Turkish giants jostle for Super Eagles striker

first_imgTurkish Lig giants – Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, are reportedly jostling for Super Eagles forward Brown Ideye ahead of the summer transfer window.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina posts confusing baby messageIdeye has netted eight league goals for his Greek side before the season was suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.At the last count, Ideye, who was part of Nigeria’s 2013 African Cup of Nations in winning Squad in South Africa is yet to decided his next move between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 31-year-old Ideye is currently on the payroll of the Greek side Aris Thessaloniki, but his current deal is set to expire at the end of this season, leaving the AFCON 2013 winner to join any team of his choice as a free agent.However, reports claim the former Ocean Boys striker is not interested in extending his contract for the Greek outfits no thanks to their inability to attract big names to challenge for important titles.Interestingly, Ideye is keen to win big titles at the club level before he hanging his boots and will be eager to join any of the big sides in Turkey the report added Promoted Content7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their KidsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoMagnetic Floating Bed: All That Luxury For Mere $1.6 Mil?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

Heitinga won’t shy away from criticism

first_img “I’m on Twitter because I want to show a little bit of myself to the supporters. “I hope to get respect when I put something on Twitter and see people react positively. “If the response is only negative then the time will come when no-one is on Twitter any more. “The gap between the fans will become bigger. “At the moment the gap can become smaller because you can respond to supporters’ questions and speak to them.” The Holland international, back in the side as a result of Phil Jagielka’s injury, has borne the brunt of supporters’ anger after some poor performances. Last month Heitinga took the criticism on the chin when he was deemed to be at fault for all three goals in the 3-3 draw at home to Aston Villa, accepting his bad performance with an admission on Twitter. That display, in which he was taken off after 65 minutes, and admission prompted huge criticism but the 29-year-old insisted it does not affect him. “I don’t really care what people say,” he told the Liverpool Echo. Press Associationcenter_img Everton defender John Heitinga insists he is not affected by fans’ criticism and remains committed to engaging with them despite the abuse which has been dished out to him this season.last_img read more

Impressive Federer sets up Wawrinka semi-final

first_imgFOUR-TIME champion Roger Federer coasted into the Australian Open tennis semi-finals yesterday with a straight-set defeat of unseeded Mischa Zverev in 92 minutes.The 35-year-old reached the last four in Melbourne for a 13th time with a 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 win over Zverev, who upset world number one Andy Murray on Sunday.Federer, seeded 17th as he seeks an 18th Grand Slam title, faces compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the last four.Fourth seed Wawrinka beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(7-2), 6-4, 6-2.Wawrinka won his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2014.The 31-year-old has since added victories at the French Open in 2015 and the US Open last September, and is rated by many as the favourite in Melbourne, following surprise defeats for Murray and Novak Djokovic.Federer, playing his first competitive event since Wimbledon six months ago, following a knee injury, brushed aside Zverev with the minimum of fuss.He blitzed through the first set in just 19 minutes, and soon levelled in the second when he was broken by the world number 50.Federer won 23 of 32 points at the net (72%) as he reached his 41st Grand Slam semi-final.“My expectation was not to play Stan Wawrinka in the semis. I thought maybe I could get to the fourth round or quarters – that’s what I told the Swiss press,” he said.“For me to play against Stan I have to play aggressively, the more time I give him the better he is. I’m happy he’s got this far but he doesn’t need to go a step further – Stan knows I’m joking.”Federer is the oldest men’s singles semi-finalist at the tournament since Arthur Ashe in 1978, and the oldest at any Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors reached the 1991 US Open last-four aged 39.(BBC Sport).last_img read more

