RelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, says the issue of contract extension for Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr lies with the Nigeria Football Federation.The minister gave the clarification on Wednesday in Abuja at a brief meeting with Rohr before dashing for the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting at the presidential villa.News Agency of Nigeria reports that the media have been awashed with news of a log jam on the extension of the coach’s contract.Rohr’s current contract expires in June 2020 which will fall to the middle of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.Dare, however, stressed that the ministry would continue to give the coach all the necessary support as the NFF finalises its meeting on the contract talks.“The issue of contract (with Rohr) will be best handled by the NFF, I understand the need to work the fine lines.“I understand there is a contractual arrangement with the NFF, I will allow the NFF to work through its process,” the minister said.Dare charged the coach not to be distracted but intensify efforts to take Nigerian football to the pinnacle.“Are we happy about where our football is at the moment, not exactly but we know there’s an ongoing process that we make this country a better football nation. That process is on and you are part of the process”, he added.He tasked the coach on working with stakeholders to develop the Nigeria Professional League in line with international best practice.“More importantly your knowledge and support for the domestic league will be very important because you can share your experience with our local coaches,” the minister said.Earlier, Rohr congratulated the minister on his appointment and efforts to reposition Nigerian sports.He pledged to work more closely with the minister going forward as the Super Eagles strive to pick the AFCON 2021 ticket.High point of the event was the presentation of an autographed Super Eagles jersey by the coach to the minister.Nigeria currently top group L of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers with six maximum points ahead of Benin Republic, Sierra Leone and Lesotho.Tags: Gernot RohrNFFSunday Dare
Press Association Pulis’ side have slipped into relegation trouble at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League after winning just one of their last 14 games. They find themselves just three points above the bottom three on 34 points ahead of this weekend’s trip to the apparently doomed QPR, one of just five remaining games. Pulis believes the figure typically associated with safety, 40, will again be enough. He said: “We have got five games, five throws of the dice to get the six points we need. There are 15 points there, so that is what we have got to do and stay focused and positive. We need everybody around, it is a call to arms for everybody in Stoke-on-Trent.” Stoke manager Tony Pulis has issued a “call to arms” in an attempt to arrest the Potters’ alarming dip in form. He added: “This is when we need everybody to stick together and I think the majority of supporters understand we need their help.” Fans have made their displeasure at the Potters’ nosedive evident in recent weeks with booing during matches and Pulis himself coming under fire. Pulis has not let that affect his determination to prolong his side’s five-year stay in the top flight. He said: “There might be a small portion of supporters that have done that but it is not the majority. We have been having a difficult run and minorities get a lot of publicity in this country. The majority of supporters have been brilliant. They understand we are in a battle, a scrap, and they are right behind the team. “We need as many points as we can get. If we lose the next three games and win the last two we will get 40 points – that keeps you up. But we have got to get as many points as we can from those five games.” There is little doubt where Stoke’s major weakness lies having scored just 28 goals all the season, the lowest in the Premier League. Of those only nine have come away from home and Pulis’ men have found the net just twice in their last seven games. Pulis said: “We have needed to score more goals, even when we were doing well we needed to score more goals. But the players have trained really well and look really bright. “We have got to keep them bright and positive. When you get in a run like this a lot of negativity surrounds football and we understand that. It is important you try to keep them away from that, keep them focused and positive.”
Latest Posts Latest posts by (see all) Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020 Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Bio GOULDSBORO — The K-eighth-grade Peninsula School’s cheerleading team is on its way toward raising $3,040 to make it possible for all of its nearly two dozen members to hone their skills July 17-20 at the 2015 National Cheerleaders Camp at Husson University.The Bulldogs recently held a successful bottle drive and will hold a benefit supper from 5 to 7 p.m. this Friday, May 15, at Masonic Lodge No. 192 in Winter Harbor. Admission is by donation.Coached by Kayla Geel, with assistance from Carrie Faulkingham, the Bulldogs will serve up hot dogs and hamburgers, casseroles, a selection of macaroni and cheese dishes, salads, desserts and beverages. As part of the evening, parent Klair Moshier will auction off a secondhand kayak, two canoes, a Wellfleet Clock Co. tide clock and a bronze-finish sundial made by Virginia Metalcrafters in Waynesboro, Va.In addition, the Bulldogs will draw the winning ticket in a 50-50 cash raffle. Cheerleaders are selling tickets before and at the supper.
