CONFED CUPFemi Solaja with agency reportFollowing the two nil win by Nigeria’s only hope in continental club competition, Rivers United over Rayon Sports of Rwanda, former International, Adokiye Amiesimakahas warned the players to be prepared for a stiff challenge in the reverse fixture of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff tie.The Nigerian club had brushed aside the Rwandans on Sunday in the first leg match at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, in Port Harcourt to put themselves in the driver’s seat for qualification for the group stage of the competition. But Amiesimaka, a member of Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winning squad of 1980, who watched the match, has now urged players and the technical crew not to be lulled into a false sense of security.“First, I want to say congratulations to Rivers United FC of Nigeria for an encouraging performance (on Sunday),” Amiesimaka remarked“A 2-0 (result) is as good a scoreline as any. Only 1-0 may turn out to be safe, just as 4-0 may not be safe.“In this game, any margin is as safe or precarious as you make it.“It is possible to lose at home, but win away. It is possible to win at home and also win away.“It is possible to win at home, but lose away. It is possible to lose, home and away.“Each instance has happened before. Any result is possible. To win is simply to make sure you score more goals than you concede,” he said.The former chairman of defunct Sharks Football Club then urged the Rivers United team to press home their advantage in the return leg by playing to their strengths while ensuring their underbelly is not exposed.“Know your strengths and build on them. Know your weaknesses and strive to prevent your opponents from capitalising on them.“In like manner, know your opponents’ strengths and strive to neutralise them, just as you should identify their weaknesses and work to capitalise on them.“That is what the game is, a contest of wits, whether home or away and as long as refereeing is fair, it shouldn’t make much difference to any solid team with the right attitude whether it is playing home or away,” Amiesimaka concluded.The second leg match comes up on April 22nd athlete imposing 300,000 capacity Amahoro stadium in Kigali. Rivers United needs to avoid three goals deficit without scoring and be assured of a place in the group stage of the African club second tier club competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
In volleyball, the sequence of bump, set and spike seems like an easy concept to grasp, though it’s actually a lot harder than it sounds to practice in live play — especially when the ball is traveling at high speeds.The No. 2-ranked USC women’s volleyball team, though, has made it look as if it were that simple on the court so far this season.I don’t want to jinx anything because the Pac-12 is arguably one of the toughest conferences to play in throughout all of collegiate women’s volleyball, but this team is fostering a championship pedigree early on under 15th-year head coach Mick Haley.The program is off to its best start in a decade after catapulting to an unblemished 14-0 record to begin its 2015 campaign. It’s the fifth time that Haley, who has won two national titles at the helm, has led one of his teams to a 13-0 or better start.In 2006, the team opened up the season with a 17-0 mark that the Women of Troy will try to match or surpass in the coming matches with the heart of Pac-12 play on the horizon.The Women of Troy are not only winning games, but are also doing so in style.USC, who is one of only five undefeated teams left in the country, has dropped just four sets during its 14-match winning streak. The only time it was pushed to go the distance was in its most recent win on the road over Stanford — a match in which it was forced to come back from a set down to win in five sets.The team’s exceptional start also includes a sweep of crosstown rival UCLA at Pauley Pavilion and a 30-set winning streak.Evidently, the Women of Troy have shown that they’re a force to be reckoned with not only in the Pac-12, but around the country — it’s in their blood.USC has been a women’s volleyball powerhouse for quite a long time, and a lot of credit for that has to go to Haley, who took over in 2001.Though the program hasn’t won a national championship since 2003, they have finished in the top third of the Pac-12 almost every year Haley has been in charge.Most fans remember the golden days of USC football under Pete Carroll in the early 2000s when he led the Trojans to a remarkable 34-game winning streak from 2003 to 2005.Around the same time, Haley strung together