Shocking Admission! Yakubu Aiyegbeni Is Not 35 – Brother-In-Law

first_imgThe brother-in-law of former Super Eagles star Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Ibrahim Usman Ikhana has shocking revealed that 35 is not his real age.Yakubu had earlier announced his retirement from football on Wednesday morning only for Ibrahim Ikhana to shockingly admit on Twitter that the former Portsmouth, Everton and Middlesbrough striker is older than his official age of 35. His admission was in response to a tweet from Twitter user @MrTomideThis latest development will further fuel the belief that African football players often reduce their age. RelatedFormer Super Eagles Striker ‘The Yak’ Retires From FootballNovember 22, 2017In “Africa”Diafra SakhoJune 30, 2017Similar postYakubu Aiyegbeni Picks His All Time Super Eagles XIAugust 7, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

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30-year-old Johannesburg man pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct crimes

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisGaylord — 30-year-old Chad Bock of Johannesburg pleaded guilty to sexual assault crimes on Tuesday morning in Otsego County’s 43rd District Court.Bock pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct on a child less than 13 years old. Bock also pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child sexually abusive material. The first charge could land Bock in prison for a minimum of 25 years. Bock was arrested back in April. The crimes were committed between 2016 and 2018 according to a Michigan State Police press release.The crimes span over two counties, Montmorency and Otsego. The 30 year old is also facing similar charges in Alpena County. He will be sentenced on Tuesday, December 4 in the 46th Circuit Court. He is currently doing time and being lodged at Otsego County Jail.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 46th Circuit Court, Chad Bock, Criminal Sexual Assault, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Gaylord, Johannesburg, michigan state police, Montmorency County, Otsego County, sexually abusive materialContinue ReadingPrevious Sanborn Elementary students learn valuable lessons on Fire Prevention DayNext Delivery of drugs leads to arrest, following death investigationlast_img read more

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Angels manager Mike Scioscia on the verge of passing mentor Tommy Lasorda

