FC Ifeanyi Ubah on Verge of History, Tackle Nasarawa United for…

first_imgAt the expiration of a 10-year sponsorship deal with the then NFA, the competition went back to its former name, Federation Cup.Meanwhile, the management of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, which is popularly known as the Anambra Warriors, yesterday urged all football lovers, all Ndi Igbo in Lagos and its indefatigable fans all over the country to grace this great occasion.FC Ifeanyi Ubah management declared free entry for everyone coming to watch the game, while free buses have been made available to convey supporters to the stadium.President of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah in a bid to ensure that the match is well covered, has invited all Anambra-based radio and television sports On-Air personalities and reporters to grace the occasion.He said; “We kindly crave your usual support and indulgence as we look to lift this trophy which will automatically hand us a ticket for the CAF Confederation Cup come next season. We wish you a safe trip to Lagos as you gladly join us in making history. May God continue to bless and strengthen you as you keep on supporting us.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FC Ifeanyi Uba are on the verge of making history today if they beat Nasarawa United in the FA Cup finals taking place today at the Teslim Balagun Stadium in Lagos by 3pm. Since the creation of Anambra State, no club from the state has ever won the trophy.The FA Cup, virtually the oldest football competition in Nigeria, will witness for the first time, two teams that have never been to the final of the championship. The competition which started as War Memorial Challenge Cup in 1942, had ZAC Bombers of Lagos winning the maiden edition though it was then limited to clubs based in Lagos.The cup was renamed Governor’s Cup with improved format in 1945 and in 1954, it was again renamed Federation Cup after the promulgation of Nigeria Football Association (NFA). In 1960, after a revised format the competition, it was renamed Challenge Cup until 1999 when soft drink bottlers, Coca-Cola took up the sponsorship and consequently named it Coca-Cola FA Cup.last_img read more

Dogara Congratulates Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, on clinching the unified world heavyweight title.This was made known via a statement released by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Turaki Hassan, in Abuja on Monday.“I would like to congratulate the world heavyweight champion, Anthony Olaseni Joshua, for this great feat that he has achieved. His dedication, discipline and commitment to boxing has paid off, as his is now a household name.” “The young man’s affinity for Nigeria is also apparent and commendable, as he has acknowledged his Nigerian roots in interviews and fully embraced the Nigerian identity.”The Speaker then called on sports development authorities in the country to seize this challenge as impetus to identify and develop home grown talent so that Nigerian athletes may compete on a global scale.“Anthony Joshua’s success should be taken as an indication of what’s possible if we devote the required resources to training our athletes and offering all the support that they need. Many athletes of Nigerian origin represent and win medals for other countries because the environment which we offer is not very conducive, and now is the time to change that.”“Tales of our athletes being owed what’s due to them and the gruelling circumstances in which they have to prepare for tournaments discourage many from engaging in sports, and in cases where they do, we lose such talents to other countries, which are serious about capacity development.“This calls for deep introspection on our part, as there are career opportunities for our teeming youth population outside academic institutions and white collar jobs that corporate entities have to offer.“Young Nigerians have excelled in entertainment, for instance, and gone on to build enviable careers in the creative industry. This, they have managed to achieve without deliberate effort on the part of government and one can only imagine the heights which our youths would attain if we took deliberate steps towards genuinely supporting them in their chosen fields.”“I would like to, once more, congratulate Mr. Joshua, while calling on the Executive (arm of government), through the relevant agencies, to implement policies which would help greatly with developing home grown talent,” concludes the Speaker.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

