Why I gave Aribo starting role against Benin — Rohr

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Gernot Rohr has revealed he had a change of heart and picked Joe Aribo because his father was watching from the stands when the Super Eagles took on the Squirrels of Benin Republic in Match Day 1 of the African Cup of Nations 2020 qualifiers.The Rangers ace helped the Super Eagles beat Benin 2-1 as he continued to impress for his country following his debut earlier this season.Rohr had earlier insisted he wouldn’t consider Aribo from the start because he only arrived in Uyo, where the game was being staged, a few hours before kick off, having played and scored in Rangers’ 2-0 Premiership win at Livingston on Sunday.But a familiar face watching from the stands changed his stance.He said: “Joe Aribo told me he was not tired, despite the long flights to get here and I have confidence in my players when they tell me they are ready to play.“Also his father was here at the stadium and this was only his second time coming into the country, so it was important for him to play.“And I think we can all be happy he was able to play because he contributed a lot to this win.”Aribo has become an instant hit with Nigeria and netted in the win over Brazil in September. Tags: Gernot RohrSuper Eagleslast_img read more

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Sherwood wants future resolving

first_img Spurs ended the campaign in style as Paulinho’s strike, a Nathan Baker own-goal and Emmanuel Adebayor’s penalty sealed a comfortable 3-0 win over Aston Villa which secured qualification for next season’s Europa League. Whether Sherwood will be still be in charge, however, is unknown with chairman Daniel Levy widely expected to make another managerial change this summer. “I think it would make sense to have it resolved as soon as possible – I’m not sure what’s going to happen, I haven’t spoken to Daniel about what the future holds,” Sherwood said. “We need to have a sit down and we need to have a chat. “I’ve enjoyed it, it’s been great, it’s been an honour to manage this football club and long may it continue.” He added: “If it is to be my last game, life goes on. There were no tears shed out there on the lap of honour. “This club means a lot to me but if I’m not to continue here as manager I’ll be somewhere else.” Levy included an end-of-season message to the fans in the matchday programme but chose not to mention Sherwood at all. The Spurs chairman criticised the team’s style of football this season, writing: “Even in games where we gained maximum points, our football was not always what we have come to expect and associate with our club.” Sherwood believes the comment was aimed at his predecessor Andre Villas-Boas and insists he has delivered what was asked of him in December. Tim Sherwood insists he will not be shedding any tears if he is axed as Tottenham boss but believes it would be best for everyone if his future is resolved as soon as possible. Press Association “I’ve got a 59 per cent win ratio in the Premier League and I think if I had started the season in charge we’d be in the Champions League,” Sherwood said. “I don’t think that comment is about me – my brief when I came to the club was to try to score a few more goals. “We’d scored 15 when I took the job and we’ve scored 40 goals since then.” He continued: “It’ll be interesting to see how I’ve been judged and what I’ve been judged on. “It can’t be on results, can it? If I’m to leave it can’t be on results.” Sherwood’s uncertain future did not dampen his enthusiasm during the game at White Hart Lane. In the 84th minute of the match, the Tottenham head coach turned to a vocal supporter before letting him wear a club gilet and sit on the Spurs bench. “That guy is an expert,” Sherwood said. “Seriously, every week he tells me what to do – this one is rubbish, that one is an embarrassment, why don’t you play more attacking? Why don’t you shore it up? “So I gave him the opportunity to do the job.” He joked: “It’s all light-hearted. We’ve got the police looking for him now because he’s nicked the club gilet.” Villa boss Paul Lambert endured a less cheery afternoon with his own supporters as he listened to a number of critical chants from the travelling fans throughout the match. Villa, who finished 15th in the table, only won one of their last nine games and Lambert says he can understand the supporters’ frustrations. “It’s never nice because the lads have given everything in their body to avoid relegation and get over the line,” he said. “Supporters come a long, long way and pay good money to watch and try to see their team win. You’ve got to be big enough to take it.” Lambert added: “They’re a young group of players as it is and it’ll probably affect even the experienced ones. “Nobody likes to be criticised, it’s human nature, but you come through it and when you do it’ll certainly make you stronger. It’s not nice to hear but I understand it.” last_img read more

