Super Eagles: Enyeama drops big retirement hint

first_imgSuper Eagles goalkeeper and captain, Vincent Enyeama, has hinted at international retirement after making his 100th appearance for Nigeria in Wednesday’s international friendly against Uganda at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo, southeast Nigeria.The match ended in a 1-0 defeat for the Super Eagles against a Ugandan Cranes side who grabbed the only goal of the game in the 75th minute through Faruku Miya.And Enyeama, speaking after the game, couldn’t hide his disappointment over the loss even though he was glad to be the second Nigerian player to hit the century mark after erstwhile Super Eagles skipper, Joseph Yobo.“I want to say a big thank you to Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora. Everywhere in the world; everyone that has supported me; that has rooted for me all these years. I want to say a big thank you to them. I love them and words cannot express how I feel,” said the Lille goalkeeper, who made his Super Eagles debut in May 2002 against Kenya.He was speaking to Supersport.He added: “It was a great disappointment [we lost] but this is football. It is a training game. There was prestige at stake, there was pride at stake but it is part of life. We played with a new team and it’s going to take time for us to blend; for us to get to know ourselves.” “Thirteen years in these colours? It hasn’t been that easy. There have been ups and downs but I just want to thank God. He has been good [to me]. It has been a successful career all the way. It has been one feat to another. It has been one form of greatness to another, so I want to thank God and everyone that has been there for me.”And regarding rumours that the 33-year-old is contemplating international retirement in order to concentrate on his club career, Enyeama said: “I have to stop at some point. I cannot keep playing until I get old. I have to stop at some point and concentrate on my club football. But for now I don’t know.“[I now have a] hundred caps in the bag and I am going to sit with the coaches and see the way forward because a whole lot of things have to be sorted out. So we will sit and sort things out.”–last_img read more

Sergey Kovalev says Andre Ward’s points win was ‘wrong decision’

first_imgSergey Kovalev believes politics and the “wrong decision” saw him lose his light-heavyweight world titles to Andre Ward.The Russian called for a rematch immediately after losing his IBF, WBA Super and WBO world titles to a close points decision at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.Kovalev put Ward on the floor in the second round only to lose 114-113 on all three judges’ scorecards”I don’t want to say my opinion, so the people are the witnesses are here and everybody saw what happened.”I made the best shape for this fight since I was 11 years old. It was the [biggest] fight of all my life and really I am disappointed with the judges decision.”He got a few rounds. I am agreeing with that, it’s not the full fight and controlled all the rounds. I lost maybe three rounds in all the fight. “Of course I want a rematch. And I will kick his a***. I just wanted to show boxing I am good boxer and fight rounds – not small rounds.”Kovalev was making his third appearance in Las Vegas in comparison to the winner, Ward, who was making his debut.’Krusher’ admitted he had no problem with the crowed backing the unbeaten Californian but made the point that judges, Burt A Clements, Glenn Trowbridge and John McKaie, are also American”I am the guest here in the USA… he’s a local and all the judges were from the USA,” he said.”I agree they support a boxer but be honest, this is a sport – don’t make it politics. I won this fight and everybody agreed.” Ward, who suffered a knockdown for the first time in 11 years, refused to discuss a rematch, saying he would never make a decision like that so soon after a fight.The Californian did pay credit to Kovalev but believes the unanimous decision was the correct outcome.”I’ve been a champion and was a champion before I came in here and I knew it was going to be a tough fight,” he said”You never anticipate getting dropped; that was the first time in my career getting dropped but I was pleased with myself they way I responded.”He did everything that I expected him too, including fade a little bit. He started to slow up. He never quit but he started to slow. “Sometimes you are going to win close fights and that’s the way it is. At t the end of the day I am a two-division world champion, a five-time world champion and I’ve been nothing but a champion so I will leave it for the people, the pundits and critics to say. I’m just happy we got this decision.last_img read more

