With Croatia’s 2-0 Win, Nigeria Walks a Tightrope in Group D

first_img*Rohr says Eagles have no option but to defeat IcelandDuro Ikhazuagbe in KaliningradAfter two silly mistakes by Oghenekaro Etebo and William Troost-Ekong earned Croatia a deserved 2-0 victory against the Super Eagles at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Russia on Saturday night, Nigeria walks a tightrope qualifying from Group D of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia. First, It was Etebo who deflected Juventus forward, Mario Mandzukic’s goal-mouth scramble from Real Madrid man, Luka Modric’s corner kick beyond the reach of goalkeeper Francis Uzoho for Croatia’s opening goal. And then, William Troost-Ekong wrestled down Mandzukic for the penalty converted by Modric.Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, aptly captured the situation Nigeria now finds herself following the one-all draw played earlier by favourites Argentina and Iceland.“With Croatia now leading the group on three points and Argentina and Iceland on one point each, we now do not have the option but to win our next match against Iceland on Friday,” was how the Franco-German gaffer summed up the herculean task faced by Nigeria at the post-match conference after the clash here in Russia.He admitted it was disappointing for Nigeria to have lost the game Eagles had hope to pick atleast a point from before meeting Iceland. “It is disappointing for us to lose the match. However, Croatia had a better team than us on the night. I must also admit that some of my players made silly mistakes. Both the first and second goals came through corner kicks. Yes, there were some calls that were questionable but we have to accept this defeat and move on.”Rohr insisted that the hope of Nigeria qualifying from the group was not lost yet as two other teams in the group have just one point each. Our future in the competition is still in our hands. We can do it because we have the youngest team in the competition and have the energy to pursue the dream of making it out of the group stage even if it is a difficult one,”“We can still qualify if we win our next match and get at least a draw in the last game against Argentina to end on four points.”On the blunt Eagles attack that was completely blunt on the night, the coach said: “Nobody will be happy when the attackers cannot put the ball behind the net. Alex Iwobi tried at the beginning but lacked the cutting edge. He played very well in the three weeks we were in camp before coming here. He deserved to start the game.Ahmed Musa came in the second half and brought his speed to wear down the Croatian defence line. Now, Musa has the chance to start the next game. It was the first time that we played like that (poorly) in the midfield with Wilfred Ndidi, (Oghenekaro) Etebo and Obi Mikel. Ndidi was just coming back from injury. Because of that, there was a bit of complicity in that department. Perhaps, they need a little bit more of time to get it right.”Rohr also did not mince words in insisting that Eagles were naïve on set pieces which Croatian Captain, Luka Modric, and his men in the midfield capitalised to torment Nigerian defence. “We are going to work on that to ensure that we are not caught off guard like it happed in this our first match.”On Mikel’s poor role in the offensive midfield position, Rohr said since arriving at the job, the Tianjin Teda star has always played in that place. “Mikel’s role all through the qualifying series to the World Cup was going on very well. The team was built around him. I know that he also played before in defensive midfield. In China I know sometimes he plays in the offensive and at times in the defensive. When he has the ball everybody is offensive and if defending everyone fall back to defend. Mikel tried his best but when playing a packed Croatian midfield that have Modric and Ivan Rakitic then you need to up your game to stay alive. They play these roles in Real Madrid and FC Barcelona respectively. So when you start to compare that with how our midfielders play in their clubs, then there is a big problem.”He concluded by stressing that Eagles must have learnt some good lessons from the defeat.“I know that both Iceland and Argentina are very good teams but I believe my players have learnt lessons from the defeat and be able to play better against these our two next opponents.”Croatia moved to the top of Group D of the 2018 World Cup on three points with Argentina and Iceland on one point each from the one-all draw.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Softball goes 3-1 at Cougar Classic in Charleston; Track takes mediocre team finish from Big East indoors

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 18, 2013 at 1:38 am Heading into the Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C., senior captain Veronica Grant wanted her team to finish the weekend with a winning record. After four games against East Tennessee State, Towson, College of Charleston and James Madison University, Syracuse did just that.The team opened its season with two games on Friday against ETSU and Towson. In the first game, strong performances by Stacy Kuwik on the mound and second baseman Riley Johnson at the plate led the Orange to a 4-0 victory. Kuwik threw five innings, giving up four hits and no runs, while Johnson’s two-run double broke the game open in the first. Against Towson, sophomore Lindsay Taylor dazzled the Tigers in a complete game shutout. Taylor struck out 10, gave up three hits and walked only one batter. The Orange won the game 11-0 behind a collective effort at the plate with runs batted in from Johnson, Jasmine Watson, Corinne Ozanne and Morgan Nandin. On Saturday, Syracuse dismantled the College of Charleston on its home field. Kuwik threw all five innings as the team was propelled to an 11-0 victory behind the long ball. Grant and Watson each hit two home runs and Julie Wambold added one of her own. The trio hit three straight in the second inning. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn its final game of the weekend, Syracuse fell to James Madison 8-0 on Sunday. After a weekend of strong pitching for the Orange, JMU’s Jailyn Ford struck out 13 Syracuse batters and yielded only one hit, a sixth-inning single by Grant. Syracuse finished its first weekend with a 3-1 record. Next weekend, Syracuse travels to Palm Springs, Calif., to play in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. There, SU will meet tough opponents in Florida, Stanford, Long Beach State and San Diego State. Track & FieldSyracuse traveled to Geneva, Ohio, to compete in the 2013 Indoor Big East Championships this weekend. With modest expectations going into the event, Syracuse’s men and women’s teams both finished near the middle of the pack in their respective competitions.The men’s team – which finished tied for sixth overall with Pittsburgh at 60 points – trailed Connecticut, Louisville, Notre Dame, South Florida and Villanova. Connecticut won the men’s title with 142 points overall, 36.5 more points than second place Notre Dame (105.5). St. John’s and Cincinnati did not have men’s teams in the event. Twelve teams competed on the men’s side.Overall, six Orange athletes medaled at the event. In the 60-meter hurdles, Syracuse picked up right where they left off in the event. After former SU hurdler Jarret Eaton won the event last year, sophomore Donald Pollitt placed first with a time of 7.79. Senior Amadou Gueye took second with a time of 7.81. In the 60-meter dash, junior Jaquan Holland won silver (6.89) while sophomore Martin Hehir also took silver in the 3,000-meter run (8:04.33). With 30 points, the SU women finished ninth overall out of 14 teams. Notre Dame took first place with 141 points. Bright spots for the Orange were freshman Shania Harrison and senior Lauren Penney. Harrison won silver in the 60-meter dash (7.51) while Penney won bronze in the 3,000-meter (9:24.46).The Orange will compete next on March 1 at the Columbia Last Chance in New York City. — Compiled by The Daily Orange sports staff, [email protected] Commentslast_img read more