a 54-game winning streak that lasted from 2002 to 2004, including an unrivaled 35-0 perfect season in 2003. During that streak, USC lost only 14 of 170 sets.This year’s Women of Troy team is about a quarter of the way there, and it possesses the talent to accomplish similar feats if it can continue to execute in Haley’s newly revamped system.Its success starts with the country’s leading scorer — a 6-foot-2 outside hitter from Mexico named Samantha Bricio who is one of the most dynamic players in all of the women’s college game. After posting 228 kills through 14 games, the decorated two-time All-American and team captain has already been a recipient of Pac-12 Player of the Week honors four times this season and was also recently named the espnW National Player of the Week.The USC offense undoubtedly starts with Bricio, but the Women of Troy have been especially effective because they also have a number of other weapons in the attacking game, including two other 100-plus kill players in freshman Alyse Ford and sophomore Brittany Abercrombie.Both have provided a spark of young talent on the offensive side of the ball for the Women of Troy.The defense has been carried by the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week in senior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms, who’s second in the country in blocks with 1.72 blocks per set.She’s also third in the Pac-12 in hitting percentage.An array of young talent mixed with veteran play has put Haley’s team in the driver’s seat to win a conference title. It would be its first since 2011.The program has reached the NCAA regional finals and a pair of NCAA semifinal matches in recent years, but its first goal has to be winning the Pac-12 championship before anything else.With a tough schedule ahead, this team will surely be tested like it was at Stanford.It starts again this weekend with them hosting its fellow undefeated team, the No. 5-ranked Washington Huskies.Another Pac-12 foe that remains undefeated is Arizona State, and that should prove to be a tough match as well.This year’s Women of Troy have a blueprint for success and have played exceptionally well thus far, but they’re going to need to continue to play at this high level if they’re going to come out with wins in these challenging matches.The women’s beach volleyball team deservingly stole the spotlight last spring after it went 28-0 on its way to winning a national championship.While bragging rights rest in the sand for the time being, the Women of Troy have a golden opportunity to take them back for the indoor game at USC.Being just two wins away from matching last season’s win total, USC just has to keep digging as it moves forward with Pac-12 play.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Fridays.
Adley Rutschman is heading to the Orioles organization.Baltimore selected the 21-year-old from Oregon State with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft on Monday. Rutschman is just the fifth catcher ever to be taken with the top selection, as noted by ESPN. “It’s hard to understate it — it’s a huge opportunity,” Orioles general manager Mike Elias said before the draft, via the Associated Press. “Any time you’re picking high in the draft, not just the No. 1 pick, but a top-10 pick, you’ve got a pretty good shot of really getting a franchise cornerstone. But it’s not a 100% shot by any stretch of the imagination. It’s probably more like 50-50 if you look at the historical records of it. So you feel a lot of pressure.”There’s a big upside to the opportunity, but nobody has a crystal ball and it’s not easy to nail.”The Royals selected shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. out of Colleyville Heritage High School at No. 2 and the White Sox followed by picking University of California infielder Andrew Vaughn. Vanderbilt outfielder J.J. Bleday (Marlins) and Hagerty High School outfielder Riley Greene (Tigers) rounded out the top five. MLB Draft 2019: Every Round 1 pick PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool1.OriolesAdley RutschmanCOregon State2.RoyalsBobby Witt Jr.INFColleyville Heritage HS (TX)3.White SoxAndrew VaughnINFCalifornia4.MarlinsJ.J. BledayOFVanderbilt5.TigersRiley GreeneOFHagerty HS (FL)6.PadresCJ AbramsINFBlessed Trinity HS (GA)7.RedsNick LodoloPTCU8.RangersJosh JungINFTexas Tech9.BravesShea LangeliersCBaylor10.GiantsHunter BishopOFArizona State11.Blue JaysAlek ManoahPWest Virginia12.MetsBrett BatyINFLake Travis HS (TX)13.TwinsKeoni CavacoINFEastlake HS (CA)14.PhilliesBryson StottINFUNLV15.AngelsWill WilsonINFNC State16.DiamondbacksCorbin CarrollOFLakeside HS (WA)17.NationalsJackson RutledgePSan Jacinto