2018 REVIEW…2018 REVIEW…2018 REVIEW…Two standout events of 2018 were the World Cup in Russia and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The Super Eagles that represented Nigeria at the global football showpiece was the youngest of all the 32 teams. As the result of the experimentation of Franco-German tactician, Gernot Rohr, in his first two years in charge, nobody expected any miracle from happening at the Mundial. In this first part of the review of sports in Nigeria in 2018, DURO IKHAZUAGBE takes a look at the so-called lesser sports given little attention yet produce the best results when it matter most. In barely hour from now, the year 2018 would have become history. The journey of 365 days would have come to a full stop. As a FIFA World Cup year, Super Eagles performance at the Mundial in Russia appears to be the benchmark for gauging the success or otherwise of the sports sector in the country. The reason is because: Nigerians eat, drink and do everything that concerns the Beautiful Game with utmost passion. Whether such a decision is fair to the women’s game where the Super Falcons have bestrode the African Women’s Nations Cup like birthright with little accolade and attention from all that matter in the country’s sports, is a matter for another day‘Lesser sports’ like Table Tennis, Basketball, Wrestling and Badminton who exceeded what football brought to Nigeria in the year under review, have continued to remain in the background despite Aruna Quadri and colleagues winning silver in the team event of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia and Aruna in particular also went as far as the quarter final stage at the ITTF World Championship. In basketball, D’Tigress won the AfroBasket as well as bagged ticket to the 2019 World Cup. Their male counterparts, D’Tigers as defending champions went all the way to the final of the Men’s AfroBasket but lost and still qualified for the World Cup. Odunayo Adekuoroye won gold in freestyle wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast 2018. It was an addition to the gold she claimed at the 2014 Games in India as well as the World Championship bronze medal of 2016.2018 was also a very good year for badminton, a hitherto lesser sport totally ignored and left to rot like most other racket games. But Francis Orbih who took over the mantle of leadership at the BFN, has turned around the fortunes of the sport. It has continued its steady climb to the top in the continent. Through personal efforts like what Daniel Igali is doing for wrestling, Orbih has shown to the rest of Africa that Nigerian badminton players are podium stuff. From one competition to the other around Africa, Dorcas Adesokan and Aanu Opeyori have become the most feared players in Team Nigeria. Yet, this is the same sport players have been begging for funds from the Federal Ministry of Sports to attend events before Orbih took charge.The story of Nigeria’s maiden outing at the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, North Korea reads like a fairytale. Team Nigeria’s Bobsled and Skeleton team, The ‘Ice Blazers’ made up of the quartet of Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeiga, Simi Adeagbo and Ngozi Onwumere created a new identify for Nigeria. Of course as novices in the sport who had less than few weeks preparation with no known coach of the sport as guide, they finished 19th out of the 20 teams in the event. They were celebrated for breaking new grounds in sports for Nigeria. For Adigun in particular, transiting from being a hurdler to Bobsled was simply an adventure.If Super Eagles could not go beyond the Group Stage at Russia 2018, celebrating those who were considered infinitesimal in reckoning but turned out the ‘head corner stone’ is definitely not out of place.Nigeria’s Special Sports athletes, like always have remained the bedrock of the country’s sports. In 2018 like in the previous years, they turned their disability to ability. The Para weightlifters took away the gloom that enveloped the country’s contingent when after several days of competition, there was no gold medal recorded yet for Nigeria at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Roland Ezuruike and Paul Kehinde won gold and silver in the men’s event while women’s heavyweight champions Ndidi Nwosu and Esther Onyema harvested gold in that category. Lucy Ejike narrowly lost the gold of that same class to settle for a precious silver. The medals they won contributed immensely in helping Team Nigeria to a decent finish on the final medals’ table of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.Four years ago Team Nigeria dominated the track and field events at Glasgow 2014 Games with Blessing Ighoteguonor Okagbare the star athlete winning the sprint double in the 100 