee injury – coming on as a late substitute in a 3-1 league win over Al Masry before playing the full 90 minutes against lower-tier Aluminum in the Egypt Cup last week.Fellow Ahly defender Ahmed Hegazy, who usually partners Rabia in the heart of Egypt’s defence, resumed training on Sunday after recovering from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for a fortnight.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Egypt will have to do without key defender Rami Rabia in the upcoming African Nations Cup finals after he suffered a training ground injury on Christmas Day.He will be out for six weeks after hurting his ankle, said a statement from Al Ahly.It is expected to be a serious blow to coach Hector Cuper’s hopes for the Pharaohs at the tournament in Gabon, where they have a tough group with Ghana, Mali and Uganda.Rabia had just returned from a serious knee injury that kept him out of action for a long spell.last_img read more

  • FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: LOC Confirms Trophy Tour

    first_imgRelatedOsaze Odemwingie To Lead FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour As It Anchors In AbujaApril 10, 2019In “FIFA”CRICKET: Nigeria Hosting ICC World Cup Trophy An Endorsement – Ukwenya (AUDIO)February 11, 2019In “Sports”Marcel BuchelJune 30, 2017Similar post The dates for the FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy tour have been made official by the Local Organizing Committee (LOC). The tour will cover almost 9,000 km over a period of 40 days between August 17 and September 26, 2017.Chairman of the LOC, Praful Patel speaking to local reporters believe the experience is very important for the fans, while also confirming the tour will mark the last phase of event promotion…“This will give the fans around the country an opportunity to get up close to the same trophy which the captain of the winning team will be lifting on October 28 in Kolkata. We hope that people can come in large numbers to the display locations in the host cities.” Praful PatelThe trophy tour roadmap:It starts in the capital, New Delhi, city where the host will play their entire Group A matches. The trophy will be on display there from August 17 to 22.Afterwards, the drive visits a major riverine port city called Guwahati, home to teams in Group E, from August 24-29. Kolkata, venue scheduled to host the final will also welcome the trophy from August 31 to September 5. Then it moves to Mumbai, home for Group B games, between September 6 and 10, while it is scheduled to be on view in the second largest city by population, Margao from September 14 to 19. Kochi will be the final resting place for the trophy tour from September 21 till 26.The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup will take place from the 6th–28 October 2017. This will be the first FIFA tournament hosted by India.last_img read more

  • Ghana goalie Fatau Dauda confirms picking up his Jeep Cherokee

    first_imgGhana and AshGold goalkeeper Fatau Dauda has confirmed he has picked up his Jeep Cherokee which was a reward to the Black Stars after their second place finish in Equatorial Guinea.The Black Stars were rewarded by Tanick as added bonus to their surprise second place finish in Equatorial Guinea where they exceeded expectations to reach the final even though they lost on the ultimate.The donation of cars to the Black Stars is in redemption of a pledge made to the team through Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi ahead of the 2014 World Cup.The pledge was however not fulfilled as originally scheduled since the Black Stars failed to satisfy the condition set for them by going beyond the group stage of the tournament staged in Brazil.The team however redeemed itself with the performance in Equatorial Guinea and Fatau has confirmed he has picked up his Jeep.“I have picked up my Jeep and I can confirm to you that some of the foreign based players have also asked their family members and friends to pick up theirs,” Dauda told a local station in Obuasi “I only had the easy access to pick up mine because I was the only local based player in the team so it was easy going there and picking it up.”last_img read more

  • Young National team of B&H defeated by Switzerland

    first_imgThe young football national team of B&H was defeated in Biel by the corresponding selection of Switzerland with a result of 3:1.The hosts achieved new points well deservedly, given that they were the better opponent since the beginning of the match, although neither the young BH national team players were without opportunities during 90 minutes of the match.Ajdin Redzic missed the first opportunity already in the second minute, while on the other side Angha missed the first great opportunity at the match five minutes later, after the corner.Bertone made an attempt in 11th minute, and Goran Karacic stood out with a fantastic intervention on the BH goal. One minute later, Tanashaj scores from the penalty area for the lead of the host national team. The received goal did not reflect negatively on the BH team, who soon threatened through Deni Milosevic, after which Cerimagic arrived late when Prevljak shot the ball in.B&H could have tied in the 25th minute, but the attempt of the playful Prevljak went above the crossbar of the home goal.Haris Hajradinovic also missed a good opportunity for the BH team at the opening of the second half-time. The punishment came in the 63rd minute, when the Swiss player of Bosnian roots Haris Tabakovic scored a goal for 2:0. Tanashaj scored for 3:0 in the 78th minute, after an excellent solo action.Two minutes later, Cerimagic scored for the final 3:1. By the end of the match, Smail Prevljak made one more attempt, this time without success.Qualifications for the European Championship U-21:Switzerland – B&H 3:1(Source: klix.ba/ photo faktor)last_img read more

  • WrestleMania 36 location: What to know about WWE’s stage, empty-arena shows after Tampa cancellation

    first_imgMORE: Becky Lynch talks ‘Mania, long reign as women’s champFollowing the coronavirus pandemic, WWE called an audible, but it wasn’t for the play people expected. Rather than pushing the event back, Vince McMahon and Co. decided to push the event across the state, shifting from the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. to the family-friendly environment of Orlando.Here’s what you need to know about the show’s locale change:WrestleMania 36 locationOriginally scheduled to take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., WWE moved its signature show to the Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. While the state of Florida has hosted WrestleMania in the past — three times, in fact — Tampa will have to wait a little while longer to host their first show. Fans won’t be able to make the 90-minute drive from one spot to the other, as WrestleMania will be closed off to fans in attendance. Abiding by the CDC’s social distancing guidelines, many major sporting events have been closed off to the public as the coronavirus pandemic stretches across the globe.If WrestleMania wasn’t going to be pushed back, moving the event to a closed, controlled facility was probably the next safest and wisest option for the company. They’ve had varying degrees of success on their most recent weekly shows, which have also taken place in the Performance Center.In another twist, the show will not be live, as tapings for the show have reportedly already concluded.WrestleMania 36 stageWWE has been known for its elaborate stage and set designs for WrestleMania in years past, and with this year’s event taking place in a small, confined venue with limited personnel, that will likely not be the case. WWE has held “RAW” and “SmackDown” shows from the Performance Center in recent weeks, with the gussied-up venue looking fairly natural, even without the fans:¡TODO LISTO EN ORLANDO!#WWExFOX📲 APP: https://t.co/coC7pNSYZZ📺 FOX SportsYa inició Friday Night SmackDown desde el Performance Center pic.twitter.com/dO8L8PGi31— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) March 28, 2020While no official stage has been shown for WrestleMania 36 yet, a YouTube concept video shows what could have been in Tampa: The “Grandest Stage of Them All” actually won’t be the grandest stage at all.While the WWE Performance Center is birthplace of a lot of WWE and NXT superstars in the past few years, it’s playing home to a much more important event on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5: WrestleMania 36.last_img read more