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 FCT Schools Hold Maiden Combined Taekwondo Training

first_imgBy Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaFour public schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) blazed the trail at the weekend when they held a joint training section on Taekwondo under the auspices of the Korean Cultural Centre with support from Korea Sports Promotion FoundationThe beneficiaries were Maitama Model Primary School, LEA Wuse 3 Primary School, LEA Wuse 5 Zone 1      Primary School and Model Junior Primary School, Maitama. The first combined Taekwondo training was coordinated by instructors from the Korean Cultural Centre, led by coach Mohammed Abdulmalik, a four degree blacker and taekwondo international referee.They were introduced to more advanced trainings and competitive activities that include Olympic-style sparring and Pomsae (forms) as well as to acquaint students with upcoming events.It was the first time the schools will come together for a combined training since the Korean Cultural Centre Nigeria in partnership with FCT Universal Basic Education Board in 2014 introduced Taekwondo in public schools in FCT.The programme is intended to expand and cover more schools within FCT. Abdulmalik, who boasted Nigeria will win a gold medal at Tokyo 2020 Olympics, said that they are considering holding a public school taekwondo tournament to enable the schools compete among one and others.“This programme was organised as most of them have not yet got the knowledge of how to use chest protector and are learning it. Taekwondo helps children build confidence, enhances discipline, sharpens mental alertness, enhances self-esteem, strengthens the mind and body and teaches self-defence. The whole essence of the program is to support grassroots sports and youth development in Nigeria and further strengthen the bilateral ties between the Republic of Korea and Nigeria and also make the coordinators to be part of the programme,”Ábdulmalik declared.He said the success of the programme in the next four years will depend on the commitment of the coaches and ability to attract more stakeholders into assisting the development of taekwondo.A teacher from LEA Primary School, Wuse 5 Zone 1, Mrs Rebecca Nweke, said 20 students from her school attended the training. She said taekwondo has a way of shaping students’ character, to control their emotion and use the game for self-defence.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Super Eagles Land in Cairo for Bafana Clash

first_img*Egyptian fans give Nigeria thunderous welcomeFemi Solaja in CairoAhead of tomorrow’s quarter-final clash with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, the Super Eagles of Nigeria arrived the ancient city of Cairo few minutes before noon yesterday for the cracker scheduled to hold at the 75,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium. The arrival was 24 hours ahead of what Head Coach, Gernot Rohr had planned but the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of Egypt 2019, as expected, refused Nigeria’s wish to stay longer than necessary at the coastal city of Alexandria which had housed the team for over three weeks.The Super Eagles had a light work out in Alexandria and will trained again not too far away from their Le Meridien Heliopolis Hotel camp here in Cairo today.On arrival in the city, the team was welcomed by numerous soccer loving Egyptians who now wished Nigeria should avenge the defeat of Pharaohs of Egypt by South Africa for them.THISDAY checks showed that the Nigerian team will have an overwhelming support from the locals as well as numerous Nigerian populace here in Cairo during the match tomorrow.“Nigggggeriiiiaa, Niggerriaa” rented the air when the Egyptians sighted Eagles bus arriving for training. The same gesture was showered on the team on arrival into the city earlier in the day.“We are happy that we are going to feel at home on Wednesday during the match. It give the team a psychological boost similar to what we have enjoyed in Alexandria,” coach Rohr said after the evening training.“My players will be facing a much bigger crowd in a big stadium. You will expect some sort of stage fright but we have to brace up against another big team who has eliminated the host nation, Egypt hence it is not going to be a small match as most people had expected,” the Eagles coach said as a matter of fact.The1996 champions, South Africa altered the form-book when they shocked host nation Egypt 1-0 at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday evening, to set up another clash with familiar foes Nigeria. Bafana Bafana defeated Eagles 2-0 in the very first game of the qualifying series in Uyo last year but Nigeria forced a 1-1 draw in Johannesburg.Saturday’s feat against Cameroon was the sixth time that Nigeria will eliminate a defending champion from the tournament.In 1976, a young squad captained by Christian Chukwu mauled then Cup holders Zaire (now DR Congo) 4-2 in Ethiopia, and in 1984, Nigeria edged Cup holders Ghana 2-1 in Cote d’Ivoire.In 1994, on the road to winning a second title, the Super Eagles sent packing Cup holders Cote d’Ivoire after penalties in the semi final, and in 2004, bundled out Cameroon (winners in Mali in 2002) 2-1 in a quarter-final match in Monastir, Tunisia.Two years later, incidentally in Egypt, the Super Eagles ejected Cup holders Tunisia after penalties in an interesting quarter-final match in Port Said.… Players’ Fitness Excites RohrSuper Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr is delighted to have a complete team for the first time since the tournament began two weeks ago.Ahead of the quarter-final clash against South Africa tomorrow in Cairo, all the injured players have been given clean bill of health thus making the coach not to have too much stress in filling the gaps.Team captain, John Obi Mikel, who played no part in the last match against Cameroon has handed the coach selection boost when he completed the training session of the squad on Sunday night and yesterday evening.It is not yet clear whether the former Chelsea stalwart will get a start shirt or from the bench on Wednesday.“It’s a major boost for Eagles that the team captain is fully back and I’m particularly glad that all the injured players have recovered and ready to play positive part in our quest to progress to the next phase of the tournament.“When a coach is in this situation, the problem is half solved but one major obstacle that it also creates is that it brings selection problem.“The question now is do you drop or substitute a player that played well in the last match for another first team player? The answer is simple and at same time difficult. Just like I did in the last match, my selection would be based on whatever formation we are adopting against South Africa.“We have to think deep what our opponent want to come up with. Their strength and weakness will determine who will start and who will not play any part at all.“Overall, I’m delighted that I have a complement of a full squad for the match,” Rohr explained last night.Shehu Abdulahi who was missing in action is also back and took part in the training session yesterday evening.Just like in the previous round, the Eagles dedicated almost half an hour perfecting penalty kicks to avoid a repeat of what happened to the team when it lost in shoot out to Cameroon in 2000 edition which Nigeria lost 2-4 after 2-2 scoreline at 120 minutes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eagles training for Zimbabwe thursday in Asabalast_img read more