first_img Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Slumping Shohei Ohtani sits as Andrelton Simmons returns to Angels lineup TORONTO — For 13 years as a catcher with the Dodgers, Mike Scioscia shared a dugout with venerable manager Tommy Lasorda. In all of that time, Scioscia said he never imagined becoming a manager, let alone the milestone he’s about to reach.“When I was playing,” Scioscia said, “I was so consumed with playing that you don’t think about what the next step is.”The next step is passing Lasorda.As the Angels open a series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, Scioscia has 1,596 regular-season victories as the Angels manager. Lasorda won 1,599 games with the Dodgers. Scioscia certainly could not have envisioned this when he was hired to manage the Angels in November 1999, during the Bill Clinton administration. Today, the Angels have prospects who weren’t even born then.Scioscia has managed the Angels for 19 years. No other big league manager has had his current job longer than the 12 seasons Bruce Bochy has led the San Francisco Giants. Kansas City’s Ned Yost is third, in his ninth season.Both Bochy (24 seasons) and Buck Showalter (20) have managed more years than Scioscia, but with different teams.Holding one job for so long is virtually unheard of today. Only San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has held his position since 1996, can top Scioscia among coaches or managers in the four major sports. Even Bill Belichick got his current coaching job with the New England Patriots a few months after the Angels hired Scioscia.Scioscia’s job security has certainly been helped by the fact that owner Arte Moreno gave him a guaranteed 10-year contract in January 2009, after they had won a World Series and four division titles in his first nine years.That contract expires at the end of this season. Although there has been no word of an extension, there’s also no indication from Scioscia, Moreno or General Manager Billy Eppler that either side is looking to end the relationship.While some Angels fans have been critical of Scioscia during a drought that has seen them miss the playoffs in seven of the previous eight years, those around him believe he still does a good job.Mike Scioscia, seen giving a fist bump to Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, right, is within four victories of surpassing mentor and former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda in career managerial wins. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)“It’s something to celebrate,” said Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch, who is in his sixth season with a second team. “In today’s era, as soon as one thing goes wrong there seems to be a calling for the head of the manager. He’s been able to stand the test of time, to be good at it, to have different style teams, different general managers. That’s a challenge in itself and a testimony to how well-rounded he obviously is and how successful he’s been. I have a lot of respect for him.”Ian Kinsler, who has played for four managers in his 13 years, said he appreciates what Scioscia brings to the table.“Experience is something you can’t really replace,” the Angels’ second baseman said. “He’s seen a lot of games, been part of pressure games, World Series games, playoff games. For me, a manager with a tremendous amount of experience is always somebody that you try to pay attention to.”Scioscia was no doubt paying close attention to Lasorda, the only manager he had during a playing career that went from 1980 to 1992, so it’s no surprise there are similarities.Angels third base coach Dino Ebel was a manager in the Dodgers’ farm system late in Lasorda’s time as the big league manager. He worked more closely with Lasorda when he left the dugout to work in the front office. Ebel then joined the Angels as Triple-A manager in 2005 and was added to Scioscia’s major league staff in 2006.“I’m lucky to have the chance to work with, for me, two Hall of Fame managers,” Ebel said. “A great baseball mind with Tommy, and a great baseball mind with Mike. He doesn’t forget anything, and Tommy never forgot anything.”Much of what Scioscia does is pulled from the Dodgers’ organizational philosophies under Lasorda, most notably encouraging aggressive baserunning.The strongest links, however, go beyond in-game strategies.“It’s the way he handles a clubhouse,” said Angels first base coach Alfredo Griffin, who played with Scioscia under Lasorda and has coached with Scioscia throughout his entire tenure with the Angels. “He makes everybody come together. That, for me, is the way to manage a group of men for a long time. That’s what Tommy did and that’s what Mike does. … You have to have a group come together and work together and feel like they are a family.”Lasorda agreed that managing the clubhouse is the most important job, beyond knowing when to use a pinch-hitter or change pitchers.“A good manager is someone the players have respect for and who will allow them to have a free hand,” Lasorda said. “That’s the combination you need. You need happy players.”The manager also has to set the tone for the clubhouse, starting with a confidence and drive to win every game. Scioscia said those were two of Lasorda’s biggest strengths, and not just in the dugout.Related Articles Lasorda also said he never thought of Scioscia, the player, becoming a manager, but once he did, he knew he’d be a good one.“I was worried about him beating me out,” Lasorda said by phone on Monday. “It took a better man than me. He is great. I am happy for him. He is one of the greatest managers and greatest players that God ever put on this earth. I’m so proud of him.”Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Scioscia, 59, bristles at any talk about his personal record. He is quick to say “these aren’t my wins,” acknowledging they are a product of work by the players, the coaches and the front office.He also said he still doesn’t feel he’s in the class with Lasorda, who won two World Series in his 21 years leading the Dodgers and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.“Just knowing what Tommy did for the Dodgers, what my role is here, you can’t compare,” Scioscia said. “What Tommy did for the Dodgers’ organization is special. I certainly don’t put myself in that boat, but having the opportunity to be here as long as I have is something I do not take for granted.” Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Andrelton Simmons accepts Angels’ plan to come back gradually from ankle injury “I’ve seen him in his younger days, in Vero Beach, playing one-on-one basketball games against guys that were way better than him, and he was going as hard as he could because he wanted to win,” Scioscia said. “Every ballgame he was in, every pitch, there was never any feeling of being intimidated by another team. You always felt you were going to play well and win every day.”Lasorda, however, had a lighter side that Scioscia doesn’t, according to Griffin: “Tommy jokes around. Mike doesn’t do that. He jokes around, but not the way Tommy used to. Not even close.”Scioscia said he still talks to Lasorda occasionally, and his former manager still has suggestions for him.“He supported me incredibly as a player,” Scioscia said. “I know he wants us to do well, but he’s very quick to point out, not as well as the Dodgers. He’s made that very clear.”UP NEXTAngels (Garrett Richards, 4-2, 3.47) at Blue Jays (J.A. Happ, 5-3, 4.15), Tuesday, 4 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this story. Dylan Bundy scuffles as Angels lose to Giants last_img read more

