Super Eagles’ and Anderlecht forward,Â Henry Onyekuru, is to be operated on his knee after he was forced out of a Belgian league clash. Anderlecht has confirmed he could be out for a long time.Onyekuru was forced out of the clash against former club KAS EupenÂ on FridayÂ after he collided with the opposing goalkeeper.Scans have now shown he tore his knee ligaments and could be out for several months, according to Anderlecht.â€œExtensive scans have now shown he tore his knee ligaments,â€ Anderlecht announced yesterday.â€œHe will soon be operated on and the medical staff are in close contact with their counterparts at Everton to determine where the surgery will be.â€Onyekuru is on a season-long loan at Anderlecht from Everton.He has scored a total of nine goals thus far and was hoping such form will help him stake a claim for a place at next yearâ€™s World Cup with Nigeria.2017 was an interesting year for the 20- year-old as he made remarkable progress in his budding career. The player shone for KAS Eupen in Belgium, scoring 22 goals in the 2016/2017 season which saw him join English Premier League side Everton for 7 million pounds.The former Aspire Academy student was then loaned back to Belgian Champions Anderlecht where he has done so well this season, featuring in the Champions League and is the teamâ€™s top scorer so far this season with eight goals.The player also got invitation to the Super Eagles where he boasts of three caps and his future with the team looks bright.Onyekuru took this official Instagram page to express his feelings after a successful year.â€œWhat a great year it has been for me, thank you to everyone that has supported me, especially the Almighty God. I hope to return back to fitness soon and will be back fitter & stronger in the New Year,â€ he said.Onyekuru certainly hopes for a better 2018 especially for the fact that it is a World Cup year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has presented a brand new 18-seater executive bus to the state’s chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in fulfilment of his campaign promise.The governor during the last electioneering campaign had promised to support the association if elected to run the affairs of the state for the next four years.The Director-General, Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Oluwatoyin Gafar, made the presentation on behalf of the governor to the Lagos SWAN Chairman, Debo Oshundun yesterday in Lagos. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu “The gift is in fulfillment of the campaign promises in the area of sports development in Lagos state and Gov. Sanwo-Olu has delivered. He has said that every promise made will be fulfilled.“The bus is a reward for hard work by the Lagos SWAN members. They truly worked to earn it and this is the recognition of their work.“The state government is desirous of human and capital development of sports which has formed one of the cardinal blueprints of the present government,’’ he said.In his remarks during the presentation, Lagos SWAN Chairman, Debo Oshundun, commended the state government for fulfilling its promise, adding that the bus would be put to optimal use.“During the campaign tour by the governor, he asked for our needs and we requested for some things, especially a befitting bus, and he has now delivered on his promises.“We should have even received the bus before now, about six months ago, but the COVID-19 pandemic denied us of having it as at when due.“I can only thank the Lagos State Governor for keeping to his promises. It shows that he is a man of his words.“We have good relationships with the state government and we promise to continue to do so by contributing positively to the development of sports in the state,’’ he said.“It is important that we place it on record that the Lagos State Government and the State Sports Commission have always been there for us all the time we need them.“During the very intense period of the COVID-19 pandemic, we got some of the best materials as palliatives in the country.“As for the bus, we will make judicious use of it, and it will not be converted to any personal use but collective use.“We will deploy the bus as part of the image of the association for competitions, such as league matches, marathon races and other competitions,’’ Oshundun said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
With the economic recession adding to the strain on students’ wallets, many are now choosing to stop buying expensive textbooks and rent them instead.The book rental model, which allows students to rent textbooks and then return them after finals with free return shipping, has been around since 2007, but has shown significant sales increases since the economy tanked last year.Chegg.com, an online book rental company, was an early entrant on the rental scene. The company started renting textbooks two years ago. Since then, other companies like BookRenter.com and CampusBookRentals.com into the market.“Buying new or used textbooks may not be a complete and viable solution for a student, so we sought to save students money by giving them another option,” said USC alumnus Jim Safka, the chief executive officer of Chegg.Company representatives said the market has grown primarily through word of mouth on campuses around the country.Chegg, for example, has student users at more than 6,000 universities nationwide. Newer companies like BookRenter.com have customers at more than 3,000 campuses nationwide, representatives said.Amy Herrmann, a sophomore majoring in international relations, said she decided to rent her textbooks after learning about Chegg from a family friend who was able to rent a law textbook valued at $280 for $30 per semester. Herrmann rented nine textbooks from Chegg, paying $150 for the semester.