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Nationals’ great Schayes enjoys 2nd career as landlord

first_imgAbdoul Cisse rents from Dolph Schayes, but he had no idea who he was.“When I went to his office to initially sign my lease I got an idea that he was some sort of basketball player,” Cisse said. “I didn’t think he was any kind of — I thought he was just like a role player, somebody who just sat on the bench.”Needing Schayes’ phone number, he took to the Internet. Only then did he find out his landlord is a legend in the game of basketball. Schayes started 706 consecutive games from 1952-1961 when a broken jaw ended the NBA’s original ironman’s streak. Today, though, he is a humble landlord.He got into real estate at the suggestion of his father-in-law, and it became his post-basketball career.“My father-in-law said, after I got married, that it’s nice for a young married couple to buy a two-family house, and then when you have a family buy a one-family, and keep the two-family and rent it out,” Schayes said inside his real estate office at 200 Polk St. “He was very — he was pretty sharp in that way.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn his day-to-day work as a landlord, Schayes keeps a fairly low profile. Building the apartments was creative and he enjoyed it, but paperwork and management can be a pain, he said.Schayes doesn’t make rounds to houses too often. When he does, it’s usually to water the garden. And when he’s called, he’s very to-the-point.“(He) just says, ‘Just to let you know, rent’s due in a few days,’ or whatnot,” said junior Nick Gil, who rents from Schayes. “Or maybe if you’re a week late he’s, ‘Just to let you know it’s a week late,’ and not to do it again, pretty much.”Yet he takes an interest in his leaseholders, staying involved in the community and attending local theater productions, said junior Ethan Law, Gil’s roommate.Gil and Law didn’t know of Schayes’ fame until Law’s parents asked, “Is that the guy that played in the NBA?” Schayes doesn’t bring up his historic NBA career, but he hardly shies away from talking basketball with those he rents to.He doesn’t reminisce — Law checked YouTube to confirm his scoring exploits — preferring to talk about the modern era in the NBA and college basketball.Schayes is fairly content in his work. He notes that America’s great fortunes were made in real estate. He admires how well the business has treated him and jokes that his physical involvement hardly extends beyond changing the odd light bulb without a ladder — he’s 6 feet 6 inches now.Still, the conversations between renter and star-turned-landlord consistently return to what Schayes can no longer do.“‘I’d be out there playing with you if I wasn’t so old,’” Law said. “He always says that.” Comments Related Stories Shot clock originated in Nationals to remedy basketball’s slow paceLocal legend: Schayes reflects on Hall of Fame career as face of Syracuse NationalsHalf a century later, Syracuse Nationals remembered as tough, elite team that provided city with a pulse Published on November 1, 2012 at 1:55 am Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Syracuse 1st line develops chemistry, leads offensive charge early in 2-2 draw against Penn State