LA Clippers don’t feel pressure despite expectations

first_img“I don’t know, they’ve done said that every year,” he said. “Every year, after how we finished the year before, they say they expect this. So I think it’s not about what everybody expects from us, but what we expect from ourselves.”Paul was pushed.“I don’t even know what everyone’s expectations are,” he said. “I think for me and our team now, I think it’s just about the singular focus, it’s about us guys in the locker room never getting too high or never getting too low or worrying about any of that because we’ve gotta take it one day at a time.”The big four on this team is the same from last year — Paul, shooting guard J.J. Redick, power forward Blake Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan, who re-signed with the Clippers after nearly leaving for the Dallas Mavericks.If Stephenson becomes the fifth starter, that would mean the second team would consist of guards Rivers and Crawford and forwards Smith, Johnson and Pierce. Smith would play center on defense.Not only does Pierce bring with him world-title experience, Smith has been as far as the conference finals this past season with Houston. Certainly, he showed the Clippers would he could do during the conference semifinals.A couple of other players who could make contributions are forward Luc Mbah a Moute on defense and guard Pablo Prigioni, who also played for Houston in 2014-15.Rounding out the roster are center Cole Aldrich, rookie forward Branden Dawson and second-year guard C.J. Wilcox.As for the Clippers’ competition in the Western Conference, at the top is defending champion Golden State Warriors. San Antonio now has forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Houston, though it lost Smith, now has point guard Ty Lawson.Oklahoma City brings superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as well as first-year coach Billy Donovan. That’s not to mention Memphis, which has arguably the best center in the game in Marc Gasol.It’s a lot to absorb.But pressure? Forget about it. As much as Doc Rivers hates the word, his son despises it even more.“I don’t like the word ‘pressure,’” Austin Rivers said. “That’s for (pansies), in my opinion, man. How can I feel pressure if I’m a pro? You just go out there and play.“If it doesn’t work out, keep your head up, keep getting better. We’ve been working so hard, we’ve got Hall of Fame players here to teach us and get us better. You go out there and play basketball. That’s what I’ve been doing my whole life. This is what Josh has been doing, Paul has been doing.”He was somewhat disgusted.“There is no such thing as pressure,” he said. “You just play. At the end of the day, whether I make or miss a shot, I’m still going to wake up with my girlfriend and my Pops and my family. It don’t matter, so I don’t focus on none of that stuff, man. I just play basketball.”As does Pierce, who has been for the past 17 years in this league. He has become known among his peers as “The Truth.” He may be 38, but he can still play. With his tenacity, know-how and overall presence, he could be crucial for this team.He showed just how big in Thursday’s preseason finale, when the Clippers came from 35 down to beat Portland 115-109. Pierce scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, at one point making three consecutive 3-pointers.“It was good for it to be the last game of the preseason and finally going into the regular season, you know, a vote of confidence,” he said. “Not only for me, for a number of guys. Now, there are no excuses.“We know what we’re capable of. We saw something, regardless of whether it was preseason or not, a certain characteristic in this ballclub that we have in us. We were down 35. So whenever we get down through the year, I’m going to go back and refer to this game. The game is never over. The guys have to realize that.”Perhaps that was the problem in Game 6 against Houston in May. The Clippers thought it was over, and the Rockets came back and got them.That can’t happen again.No pressure, though. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rivers was reminded he added a lot of solid players. Still, he scoffed.“Should more be expected of San Antonio, Golden State, Houston, because they’ve all added players?” he said. “So my point is, that’s for all you guys to write and talk about. But we’ve added great players and our intentions are exactly the same as last year and that’s to win it.”Among the key players the Clippers added are Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith and Wesley Johnson. Although it’s not yet official, Stephenson could be the starter at small forward, with the other three helping make up what could be a terrific bench if it jells. Also on that bench will be the rapidly improving Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford, the two-time Sixth Man of the Year.Pierce has brought with him a championship ring he attained in 2008 while playing for Rivers in Boston. Point guard Chris Paul has not come close to winning a ring in 10 years in the league, the past four with the Clippers.Paul was asked how he plans on dealing with what figures to be the highest expectations ever for a franchise that has yet to get to a conference finals in 44 seasons.center_img Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is a winner. Winners demand excellence, and there was nothing excellent about what happened to the Clippers this past season when they again failed to get past the Western Conference semifinals, this time losing a 3-1 series lead to the Houston Rockets.Now that third-year coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers has assembled a roster that on paper seems the best in franchise history, it stands to reason Ballmer and the NBA world as a whole will be expecting more of Rivers and his charges. Perhaps much more.Rivers became a bit combative recently when asked about shouldering that kind of burden, which is enhanced when considering the Clippers’ $98 million payroll is well over the $70 million cap.“You do what you do, I don’t know about that pressure stuff,” Rivers said. “I don’t think there is any different pressure than there was last year for us, to be honest. I have the same feeling going into this year.”last_img read more

