How LISCR FC Can Defend Their 1-0 Lead in Omdurman on Feb. 20

first_imgSoccer fans surround lone goal hero Sheku Sheriff on February 10 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.By Benjamin SeedeeThe recent 1-0 victory of champion club LISCR FC over Al-Hilal Omdurman of Sudan did not come as a surprise to many, but the narrow victory in the first leg has raised concern among soccer fans and coaches. The author of this article, former Mighty Barrolle and Lone Star top striker Ben Seedee (Roberto), spent several years coaching professional clubs in South Africa. In this article he offers his candid analysis and suggestion that, if considered, could help see LISCR FC through in the second leg in Sudan on February 20.What was LISCR FC’s game plan on February 11? And if there was one, did it work? My answer is that all parts did not function or coordinate well from the defensive third, middle-third to the attacking third of the field. Example: LISCR goalkeeper Tommy Songo did not distribute the ball enough by starting the game in the defense, but rather he played long balls that made it difficult for his strikers upfront, since the long balls benefited their opponents, who were much bigger and taller.LISCR defenders also did not support the midfielders, and the midfielders did not support the strikers, and as a result, they left one player among three or four players of the Sudanese defenders. LISCR FC strikers appeared to lose their composure in the attacking third of the game as they most often allowed or could not counter their opponents when they were on the attack. This brought excessive pressure on goalkeeper Songo and he had to work overtime to weather a couple of dangerous attempts by the Sudanese.How did LISCR FC perform on their attacks/defense and offensive set-pieces? Because the Sudanese had more ball possession in the game, it was evident that LISCR FC’s attacks and defense did not have much punch. Evidently, there was not a situation where LISCR FC ever had numerical superiority in the defense or during their attacks against the Sudanese team. When it came to the three main sessions of the game, the Liberians did not possess the ball well enough and also did not defend well whenever they lost their ball to their opponents.I must admit that one good set-piece in their attack resulted in the only goal of the match in the first half. Could they have initiated additional set-pieces? Yes. And they did, but could not get the goals.What is LISCR FC’s game flow? When were LISCR players on top of the game? Truly speaking the first half was not as good as it was expected by the fans, but they managed to get the goal, which came as a surprise to all, thanks to Sheku Sheriff.The second half produced LISCR FC’s best performance nevertheless, and they almost secured the second goal that Mark Paye wasted, after a couple of nice substitutions were made by Coach Tapha Manneh.What to do in SudanI suggest that a lot of emphases should be placed on a tactical game plan, with every department expected to function and responsibilities honored. This should include the defense, the attack, and the wings, or playing the ball in the ground with diagonal or penetrating passes. The players should learn to think and play a ‘low pressure’ game since a lot of pressure would be mounted by the Sudanese. They would want to erase the 1-0 loss early in the game and then go for the kill.Aware of this tactic, LISCR FC players should play with the intentional counterattack as a focus, not forgetting compact defense, midfield, and attacking strategies. The defense must be ‘depth’ in their support to the goalkeeper.Discipline towards refereeThe referee must be respected at all time. LISCR FC players must learn to keep their focus and concentrate and forget about the referee’s decisions, which would help to prevent him from issuing out red cards or yellow cards that would dampen their courage. I am convinced that if LISCR FC’s technical team and the players can make use of my suggestions, they could defend their lone goal and continue their campaign in the 2018 CAF Club Championship League.Good Luck, LISCR FC!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lots of volleyball action for the NPSS Grizzlies

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was a busy weekend for the NPSS Grizzlies as Senior Volleyball took on some tough competition in Whitecourt, while Junior Girls Volleyball faced BC competition for the first time.Sr Girls Volleyball started the weekend off strong with two wins and a tight loss in pool play on Friday night. The girls struggled on Saturday and ended up in the consolation draw. Overall, Coach Bacso was impressed with how the girls handled the tough competition and noted lots of improvement from their first tournament.Sr Boys Volleyball played hard, winning one set and finishing in fourth place in their pool. In the consolation draw, the boys were able to take both of their games to a third set. The level of play was intense and Coach Hyland is excited for next weekend’s tournament in Dawson Creek.Jr Girls Volleyball played well on Friday night, winning their first two games of the tournament. They faced some tough competition on Saturday and lost in the semi-final to a strong Duchess Park team. The girls battled back and finished the weekend in third place with a decisive win over College Heights.Up next, all volleyball teams are competing in the Dawson Creek senior tournament this coming weekend. Sr Boys have their first game Friday at 1:00, Sr Girls at 3:30 and Jr Girls at 4:00. 7 athletes will be competing at Cross Country zones in Vanderhoof this Saturday. Good luck Grizzlies! – Advertisement –last_img read more