first_imgWhile Syracuse’s offense generated shots, 52 in all, SU struggled to finish its chances. But the Orange’s first line came through, slipping two shots past Hanna Ehresmann, Penn State’s goalie.SU’s first line carried the Orange’s offense in a 2-2 tie against Penn State (3-4-3, 0-1-1 College Hockey America) scoring both of SU’s (2-3-5, 1-0-1) goals. Jessica Sibley and Alysha Burriss each tallied goals and Julie Knerr notched an assist. The three were the only SU forwards to record points against Penn State and the rest of the team was scoreless on 37 shots.Sibley, Burris and Knerr haven’t always shared the ice, though. After Clarkson blew out SU 9-0 on Oct. 24, head coach Paul Flanagan made line changes to shake things up.Since an Oct. 25 matchup with Clarkson, the trio has stuck together on the same line. Knerr, who started the season as a third-line center, moved out to the right wing. Flanagan broke up the freshman line of Burriss, Emily Costales and Stephnie Grossi.Grossi had played center on that line with Costales and Burriss on the wings, but Flanagan switched up the line to move Costales to center, a more natural position, he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re just trying different things. Sometimes, you know, flip a coin,” said Flanagan, jokingly.For the most part, “flipping a coin” worked on Saturday. Together the first line took 15 shots on net and 10 came from Sibley. Flanagan felt Sibley and the team could have found more opportunities, but was happy with the overall effort.Five minutes into the game, Sibley’s pass from the point found Knerr’s stick. She ripped the puck at Ehresmann from between the left circle and the net and Burris recovered the rebound. Burriss skated a bit to the right and flung the puck past Ehresmann for 1-0 lead.With just over a minute left in the first period, defender Kaillie Goodnough fired a shot at the net from the point and Ehresmann momentarily caught the puck in her midsection. She then dropped the puck, a scrum ensued and Sibley poked the puck, sliding it underneath Ehresmann into the net for a 2-1 lead.“I was really comfortable with my first line too and now the chemistry is starting up with the second line and we’re just starting to find out where each other (are) and where we’re going to be,” Burriss said.The chemistry has shown on the stat sheet, too. One or more players in the trio has recorded at least a point in the last three games.A week of practice and those three contests together has done the trick for SU thus far.Said Sibley: “It’s always good to help the team out in some way, so it’s nice as a line, just starting out together. It was good for us to get some confidence.” Comments Published on November 1, 2014 at 10:28 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Syracuse pressure defense establishes itself among top of ACC

