Fred Clayton Whitney August 04, 1947 – December 05, 2018

first_imgFred Clayton Whitney, age 71 of Harrison, Ohio passed away at his home Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Born August 4, 1947 in Batesville, Indiana the son of Carl and Lois (Anderson) Whitney.Fred is survived by his sons Brian Whitney of Harrison, Ohio and Chad Whitney of Sunman, Indiana. Grandfather of Reid, Brenleigh, Branson Whitney and Cody, Clay Carroll.Preceded in death by his parents Carl and Lois Whitney.Celebration of life services will be Saturday, December 15, 2018 from High noon to 4:00 P.M. all at American Legion Post #199 10700 Campbell Road Harrison, Ohio 45030.last_img

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Ogu excited playing for club and country

first_img Ogu is one of the successful Nigerian players to ever play in the Israeli league, winning three successive league titles, the 2017 Israeli Cup as well as lifting the Israeli Super Cup twice with Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Ogu also made 190 Hapoel appearances, scoring 18 goals and providing 10 assists, before he joined Saudi Arabia side Aladalah FC in January. On the International scene, Ogu has two goals in 24 matches for Nigeria and has played in three major tournaments for the country.Advertisement Super Eagles midfielder, John Ogu, is proud of his career and grateful to God for what he has been able to achieve through football. Loading… He played in all three of their group matches at the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup, he was part of the Super Eagles squad at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and also won a Bronze medal for Nigeria in 2019 African cup of Nations in Egypt. However, despite the lack of opportunities to play for the bigger clubs, Ogu is adamant that his career has been a good one. “I live for this, I work hard to be where I am not to let anyone look down on me”. read also:Covid-19: Ogu appreciates frontline health workers “I believe in myself and am so proud of the career God had chosen for me ”, he said in a social media post with a video of his goals for the Super Eagles. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?World’s Most Delicious Foods2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more

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Arteta demands more as Maitland-Niles earns England call-up

first_imgArsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has challenged Ainsley Maitland-Niles to produce his best form more consistently after he celebrated his 23rd birthday with a Community Shield triumph and a maiden England call-up. Maitland-Niles was named man of the match as the Gunners drew 1-1 with Premier League champions Liverpool at Wembley before prevailing 5-4 on penalties.Advertisement read also:Arteta predicts ‘many more’ COVID-19 cases in Premier League As he did during the respective FA Cup semi-final and final wins over Manchester City and Chelsea, Arteta selected Maitland-Niles at left wing-back. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Beinglast_img read more

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Wenger will be backed in window

