Iheanacho vows to work harder

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Kelechi Iheanacho is determined to make the most of opportunities that come his way in the Leicester City starting 11. The former Manchester City striker has had to play second fiddle, perhaps unsurprisingly, to Jamie Vardy, who has shone since Brendan Rodgers replaced Claude Puel last season. Vardy has 17 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions this season and leads the Premier League scoring charts, but Iheanacho’s record isn’t all that bad, either. Iheanacho has six goals in 10 appearances in all competitions and has featured regularly under Rodgers since the back end of the year. “It’s been a good season, to be fair,” Iheanacho told Leicester’s club website. “Pre-season and getting the work done in pre-season (and) getting into the season, it’s not been easy, but I need to keep working hard and I’ll get my chance. “It’s a good group of boys, they’re like family, with everyone together and the staff as well. Everyone is happy doing well. (When) the chance comes, you have to take it.” The 23-year-old scored in the 2-1 win over the Hammers at the London Stadium on December 28. Since then David Moyes has replaced Manuel Pellegrini. “In the Premier League, when there is a change of manager, you will see a difference from the previous one,” said Iheanacho. “It’s always going to be a difficult one. No game is easy in the Premier League, so every game is hard. It’s going to be a tough one because they have become stronger, there’s something that has sparked them at the moment because of the way they are playing now.”— Tags: Kelechi IheanachoLeicester CityManchester Citylast_img read more

Supreme Court notice to Centre, states on plea to make sports part of fundamental right

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Centre, state governments, and Union Territories on a PIL seeking directions to make sports a part of the Fundamental Rights as well as the promotion of sports education in the country.A bench of Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice L. Nageswara Rao sought a response within four weeks on the Public Interest Litigation filed by a law student.Kanishka Pandey approached the top court seeking direction to the government “not to make any discrimination between the education and sports” and to treat sports as part and parcel of sports curriculum.Advocate Rajeev Dubey, counsel appearing for Pandey, contended that the government and various stakeholders evolve a sporting culture in the country.The government has to strive for promotion of sports education, sports values and sports culture as part of education, Dubey said.The PIL said that sports should be included among academics from “nursery to post-graduate level and to fundamental right to education.””Sports should be included in the curriculum from nursery to secondary level and education with sports subject should be imparted to the child from the very beginning of education. Children’s talent and sports aptitude should be tested from the elementary school days itself so that the talent of a child can be improved and developed through training and education,” said the PIL.There should be a compulsory provision for sports in the school budget which should be utilized for sports activity only. Also, there should be one post of sports secretary in students unions, it added.”Issue direction to constitute a high-level committee of parliamentarians, academicians, and sportspersons to make appropriate suggestions to amendment in the Constitution of India to include sports as a Fundamental Right in Part III, especially in Article 21A of the Constitution of India,” stated the plea. IANSlast_img read more

No replica of Gold Cup uniform available for sale

first_imgSOME disappointing news for fans of Guyana’s senior men’s national team – no replica of the new kits will be sold for the Gold Cup. Sportswear manufacturer Capelli Sports was unveiled on May 14 as the Golden Jaguars’ kit supplier for the June 15 – July 7 CONCACAF Gold Cup and fans both local and overseas were eager to put their hands on the replica in order to show support for the team at their first outing at the Confederation’s marquee tournament.Speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport yesterday, Wayne Forde, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), explained that the uniforms that the team will wear at the Gold Cup were made specifically for that tournament, but after (the Gold Cup), Capelli Sports will reveal the kit which will be worn going forward.Forde said that fans can, however, purchase the ‘fan gear’ that the GFF had for sale during Guyana’s Nations League qualifier.The new kit design didn’t find favour with many fans, with some stating that the design was lazy and had zero reflection of Guyana.Meanwhile, Forde said the new kit deal will be made public by the end of next week, since the GFF is still tying up the legal end of the agreement.Upon the release of the new kit, Forde told reporters that he believes the GFF was “able to establish a remarkable working relationship with Capelli. At the heart of our discussion has been where we are as a federation and the support we need to grow the sport from the grassroots level, straight up to the senior team,” Forde said.Guyana will open their 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign against defending champions USA on June 18 at the Allianz Field in Minneapolis.Golden Jaguars were drawn in Group D of the 16-team tournament, with the defending champions (USA), Panama and Trinidad and Tobago.Following their June 18 opener, coach Michael Johnson and his squad will travel to Cleveland to take on Panama on June 22 at the FirstEnergy Stadium then play their final group game against regional rivals, Trinidad and Tobago, on June 26 at the Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas.last_img read more