first_img Published on January 22, 2015 at 12:10 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Cornelia Fondren’s personal motto is that offense sells tickets and defense wins games.When Syracuse’s defense forces a turnover, Alexis Peterson said it energizes the team in a way that’s required for success.“It’s about heart. It’s about how you’re going to compete and take pride in what you’re doing,” Peterson said, “and we pride ourselves on defense.”While the No. 23 Orange (13-5, 3-2 Atlantic Coast) allows 59 points per game, the team’s defensive statistics are impressive. Briana Day leads the ACC with 3.1 blocks per game, Peterson leads the conference with 2.6 steals per game and Fondren is third with 2.2 steals per contest.When SU travels to Pittsburgh (12-5, 2-2) on Thursday for a 7 p.m. game, these three players will likely take on major roles on the defensive end.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange attacks defensively after nearly every basket it makes. As soon as the ball falls through the hoop, the team goes into a 2-2-1 full-court press. Two guards stay in the frontcourt, get up on the ball-handlers and try to force them toward the sidelines.The forwards stay around midcourt and slide back as the offensive team moves the ball up the court. The center’s job is to protect the rim as the last line of defense.“I think they’re very conscious of their positions and in the past, they’ve not been that way,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “… They’re locking in to their scheme and they’re just doing a remarkable job right now.”When the ball is brought across half court, that’s when Peterson and Fondren send the double team. And because Hillsman tends to play four guards at once, Syracuse gains an advantage. Versatile players like Brianna Butler and Taylor Ford are both faster than a typical forward, Day said, which creates matchup problems for opponents. When guards Diamond Henderson and Maggie Morrison come off the bench, Fondren bumps to forward.The high-tempo nature of the press puts a premium on athleticism and quickness, which is why playing four guards at once is the right fit for Hillsman’s system. Going fast from one spot on the court to another has led to the Orange’s overflow of steals. Fondren attributed the team’s success — SU ranks first in the ACC in steals per game with 11.7 — to Peterson, because she gets in the passing lanes and the rest of the team capitalizes.“I think we’re pretty athletic with four guards on the floor and then our post players are pretty athletic as well,” Day said. “So, I think we match up with other teams who have slower post players.”Day, the Orange’s primary center, also fits well in Hillsman’s scheme. Her game is more predicated on her ability to move around the court and less on her physicality. This season, she’s emerged as the conference’s best shot-blocker because she’s figured out how to time her blocks without being called for fouls.Instead of swatting down on offensive players like she used to, Day has learned to keep her arms straight up in the air and still block the ball.“I think she’s being more patient,” Peterson said. “She’s able to read the player more instead of just going up and using her athleticism. She’s becoming smart with it.”With SU owning the worst field-goal shooting percentage in the ACC, having a stout defense to rely upon is crucial to its success.“If we’re up and we’re pressing and we have that energy, we’re all clicking on defense,” Peterson said. “It can turn a team over and we can go on a run and discourage them.” Commentslast_img read more

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Men’s tennis readies for Iowa, Nebraska

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s tennis team will look to finish the season better than it started during this weekend’s final regular season matches against opponents also sitting in the lower half of the conference standings. The Badgers will first host the Iowa Hawkeyes and then travel to Lincoln, Neb., to take on the Big Ten’s newest addition, the Nebraska Cornhuskers.All three teams dwell in the lower end of the Big Ten this season with Nebraska at eighth, Wisconsin at 10th and Iowa in last with just one win all season in a non-conference match. According to head coach Greg Van Emburgh, despite the losing season, the Hawkeyes are not a team that can be overlooked.“We are definitely taking every conference match with a lot of pride and a lot of heart,” Van Emburgh said. “We don’t have the luxury of looking past any team.”Iowa has recently shown its resilience, especially on the doubles court. In their most recent match against Michigan, the Hawkeyes lost 6-1 as a team but there were several individual noteworthy victories. One such win came from the No. 1 doubles pairing of Garret Dunn and Michael Swank, who defeated the No. 13 doubles team in the nation of Evan King and Shaun Bernstein. The 8-7 win marked just the second of the season for Dunn and Swank and also marks the highest-ranked doubles win since head coach Steve Houghton arrived at Iowa.Dunn also excelled on the singles court as he has done all year. He tallied the only Hawkeye singles win of the day with a 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (5) victory over Michigan’s Barrett Franks at the No. 4 singles position. Dunn extended his conference winning streak to three matches and currently leads the Hawkeyes with a 9-9 record on the season.“Iowa has a great doubles spot,” Van Emburgh said. “Overall, they haven’t been playing the best results-wise, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have solid tennis players on their team.”In last season’s match against the Hawkeyes, the Badgers commanded both the singles and doubles courts in a 5-2 victory. However, Wisconsin will be facing a rather unfamiliar roster this time around as three out of the six Iowa singles players from last year’s lineup have since graduated, leaving the Hawkeyes – much like the Badgers – with a very young team. Iowa’s youth have competed through a tough season, facing 12 ranked opponents in their last 13 matches.On paper, the only difference between the Badgers and the Hawkeyes is their season record. Similar to Wisconsin, Iowa players remain persistent, pushing many singles matches to three sets and usually losing doubles matches by four games or less. A young leader for Wisconsin, sophomore Petr Satral recognizes the importance of preparing for each team equally regardless of record.“This year, Iowa is not that strong, but we still need to play well to win because our teams are playing very similar,” Satral said. “It will not be an easy match, so we still need to be prepared to get our win.”Wisconsin will finish up the regular season with a trip to Nebraska to try its luck against the Cornhuskers Sunday. Nebraska is just below .500 at 10-12 overall and is currently on a three-game slide, leaving them at 3-6 in conference play.The No. 71 Cornhuskers will be celebrating Senior Night for three graduates in their match against the Badgers, including co-captain and singles leader Benedikt Lindheim. The senior from Germany’s 63 career singles wins have earned him the No. 4 spot on Nebraska’s all-time wins list. Lindheim has split time in the No. 1 singles position with fellow senior and co-captain Christopher Aumueller, who has 52 career wins.Wisconsin has not had the chance to play Nebraska in past seasons since the team is new to the Big Ten. However, the Badgers can expect a similar level of play from the Cornhuskers, as they too have had close matches against tough opponents all season.In its match against Iowa earlier this year, Nebraska came out on top in a 6-1 victory, but not without a fight from the Hawkeyes. The Huskers won the doubles point despite only winning each match by two or three games. Singles proved to be less of a challenge, as Nebraska only dropped one match at the No. 4 singles spot.Van Emburgh and the Badgers are preparing for their final Big Ten regular season matches just as they have all season: by refusing to overlook a team based on record.“You look at their results, and you don’t see wins,” Van Emburgh said. “But if you get a couple of guys to step up on a particular day, then all of a sudden the results happen.”last_img read more

