Utaka Foundation Team Wins 2018 SATUC World Cup

first_imgNigeria’s representatives in the 2018 SATUC Five-a-Side World Cup, John Utaka Foundation Football Team of Minna, Niger State yesterday walloped Liberia 4-0 in the final to emerge world champion.The Nigerian Under-16 football team who has been ruthless in the competition, scored 26 goals in five matches played and conceded only three throughout this edition.Nigeria’s red-hot striker, Arafat Hussain, scored a brace against Liberia to increase his overall goals to nine and was crowned the Most Valuable cum Highest Goal Scorer of the tournament. Nigeria by the feat became the winner of the second edition of the tournament staged to showcase the innate talents of the underprivileged kids between the ages of 15 and 16 years across 16 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.Meanwhile, arrangements have been concluded by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development led by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, to receive the team on Monday morning.Also, sports loving Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State is expected to honour the team who represented the state in the global competition.Super Eagles players Umar Aminu, Shehu Abdullahi, Kenneth Omeruo and Daddy Moses have all pledged to support the good initiatives of John Utaka the founder of the Foundation.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

No. 17 Syracuse loses 3-point shootout with No. 1 Oregon, 81-64

first_imgOn the first possession of the second quarter, Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi collected an offensive rebound and kicked a pass out to the top of the key to Kiara Lewis for a wide-open, catch-and-shoot 3. Two more 3-pointers on SU’s next pair of possessions meant Lewis had gone on a personal 9-0 run to give the Orange a 24-15 lead, their biggest of the night. “I just took what they gave me,” Lewis, who scored a career-high 23 points, said. By the time Emily Engstler drilled a 3-pointer from the wing three minutes later, SU had attempted 20 3-pointers compared to six field goals from inside the arc. By halftime, Syracuse had gone 7-for-24 from deep and trailed No. 1 Oregon by one. SU made the game a 3-point contest, and it was working. But in the second half, the Ducks (4-0) took the 3 away from No. 17 Syracuse (3-1). By running shooters off the arc and forcing them to drive, Oregon held SU to three makes on 11 3-point shots in the second half. The Ducks, on the other end, sunk the open looks they missed in the first half. Oregon outscored Syracuse 31-16 in the third quarter, sinking 54% of its second-half 3-pointers on its way to a 81-64 win. “We kind of just played in our flow and kind of forgot about all our shots we had missed earlier,” Oregon senior Sabrina Ionescu said. “I think that really helped us and that third quarter was probably the best that we’ve played offensively in a really long time.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman tells just about everyone on his team to shoot 3-pointers when they’re open. It’s part of his coaching philosophy. But it was clear SU was taking that message to an extreme in the first quarter, when Djaldi-Tabdi shot three 3-pointers in the first quarter alone. Though the backup center has been working to expand her range, Djaldi-Tabdi entered Sunday’s contest with two prior attempts this year. The Orange shot 12 triples in both the first and second quarters, making seven of them. The combination of a high volume of 3s and a defense that held Ionescu scoreless for nearly 15 minutes led fans in the Carrier Dome to give SU a standing ovation as the team ran into the locker room for halftime. To separate from the Orange after halftime, the Ducks relied on their own 3-point barrage. Oregon head coach Kelly Graves called the Ducks’ first-half offense “stagnant,” but Ionescu opened the floor in the second half by attracting SU defenders into the paint like a magnet and dishing to open shooters. Two of the reigning Wooden Award winner’s six assists led to Oregon 3s. Erin Boley (19 points, 5-for-9 from 3) and Satou Sabally (23 points, 4-for-10 from 3) often finished possessions that started with Ionescu, who averages a triple double.“We were just helping too much,” Hillsman said. “We really talked about staying home on penetration. And I give (Ionescu) credit. She did a really good job attacking the paint, drawing our defenders, sucking them in a little bit and making good passes.”  When SU locked down Oregon’s shooters, Ionescu had more space to score inside. Thirty seconds into the third quarter, Ionescu dribbled into Syracuse’s zone and looked to kick out to a shooter, but the Orange zone extended out. So instead, Ionescu, who finished with 19 points, lofted in a floater. To end the third quarter, Sabally sunk a 3-pointer from the right corner while getting fouled. Though the Ducks junior missed her free throw, she followed the shot and collected it, eventually finding Ionescu for a buzzer-beating 3. Six points, all in one possession, gave the Ducks a 16-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.Ionescu said SU didn’t play Oregon any differently in the second half. Instead, the Ducks simply took their offense “to another level.” In total, Oregon went 7-for-13 from 3 in the second half, while SU’s offense sputtered out. Syracuse’s 35 attempts were slightly more than its season average of 29.6, but the Orange shot a worse percentage (28.6%) than their usual 32.5%. At the end of one possession, Lewis had to force a contested pull-up 3, which she airballed. In transition, Digna Strautmane’s catch-and-shoot triple was too strong. With the game decided late in the fourth, Djaldi-Tabdi jab-stepped then shot a 3-pointer from the corner, which clanked off the iron. In the fourth quarter, SU never got within single digits. The Ducks solved the Orange’s 3-point attack and found an effective recipe for SU’s 2-3 zone with deep-balls of their own. That combination pushed SU to 0-18 all-time versus No. 1-ranked opponents and led Hillsman to open his press conference with a statement about how disappointed he was in his team’s third quarter and how moral victories don’t exist.  “There’s some good things offensively in that first half,” Hillsman said. “But at the end of the day, it just wasn’t enough in the second half to win the game.”  Comments Published on November 24, 2019 at 8:44 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Euro U21: Portugal hammer Germany 5-0 to book final with Sweden