Guyana reap rich rewards for investment

first_imgTHERE was a new name in the mix for FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualification earlier this year, as Guyana reached the latter stages of a lengthy CONCACAF campaign.Although a member of CONCACAF, Guyana is situated at the northern end of the South American mainland and is the only English-speaking nation on the continental landmass.Guyana’s football pedigree at international level has, in truth, been modest since gaining independence in 1966. Progressing to the penultimate stage of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifying remains a standout achievement.But it is in women’s football where Guyanese investment over the past few years is starting to yield tangible rewards. The national side – the Lady Jags – qualified for the eight-nation 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to provide an early insight into their potential.Guyana’s female footballers celebrate during their CONCACAF U-20 Championship campaign. (Photo compliments: CONCACAF)More recently, the U-20 side won an unprecedented six straight matches en route to the quarter-finals of the continental championship, falling just one step short of what would normally be the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualification round. Their charge was ended only by a strong Haiti side and their free-scoring forward Melchie Dumornay, with the Caribbean nation impressing in their maiden U-20 Women’s World Cup appearance at France 2018.The start of Guyana’s progression dates back some four years with the arrival of current Technical Director Ian Greenwood, and the national roll-out of a female-targeted grassroots campaign. Soon after came Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) first Women’s Development Officer, Tricia Munroe, such appointment being a central part of a national football development strategy.2018 proved to be even more significant with a women’s national league held and the international senior women’s programme re-launched. The nation also hosted matches in qualifiers for the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.“This success is no accident,” Greenwood told FIFA.com about the U-20 team’s achievements. “It is clear evidence that the GFF’s national football philosophy and robust youth development strategy are producing top-class performers and coaches. The GFF ATC (Academy Training Centres) programme is regarded by FIFA/CONCACAF as a model of best practice for a youth development structure within the Caribbean region.“We have a national playing and coaching philosophy, which is implemented across all national teams, combined with an age-specific coaching curriculum.Coach education has reached new heights since 2016 with a record number of licensed coaches and instructors in Guyana. This new workforce of talented grassroots coaches is continually unearthing and nurturing new female talent.“Through Guyanese migration, we have a unique situation, which means we have a large talent pool abroad to select from, based in Canada, USA and the UK. These players significantly strengthen the group due to playing in stronger leagues.”Harnessing latent talent in a modest population of some 800 000 remains a challenge for the nation’s football leadership.“The country remains relatively underdeveloped, infrastructurally, resulting in most football venues having very little or no changing room or washroom facilities readily available for female players,” GFF president Wayne Forde told FIFA.com.“This has severely impacted the growth and development of the game at club and community level. However, despite these fundamental challenges, the female game remains most popular throughout our hinterland regions and is played spiritedly, year-round, by our indigenous tribes, where countless talented national team players have been discovered over the years.”There are more opportunities ahead for a clearly ambitious GFF. Guyana have qualified for this year’s CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship where three tickets to India will be up for grabs.“The recent performance of the U-20 women’s team was a watershed moment for the country, signalling to the powerhouses of CONCACAF that Guyana had arrived,” Greenwood added. “They represented the spirit of the Golden Arrowhead (Guyana’s National Flag) with heart, determination and self-belief throughout the competition.“The success of the team really caught the imagination of the general public in Guyana, which was fantastic for the football brand in a nation better known for its cricket. The team’s performances inspired a lot of young girls to get involved in football and showcased what we can do with the right approach.“We believe that the gap between the traditional big nations and the smaller nations is closing within our confederation.“We have key ambitions to move up the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking and our flagship goals are attaining FIFA top-60 ranking, CONCACAF top-10 ranking, CFU top-5 ranking, senior team Olympic qualification in 2024, and the ultimate target of World Cup qualification in 2027.”(FIFA.COM)last_img read more

Messi Named as Richest Footballer in 2019

first_imgLionel Messi The duo were also the only players to surpass the £100m mark.The figures are made up of wages, bonuses, endorsements, commercial revenue and other streams.Following on from the top two, the gap starts to widen.PSG superstar Neymar collected £87m for his efforts last year while Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale received £35.45m in what has been a dramatic fall from grace during his career at the Bernabeu.Bale narrowly pips Antoine Griezmann to fourth, with the Frenchman earning £200,000 less than the former Tottenham winger.Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was the only Premier League player and Englishman to make the list, raking in £30.96m during the calendar year as Pep Guardiola’s men secured an unprecedented English domestic Treble.A surprise inclusion on the list came in the form of Andres Iniesta.Despite leaving the Nou Camp for Japanese side Vissel Kobe in 2018, Iniesta is still making bank having earned £31.14m in 2019.While France Footballmay have denied Robert Lewandowski the Ballon d’Or award this year, they couldn’t deny him from making the top 10 in this list, with the Bayern Munich talisman coming ninth with a haul of £26.56m.Kylian Mbappe joins PSG team-mate Neymar on the list, having earned £24.73m last year to complete the top 10 list.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lonel Messihas been named as the richest player in world football – edging his long-standing rival Cristiano Ronaldoin the rankings.French magazine, France Football, have compiled a list of the top 10 best-paid players in 2019, which predictably saw two of the game’s greatest-ever players sit first and second.Messi made a staggering £120million last year, £11m more than Ronaldo who enjoyed his first full campaign at Juventus.last_img read more