ELLSWORTH — The National High School Coaches Association named Ellsworth’s Brian Higgins as 2017 High School Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year on Friday.Higgins, who is Maine’s winningest tennis coach with over 600 victories, has led the girls’ team to five state runner-up finishes in his tenure as coach. He also coaches the boys’ team, with which he won a state championship in 1996.“We are extremely pleased to honor Coach Higgins as National Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year,” NHSCA Executive Director Eric Hess said in a statement. “Coach Higgins’ commitment to excellence for his student-athletes on and off the tennis [court] makes him an excellent choice for this honor.”Higgins is the second coach from Maine to receive the award. Lewiston’s Anita Murphy became the first when she did so in 2011.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHiggins will receive a trophy and a spot in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum, which the NHSCA’s Mattie Potter said will be built “in the near future.”
(CMC) – CAPTAIN Carlos Brathwaite believes West Indies need to bring their ‘A’ game to the three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand starting here today.The all-rounder reminded that the Caribbean side were World champions in the shortest format and therefore had a duty to themselves and their fans to play accordingly.“Any time you have the title of world champions you need to defend it, not only at the World Cup but in every series,” Brathwaite said, ahead of the opener at Saxton Oval which bowls off at 15:00hrs (22:00hrs Thursday Eastern Caribbean time).“Regardless of whether we win or lose we need to play like world champions. People in the Caribbean look to the T20 format for the success and feel good and we need to do that. If there’s added pressure, then so be it. We have a legacy to carry on.”West Indies are winless on tour so far and the T20 series represents the ideal chance for the visitors to make their mark.Their record against the Black Caps, however, is a dodgy one, having drawn the last two-match series they played in the Caribbean and suffering a clean sweep in a similar two-match rubber the last time they were in New Zealand three years ago.Since capturing the T20 World Cup in India last year April, the Windies have won seven of 14 matches – with three of those wins coming against minnows Afghanistan.Brathwaite will be featuring for the first time in the series and joins the side on the heels of solid performances in the Bangladesh Premier League where he topped the batting averages for Khulna Titans.The 29-year-old, the hero of the last T20 World Cup, said his focus was on making strong contributions to the unit.“I’m not the saviour,” he stressed.“But for me I’m always my own harshest critic and for me it’s just about controlling what I can control and making sure I get through my four overs as economically as possible and grab a few wickets if I can.”He cotninued: “Batting-wise I’m having a decent year, averaging around 40 (48) with the bat so it’s about closing out the year well and going into 2018 with the next two games and hopefully starting next year as well as I can.”The last two T20s will be played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on New Year’s Day and January 3.
The No. 9 USC women’s swimming and diving team will fly to Purdue, Ind., on Monday to compete in the NCAA championship meet.After the team’s breakthrough performance two weeks ago at the Pac-10 championships, where the Women of Troy placed third overall, a more refined women’s team will be looking to turn heads not just in its conference but all across the nation.“We have a very strong team going into NCAAs and we’re aiming for top five,” co-captain senior Dina Hegazy said. “And the team is very excited and motivated to reach that goal.”The hand-picked NCAA team will consist of returning All-Americans Hegazy, juniors Presley Bard, Lyndsay DePaul and Ellie Doran, sophomores Katinka Hosszu, Tanya Krisman and sophomore diver Victoria Ishimatsu. USC will also be sending freshmen Haley Anderson, Yumi So, Jessica Schmitt, Christel Simms, Kate Shumway and Ariel Rittenhouse.This means the Women of Troy will be represented by one more swimmer and diver than they had in 2009, an outstanding performance considering last year’s NCAA team had four members who graduated.The backstroke and freestyle events have a strong team this year, with veteran Hegazy and young additions incuding Shumway and Simms. But overall these events will mainly be dominated by Bard. The junior will be looking to improve on her already stellar results at the Pac-10 championships, where she broke two individual school records in the 50-yard freestyle (22.26) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:51.80). She also helped destroy the team’s 800-yard freestyle relay record by more than eight seconds (6:59.48). The transfer junior will be representing USC for the first time at the NCAA championship.DePaul, another junior transfer, will also be wearing cardinal and gold for the first time at the NCAA meet. After breaking several records of her own at the Pac-10 championships in the 100-yard butterfly (51.86) and also doing her part in the 800-yard freestyle relay, DePaul will be a key asset in the butterfly and medley events as well as relays.The competition begins March 18 and concludes March 20.