Whicker: Cubs hope to shake off their long, strange trip

first_imgThey won, they repaired to the Nationals Park visiting clubhouse that has become the leading champagne room in all of sports, and they let the dogs out. They figured they’d be spending the rest of the night on their plane, arriving at their L.A. hotel as the sun rose.Theoretically.Instead they were diverted to Albuquerque when a relative of the traveling party fell ill.That could have been a pit stop. But their pilots had already expended their flying hours, and they couldn’t return to the cockpit.So the Cubs were immobilized for five more hours. It was enough to make you wonder if there really was a Walter White, and, if so, could he come to the airport for a pick-me-up? Whicker: Dodgers in World Series: If not now, when? Joe Maddon’s bulletin-board material didn’t resonate with Dodgers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Cubs got here at 11 a.m. Nobody came to Dodger Stadium except Manager Joe Maddon, who wore a throwback jacket with a Route 66 patch on the sleeve, looking like an antique shopper in Kingman, Ariz.He had no news about the Game 1 starter tonight, in the NL Championship Series against the Dodgers, but he had a message.There is a difference between tired and exhausted, and between paper and infield dirt. The Cubs know they’re operating under every disadvantage. They also know they’re world champions.“The adrenaline will be supplied,” Maddon said. “The day of rest (Monday) is going to be really vital. We have to get to that day in good shape, I think. Hopefully we win one. Getting two would be incredibly difficult, but possible of course.“These guys are really young, but I can’t say they’re inexperienced anymore. A couple less hours of sleep, yeah, but the fact it’s so exhilarating to win the way we just did. I think that will supply the energy.”Seven Cubs pitchers gave up 12 hits and walked nine on Thursday. The offense was 1 for 11 with men in scoring position. They only won because they knew how to, and Washington didn’t, because Javier Baez threw out Trea Turner at home and Willson Contreras picked him off first.Games like this, you win on plays you make that have nothing to do with past performance or probability.As Maddon said, “I prefer real baseball as opposed to fantasy baseball right now. Numbers be damned.”But the Cubs were the best team in baseball after the All-Star break, by a margin of four games. The question is the wall, and when they hit it.“It’s usually not the first day when it hits you,” Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said, remembering a similar scramble last season between their NLDS win and NLCS loss. “It’s like the next couple of days after that. But adrenaline can almost carry you through that off-day at times.“We’re well-rested and ready to go, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to win the game. We gotta go play.”Maddon said he was only worried that the Cubs’ plane would run out of food. It didn’t.“Big 767, plenty of room,” he said. “In today’s world, with all the events that are thundering down upon us, I thought it was kind of a bunt.”Maddon wasn’t even stressed about pitching options. He had not chosen one. It seems inconceivable that he won’t go with lefty Jose Quintana, who threw 12 pitches in relief Thursday. The alternative is John Lackey, one of baseball’s most hittable pitchers this season.Quintana has held lefty hitters to a .222 average and is unfamiliar to most Dodgers. The Game 2 starter would be Jon Lester, who relieved (55 pitches) in Game 4 but has become a walking Octoberfest, with an excellent 1.005 WHIP in 24 postseason games.“We had our third meeting of the year, before the playoffs,” Maddon said. “I gave them that Mike Tyson quote: Everybody’s got a plan until he gets hit in the face.“So they’re going to be ready to play. They’ll be tired. Who cares? It’s about the heartbeat, brother.”Can sleep-deprived euphoria win baseball games? Can it straighten out your circadian rhythms? Maybe, and maybe it’s not necessary.The Cubs were down 3-1 in last year’s World Series and won it. They were tired then, too.center_img Dodgers vs. Cubs: NLCS scouting report, prediction Cubs edge Nationals, set up NLCS rematch with Dodgers Miller: Crystal ball says Dodgers will sweep Cubs in NLCS LOS ANGELES — Vince Lombardi said “fatigue makes cowards of us all.” But not always. Sometimes it makes clowns and comedians and kids of us all.Especially when it’s 25 semi-adults, playing the most serious games of their lives and spending the intervening hours coast-to-coast, in a flying prison.The Chicago Cubs played Game 4 of the NL Division Series at home Wednesday night. They played Game 5 in Washington on Thursday night, and then into Friday morning.Related Articleslast_img read more