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Wenger: We owe the fans

first_img The Gunners left the Emirates Stadium faithful bitterly disappointed with their start to the new Barclays Premier League campaign following a 2-0 home defeat by West Ham. Having recovered with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Crystal Palace last weekend, Wenger believes it is time to deliver back at Ashburton Grove. Press Association “After two games, I don’t know how strong Liverpool will be,” he said. “I just think we can be very strong and we want to show it in our next game.” Alexis Sanchez is expected to start against Liverpool. The forward netted a deflected goal in the second half at Palace, capping another industrious display and one which came only a few weeks after helping Chile win the Copa America. Wenger said: “On Monday night, he will not be short of full fitness. It is surprising because when he has not got the basic fitness required, he has the mental resources to dig deep and be combative to fight. He also has the talent.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told his team they owe the home supporters to turn in a match-winning performance against Liverpool on Monday night. “If you want to have a successful season you want to be strong at home. We missed our first game and we had to look at ourselves,” said Wenger, whose side had entered the new campaign on the back of winning the FA Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley. “I believe we responded very well at Crystal Palace. Now we need to come back to our usual strength that we have at home. “For us against Liverpool is an important game because we know that a successful season is linked with our home strength and normally we are strong at home. This is an opportunity to show that.” Wenger added: “I believe that fans deserve a good home and away performance. We are here for that. “Our job is to make people who love this club happy. When you don’t do it, of course you feel guilty.” Liverpool have opened the new season with successive victories, albeit with some controversy surrounding Christian Benteke’s winning goal against Bournemouth. The Belgian, a £32.5million summer signing from Aston Villa, turned in Jordan Henderson’s cross despite Philippe Coutinho also attempting to score while being in an offside position. Wenger is not reading too much into the early-season form of any side. last_img read more

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Cricket News Shastri wants warm-up games before Australia Test series

first_imgNew Delhi: Their decision of not playing enough warm-up games ahead of the England tour questioned, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri now says they have requested the BCCI to arrange for a couple of practice matches before the Australia tour kicks off later this year.Ahead of the five-Test series, which it lost 1-4 to England, India played just one warm-up game. Even the lone four-day practice match against county side Essex was reduced to three days amid high drama over the condition of the pitch and the outfield, both of which apparently left the visitors unhappy.On Thursday, Shastri said he was not averse to the idea of playing practice games.Also Read | Sweet tooth raging out of control? Here’s how to tame those sugar cravings“Absolutely not. Why would we be?…You can only see the results (in the England Tests). Every time after the second Test we have improved. You can still get better. But why can’t we be in that position in the first Test match?,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.Shastri, though, was doubtful if practice games for the tour Down Under could be arranged due to a crammed schedule.“If you have two or three games against weaker sides we don’t mind because it is a game. But when you have a schedule as tight as this and when you have a memorandum of understanding that has already been formulated, with a choc-a-bloc calendar, there is very little you can do. Now, we have requested for a couple of games in Australia before the Test series. But is there space (to play those matches)? That is the question,” he wondered.Read More | Smartphones might be affecting your child’s development more than you knowIndia captain Virat Kohli had defended their decision of not playing enough warm-up games, saying such matches weren’t always useful as oppositions were often of poor quality and pitches not similar to the ones prepared for the Test matches.India’s Australia tour will start with a three-match T20I series, beginning November 21.“Ideally we would want two three- or four-day games before a Test series. But do you have the time? For example, we have a T20 series in Australia preceding the Test series. There is a 10-day gap before the first Test. These are things that have been approved earlier. It is not in our control.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Syracuse defense stifles nation’s top offense in decisive win over North Carolina