and 200m. She left the long jump gold for her fellow Delta athlete, Ese Brume to smile away with. But this year, with an inconsistent season caused by recurring injuries, Okagbare was in Gold Coast for just the 4x100m relay event so as not to aggravate the healing process she was going through. But Oluwatobiloba Amusan ensured that Team Nigeria had a track and field gold to celebrate. She gave signal of what to expect at the Games when she dusted reigning World Champion Sally Pearson in the semi final of the World Indoor Championships. She shocked Jamaica’s 2015 World Championship winner, Danielle Williams to win the 100m hurdles gold in her season’s best time of 12.68sec. It was just three seconds short of the Games record of 12.65.After years in the doldrums, Handball found a new energy in Sam Ocheho. He disbanded the senior national team and introduced the Prudent Energy Handball League. To ensure steady inflow of talents to the senior cadre, he introduced the Under-12 and Under-15 championship. In his words: “From what we have seen in the national team we need to start using younger players, we need to go back and start using fresh legs.“This game is very physical and if we need to regain the top stop in Africa, we must go back to the youths.”He did the self-reassessment of the Nigerian situation after the not to convincing performance at the continental championship in Gabon. Today, handball is creeping back into the consciousness of Nigerians.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
With the choice of captain of the national football team, the Black Stars, stirring controversy, the leadership qualities of former skipper has been held out as a shining example.Former spokesperson of the Ghana Football Association Randy Abbey explained, for Stephen Appiah, there was no fixation about holding down the captain’s armband.Ghana’s campaign to conquer African football is shaping up by off-field controversy, sparked by the Black Star’s star man Asamoah Gyan who announced he was pulling out of the squad.The decision was in reaction to coach Kwesi Appiah’s decision to pass on the captaincy to 29-year old Andre Dede Ayew, son of former Black Stars captain and former African Player of the Year, Abedi Pele.Photo: Coach Kwesi AppiahGyan would later do a u-turn after President, Nana Akufo-Addo intervened. Kwesi Appiah has named him in his 29-man squad and confirmed the 33-year old striker won’t captain the team after a seven-year hold on the role. The controversy has raised concerns the team to conquer Africa at AFCON tournament in Egypt has not conquered its internal rifts.Discussing the controversy on JoyNews analysis program, Newsfile Saturday, Randy Abbey expressed disappointed in the unfolding events.The football insider and one-time member of the Black Stars management team revealed, managing the players has always been a herculean task.‘It is about egos’, he said and warned Ghanaians would learn to their shock, player issues, management have to deal with within the Black Stars.But he doffed his hat to former Juventus player, Stephen Appiah who captained the Black Stars to Ghana’s first-ever appearance at a World Cup. He said as his career petered out, Stephen Appiah still captain of the Black Stars would be sitting on the bench while his compatriots battled on the field.When he would be called in to make a contribution as a substitute during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Stephen Appiah would not insist on wearing the band.“There were some occasions, he did not even take the band. There were times that he took, there were times that he asked John to keep it”Raving on, Randy Abbey explained Stephen Appiah would never as captain enter into a negotiation or discussion with management alone.“You won’t get him to come and negotiate one on one,” he said and explained he always brought along a group of senior players – Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, John Mensah, Richard Kingson and Asamoah Gyan. Photo: L-R Stephen Appiah, John Mensah, Asamoah GyanRandy explained, this group were tough to negotiate with and on some occasions, the captain Stephen Appiah would not even speak.“Stephen is a different player,” panelist Edudzi Tameklo contributed. ‘He was an outstanding player,” a lawyer and former sports reporter Robert Nii Arday Clegg a panelist also added.Stephen Appiah who played for eight foreign teams is now a technical coordinator for the Black Stars.Ghana have been drawn in Group F for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt alongside defending champions Cameroon. Guinea-Bissau and Benin are the other teams, making it an all West African group. Kwesi Appiah’s men will be based in Egyptian citiy, Ismailia, and will begin their tournament against Benin on Monday, 25 June.