first_img Wenger, though, must immediately turn his attention to accommodating for the loss of Walcott, who was a potent weapon in the Arsenal attack and had netted five goals since his return from a stomach injury. Forward options for the Barclay Premier League leaders were already depleted, as Nicklas Bendtner will need several weeks to fully recover from the ankle injury he picked up while scoring a late goal in the 2-0 win over Cardiff on New Year’s Day, while France Under-21 international Yaya Sanogo, a free summer signing, has only now stepped up his rehabilitation from a back problem. Olivier Giroud missed the Spurs match because of illness after shaking off a minor ankle injury, and remains Arsenal’s lead attacker. While the loss of Walcott is clearly a blow, the emergence of German 18-year-old Serge Gnabry, who set up the opening goal against Spurs, and imminent return to full fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at least give Wenger some ready-made cover on the right side. However, how best to offer direct support to French striker Giroud will now be key for Wenger as Arsenal look to last the distance in the race for honours through to May. Fit-again Lukas Podolski offers another option, although the German striker was somewhat subdued when deployed in a central role against Cardiff, while club-record signing Mesut Ozil can provide telling back-up behind the main forward. Although Wenger concedes a big-money signing during January is notoriously difficult to push through, Press Association Sport understands American owner Kroenke and the rest of the board would sanction raiding some of the club’s substantial cash reserves should the manager identify the right calibre of player. Atletico Madrid frontman Diego Costa certainly fits that bill having impressed in La Liga, but would also come with a hefty £32million-plus price tag even if the Spanish club – who are joint top of the table and in the last 16 of the Champions League – were to consider selling, which appears unlikely. Press Association The Gunners confirmed their worst fears late on Monday following tests and specialist consultations, which revealed the 24-year-old would need surgery following anterior cruciate ligament damage sustained when making a defensive tackle during the closing stages of the third-round FA Cup win over Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium. The club have rallied behind Walcott, who is expected to undergo an operation next week once the swelling on his left knee has eased, with messages of support flooding in from fans and fellow professionals alike. Although Wenger appeared to play down the possibility, veteran Fulham forward Dimitar Berbatov would provide a cut-price short-term solution, with the former Tottenham and Manchester United man likely to be available for under £5million if the Cottagers were open to offers. Lazio’s Miroslav Klose, 35, would also provide the experienced cover required, with the German forward out of contract in the summer. Promising 21-year-old Alvaro Morata is another stop-gap loan option, although Real Madrid have always maintained a reluctance to let him leave despite somewhat limited current first-team opportunities at the Bernabeu. Walcott, meanwhile, will be given all the support needed as he begins what is expected to be a long road back to full match-fitness. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson revealed the 24-year-old was remaining positive, despite the double blow of also now missing out on the chance to play for England at the World Cup finals in Brazil. “I did text him to say how well he played (against Tottenham) and that we were thinking of him and – as you’d expect because he’s such a good guy – I got a very, very positive response,” Wilson said on Sky Sports News. “It wasn’t a long message, but the main line coming through was ‘I will get through this’. “He is a positive lad still in his early 20s, and you think of Aaron Ramsey with the career-threatening injury he had (a broken leg in 2010) and how well he has come through. “I know the treatment he will get and all the positivity he has. We wish him well.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will have the full backing of majority owner Stan Kroenke and the board should he wish to make any major moves in the January transfer window following the loss of England forward Theo Walcott for the rest of the season with a knee injury.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NBAAP source: NBA owners approve 22-team season restart planUNDATED (AP) — The NBA continues to take positive steps toward resuming a season that was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA announced five weeks ago that it would move forward with a plan to allow athletes to earn money for endorsements, personal appearances and social media content, among other things.Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has said there will be no caps on how much an athlete can earn. Smith led the Knight Commission that produced the recommendations approved by the Board of Governors.Still, the issue of a possible antitrust exemption for the NCAA has been raised because some states suspect the NCAA will use “guardrails” to put limits on athletes and their ability to maximize their earning potential in a free market.NABC-RACIAL RECONCILIATION COMMITTEESouth Carolina’s Martin to chair hoops committee on race Associated Press Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — Florida State football coach Mike Norvell has apologized after a star player accused him of lying about personally connecting with each player to discuss the police killing of George Floyd and ensuing protests against racial injustice.Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson said last night on Twitter that he and his teammates were “outraged” by Norvell’s characterization of the contact the white, first-year coach had with the players. Wilson, who is black, went back to social media on Thursday to say the matter was settled.TRACK-BERRY’S PROTESTBerry ‘disappointed’ with USOPC in aftermath of Floyd deathUNDATED (AP) — Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry wants an apology from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee for shaming her last summer. In other sports developments related to the coronavirus outbreak:— Notre Dame says it will test all its football players for COVID-19, starting June 15, before they can begin using the school’s athletic facilities for voluntary workouts. The Fighting Irish players are expected to travel back to campus from June 8-17. Players and employees will be tested for COVID-19 and antibodies for the coronavirus, which would signal previous exposure to the disease.— Seven Arkansas State athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days. Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said the seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic so far. Damphousse said contact tracing has begun, and anyone who has been exposed to any of the seven athletes will be required to quarantine for 14 days.— Premier League club Tottenham is borrowing $220 million by using the Bank of England’s emergency pandemic loan scheme to cope with the absence of spectators from its stadium and the cancellation of two NFL games it was to stage this year. The north London club revealed the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic as the Premier League advanced plans for the competition to end its 100-day shutdown in two weeks.— Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions per match but allowing for only three pauses to bring on substitutes. They will adopt the temporary change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the pandemic. Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine. June 4, 2020 MLS: training can resume; 7 Arkansas St athletes positive; Tottenham borrows $220MUNDATED (AP) — A day after announcing a deal with its players’ association to resume the season with a tournament in Florida, Major League Soccer says teams may resume training.MLS says each player and staff member must complete two tests for the coronavirus 24 hours apart, 72 hours ahead of the start of training.Every player also must have a test for antibodies and a physical. Testing for antibodies will take place every three months.Testing providers must be authorized by the FDA or Health Canada. The issues surrounding Kaepernick’s stance have resurfaced this week as many players and teams in the league have been protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETES-CONGRESSCongress to set guidelines for compensating NCAA athletesUNDATED (AP) — Federal legislation setting guidelines for college athletes to pursue money-making opportunities could be proposed within a month.Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez plans to introduce the bill and says there will be no blanket antitrust exemption for the NCAA. The Republican congressman says it’s imperative for Congress to act in time to render moot the array of state laws that are being considered or already have passed and are slated to go into effect as soon as next year. — All referees in Italy’s top soccer league have tested negative for the coronavirus. The Serie A referees and some from the second division were tested at the Italian federation’s training headquarters on the outskirts of Florence. They will remain there until June 10 to have further tests and continue training and preparing for the resumption of Serie A on June 20.— The International Olympic Committee is in talks with insurers over compensation for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games. The IOC pays for insurance against the cancellation of an Olympics, but it is unclear if its policy covers a one-year postponement. The IOC said last month it set aside $650 million to cover potential extra costs for the postponement. Costs for organizers in Japan are expected to run to billions of dollars.— Rafael Nadal says if he had to decide right now he wouldn’t play in the U.S. Open, but he wants to wait and see what happens with the coronavirus pandemic. The 19-time Grand Slam champion thinks it’s important that there be two requirements for tennis to return: assuring everyone’s health and making sure players from all countries can travel. All sanctioned tennis has been on hold since March. Nadal recently resumed practicing lightly. He is a 12-time champion at the French Open. That tournament should have been in Week 2 now but was postponed until September. The U.S. Open is scheduled to start in late August.NFL-KAEPERNICK-BREES/SHANAHANBrees says he ‘completely missed the mark’ in flag comments UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has set a new schedule for early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to school.Players will now have until 10 days after the NBA scouting combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes earlier.The original June 3 deadline was set to come 10 days after the completion of the combine, but the NBA postponed the combine amid the coronavirus pandemic and has yet to announce a new date.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL finalizes playoff format as Pens player tests positivecenter_img NASCAR makes final alterations to scheduleCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is set to run its All-Star race on a Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and added one more weeknight Cup Series race as part of its latest revised schedule through July.The All-Star race is now slated for July 15, two months after it was scheduled to be run before being postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.NASCAR will keep its scheduled twin-bill weekend later this month at Pocono Raceway. Kansas Speedway will host the Cup Series for a Thursday night race July 23.NASCAR-VIRUS OUTBREAK-INDIANAPOLIS UNDATED (AP) — The NHL has nailed down the final details of a playoff format if the season can resume.Every playoff series will be a best of seven after the qualifying round and teams will be re-seeded along the way instead of bracketing.The announcement came on the heels of the Pittsburgh Penguins revealing one of their players tested positive for the coronavirus. The team said the unidentified player was not in Pittsburgh, was isolated after experiencing symptoms and has recovered.The NHL has not yet announced the start of voluntary workouts or a firm timeline for training camps and the resumption of games.Each conference will play its postseason games in a separate hub city to be announced. The top four teams in each conference will compete in a round-robin to determine seeding, while the next eight teams in each conference will battle for a spot in the opening round. The seven other teams have received spots in the draft lottery. UNDATED (AP) — Drew Brees (breez) is apologizing for comments that he now says were “insensitive and completely missed the mark” when he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.Brees says his words “lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy” and had become “divisive and hurtful.” Those remarks came in an interview with Yahoo and drew sharp criticism from fellow high-profile athletes and others in the wake of George Floyd’s death.Brees wrote his apology on social media, saying, “I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening. When the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen.”Meanwhile, San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is praising Kaepernick for trying to bring the issue of racism and police brutality to light with his protests during the national anthem in the 2016 season.Shanahan said, “It’s three years later and there’s still some people not understanding what his message was.” She captured headlines when she used her turn on the gold-medal podium at the Pan-Am Games to raise her fist as a show of her frustration with America’s treatment of blacks. The USOPC put Berry on a 12-month probation for her gesture.It’s a gesture that has taken on new meaning in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the protests that have followed. Berry found it galling the USOPC recently issued a statement saying the organization “stands with those who demand equality.”COLLEGE SPORTS-CENTRAL MICHIGAN-NCAA WAIVERCentral Michigan gets NCAA waiver to reduce men’s athletic programsUNDATED (AP) — Central Michigan says it has received a two-year waiver from the NCAA regarding the minimum Division I sports sponsorship requirements. The league Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. The format calls for each team playing eight games to determine playoff seeding plus the possible utilization of a play-in tournament for the final spot in each conference postseason field.The 22-team plan includes all teams that were holding playoff spots when the season was stopped, plus all other clubs within six games of a postseason berth. That means 13 teams from the Western Conference and nine from the East.The players association has a call on Friday to approve the plan as well, the final step as the league attempts a reboot.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFTNCAA sets deadline for withdrawal from NBA draft Indianapolis Motor Speedway slams door on fans at BrickyardINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway will hold the July 4 IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader without fans.Track officials had been optimistic it could be the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer. Instead, the stands will be empty much like the rest of the tracks since major racing resumed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic last month.IMS officials made the decision after consulting with local and state officials.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAK VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLNFL coaches allowed to return to team facilities on FridayUNDATED (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has told the 32 clubs in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that coaching staffs may work from team complexes starting Friday.Previously, only up to 75 people per day could be at the facilities, with coaches and players not seeking treatment for injuries barred. The maximum number of club employees in each facility will be increased to 100, subject to governmental regulations and implementation of health protocols developed by the NFL’s medical staff.NASCAR-SCHEDULE CHANGES KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin will chair a new committee formed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to address issues of race and discrimination not only within intercollegiate athletics but society at large.The NABC’s board of directors announced the new committee Thursday, saying in a statement that “coaches can and should lend their voices to making a difference on the national, regional and local levels.” But the college coaching association also wants to ensure that the concerns of student-athletes also are being addressed.The board also released a set of recommendations for coaches, including holding in-person or virtual meetings to discuss current events and racial injustice; stressing a team’s commitment to diversity and inclusion; establish Election Day as an annual team day off; and encourage meetings with law enforcement leaders and others outside the department.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FLORIDA STATE-NORVELLCoach apologizes for misstatement Division I schools are not supposed to have fewer than six sports for male athletes. CMU announced last month it was dropping men’s track and field, citing university-wide budget cuts. That leaves the school with five men’s teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, football and wrestling.Central Michigan requested the waiver after losing revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Women’s soccer hoping to honor seniors in weekend series

