NPFL: No Rangers Decision on Amapakabo Yet

first_imgEnugu Rangers head coach Imama Amapakabo will keep his position pending the outcome of the scheduled high profile meeting with the state governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.The former Enyimba coach could not pass the acid test of the three-match ultimatum handed to him by the management as the Coal City side drew against Remo Stars in Enugu and lost to Katsina United and neighbours Enyimba.A source said the meeting, which was expected to be held within a week, has being pushed forward by the House Committee on Sports.“For now Imama Amapakabo will continue his reign as Enugu Rangers head coach until the proposed meeting with the state governor hopefully before the week runs out. “The House Committee on Sports has been interceding aimed at brokering a way forward for the reigning champions.“The Committee had held several meetings with the general manager, Christian Chukwu, the head coach, Amapakabo, the team manager, Amobi Ezeaku and the players.“The meeting threw up issues related to poor funding as well as players’ disenchantment over the unfulfilled promises as champions.“Of course, it’s common knowledge that the head coach was given a three-match ultimatum which ended with the derby loss at Enyimba.“The previous two matched ended with a loss to Katsina United and a home draw to Remo Stars in Enugu.“The Committee is not happy with the bottom-placed status of their reigning champions in the on-going top-flight.“The Committee has therefore asked the management to hold off on any decision on Imama Amapakabo until the proposed meeting with the governor.“The Committee is positive that the meeting with the governor is certain to come up with firm solutions to the side’s plights, especially concerning funding and players’ welfare.“So for now no decision will be taken on Imama until that lifeline meeting with the governor is, held hopefully within the week,” said the unnamed source to supersport.com.The Flying Antelopes are at the bottom of the 20-team top-flight with three matches to spare against Kano Pillars, Wikki Tourists and Sunshine Stars.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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LSU hands Oklahoma another SEC-style beatdown in College Football Playoff

first_imgThe truth isn’t always easy to accept. The SEC champion, led by a record-setting performance from Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, toasted the Big 12 champion, 63-28. It was another example of a concept conspiracy theorists have tossed around since the Bowl Championship Series.Is it SEC bias? No. This was another confirmation of the SEC’s power: a flex, as the kids like to say. And Ed Orgeron’s LSU team flexed for the SEC, all right.MORE: Takeaways from LSU’s record-setting blowout of OklahomaLSU has a chance to win the conference’s 12th national championship since the BCS began in 1998. The SEC improved to 6-1 in College Football Playoff semifinals. The conference is 11-5 in championship games, and two of those title-game losses came in head-to-head matchups with other SEC teams.The Tigers now have a chance to win their third national championship since the BCS era, and this one comes in a season where Orgeron refurbished the offense around offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and passing game coordinator Joe Brady: one that piled up an FBS-best 554.4 yards per game during the regular season. It was even better on this penultimate stage, putting up a record-692 yards against the Sooners in another SEC-style beatdown.This explains why the Tigers were double-digit favorites. They banked victories against top-10 teams in Texas, Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Georgia in the regular season, leap-frogging Ohio State in the final College Football Playoff rankings — a move that kicked up some of those SEC bias cat-calls from the tin-foil crowd.So, LSU went out and blew the doors off the Sooners. It might have been expected, but it was still done in somewhat-stunning fashion. Burrow hit 21 of 27 passes for 403 yards and seven touchdowns in the first half, building a 49-14 lead. He finished with 515 total yards (493 pass, 22 rush) and eight total scores.Justin Jefferson caught a Peach Bowl-record four touchdowns, part of a game in which he caught 14 passes for 222 yards. The Tigers’ defense helped stretch that lead out by bottling up Jalen Hurts and his well-documented rushing ability. By the time Thaddeus Moss, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Randy Moss, scored with 4:18 remaining in the first half, it was OK to say it out loud:The Sooners got Mossed.MORE: Updates, scores, highlights from LSU’s record-breaking winLSU scored on seven of its eight possessions in the first half. The Tigers coasted after halftime, but Burrow added a touchdown run for added emphasis as LSU lapped Oklahoma in a Big 12-style track meet. Or was it a SEC-style track meet? Whatever it was, LSU out-classed Oklahoma, and will likely be favored in the championship game against either Clemson or Ohio State.But not before another round of conspiracy theories are tossed around: The CFP committee took care of the Tigers by putting them in Atlanta. The Playoff set up perfectly for LSU, which will have a virtual home game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. It’s SEC bias from ESPN and the SEC Network and Pawlllll. …No, it’s not. This is a complete team with a future No. 1 pick in Burrow at the offensive controls. Burrow generated more than half a million in donations to the Athens food pantry with his Heisman speech off the field, then hit every note in dicing up the Sooners’ secondary on the field. If the Cincinnati Bengals don’t take this guy, they will regret it for the next decade. No. 1 LSU played in its first College Football Playoff semifinal on Saturday. No. 4 Oklahoma played in its third straight, and fourth in five years.And yet the Tigers toyed with the Sooners all throughout the Peach Bowl. How? But back to LSU: This is a team playing on a level reserved for that Cadillac-class of SEC champions that have dominated that BCS and the Playoff eras. This LSU team is built for this moment, both on and off the field, and that’s just part of the identity of a conference that continues to claim, “It just means more.”How many times does that need to be confirmed before it’s accepted for what it is? It’s not bias.It’s reality.last_img read more