Shooting World Cup: Abhishek Verma wins Gold, Chaudhary bags Bronze

first_img First Published: 30th August, 2019 11:22 IST 1 year ago Cricket rules authority to review controversial World Cup Final overthrow law, details here Press Trust Of India WE RECOMMEND 1 year ago Eoin Morgan’s desire for second World Cup success might be tempered by back concern Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 30th August, 2019 15:40 IST Shooting World Cup: Abhishek Verma Wins Gold, Chaudhary Bags Bronze Asian Games shooting medallist Abhishek Verma won the gold and Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the bronze as Indian shooters dominated the podium at ISSF World Cup. LIVE TV FOLLOW UScenter_img 1 year ago Congress reveals: Aikido black-belt Rahul Gandhi also a shooting champ Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED Asian Games shooting medallist Abhishek Verma won the gold while teen sensation Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the bronze as Indian shooters dominated the podium in the men’s 10m air pistol event of the ongoing ISSF World Cup at Rio. Abhishek Verma, a part-time lawyer, shot 244.2 in the eight-man final on Thursday, while the 17-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary’s 221.9 was good enough to get him the bronze after five gold medals this year. The silver medal went to Turkey’s Ismail Keles, who aggregated 243.1 in the season’s fourth ISSF World Cup for rifle and pistol shooters. India are now placed at the top of the medals tally with two gold, one silver and a bronze.Shooting: India’s Elavenil Claims Her Maiden World Cup Gold MedalTeam India shooters ace at RioIndia has already exhausted the maximum Olympic quotas available per country in this event, with both Verma and Chaudhary securing the sports in the previous qualifying events. In the qualification round on Thursday, Chaudhary was fourth with 584 points and Verma entered the finals in fifth position with 582 points, while Gaurav Rana was 44th with 571. The young Elavenil Valarivan opened India’s account with a gold in the women’s 10m air rifle event on Wednesday.READ: Rahul Gandhi A Shooting Champion & Aikido Black Belt; Netizens AlarmedSanjeev Rajput then claimed a silver in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions final to secure an Olympic quota for India. Abhishek Verma, who won bronze in the Jakarta Asian Games last year, and Chaudhary ended the second day of competitions on a high note for India. For a change, Saurabh Chaudhary had to settle for a bronze this time,  his sixth ISSF World Cup medal of the year. He had earlier won a phenomenal five golds. Congress Reveals: Aikido Black-belt Rahul Gandhi Also A Shooting ChampAbhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary scoresThe signs were there early when Verma and Chaudhary, who have now won all the four ISSF World Cup gold medals on offer this year between them, shot scores of 584 and 582 to qualify for the final. Just one and three points separated the duo from the top qualifying score of 585 posted by Ukranian veteran Oleh Omelchuk. Saurabh Chaudhary was comparatively subdued in the final, but it was the Asian Games bronze-medallist Verma, who looked in his elements.In a top-quality final field, featuring the likes of former Olympic and World Champion Pang Wei of China, besides multiple World Cup and World Championship medallists like Omelchuk, Serbian Damir Mikec and Turkish Yusuf Dikec, Verma was placed second till the first series of five shots. He went into the lead from the 12th shot, which is also the first elimination shot of the 24-shot final and never looked back from there, fending of the challenge of Ismail Keles of Turkey with a sublime 10.7 for his final shot to settle the issue.  READ: Assam Rifles Team Aces It At World Police And Fire Games, Bags Five Gold Medals In ChinaA 9.6 for his 23rd shot helped the Turk go into the final shot just 0.1 behind, but his hopes were dashed by Verma’s finish. Keles managed only a 9.7 to finish with 243.1, a clear 1.1 behind the Indian. Saurabh Chaudhary, despite his best efforts, won a bronze with a score of 221.9. Earlier in the day, Chinki Yadav came close to making it to the finals, finishing just a point behind the final qualifying mark in the women’s 25m Pistol event. She shot a 294 in the Rapid Fire round, ending up with a solid 584 to claim 10th spot. Switzerland’s Heidi Gerber, who bagged the eighth and final qualifying spot, shot 585 even as Hungary’s Veronika Major claimed her third ISSF World Cup gold of the year in the event. Annu Raj Singh, making a comeback to the Indian team, shot 579 to end in 25th spot while Abhidnya Ashok Patil shot 572 to finish 53rd. Among other Indian competitors on the day, Chain Singh and Parul Kumar, in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions, shot 1161 and 1148 to finish 49th and 57th respectively while Gaurav Rana, in the men’s 10m Air Pistol, shot 571 to claim the 44th spot.READ: Abhishek Verma Secures Olympic Quota Place With Gold In Maiden WC FinalIndian shooters in the non-competition Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section also had a great day. In the women’s 25m Pistol, Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker, both of whom have won Tokyo quotas for India, shot solid rounds of 580 and 583 in MQS respectively. Swapnil Kusale and Aishwarya Singh Tomar, shooting in the MQS section of the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions, shot rounds of 1166 and 1165 respectively.  1 year ago Shooting: India’s Elavenil claims her maiden World Cup gold medal WATCH US LIVE Session ID: 2020-09-09:b0429d465d01a0d1c6af3fb2 Player Element ID: video_player_5f585c9b50f6f OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Federer through to Aussie Open final