first_imgDarcy Riley and the UW defense will face tough tests as Michigan and Michigan State come to the McClimon complex this weekend.[/media-credit]For the Wisconsin women’s soccer team, winning this weekend’s games versus Michigan State and Michigan would be the perfect way to honor two people who have helped bring their program to new heights – Taryn Francel and Darcy Riley, this year’s seniors.While Sunday’s match-up against Michigan is the official senior day, the team hopes to post victories to honor the senior class in both their home games at the McClimon Complex this weekend – starting with their Friday night game versus Michigan State.Such a sentiment of honoring the seniors was certainly not lost with Coach Paula Wilkins, who hid no emotion when expressing how much the senior class has meant to not only her, but also the program.“They probably don’t know how much they mean to me,” Wilkins said. “In terms of what they’ve done and what I’ve asked them to do, they really started to shift themselves both on and off the field to change the culture. The little things in practice, the little things on the road and just the nature of the team and how they support each other really comes from the two of them. As I always tell my players, ‘they are the program,’ and Darcy and Taryn really did build the program to the next point. They might not show up in the stats as much, but what they’ve done for the program will always be remembered.”On the pitch though, the second-place Badgers (7-4-4, 4-1-2) will need to be fully prepared this weekend. In a conference that seemingly has no weak teams, the Spartans and the Wolverines will continue that trend of strong opponents as they both bring talented squads to Madison.The Badgers’ Friday opponent, Michigan State (9-3-2, 3-1-1), sports not only a fantastic record, but also two of the conferences top three point-getters in junior Laura Heyboer (22 points) and sophomore Olivia Stander (18).For Coach Wilkins, stopping the talented Michigan State attack will be tough, but it’s certainly a task that her side will be up for if they stick to their defensive principles.“We’re going to have to be really focused on being aware of where they are and making sure we have good cover with what they do,” Wilkins said. “Because they can be dangerous, and Laura (Heyboer) is a great player and scorer. And Olivia (Standor) is coming on as a young player and being a threat. At the end of the day, it’s going to come down to good defending and good group defending as a team.”After splitting their two games last weekend with a 1-0 loss at Ohio State and a 3-2 win at Penn State, the Badgers are doing their best to not let the past weekend’s mix of emotions affect this weekend’s games or their outlook on the rest of the season.As junior captain Laurie Nosbusch pointed out, however, it’s tough not to be encouraged by how the team bounced back with a thrilling victory against Penn State on Sunday. The win was a true display of the team’s character and grit and an especially encouraging sign moving forward. “It was a great thing to see because I think it speaks a lot to our team character in taking a loss that was very disappointing and meant a lot to our season,” Nosbusch said. “It lightened our hopes of winning the Big Ten trophy but to be able to bounce back and be able to bring fire against such a great team was amazing.”That same character and intensity is exactly what the Badgers will need this weekend at the McClimon Complex. Not only for their Friday game against Michigan State, but also for their Sunday game against the Big Ten’s other Michigan foe, the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan (7-2-4, 2-1-2) presents another formidable Big Ten opponent as they come into town with a solid attack lead by powerful freshman forward Nkem Ezurine.The Badgers should be more than excited for Sunday’s game since, although it is not the senior’s final home game, it will be the perfect opportunity to honor them – both on and off the pitch. For Nosbusch, just like many of her fellow teammates, the biggest priority will be doing all they can to extend the seniors’ careers.“Right now, we’re trying to keep them around as long as possible and we need to keep winning to do so.”last_img read more