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Women’s basketball shows off in debut

first_img“I see it every day during practice,” Caldwell said. “I know how talented they are, and for the rest of the season, I only expect them to get better. As they gain more experience, they’re going to learn new ways to score and contribute to the team.” Sophomore guard Desiree Caldwell scored 7 points and recorded four rebounds and three assists while playing 29 minutes for USC on Tuesday night. (Sinead Chang / Daily Trojan) “We were able to see in this game [that] when we dribbled too much and overpenetrated, we [turned] the ball over,” Caldwell said. “But when we passed to our teammates and got each other the ball, we were really hitting wide open shots. So [we’ll] just [focus on] ball movement and be ready for the athleticism that Virginia is going to come at us with.” “We had five freshmen out there a lot of times,” Trakh said. “It was their first college game, so it’s understandable. We’ll get better, but the turnovers don’t bother me that much.” Head coach Mark Trakh was not too concerned about the high number of turnovers committed by his young squad. For a team led by players just entering the college basketball scene, it’s expected that some ball-handling adjustments must be made according to the game’s faster pace.  The Trojans kept CSUN in the single digits through the first quarter, but the Matadors quickly adjusted in the second quarter and forced turnovers that narrowed USC’s lead to 7 points. Graduate transfer Stephanie Watts stalled CSUN’s advances with two 3-pointers and a defensive rebound that forced a CSUN timeout. The Trojans closed out the first half with a 33-23 lead. Freshman forward Alissa Pili dominated the stat sheet with 18 points and 13 rebounds in her debut. Freshman guard Endyia Rogers matched Pili’s 18 points, going 3-for-8 from behind the 3-point line and notching seven defensive rebounds. The third quarter sealed the deal for the Trojans. The team shot 69.2% from the field and mounted its defensive pressure to hold the Matadors to just four baskets in the quarter. Another notable contributor to the Trojans’ runaway lead was their near-perfect free throw performance, hitting 17 of 18 attempts for a 94.4% mark.center_img USC shot 44.2% for the game compared to CSUN’s 24.4% field goal percentage. The Trojans also won the rebound battle with 46 defensive boards, a testament to their aggressiveness down low. The one battle the Trojans lost was turnovers, as the Matadors forced 20 while USC came up with 13. The young USC women’s basketball squad rolled past the CSU Northridge Matadors Tuesday night at the Matadome in Northridge, Calif., with a solid 69-53 win. The Trojans maintained a double-digit lead for the majority of the game, proving the capability of the six freshmen who took the court. Returning sophomore Desiree Caldwell said she was not surprised by the newcomers’ impressive outing. The Trojans handling of the CSUN full-court press acts as a precursor to their matchup against Virginia this Saturday at Galen Center. While they have a lot of youth as well, the Cavaliers have some experience under the backboard with 6-foot-3-inch senior forward Lisa Jablonowski and in the backcourt with senior guard Jocelyn Willoughby. Saturday’s lineup for USC is still up in the air. Both senior forward Kayla Overbeck and graduate guard Aliyah Jeune sat out Tuesday’s game due to injury. The coaching staff has a deep roster of guards to fall back on, with freshmen Alyson Miura, India Otto and Kyra White all seeing playing time against CSUN. The Trojans have three days to review the game tape and decide which freshmen can make the adjustments necessary to avoid turnovers and keep the ball moving in their first home game. USC tips off against Virginia 2 p.m. Saturday at the Galen Center.last_img read more