Recovery hits a snag

first_imgDUARTE – La Canada High School’s softball team appeared to have turned the corner after a rough 4-16 season a year ago. The Spartans were 3-0 and reached the championship game of the Duarte Tournament. A throwing error by Stenzel allowed the Knights to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Lexi Thomas’s RBI single and a towering two-run double by Hannah Harmon made it 5-0. Ontario Christian scored one run in the second, three in the third and six in the fourth to grab a commanding 15-0 lead. The Spartans, trailing 15-0, showed some life with four runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Devon Zerebko and Anna Brenner, and a two-run single by Abby Ulf. Brenner, Zerebko and Kylie Mulligan each had three hits to lead the Spartans. “The girls know that this is a learning tool and we’ve got to get better from it,” Valassidis said. Ronnie Alvarado’s booming two-run homer to center in the fifth closed out the Knights’ scoring. Kelsey Nanchy had three hits for Ontario Christian. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They’re hoping Friday’s game against Ontario Christian was merely a misstep. Ontario Christian took advantage of seven La Canada errors in a 19-4 win at Duarte High. center_img “It was tough for the girls and I feel for them,” first-year Spartans coach Justin Valassidis said. “I was hoping that the girls would wind up with a better game today, but after last year, 4-16, we’re looking for a great year and a year of redemption.” La Ca ada (3-1) didn’t find any redemption Friday as Ontario Christian (4-0) collected 11 hits. The only thing that went wrong for the Knights was the field lights went off while they were taking their victory photos. Not only did the Spartans suffer their first loss, they lost starting pitcher Jade Stenzel, who was hit by a line drive off the bat of Donie Thomas in the fifth inning. “It looks like it might be a possible fracture, but she’s being sent down to the urgent care to identify that,” Valassidis said. last_img read more

All in or nothing as Stars face Senegal

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars players line up before their Africa Cup of Nations tie against Tanzania at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on June 27, 2019. PHOTO/CAFCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 1 – The common stanza in Harambee Stars’ Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) song heading into the crucial Group C decider against Senegal on Monday night at the Air Defense Forces Stadium in Cairo is that they have nothing to lose.Stars face the Lions of Teranga needing at least a point to book a historic place in the round of 16, an achievement which was their primary target coming into the competition for the first time since 2004. Head coach Sebastien Migne has chosen to ease the pressure off his lads, saying they have nothing to lose when they face the continent’s best ranked team.“They are number one in Africa; they have so many qualities not only physically. They have one of the best players in the world last season in Sadio Mane so we know it will be difficult. But it is a privilege to be here and compete with this kind of team but we don’t have anything to lose it’s only a pleasure, not pressure,” Migne said in his pre-match presser.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne speaks during the post-match press conference after the game against Algeria in Cairo on June 24, 2019. PHOTO/CAFSenegal come into the match also with a must win mentality as a loss to Kenya will see their chances of making it into the last 16 wither, but a draw will assure them of second spot with four points, only separated from Kenya by goal difference.The Lions of Teranga started their campaign with an easy 2-0 win over Tanzania before suffering a 1-0 loss to group leaders Algeria in the second match, building pressure on themselves.They have the history of participating in the most number of Africa Cup of Nations tournaments without winning and coming in with a talented generation anchored on Liverpool forward Mane, they are under pressure to deliver.But Stars who are eying a historic place in the last 16 have vowed to give their best and ensure they earn themselves a chance.“We have the motivation and determination. We only want to ensure we are not under pressure and that is the main problem I have. But with me, I have good leaders in the team. I don’t have all the answers but I expect us to give the best,” Migne stated.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama controls the ball during the team’s first training session at the June 30 Stadium training ground on June 20, 2019He added; “What it important is the team spirit; without it, then it will be difficult to challenge Senegal. We cannot compete in terms of individual players with them; it’s the reality. But if we develop good team spirit everything is possible.”Migne will have a full strength squad at his disposal after both Philemon Otieno and Joash Onyago trained with the rest of the team over the last two sessions.Philemon missed the game against Tanzania with an ankle problem while Joash picked up the same injury before the Algeria match.“I don’t know whether all of them are ready, but we will see. It will be necessary for us to give more than 100pc,” the tactician stated.While a point will assure Kenya of a place in the last 16, a slim loss might give Stars some mathematical chance if Benin and Angola fail to pick maximum points.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_img     SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – DOWNINGS PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: September 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – DOWNINGS PICTURE SPECIAL THE GAA mad town of Downings turned out in style to welcome the Sam Maguire and the victorious Donegal team home.Richard Conneely was there for Donegal Daily.You can send pix to last_img read more

