Why we want to establish Real Madrid Academy in Port-Harcourt – Gov. Wike

first_imgRelatedPosts Bring oil thieves to justice, Gov. Wike urges security agencies Edo 2020: Gov. Wike lauds INEC, Police, commends Edo for ending godfatherism Wike to INEC on Edo poll: Whether it’s APC or PDP that wins, just don’t change people’s will The Governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, has stated that the reason behind establishing Real Madrid Academy to Port –Harcourt was to pave way for young stars so that they can realise their future dreams.He stated this on Monday in in Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeau Stadium in Spain.He assured that the academy will give the youths exposure and they will also get mentorship from seasoned professionals.He stated: “We are preparing the Real Madrid Academy as a veritable pathway for our young stars to be international football talents and for them to realise their dreams.“We will offer them exposure, nurturing opportunities and mentorship by world renowned professionals at the Real Madrid Academy. In establishing the Real Madrid Academy, the Rivers State Government took into consideration the culture and reality of the state.“Taking the interest of our youths, the Real Madrid Academy is designed for culture and holistic programmes with a comprehensive package for the acquisition of high level knowledge in a comfortable and inspiring environment.”    Tags: Nyesom WikePort HarcourtReal MadridSpainlast_img read more

EPL: Salah scores twice as Liverpool power 22 points clear

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool surged 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a dominant second-half display as Mohamed Salah scored twice in a 4-0 rout of Southampton on Saturday. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson also scored and the runaway leaders have collected an astonishing 100 league points from the last 102 available to them. A 24th victory in 25 league matches this season and ninth clean sheet in 10 games underlined how Jurgen Klopp’s side have turned the title race into a procession. Southampton’s spirited performance at Anfield was undone, in controversial fashion, two minutes into the second half after Danny Ings appealed that he had been tripped by Fabinho on his way into the home area. Liverpool broke immediately upfield, Oxlade-Chamberlain spearheading a counter-attack which ended in an exchange of passes with Roberto Firmino, and a brilliant finish into the bottom corner of the Southampton goal. The visitors appealed furiously that they should have been awarded the earlier penalty only to be met with an unfavourable decision from VAR. That proved to be a moot point eventually with Henderson and Salah adding goals in quick succession after the hour. Henderson doubled the lead from a move started when he closed down a clearance from keeper Alex McCarthy and Trent Alexander-Arnold returned it upfield. Firmino chased the pass down and laid the ball off for Henderson to drive in an unstoppable finish. Twelve minutes later Henderson himself set up the third, with a magnificent pass which just eluded Jan Bednarek and allowed Salah to chase through and lift the ball over the keeper. Firmino and substitute Takumi Minamino wasted glorious chances to add to the score before Salah did just that in the final minute to give Liverpool their 20th successive home league win. It came from more strong play by Firmino, who held off defender Jack Stephens before squaring for his Egyptian team-mate to score with an untidy, deflected shot. Yet, despite the impressive weight of statistical form that Liverpool brought into the game, Southampton were themselves looking for a fifth consecutive league away win and could have been on course for it by the interval. The first period ended with the Saints actually out-performing the leaders and, with better finishing, they would have been in control. Instead, Liverpool could point to their best, and only real, chance of the first half and bemoan the fact they were denied what looked a strong penalty appeal on the half hour. Virgil van Dijk missed a good opportunity with only McCarthy to beat, back-heeling at the keeper who then did well to block Firmino’s follow-up effort. Liverpool retained possession and Jordan Henderson crossed into the six-yard area where Firmino appeared to be brought down on the goalline by Shane Long. Despite the vocal appeals from Liverpool players and crowd alike, VAR chose not to overrule referee Kevin Friend, a reprieve that Southampton looked in the mood to take advantage of before the half expired. They were helped by a series of uncharacteristic Liverpool errors, both forced and unforced, which gifted the visitors a series of chances. An Ings shot was well blocked by Joe Gomez, after Firmino gave the ball straight to him, a Gomez error allowed Long a strike which Alisson parried while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Ings, again, had promising openings. It was all part of an enthralling, if goalless, first half, with Moussa Djenepo’s shot having been tipped over earlier by Alisson and McCarthy doing likewise at the other end to deny Oxlade-Chamberlain. But Liverpool’s strong start to the second half altered the dynamic of the game and moved the Reds another step closer to their first English title since 1990.Tags: Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainAnfieldJordan HendersonLiverpoolMohamed Salahlast_img read more