College North (TX)18.PiratesQuinn PriesterPCary-Grove HS (IL)19.CardinalsZack ThompsonPKentucky20.MarinersGeorge KirbyPElon21.BravesBraden ShewmakeINFTexas A&M22.RaysGreg JonesINFUNC Wilmington23.RockiesMichael TogliaINFUCLA24.IndiansDaniel EspinoPGeorgia Premier Academy (GA)25.DodgersKody HoeseINFTulane26.DiamondbacksBlake WalstonPNew Hanover HS (NC)27.CubsRyan JensenPFresno State28.BrewersEthan SmallPMississippi State29.AthleticsLogan DavidsonINFClemson30.YankeesAnthony VolpeINFDelbarton School (NJ)31.DodgersMichael BuschINFUNC32.AstrosKorey LeeCCalifornia MLB trade rumors: Mariners ‘trying to trade everyone’ “It’s everything I’ve always dreamed of,” Rutschman told MLB Network after he was drafted. “This is an unbelievable feeling. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”His first interview after being selected #1 pic.twitter.com/wzGkNJFN59— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) June 3, 2019Rutschman slashed .411/.575/.751 with 17 home runs and 58 RBIs for the Beavers this season. He also threw out base stealers at a 48.1% rate. Related News Ron Darling’s thyroid cancer ‘stabilized’; Mets analyst to return to TV booth The potential top #MLBDraft pick can get it done from both sides of the dish!@BeaverBaseball’s Adley Rutschman takes you through his swings from each side.See if he goes #1 – Monday on MLB Network! pic.twitter.com/B6rWFlAEjX— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) May 31, 2019Rutschman was considered the consensus top prospect in this year’s draft.“So many people have asked me, if you had one negative thing to say about him, what would it be? I always tell them, nothing,” Oregon State interim coach Pat Bailey told Sports Illustrated last month. “There are a lot of really good players, but this guy’s going to be a game-changer.”Rutschman was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and the conference’s batting champion. He’s a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country, as well. Fernando Tatis Jr. injury update: Padres rookie phenom (hamstring) to start rehab
Warriors coach Steve Kerr on D’Angelo Russell: “He’s going to fit right in with our group. We’re going to need him, desperately.” pic.twitter.com/r5qrMB23Ck— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 5, 2019Veteran Andre Iguodala also was traded to the Grizzlies, and Shaun Livingston was waived. Additionally, Klay Thompson will be out for the foreseeable future as he recovers from an ACL injury. “It’s so different from the last few years where we could, barring disaster, we knew we were going to win a whole lot of games,” Kerr said (via the San Jose Mercury News). “It was a lot more about preparing for the playoffs and whether we won 57 games or 65 games, it didn’t really matter that much. What a luxury to be able to say that. Related News “Now with all the new additions and the losses we’ve had, it’s really about establishing who we are as a team. We don’t know who we are. We knew who we were the last five years. It’s a brand new challenge.”With the departure of many key players, one question that remains is whether Kerr will increase Stephen Curry’s and Draymond Green’s workloads.“It’s tough to say before we even get on the floor,” Kerr said. “But I’m not throwing them out there for 40 minutes a night. I know that.” Draymond Green agrees to 4-year, $100M extension with Warriors, agent says Klay Thompson says Warriors’ dynasty is far from over: ‘It would not be smart to count the Dubs out’ While Kerr is ready for a new challenge with the players who are returning and with many young, new players, he said one area they will have to focus on is the defensive end. “I’m confident we’ll score points. We’ve added some guys who can put the ball in the basket. A bigger concern is defensively,” Kerr said. “We’ve lost really our ability to switch at multiple positions and do so with size and aggression.”As for how Kerr plans to handle the rest of his roster? He said “the first month or two will be critical in terms of establishing our identity as a team.” Warriors’ Klay Thompson speaks on knee injury, motivation for next season Coach Steve Kerr addressed the Warriors’ recent roster changes as he explained how he envisions using key players in a starting lineup that will be vastly different than the past few seasons. Kerr acknowledged that while coaching is a little different every year, “(t)his will be a lot different.” The most notable change comes with the loss of Kevin Durant, who joined the Nets in free agency this summer. Golden State managed to offset that loss, somewhat, by acquiring guard D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade.