Welbeck injury may force Arsenal to spend in January, says Gunners chief

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Welbeck had scored five goals this season for Arsenal before his injury 3 But Sanllehi has not ruled out a dip into the transfer market when the window reopens in January.“That is absolutely something unplanned,” he said of Welbeck’s injury.“Yes, that makes you consider things. I am not saying that’s a green light to go to the market but we have good players in the house also that may get further opportunities like Eddie Nketiah for example.“We need to see. We are in November so it’s a good time to start analysing what options we have in the market. We are not closing the door but it’s still not the preferred one.“The plans were made in the summer. We are happy with how things are going. We are always going to strive to be the best team we can be. Welbeck underwent two operations after suffering a broken ankle in a recent Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon.The 27-year-old had featured prominently in manager Unai Emery’s cup side and was often used as a substitute in the Premier League.But Welbeck’s latest in a long line of injury setbacks could spell the end of his stay at the Emirates Stadium, as he is out of contract in the summer.Emery said in the aftermath of the injury that he would give 19-year-old forward Eddie Nketiah a chance to fill the void left by Welbeck. scrap While he could have played his last game for Arsenal, Sanllehi said he will be offered the full backing of the club to overcome his ankle issue.“Danny knows that he will get all the support that he needs from Arsenal to make the perfect rehabilitation of his injury,” added Sanllehi.“We are very sad for Danny and he knows he has all the support from the club.” Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Raul Sanllehi, pictured above, centre Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Most Read In Football latest Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT PAYBACK The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3center_img Danny Welbeck is likely to be out for the rest of the season after suffering a broken ankle revealed Danny Welbeck’s injury blow could force Arsenal to sign a new striker in the January transfer window, according to head of football Raul Sanllehi.But he insists the England international will get “all the support” he needs to make a successful comeback. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF RANKED 3 LATEST “If there is a very good opportunity, we are definitely going to consider (it), we will see. Danny Welbeck’s injury alters, in a way, the views.”The former Manchester United man has missed plenty of football since moving to north London in 2014, most notably through two major knee injuries. whoops gameday cracker tense ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? last_img read more

Good start among goals of Carroll

first_img How will USC respond? Last year in similar games, the Trojans (4-0, 2-0) struggled with Stanford in a 31-28 victory but routed Arizona State 45-7. “It’s all about buying in to your philosophy,” Carroll said. “It’s never about who you play. I want to put together a heck of a football game and get off to a good start. It is a game we need in order to get back on track and balance our attack on the offensive side of the ball.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Even last year, Arizona surprised the Trojans for a half. The Wildcats led 3-0 and trailed 14-3 at the half before USC outscored Arizona 35-6 in the second half. “They gave us problems last year,” Carroll said. “We struggled with them. The focus of their team is their defense and aggressiveness.” Moala to start Fili Moala will start at defensive tackle for the second consecutive game although LaJuan Ramsey (sprained ankle) should be available. Parking changes There is going to be more parking available for the rest of USC’s home games. Unlike for last month’s home opener against Arkansas, Staples Center will offer parking again. Fans can park in Lot 2 (on 11th and Georgia streets) and take a shuttle that drops them off at Exposition Blvd. and Figueroa St. The lot opens four hours before kickoff and shuttles run until an hour after the game’s conclusion. The schedule might give USC a break today but Trojans coach Pete Carroll never does. After two rough road games, it seems hosting Arizona is a bit of a breather, but Carroll believes playing the Wildcats (1-3, 0-1) is a true test of the No. 1-ranked Trojans’ mental toughness. center_img Parking is also available at the Los Angeles County Autopark at 318 W. Adams Blvd. (the corner of Adams Blvd. and Grand Ave.). Shuttles run to the Coliseum two hours before kickoff and return an hour after the game. Both facilities charge $10 for parking. Ticket time By Friday afternoon, there were less than 2,000 tickets available for today’s game and USC expects a sellout., Looking ahead While USC plays Arizona, Notre Dame is off before hosting the Trojans next week in South Bend, Ind. Irish coach Charlie Weis said he’s already prepared for USC, but isn’t sure if he can stop the Trojans. “There are pros and cons,” Weis said. “As far as game-planning, I like it because by this time I have already watched a bunch of Southern Cal tape. Before we get through the middle of the week, I will have watched everything I have needed to watch. Now the question is whether or not you can come up with enough good stuff to stop them. “Finding out what they do isn’t as big a problem as what you’re going to do against them.” Notre Dame is 4-1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Raiders, Gruden prompt ESPN to change its ‘MNF’ game plan

