Capital FC upset Botafago in penalty shootout; Eagles United thump ToppXX 4-0

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanCapital FC upset Botafago in sudden-death penalties 6-5, but top-ranked Eagles United flew clear of any hiccups with a 4-2 thumping of Topp XX when the first set of quarter-finals in the Linden Town Week inaugural Linden Mayor’s Cup football championship were played Sunday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.Playing the first quarter-final game, Botafago took the lead in the 20th minute through Jamal Haynes from a clustered play, but Duquan Hercules would level things when he scored from a free-kick for Capital FC in the 26th minute and when the first period ended, the score was 1-1. Entering the second-half, both teams played aggressive football but neither would trouble the score sheet and the game would end 1-1 after regulation play.Overtime failed to produce a winner since, in the 93rd minute, Capital FC through a Andre Mayers penalty coming off a foul in the box took the lead and were looking good but that was not enough because Botafago were able to knot the scores again, this time in the 104th minute as Antoine Gill fouled after a penalty was awarded from a handled ball by the Capital FC defender and found the back of the net.The scores remained locked at 2-2 and penalty kicks were needed to seek a winner.When the five mandatory penalties were taken, both teams netted them and the scores were locked 5-5.However, as the sudden-death kicks were to be taken, Capital FC made their first shot good and then their goalkeeper Norbert Sansculotte parried out the attempt by the Botafago player to earn their passage to the semifinals after a tense quarterfinal match.In the second game, Eagles United, led by a brace from Donovan Francis, conquered Topp XX 4-2. Francis first sent Eagles United into the lead in the sixth minute of the game but Topp XX, through Abrahim Brown, would tie things up 1-1 in the 17th minute before Kellon Primo gave the Eagles back the lead 2-1 in the 28th minute. Eagles United increased that advantage to 3-1 from the boot of Francis in the 48th minute and when Colywn Drakes stretched it to a 4-1 score in the 50th minute, the end result was never in real doubt.And even though Travis Waterton would score for Topp XX in the 78th minute to make it a 4-2 game, the game eventually ended in favour of the number one ranked Eagles United who will take on Capital FC in one of the semifinals.However, come Sunday, the other quarterfinal matches will be played with Winners Connection facing Silver Shattas in one game and the other tie is between Net Rockers and Blueberry Hill United.last_img read more

Syracuse offensive line looks to gel with moving parts, integrate new playbook after poor 2014

first_imgOmari Palmer called last year’s offense despicable.“I believe we were 122nd last year in the NCAA in offense, which is godawful,” Palmer said. And while the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs didn’t perform anywhere near an optimal level in 2014, Palmer takes stock in his unit’s contribution to that disappointment, too.Syracuse graduated its starting left tackle and center in Sean Hickey and John Miller, respectively. A rash of injuries plagued the offensive line last year, and the quarterback’s protective seal was consistently banged up in some form.Now, three months have passed. Almost everyone is healthy, but there are still moving parts and inexperience on a line that is also adjusting to its second new offense in two years. It’ll get to showcase its growth in Saturday’s spring game, which will be just another step in the progression of a unit that embodied SU’s struggles last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’re making strides,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “You’re starting to see those five guys play together as a unit, make calls, do a better job with picking up blitzes and passing off stunts and exchanges in the gaps.”Now that spring practices have concluded, the Orange has a good idea of who’ll start on the offensive line on Saturday. Senior Ivan Foy is at left tackle, senior Nick Robinson at left guard, juniors Kendall Moore and Jason Emerich will contend at center in place of the injured Rob Trudo, freshman Aaron Roberts at right guard and the junior Palmer at right tackle.And with Trudo’s injury, a unit that once had 60 percent of its starters sidelined at once has been able to test its depth of 15 players before preseason even kicks in — when SU will bring in five more offensive linemen.“The offensive line is supposed to be five guys playing as one and having guys injured here and there is always going to be tough,” Robinson said. “Just know that if one of us goes down, there’s going to be another guy ready.”The first four or five practices of the spring started with elementary learning, Shafer said.That means installing a new offense, learning the new verbiage of it and getting a feel for a different cadency system. Then comes communicating different calls against its own defense’s blitzes and stepping with the correct foot once the ball snaps. About halfway through the spring’s 15 practices is when the unit can progress to a little bit higher learning, the head coach added. That’s when the linemen can focus on learning greater chunks of the playbook — so much so that the line feels comfortable running the same play over and over against its own defense.“We’ve had team periods where we would run 16 straight outside zones, going left, right, left, right,” Palmer said. “The defense knows what’s coming, we know they know what’s coming and we don’t really care.”It’s a return to the blue-collar mentality that the offensive line wanted to be known for last year, and the next step in getting back to full strength for the first time in a long time.And a unit that couldn’t stay as one, as Robinson called it, is now working to do so, as it hopes to redefine itself after a season of disappointment.“Now that we’re finishing up spring ball, now it’s starting to come together,” Shafer said. “We’ve got a long way to go to get to where we want to be, but they’ve made good progress.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 2, 2015 at 11:17 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Week in Sports: New football coach, Jim Boeheim’s suspension and more