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 The North Carolina reserves stood on the sideline with their arms crossed — their eyes scanning the ground, watching the scoreboard, escaping the action in any way possible.The Tar Heels were down three goals, and Carly Reed had just lost control of the ball with 2:36 left in the game. Syracuse’s Kelly Cross had picked it up. At that point, all Syracuse needed to do was run out the clock.“They try and shift around with what they’re going to do,” SU defender Natalie Glanell said. “They’re down and they have to make some kind of adjustment. Some things might have worked for them, we had to follow and answer.”The Syracuse defense held North Carolina, the nation’s top scoring offense at more than 17 goals per game, to just 16 shots. The No. 3 Orange (13-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) forced 11 turnovers, and made an elite scoring team go stagnant in a 12-9 win over No. 1 North Carolina (12-2, 5-1) in front of a school-record 2,142 fans at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.The Tar Heels tallied just three goals in the first half, and even when they came back to tie the score at nine, the Syracuse defense kept them out of the cage the final 12:27 of game action.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Obviously we’ve got to prepare,” UNC head coach Jenny Levy said. “And we did prepare and credit their defense, they did a great job. I thought they brought great energy, executed well.”Levy said that it was the first half in which her team dug itself into a hole. UNC committed eight turnovers, with Levy noting that their threshold for each game is fewer than 10.With two minutes left in the half, the defense forced Sydney Holman to throw a ball awry. It started quickly skidding to the sideline by the Syracuse bench. All the SU players started jumping and yelling as the ball went out of play, giving the Orange an opportunity to run out the clock on the half.“If you don’t have the ball, you can’t score,” Levy said. “And if you get the ball and you turn it over, it doesn’t help. They dominated possession today.“SU head coach Gary Gait said his team adjusted on defense in the second half after a 6-2 UNC run over the course of 13 minutes tied the game at nine.He said the Tar Heels had to change up their offensive approach to get back in the game, and his players responded.“Everybody attacks a little differently and they attacked it a couple different ways,” Gait said. “And we made adjustments to where good players play their positions, and they overload one side and we balance. They made adjustments and we adjusted back.”What was expected to be a shootout between the nation’s two top offenses was anything but. The game was chippy and turnover heavy. There were three double-penalties, which resulted in toss-ins to decide possession.It was seemingly every play that officials blew their whistles.Levy said the officiating was “awful”, and Gait said he “unfortunately” couldn’t comment on it.But even though neither team could find an offensive flow, it was Syracuse’s stifling defense that prevented UNC from ever having a chance.“We prepared well, and we communicated and did the adjusting that we had to do in the second half,” Glanell said. “But again, as I always say, we stuck through and communicated.“We stayed very composed and played our defense and came out on top.” Commentslast_img read more

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Yoga Back Workshop Helps Reduce Spinal Pain, and Injuries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThere wasn’t an empty yoga mat Saturday at the Performance Locker as Dr. Maureen Mead hosted a back workshop for residents. Saturday’s class was set up for attendees to learn yoga poses and breathing exercises to relieve back pain and prevent injury.Dr. Mead said so many people don’t realize the damage they cause to their backs due to their habitat, and lifestyles. She also said the organs play a major role in connection to the bones including the backbones which is why breathing exercises is so important.“Breathing is the biggest because we can learn with our breath to know that our whole spine moves every time we inhale and exhale that we use the force of breath in the exhale and inhale to get into certain postures. The next thing is grounding. If we can ground certain parts of our body when we breathe we can open and release tension in other parts of our body whether it be spinal, or shoulders, or hips,” Dr. Mead explained.According to experts, 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some point in their life. Performance Locker plans to hold another back workshop in the near future.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Back Workshop, Health, Performance Locker, Spinal Injury, Spinal Pain, YogaContinue ReadingPrevious Arkadiusz Gruszka & Lukasz Wronski Win the 2017 SnoDrift Rally in Montmorency CountyNext Rogers City Student, Dy’Shauna Rutherford Wins 2nd Annual Student Film Competition: ‘BioDiversityIs-Unity’last_img read more