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Super Bowl 53: Ex-Patriot Brandon Browner allowed to watch game from jail, report says

first_imgBrandon Browner will be allowed to watch his former team play in the Super Bowl from his jail cell.The former Patriots cornerback will have access to a television as he sits in the Los Angeles County jail, TMZ Sports reported. Browner, 34, was sentenced to eight years in jail after he pleaded no contest to attempted murder. He was arrested in July after police said he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house and attacked her. He prevented her from leaving the apartment and attempted to smother her. The attack occurred in front of her two children. Super Bowl 53: Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof will be closed during game In his only season with the Patriots in 2014, the team faced the Seahawks in Super Bowl 49. He is credited with helping Malcolm Butler intercept Russell Wilson at the end of the game to seal the Patriots’ 28-24 win.Browner played six seasons in the NFL and five years in the CFL before he was arrested.center_img Super Bowl 53: Watch bizarre Patriots-Rams intro from Austrian TV Browner now has entered an appeal to have his conviction overturned, saying he was unfit to enter the no contest plea. He has a court date set next month. Related Newslast_img read more

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Women’s World Cup 2019: Jill Ellis says Alex Ferguson’s influence evident in Phil Neville

first_imgBorn in England, Ellis grew up a fan of Premier League giants United and said it was natural a great like Ferguson would also influence her. “[He was] super gracious, charming, nice,” she added. “It was a brief interaction but I’ve read his books and being a young Man United fan back in the day, I was all in!”I think for me I’ve had a lot of different influences in my life. I’m a sum of all the parts. I think I’m authentic in who I am but I definitely think you grow and you learn from watching and speaking to other people in terms of the experiences you have.” Two to go @lionessesA post shared by Philip Neville (@philipneville18) on Jun 27, 2019 at 3:07pm PDT”I’m not surprised [by Neville’s success]. In terms of managing a team, I think the team has made strides, you can see they’re playing hard, brought into what he wants them to do, I think he’s done a really good job.”I haven’t seen Phil on the inside so I can’t speak to what he’s like in front of his team. My interactions have been purely professional, he conducts himself in a great way. I enjoyed our sideline conversations – he seems like a really genuine person.”As it relates to Sir Alex, I grew up a Man United fan so I can’t speak enough about him as a manager, [he] brought the best out of his players, was ruthless at times.”In that regard, having probably been around Sir Alex at an internal level… everybody affects us, everybody influences us, you take a little bit of that away.”Some things you like, some things you don’t. In our lives we’re all affected by people we come in contact with so I’m sure that’s had the same effect.”Ellis can also list Ferguson as an inspiration, albeit her meeting with the Scot at an awards ceremony was far briefer. United States coach Jill Ellis believes playing under Manchester United great Alex Ferguson has rubbed off on her England counterpart Phil Neville.The Lionesses are one step away from reaching their first Women’s World Cup Final in France having advanced to a semi-final date with USA in Neville’s maiden major tournament in charge. View this post on Instagram Neville had never managed a senior male or female team prior to landing the England job in January 2018, but he is quickly earning admirers thanks to the Lionesses’ run.Ellis is not surprised by the success Neville has enjoyed in the past, pointing to a decorated playing career where he won 10 major trophies at Manchester United with Ferguson in charge.”A lot of us are products of our environments and obviously he had a pretty good mentor there for a while,” Ellis said at a news conference to preview Tuesday’s last-four clash with England in Lyon.last_img read more