big shotCedar Grove Estate FC have everything going for them now, a new Sports Complex and a vibrant community. Now, all they need is a football title. That could change on Sunday, March 13 as they take on arch-rivals Braeton United in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League. The venue for this match is yet to be decided.This is a repeat of this season’s midseason final and the game can swing either way. Braeton won the last meeting 2-1. In semi-final action, last Sunday Cedar Grove defeated Edgewater 1-0, while Braeton United clipped Cumberland 2-1.Ready, aim, fire!Juniors aim for shotgun gloryScores of junior competitors will come out tomorrow to take aim at top honours in the Shotgun Sporting Clay Event at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, St Catherine.The Skeet Club is located just off the Dyke Road in the proximity of the Portmore Toll Road. This is one of the various competitions for Jamaica SportsFeva 2016. Event though mainly Private High Schools such as Hillel Academy and AISK, just to name a few take part in team and individual contests, some athletes from Government-run schools are also down to compete.Organisers are urging fans to come and “witness perfect precision as our competitors aim with nerves of steel to reach as many targets as they can in our annual Clay Feva competition.”The event is driven by Mitsubishi Jamaica.Second round battle in ClarendonThree quarter-final spots are yet to be taken in the 2016 Clarendon Football Association (CFA)/Captain’s Bakery Major League football competition.Of the eight possible spots, Kemps Hill from Group One, Jamalco and New Bowens from Group Two and Sporting Central Academy from Group Three have secured berths. With a three-zone preliminary format, the top two are automatic qualifiers from each group, with the eight completed by two best third-placed teams.Tomorrow’s clash between Group One teams Comfort and York Town could unearth two more places. York Town, who are second behind Kemps Hill on 13 points, only need a draw against Comfort to secure an automatic berth. Comfort are so placed that a draw will not hurt their chances as they can still secure one of the best third-placed qualifying spots.Of the five qualifiers so far, defending champions Jamalco have been most impressive. The have 19 points from seven games, which also includes six wins and a draw.In their last game, away to Lionel Town, former Premier League striker Kimroy Davis scored in the 46th minute of play on his debut for Jamalco to hand them a 1-0 win and provide Jamalco’s sixth win.Technical Strikers lead Manchester Division OneFollowing three completed matches in the first round of the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One, Technical Strikers are the clear leaders. They have mined maximum nine points from three games.Second are Starz Academy with seven points, compiled from two wins and a draw, with Los Perfectos on five points. Fourth is narrowly held on goal difference by Trinity, who have four points. In fact, the latter leads a quartet of teams that have also mined four points.Two of the three matches played earlier this week produced drawn results. Los Perfectos, aided by an own goal, ended 2-2 with Starz Academy, while 360 Degrees and Plowden drew 0-0. The third match saw Mandeville United outscoring Epping Forest 3-2 in an away encounter.For Mandeville United, Jordan Watson scored a double, but it was Richard Larmond’s brace aided by Marion Larmond’s lone strike which tilted the balance for the victors.New Reggae Boyz’ recruit from St ElizabethFootball in St Elizabeth appears to have been energised by news which emerged this week that a key player from one of its Major League teams has been drafted into the Winfried Schafer-coached men’s national senior football team training squad for 2018 World Cup.That player is Swayne Thomas, who has been creating waves throughout the parish ever since he was transferred from York FC in St Thomas in the January 2016 transfer window.So far he has scored eight goals for St Bess FC, transforming the campaign of the newcomers to the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League.St Bess did not make the midseason final two weekends ago, which was contested between Black Star FC and Real Treasure Beach. However, with two games to complete the return phase of the preliminary round, St Bess are nicely perched to make the semi-finals as they hold second place with 29 points.At this stage, they have packaged the best goalscoring statistics scoring 44 and conceding nine for a positive overwhelming difference of 35. This is 10 better than leaders Black Star.Semi-final fever in St Elizabeth Major LeagueThe jostling for semi-final spots in the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League could be intensified with this weekend’s playing of key contests involving the top five contenders.Black Star, who won the midseason final, have already booked their place, amassing 37 points. However, with four matches to complete the preliminary phase, the quartet of St Bess (29), Holland Police Youth Club (27) and Real Treasure Beach FC (25) and Appleton (17) can significantly advance their positions.Today’s matches: 1. Vineyard YC vs Newell United at Vineyard, 2. Real Treasure Beach FC vs Holland PYC at Treasure Beach Sports Park, 3. Super Action YC vs Haughton United at Holland. Match time is 3:30 p.m.Tomorrow’s matches: 1. Tafari Lions FC vs Appleton Estate FC at Lacovia at 1:30 p.m., 2. St Bess FC vs Black Star FC at Lacovia at 3:30 p.m. clash in PortmoreAll eyes will be on the mega clash between co-leaders Right Stuff and Spit Fyah in the City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League. The match will be played in Right Stuff’s backyard, Gem Bar, in Waterford, beginning at 11 o’clock tomorrow morning.Both clubs are on 29 points apiece from eight games and a win for either team will see the victor ascending to the top of the standings.In other games, third-placed Exceptional International (25 points) travel to take on Soursop Tree; Naggo Head are at home against Unity Strikers at Naggo Head Bus Park; Fort International (25 points), joint third place, journey to play home team Chedwin Strikers; Spring Village welcome Correctional Services; Garveymeade host Felluchi Strikers at Garveymeade Sports Club; Highlight Strikers entertain Waterhouse at Christian Pen; while Memory Lane are at home against Masterpiece in Waterford.Cedar Grove’s Anthony Minott and Richard BryanINSPORTS St Catherine FA Masters Football League kicks offFifteen teams are down to compete in the inaugural Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) St Catherine Football Association Masters Football League, which was officially launched last Sunday at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.In games played last Sunday, Christian Ambassadors defeated Maxfield 3-1 and D.B. Basovak tagged Constant Spring 2-0.The competition is divided into three zones, as the top two teams, plus the two best runners-up will play in the quarter-finals.Cumberland, Racing shoot for KO titleThe final of the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two knockout football competition will be played between Cumberland and Racing United at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex tomorrow afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m.In semi-final action, Cumberland defeated Cedar Grove 2-1, while Racing’s win over Braeton United was a no-contest as the Gregory Park-based club ran out 4-1 winners.Interestingly, Braeton won the midseason crown.Mega domino
Checking in with Tyler Dragon, who covers the Bengals for the Cincinnati Enquirer:1. Are Andy Dalton’s career-high 418 yards in the opening loss at Seattle a legitimate sign that he should flourish under a new system?I don’t want to be prisoner of the moment and say that Andy Dalton will flourish in Zac Taylor’s offensive system based off one game. It’s an extremely small sample size. What I can say is, Dalton and the Bengals should feel encouraged after passing for a career best 418 yards. …
Even within some churches, Darwin skeptics can face censure and calls for re-education in the religion of evolution.That Darwin doubters can expect persecution within secular academia is old news. But in the church? Karsten Pultz, an intelligent design supporter in Denmark, reported a story he found in a “Christian newspaper” in his home country. He tells about the difficulties a Darwin doubting theologian encountered within the Danish church. His remarks, titled “Something rotten in the state of Denmark”* were reproduced at Uncommon Descent:Recently, Mads Jakobsen, a priest and theologian in the Danish state church, was reprimanded by his bishop, Marianne Christiansen because he had written critically about Darwin’s theory in his parish magazine. The theologian had mainly identified the moral problems which arise when trying to combine survival of the fittest with Christian beliefs, but he seems also to have admitted his doubt of the science behind the theory.The bishop was outraged that the priest would doubt a “scientifically proven” theory and she publicly demanded that he commit himself to be re-educated in the theory of evolution. The bishop recommended that , Niels Henrik Gregersen, professor of theology at the University of Copenhagen, should provide this criminally ignorant theologian with the proper literature, so that his delusions could be corrected.The bishop was supported by Svend Andersen, theology professor at the University of Århus, who insisted that “There ought not to be room for such views within the church.” Professor Andersen also expressed the view that a certain intellectual standard must be required of ministers, implying that only a moron would doubt evolution.The entire essay can be read at the link above. Pultz says that 85% in his country believe in evolution. He goes on to describe how his attempts to show scientific flaws in Darwinian evolution result in him being immediately labeled a “creationist” even though he stated no theological arguments, just scientific ones. When he tried to correct errors in the publication, he was ignored. He describes the response to his piece defending Jakobsen:My piece was, naturally, written in defense of pastor Mads Jakobsen but I also made the excuse for the bishop that she, hardly a villain, is just acting in accordance with what we all have learned in school, namely that evolution is a fact. She should not be blamed for the extremely biased way evolution is taught all the way from primary school to university. I got no answer from the journalist, no reaction, and no explanation, – I’m being met with complete silence. So what we have is a Christian newspaper which willingly airs unsubstantiated allegations against my work but at the same time refuses to bring my side of the story.Pultz concludes that “a Christian newspaper gangs up with the theological elite to heckle Darwin doubters and prevent an open debate about the validity of Darwin’s theory.”