“It looked like a cost-effective option, as I’m not going to keep all of my textbooks,” Herrmann said. “I got all my books in wonderful condition, and so far it’s a really great service.”Laura Sneddon, marketing manager for BookRenter.com, said the company saw a 750 percent increase in revenue in the first half of 2009, compared to the same period the year before.“More people want to save money by renting and the whole renting phenomenon is going to grow as students continue to have financial troubles in this economy,” Sneddon said.However, not all students think the idea of renting textbooks is the most thrifty or practical option.“I think after the time I sell the book that the cost difference between buying and renting isn’t enough for me to seriously consider renting,” said Andrew Gier, a sophomore majoring in writing for screen and television.Gier said students should research the price of textbooks and options of selling books back before turning to rental sites.Although students may be able to make money by buying textbooks and reselling them online, on websites such as Half.com or MyBookBuyer.com, renting offers students the ability to save money upfront. This allows them to have more money available to meet other immediate needs.Chegg also offers students the option of changing their “rental” to a purchase option by paying the remaining value of the book.Many students said the choice between renting and buying seems logical.“It’s nice to know that right up- front I’m saving money that I can then use for other things,” said Leslie Marchand, a sophomore majoring in cinema-television production who rented her textbooks from Chegg.Pertusati USC Bookstore administrators said they do not think book rental companies pose a threat to bookstore profits.“Right now it’s too early to really tell, but I wonder if [Chegg] would even have the inventory to fulfill students’ textbook needs,” said Raymond McDermott, senior manager of course materials for the bookstore.McDermott said he could not see the bookstore renting out textbooks in the future, largely due to economic reasons.“We have to purchase all our textbooks upfront, so doing a rental program would not even allow us to break even,” McDermott said. “Also, renting textbooks out is usually is something done at community colleges where professors have less autonomy.”
As the spring slate opened last Saturday, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team had some major unfinished business.In December, the Badgers dropped an Elite Eight matchup to the Illinois Fighting Illini in four sets, putting an end to their season.Sophomore Dana Rettke dazzled in that regional final matchup, piling up 21 kills at a 51.5 percent clip.Illinois’ Jacqueline Quade dueled Rettke with 25 kills of her own. The Badgers put together numerous runs to combat the Illini’s hot starts in each of the four sets, but Illinois was able to grab narrow set victories and eventually eliminate the Badgers from going any farther.This year, Wisconsin will look to outdo their Elite Eight appearance. Wisconsin opened their spring schedule against the Phoenix of UW-Green Bay — a team the Badgers played in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last spring. The Badgers took care of business with a sweep of the Phoenix. Both teams agreed to play a fourth set for additional experience, which the Badgers also won. Six-year head coach Kelly Sheffield praised the number of fans in attendance for a spring game.“Two thousand people being here for a spring match, on a Saturday where the weather is fantastic … this is an unbelievable volleyball community,” Sheffield said.Wisconsin faced UW-Green Bay in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year and swept that matchup as well. Wisconsin will conclude its spring schedule against Marquette on April 12 and Purdue on April 20.But the team this year is much different, despite consistent rosters.Senior Tionna Williams departed, along with sophomore Mariah Whalen, who transferred to Cal Poly after injury issues.Volleyball: Badgers overpower Green Bay in opening match of spring seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team dominated the Green Bay Phoenix in an early spring matchup at the UW Read…At Cal Poly, Whalen — a Wausau, Wisconsin, native—will transition to the sand court, which should ease the stress on her knee — the main source of her continuous injuries.Outside of those changes, the Badgers have maintained their entire roster from last season. Sophomore sensations Sydney Hilley and Rettke, who return as juniors, are potentially the best young tandem in the country. Libero Tiffany Clark captains the back row with energetic diving saves and communication among the defense. The major question this season is the middle blocker role opposite Rettke. Williams held a middle blocker role all four years of her collegiate career in Madison. While Rettke receives a majority of the praise, Williams has been a mainstay that Sheffield didn’t have to