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Bismark Adjei-Boateng pens deal with Man City

first_imgGhana youngster Bismark Adjei-Boateng has signed a new deal with English giants Manchester City after completing a successful year on loan with Norwegian champions Stromsgodset.The was youngster lined alongside club team-mates Abdisalam Ibrahim and fellow RtD gradaute Razak Nuhu and impressed from midfield, scoring eight goals in 20 games as Stromsgodset won their first title in 43 years.Boateng has been Ghana’s most prolific midfielder in Europe this season following his exploits in Norway.With the season now over, Boateng, a product of the Right to Dream Academy, has flown back to Manchester to pen his new deal with Manuel Pellegrini and will now take a short break in Ghana before returning to Norway for another season.“I enjoyed playing alongside Abdi and playing my first full season at senior level,” said Boateng. “I had to work my way into the team, starting mainly from the bench and then earning a regular starting spot.“The race for the title went until the final day of the season because Rosenberg could still overtake us. We were playing third-placed Haugesund but we won 4-0 to make sure we were champions.“It’s been so many years that our fans just went crazy and were partying in the streets. Now we have the chance of entering next season’s Champions League, though we have to go through a qualifying process first.”A fast, ball-winning midfielder, Boateng models his game on Yaya Toure and is hoping to play alongside him for the Blues one day.“Though the standard in Norway is not as high as the Premier League, it’s probably on a par with the Championship,” he said. “It used to more kick and run football but last season a lot of teams were trying to play more of a passing game so things are improving. The only thing I found difficult was the cold at the start of the season – it was freezing! Even Manchester seems warm compared with Stromsgodset!“There are three Ghanaians at Stromsgodset with Razak and Adam Larsen Kwarasey and myself which helped me settle into Norwegian life really well. We have a couple of Norwegian internationals and a good manager in Ronny Deila and I have formed a great understanding with Abdi which I hope I we can continue next year.”A Ghana Under-17s international, Boateng is not expecting to force his way into the World Cup-bound national team for Ghana just yet. Ghana beat Egypt 6-1 in the first leg of their African World Cup play-off and have all-but booked their place in Brazil.“I’m looking forward to playing for Stromsgodset again but further down the line, I can’t wait to come back and train alongside players like Yaya Toure at City.“I’m going to go home to Ghana for a month now and see my father, two kid sisters and brother,” said Boateng who will hope to follow in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng (no relation). “After that it’s back to work and I’m really happy to have signed a new deal with City and look forward to returning with another year of senior football under my belt.”last_img read more

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NASCAR starting lineup at Michigan: Joey Logano claims pole as Fords dominate qualifying

first_imgJoey Logano claimed the pole for the Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, and he’ll have plenty of company from fellow Ford drivers up front.Fellow Ford driver Aric Almirola will start on the front row beside Logano, and Fords grabbed five of the top six positions and eight of the top 10 spots in qualifying Saturday for the FireKeepers Casino 400.  Alex Bowman to carry Tim Richmond’s paint scheme at Darlington That gives the manufacturer bragging rights at the track located about an hour west of Detroit. Every manufacturer wants to do well at Michigan, something Ford executive Edsel Ford II outlined in a dinner with Ford drivers this week.”We went to dinner the other night with Edsel, and he told us how important it was to have a victory here,” Logano told FS1 afterward. Related News Now, Logano, Almirola, Kevin Harvick – who qualified third – and the other Ford drivers will have to get the job done Sunday. Starting up front definitely helps.”It’s such a huge advantage to be on the front row here at Michigan,” Logano said, after winning his second pole of the season and the 22nd of his career.The only non-Ford drivers in the top 10 are Denny Hamlin (Toyota) fourth and Kurt Busch (Chevrolet) seventh. Former NASCAR CEO Brian France pleads guilty to DWI Race time is 2 p.m. Sunday.FireKeepers Casino 400 starting lineupStarting   Driver Car  No. 1Joey Logano22No. 2Aric Almirola10No. 3Kevin Harvick4No. 4Denny Hamlin11No. 5Clint Bowyer14No. 6Paul Menard21No. 7Kurt Busch1No. 8Brad Keselowski2No. 9Daniel Suarez41No. 10Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17No. 11Daniel Hemric8No. 12Austin Dillon3No. 13Ryan Blaney12No. 14Erik Jones20No. 15Kyle Busch18No. 16 Martin Truex Jr.19No. 17Chase Elliott9No. 18Ryan Newman6No. 19 Jimmie Johnson48No. 20Alex Bowman88No. 21William Byron24No. 22Kyle Larson42No. 23Michael McDowell34No. 24David Ragan38No. 25Ty Dillon13No. 26 Matt Tifft36No. 27Bubba Wallace43No. 28 Ryan Preece47No. 29 Matt DiBenedetto95No. 30Landon Cassill00No. 31Chris Buescher37No. 32Corey LaJoie32No. 33 Kyle Weatherman51No. 34Josh Bilicki52No. 35Quin Houff77No. 36Garrett Smithley15What time does the FireKeepers Casino 400 start?The FireKeepers Casino 400 will take place Sunday, June 9. Live coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET.What channel is the FireKeepers Casino 400 on?The FireKeepers Casino 400 will be televised on FS1. The race can also be live-streamed on the Fox Sports Go App or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial. NASCAR at Michigan: Odds, prediction, sleepers, drivers to watch for FireKeepers Casino 400last_img read more