A Remade McEvoy

first_imgAndy FateJust moments after Wisconsin beat BYU 27-17 last Saturday — in which transfer quarterback-receiver-safety Tanner McEvoy made his first career interception — Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal queried head coach Gary Andersen about McEvoy’s prospects as a quarterback, either now or in the future, at Wisconsin.It seemed like an odd question to ask, given the context. Andersen was succinct, saying he hadn’t contemplated McEvoy at the quarterback position, which felt like an obvious response. Thoughts of McEvoy playing quarterback this season were dispelled months ago when he faded in the quarterback race and started catching passes more often than throwing them.And it wasn’t long — no more than a few weeks and a few game reps — before his stint at receiver was over following a surgery to repair a broken wrist. It would be a defining moment in McEvoy’s first season at Madison.“He was going to miss a lot of reps because he couldn’t do anything,” safeties coach Bill Busch said. “That’s when it kind of clicked.”McEvoy, at 6-foot-6, 223 pounds, lauded for his speed and overall athleticism, was going to be relocated to the sidelines because his broken wrist impeded his offensive effectiveness. Wisconsin’s noteworthy sophomore transfer was trending down Danny O’Brien’s path as opposed to Russell Wilson’s.Then an idea arose where McEvoy could use his extraordinary frame on the other side of the ball as a safety.“I mean, when you’re 6-foot-6 and can move like that, definitely people notice you,” redshirt freshman safety Nate Hammon said.And so McEvoy found his way onto the field for Wisconsin, even if he intended to play quarterback all along. In just a few short weeks, he had a package of third down plays where he was used. Then Ohio State happened.McEvoy’s role was expanding each week, but following a first drive where OSU quarterback Braxton Miller effortlessly escorted the Buckeyes to a 7-0 lead, largely through the air, Andersen knew McEvoy — who played safety in high school — was needed more than ever.“We needed to get some athletes on the field. We really thought that,” Andersen said following the 31-24 loss. “To throw him in the moment was definitely risky, to say the least. That’s what we felt we needed to do.”Wisconsin fans saw McEvoy’s No. 17 jersey — different from the No. 5 he wore as a quarterback — on the field for most of the remaining minutes in Columbus, Ohio. What they didn’t see was any big plays or mistakes on McEvoy’s behalf.And since then, there wasn’t much for news on the McEvoy front.“I haven’t done anything wrong, but I haven’t done anything great,” McEvoy said, describing his first four games with an ingrained role in the defense. That’s why this past weekend against BYU was important for him.McEvoy was the benefactor of redshirt senior line backer Chris Borland’s pressure on BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, who hurriedly lofted a pass well beyond his receiver, tumbling into McEvoy’s basket. It was an important moment that McEvoy would eventually downplay the significance of. He knew he had another interception opportunity on the last play of the game, where he crossed the field to break up a final Cougar pass attempt.Those two plays are largely why McEvoy has remained a part of the Wisconsin secondary; he can flat out cover ground and stalk the football. Add in his abnormal height and wingspan, and McEvoy becomes quite the asset in any secondary. He says he just likes making plays on the football field, something that his favorite player, Ed Reed, made an NFL career of.Hammon said that one week McEvoy made something “like 11 interceptions in practice.” Each day athleticism is readily apparent. Back in August, backup quarterback Bart Houston likened McEvoy’s speed to a deer. However, it’s more his placement within the secondary than his athleticism that has helped Wisconsin the most.Earlier on this season, redshirt sophomore safety Michael Caputo was forced to guard receivers out of sheer necessity. With McEvoy in the mold, Caputo now generally spotlights opposing tight ends and aids the front seven in run defense, where he made 12 tackles against BYU.With McEvoy on the field, senior safety Dez Southward was able to play man coverage on BYU’s physical receiver Cody Hoffman, a matchup the Badgers defensive coaches sought out. McEvoy has really opened up the options for Busch.With just five weeks of safety game snaps under his belt, there remains plenty for McEvoy to learn and gain from the safety position. Week-by-week the coaching staff warmed McEvoy into the mix.“They kind of eased me into it,” McEvoy said. “They didn’t throw the kitchen sink at me.”Week-by-week he’s gained confidence in his play recognition and tackling tendencies. Week-by-week he plans for safety and covers the back end of the Wisconsin defense. While it seems like he’s a full-fledged safety this week, the question in Andersen’s press conference relayed a bit of uncertainty about McEvoy’s future spot.Andersen ended his answer with, “He’s a safety next week, and we’ll move on from there.”Busch said, “This week, he’s in my room, so we’ll get him ready to play.”So whether he’s a quarterback or a safety right now or if in the future he’s a quarterback or a safety, it doesn’t really matter. McEvoy thinks he can still play quarterback at Wisconsin, but will happily settle with safety.“As of right now, in this season, in this week, I’m focusing on what we have to do against Indiana,” McEvoy said. “I’m just going to stick to playing safety until they tell me to do otherwise.”last_img read more

Chris Paul on 30-point loss to Mavericks: ‘You have to flush it’

first_imgThe Mavericks shot 60.7 percent from the field, 57.1 percent (16 of 28) from 3-point range.Missing piecesThe Clippers are now 9-6 without Blake Griffin, who has missed the past 15 games because of a staph infection in his right elbow. Jamal Crawford (calf strain) missed his fifth consecutive game, during which the Clippers are 2-3.Griffin could possibly return today. If not, Tuesday at home against Charlotte would be his next opportunity.Scouting the RocketsThe Clippers are 2-1 against Houston. They won 102-85 on Nov. 28 at Houston and 110-95 Feb. 11 at Staples Center before losing 110-105 Feb. 25 at Houston. The Clippers have done rather well in holding down MVP candidate James Harden. He had 16 points on Nov. 28 on 5-of-12 shooting, nine points on Feb. 11 on 3-of-12 shooting and 21 points on Feb. 25 while shooting 4 of 13. He is a combined 3 of 20 from 3-point range.Harden averages 26.8 points, second in the league. He’s averaging just 15.3 against the Clippers.Tough scheduleHere’s what the Clippers are looking after today’s game: Tuesday at home against Charlotte, Wednesday at Sacramento, Friday at home against Washington and Sunday at home against New Orleans. “It is what it is; that’s the West,” Paul said of the conference’s competitiveness.Clippers coach Doc Rivers had in inkling Dallas would play with tremendous urgency. He was just hopeful his team would respond as such. The Clippers trailed 59-51 at halftime but were outscored 70-48 in the second half.“Yes, I thought they were into us,” Rivers said. “I thought they had their hands on us and we didn’t put our hands on them all game. You knew it was coming, but I thought we would handle it better. We did at the beginning of the game and it went down hill from there.”Paul, however, refused to buy any of the pregame motivation Dallas may have had.“All of that rah-rah stuff doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “You still have to play the game. We just didn’t play well.” The Clippers had to know there was a good chance the Dallas Mavericks would play them very hard Friday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas because the Mavericks had won just two of their previous seven games and were coming off a 33-point loss Tuesday at home to Cleveland.Although the Clippers surely did not expect to lose by 30 points (129-99) — their worst defeat of the season — they therefore choose not to dwell on the lopsided defeat moving forward.“They can have this one,” said Clippers point guard Chris Paul, whose team finished the regular season 2-1 against the Mavericks. “We have to get ready for the game on Sunday. This was ugly. I don’t think we play them anymore. You have to flush it.”Today, the Clippers play host to the Houston Rockets at 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center. It’s another game against a Western Conference playoff-bound team as the Rockets (43-22) are in fourth in the standings, 1 1/2 games ahead of the fifth-place Clippers (42-24); Dallas (42-25) is now in sixth, just a half-game behind the Clippers.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more