Mourinho hails Ivanovic efforts

first_imgJose Mourinho hailed match-winner Branislav Ivanovic and claimed the Chelsea defender is one of the club’s best ever signings. The right-back smashed in the decisive goal at Aston Villa on Saturday to clinch a crucial 2-1 victory which sent the Blues seven points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Hull handed Mourinho’s side the advantage in the race for the title. Ivanovic arrived from Lokomotiv Moscow for £9.7million in 2008 and, after his fifth goal in his last six starts against Villa, Mourinho believes he is one of Chelsea’s top captures. He said: “He came immediately after I left and after that he made a fantastic contribution for this club. He is a competitive animal. A big heart. “What really matters more is what we as a club feel for him and people like John (Terry) and (Gary) Cahill, guys that without them – you cannot do anything. A team is an artist like (Eden) Hazard, it is a defender like Branislav. The mix and combination of talent makes a team. “Every striker in the world would be proud to score that magnificent goal, it is an amazing goal. When he scores that goal and it is three or four nil it is a different feeling. He is a great guy, what he is doing for us is unbelievable.” Mourinho and Villa boss Paul Lambert failed to shake hands at the end and, while the Stamford Bridge chief did not name him, he issued what could be taken as a veiled dig at his opposite number. He said: “If they go down it is not because of the quality of their players for sure. I believe they are not going down. I wish that because this is a big club. An historical club. I wish they stay in the Premier League. I wish and I believe.” When asked if it was the manager’s fault he said: ” I am saying nothing. I am saying that’s football. They have more than enough.” Jores Okore cancelled out Eden Hazard’s early opener to end Villa’s 11-hour wait for a goal but they have won just twice in their last 20 league games. They go to Hull, who occupy the final relegation spot, on Tuesday just two points above the drop zone but Okore is relieved to have ended their goal drought. “When you score goals you get a positive energy that you can use on the pitch,” said the defender. “So when you don’t score it can become frustrating. “It is really positive that we can now go out there and not have to talk about not scoring – at least for the next couple of games if we don’t score again. “At least now we can forget about that and avoid any more frustration. “That’s the really nice thing, but most importantly we showed we can compete with Chelsea.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Quique Sanchez Flores says Watford can compete against Manchester City

first_imgWatford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores insists “anything is possible” when he takes his promoted side to face Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday. Press Association Manuel Pellegrini’s side have won their opening three games of the league season and scored eight goals without reply, including a 3-0 win over reigning champions Chelsea. The Hornets have held their own since their elevation, drawing 2-2 with Everton and 0-0 with both West Brom and Southampton, but face a tougher test altogether against City. center_img “They have a lot of tools, and a lot of players with different characteristics – the power of (Sergio) Aguero, the intelligence of (David) Silva, the football of Yaya (Toure). We will try to solve this,” Flores told Hornets PlayerHD. “For us it is very important to prepare a good plan and a good strategy, with the idea to be competitive. In football everything is possible. “We are happy with our results in the league and we are in a good position in the table. Of course we have a very tough opponent, but my approach does not change.” Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Preston in the Capital One Cup made it three games without a goal for Watford but Flores is optimistic things will soon turn around. “To score or not to score is sometimes a question of millimetres,” he said. “The chances we have we need to score, but we have good chances in matches. “To score is important if you want to win, but we have scored two goals and we have conceded two goals in three league games, and for me at the start of the season the most important thing is the balance.” Flores will choose from a full-strength team barring long-term absentee Joel Ekstrand and fellow defender Miguel Britos, who begins a three-match ban after being sent off on his debut against Preston. last_img read more