USC’s men’s and women’s tennis teams found success competing in their respective ITA All-American tournaments over the past week.The women’s team played at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, California. Senior Zoë Scandalis, who is ranked No. 15 in the nation, was the sole representative in the main singles draw for USC. In the first round, Scandalis cruised past Princeton’s No. 67-ranked Lindsay Graff, 6-1, 6-0. This put her through to the Round of 16, where she fell to third-ranked Hayley Carter of UNC, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.Scandalis couldn’t dwell on the loss, though, as she had to turn around and keep playing in the doubles draw with her partner, junior Giuliana Olmos. Olmos and Scandalis, ranked No. 7 in the nation together now, made it to the finals of this tournament last year, and were looking to repeat their success. This year, the squad earned a bye in the first round of competition. They got off on the right foot in the Round of 16 on Oct. 2 defeating Cal’s No. 11-ranked Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr, 6-0, 6-4.Olmos and Scandalis, who went 22-8 overall together last season, came up against Michigan’s 14th-ranked team of Sarah Lee and Ronit Yurovsky, and took home a 6-2, 7-5 win.This earned the duo a spot in the semifinals against Stanford’s Taylor Davidson and Carol Zhao. Davidson and Zhao, who went 29-6 together last season, pulled off a straight sets win over Olmos and Scandalis, 7-6, 6-2.The men’s team was just as busy playing in the ITA Men’s All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma.The Trojans earned three spots in the main singles draw and had one squad playing in the main doubles draw. Seniors Yannick Hanfmann, Roberto Quiroz and Jonny Wang all earned automatic bids to the tournament.Hanfmann, ranked No. 2 in the nation, has not dropped a set yet in five matches for this tournament and earned a spot in the finals with a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 20 Romain Bogaerts of Wake Forest on Sunday. He will face Louisville’s Sebastian Stiefelmeyer in the finals, who is ranked No. 110 in the nation.In the first round, Hanfmann beat No. 36 Florian Lakat of Mississippi State, 6-2, 6-4. That win earned him a matchup against Texas’ No. 31 Lloyd Glasspool, where he pulled off a 6-1, 6-1 win. Hanfmann then advanced to the Round of 16, where he beat Harvard’s No. 18 Denis Nguyen, 6-0, 6-3. In the quarterfinals, he steamrolled Duke’s Nicolas Alvarez, 6-1, 6-1.In typical fashion for the San Marino, California, native, Wang pulled off an impressive upset in the first round, beating Texas A&M’s No. 11-ranked Harrison Adams, 6-3, 6-3. In the Round of 32, he faced Texas Tech’s Felipe Soares, ranked No. 43 in the nation, and prevailed by a 6-3, 6-3 score again. But Wang fell to No. 17-ranked Nathan Pasha of Georgia by a 6-3, 6-4 score to end his tournament run.Quiroz was on the other end of an upset in the first round, falling to Notre Dame’s No. 88 Quentin Monaghan. The Ecuadorian had more success in doubles, though, teaming up with Hanfmann to make the finals of the tournament.The duo topped ranked teams from Indiana, Florida State and Vanderbilt to reach the semifinals on Sunday against Texas A&M’s Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo. The Trojans prevailed, 6-1, 6-4, to earn a spot in today’s final against Tennessee’s Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis, the top-ranked doubles squad in the nation.The singles final will kick off at 8 a.m. today and the doubles final begins at 11 a.m. today. UPDATE:Senior Yannick Hanfmann fell to Louisville’s No. 110 Sabastian Stiefelmeyer in the singles finals on Monday. No. 2 Hanfmann had not dropped a set all tournament, but was upset, 6-3, 6-2 by the Austrian who made his way through the qualifying rounds and all the way to the championship.Hanfmann had his hands full again in the doubles final later in the day. Hanfmann and Quiroz, ranked No. 19 together, took on the defending ITA All-American doubles champions, Tennessee’s top-ranked Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese. The Trojans came up empty handed, losing 6-3, 6-4.
Freshman guard Kevin Porter looks for a pass against Robert Morris Tuesday. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The men’s basketball team looks to start its season 2-0 when they play Vanderbilt University at the Galen Center on Sunday. The Commodores finished near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference last season with a 12-20 record, but they seem poised for a bounce-back effort.Vanderbilt is 1-0 after defeating Winthrop 92-79 at home on Tuesday. The Commodores played a well-rounded offensive game, shooting over 50 percent from the field, making 10 3-pointers and shooting 20 free throws.“To have a chance to defeat a very good team like Vanderbilt we have to defend at a high level, limit second shots and then we have to get out in transition ourselves,” head coach Andy Enfield said.Enfield listed athleticism, agility and 3-point shooting as the Commodores’ strengths.