Wellington girls move up to No. 2 in latest Kansas Basketball Coaches poll

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls basketball team has moved up to No. 2 in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll released today.Wellington is currently 12-0 after winning the highly competitive Haven Tournament over the weekend. Wellington leap frogged McPherson to take the No. 2 slot. McPherson lost to Shawnee Mission Northwest in the semifinals of its tournament for its first loss of the season.Bishop Miege remains No. 1. (See full poll here).The first-place championship was a big one for Wellington, beating Goddard 47-42 in the championship game Saturday. Curiously, the Lions moved from No. 10 to No. 6 in Class 5A.Rose Hill and Cheney are still not in the polls, but Kingman is No. 8 in Class 4A Div. 2 and Haven is No. 6.Other Wellington opponents in the polls include Circle at No. 9 in Class 4A Div. 1 and Sterling is No. 2 in Class 3A.As far as the KPI Index – which Wellington was No. 1 a couple weeks ago. The Crusaders actually dipped from No. 2 to No. 4. That poll can be found here.Elsewhere, Sumner County teams are not in any polls. The Caldwell boys, which was in the top 10 last week, have fallen out.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Sanders Endorses Biden

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Bernie Sanders has endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy.The two former rivals made a joint online appearance on Monday. Sanders says he’s asking all Americans to come together to support Biden’s candidacy, which he says he also supports.The backing is a crucial development for Biden, who must bridge the Democratic Party’s ideological divide to unify voters against President Donald Trump in the fall.Biden and Sanders clashed throughout the primary over policy issues such as “Medicare for All.”The endorsement stands in contrast to the extended 2016 fight between Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who became the nominee that year.last_img

Magician Jeff Evans Visits Two Libraries for New Years Eve Family…

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryLibrarians at the Tumwater and Tenino Timberland libraries have some end-of-year fun up their sleeves for children and their families.Magician Jeff Evans will present Science Magic at both libraries on Tuesday, December 31. Evans will entertain at the Tumwater library at 11 a.m., and at the Tenino library at 2 p.m.Evans will show how objects behave in a way that appears magical, then reveal the scientific reasons for the behaviors. When a borrowed dollar bill shrinks to miniature size, Evans discusses expansion and contraction. When a grownup’s ring is ground to pieces, it’s a demonstration of a simple electronic circuit gone wrong. Of course, everything is put right in the end and the helpers return to their seats as heroes.During the interactive performance, children are exposed to the characteristics of solids, liquids, and gases. The properties of air pressure, static electricity, center of mass, and density are visually demonstrated. Some of the experiments can be duplicated at home.Magic tricks can all be explained by science, says Evans. He has always been fascinated with science experiments and demonstrations. So, the idea of bringing science and magic together was a natural. His goal is to show kids that science is fun. In June, Evans received ParentMap magazine’s 2013 Golden Teddy Award for Best Live Entertainment. “He captures kids’ interest immediately,” and “He has such a great way of connecting with the kids,” said two parents.The performances are being paid for by the libraries’ Friends of the Library groups. The Tumwater Timberland Library is located at 7023 New Market Street, Tumwater; telephone: (360) 943-7790. The Tenino Timberland Library is at 172 Central Avenue W, Tenino; telephone: (360) 264-2369. Call for more information or visit www.TRL.org.last_img read more