Scheffler makes postseason debut with a 59 at TPC Boston

first_img Scottie Scheffler is making quite an impression in his PGA Tour postseason debut, posting a 12-under 59 on Friday at The Northern Trust for the 12th sub-60 round in tour history.Scheffler, a 24-year-old rookie from Texas, birdie four of his last five holes and kept his chances alive by making a 6-foot par putt on the 17th hole.On the par-5 18th at the TPC Boston, his tee shot hopped out of the rough into the first cut, and he wisely played left and just short of the green, leaving him two putts from 85 feet for birdie and the 59. He rolled it up to just over 4 feet short of the cup, took a swig of water while waiting his turn, and then calmly rapped in the putt.Along with a 59 — not the record, but still considered golf’s magic number — Scheffler was atop the leaderboard in the first FedEx Cup playoff event.Jim Furyk has two sub-60 rounds, including a record 58 at the Travelers Championship in 2016.Image credits: AP Written By Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 22nd August, 2020 07:43 IST LIVE TVcenter_img FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 22nd August, 2020 07:43 IST Scheffler Makes Postseason Debut With A 59 At TPC Boston Scottie Scheffler is making quite an impression in his PGA Tour postseason debut, posting a 12-under 59 on Friday at The Northern Trust for the 12th sub-60 round in tour history COMMENTlast_img read more

Pocari-Air Force earns first win at expense of BanKo

first_imgPocari-Air Force got into the winners’ circle after stealing one from BanKo, 15-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-22, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Sunday at People’s Gym in Tuguegarao City.The Lady Warriors relied on a three-pronged attack that Madeline Palmer spearheaded with 16 points while Myla Pablo and Amelie Love had 15 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pocari improved to 1-1, to have the same record as the Perlas Spikers and Tacloban, Creamline and Iriga-Navy.The Cool Smashers, though, hope to bounce back against PayMaya in the second game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJutarat Montripila and Lakia Bright had 18 points apiece to lead the Perlas Spikers while Amy Ahomiro pitched in 10.Pocari-Air Force and BanKo were in a virtual stalemate in terms of spikes, a 45-44 for the former, but the Lady Warriors outclassed the Perlas Spikers in blocks, 11-5, and in aces, 11-6. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kovalev to defend belt vs Alvarez in new Atlantic City venue China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more


first_imgOne of Ireland’s oldest married couples have celebrated 70 years of wedded bliss and put their relationship down to “putting up with eachother.”Just two other people joined John and Bridget Hegarty from Glenties when they celebrated their wedding in 1944. Devoted John, 95, and Bridget, 90, had a simple wedding ceremony and were joined by their best man and maid of honour for breakfast before returning to work that morning.But the happy couple were surrounded by up to 80 members of their family and friends when they celebrated their wedding anniversary on Sunday last.The couple have four children, 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.One of the their grandchildren, Muriel Hegarty, said the happy couple have put the secret of their long-lasting relationship down to patience and understanding. Family friend Maggie Keeney, 96, congratulates John on his wedding anniversary.“Somebody asked granny what was the secret to their lasting marriage and she said she puts up with grand-dad.“And when somebody asked him the same question, he gave the same answer,” laughed Muriel.The couple first met in 1942 when John spotted Bridget (nee Carr form Frosses) across Joe Kennedy’s dancehall and asked her to dance.The couple were married in Edeninfagh Church on February 16th, 1944 by the late Fr Daniel Molloy.John and Bridget celebrate with their great grandchildren and grandaughter Muriel.The bridesmaid was the late Mamie McCahill and the best man was the late Eddie O’Donnell.Unfortunately cameras were not plentiful at the time and the couple have no picture of their wedding day. Not only did the hard-working couple never take a honeymoon, but they haven’t even been out of Ireland.“They never had a honeymoon as people didn’t have honeymoons then. They have been too busy raising a family and working to go on holiday.“They have never been out of Ireland but they don’t feel like they have missed anything,” added Muriel.John still drives everyday and also farms away on his holding in Meenalaragan. “Grandad is very sharp still and he picked out all the readings for the mass which we had in the house to celebrate their 70th anniversary,” added Muriel.While John still works the farm on a daily basis, Bridget passes the time with her great grandchildren and is also a dab hand at embroidery.PATIENCE IS THE KEY SAYS DONEGAL COUPLE WHO CELEBRATE 70 YEARS OF WEDDED BLISS! was last modified: February 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:70 years marriedBridget HegartyGlentiesJohn Hegartylast_img read more