Senior guards anchor UW backcourt, provide leadership

first_imgSenior Trevon Hughes will lead the Badger backcourt along with fellow senior Jason Bohannon.[/media-credit]It’s been five years since the Wisconsin Badgers had a pair of seniors starting at guard. This year, seniors Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon — both of who were starters last season — are ready to end that drought.When asked about the duo starting together as seniors, head coach Bo Ryan recalled the last time he had a pair of senior guards as starters.“You can never look in a crystal ball and say this is how a couple senior guards will play,” Ryan said. “(But), you know, I thought Sharif Chambliss and Clayton Hanson did a pretty good job together, with help obviously from the bench with [Kammron Taylor].”Like Chambliss and Hanson, Hughes and Bohannon will get plenty of help from a deep Wisconsin bench. The Badgers have three guards — Tim Jarmusz, Jordan Taylor and Rob Wilson — that will see plenty of time this year.The difference between the Chambliss-Hanson backcourt and that of Hughes and Bohannon is that the latter are the only seniors on the 2009-10 squad, while Chambliss and Hanson had a strong supporting cast of seniors, including forwards Zach Morley and Mike Wilkinson.Hughes and Bohannon are the oldest players on a young Wisconsin team, and as such, they have embraced the leadership role that is expected of them.“[We] have as much experience as anyone on the team right now, and we’ve kind of learned the ins and the outs through the years,” Bohannon said. “We’re trying to pass that along to the younger guys and get them ready for competition.”As the only seniors for Wisconsin this season, Hughes and Bohannon have a large task ahead of them: leading a Badger team that has to find a way to replace forwards Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft, who constituted roughly 40 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding last year.Bohannon, though, is not particularly worried about the losses.“We lost two important pieces last year with Joe and Marcus, but I feel like we’ve had guys that played in the big games,” Bohannon said. “They’ve all had the experience in those crucial moments through the year, (and) I think that’ll pay off for us.”Certainly, Hughes and Bohannon will be expected to pick up some of the slack with the departure of Landry and Krabbenhoft but they were already the team’s second- and third-leading scorers, respectively, during the 2008-09 campaign.The real key for the senior duo will be making up for the leadership lost without Landry and Krabbenhoft.Being senior leaders presents an interesting challenge for both guards, who typically are not the most vocal players on the team. As the team’s only seniors, though, they know they must speak up more frequently this season with the younger players looking up to them.“We haven’t spoken about it, but we realize that that’s our role, this year especially,” Hughes said.Whether or not they become more vocal throughout the season, Hughes and Bohannon know they can lead by example. They each already have shown an ability to score, as well as play strong defense, though Hughes is better in the latter category.Still, Hughes and Bohannon each said they have tried to become leaders that are more vocal when the time is right.In particular, Hughes, a Queens, N.Y., native, has drawn on his experience at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy.“I can (be vocal). I went to a military school and they teach you to be vocal. So, that helps out a little bit,” Hughes said. “If we could do it, I’d try to have them march. It builds character.”But it is not as if Hughes has not already been in a leadership position with the Badgers.“I’ve been trying to take that role since I was handed the keys to being the point guard of the team,” Hughes said. “That’s the kind of territory you get when you’re a point guard of a team.”Hughes showed his ability to take over the game in the first round of last season’s NCAA Tournament against Florida State, winning the game with an acrobatic layup over the outstretched arms of several Seminoles with two seconds remaining in overtime.And according to Ryan, the two have already made a difference with what they did working with their teammates, young and old alike.“Their leadership has already shown in the conditioning,” he said.For him, though, having the two seniors avoid injury throughout the 2009-10 season is just as important as their leadership. He cited the NCAA Tournament loss to Davidson in 2008 as an example, as the Badgers struggled in the second half with Hughes sidelined.“I think they’re ready right now, but it’s a long season and you don’t know what can happen,” Ryan said. “It’s one of those things where if you have them and … if the two of them can stay healthy, having two seniors, that’s pretty good stuff.”Beyond just stepping into a role that is expected of them, there exists some personal motivation for Hughes and Bohannon to do all they can as senior leaders at Wisconsin.In particular, the two do not want to snap the Badgers’ streak of 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.“Everybody keeps saying it, but we don’t want to leave here as the team that dropped the ball, the two seniors that didn’t make it to the NCAA Tournament,” Hughes said.Bohannon has a more specific goal for his final season.“We’ve got to make this the best last go-round we can,” Bohannon said. “There couldn’t be a better way to go out than winning a Big Ten Championship.”last_img read more