first_img Published on December 6, 2015 at 10:43 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Dino Babers hired as next Syracuse head coachSyracuse’s interest in Dino Babers had been rumored for a few days, but SU made Babers its official head football coach Saturday. You can read the reactions of the Syracuse community, recruits and learn five quick facts about Babers.Read full the coverage of Babers’ hiring here.NCAA denies Jim Boeheim’s appealJim Boeheim said he had no involvement in the NCAA violations, but that didn’t stop the NCAA from denying his appeal and forcing him to serve his nine-game suspension sooner than expected, Saturday against Georgetown. SU made a statement and ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said, “(The suspension) doesn’t make any sense.”Read the full NCAA report on Boeheim’s appeal.Read full coverage of all NCAA violations here.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMen’s soccer advances to first Final FourBen Polk’s header Saturday launched Syracuse to a 1-0 win and into its first Final Four in program history. SU’s extra defensive pressure also contributed to the win.Read full coverage of the game and of the men’s soccer run here.Coleman: ‘I guess (Boeheim) don’t trust me’As Syracuse big man Dajuan Coleman works his way back from nearly two years away from basketball with injuries, he didn’t receive a vote of confidence during SU’s loss to Wisconsin on Wednesday. Coleman did play more minutes in Mike Hopkins’ first game Saturday, a loss at Georgetown.Read full coverage of the Georgetown game here.SU Athletics shown as most economically-efficient department among Power Five schoolsDespite a 3-9 season and missing a bowl game for the second time in five years, the Syracuse University football program saw an increase in revenue last year, while the men’s basketball program took a slight hit, according to government data.Read the full story here. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

O’Sullivan confident of forward prowess ahead of Cork clash

first_imgThe Premier County will throw in against the Rebels in Pairc Ui Rinn at 7 o’clock…with Tipperary looking to make up for last year’s disappointment in the provincial final where they lost out. According to manager, Mike O’Sullivan, Tipperary have the forwards to trouble Cork and he’s clear on what needs to be done if the Premier County are to reach the provincial semi-final.Throw in this evening in Cork is at 7pm.last_img

Ward in action this evening as Joyce reflects on loss

first_imgLast night David Oliver Joyce was beaten by Kazakhstan’s Albert Selimov in the lightweight division.Joyce has no complaints about the result.last_img