first_imgThe former world number one looked to be on course for a straightforward victory after taking the first two sets 7-5 6-3.However a medical timeout for Wawrinka saw him return in much better form, and took the next two sets 6-1 6-4.Federer then took a timeout of his own, and he was able to prevail in the deciding set by 6 games to 3. It means Federer is now the oldest men’s Grand Slam finalist in over 45 years, and is one win away from a record 18th Grand Slam title.He’ll play either Rafa Nadal or Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday’s final.Earlier the Williams sisters both secured their place in Saturday’s women’s final.Serena strolled past Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 6-1, while Venus needed three sets to see off Coco Vandeweghe.Saturday’s match will be the ninth Grand Slam final between the pair and the first in nearly eight years.last_img read more

Murphy Ijemba, Sean Amadi Thrill Fans at Princeton Chikki Sports Meet

first_imgMurphy Ijemba and Sean Amadi of 88.9 Brila FM, Lagos thrilled fans with exciting commentaries on the six aside novelty match by Princeton’s best 12. At the end of the encounter, Team Leke defeated Team Charles by two goals to one. The match is one of the event decided at Princeton School Inter-house sports competition held at the main bowl of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on 21st February, 2017.Forty events were competed for at the sports meet sponsored by Chikki Instant Noodles in which Ahmadu Bello House spotting colour red emerged winners with Eleven Gold, Nine Silver and Eleven Bronze to beat Obafemi Awolowo House in Colour Green which had Eleven Gold, Nine Silver and Seven Bronze Medals to second place.Nnamdi Azikiwe House Spotting colour blue with Nine Gold, Ten Silver and Two Bronze medals finished third ahead of Mary Slessor House Spotting colour Yellow which had Two Gold, Six Silver and Eleven Bronze Medals.Ige Peace of Nnamdi Azikiwe House was decorated as the overall best athlete of the sports meet. The blue house captain also won the best male athlete honours, While Oporo Thelma of Obafemi Awolowo House was awarded best female athlete.Chikki Instant Noodles backing for the sport meet was part of its corporate social responsibility role of connecting the brand to her consumers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Report: Woman died after being hit by foul ball at Dodger Stadium