Christmas’ defensive failures outweigh offensive strides in victory over Eastern Michigan

first_img Published on December 31, 2013 at 10:36 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+ On the same night Rakeem Christmas had arguably the best offensive performance of his career, he was told by Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim that he played his worst half of the season due to a lack of rebounding and defense.The Orange center’s eight points at the break were misleading according to Boeheim, as he entered the break without a rebound or a “good, significant defensive play.”“You’ve just got to take it, listen to him and go out in the second half and play your game,” Christmas said. “I tried to rebound more and block shots more.”Christmas finished with 15 points against the Eagles, matching a career-high on 7-of-8 shooting, but his lack of defense again bore the brunt of Boeheim’s frustration throughout No. 2 SU’s (13-0) 70-48 win over Eastern Michigan (7-5). Christmas has been the head coach’s most popular target this season, and with center DaJuan Coleman out due to a left leg contusion, that only multiplied Tuesday.He grabbed just three rebounds in 22 minutes and allowed frequent penetration, starting in the middle of SU’s 2-3 zone for the first time this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Rak’s tough,” SU forward Jerami Grant said. “He gets a lot of yelling and screaming at him, but at the same time he knows he has to get better for us to be a championship contender.”Christmas has improved on the offensive end of the court. The post moves he debuted in Madison Square Garden against St. John’s on Dec. 15 returned in the form of hook shots and short jumpers, and he made the most of his 6-foot-9 frame when he leaped to catch a Tyler Ennis lob at full extension and threw it down with two-handed ferocity.But the defense is still porous. No stretch of plays made that more obvious than when Christmas fouled EMU forward Glenn Bryant from behind on a putback attempt with 5:25 left in the first half. One minute later, he allowed Bryant to dribble past him, then committed another foul as Bryant laid the ball in.Enter Baye Moussa Keita.“I wasn’t being as aggressive as I normally am,” Christmas said.In closing his postgame press conference, Boeheim was asked what one or two things Christmas most needs to improve on defensively.He smirked and said: “There’s more than one or two things. I don’t have time for that.”Then he walked away. Commentslast_img read more

Manchester United Block Pereira’s Loan Move To Valencia

first_imgManchester United have blocked Valencia’s proposed loan move for Brazilain midfielder, Andreas Pereira.According to reports in Spain, Jose Mourinho has rejected a loan offer from Valencia for the youngster, claiming the 21-year-old midfielder is an important member of United’s success charge this season.Valencia owner, Peter Lim, reportedly travelled to Manchester for talks of a possible loan move for Pereira who spent last season on loan to another Spanish outfit Granada.Periera played a significant part in Manchester United’s pre-season tour but have failed to make matchday squad in any of United’s first two Premier League games this season.RelatedAndreas Pereira Dissapointed Me, “Not Ready To Fight” – MourinhoSeptember 8, 2017In “England”United Goalkeeper Joel Pereira Secures Loan Move To Vitoria SetubalAugust 3, 2018In “England”No Lindgard, Martial and Herrera In Man Utd’s Squad To Face PSGMarch 5, 2019In “Europe”last_img read more

Suited and booted – Astralis team up with JACK & JONES

first_imgA particularly fascinating partnership emerged in the world of esports yesterday with the announcement that JACK & JONES has teamed up with Astralis. The sponsorship will see JACK & JONES design a new jersey for the Danish team, with the ‘first ever performance optimised esports jersey’.  There’ll also be a wide range of activation initiatives such as fan hangouts, meets, competitions and a further merchandise collection co-designed by JACK & JONES and Astralis. JACK & JONES also becomes the official clothing partner of Astralis with exclusive rights to communicate and supply clothing that ‘enhances the players’ look and performance’. Henning Nielsen, JACK & JONES stated: “We are truly impressed by Astralis’ professionalism and strong performance, as well as their dedication – those are exactly the values JACK & JONES believe in. Partnering up with Astralis to create and present something new and unique to the esports scene is a natural expansion and continuance of a strong company history within collaborations. “Besides an obvious value match, we share the approach to always strive to be the best within our game, and the creation of a new player’s jersey and performance uniform with the unique requirements in esports is a perfect example of just that.”Jordi Roig, CCO of RFRSH Entertainment noted: “Astralis is all about constantly improving, finding the edge and optimizing their performance through professionalism, dedication, practice and a healthy lifestyle. One of the areas, where esports has yet to develop is the clothing and the gear the teams play and practice in. Like we have done in other areas of performance optimization, we have been looking to find a partner with the expertise and desire to design and produce a new jersey/uniform and training line especially for esports based upon the demands and wishes of the players and we have found that in JACK & JONES. “On top of a shared desire to win, through their position as Europe’s leading producers of menswear and -fashion with a vast range of styles and designs, JACK & JONES is also the perfect match for the Astralis players, who all have very different styles, both in the game and outside.”With this sponsorship, Astralis finds itself alongside the likes of Leicester City FC goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and F1 driver Kevin Magnussen.Nielsen discussed why they decided to make this move now: “The esport industry is experiencing tremendous growth, not only in terms of active players and fan communities, but also as an entertainment product. Therefore, we see a great opportunity to become part of this development.“Esport is expected to reach 500 million fans by 2020 and will thereby outgrow basketball´s 400 mill fans by 2018.”The merchandise collection and the new jersey will be presented at an exclusive fan event in connection with BLAST Pro Series in Copenhagen in November 2017. Here, fans will be invited to meet the players and be the first to get the unique shirt, co-designed by JACK & JONES and the Astralis players.Esports Insider says: This is excellent news with JACK & JONES amongst Europe’s leading menswear brands. Moreover, major fashion and clothing brands are something currently few and far between in the wider esports space. This is also great timing ahead of our next ESI Forum, which will have a panel discussing the esports and apparel opportunity on September 28th in London. Click here to find out more.last_img read more