“They’re a different team than they were last year,” Enfield said of Vanderbilt, who the Trojans defeated 93-89 in overtime a season ago. “They’re younger, but they’re much more athletic and fast.”Vanderbilt was led by two five-star freshmen in guard Darius Garland and center Simisola Shittu. Garland shot 9-of-15 from the floor and 3-of-7 from 3-point distance to lead the team in scoring with 24 points while adding four assists. Shittu was a strong inside presence, racking up 18 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 6-of-12 from the field and 6-of-9 from the free throw line.Garland and Shittu, along with four-star forward Aaron Nesmith, make up one of the best recruiting classes in Vanderbilt’s history. The Trojans will have to key in on this group that ranked as the No. 13 recruiting class in the nation this season. Enfield emphasized the players’ athleticism and offensive aggression.Redshirt junior forward Matt Ryan also presents the Trojans with issues. At 6-foot-8 and 209 pounds, Ryan has the height to survive as a big man and the shooting stroke to punish slower defenders, as evidenced by his 4-of-11 mark from long range against Winthrop. Ryan demonstrated his propensity to get hot by making three straight 3s in the first half. He could be a problem for Trojan big men junior Nick Rakocevic and sophomore Victor Uyaelunmo.“They’re a great 3-point shooting team,” Aaron said. “Keeping them off, running guys off the 3-point line, and just playing [defense].”The Trojans battled through a slow start to defeat Robert Morris 83-62 on Tuesday and open their campaign with a win. After a stagnant offense and inconsistent defense led to a 4-point deficit in the second half, the Trojans finished the frame on a 34-9 run with improved cohesion and ball movement.“Our team is still a work in progress. We have two key players who are injured, and we have a lot of players who are trying to get a feel for their role on the team, as well as to learn our system, especially some of the younger players,” Enfield said. “So our veterans did a great job helping us to win this game, but we’re going to need everybody as we move forward to improve.”On the injury front, Enfield listed senior forward Bennie Boatwright as day-to-day as he continues to recover from his knee injury. Freshman guard Elijah Weaver practiced for the first time since August on Thursday, and Enfield also listed him as day-to-day.The Trojans already have a star freshman in guard Kevin Porter, who contributed 15 points and five rebounds on 6-of-7 shooting against the Colonials. Even as the team was struggling to get good looks, Porter showcased his ability to create shots in isolation opportunities, a key trait for this team’s potential.“He’s incredible. He’s got the whole package,” Rakocevic said of Porter. “He’s a ball-handler, he can shoot it, he’s got a 45-inch vertical, maybe higher. He’s fast, he’s quick, he can play defense. I think he’s a big part of our team this year.”This will be an interesting test for the Trojans in the early season. It’s too soon to know how impressive an opponent Vanderbilt is, but the Commodores certainly have talent. USC will need to play much more like the team fans saw in the second half against Robert Morris than the first half version if it wants to come away victorious.“I’m not really worried about [the game],” Rakocevic said. “We have guys who like working hard, things like that, playing defense. If we can just focus on playing defense, running the floor and doing the little things that we do we’re going to be a really good team.”The Trojans tip off against the Commodores at the Galen Center at 6 p.m. Sunday.
MLS referee, Allen Chapman officiated the friendly game wearing a portable head camera to give viewers an amazing up-close and personal footage of the players. RelatedFIFA Gives Late Approval For VAR Use At The Women’s World CupMarch 16, 2019In “FIFA”MLS Star Fanendo Adi Open To NPFL Swansong (AUDIO)June 1, 2020In “Featured”Granada CF vs FC BarcelonaJune 30, 2017Similar post Ever wondered how cool it will be watching a football match from the referee’s perspective?Well, the wait is over thanks to technology, in Real Madrid pre-season game against MLS All Stars couple of weeks ago, viewers were given a rare peek into match-action via the referee. Video Credit – Twitter.com – Major League Soccer
G2 Esports, a German esports organisation that was originally based in Spain, has found a new Chief Operating Officer (COO) in Peter Mucha – most recently of the Symanto Group. His role will see him take on the task of managing and growing the organisation’s operations on a global scale.Peter Mucha, COO of G2 EsportsMucha has plenty of experience in high profile companies, having previously held senior positions at Adidas, Microsoft, Universal Music, and Activision. As a whole, the new COO of G2 Esports has over 15 years of experience in retail, traditional sports, and gaming.Peter Mucha, COO of G2 Esports discussed his new role: “I’m pleased to join G2 Esports as Chief Operating Officer to work alongside passionate leaders and teams representing some of the best competitive and entertaining players around the globe. I’ve always wanted to build an iconic brand and contribute to the overall success of dynamic, high-growth company that’s on the verge of a massive breakthrough – and G2 Esports is precisely that.”The search for the organisation’s new COO was led by Chris Jordan, Global Head of Esports for SRi – a firm that focuses on executive and management talent in sports, media, and entertainment.Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez, Founder of G2 Esports also spoke on the hire: “Peter’s dynamic skills and wide breadth of experience in driving business development will be invaluable to G2 Esports as we continue to build upon our current momentum. This exciting new addition to our executive team aligns with our vision to professionalize our operations while aiming to work alongside the rockstars of this and other industries.”Esports Insider says: While it’s easy to initially think it’s amazing when a big-time executive enters the esports industry, we just hope his experience in traditional sports – and more recently, gaming – can translate into delivering the goods for G2 Esports. Mucha could well be a key hire for the organisation in the upcoming months and years.Sign up to our newsletter!