Mannah feels Eels fans’ finals excitement

first_imgThis is since his 2009 debut season and he is glad to see long-suffering Eels fans excited again too.While coach Brad Arthur continues to do his best to manage expectations around the club’s impending first finals appearance in eight seasons, Mannah sees little harm in enjoying the ride.”The buzz is starting to grow a bit and I love seeing the fans get excited about their footy,” Mannah said.He admitted this Friday’s game against Newcastle – the first time this year a 6pm Friday game will be played at ANZ Stadium – was “a bit of a difficult time slot” transport-wise but encouraged as many blue and gold fans as possible to take up coach Brad Arthur’s advice and try to leave work early to head to the game.”The more support we can get there the better because we want them to be as excited as us and the more get there the better we play,” Mannah added.Of his milestone match, he said it had been “a huge honour and to be able to do it at this place I’m very passionate about, I consider myself very fortunate.”With nine wins from their past 10 matches at ANZ, the Eels are starting to feel comfortable with the venue as their home fortress.”We’ve actually embraced it, we’ve got a good record there at the moment,” he said.”When there’s a big crowd it’s awesome which is why we want to encourage fans to turn out.”Mannah said the excitement of a return to September football was beginning to take hold after eight years out.”My first year [in 2009] I remember thinking ‘how good’s this, we’ll play Grand Finals every year!'” Mannah laughed.”It’s been eight years since so a long break between but I’ve got no problem with the fans getting excited, we’re excited about our footy as well.”Mannah concurred with comments last week made by teammate Michael Jennings that the team needed to accept most of their games in the run home will see them start as favourites and embrace that while being careful not to underestimate their opponents.”I think we’ve got to learn to deal with it [being favourites],” Mannah said.”In the past we’ve been pretty poor at winning games we should win so I think it’s important we understand that ok, there’s going to be games that we are favourites but that doesn’t mean we change our preparation or change the way we go into a game, we still have to turn up with the right attitude to get the job done.”last_img read more

Fixing Our Educational System

first_imgThe Ministry of Education last  week launched an Operational Plan – 2014-2016 aimed at ensuring quality education for all and redirecting the nation’s future.Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh said the Plan “proposes a range of strategies and activities for improving quality educational services to ensure that all young people within Liberia’s borders are fully prepared for a favorable livelihood in a changing regional and global environment.”In setting its strategic direction for the next three years, she noted, the Ministry “has been very mindful to ensure the manageability and sustainability of the activities it undertakes. The plan calls for pooling of scarce resources and working more strategically with Donors and Private Sector.  It covers all areas of education except higher education.  These include: Early Childhood Development/Education (ECDE), Basic and Secondary Education, Teacher Training, Student Personnel Services, Vocational andTechnical Education and Training and Education Governance and Management.Our Education Correspondent, C.Y. Kwanue, said the cost of implementation within the three-year period is US$180 million, while the cost of implementation for the first year is US$59 million.Given the seriousness of this Plan, developed against the background of the drastic  decline over the past several years in the nation’s educational system, we pray that government will find the money to make this all important Plan workable, so that it may be able fully to achieve its aims and objectives.In launching the plan, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called on her Ministers and Deputy Ministers, beginning with those at the Ministry of Education, to take time off from their busy schedules and go into the nation’s classrooms and teach.  This is an innovative idea that we welcome because it would give our top officials an opportunity to return to their counties and villages and help the nation’s teachers in the classroom.  We don’t know how many Ministers take their annual leave, but this would be a good time for them to do so,  and spend useful time teaching at home teaching.The President also suggested that seniors at the University of Liberia’s Teachers College be required, before graduation, to spend time teaching in the rural parts.This, too, calls for the outlay of some capital to provide not only accommodations for the student teachers but classroom materials, including science lab equipment for the science teachers, so that they may be effective in their instruction.This leads us to ask whether  the Operational Plan 2014-2016 has specific plans for libraries and laboratory equipment in all our schools.  These are crucial if our students must be encouraged  to read and be able to apply in laboratories the science they learn in textbooks.We understand that the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has undertaken to equip Liberian schools with science lab equipment.  We commend NOCAL president Dr. Randolph McClain, himself a chemical engineer, his Board of Directors and staff for this worthy initiative, and trust that the Education Ministry will ensure that NOCAL’s intervention will bear fruit. In its teacher training endeavor, the Ministry must pay special attention to Science teachers.We believe the listing of nursery and kindgarten education and the emphasis on vocational and technical education are crucial.  We trust that the Ministry will give our children throughout the country a head start by sharpening their intellectual and social skills as they begin in their educational journey.The Ministry should also  ensure the  effective operation of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) and the improvement and expansion,  too, of the nation’s premiere vocational and technical training school, the Booker Washington Institute (BWI).Two last concerns: what does the Plan say about high-tech instruction?And does the new curriculum include CIVICS? We strongly believe that these two are crucial.  Our students must be introduced to technology early.  The parents have already begun by giving their children cell phones.  The Ministry must follow, ensuring   an early start in technology.Liberian students must also start studying CIVICS again.  They must study the Constitution and the learn about the structure and function of their government.  We believe this will help them become more patriotic.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more