By John BurtonRED BANK – Borough Council President Cindy Burnham offered a little tidbit to a handful of women at the Red Bank Senior Center as they completed their plantings in the newly established garden: “Nothing’s better than coming back to your garden and picking a cherry tomato and popping it in your mouth.”The women, whose ages range from the mid-60s to late 80s, nodded in agreement, recalling the joy of gardening.“The best part is touching the earth,” putting your bare hands in the soil for the vegetables and herbs to grow, offered Enilza Andrade, an 83- year-old resident of Wesleyan Arms senior apartments here in the borough.Burnham, in addition to serving as council president for the year, is the council liaison to the senior center, 80 Shrewsbury Ave. She personally purchased four elevated planting beds and the needed soil to establish a garden in the center’s back yard area, overlooking the Swimming River.With the helpful assistance of employees of the borough Department of Public Utilities, Burnham said, they stacked the four beds, costing about $200, on top of one another, placing the approximately $300 worth of soil in the beds, and then including mushroom compost in the mix. Having the beds elevated makes it easier for the seniors to participate in planting, said both Burnham and Jackie Reynolds, director of the municipality-run senior center and programs.Among the items planted for the season are cherry tomatoes, Italian peppers, rosemary, garlic, chives, cilantro, basil and nasturtium, an annual flower and leaves that are both decorative and edible.“This is something I’ve done all my life in my home,” having her own small garden, said Rosalie Jackson, 83, Red Bank.And for 85-year-old Betty Albert, who lives in Fair Haven, it brought back some fond memories. “My grandparents were farmers,” and she recalled visiting them and doing some work on their farm.For Jackson, the best part of the effort is “seeing everything grow.”It is late in the planting season, Burnham acknowledged, “but better late than never.”Next year, she hoped the group would consider some autumn items to plant.This is something she’s wanted to do since before she ran for borough council, “just for the love of it,” said Burnham, who is running for re-election in the November election as an independent candidate.Prior to her tenure on the governing body, Burnham had advocated for and help establish the borough community garden and the Maple Cove open space and public access area to the Navesink River at the northern end of Maple Avenue.This project “is very senior friendly,” Reynolds pointed out, helping with their socialization, offering an outdoor activity and even providing some cognitive stimulation. And Reynolds suspected others who regularly come to the senior center for its programs and company will look to participate in the gardening.Approximately 65 seniors are “in and out” of the senior center daily, totalling roughly 400 a week, according to Reynolds.The center and its activities are available to residents of the borough and surrounding communities as long as they are at least 60-years-old.
Local golfers Braden Chown and Craig Wilkinson golfed from dawn to dusk as part of the PGA of BC Golfathon to raise more than $2,000 for ALS patient services (Monday) June 10.The total topped the $1,167 total from 2012.Wilkinson was on hand Friday at the Balfour Golf Club to receive recognition first hand from Wendy Toyer of the ALS executive. Chown and Wilkinson completed 162 holes each with 70 birdies and five eagles.The highlight of the day was Chown registering his first ever hole-in-one on the 7th hole of the fifth round.All funds raised go toward finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS ), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.This is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects the person’s motor neurons that carry messages to the muscles resulting in weakness and wasting in arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere; typically the person is immobilized within two to five years of the initial diagnosis.There is no known cause or cure yet, but there is hope through the ALS Society of BC.Donations can still be made online at: www.golfathonforals.ca
It was a positive sign for a team struggling to find anything positive.The Nelson Leafs stayed stride for stride with the defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs for 48 minutes before the Nitros offence exploded for three goals in a 10-minute span to double the Green and White 4-2 Friday in the Bavarian City.Keenan Haase, Jason Richter and Trevor Van Steinburg, with an insurance marker in the final three minutes of the game, rallied the top team in the Eddie Mountain Division to its league-leading 22nd win of the season. The goal by Haase came seconds after Blair Andrews gave Nelson a 2-1 lead midway through the third period.Jordan Busch on the power play gave Kimberley a 1-0 lead after one period.Austin Anselmo, also on the power play, tied the game for the Leafs in the second.Kimberley out shot the Leafs by a wide 30-19 margin — including a 14-7 advantage in the third period — making the night a busy one for Nelson netminder Patrick Ostermann who looks to the go-to guy in goal for the Murdoch Division club.Nelson, riding a three-game losing streak, host the Columbia Valley Rockies Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Leafs will be looking to avenge a 4-2 loss to the Rockies last week in Invermere.
