RelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL African top table tennis star, Aruna Quadri, has sailed through to the main draw at the ongoing ITTF World Tour 2020 German Open at GETEC Arena in Magdeburg. The Nigerian lad continued from where he left it in the third round of preliminary with an out-of-this-world performance against Czech Republic’s Pavel Sirucek in the fourth round of preliminary to confirm his place in the elite stage of the tournament. To ascertain his place in the elite stage (main draw) of the men’s singles as the only surviving African in the competition, Quadri defeated the Czech by 11-3, 5-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9. Earlier in the day, the Nigerian produced a dramatic comeback from a 3-0 loss to trump 4-3 against Finland’s Olah Benedek in the third round of preliminary. Quadri, ranked 18th, will slug it out with the top seeded 16 players in the main draw, which serves off on Thursday. His compatriots, Segun Toriola, Olajide Omotayo, and 2019 ITTF Africa Cup Champion, Omar Assar of Egypt, have all crashed out of the competition.Tags: 2019 ITTF Africa Cup Championsaruna quadriGETEC ArenaMAgdeburg
Boss Ronald Koeman admits Southampton must rebuild their waning confidence as they try to cling on to their European dream. The Saints have won just once in their last five Barclays Premier League games and have failed to score in their last three outings after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at West Brom. They remain fifth in the table, but Liverpool will go above them on Sunday if they beat Manchester City. Southampton host Crystal Palace on Tuesday and Koeman insists they have to improve. “The whole team’s form is down on earlier this season. There’s a little less confidence than we had, but the best thing for confidence is to win and next Tuesday is important,” he said. “I was always realistic. I never thought we’d qualify for the Champions League because a lot of big teams normally fight for that in the table. “We have to fight for more points than Southampton did last season. We’ll play our way and see what happens. “We have to accept it and keep going. Every game is a difficult one and every team is fighting to win. The problem is going a goal down, it’s more difficult.” Saido Berahino scored after just 70 seconds to win the game and Koeman was forced to make a tactical change, taking off defender Florin Gardos for winger Eljero Elia after just 25 minutes. But the boss had no regrets over his line-up, despite the slow start which cost them the game. “If I had to do the line-up again I’d do same. This season we’ve played two or three times out of this system and won every game,” he said. Press Association “The players know the system and we have the players to do it, but at 1-0 down we always had three defenders against one attacker and being 1-0 down made it a different game.” Berahino scored his 17th goal of the season with a rasping half-volley from the edge of the box, but limped off in the second half with a foot injury. He, along with Brown Ideye, is a doubt for Tuesday’s derby at Aston Villa, but, after being injured at Sunderland last week, head coach Tony Pulis praised the match-winner. “It’s a wonderful strike, a wonderful goal, there’s no questioning his talent. He’s a top-class talent and over the past couple of weeks he has really bought into what we’re trying to do,” said Pulis. “He works so hard and his attitude has been very good. He’s played with an injection in his foot, he’s not trained all week. He’s the icing on the cake, that extra bit of quality.” The Baggies moved up to 13th and are eight points clear of the bottom three after the win and Pulis was intrigued by the tactical battle with the Saints. “They changed the shape of their team and we didn’t realise that until an hour before the game,” he said. “So we changed ours a little bit, instead of having James Morrison and (Craig) Gardner wider, we brought them in a little bit to what as effectively a diamond and they did the job brilliantly. “I was really disappointed Southampton changed their shape back, when they did they caused us more problems.”