Logan Paul to have UFC legend Tito Ortiz mentor him amidst potential MMA debut

first_img LIVE TV COMMENT Also Read | Logan Paul: From Making Videos To Becoming A Millionaire Amateur BoxerTito Ortiz to help Logan Paul make his MMA transitionFor those unaware, Logan Paul has some experience as an amateur wrestler from his high school days and the former UFC fighter Tito Ortiz is also positive about the 24-year old’s future in the sport. Ortiz stated that it is good to see a young guy like Logan Paul, who happens to have a bright mind and the willingness to work hard. He also added that it is important to build a fighter in the right way.Also Read | KSI: YouTube Star’s Salary, Net Worth, Earnings From Logan Paul FightAs far as his own MMA career is concerned, Tito Ortiz will be coming out of retirement yet again. He is set to take on former WWE heavyweight champion Albero Del Rio in an MMA showdown this weekend at Combate, Hidalgo. Let us know in the comments section below how do you think Logan Paul will do in MMA and who should be his opponent!Also Read | Tito Ortiz Says Cain Velasquez Wants To Fight The Winner Of Tito Ortiz Vs Alberto Del Rio 9 months ago Boxing: KSI wants to face more celebrities; calls out Jake Paul for a fight Danish Ansari Also Read | WWE: Bobby Lashley Challenges Dan Bilzerian, Logan Paul And Others For WrestleMania 36Logan Paul to make MMA debut?In a recent interview with DAZN, Logan Paul opened up about being in talks for a potential MMA debut. Logan says that boxing is cool but he believes that his future lies in the MMA. While he made it clear that he has his sights set on making a move to the MMA, he also mentioned that he would be fighting for the third time against an undecided opponent. He also suggested that he is open to a trilogy fight against KSI but later would not want to fight him again. Speaking of his former rival, he also added that the circumstances worked out for KSI the last time they fought in the ring and it would be dangerous for him if he agreed to fight him again. 9 months ago KSI: YouTube star’s salary, net worth, earnings from Logan Paul fight WATCH US LIVE Written By 9 months ago UFC: Logan Paul is interested to fight in UFC; wants to face Conor McGregorcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US First Published: 2nd December, 2019 22:31 IST Logan Paul, who never shies away from making risky career moves, now hopes to make a switch to MMA and compete inside a cage after dabbling in professional boxing as he battled against Youtube sensation KSI on two different occasions. Logan recently suffered a controversial decision loss to his fellow YouTube adversary in their blockbuster rematch. There had been talks of a third fight between the pair but Logan is pressing forward with his plans to transition into mixed martial arts. WE RECOMMEND Last Updated: 2nd December, 2019 22:31 IST Logan Paul To Have UFC Legend Tito Ortiz Mentor Him Amidst Potential MMA Debut Logan Paul is currently in talks with former UFC fighter Tito Ortiz to make a transition to MMA. The YouTuber also discusses plans on a trilogy fight with KSI. 9 months ago Logan Paul boastfully mocks CM Punk, Dillon Danis after losing to KSI 9 months ago Tyson Fury in MMA: Darren Till says that there is a 70% chance that Fury fights in UFClast_img read more