*Reference to a line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.Something is rotten not only in the state of Denmark, but in all churches that prefer Darwin to Christ. Misinformed theologians and ministers, who have abandoned confidence in the word of God, love the approval of the world more than the approval of God. Having been taught that ‘evolution is a fact’ and a ‘scientifically proven theory’ that only a ‘moron’ would doubt, they fear being thought of morons themselves by the culture around them. To prove to the culture they are not one of ‘them,’ these liberal theologians and ministers often become even more intolerant of Darwin doubters than the secular Darwinists themselves.The situation is analogous to the Israelites in the Old Testament who repeatedly fell for the Baals. They tried to keep some semblance of their monotheistic religion but they didn’t want to be looked down on by all the surrounding nations that had many gods—idols that nodded at debauchery. Darwin is the golden calf of our era, with worship centers in the Bethel of liberal seminaries and the Dan of liberal churches. Their leaders try to prevent them from going to the Jerusalem temple of science by ignoring Jerusalem and luring them into the temples of the popular gods of the day. As with all leftists, they are totalitarians at heart. Nobody is allowed to question the state dogma: not even the church. Churches even become pawns of the regime, carrying out the persecution.Sadly, they never hear the critiques of Darwin which we report daily at CEH. When one studies the evidence, one finds Darwinism to be a vacuous pseudo-theory in a house of cards. It is vacuous, illogical, and contrary to the monumental evidence for design: vacuous, because Darwin’s ‘natural selection’ equates to the Stuff Happens Law; illogical, because it is self-refuting; contrary to the evidence, because examples of irreducible complexity and fine tuning are legion from the atom to the universe as a whole. Why would anyone taking the name of ‘Christian’ want to be associated with such an idea? Theistic evolution is a growing problem in American Christendom as well. Help your pastor or religious leader learn the evidence against evolution and for design, so that he can be bold in opposing the Baal of our time.Recommended Resources: The recent anthology Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical and Theological Critique has good chapters on the scientific problems with Darwinian evolution. We do not endorse some of its Biblical interpretations, but the book pulls the rug out from under the assumed scientific evidence on which Darwinists build their house of cards. Just the chapter by Dr James Tour is enough to topple the Darwin idol, but there is much more. Other good books are Undeniable by molecular biologist Doug Axe, Heretic by organic chemist Matti Leisola, and Darwin’s House of Cards by journalist Tom Bethell.(Visited 414 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leadership and potential, these are two words with many meanings.On Thursday, December 1st, at the Shelby FFA Leadership Night, 132 FFA members from 8 different chapters learned what these words are all about.The night was kicked off at 6 p.m. with a pre-session meet and greet mixer put on by the Shelby FFA Officer Team. During the meet and greet, FFA members were all given a paper with multiple questions such as, “Find someone who has shown at the Ohio State Fair.” or “Find someone who has received their State FFA degree.” The members then had to find a member from a different school who fit the question, and have them sign under the statement.The leadership session was then presented by three of the Ohio FFA State Officers, Meredith Oglesby, vice president, Evan Smith, treasurer, and Johnathon Cottingim, sentinel. Within the program, the state officers put together games, questions, and challenges to teach members not only what potential means, but also how we can use our potential to make a difference.After the official program closed there was an opportunity for members to meet some new people while eating at the provided taco bar. After students finished eating their newly made friendships were put to the test, with a little competition between rival chapters in euchre, dodgeball, and cornhole tournaments. Overall it was a productive and fun event that helped our students grow and meet new people.