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Penalties plague Orange in loss to Big Red

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With five minutes left in the third period, Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” played for 30 seconds during a TV timeout at the OnCenter Complex.The two-goal lead that Syracuse ran out to had vanished and now a two-goal deficit was surrounded by a slew of penalties that stifled Syracuse’s chances of upending Cornell.On Tuesday night, Syracuse (7-7-2, 2-2-2 College Hockey America) fell 5-2 to No. 3 Cornell (10-1-2, 6-0-2 Eastern College Athletic) in front of 279 fans. Despite leading early in the game, SU’s lack of discipline from its veteran skaters proved costly in the end.The lack of discipline from the Orange started from its most reliable leader: senior goalie Kallie Billadeau. Two minutes into the second period, Billadeau was called for a hooking penalty that let Cornell gain momentum.“We went out and got out of the flow,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “We were running three lines, spotting the fourth line.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think a lot of that (taking the penalties) was clear speed and our kids were trying to catch up. But that’s where you have to be better and not let any kids slip by you.”Cassandra Poudrier capitalized on Cornell’s power-play opportunity with an aggressive push past one defender and tied the game at 2-2. This was the last time the Orange held on to any form of a lead on Tuesday night.Nearly eight minutes later, another veteran added to the lack of discipline that the Orange faced in the period. Senior center Margot Scharfe was the perpetrator of a hooking penalty herself, leaving the Orange one woman down.Twelve minutes in, the lack of composure by the Orange was palpable. Freshman Larissa Martyniuk inflicted the third hooking penalty of the period and put the team in another difficult position.Fortunately for the Orange, the penalty kill provided quality defense on the back end. Despite seven power-play opportunities, the defense allowed only two goals as a result.“I thought we didn’t have bad penalty kills,” left wing Sadie St. German said. “We tried hard on all penalty kills. I guess that’s all you can do.”But St. Germain did acknowledge the difficulty of keeping up with the high amount of penalty kills that her squad faced against a premier team.“It kind of kills momentum that you can have,” she said. “I think it’s also hard when you’re winning 2-0 and then give them a goal and let them have the momentum back.”The downfall of the Orange loomed large after the failed power-play opportunity late in the period. With a rare five-on-three opportunity, the Orange positioned itself to add a third goal and tie the game with less than two minutes left.Instead, the fourth penalty of the period effectively put any sort of a comeback out of reach. Defenseman Nicole Renault committed a holding penalty with two minutes remaining in the period.The Renault hold ended the two-woman advantage that temporarily allowed the Orange to reclaim momentum. And to make matters worse, an unlucky bounce put Syracuse in a much deeper hole.After Renault entered the penalty box, Poudrier was released from the penalty box after serving time for boarding. As she exited the box, a free puck bounced directly in front of Poudrier.She then charged toward Billadeau, skating past a defender and launching the one-on-one scoring chance that propelled Cornell’s lead to 4-2.The Orange watched an opportunity to beat an in-state rival vanish in front of its eyes. There proved to be plenty of physicality among both teams as bodies were flying and scuffles emerged on the middle of the ice.But Renault was not ready to make any excuses for the lack of discipline against a quality opponent.“I don’t think so,” she said. “They’re just a good team so we knew that any mistake they could capitalize on.” Comments Published on December 4, 2013 at 3:36 amlast_img read more