Jordan Ibe promises Liverpool will retain focus as they rise up Premier League

first_img But Ibe said other team’s results were of no consequence to them. “The manager didn’t want to focus on any other team, just focus on us and keeping that consistency, keeping winning games and trying to get the three points,” he said. “It was great to get the three points and keep climbing the table. We just need to keep doing well. “With good players coming back in, also (Philippe) Coutinho as well, hopefully we will climb even higher. “Anything is possible right now. We will take it game by game and do it again on Wednesday (against Southampton in the Capital One Cup). “I was just happy with the result, keeping that consistency with three wins on the bounce – hopefully we can make it a fourth.” There does appear to be a growing momentum under Klopp but he cannot see it himself yet. “Maybe I should feel it but I don’t. We play again on Wednesday, that is my problem,” said the German, who apart from the international break has had a midweek game every week of his tenure since October 17. Liverpool’s rise under Jurgen Klopp has seen them move to within six points of Premier League leaders Manchester City but forward Jordon Ibe insists they are not looking at anyone else but themselves. Sunday’s 1-0 win over Swansea – Klopp’s first at home in the league since taking over from Brendan Rodgers – made it six victories in the last seven matches in all competitions but more importantly lifted them into sixth place and saw the return of long-term injured duo Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge. They are four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who could only draw at Norwich at the same time the Reds were grinding a way past the Swans, and two adrift of Tottenham, who were held to a goalless draw by Chelsea earlier in the day. “I would like to feel better and say ‘Three days off celebrating a good week’ but we don’t have time for this. “We are on the road next week (at Southampton and then Newcastle on Sunday) so it is difficult – but of course we feel good. “Monday we will be back in the race and preparing for Southampton.” There was more good news from Klopp with playmaker Coutinho in contention for the trip to the south coast. “Philippe had a very intensive session on Saturday but we decided two or three days ago that we didn’t want to risk [him] for this game,” he added. “Now I think he’s fit. I think he’s ready for Southampton.” Defeat at Anfield may have not done much for Swansea’s poor run of results which now extends to one win since the end of August but the performance encouraged under-pressure manager Garry Monk, who rejected accusations the players were not delivering for him. “Anyone who suggests that would be very stupid,” he said. “I never have any doubt in these players and how good they are, what they are capable of. “We have worked hard to put a week of working into these players but unfortunately like every team you go through a difficult period. “Of course results are the be-all and end-all, we have to get points on the board but if you perform like that with those principles and work ethic you have confidence results will begin to pick up real soon. “It is my responsibility to get results and I understand that and you can’t continue to not get points. “It is only a matter of time before results turn and you will see us flying again.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Fairfield looks to end streak vs Manhattan

first_img Associated Press Fairfield looks to end streak vs Manhattan March 5, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFairfield (11-19, 7-12) vs. Manhattan (12-16, 8-11)Draddy Gymnasium, Riverdale, New York; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Manhattan looks to extend Fairfield’s conference losing streak to five games. Fairfield’s last MAAC win came against the Niagara Purple Eagles 61-60 on Feb. 21. Manhattan lost 71-59 to Rider in its most recent game.center_img BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: The Stags are led by juniors Jesus Cruz and Taj Benning. Cruz has averaged 10.9 points while Benning has recorded 9.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. The Jaspers have been led by Pauly Paulicap and Tykei Greene, who are averaging 10 and 10.4 points, respectively.JUMPING FOR JESUS: Cruz has connected on 22.2 percent of the 63 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 2 of 8 over the last five games. He’s also made 69.4 percent of his foul shots this season.SLIPPING AT 64: Fairfield is 0-13 when it allows at least 64 points and 11-6 when it holds opponents to less than 64.LONG-RANGE THREAT: Fairfield’s Landon Taliaferro has attempted 184 3-pointers and connected on 33.7 percent of them, and is 7 for 23 over his last three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Fairfield defense has allowed only 63.4 points per game to opponents, which is the 28th-best mark in the country. The Manhattan offense has produced just 63 points through 28 games (ranked 296th among Division I teams).___ 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.comlast_img read more