worry about for most of his Wisconsin career. Williams is one of only six players in Badger volleyball history to record over 1,000 kills and 500 blocks on her career.Redshirt sophomore Danielle Hart looks to be the favorite for Williams’ replacement, but Coach Sheffield is definitely keeping his eyes open for what can benefit this team the most. Last season, fans saw a lot of change-ups and tweaks to the rotation based on opponents and situation. This would not be surprising to see in this middle blocker position next year either. Hart is the favorite right now, as she finished with a match-high of seven blocks and nine kills in the spring matchup against UW-Green Bay. Another potential replacement could be the 6-foot-7 Julia Wohlert, who was redshirted last season. Wohlert can nearly match Rettke’s 6-foot-8 frame and would terrorize opposing offenses with constant size at the middle blocker position.Two potential dark horse candidates are junior Nicole Shanahan and incoming freshman Courtney Gorum. Shanahan has received minor playing time during blowout victories last season. In the spring game, Shanahan notched two kills on eight attempts.Men’s basketball: Ethan Happ earns second-team All-American honorsUniversity of Wisconsin men’s basketball star Ethan Happ just added another accolade to his incredible college career. The senior, whose Read…Gorum, a former club teammate of Hart’s sister, enters as perhaps the most athletic of the Badgers’ recruiting bunch. Sheffield raved about her bouncing ability.“The first thing that jumps out at you about Courtney is her athleticism … she’s a big jumper and has the potential to be a big-time blocker,” Sheffield said.It would be surprising for Gorum to receive any starting time at middle blocker, but the answer to the middle blocker question will come this fall.Another exciting addition to this Badgers team is libero Anna MacDonald from Alpharetta, Georgia.MacDonald’s sister Amber served as libero in her early years at Wisconsin before transitioning into a team manager role upon injury. Amber steered her sister away from Wisconsin rival schools to ensure her sister ended up a Badger.Anna controlled the back row at Blessed Trinity High School as she helped lead her team to two state championships. She even set the Georgia state record with 3,297 career digs. MacDonald gives Sheffield a steady defensive specialist to couple with the senior libero Clark.Setter and former Hilley teammate Izzy Ashburn, outside hitter Liz Gregorski and walk-on defensive specialist Emma Whitehead round out the 2019 recruiting class.Changes are imminent, but the Badgers will rely on their current roster to return to the deep rounds of the NCAA tournament. Outside hitters Madison Duello, Grace Loberg and Molly Haggerty will look to improve on solid 2018 campaigns.Duello was recognized as a third-team All-American, according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Incredibly, she upped her kills per set from 0.75 to 2.70, alongside a solid increase in hitting percentage.Loberg averaged 2.66 kills per set and received the Big Ten Player of the Week award in early September. The 6’3” Loberg notched 19 kills against Iowa and an incredible 18 digs against Nebraska to upset the fifth-ranked Cornhuskers at the UW Field House last fall.Football: Badgers begin work towards returning to familiar formWith a new year comes another round of spring football practices, the setting in which veterans get to prove their Read…Haggerty returned to action after being redshirted in the 2017 season due to a nagging back injury. Her numbers dropped compared to her freshman season, where she was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. But Haggerty will look to rebound after an injury-free 2018 and offseason.Wisconsin will lean heavily on Rettke for another successful campaign. The two-time AVCA first-team All-American became just the third Badger to earn two first-team honors. Another first-team honor would match Lauren Carlini’s Wisconsin record of three. Only 31 players have ever received four AVCA All-American awards, and only five have received four AVCA first-team awards. Rettke has the chance to enter that elite company with two more seasons alongside a setter she will continue to gel with.The Badgers will play both Marquette and Purdue away to round out their spring season this April.Marquette — who the Badgers swept last season on the road — poses to be a beneficial opponent this spring, as they have shown their tournament worth last season and only lost two seniors from last year’s squad. The Golden Eagles also fell victim to the Illini in the NCAA Tournament last year, just one round short of the Badgers.Purdue will also prove to be a great spring challenge for Wisconsin, as the Big Ten volleyball conference is dangerous regardless of the opponent. The Big Ten proved its dominance last season, with five out of the top ten rankings being from the Big Ten. Purdue came in at No. 17.Wisconsin beat Purdue in both matchups last season, including a thriller at the UW Field House that had a Rettke-led Badger team overcome a two-set deficit and finish off the Boilermakers in five sets.Purdue returns all but three players to their roster this springThe match against Marquette will be Friday at 7 p.m., and the Badgers will play Purdue Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. Both games are away.