first_img“Mr. and Mrs. Goldbloom were great Dodgers fans who regularly attended games,” a Dodgers spokesman told ESPN. “We were deeply saddened by this tragic accident and the passing of Mrs. Goldbloom. The matter has been resolved between the Dodgers and the Goldbloom family. We cannot comment further on this matter.”According to ESPN’s research, there have been two other reported deaths linked to balls that left the field of play during an MLB game. A 32-year-old man died one day after he was hit in the head by a thrown ball on Sept. 29, 1943, at Griffith Stadium in Washington. Fourteen-year-old Alan Fish died after he was hit in the head by a foul ball on May 16, 1970, at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers outfielder Manny Mota was batting against San Francisco’s Gaylord Perry when Mota hit a line drive down the first-base line, near the dugout, that struck Fish who was seated two rows from the field. Goldbloom was taken to L.A. County-USC Medical Center, where she underwent emergency surgery for a brain injury. Goldbloom was unresponsive following the surgery and was placed on a ventilator. Her family had her removed from life-support machines and Goldbloom died on Aug. 29.The Dodgers made no comment on the incident until ESPN contacted them.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — A woman who was hit by a batted ball at Dodger Stadium last August died a few days later, according to documents obtained by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” and details the woman’s daughter provided.Linda Goldbloom, 79, was struck in the head by a foul ball during the Dodgers-Padres game on Aug. 25. According to a Los Angeles County coroner’s report obtained by ESPN, Goldbloom died as a result of “acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma.”Goldbloom was at the game with her husband, Erwin, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law to celebrate her recent birthday and wedding anniversary. The Goldblooms had purchased partial-season tickets each of the past 10 years, according to their daughter.The group was sitting in section 106 on the loge level, to the first-base side of home plate and above the seating area protected by netting which has been extended in recent years. The accident occurred when a San Diego batter fouled off a pitch from Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning of the Aug. 25 game. The batted ball struck Goldbloom in the head. An usher responded and an EMT was summoned. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Mother of late Charles City teen who “Logan’s Law” is named after speaks at Mercy event about organ, tissue, skin donation (AUDIO)

first_imgMASON CITY — MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center today is celebrating “Inspire Iowa to Donate Life Month” on the heels of a bill being passed by the Iowa legislature that encourages organ, tissue and skin donations.The House and Senate unanimously gave final approval this week to “Logan’s Law”, named after 15-year-old Logan Luft, a Charles City teen who died from head injuries sustained in an ATV accident in July 2017. Five of Logan’s major organs were donated after the accident. The bill would allow people to designate that they want to be a donor to make that designation on their hunting or fishing license.Logan’s mother Wendy Luft was the guest speaker for today’s event at MercyOne North Iowa. Luft says once doctors determined that Logan could not be saved, they talked about the possibilities of Logan’s organs being donated. At that time immediately we began to talk as a family about organ donation and we really had not had any experience about organ donation, so really didn’t know what to expect. They shared with us the opportunity to be able to save lives through his major organs and that’s when they sat us down and we went through the whole process.”Luft says it’s been very rewarding to see the impacts of Logan’s donations, including the first recipient they met, a 15-year-old Minnesota girl named Faith. “She happened to be in the hospital at Mayo Clinic at the time, she was fighting a virus. We went up to meet her family and just spent the day with them and it was awesome. The family is amazing and the connection we had immediately to little Faith was just, it was immediate, and just to be able to stand there and her mom showed us the incision where Logan’s liver was. The first comment she made to me was ‘you know from here on out, this little girl is just as much yours as she is mine’. I think as a mom I was just so overcome with that feeling of Logan’s not gone, you know he’ll live on forever.”Luft says her husband got the idea of allowing hunters and fishers to declare being an organ donor on their licenses after hearing about Minnesota passing a similar law last year. She says her entire family made several trips to Des Moines to talk with legislators about the bill.   “A lot of it was clarification. They really didn’t understand why we were trying so hard to push for organ donation. Then we came upon a group that really felt like ‘yeah we all support organ donation but we don’t support tissue donation’. We feel like some people are going into it thinking they’re going to be an organ donor and really 97% into being tissue donors, so they wanted to make sure the education was as critical with tissue donation as it is with organ donation.”Besides designating that you want to be an organ donor on your driver’s license and soon to be on your hunting or fishing license, you can also register at iowadonornetwork.org.You can listen to our entire conversation with Wendy Luft by clicking on the audio player belowlast_img read more