The Latest: MotoGP to resume with 2 races in Spain in July

first_imgThe competition organizers say they have confirmed 13 races. They are all at European locations.They say four more races in the United States, Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia could be added to the calendar depending on health and travel restrictions. That decision on the additional races will be made before July 31.The track in Jérez, Spain, will host the first two races on July 19 and 26 before the competition heads to the Czech Republic for the third race.The season is expected to finish before Dec. 13.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports June 11, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___MotoGP says it will resume next month with two races in Spain following a suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic.center_img Associated Press The Latest: MotoGP to resume with 2 races in Spain in Julylast_img read more

Field hockey Bees reclaim sectional Class A championship

first_img Tags: Baldwinsvillefield hockey Late in a season that, at the time, did not look that promising, the Baldwinsville field hockey team promoted, from the JV ranks, eighth-grader Julia Schultz, little dreaming the impact she would have.A few weeks later, the Bees, once sporting a 7-9 record, were Section III Class A champions for the second time in three years – and Schultz had much to do with that post-season run.It was Schultz scoring four goals in her team’s 5-1 first-round win over Auburn on Oct. 23. Then, in Sunday’s sectional final against Rome Free Academy at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s Sheveron Stadium, she broke open a long deadlock late in regulation and powered B’ville past the Black Knights 2-0. “It feels pretty exciting,” said Schultz. “It’s like a dream.”“She added so much for us,” said senior captain Emma Brushingham, grateful, like all of her teammates, of the way Schultz’s presence sparked an attack that was dormant for long stretches of the fall.B’ville’s second sectional title in three years, and fourth overall, was a full-team effort in the best use of the cliche, and all of them were needed against an RFA side far improved from the one the Bees handled 4-1 when they met in September.center_img Aggressive at the outset, B’ville had four penalty corners in the first 10 minutes without converting. As the first half wore on, the Black Knights got more chances, but the Bees’ defense, led by Mackenzie Dickman, Julia Guidone, Maren Roy and Victoria Schultz, turned RFA back.Julia Schultz had a great chance to score in the waning seconds of the half but was stopped, point-blank, by Black Knights goalie Liliana Ferrucci, who again turned Schultz early in the second half.Even when RFA had three penalty corners in a row midway through the half, it could not convert, so it was still 0-0 as time began to wind down, neither side showing signs of a crack.But then the Black Knights turned the ball over deep in its own end and, with 8:32 to play, Julia Schultz ran in alone on Ferrucci. “No one was going to stop me” said Schultz, who rapped a shot past Ferrucci into the right side of the net.Unlike the semifinal with top seed Fayetteville-Manlius where the Bees went into a defensive crouch once in the lead, B’ville kept attacking late and, with 57 seconds left, clinched it when Schultz scored again, assisted by Kendall Carni.Brushingham said her team “never gave up on each other” even when it was struggling, which made this sectional title as satisfying as the one earned in 2017.On Wednesday, B’ville will face Section II champion Guilderland, a first-time state tournament participant, in the opening round of the regional playoffs at Gloversville High School. The winner faces Section IV champion Vestal in Saturday’s regional final.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