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Virtual success in Europe points to bright future for Golden Race

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Golden Race has predicted that revenues for virtual sports will eventually surpass those generated by real events, after referencing the concept’s growing popularity in Italy.Speaking to Gambling Insider, the firm’s CEO Martin Wachter said that the “numbers in countries like Italy show that virtual sports has become one of the most popular games next to sports betting”.He added: “Our metrics also show that, in many other countries, the volume and traffic on virtual sports is almost the same size as in real, and way ahead of any other gaming revenue streams.”Seeking to explain this shift in behaviour, Wachter said: “I don’t think players see virtual sports as a replacement of the real thing, but rather a complementary gaming experience that revolves around their favourite sport – one they can play at any time of the day, every two or three minutes.“When we look at a soccer game for instance, the player has the opportunity to back his or her favourite team multiple times a day, and not only once a week.”Wachter was also asked about big trends in virtual sports, prompting him to speak of the prominent role played by the ‘On Demand’ service in Golden Race’s Mobile 2.0 and Desktop 3.0 versions.“A popular trend at the moment is making virtual games available on demand,” he commented. “Players can start the games right after choosing their bets, rather than waiting for the games to start following a fixed schedule.“This play method has great value, especially when players play by themselves on their computers or mobile phones. Golden Race released ‘On Demand’ versions of our top played games a while ago and both our clients and players love it!”In addition to 3D Horse Racing and 3×3 Basket, Golden Race has populated its 2018 roadmap with new game releases dedicated to speedway, motorbikes, American football, dirt track, tennis and basketball, as well as a complete fight league.When asked how Golden Race decides which sports are developed into virtual games, Wachter said: “To know what kind of sports you should develop next and for it to be successful is a bit like playing lottery: you never know if the players will like it.“We use market data to understand what real sports are most popular in each region. When deciding whether to bring a sport to virtual or not, it is important to consider whether we can create a virtual format that is not only appealing to players, but also remains comparable to the real sport.”Meanwhile, Golden Race has also launched the ‘Golden Race World Cup 2018’, a virtual football tournament featuring the 32 qualified teams for Russia. There will be a group phase, round of 16, quarter finals, semi final and final, with penalties to decide the winner for any knockout match ending in a draw. TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Bayern confirm Pep Guardiola as new boss from next season

first_imgPep Guardiola will take over as Bayern Munich boss at the end of the season, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.The Spaniard has been linked with most of Europe’s top clubs since leaving Barcelona at the end of last season.But Bayern have emerged as favourites in recent weeks, and a statement on the club’s website confirmed his imminent appointment on a three-year deal.Current boss Jupp Henynckes, 67, told Bayern before Christmas he intends to retire at the end of the season and the club’s directors moved quickly for Guardiola, who has been living in New York on a break from football.Chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “We are very pleased that we have succeeded in getting Pep Guardiola, who was courted by many famous clubs.“Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful coaches in the world. We look forward to working with him from July 2013.”last_img read more

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Hyun-Jin Ryu pitches Los Angeles Dodgers to 7-0 victory over Los Angeles Angels in Freeway Series finale