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Longtime Miss America staffer named its executive director

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – A longtime Miss America Organization staffer has been named its executive director of operations.Karen Nocella’s appointment was announced Wednesday. She will oversee day-to-day activities in the organization’s Atlantic City office.Nocella has worked for more than 30 years in public relations and marketing. She joined the organization in 2008 as a tour manager for Miss America and has served as business manager and executive director for promotions and licensing.Before joining Miss America, Nocella worked in public and community relations for the Philadelphia Phillies.Nocella’s appointment is the latest change for the organization since leaked emails surfaced late last year showing CEO Sam Haskell and others disparaging the appearance and intellect of former Miss Americas.Haskell resigned Dec. 23. Most of the previous board members also have resigned.last_img read more

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Morocco Islamist cleared of threats against Egypt envoy

first_imgRABAT – A member of Morocco’s ruling Islamist party was cleared on Thursday of accusations by the Egyptian ambassador that she threatened him during a telephone call denouncing president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster.Khadija Mansour, 25, was arrested after she rang the embassy in Rabat in December to protest that the Egyptian authorities had no legitimacy following the army’s overthrow of the country’s first freely elected president in July, her lawyer Toufik Moussaif said.She urged the ambassador to leave Morocco, and he filed a lawsuit accusing her of “threats.” “The judge decided she was innocent… that there was no evidence of a threat to the Egyptian ambassador,” Moussaif told AFP.Morocco’s Islamist Party of Justice and Development (PJD) has headed a coalition government since triumphing in a November 2011 general election that King Mohammed VI called in the wake of Arab Spring-inspired protests.The party’s leaders, including Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, have not commented publicly on the Egyptian army’s ouster of Morsi following street protests against his turbulent single year in power.But in August, PJD members took part in a pro-Morsi rally in Rabat that was called by Morocco’s banned but tolerated Islamist opposition movement Adl Wal-Ihsan.last_img read more

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Montella to be sacked by Sevilla

first_imgSevilla’s management is running out of patience with the Italian manager, who could be fired within the next few days.Sevilla’s club directors can’t be satisfied with the team’s recent run of bad results. The Andalusian outfit has not tasted victory since the famous win at Old Trafford. That’s a total of 9 matches without a win in all competitions. The most recent ones are particularly concerning. First, it was last weekend’s 5-0 annihilation in the Copa del Rey final. Then, yesterday Sevilla lost to lowly Levante.Montella doesn’t seem to be too bothered by the situation. He was asked in his Press conference last evening if it might’ve been his last game on the Sevilla bench. This was his response (Football Italia):“That is not a question for me to answer. I am the coach of Sevilla and I do my work with enthusiasm, professionalism and focus.”“I think we can finish the season better than our current form, but the rest is not up to me.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The Italian manager has already met with the club leadership to discuss his future. Marca quoted him as saying:“They heard my explanation, how I see the situation, how it could continue and with what objectives,”“I gave my analysis in general of the whole season since I have been here and I told them I believe that we can reach the Europa League.”“I know we played a terrible game in the final, but if we reach the Europa League it isn’t a lost season for me.”Sevilla has already parted ways with sporting director Oscar Arias and many were wondering if Montella could be next. Last night’s match against Levante was seen as his last chance. In all likelihood, it was.last_img read more

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Ramos releases World Cup song Another star in your heart

first_imgSpain captain Sergio Ramos has now officially released his World Cup song for the summer’s tournamentThe Real Madrid defender collaborated with Spanish singer Demarco Flamenco for the song called “‘Otra Estrella en tu Corazon” – which translates to “Another star in your heart”.Ramos has been teasing the song to fans for the past month and he has now released a video on his Instagram page with the lyrics in the song including:“Come on, Spain, raise your voice; scream loudly, shout that goal.“Thinking big we will achieve the best, fighting together, towards the star with honour.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We have to try. May La Roja shine once more.”The 32-year-old is a big music lover and released his first single called “SR4” a week before last weekend’s Champions League final.Since releasing this single on Friday, the video on his Instagram page has already been viewed over 1.1m times.Ramos’ songs can be found on Spotify and Deezer.last_img read more