first_imgPortugal turned on the style to beat Germany 5-0 in the Euro 2015 Under-21s Championships semi-final in Olomouc.Portugal, who have never won the trophy, reached the final for the first time since 1994 thanks to first-half goals from Bernardo Silva,Ricardo and Ivan Cavaleiro, and second half strikes from Joao Mario and substitute Ricardo Horta. Germany preferred Johannes Geis in midfield in place of new Schalke team-mate Max Meyer, a statement of intent from manager Horst Hrubesch that he intended to man mark Silva and try and disrupt the Portuguese quick passing game.The tactic failed miserably, as Silva shimmied across the midfield at the Ander Stadium with a third man-of-the match performance of the tournament.So dominant were Portugal that manager Rui Jorge was able to substitute Silva after Portugal went 4-0 up a minute after the break.Germany’s famed discipline evaporated in the second-half, with substitute Leonardo Bittencourt sent off for two reckless challenges as Portugal played keepball in the final stages. Portugal, playing in their first European Championships since 2007, will meet Sweden in Tuesday’s final in Prague. Sweden 4-1 DenmarkSweden will face Portugal in the Under-21 European Championship final after John Guidetti inspired them to a 4-1 win over Denmark.The Manchester City striker scored the opener from the spot after Isaac Kiese Thelin was dragged to the ground by Alexander Scholz. Denmark had barely dusted themselves down before they were 2-0 behind, with the Danes unable to stop a lung-busting run from Guidetti down the left, who then kept his head to find Simon Tibbling, who tucked away nicely.–last_img read more

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura learned English listening to Drake, 21 Savage

first_imgHe is averaging 20.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 2018-19 and was named the West Coast Conference player of the year.Gonzaga boasts a 29-2 record and is the No. 1 team in the country. It will begin playing in its conference tournament on Monday. “We kept him around us and, thankfully, he listens to rap music,” senior guard Josh Perkins said of Hachimura, via The Undefeated. “That’s how we communicated with him. That was a mutual language. … He listened to 21 Savage and Drake. He knew what they were saying. We had to say, ‘Rui, this is what they actually mean.’ Now he speaks better English than me.”“Communication. Language. That was very hard,” Hachimura said. “It’s different. Here and Japan are, like, the opposite things. Maybe I was thinking about going home a little bit, but I couldn’t quit. I had a bigger goal. I am playing for my national team too. I couldn’t do it.”Hachimura is Japanese-Beninise and became the first Japanese native to play in the men’s NCAA Division I tournament. The 21-year-old junior is now three years into his college basketball journey, and he’s enjoying exploring African-American culture.“I like the music. Food. We have a confidence. That is a big part for me,” Hachimura said.Hachimura has improved drastically during his time at Gonzaga and is considered to be a sure lottery pick if he enters the 2019 draft. Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura learned English in an interesting way.The 6-8 forward hails from Japan and is the face of Bulldogs basketball. He wasn’t fluent in English when he arrived in the United States, but listening to rappers like Drake and 21 Savage eased the transition.last_img read more

Kevin Durant trolled by Rihanna over coronavirus on Instagram

first_imgThis whole exchange is just 😭 pic.twitter.com/Pe4Zg80rPq— thee rhianna (@fentysveryown) March 29, 2020MORE: Trump reportedly asked A-Rod for advice on coronavirus responseDrake tried to join the banter, saying people need to stop making fun of Durant for getting coronavirus — but neither Durant or Rihanna responded. Instead, Durant and Rihanna continued their conversation. The two-time NBA finals MVP said Rihanna’s cough sounded “Rona-ish.” The nine-time Grammy winner joked back to “Watch who you FaceTime with through these times.”Drake tried to insert himself in Rihanna and Kevin Durant’s flirting and got ignored. -plays Marvins Room- https://t.co/LZ0ap2UaVk— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 29, 2020Durant is one of the many people in the sports world who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Marcus Smart, Christian Wood, Donavon Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are the other identified NBA players to be diagnosed. All four have announced a full recovery. MORE: Six things we learned from Steph Curry’s coronavirus Q&A with Dr. Anthony FauciDurant was one of four Nets players who tested positive for COVID-19, he told The Athletic on March 17. The former NBA MVP quipped back, asking if the singer had just come back from Europe, where the virus had hit hard before becoming a global pandemic.When Rihanna said she had been in the U.S. for the last two months, Durant responded with “That (coronavirus) was lurkin(g) over there in December.” NBA star Kevin Durant isn’t a stranger to back-and-forth exchanges on social media. This time, his banter included pop star Rihanna while both were in DJ Spade’s Instagram Live session on Saturday night.Rihanna poked fun at Durant for having coronavirus: “Is KD allowed in here,” she asked. “Should I wear a mask to this?” She followed up by wishing Durant a swift recovery.last_img read more

Member of Mike Pence’s team test positive for the coronavirus

first_imgAccording to the White House, a member of Vice President Mike Pence’s team has tested positive for the coronavirus.Vice President Pence’s spokeswoman Katie Miller, spoke about the incident on Friday.Miller reported that though the staff member does work for the Vice President, he or she did not have “close contact” with either the vice president or President Donald Trump.Miller also says that they are now in the process of contacting everyone who may have had contact with the staff member in accordance with CDC guidelines and that VP Pence’s office was also notified about the development on Friday evening.last_img read more