first_imgThey added some insurance in the eighth on a two-run single by Adrian Gonzalez. Matt Kemp was ejected at the end of that inning when he struck out on a check-swing with the bases loaded after saying something home plate umpire Brian Knight apparently didn’t like.Ryu (13-5) allowed no runs on four hits. He struck out four, walked one and hit a batter.The Angels (67-47) dropped three games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West. The Angels have lost three in a row for the first time since losing a season-high four straight from May 30-June 3.Ryu didn’t allow a hit until David Freese walloped a one-out double to right-center in the fifth inning. Albert Pujols almost had a hit with one out in the fourth, but third baseman Juan Uribe climbed the ladder to snag a screaming line drive.Ryu received more defensive help in the sixth when Collin Cowgill hit one deep in the hole at short. Miguel Rojas made a fine grab and long throw. Cowgill was initially ruled safe, but that was overturned upon review.Afterward, as reporters waited patiently to speak with Ryu, lots of hooting and hollering could be heard inside the Dodgers’ locker room.“It was just really a good game,” Ryu said. “The pace was good the first half of the game; I had full control of it.”He loved the defense played by Rojas, in particular. Rojas’ work at shortstop is a beautiful thing to see.“Obviously, some fantastic defensive plays came out today,” Ryu said. “I am very thankful for Rojas and thankful I could finish seven innings.”Ryu was asked what was working for him.“I had good command of the fastball today, and the velocity as well,” he said through an interpreter. “But the changeup was the key today.”After Rojas’ play on Cowgill, Erick Aybar walked and was forced at second on a ground ball to third by Mike Trout, who went to third on a subsequent double to left by Pujols. Josh Hamilton belted one to left-center. But Puig ran it down and caught it near the fence to end the inning. The crowd roared.Angels catcher Chris Iannetta went 0-for-3. He applauded Ryu’s work.“He was changing speeds very well, especially with his fastball,” Iannetta said. “At times he was 93-94, at other times he was 87, and he was continually doing that. He also used his off-speed pitches a lot. We saw in the scouting report that was something he did the second time through the lineup.“Later in the game he started using his fastball more. He mixed it up, he elevated it when he need to and he was throwing strikes at the top of the zone, which makes it very difficult at times.”Iannetta talked about losing three consecutive.“That’s part of it,” he said. “You can’t go wire-to-wire in this game. There’s 162 games, and there are going to be stretches where you’re not pitching well and not playing well. We’re not playing bad right now, we’re just not playing to our potential.”It was C.J. Wilson’s second start for the Angels since coming off the disabled list (ankle sprain). In his first start back he was pounded by the Rays for six earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Wilson (8-8), who has had a forgettable season, pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four earned runs on six hits while striking out five and walking four. He left with an ERA of 4.82 after throwing 100 pitches.Ramirez got the Dodgers on the board with a two-run, bases-loaded line-drive single to centerfield off Wilson for a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Scoring were Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig, who had walked and singled, respectively. Kemp made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly to right that brought home Gonzalez, also aboard via a walk.After Freese broke up Ryu’s no-hitter, Ryu quickly thwarted that scoring threat by getting Iannetta to ground out to short and striking out C.J. Cron swinging.The Dodgers added a run in the top of the sixth on a two-out RBI double by Uribe that scored Kemp, who had walked. Wilson then walked light-hitting A.J. Ellis (he’s now batting .192), and that was all for the left-hander. Cory Rasmus relieved Wilson and got Miguel Rojas to pop out to first baseman C.J. Cron.However, Rojas had an RBI single in the top of the ninth for the Dodgers’ final run. By Robert Moralesrobert.morales@langnews.com@RMorales on TwitterRecently acquired Angels closer Huston Street was sitting in his team’s dugout prior to Thursday’s game, marveling at how terrific it has been to be involved in the Freeway Series for the first time. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img He got to the part where the Dodgers had won two of the first three games of the series, and he came very close to making a bold prediction about Game 4. He stopped short of that. But just barely.“They’ve beaten us twice, but we’re going to … I think we’re going to try to even it up here,” he said, smiling.Not with Hyun-Jin Ryu pitching for the Dodgers. Just like Dan Haren a night earlier – Haren was perfect through 5 1/3 innings – the Angels had trouble even getting hits. Ryu went 4 1/3 innings before allowing one. Thanks to his fine seven innings of work and a 3-run third inning that included a two-run single by Hanley Ramirez, the Dodgers defeated the Angels for the third consecutive time, this time 7-0 before a sellout crowd of 44,561 at Angel Stadium; it was the largest crowd there since the 1998 renovation.The Dodgers banged out 13 hits, the Angels had two.The first-place Dodgers (66-50), winners of 10 of 13, picked up a game on San Francisco and now lead the Giants by 3 1/2 games in the NL West. last_img read more