New York Yankees pitcher, James Paxton revealed that he was excited about Gerrit Cole joining the Yankees. Paxton, while talking with MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM, stated that he heard the rumblings about Gerrit Cole joining the New York-based side and was pumped up about it. Paxton mentioned that he and Gerrit Cole go way back and that they have spent time together in the past. James Paxton had high praise for Cole as he termed him the ‘best pitcher on the planet’ and said that he is looking forward to learning from him and pitch with him for New York Yankees. Also Read | Marshawn Lynch Went ‘Beast Mode’ For His Seattle Seahawks Comeback, Secret Training RegimeMLB: Talent recognises talent: James Paxton and Gerrit ColeGerrit Cole joined the New York Yankees in a $324 million, 9-year-deal The former Houston Astros pitcher was introduced at the Yankee Stadium earlier in December. James Paxton stated that he has watched other guys have great runs in the past but Gerrit was unbeaten for quite a long time last season. “The Big Maple” added that he is really excited to watch Cole pitch and fancies Yankees’ World Series chances.Also Read | “Mo Salah Goes For Goals, While Riyad Mahrez Helps His Teammates,” Says Samir NasriAccording to New York Yankees star James Paxton, all the hitters can relax on days in which Cole is pitching or when the guys are on a roll pitching. James Paxton further stated that he feels there’s a little extra pressure when one is playing in New York because they know that they are supposed to win. James Paxton said that everyone expects the Yankees to win which increases the pressure on them and sometimes that can be difficult to get used to.Also Read | Premier League GOAT Who Retired This Decade; Ft. Beckham & Giggs SUBSCRIBE TO US Abhishek Shetty Also Read | Christmas: Kevin De Bruyne And Eric Bailly Hand Out Gifts To Underprivileged Kids First Published: 26th December, 2019 19:03 IST FOLLOW US COMMENT Last Updated: 26th December, 2019 19:03 IST Yankees Star James Paxton Welcomes New $324 Million Superstar Gerrit Cole According to James Paxton, all the hitters can relax on days in which Cole is pitching or when the guys are on a roll pitching. Read more for detailed info. Written By LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE
With Mourinho moving on with Chelsea’s Premier League rivals United and Antonio Conte doing a good job of picking up the pieces at Stamford Bridge, the clash between the Blues and the Red Devils this weekend will certainly be an intriguing affair.Not only will it mark Mourinho’s first game back at Chelsea since leaving 10 months ago, but it will also give both clubs the chance to move into the top four.After a wobble in September, Conte and Mourinho both appear to have discovered their best lineups and formations in the last few weeks. Neither manager will want to risk losing momentum with a defeat, so we could be in for a very cagey game of football at Stamford Bridge.The improvement from Chelsea in the last two matches has been astounding. Where they looked so soft against Arsenal they’ve discovered an edge both at the back and going forward. They were superb in the predicted win against Leicester.There are plenty of reasons for this, but the first that comes to mind is the midfield. Matic and Kanté is as tough a partnership as it gets, and everything about the pairing seems to work.It puts Kanté in a midfield two, which was the setup that got the best out of him at Leicester. But it has also reawakened a creative flair in Matic that first came to the fore during his time at Benfica.So in a crude way you could draw comparisons between Chelsea’s midfield this season and Leicester’s last year, if you see Matic as an equivalent to Drinkwater.Yet, while Chelsea are playing exciting football and appear to be on the right track again, Blues fans will be wary as they’ve failed their two major tests this season. We can’t forget that they were looking good before the defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal and with this in mind Conte may try to play it safe against United. This match may be one for the tactically-minded fans to