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Ferguson, Mo. question

first_img Loading …Follow us on Twitter. 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 (8) 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 Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… 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. -1 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 311 weeks ago Gee, I wonder how this is going to go. I predict the same results as any Obama poll. 66% protesters, 33% all other choices. Report Reply 0 replies · active 311 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Allen Ludden · 311 weeks ago The protestors. Without a doubt. Report Reply 0 replies · active 311 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Larry · 311 weeks ago Always the protestors, there is no reason for them to do what they did. But I also want to wait on the evidence to see what really happened. I do worry that most people, including the DA, Gov., and the Obama Admin. have tried to convict without seeing the evidence. He is entitled to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, not guilty and proved innocent. Report Reply 1 reply · active 311 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 311 weeks ago It’s so unlike those that you mention to jump to conclusions in a situation like Ferguson. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Gramma · 311 weeks ago If only the young man had obeyed the police officer, the outcome might be completely different. Sometimes we miss the obvious. Report Reply 0 replies · active 311 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Maggie · 311 weeks ago It’s hard to blame the protesters for the Brown shooting, when the protests were a response to the shooting. Report Reply 0 replies · active 311 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Retired · 311 weeks ago AMEN Maggie you are spot on. Civilians are getting sick and tired of OVER POLICING by a militarized police force in all towns and citys. Report Reply 0 replies · active 311 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Larry · 311 weeks ago So what your saying is that the Brown shooting, which we don’t have the full story to why it occurred, and the protesters were entitled to riot in the streets and destroy businesses and loot and take what they want. Then the police respond to stop this and they are the bad guys. Then the protesters demand the arrest, trial, and conviction of the officer without knowing the evidence behind the shooting. So then whose fault is it. I was in law enforcement for 40 years and the only riot protest I was involved in was the LA riots No body had any right to riot and destroy property or injure anything or anyone for any reason. As far as the militarization of the police force, put on a badge and join the force and see what it is like. You just might change your mind. Report Reply 0 replies · active 311 weeks ago 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 In the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., who do you blame? The police The protesters Both Neither. It just happened I have not been closely following the event. View Resultslast_img read more

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LeBron James’ ‘The Decision’: Five things you may not know about infamous ESPN special