The Chosen One: Upcoming professional championships up for grabs

first_imgVegas built a team based on all-around decent players who were underrated or didn’t quite fit in with their past clubs. Collectively, those players created a formidable contender. Thomas has only one major win under his belt: the 2017 PGA Championship. He had historically good — not great —  outings at all majors, but he has seen steady improvement in the standings each year. At the end of the day, however, I think LeBron and his crew will overcome those obstacles and prove they are the best team in the league come June. This year, the Golden Knights are once again sitting atop the Pacific Division thanks to their offensive firepower from players like wingers Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty, and they are currently on a six-game win streak. Thomas is coming off a phenomenal season, during which he placed third in the FedEx Cup standings. At 26 years old, Thomas is nearing the prime of his career, so I expect him to have another big season on tour in 2020.  The Masters: Justin Thomas  With Tiger Woods playing inconsistently and Brooks Koepka returning from injury, I think Thomas has a prime opportunity to steal the Masters early in the PGA season. On paper, the Lakers have everything they need to win a title. They have superstars, shooters, hustlers, rebounders and defensive stoppers. But in reality, it seems like the team has relied a little too much on star duo.  We’ve already seen major sporting events in 2020 like the College Football Playoff and the Super Bowl, but aside from football, we still have a year full of championships to win in every sport, at every level. This week, I will make my predictions for the winners of the most high-profile remaining American sporting events this year — except for the upcoming March Madness, which I’ll dive into deeper in a couple of weeks. However, the Braves will have no easy path to the World Series, as a number of other prominent teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees will be hungry for titles of their own. It’s going to take a complete and flawless postseason with minimal injuries, but I think the Braves have what it takes to win it all this October. From a pitching standpoint, the Braves are once again stacked with a deep and trustworthy rotation, including Mike Soroka and Cole Hamels, and even bolstered their bullpen to give them depth at all positions. NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers  The Lakers have been Finals contenders since the day they acquired Anthony Davis, and so far, the Lake Show has lived up to the hype. With the second-best record in the league, the Lakers have looked formidable thanks to the duo of Davis and LeBron James, both of whom have put up highly impressive stats this season. The one major area of concern will be L.A.’s role players: The Lakers need players like guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso and Danny Green and forward JaVale McGee to play at an extremely high level to provide the necessary support for Davis and James. Founded just a couple of seasons ago, the Golden Knights have quickly emerged as one of the NHL’s most exciting teams. The Golden Knights started out their first season with a bang by making it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Last year, they had another solid season where they made the playoffs but were quickly eliminated by the San Jose Sharks. World Series: Atlanta Braves  One key player that has contributed to the Braves’ resurgence has been young outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr., who has put up massive numbers in his two MLB seasons. He and first baseman Freddie Freeman’s firepower should spearhead another deadly Braves offense this year.  In addition, the Lakers will have to deal with other stacked rosters like the hometown rival Los Angeles Clippers, led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, as well as the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the NBA’s best record. The Braves suffered through the rebuilding process for several years, but recently, the team has taken major strides. Last season, the Braves finished first in the National League East in front of the eventual World Series winners, the Washington Nationals, but they made a quick playoff exit after losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. Thomas is currently first in the FedEx Cup standings, first in top-10 finishes and fourth in scoring average. Stats like these allude to my prediction that this is the year Thomas takes his game to the next level and finally pulls out another major win. Defensively, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been outstanding. Other than him, however, stopping the puck has been an area of concern for the team. The Golden Knights might not have the most stacked team on paper compared to teams like the Boston Bruins or the Washington Capitals, but they will have to find ways to overcome those giants in the playoffs, and I believe they will. Stanley Cup: Vegas Golden Knights Harrison Cho is a sophomore writing about sports. His column, “The Chosen One,” runs every other Thursday.last_img read more

FA Cup 5th round line up to be completed this evening.

first_imgSteven Gerrard could make his 700th appearance for the Merseyside club. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is making his side FA Cup favourites following their 4th round replay win over Cambridge Utd last nightThe fifth round line-up will be completed this evening.Liverpool are at Championship side Bolton, after a goalless draw at Anfield when the sides met last month.last_img