Claudio Ranieri is targeting only one more signing before the transfer window closes – with a midfielder the missing piece in the jigsaw for the Leicester manager. Press Association The 34-year-old was out of contract this summer and decided against extending his stay at the King Power Stadium, since signing for Greek champions Olympiacos. Leicester have been linked with several midfielders, the latest of which is Napoli’s Switzerland international Gokhan Inler, although Ranieri is not keen on the idea of flooding the Foxes team with foreign imports. Asked about his transfer plans, Ranieri said: “One more. A midfielder. I think one is enough. Of course, if two arrive then I’m happy! “Now I work in England I want an English player, because I think it is important to understand the mentality of the nation. In England I want an English player. In Spain I want more Spanish players. In Italy I want Italian players. “This is my philosophy. The player who comes must understand the English philosophy – you must play hard until the end of the match. “That is important. If you change too much from this then the philosophy could change too much, which is not good. “First we choose the English player then we make comparisons with other players and choose which is best for us. But sometimes clubs go abroad because the English player costs too much.” It has been reported that Leicester and Napoli have agreed a fee for Inler but the player has yet to be convinced by the move. “I want to speak about the finish when there is something concrete,” said Ranieri when asked about the 31-year-old. “The club are speaking to a lot of players. I want to wait and look what happens.” David Nugent completed his move to Sky Bet Championship club Middlesbrough on Friday, but Ranieri has no plans to bring in a replacement striker. He said: “No because in this moment I have four strikers and the combinations are good. (Leonardo) Ulloa, (Andrej) Kramaric, (Jamie) Vardy and Okazaki – it’s enough. “I have too many players. I know there are players who want to go to play, everybody wants to play.” Leicester travel to West Ham on Saturday looking to build on their winning start to the season, after beginning the campaign with a 4-2 home victory over Sunderland. If the Foxes were impressive last weekend, then the Hammers were even more so in winning 2-0 against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Ranieri said: ” They had a very good result, better than us. Who could believe Arsenal would lose the match? I watched the match and West Ham were outstanding. “(West Ham manager) Slaven Bilic has really good experience of the national team, he knows West Ham well. “I think it will be an open game, they can win, we can win and even a draw is alright.” Leicester make the trip with only midfielder Matty James set to miss the game due to his knee problem. The Foxes have brought in five players so far this summer in the shape of Robert Huth, Shinji Okazaki , Christian Fuchs, N’Golo Kante and Yohan Benalouane, with the latter two arriving since Ranieri’s appointment a month ago. The Italian’s third new addition is likely to be a replacement for Esteban Cambiasso , who played a crucial role in keeping the Midlands club in the Barclays Premier League last season.
James Anderson is suffering with a calf injury.Anderson has taken 575 wickets in 149 Tests at 26.94.England also have another pace-bowling option in Sam Curran. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Derby: England star James Anderson has been ruled out of the remainder of the Ashes series with a calf injury, in a blow to home hopes of winning the series against Australia.Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker, has not bowled in the series since breaking down with the injury after delivering just four overs in Australia’s 251-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston.The 37-year-old Lancashire paceman had tried to get fit for the fourth Test at his Old Trafford home ground starting on Wednesday.But after bowling during a second XI match against Durham this week he has been declared unfit for the final two Tests of the series.On the same day Australia had better news, with star batsman Steve Smith proving his fitness by batting in his first competitive game since suffering concussion after being felled by fast bowler Jofra Archer in the second Ashes test.Smith, in the middle for 47 minutes in Australia’s three-day match against Derbyshire, faced 38 balls and struck two fours on his way to a total of 23 before he was caught out. Not a great innings but a morale booster for the tourists.England will travel to Manchester all square at 1-1 in the five-match contest after Ben Stokes’s stunning 135 not saw them to a dramatic one-wicket win in the third Test at Headingley last week.”England and Lancashire seamer James Anderson has been ruled out for the rest of the Specsavers Ashes series,” said