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Aubameyang arrives at Arsenal

first_img– Aubameyang flies in –Sky Sports News reported later Tuesday that Aubameyang, 28, had arrived in Britain on a private jet before travelling to Arsenal’s training ground near London.Arsenal are understood to have agreed a fee of around £60 million with the Bundesliga club for the Gabon international but the German club will reportedly only sanction the move if they find a replacement.Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is reportedly a key cog in the transfer — either as a direct replacement for Aubameyang or as part of a three-way deal, with Giroud moving to Chelsea and Michy Batshuayi swapping Stamford Bridge for Dortmund.Reports in Italy suggest a Chelsea bid for Roma’s former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has been unsuccessful.Chelsea boss Antonio Conte refused to confirm speculation that the club are set to complete a deal for Roma defender Emerson Palmieri.He admitted recruiting defensive cover was a priority but would not reveal whether a transfer was likely and suggested a youth player could be introduced to the first team instead.Elsewhere, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 28, left Anfield on a loan deal until the end of the season after slipping down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp.Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu has become Javi Gracia’s first signing as Watford manager after arriving at Vicarage Road on loan until the end of the season.Millwall re-signed veteran Australia international Tim Cahill, 14 years after he left the Den to join Everton.Celtic have signed Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda on an 18-month contract, with left-back Baba Rahman departing Stamford Bridge for Schalke in a similar arrangement.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with his LamborghiniAubameyang arrives at Arsenal, Man City seal Laporte deal, London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City completed the signing of Aymeric Laporte on Tuesday as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly arrived at Arsenal’s training ground to finalise his transfer from Borussia Dortmund, with clubs scrambling to beat Wednesday’s deadline.Premier League leaders City are reported to have paid a club record £57 million ($80 million, 65 million euros) for Athletic Bilbao defender Laporte, eclipsing the £55 million they paid for Kevin De Bruyne.The 23-year-old is also the second most expensive defender in history behind Virgil Van Dijk, who cost Liverpool £75 million from Southampton earlier this month.Last week, Alexis Sanchez signed for Manchester United from Arsenal in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and with the clock ticking, it appears Arsene Wenger will land Aubameyang to boost his forward options.“I am very happy to be here,” Laporte said in a statement on Manchester City’s website . “City are a club with a lot of ambition and they are one of the best teams in Europe.“I am looking forward to working under Pep Guardiola and trying to help the club to achieve success.”City boss Guardiola said Laporte was ready to play straight away but may need time to adapt to the Premier League.“He’s fit, he’s been playing the last period,” Guardiola told reporters. “Of course he has to adapt because the Premier League is special in many senses.“He is intelligent, he will read what is the situation. Even for English players, when they come into the Premier League it’s always a little bit tough. We will be patient because he doesn’t come for three months, he comes for five years.”Guardiola has now spent more than £200 million on reinforcing his defence, bringing in Laporte alongside Benjamin Mendy (£52m), John Stones (£47.5m) and Kyle Walker (£45m).A France international at all youth levels, Laporte has been frustrated at continually being overlooked by senior team coach Didier Deschampslast_img read more

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