admire.There’s nothing pretty about it, but you can bet that Mourinho’s style of football will eke out results from difficult fixtures. Before Monday, Liverpool had been rampant, thrashing all the big sides, and we expected them to take care of a stuttering United.But the Red Devils, playing with a highly-defensive 6-3-1, kept chances to a minimum, and de Gea was alert enough to claw away anything that fell to Liverpool in the area.Chelsea haven’t been as strong as Liverpool this season, having slipped up against the Reds and been thrashed by Arsenal. So now Mourinho has a decision to make.Does he gamble on a win against his former club and send his midfielders over the halfway line, or aim for a repeat performance and hope to snatch a draw?Chelsea have made an uncertain start to the season. And Mourinho, who studies opponents to find their weaknesses as much as any manager, will see things he can take advantage of. He will also know all about his former players, and is cunning enough to build a game plan around Chelsea’s shortfalls. David Luiz in particular is someone Mourinho didn’t rate, and the Portuguese coach may single out the defender for special attention.However Mourinho configures his side, one man who can change a game in an instant is Paul Pogba. For some reason the Frenchman has attracted criticism for his performances this season, but United are definitely better with him in the side.The problem with spending a record fee on a deep midfielder is that people expect goals from a position in which few players are regular scorers. And the players who do score need to be in a very specific setup. It will take time for United to get this right.If United’s approach to the Liverpool match is now their template for big away matches this season, then this fixture could be a bit drab. Conte favours a more enterprising style of football than Mourinho, but is also very tactically adept and won’t take risks he thinks are unnecessary. So we’ll probably see the two teams cancelling each other out.Two days before being sacked in December a doomed Mourinho spoke of a “betrayal” of his work by some of the players who had propelled Chelsea to the Premier League title the previous season.Fingers were pointed at Diego Costa, among others, and the Spanish striker’s huge dip in form was a contributing factor to the Portuguese tactician’s bitter exit.Costa has started this season like the marauding forward Mourinho signed from Atletico Madrid, scoring seven goals in eight Premier League games, and he will be relishing the highly-charged atmosphere expected on Sunday.The visit to Stamford Bridge could hardly have come at a worse time for a United side who have won only one of their last five Premier League games to stall what had been a promising beginning to the Mourinho reign.United played Turkish club Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday before they can fully focus on the visit to west London. No wonder Mourinho, whose side are seventh in the table, said it was a time for digging in.“This is not the week where we were expecting to close the distances to the top of the league. This is the week we have to keep contact with them. Then we will arrive at the moment where we win three, four or five matches in a row and we will be there fighting with almost everybody for the title,” he told the club’s website (www.manutd.com).It is not the first time Mourinho, who won two Premier League titles for Chelsea before his first sacking in 2007, will sit in the away dugout at Stamford Bridge. He masterminded a 1-0 win for Inter Milan over Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea in 2010 on the way to winning the Champions League.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram When Jose Mourinho was officially announced as Manchester United’s new manager in May, one of the first things Chelsea fans wanted to know was when the ‘Special One’ would make his highly-anticipated return to Stamford Bridge.After all, Mourinho is regarded as one of Chelsea’s greatest, if not their greatest, ever manager despite the Portuguese seeing his second spell in charge of the west London side come to an unexpected end last December.