Kaduna Hosts CBN Junior Tennis Championship

first_imgFrom John Shiklam in KadunaOver 100 tennis players between ages of 10 to 18 from across the country will participate in the 2016 CBN Junior Tennis Championship scheduled Monday at the Murtala Square Kaduna.The Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Isaac Okoroafor disclosed this yesterday at a forum of Tennis players said the tournament which is being held for the first in the North since it was initiated nine years ago. Okoroafor who was represented at the forum by Mrs Tiki Tanga, said the tournament is aimed at discovering and nurturing young people to showcase and promote their talents.He said prizes would be given to winners and runners-up in the various age categories of age 10, U-12, U-14, U-16 and 18 as well as prizes for the most outstanding players in the boys and girls categories.He added that winners in the age categories of 16 and 18 will qualify for the CBN Senior Open Championships.Okoroafor explained that the tournament was organised in collaboration with the International Tennis Academy, adding the 2016 edition of the competition marks the 10th anniversary of the annual event.“The championship has the objectives to ensure that young talents are discovered early and nurtured to limelight, while establishing a strong transition platform to the senior, to provide a platform that would attract and enable junior players from all over the country compete and showcase their talents.“To provide a structure that would allow the junior players compete at a very early age and transit from the junior to the senior category. This junior tennis tournament s designed to serve as a feeder to the senior championship, also a major event organised by the Nigeria Tennis Federation in conjunction with CBN” he said.He added that the tournament has achieved a lot as players from the CBN Junior Circuit have represented Nigeria in the African Junior Tennis Championship and other international competitions.St. Gregory’s, Queens College Book GTBank Master’s Cup FinalDefending champions, St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, yesterday at the Onikan Stadium, booked their place in the final of the Master’s Cup, Season 5 after edging out Crisland Schools 4-3 in a highly entertaining match.In the girls semifinal played earlier, Queens College Yaba, dismissed the opposition put up by Ansar-Ud-Deen Girls High School, Itire, 2-0 to qualify for the final.Defending champions of the male category, St. Gregory’s College edged out high-flying debutants, Chrisland Schools, 4-3 in the first semifinal.St. Gregory’s scored two early goals during the first half but the hard-fighting Chrisland scored three goals the second half as the defending champions ran away with a 4-3 win, while three-time winners, Queens College, outclassed perennial rivals, Ansar-Ud-Deen Girls High School, Itire.Tomorrow at the same venue, King’s College will take on Greensprings School in the male category of the second semifinal, while Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba making their first appearance in the semi-finals will battle Methodist Girls High School hoping to be third time lucky in this stage of the competition.Both teams recorded emphatic wins in the quarter finals to set-up what promises to be an exciting encounter.The prestigious secondary school football tournament is an annual football competition geared towards the development of grassroots football, the discovery of young football talents and fostering camaraderie amongst secondary school students. It also provides a platform for identifying; nurturing, grooming young and talented players as well as helping students actualise their dream of becoming professional footballers.This season has already produced an exciting display of football skill and talent, and the semi-finals promises to raise that excitement with eye catching match ups in the male and female categories.18TH NESTLÉ MILO SEC SCH B’BALL Kogi Complete Double Sweep in Thrilling FinalsKogi State representatives, Crowther Memorial College and Harmony Secondary School deservedly emerged as champions of the Confluence Conference zone in the 18th Milo Basketball Championship at the indoor sports hall of the Confluence Stadium.The cheering fans enjoyed the basketball skills that the budding talents displayed in the capital city of Kogi State yesterday. In the clash of titans, Crowther Memorial College displayed the spirit of of true champions when they produced a world class performance to overcome General Muritala College 39-37 in the boys and girls final.The girls final was a dramatic affair as gallant Harmony Secondary School fought the battle of their lives to emerge as champions. The Kogi girls had been written off after going down 5-0 to Government Secondary School Numan Adamawa at the end of the first quarter.However, Obatoyinbo Bidemi and MVP of the Girls event, Amodu Ketimu ran the show anddunked nine points between them in the last two quarters of the entertaining to miraculously hand victory to the Kogi team.The grand finale of this year’s championship is expected to hold outside Lagos for the first time with Asaba, the Delta State capital as host.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Man Utd to Eclipse Liverpool £75m World Record on Defender

first_imgManchester United have agreed an £80m deal to sign Leicester defender Harry Maguire, according to Sky sources.The deal is subject to a medical and would eclipse the current world-record £75m Liverpool paid for a defender when they bought Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.Maguire will now discuss personal terms with United, who are set to beat rivals Manchester City to his signature. Speaking to The Transfer Show on Thursday, Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett said: “I’ve always been told throughout this process that £80m was the magic figure for Leicester to do business. It seems as though United are prepared to go there, so this could happen quite quickly.”England international Maguire, who phoned in sick for training on Monday, has four years left on his contract and Leicester’s position all summer had been that he was not for sale.The 26-year-old had been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No 1 target at Old Trafford and told Leicester he wanted to leave before the transfer window shuts on August 8, so he could follow in the footsteps of his heroes Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.United have signed just two players so far this summer – Aaron Wan-Bissaka who joined from Crystal Palace, and Daniel James who moved from Swansea.They are also trying to sign forward Paulo Dybala from Juventus in a swap move with striker Romelu Lukaku going the other way. The deal between the two clubs “is as good as done”, once source has told Sky Sports News, and the transfer now hinges on whether Dybala is convinced on a move to Old Trafford. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Virgil van Dijk wins UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award