‘Our defense let us down against Nkana’ – Kotoko head coach C.K. Akonnor

first_imgAsante Kotoko head coach, C.K. Akonnor, gave his defence very low ratings after their 3-1 loss at Nkana on Sunday in their third Group C game in the CAF Confederation Cup.Kotoko’s central defensive pair of Abdul Ganiyu and Emmanuel Agyemang Badu failed to deal with the threats of the Nkana forwards on the day and were culpable in the goals the Reds conceded on the day.Speaking after the match, Akonnor said he was not pleased with what he saw and he was very candid in his assessment of the team’s rear guard.“Today, Nkana won the game based on one thing and that was our defence. We were not able to contain the crosses. We had seen the opponent and we knew their strengths and there was the need for us to stop the crosses.”“We lacked an understanding of the aerial situations and it cost us on the day. I had the players who I thought were capable of doing the job for us but they could not deliver and we failed as a team.”Kotoko’s leaky defence had been a concern for observers and even Akonnor as they had conceded goals all through the qualifying phase and their first two group games of the competition.In total, the Porcupine Warriors have given away 11 goals so far in the entire competition (comprising qualifiers and group games).They will hope for a quick turn of fortune as they face Nkana in Kumasi on March 3 in the first of the final three group games.As things stand, Kotoko are bottom of the group on 3 points with Nkana on top on 6 points, with Zesco and Al Hilal on 4 points each.–By: Citi Sportslast_img read more

Throwback Thursday: Hearts of Oak held Santos, led by Brazil legend Pele to 2-2 draw in 1969

first_imgOn February 6, 51 years ago, Hearts of Oak held Santos Futebol Clube led by the legendary Pele to a 2-2 draw at the Accra Sports Stadium.Accra Hearts of Oak took the lead in the 27th minute through striker Abeka Ankrah.The famous Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pele’ scored the equalizer 10 minutes later to pull parity for Santos.In the 55th minute, Ghana’s own ‘Pele’, Amusa found the net when he had the better of his struggle with the goalie. Amusa was injured in this process and he remained on the touchline for five minutes.The visitors protested against the goal but later on gave in.Substitute player Douglas for Santos pulled even the in the 67th minute.Despite the draw, Hearts still wrote their names in the history books by holding the giants from Brazil to a tie.Santos FC had gone on a tour of Africa in 1969, led by the player, who would become one of the greatest ever to play the beautiful game, Pele. The Brazilian giants played 9 games on the continent. They won five, drew three and lost just once, and scored 19 goals and conceded 11 in the process.last_img read more

Texas, Oklahoma still plan on playing without Texas State Fair

first_imgOklahoma coach Lincoln Riley was asked on March 31 what it would be like to play Texas in the Cotton Bowl without fans this season.  “It would be very, very unique,” Riley said on the teleconference. “If that’s what it comes to for games to still be able to be played and guys to still be able to play and then for our fans to connect and be a part of it virtually, that may be where we could end it.”    Statement from @soonerad on the cancellation of the 2020 @StateFairOfTX. pic.twitter.com/PRM5l75OjU— Oklahoma Sooners (@OU_Athletics) July 7, 2020The Houston Chronicle reports that Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte also expects the rivalry game to be played this year.  “Though we certainly respect and understand the decision of the folks in Dallas on their cancellation of this year’s State Fair of Texas, we fully anticipate that our annual Red River Showdown with Oklahoma will be played in the Cotton Bowl and are continuing to prepare for that,” Del Conte said, according to the Chronicle.  Oklahoma and Texas are scheduled to play Oct. 10. Unfortunately, Riley’s statement might turn out to be foreshadowing. The Texas State Fair was canceled on Tuesday, and that’s traditionally the backdrop for the Red River Showdown between Oklahoma and Texas. The Sooners and Longhorns have played their rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl since 1929.  MORE: The best college football games scheduled in 2020Will that happen in 2020? Both sides remain hopeful despite the cancellation of the state fair, which traditionally runs on the weekend of the game.  Oklahoma released a statement on its Twitter page after the announcement, saying, “Our hope remains we can play the OU-Texas game at the Cotton Bowl.”  last_img read more