an England and Wales Cricket Board statement issued Friday.”Whilst bowling in the ninth over on Thursday in Lancashire’s second XI four-day friendly against Durham at Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club, Anderson became aware of right calf pain following on from 20 overs he had bowled on Tuesday.”He immediately sought a medical assessment from Lancashire and was withdrawn from the remainder of the game,” the statement added.”Further review with the ECB medical team has confirmed that he will be unavailable for the remaining two Specsavers Ashes Tests.”Anderson has taken 575 wickets in 149 Tests at 26.94.His tally is the most by any quick bowler, with Anderson fourth in the all-time list of leading Test wicket-takers.And his new-ball partnership with Stuart Broad is the most-successful in Tests between two fast bowlers they have taken more than 850 wickets in games together.Anderson may now have made his final Ashes appearance given he will be 39 by the time England tour Australia in 2021/22.And it’s possible his Test career could be over, although the prospect of becoming the first fast bowler to 600 wickets in the format may spur him on to make a comeback on England’s upcoming tours of New Zealand and South Africa.England have now added Somerset quick Craig Overton into a 13-man squad for the fourth Test.Overton, who has appeared in three Tests, is back in the squad for the first time since March 2018 when he played in Englandâ€™s loss to New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland.In eight County Championship matches this season, the 25-year-old has taken 32 wickets at an average of 21.34.England also have another pace-bowling option in Surrey left-armer Sam Curran, who has retained his squad place after not featuring in the XI at Headingley.Overton and Curran will likely be vying for the role of a fourth paceman along with Chris Woakes in an England seam attack where Broad has taken 14 wickets at 25.35 so far this series.But the emergence of express fast bowler and World Cup winning starÂ Archer has added a new dimension to Englandâ€™s bowling in Test.Meanwhile the willingness of paceman Stokes, in his own words, to do the ‘hard yards’ makes the all-rounder, Englandâ€™s vice-captain, a key man with both bat and ball for skipper Joe Root.Despite being bowled out for just 67 – their lowest Ashes total in 71 years – in the first innings at Headingley, England have retained the same set of specialist batsmen, although they could yet rejig their top order.England squad:Rory Burns (Surrey), Jason Roy (Surrey), Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Joe Denly (Kent), Ben Stokes (Durham), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire, wkt), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jack Leach (Somerset), Sam Curran (Surrey), Craig Overton (Somerset). highlights
Associated Press LEADING THE CHARGE: Colorado’s McKinley Wright IV has averaged 14.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists while Tyler Bey has put up 13.2 points and 8.8 rebounds. For the Cougars, CJ Elleby has averaged 18 points and 7.8 rebounds while Isaac Bonton has put up 13.3 points.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Wright has directly created 46 percent of all Colorado field goals over the last five games. The junior guard has 37 field goals and 23 assists in those games.SCORING THRESHOLDS: Washington State is 8-0 when it limits opponents to 61 or fewer points, and 7-16 when opposing teams exceed 61 points. Colorado is 18-0 when holding opponents to 67 points or fewer, and 3-10 whenever teams score more than 67 on the Buffaloes.PERFECT WHEN: The Buffaloes are 18-0 when they hold opposing teams to 67 points or fewer and 3-10 when opponents exceed 67 points. The Cougars are 8-0 when they hold opponents to 61 points or fewer and 7-16 when opponents exceed 61 points.DID YOU KNOW: The Colorado defense has allowed only 63.7 points per game to opponents this season, ranking the Buffaloes 29th among Division I teams. The Washington State offense has averaged 69.5 points through 31 games (ranked 204th, nationally). ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com March 10, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 11 seed Washington State (15-16, 6-12) vs. No. 6 seed Colorado (21-10, 11-8)Pac-12 Conference Tournament First Round, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Washington State is set to match up against Colorado in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Jan. 23, when the Buffaloes outshot Washington State 45.6 percent to 37.3 percent and hit 13 more free throws en route to a 22-point victory. Washington St. meets Colorado in Pac-12 tourney