first_imgOn July 8, 2010, LeBron James changed the landscape of the NBA for years to come with a few simple words: “I’m gonna take my talents to South Beach.”It took him quite some time to actually say those words, of course. Why get straight to the point when you can unnecessarily drag things out and infuriate an entire fan base? Kanye West at “The Decision” https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5f/89/kanye-west-the-decision-ftrjpg_6vbd8lrc3lah1nml9r8jzbur3.jpg?t=784888851&w=500&quality=804. Kanye West was in attendance for “The Decision,” and he fell asleep during the show. Seriously.Courtney Cox, a former ESPN studio stage manager who worked on “The Decision,” couldn’t pinpoint exactly why the rapper and current presidential hopeful made the trip to Greenwich, but she claimed West missed the most important part of the evening.From Cox’s 2013 reflection on “The Decision”:I spend the first 15 minutes or so honed in on ‘Ye’s every move. He seems chill, he’s wearing his glasses indoors, and he’s not making sudden moves. I forget he’s there until one of the camera operators says, “I think Kanye West fell asleep.”At the biggest non-sporting sports event in a while, Kanye West fell asleep before anyone announced anything. He was doing the church/school head nod and everything. Wake up, Mr. West.He would eventually wake up and leave well before “The Decision” ended.Also standing outside the Boys and Girls Club: a 13-year-old Donovan Mitchell. Yes, that’s All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell.”I was outside, so it was cool being there. I wanted him to go to Miami at that point, I wanted him to get a ring,” Mitchell said in 2018 (via The Salt Lake Tribune). “I remember there were a lot of upset people there. There were a lot of Knicks fans, Greenwich being so close to New York and all. But it was definitely cool.”Sorry again, Knicks fans.5. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert didn’t stop talking after sending out that crazy letter — you know, the one in Comic Sans that called out James for his “cowardly betrayal” and “shocking act of disloyalty” because he chose not to re-sign with Cleveland. Super chill.Well, Gilbert kept going and actually got angrier. In a phone interview with The Associated Press, Gilbert said James had gotten a “free pass” and that it was “accountability time.””People have covered up for [James] for way too long,” Gilbert said. “Tonight we saw who he really is.”Gilbert added that James “quit” on the Cavs during their 2010 second-round series against the Celtics, which ended James’ initial run in Cleveland.  “Watch the tape,” Gilbert said. “The Boston series was unlike anything in the history of sports for a superstar. … It’s not about him leaving. It’s the disrespect. It’s time for people to hold these athletes accountable for their actions. Is this the way you raise your children? I’ve been holding this all in for a long time.”The letter and those comments created a giant rift between Gilbert and James, but they were able to reconcile years later and maintain at least a somewhat professional relationship during James’ second stint with the Cavs. Gilbert kept up his end of the bargain by spending extravagantly on roster upgrades, and James delivered on his promise to bring a championship to Cleveland. Oh, and that letter no longer appears on the team website. Good call there, Dan. MORE: Breaking down key stats in MJ vs. LeBron debate”The Decision,” an unprecedented ESPN special that brought an end to one of the wildest free-agency periods in sports history, was instantly viewed as a total PR failure a decade ago. Fans and pundits alike ripped James and ESPN for the poorly organized show, setting the stage for a season of LeBron and the Heat playing the league’s biggest villains.Despite its flaws, “The Decision” did cause a major ripple effect that benefited James’ NBA brethren. It ushered in the player empowerment era and allowed superstars to take control of their careers. (Just look at Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard.) It also marked a shift in how the basketball world perceived free agency and launched the year-round rumor mill.And for James himself, leaving the Cavs and joining the Heat ultimately proved to be a smart choice. He reached four NBA Finals, won two championships and captured two MVP trophies while in Miami before heading back to Cleveland in 2014. He showed he had learned from his mistakes that year, sharing a letter through Sports Illustrated announcing his decision.You probably remember the big-picture talking points that were hammered into the ground and the intense backlash James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh faced at the time. But there are a few details about “The Decision” that slid under the radar.1. The original idea for “The Decision” didn’t come from James, a member of his inner circle or a TV producer. It was actually a fan suggestion from a Bill Simmons mailbag.An email from a man identified as Drew of Columbus, Ohio, landed at the top of the November 2009 mailbag and asked, “What if LeBron announces he will pick his 2010-11 team live on ABC on a certain date for a show called ‘LeBron’s Choice’?” Simmons agreed the event should be televised and proposed a pay-per-view option.”I’m pretty sure they’ll pony up $44.99 for ‘Decision 2010: LeBron’s Verdict,'” Simmons wrote.Simmons later pitched the special to James’ business partner Maverick Carter at the 2010 All-Star break, according to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr., who chronicled the genesis of “The Decision” as part of the network’s “Backstory” documentary series. ESPN didn’t immediately greenlight the idea, but it eventually reached an agreement with James.Thanks, Drew!2. Former NBA commissioner David Stern really, really didn’t want “The Decision” to happen. He pushed for ESPN to cancel it.”I think [he didn’t like it] probably because the player was in charge here,” former ESPN executive John Skipper told Van Natta.Adam Silver, who took over as commissioner after Stern retired in 2014, reportedly felt differently about the special, noting the ridiculously high ratings for ESPN (an average of nearly 10 million viewers). It also raised more than $2 million for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.Still, Stern wouldn’t budge from his stance after calling the whole thing “ill-conceived, badly produced and poorly executed.”3. Jim Gray wasn’t ESPN’s first choice to host “The Decision” — he didn’t even work for ESPN at the time — but there was no room for negotiations.Network executives wanted someone like Bob Ley or Stuart Scott to sit across from James at the Boys and Girls Club in Greenwich, Conn., according to Van Natta. James’ team insisted Gray, who had interviewed James while he was in high school and spoken to Carter and agent Ari Emanuel about doing a TV special, be involved in the broadcast.Gray didn’t initially understand the high volume of criticism, and he still couldn’t comprehend it years later.”We did a television show — a television show!” Gray told The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis in 2016.His one regret? He didn’t ask for money because he knew all proceeds were going to charity.”They should have paid me,” Gray said of ESPN. “They should have paid me a ton.” (ESPN)last_img read more