first_imgJury members picked their top three players, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.Van Dijk testimonials“You could write a book about Virgil van Dijk’s strengths and abilities. He is still young, but he’s so mature.”Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager“The ‘Swagger Don’. Virgil is suave on and off the pitch. He makes everything look easy, doesn’t he? When you’ve got him behind you, you’ve got that feeling of security. He’s been an absolute rock all season.”Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool midfielder“He embodies the full picture of a defender: his radiance, the way he captains the group, his presence on the pitch, and also now the prizes – the Champions League was fantastic. He can be an example to anyone who wants to aspire to be the best.”Ronald Koeman, Netherlands coach Source: UEFA.com Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for 2018/19.The Dutch international beat off competition from three-time UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo and two-time winner Lionel Messi. The 28-year-old centre-back received the trophy on stage in Monaco during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw.The top ten1 Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool & Netherlands) – 305 points2 Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) – 207 points3 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus & Portugal) – 74 points5 Sadio Mané (Liverpool & Senegal) – 51 points6 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) – 49 points7 Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid & Belgium) – 38 points8 Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus & Netherlands) – 27 points8 Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona & Netherlands) – 27 points10 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City & England) – 12 pointsWhy did Van Dijk win the vote?Following Liverpool’s 2018 final defeat by Real Madrid, Van Dijk had every reason for nerves ahead of the 2019 decider, but his concentration did not waver. He shut out the opposition and was named man of the match as his side edged out Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.Fearless since arriving from Southampton in January 2018, Van Dijk kept more clean sheets than any defender in Europe’s top five leagues in 2018/19. While Liverpool fell narrowly short in the Premier League, his solid presence (and occasional goal scoring efforts) provided the platform for a sixth European Cup.Season in numbers Roll of honourcenter_img 2018/19 – Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool & Netherlands)2017/18 ─ Luka Modrić (Real Madrid & Croatia)2016/17 ─ Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)2015/16 ─ Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)2014/15 ─ Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)2013/14 ─ Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)2012/13 ─ Franck Ribéry (Bayern & France)2011/12 ─ Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain)2010/11 ─ Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) Honours: UEFA Champions League winner, UEFA Nations League runner-up, English Premier League runner-up, PFA Players’ Player of the Year.UEFA Champions LeagueAppearances: 12Goals: 2Assists: 2Domestic leagueAppearances: 38Goals: 4Assists: 2How Van Dijk was chosenThe jury comprised the 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League (32) and UEFA Europa League (48), along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, one from each of UEFA’s member associations.last_img read more

Manchester City on cusp of quarter-finals after clinching away win in Kiev

first_imgManchester City produced one of their best displays of the season as they took a significant step towards reaching the last eight of the Champions League for the first time with a 3-1 victory at Dyanmo Kiev.The away team overcame a nervy start to put in a vibrant, all-action pressing display that saw them take a firm grip of this last-16 tie courtesy of first-half strikes from Sergio Aguero and David Silva and a last-minute effort from Yaya Toure.Vitaliy Buyalskiy pulled one back for a much-improved Kiev after the break but Toure’s sensational curling effort was the perfect way to get City’s season back on track after a run of three straight defeats.Manuel Pellegrini came in for much criticism for fielding a team of youngsters in the weekend FA Cup clash at Chelsea, but the Chilean will feel this result justifies his decision to prioritise a competition where his team have flattered to deceive for too long.City have seen their Premier League challenge falter and their bid for the quadruple go up in smoke since the announcement that Pep Guardiola will replace Pellegrini in the summer, but they look to have rediscovered their fight and drive at just the right time.The result puts them in control of the tie ahead of the return leg in Manchester on March 15 and is the perfect boost going into Sunday’s League Cup final with Liverpool. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more