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‘You’ll be in my heart forever’ – Black Stars boss Akonnor grieves over Opoku Afriyie’s death

first_img‘Original Bayie’Opoku Afryie, admired throughout his professional career for his wonderful finishing ability, was one of the few players to play for Ghana’s two biggest clubs; Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.His time at the Kumasi club was probably more significant as he captained the side and he went on to become the club’s team manager in 2003, a job he later took up for the Black Stars as well.Opoku Afriyie in his playing daysHe was top scorer in Ghana’s top-flight twice in his career; in 1979 and two years later in 1981, when he led Kotoko to the league title.Afriyie made his mark for the national team as well playing in Ghana’s 1978 AFCON-winning team and scoring both goals in the final as Ghana won the cup for keeps against Uganda.He also scored in Ghana’s opening group game at that tournament; a 2-1 win over Zambia.Afriyie was ranked the eighth-best player in Africa in 1982.More content from Citi Sports Black Stars head coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor says he’s heartbroken following the death of former national team striker, Opoku Afriyie.In a tweet on Sunday, Akonnor said he was saddened by Afriyie’s demise.He added that the former Black Stars captain had given him some great advice during his days as Kotoko where Afriyie was once captain and team manager.“Sad to hear the passing of former Black Stars player and Team Manager Opoku Afriyie. You will forever be in my heart for the wise counsel you offered me during my days at Kotoko,” Akonnor tweeted.Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan has earlier expressed his sorrow over Afriyie’s death, describing him as the ‘Striker’s striker’.last_img read more