Demola OjoEngland are into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990 thanks to Harry Maguire and Dele Alli headers against Sweden.Maguire rose highest to thump home Ashley Youngâ€™s first-half cross, the eighth of Englandâ€™s 11 goals at this World Cup to come from a set-piece. And Alli was unmarked to turn home Jesse Lingardâ€™s cross against a lacklustre Sweden in Samara. England keeper Jordan Pickford pulled off three fantastic saves to keep Sweden out – first turning away a Marcus Berg header, then producing a low stop from Viktor Claesson and finally tipping Bergâ€™s shot over the bar.The Three Lions are in the last four for only the third time ever. They went on to win their home tournament in 1966 but lost to West Germany on penalties in 1990.England not only reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since Italia 90, they did the job under the pressure of the occasion and the requirement to back up the victory over Colombia on penalties in the last 16 – with all of the mental toll that will have taken.It was not the perfect performance by any means. They started sluggishly and surely gave goalkeeper Pickford far too much work to do for Southgateâ€™s liking in the second half.On this day, with expectation rising and the unmistakable feeling around this sweeping Samara Stadium that the World Cup is really reaching the business end, England delivered.Southgate will, of course, want those flaws addressed – but when the World Cup reaches the knockout stage it is the result that counts and England have now won two knockout games after failing to taste victory in one for 12 years.They have fallen short on so many occasions that an England team who rises to the occasion are worthy of the highest praise.England, for all the talk, knew they had this history to contend with and it is to the credit of the calm and measured Southgate that he has not only led the team with such confidence and composure, but he has now guided one of the most inexperienced squads here in Russia to the last four.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Jamaica has been ranked the highest-rated nation in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) when CONCACAF launched their new rankings system this past week.The Jamaicans, finalists at the last CONCACAF Gold Cup, were rated at number six in the confederation behind Mexico, United States, Costa Rica, Panama, and Honduras.“The new ranking tool will update with each match result and will play a key role in determining qualification for important regional and international championships going forward,” a note on the confederation’s website stated.“The ranking establishes a classification that orders CONCACAF’s national teams from one to 41. Additionally, the CONCACAF Ranking Index makes it possible to calculate the probabilities of different match results (a win, a draw, or a loss) for all matches in the near future.”The rankings are based on the results of all official and friendly matches played by national teams from each of the confederation’s member associations, taking into consideration historical data from 1990 to present day.The CONCACAF rankings also impact the order for CFU teams with Curaçao holding a world ranking of 83rd and St Kitts & Nevis rated 110th in the world, they complete the CFU top-five based on the world rankings behind Reggae Boyz, Soca Warriors and Haiti.
On Wednesday, former WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo was found not guilty on two counts of domestic violence of assaulting a female at his Dallas condo.The Houston native faced felony domestic assault by means of choking and misdemeanor assault for allegedly striking the woman on May 16, 2018. The woman testified at the three-day trial that started on Monday. “I can’t express how happy and relieved I am to be acquitted of these very serious charges,” Charlo said in a statement released to Sporting News. “I was accused of choking and striking a woman, which is a horrible crime that I didn’t commit. I am grateful to my legal defense team, especially my lawyer Mike Howard, for the wonderful job they did for me.”This case, and the fear of losing my freedom and livelihood, has hung over me like a dark cloud for almost a year. I couldn’t really focus on my training and I couldn’t leave the United States to pursue various business opportunities. I couldn’t even register as a trainer. I was offered a plea deal that I could not in good conscious accept because I wasn’t guilty. I’m happy that the jury did its job and I want to thank them for that. I also want to let the world know that Iron Man is back!”MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo vs. Jacobs on May 4Charlo turned down a plea deal from prosecutors because, as attorney Arnold Joseph told SN, “Jermell couldn’t accept the deal in good conscience because he felt he didn’t do anything.” While the case was pending, Charlo (31-1, 15 KOs) fought on two occasions. In June, he successfully defended his title against Austin Trout, winning by majority decision. Things didn’t go the 28-year-old’s way in December when he lost by a controversial unanimous decision to Tony Harrison. A rematch is expected to occur in late spring or early summer. The woman filed a civil case that Joseph said is pending and expected to go forward despite the verdict.
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