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Liverpool held at Shrewsbury

first_img“It’s been a bit of pressure on them but they’ve enjoyed it.“It was a difficult pitch but we went about it the right way; just worked hard, played simple but effective and played the right way.”Captain Harry Maguire led by example by striding forward to smash home his first goal for the club before Diogo Dalot also grabbed his first United goal and Jesse Lingard curled home to make it three goals in a six-minute spell.Phil Jones then nodded home his first United effort since 2014 and Anthony Martial’s deflected strike made it five before the break.Solskjaer could then afford the luxury of resting Martial, Maguire and Nemanja Matic for most of the second half ahead of Wednesday’s attempt to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit against City in the League Cup semi-finals.Tahith Chong was one of those introduced and he was brought down by Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies, allowing Mason Greenwood to score United’s sixth from the penalty spot.– Empty stands annoy Guardiola –City manager Pep Guardiola hopes more fans show up at the Etihad Stadium for the derby in midweek after questioning why there were 15,000 empty seats for his side’s 4-0 stroll past Fulham.Nearly 40,000 were in attendance to see Tim Ream’s sixth-minute red card give the Championship side a mountain to climb after he hauled down Gabriel Jesus inside the box.Ilkay Gundogan converted the resulting penalty before Bernardo Silva’s smart turn and shot quickly doubled City’s advantage.The visitors then held out for nearly an hour but two headers in three minutes from Jesus gave the scoreline a more accurate reflection of the English champions’ dominance.“Hopefully more people can come than today, hopefully (they) can support us more,” said Guardiola.“I don’t know the reason why, but it was not full.”Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool youngsters heldMan Utd, Man City cruise in FA CupLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool let a 2-0 lead slip as League One Shrewsbury earned a FA Cup fourth round replay at Anfield thanks to a 2-2 draw, whilst Manchester United and Manchester City cruised into the fifth round on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp showed his focus is very much on a first Premier League title for 30 years as he made 11 changes to the side that won at Wolves on Thursday.However, unlike against Everton in the third round, the German’s gamble did not pay off.“Well deserved for Shrewsbury, it was the minimum they deserved. Congratulations to them,” said Klopp, who was forced to throw on Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the final stages in the search for a winner.“We don’t have enough time to say all the things which weren’t right today.”Despite a calm finish from 18-year-old Curtis Jones to open the scoring on 15 minutes, Liverpool never settled as Shrewsbury missed a host of chances to level before the break.A freak own goal from Donald Love then doubled the visitors’ lead a minute into the second half, but the Shrews did not give up on their shot at shocking the European champions and were given a lifeline when substitute Jason Cummings converted a penalty.Cummings then sent New Meadow into raptures by slotting low under Adrian 15 minutes from time.“It was a dream come true against the best team in the world. Going to Anfield is what it’s all about,” said Cummings.– Relief for Solskjaer –United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was badly in need of a convincing performance after 2-0 defeats to Liverpool and Burnley over the past seven days and got a response with a 6-0 thrashing of third-tier Tranmere.Many tipped the Red Devils to get bogged down on a sandy surface at Prenton Park, but a flying start thanks to a host of unlikely goalscorers ensured there was no chance of an upset.“This game was one where everyone apart from Man United fans wanted us to lose,” said Solskjaer.last_img read more