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Eagles’ Carson Wentz says his back isn’t 100% healed: ‘Some of this stuff takes time’

first_img“It’s still getting there. It’s still getting there,” Wentz said of his back. “Some of this stuff just takes time, but that’s not really the main concern, it’s just kind of how I feel. I feel pretty good with where I’m at.”Wentz added he understood that people are questioning whether he’s a franchise quarterback, given his list of injuries in his three short years in the NFL. Despite a stellar campaign in 2017, Wentz suffered a torn ACL that saw him miss playing with the Eagles as they clinched the Super Bowl that year.”I get it. I get it,” he said. “I’m looking forward to putting those (questions) behind me. I understand it’s a part of this league, it’s a physical league and things happen. But it’s one of those things that’s out of my control, and I look forward to putting that behind me.” Carson Wentz still is recovering from the back injury that derailed his 2018 season.The Eagles quarterback revealed his back isn’t 100% healthy after he suffered a stress fracture at the end of last season, but that he feels good and expects to be ready to go for the start of 2019. “But there really is no timetable, no rush. But I feel good with the progression I’ve been on.”Wentz being sidelined for the final three games of the Eagles’ regular season was a heartbreaker, since it marked the second season in a row he had to miss the postseason.He said he’s being patient now and that he is going off of how he feels, not whether if he’s completely healed at this point. Wentz told the media Monday he has started running and throwing the ball as the team began offseason conditioning, but admitted he’s “week-to-week.”When asked if he expects to be ready by OTAs at the end of May, Wentz said, “That’s the plan.” Related News Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill to attend start of offseason program, report sayslast_img read more

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Defiant Pochettino proud of Spurs despite Juve collapse

first_imgGonzalo Higuain punished poor Tottenham marking to steer in Juventus’s equaliser and Paulo Dybala bagged the winner three minutes later with a cool finish after splitting the hosts’ poorly-executed offside trap.It was a bitter blow for Tottenham and the loss raised fresh questions about their ability to win major trophies under Pochettino.But, yet to land any silverware with the north Londoners, Pochettino bristled at suggestions Tottenham aren’t mentally strong enough to win on the big occasions.“All this talk is rubbish. At the end it is win or lose. When you assess the game, I think only Tottenham was better for more than 70 minutes,” he said.“If Harry (Kane) scored at the end or we scored twice in the first half, maybe we are talking differently.“I’m happy with my players. We did everything to try to win. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Mauricio Pochettino insisted Tottenham had nothing to be ashamed of after three minutes of madness ended their Champions League challenge in a painful 2-1 defeat against Juventus.Tottenham were on course to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011 when Son Heung-Min rewarded their first-half dominance with the opening goal at Wembley on Wednesday.After the first leg finished 2-2, Son’s strike put Pochettino’s side ahead on aggregate, but Juventus completely flipped the script in the second leg of the last-16 tie with a stirring second-half fightback. “It was not a lack of experience, not a lack of concentration. How many chances did we concede?“We conceded three chances and they scored twice. We had a lot of chances and only scored one.“We can talk about a lot of situations, but sometimes you need some luck to win.”– Pochettino ‘still ‘a dreamer’ –Pochettino had spoken passionately this week about his dream of making Tottenham one of the best sides in England and Europe.And even surrendering the lead against the Italian champions couldn’t dissuade the Argentine from his belief Tottenham are on the brink of joining Europe’s superpowers.“I feel very proud, we dominated overall against a very good team like Juventus,” he said.center_img “In the two games we were much better, but at this level the tie went to Juventus in three minutes.“I’m disappointed of course but the quality of the team was very good. We showed massive maturity. I’m relaxed and happy.“I’m still a dreamer. When you compete in the Champions League with these clubs you can win or lose. Football is not a nightmare for me.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

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