Liverpool goalkeeper Mignolet: I don’t want to do this; it’s mentally difficultby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits playing second fiddle to Alisson Becker this season has been tough.Mignolet is due to start in tonight’s FA Cup tie with Wolves.”Of course it isn’t easy. I’ve spoken about it before – it’s not something that you want to be doing, but the team is doing so well and you just try to help the team as best as you can,” Mignolet told Liverpoolfc.com.“I’m behind Alisson, who is a really good goalkeeper – probably within the best five goalkeepers in the world, if not the best – and you can accept and understand it.“We try to work hard and we get along really well as well, the both of us. I can learn from him, he can learn from me and we just try to work as hard as we can.“Not only between the goalkeepers, but I also know that I have to be ready for if anything happens or the team needs me, and therefore I have to be working hard on a daily basis for when the chance comes along or I get called upon. “It’s not easy, mentally especially, but I try to keep the focus as best as I can. That’s the only thing I can do really.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery: Willock can replace Ramseyby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery believes Joe Willock can fill the void left by Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere in their midfield.The Gunners released Wilshere a year ago with the 27-year-old joining West Ham, while Ramsey also left on a free transfer when he moved to Juventus this summer.“Willock started the pre-season with us last year, I didn’t give him more minutes but he was with us in every game, working in training, playing matches in the cup and at the end of the season,” said Emery.“He deserved to start this season with the first-team and with us. My decision was after I saw him the last two months of last season working with us, his really big challenge was that Jack Wilshere left here, Aaron Ramsey left and he had to take that opportunity to be with us.“The last months of last year was the moment I spoke with him and said: ‘For you it is a big challenge in the new season to do differently and really show us you can take their position in this squad’.“I told him he is improving but he needs to not stop that improvement, we are working with him to improve even more.“But, if his progression keeps going the way it is going right now, I don’t know when he will stop and how far he can go.”
Florida Will Muschamp HatersWill Muschamp’s tenure as head coach in Gainesville got off to a decent start, but by the end of the 2014 season, Gators fans were campaigning for him to be replaced. Florida eventually cut ties with Muschamp after he won just 10 games combined in his final two years, and he wound up taking the defensive coordinator position at Auburn shortly after. A YouTube user by the name of SCS Productions decided to make light of the situation, adding hilarious subtitles to the popular interview between Jesus Quintero and comedian El Risitas. If you’re wondering, the original interview was conducted back in 2007, but it didn’t become Internet-famous until March of 2015.If you’re a fan of Florida’s mishaps over the past few years, you’ll have a hard time not laughing out loud.[YouTube]
CFB Over UndersSportsbooks have yet to release their over/under win totals for college football teams in 2016 – they should be released at the beginning of the summer – so we thought we’d set them ourselves. Who will win enough games to compete for this?Of course, it’s a bit early. Spring football has yet to take place, recruiting classes have yet to arrive on campus, transfers have yet to decide, etc. A lot is going to change between now and the start of the season in early September. Still, there’s a decent amount to go on. We know the schedules. We know which players are returning and which players are headed to the NFL. Recruiting classes have been signed. There are plenty of preseason top 25s out there. So, based on what we know right now, here are our over/unders for college football teams’ win totals for the 2016 regular season. These are not projections. They’re meant to be difficult and somewhat of a toss-up. Start With The ACC >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6