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Former Indian coach Greg Chappell claims this Indian legend is the ‘most powerful batsman’…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFP/PTIAdvertisement botlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5v4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Epo3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) vx6Would you ever consider trying this?😱8r17fCan your students do this? 🌚3ga2Roller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian cricket team has seen its share of hard hitting batsmen. From the days of Sunil Gavaskar, through the reigning era of Sachin Tendulkar and now the swashbucking opener Rohit Sharma- Team India had plenty of run machines in its lineup from past to present. However, a former coach of the squad, Greg Chappell puts one Indian batsman above all else as the ‘most powerful batsman’, and yes, you guessed it right- its the iconic Mahendra Singh Dhoni!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/PTIA young and zestful MS Dhoni entered the senior team in 2004, just a year before Greg Chappell’s controversial two year tenure from 2005 to 2007 as the coach of the squad. In addition to taking up captaincy and lifting the 2007 World T20 trophy, Dhoni was gaining reverence for his ruthless batting power, something that didn’t go unnoticed by the Aussie gaffer.Chappell was present in a Facebook live session with Playwrite Foundation, where he recalled the thunderous batting prowess of a young Mahi during his early days with the team.Advertisement “I vividly remember that I was left awestruck when I saw him batting for the first time. He was definitely the most exciting cricketer in India at that time. He used to hit the ball from the most unusual positions. He is the most powerful batsman I have ever seen,” Chappell said in the live session.The 71 year old remembered the famous 2005 Sri Lanka ODI series- which solidified Dhoni’s place in the Men in Blue squad for his 183-off-145 not out innings in the 3rd match of the series in Jaipur.Advertisement “I remember his knock of 183 against Sri Lanka and how he tore them apart. It was power hitting at its very best. The next match was in Pune,” Chappell went on about his convo with MS: “why don’t you play along the ground more instead of trying to hit every ball to the boundary’.He continued: “We were chasing 260 odd and were in a good position and Dhoni was playing a contrasting innings to the one he had played just a couple of days before.Following a striking performance in the 3rd ODI, Dhoni landed another impressive during their chase of 262 in the 4th ODI in Pune, scoring a 43-ball-45, and ended the chase with a stunning over boundary.“We still needed 20 runs to win and Dhoni asked me, through 12th man RP Singh if he could hit sixes. I told him not until the target was in single digit. When we needed six runs to win, he finished the game with a six,” Chappell added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Read which cricketer is the ‘front runner’ for Arjuna Award 2020 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Smith, Dotson, Dabney Voted Football Players of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Davion Davis, Sam Houston State; Lorran Fonseca, Nicholls. Defensive Player of the Week: Kenny Dotson, Nicholls – Jr. – Defensive Lineman – Plaquemine, La.Dotson registered 3.5 sacks in the win at SFA, totaling eight tackles with 4.0 going for losses. He had 3.0 sacks entering the week to help Nicholls to its No. 2 ranking in the league standings, accounted for minus-22 yards lost while notching two of his sacks on third down. His 3.5 sacks are the most for any player in the conference this year. The Colonel defense limited SFA to 261 yards on offense and 2.6 yards per carry. Honorable Mention: Trent Jackson, McNeese; Raphael Lewis, Houston Baptist; Sam Denmark, Abilene Christian; Juan Jackson, Central Arkansas. Nicholls (8-2, 7-1 SLC) still has a chance to grab a share of the regular season title, capping its regular season at Southeastern Louisiana (5-5, 5-3 SLC) on Thursday at 6 p.m. A win and a Central Arkansas loss would secure a share of the crown for the Colonels. The game will broadcast on Cox Sports TV and ESPN3. Lamar (2-8, 1-7 SLC) hosts McNeese (8-2, 6-2 SLC) on Saturday in the 27th River Bell Classic – the final game of the Southland football season. The rivalry matchup kicks off at 7 p.m. on Eleven Sports and Southland Digital Network. The all-time River Bell series is currently tied at 13-13. Special Teams Player of the Week: Brandon Dabney, Lamar – Jr. – Defensive Back – Manteca, Calif.With Houston Baptist seemingly in control of the game, Brandon Dabney made a momentum changing play that turned the game around. On fourth-down and two from the HBU 30, Dabney broke through the line to block the Huskies’ punt which was recovered in the end zone to tie the game. It was one of two blocks for the LU special teams on the day, as the Cardinals rallied for their first Southland victory of the season, winning 23-16. Offensive Player of the Week: Tahj Smith, Nicholls – Fr. – Running Back – LaPlace, La.Heading into the game with only one carry for his career, the redshirt freshman subbed in after the Colonels’ two starting running backs left the game due to injury. He went on to total 177 yards on 23 carries, which is the second-highest single-game rushing yard total for a Southland player this season. His longest rush of the game was a 33-yarder and he capped his career day with a 20-yard scramble for his first touchdown. Smith was one of two Colonels to eclipse the 100-yard mark (Kyran Irvin – 160) in the win over 34-14 win over Stephen F. Austin as Nicholls finished with 418 yards on the ground.center_img FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Tahj Smith and Kenny Dotson, and Brandon Dabney of Lamar are the Southland Conference Football Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Freshman running back Smith was tabbed Offensive Player of the Week, junior defensive lineman Dotson earned defensive honors and junior defensive back Dabney was named Special Teams Player of the Week. Honorable Mention: Yedidiah Louis, Sam Houston State; Luke Anthony, Abilene Christian; James Tabary, McNeese. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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