PRESIDENT of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), Victor Montagliani says that although football in Guyana still has some way to go, the sport in the country is on the right path with its strategic planning and objectives.As it pertains to where Guyana stands among the other 41 CONCACAF member states, Montagliani is impressed with how Guyana is going about rectifying the years of destruction, and impediments that the sport has faced over the years. He’s particularly glad about how things are coming on the youth development front.“From what I’ve seen (Guyana) is ahead in terms of the vision. Guyana has a very clear vision on what they need to do and I think they’re focusing on the right areas. It’s the planning and vision that’s quite important and on that end, Guyana is far ahead of where it has been, and in terms of where we are in CONCACAF.” Montagliani told Chronicle Sport yesterday.It’s a matter of putting action to theory to see Guyana football take off to where it needs to be; now all that’s needed is time.“Obviously the implementation and execution is going to take some time, but definitely in terms of the vision, I would say (Guyana) is in the top echelons in terms of what needs to get done. Now you have to do it, and you’re starting to do it, as we’ve seen.”Montagliani recognises that on the whole, member states and CONCACAF at large have a lot of rebuilding that needs to be done, and the work has only just begun for everyone.“We need to be much further ahead. We’ve had 50 years of politics rather than 50 years of football, we’re behind other confederations in the rest of the world, and because CONCACAF is behind other confederations vicariously, our member associations are behind others, and it’s all relative. Even our big federations are probably not where they should be,” he pointed out.Montagliani says it’s only through working together can all the Federations get where they need to be, and he is strongly advocating the need to work as one. He pointed to other confederations such as the Union of European Football Associations and Confederation of African Football where, he says, such models have worked.“The days of what CONCACAF can do for you are gone, now it’s what we can do together. We’ve established a mandate of one CONCACAF. Only together we can get there. Football is a very simple game, it’s not brain surgery, and when you do come together, you can have results. Unfortunately we haven’t lived that in CONCACAF until the last nine months,” he said.Montagliani took over as CONCACAF president last year May, taking over a position that was tainted after the two preceding presidents, Jeffrey Webb and Jack Warner, were both embroiled in corruption scandals.Montagliani has since taken on the uphill task of rebuilding the body’s image. Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has also seen its share of controversy, and has also been working on rebuilding its image since it came under the new management of president Wayne Forde, just over a year ago.Arriving in Guyana last Monday, Montagliani came here to hold discussions with the GFF, as well as government officials. Yesterday he paid courtesy calls on the Director of Sport Christopher Jones, National Sports Commission (NSC) Chairman Ivan Persaud and Minister of State Joseph Harmon. Montagliani was scheduled to leave Guyana early this morning.Montagliani acknowledged that his visit was not necessarily to give directions of mandates to the Guyana side, but to simply survey and pay attention.“It wasn’t anything specific,” he said of the visit.“It was more coming here to listen, it’s important that as leaders we listen more than we talk. Through listening there are questions you ask. There are questions on marketing, questions on administration, and obviously there were football questions as well. I think listening has led to some excellent positive dialogue.”
Sunshine, beaches and tropical drinks await a large portion of students this coming week. Saunas, weight rooms and wrestling mats await a group of UW wrestlers who qualified for the 2008 NCAA Championships, taking place March 20-22 in St. Louis.Eight Wisconsin grapplers will spend their spring break fine-tuning their skills in preparation for the final weekend of competition. Dallas Herbst leads the group heading in, after improving his overall record to 28-4 en route to a third place finish at last weekend’s Big Ten tournament.All in all, head coach Barry Davis was happy with the overall performance of his team last weekend at the conference tournament.“You look at it, four guys who weren’t supposed to go are going (to the NCAAs),” said Davis of unranked Collin Cudd, Jake Donar, Dan Clum and Trevor Brandvold. “And we’ve got one who should have gone but isn’t. I seriously thought we had a chance to get all 10 through. It’s a meat grinder. The guys who got through, they had good wins. Overall we did alright.”The one that got away, so to speak, is senior Craig Henning. Henning, last year’s national runner-up at 157 pounds, ran into trouble at the Big Tens. Henning lost his quarterfinal match-up in a close 4-2 loss to C.P. Schlatter of Minnesota, then lost a 6-3 decision to Purdue’s Nicholas Bertucci.