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Yaya Toure passes medical for unnamed London club

first_imgThe agent of Yaya Toure has revealed that his client has passed a medical at a London clubThe Ivorian midfielder a free agent after ending his eight-year spell at Manchester City in the summer.Toure’s agent Dimitry Seluk has now confirmed that his client has passed a medical at a London club and is “close” to agreeing on a deal.??? Toure @YayaToure has passed a medical in London. Yaya is close to signing a new contract.— Dimitry Seluk (@dmitriseluk) August 28, 2018He also confirmed that the 35-year-old will not be joining West Ham United or Crystal Palace.It’s not West Ham, 100%. Yaya is a champion. The last place is not for him ? https://t.co/eDGeI0EvFfTammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.— Dimitry Seluk (@dmitriseluk) August 28, 2018This means that Toure will likely be signing for either Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham.“Yaya is fit and desperate to prove he’s still the best central midfielder in the Premier League,” said Seluk on the Independent in May.“Ivory Coast will not be in Russia for the World Cup and next season he will be fit, rested and stronger than ever.“He’s happy to accept a one-year deal to stay in England.“And if his club are not satisfied with his performances, he will pay back half his wages, or the club can cancel his contract immediately, with no compensation.”Toure made 316 appearances at City and helped them to three Premier League titles.last_img read more

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Mourinho A player asked me to not criticize him in public

first_imgDuring his time as a pundit for BeIn Sports, Jose Mourinho revealed that a Man United player didn’t like it when he criticized him in public.Jose Mourinho’s ways with his players have always been pretty straight forward, his tactic is to push all the players to a point where they either break or become better footballers.Throughout Jose Mourinho’s career, there have been many players who had very public problems with him and many of them even went to war with the manager.The case of Iker Casillas at Real Madrid comes to mind, but the Portuguese manager became the enemy with many of those players and the whole situation ended in a very similar manner to the one at Manchester United.There is a clear pattern that emerged long ago, but manager Jose Mourinho seems to have understood the problem a little better.In his many revelations during his new job as a pundit for BeIn Sports, Jose Mourinho spoke about a mysterious player from Manchester United who approached him and very politely asked him to critique him in private rather than in front of all the other players.It’s hard to guess who this mysterious player is, but we have out money on either Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, or Luke Shaw.All of these players were publicly criticized by Mourinho, even in front of the cameras.Jose Mourinho on new generation of players. #MourinhoVia @beINSPORTS pic.twitter.com/KzaAQBlYzI— Harry Minhas (@harrym20) January 18, 2019These revelations also brought up a certain learning experience from Mourinho, which he shared during this Saturday’s broadcast for BeIn Sports.“Recently, when I was coaching one player he told me and he was very polite, ‘please when you criticize me can you do it in private’,” he said as quoted by BBC Sport.“I told him why? ‘Because of my stature, in front of the other players when you criticize me I don’t feel comfortable’.”“Nowadays you have to be very smart in the way you read your players, and try to create the best situation.”“With Drogba, he is the kind of player that the more pressure from the manager, the more quality in his performance,” Mourinho added.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“There are some players where if you squeeze them they answer in the best way.”“There are other mentalities and personalities and the reaction is not the best. They were brought up in a different way, an easier social life, coming to the top level of football, everything came too easy to them.”“Some of them they don’t react in the same way. Certain moments, some strong public words, some of them have some risk,” he concluded.Jose Mourinho reveals one Man Utd player who did not respond well to criticismhttps://t.co/mILLT0zYDE pic.twitter.com/Z3SrX0wmCl— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) January 19, 2019After three very difficult experiences in the last three clubs he managed, Jose Mourinho must have learned something along the way and there is a big chance that the last job at Manchester United will help him grow as a professional manager.There is no way that Jose Mourinho will approach to his next job in the same manner ever again, his last experiences at Real Madrid, his second spell at Chelsea and the Red Devils must have been enough for him to learn his lesson.However, if Jose Mourinho still feels that he is the one who is always right about his approach with the players, then he is the one in the wrong here.The man may never reveal who this player was, only he knows who asked him to change his tune and he may take this secret to the grave.It’s a little amusing that the man stated he wouldn’t talk about Manchester United, but he is spilling the beans about pretty much everything little by little.The journalists who are asking him these questions put him on the spot, but he could’ve easily refused to answer and yet he didn’t.Mourinho: “The phrase I kept with me, the biggest one in the Premier League, Sir Alex told – ‘the day a player is more important than the club, goodbye!’ – not anymore. The manager is there to coach them. Not to keep discipline at any cost.” #mufc [beIN] pic.twitter.com/s4GxJkDlqX— United Xtra (@utdxtra) January 17, 2019Why do you think Jose Mourinho is revealing more secrets about his time at Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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EJAY SAUNDERS SPEAKS OUT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIn a phone call to me just moments ago Mr Saunders clarified that his departure from Digicel TCI was his own decision and will not take effect until end of October; that he was NOT fired. His staff was on Friday notified of the move by EJay who says this change will for him usher in a new era in entrepreneurship. He remains a Director and a significant shareholder in both Digicel and WIV. Mr Saunders who is currently out of country promises Magnetic Media an interview upon his return. Related Items:Digicel tci, E Jay Saunders, WIV Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp LIME TCI To Take Government To Court DIGICEL WANTS TO REMAKE YOUR HOME EJay Saunders Says He Is Oklast_img read more

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