JOSE MOURINHO got his Tottenham reign off to a flying start against West Ham.Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura found the net to the pile pressure on Manuel Pellegrini as Spurs won away in the league for the first time since January.6 Harry Kane is now Tottenham’s third highest goalscorer of all-time with 175 goalsCredit: AP:Associated Press6 Son Heung-min scored the first goal of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham reignCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdBut it was Dele Alli that stole the show for Spurs after the boss said: “I asked him if he was Dele or Dele’s brother? He told me he was Dele. I said ‘Ok. play like Dele’.”The England international looked back to his best as he played a crucial role in both first-half goals for Spurs.He slipped the ball through to Son to break the deadlock in the 36th minute of the London Stadium showdown.And his incredible flick on the touchline allowed Son to feed a cross into the box for Moura to make it 2-0 on the brink half.Spurs added another goal to their tally just four minutes after Mourinho’s half time team talk.Kane got ahead of his marker and powered a header into the back of the net after a delivery from Serge Aurier.He is now Tottenham’s third highest goalscorer of all-time with 175 goals – behind only Jimmy Greaves(266) and Bobby Smith(208).West Ham looked off the pace from the start, but Michael Antonio pulled one back int he 73rd minute to breathe life into the tie.England youngster Declan Rice then saw a goal disallowed by VAR as he was caught in an offside position.6 Dele Alli was replaced by Christian Eriksen in the second halfCredit: Getty Images – GettyMOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strut6 Lucas Moura doubled Tottenham’s tally on the brink of half timeCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd6 Harry Kane made it 3-0 to Spurs in the early stages of the second halfCredit: PA:Empics SportAngelo Ogbonna made it 3-2 in the dying stages of stoppage time, but Mourinho’s men managed to cling onto the lead.Spurs have temporarily moved up to the sixth in the table ahead of next week’s clash against Bournemouth.Up next, Mourinho’s men will have their mettle tested against Olympiacos in the Champions League.6 Jose Mourinho celebrated after his team took the lead in the first halfCredit: ReutersJose Mourinho admits he wasn’t happy at Man Utd ahead of his first game for Spurs
“Short Boss”, prime suspect in the shooting death of 21-year-old Ronsley Clarke, which took place on August 2, 2018 at “C” Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was arrested on Thursday on the West Coast of Demerara, after Police received information of his whereabouts and went to the area.He was handed over to detectives in ‘C’ Division who are continuing their investigation into this shooting death.“Short Boss” is shortly expected to be arraigned with the capital offence of murder.RECAPClarke, a mason of Timehri, East Bank Demerara, was shot in front of hisDead: Ronsley Clarkegirlfriend. Based on information received, the victim and the suspect had been known to each other, and had reportedly had a disagreement about a month prior to the shooting, while at a party.On the evening in question, Clarke was in company of his girlfriend, Alesha Thomas, at the main access road at “C” Field Sophia when the suspect was reportedly seen drawing a small silver pistol from his jacket. An alarm was raised, but before anything could be done, Short Boss reportedly discharged three rounds in Clarke’s direction.Clarke was struck to his right-side rib and to his right side upper back, and fell to the ground while the gunman quickly made good his escape in an unknown direction.The Police were called to the scene, and Clarke was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Two .32 spent shells were recovered from the scene of the shooting.
Both games have the Trackers taking on the Slave Lake Thunder. Saturday’s game goes at 8 p.m. while Sunday’s tilt is at noon.The Trackers are fifth in the Bear Slashing Division with a record of 7-14-2 for 16 points, while the Thunder are in third with their record of 13-8-1 for 27 points.After the weekend set of games, the Trackers will play another two games next Saturday and Sunday.- Advertisement –