“I think he left it to the very end of the match,” Davis said of Henning, who leaves UW as a two-time All-American with a record of 105-29. “You can’t do that, and that?s what he did. He got caught. That’s why when you go out you have to dominate. If you go out to dominate, then you’re going to win. It’s unfortunate.”Despite that setback, there are still high hopes of great performances from those going. Junior Zach Tanelli is now a two-time qualifier after finishing fifth at the Big Tens. Tanelli, currently 25-10, was content with his performance but knows that a great regular season doesn’t always spell out success in the postseason.“I’ve had a decent year,” Tanelli said. “But it really doesn’t matter all that much. Last year my regular season was good, and my postseason was terrible. I’ve had all year to think about that. I’d sacrifice my regular season for an excellent postseason, and that’s what I’m focusing on.”Another qualifier, senior Cudd, is looking at it in somewhat of an opposite approach. Cudd, now a four-time NCAA qualifier, went 3-2 at the Big Tens to earn fifth and an automatic bid to nationals. Despite entering the tournament with a 17-8 overall record but only 2-5 in the Big Ten, Cudd acknowledges the one thing that has gotten him this far.“Hard work,” said Cudd. “That?s how I’ve made it to the NCAAs four times. Hard work and the help of my coaches. Realizing that if I put this much effort into not only wrestling but anything I do, I can accomplish my goals and get to where I want to go in life.”As the next week goes by, the Badgers will focus on the little things while awaiting the first round matchups, due out early next week. Until then, Davis can reflect on the season with a smile and know the future is bright.“We’ve had some really good wins this year, a lot of ranked teams,” said Davis. “But it’s not done yet. We still have a chance to reach the goals we set as a team and individual-wise. I think we’re a much better team than we were last year. We’re on the rise, we’ve got some good recruits coming in, so I think we’ve got a very bright future. But right now the future is next week.”
Sting and Shaggy, the most unlikely combination, have made a favorable start with 44/876, their joint album which was released last week. It debuts at number nine in the British national chart alongside some heavy hitters.Rapper J. Cole tops the chart with The Greatest Showman for the 14th non-consecutive week. British group The Shires, veteran Australian singer Kylie Minogue and British star Ed Sheeran also have entries in the Top 10.Shaggy and Sting have been making the media rounds since announcing their surprise collaboration in late 2017. Their first appearance together was at the Shaggy and Friends charity show in Kingston, Jamaica in January.They have appeared on a number of high-profile shows including The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on NBC and The View on ABC.To date, two songs have been released from 44/876: Morning is Coming and Don’t Make Me Wait. The set sold 10,000 copies in its opening week.The album brings together two artists whose best days as mega sellers have long passed. Sting, a Briton, had remarkable success with reggae-pop band The Police during the 1980s. He was even more successful as a solo act with easy-listening songs like Fields of Gold and Englishman in New York.Kingston-born Shaggy is one of dancehall’s best-selling acts. His Boombastic and Hot Shots albums sold millions internationally on the backs of pop hits like Boombastic, In The Summertime, It Wasn’t Me and Angel.The two are expected to start a 31-date tour of Europe on June 19 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 in El Clasico on SundayVinicius Junior and Mariano were both on target for Los Blancos as they secured a first victory over Barcelona in eight matches.Vinicius finished from an angle on the left via a deflection before Mariano made the points safe in stoppage time.In between those strikes there were chances for either side to score – Karim Benzema fired over the bar for Real Madrid while Barcelona’s new signing, Martin Braithwaite also failed to find the net.Before the weekend, Real Madrid had not beaten Barcelona in their last seven encounters and had only won one of their last 10 competitive encounters.At the Santiago Bernabeu, Barcelona had been dominant as well, winning five of the last six meetings there.In fact, Madrid had not beaten Barca at home – or anywhere for that matter – since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Italy.But the youngsters rose to the occasion for the capital side as they earned a huge win in the title race in Spain.Take a look at the strikes below:
Matchday 21 is done and dusted. There weren’t a great many goals, but there were plenty storylines from across Ghana. Here’re a few bits and bobs from our man Kweku Arhin–1. Richard Kingson performs another magicLast weekend, Richard Kingson was all in the news for making a miraculous comeback in Olympics 1-0 victory over Liberty. He had not been expected to play after going down injured a day earlier in the Stephen Appiah testimonial.This weekend, the veteran was set to make another appearance in the league until he pulled up in the warm up. Osei Boateng took his place.JoySports checks on what the issue was has not yielded fruit. For now, we can assume Olele’s injury is felt a week after actually incurring it. These are questions we can once again pose to the footballing gods! Speedy recovery to the legend and hope to see him in goal next week as Olympics play Bechem United!2. Ahmed Toure is HumanAfter 90 minutes of grueling action in Tarkwa, the Medeama v Kotoko game was heading for a goalless draw until referee Samuel Sukah awarded a penalty to the Porcupine Warriors.Up stepped Ahmed Toure. The headlines were being already written at the Joy Sports editorial desk. Ahmed Toure was set to convert his second penalty in two weeks to secure all three points for Kotoko again. Unfortunately, the Ivorian destroyed the scripts as he missed the penalty to end the game in a stalemate. The miss infuriated the Kotoko followers to the extent that a furious fan blamed Toure for trying to speed Duncan’s departure.How a thought like this can still be generated in 21st century is still baffling but one thing is sure: Ahmed Toure is human after all.3. Errr…what were those white handkerchiefs for?Six minutes into Hearts’ home game with Hasaacas, the visiting side were two up courtesy Emmanuel Ankobiah’s strikes. The game will forever be remembered for the wrong reasons as assistant ref Badiun Alhassan was struck by an object.But on the other side, the Hearts Twitter account posted an image of two handkerchiefs lying in each half of the field. Ways and means it is? Were those two handkerchiefs the two goals of Emmanuel Ankobiah? The footballing gods are the best to answer these but for the rest of us, Hasaacas won and more pressure has been mounted on Herbert’s shoulders4. Inter Allies back. Or are they?Paa Kwasi Fabin’s side had been on a seven-game winless streak prior to matchday 20. Two back-to-back wins against Wa All Stars and Olympics have seen the Tema side jump as high as seventh, seven points behind the league leaders and two points behind the top four places.Fabin had outlined a top four position and his targets are well and truly on course. With an away game against B.A United in Accra and a game in Tema against Hasaacas next on the radar for the Inter Allies, they are assured of picking more points. Who knows they can challenge Ashantigold for the title should the Obuasi side slip up. Inter Allies still remain unbeaten in the second round.5. BA United finally break their away duckThe bottom placed side had played ten games away and for all these ten games, they came back with a defeat. Their trip to the dreaded Wa park had only one outcome: another loss.To the surprise of many and to the credit of the Sunyani side, they picked up a point where Hearts and AshGold failed. The onus lies on them now to build upon this impressive point as the league has 8 more matches to go. With the closeness of the league, 16 out of 24 points can see a miraculous survival for B.A United.6. Edubiase are generousNew Edubiase’s two goal loss at the hands of Chelsea increased the goals conceded tally for the Bekwai side. After matchday 21, Edubiase have now let in a whopping 33 goals. They concede a high number of goals and this could be their undoing at the end of the season.Edubiase currently sit 13th, one point clear of safety. If there is anything that wins football matches and trophies, they are goals scored and not goals conceded. Beware Edubiase! Your leaky nature could send you to the soccer wilderness earlier than you anticipate7. Impressive goal by game ratioAfter 168 league matches, 355 goals have been scored. This represents an average of 2.11 goals per game. Considering the pessimism associated with the league, this represents a more than decent number.In plain words, every league game averages two goals. The quality of the league has come under much scrutiny but the numbers and stats prove the teams really have something to play for. This has been further attributed by the closeness of the teams. If the following weeks are going to repeat this trend, the league will certainly go down to the wire and Ghanaians can be assured of a final day drama – the drama we feel in other leagues where team officials and fans are all glued to the radio sets during matches to update themselves on the happenings of other league games.Brace yourselves for this drama. If possible, you can start purchasing yourself few blood pressure equalizers.–Follow Kweku on Twitter : @nana_odum. Get more from the #JoySports hashtag on Twitter and Facebook