first_imgGet Raiders news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Raiders HQ newsletter.As usual, ESPN will kick off its “Monday Night Football” schedule with a doubleheader. What’s not so usual is that the cable network will have its brand-new “A” team covering the later game.That would be Monday’s clash between the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Rams, set for a 7:15 p.m. (PT) kickoff at the Coliseum. Earlier in the evening, ESPN will carry the Jets-Lions game in Detroit (4:10 p.m.).ESPN clearly …last_img read more

49ers position-by-position analysis of 53-man roster

first_imgSANTA CLARA – No Jerick McKinnon, again. No more waiting for Joshua Garnett. No breaking up the receiver corps for Jordan Matthews. And no quarterback getting trading.Saturday’s unveiling of the 49ers’ initial 53-man roster offered a few surprises, and more could be coming as they stand No. 2 in the waiver-wire queue.“We’ll be sitting around here, waiting for that (waiver list) to come and see who’s out there,” general manager John Lynch said on a media conference call, underscoring how fluid …last_img read more

Stem Cell Headlines

first_img(Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Here’s a list of news reports about stem cells for those interested in either health or bioethics.Stem cell research continues to promise amazing treatments, yet the use of human embryos is ethically troublesome. Adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) offer ethical workarounds for embryonic stem cells in most cases. Here’s what’s developing on the stem cell front.Researchers take broad look at stem cells (Science Daily). “Sanford Research scientists recently published a review article in an issue of Stem Cells Translational Medicine focused on the study of and utility of adult-derived stem cells.” A new clinical trial opened for patients with rotator-cuff tears, using their own stem cells.Clonal reversal of ageing-associated stem cell lineage bias via a pluripotent intermediate (Nature Scientific Reports). This study looks at the potential for reversing aging with iPSCs treated to heal hematopoietic stem cells in the blood.The stem cell dynamics of wound healing (Medical Xpress). Researchers in Brussels are using mouse models to study how the body’s stem cells work to repair tissues in the skin. The research has been published in Nature Communications. See also Science Daily.Autophagy maintains the metabolism and function of young and old stem cells (Nature). How does the body keep its stem cells healthy over a lifetime? “Our results demonstrate that autophagy actively suppresses haematopoietic stem-cell metabolism by clearing active, healthy mitochondria to maintain quiescence and stemness, and becomes increasingly necessary with age to preserve the regenerative capacity of old haematopoietic stem cells.”Stem cells derived neuronal networks grown on a chip as an alternative to animal testing (Science Daily). Scientists at the University of Bern are experimenting with stem cells assays in “multi-electrode arrays capable of detecting the biological activity of Clostridium botulinum neurotoxins.” This method “could serve in minimizing animal experiments as well as provide a physiological relevant platform for drug-screening of neuroactive compounds.”Findings reveal effect of embryonic neural stem cell development on later nerve regeneration capacity (Medical Xpress).The cells responsible for neurogenesis in the mature brain are called adult neural stem cells, but little is known about their developmental origins. Now an international research collaboration led by Magdalena Götz, Professor of Physiological Genomics at LMU’s Biomedical Center and Director of the Institute for Stem Cell Research at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, has demonstrated that the mode of division of stem cells has a profound influence on the numbers of adult neural stem cells formed during embryonic development.Scientists wage fight against aging bone marrow stem cell niche (Science Daily). Scientists at Cincinnati Hospital are also looking at hematopoietic stem cells and how they age. Trouble is, the bone marrow also ages with the HSCs. These scientists “propose rejuvenating the bone marrow niche where HSCs are created.”DNA repair and replication links to pluripotency and differentiation capacity of pig iPS cells (PLoS One). This paper looks into whether iPSCs derived from pig cells are stable enough to be used in human treatments.Bioethics and Genome EditingScientists create artificial mouse ’embryo’ from stem cells for first time (Science Daily). Studying how mouse embryos develop is OK, but if mad scientists start creating human embryos from stem cells some day, it won’t matter if they came from adult stem cells or iPSCs. It will still be morally wrong. These scientists are looking for workarounds to the shortage of human embryos to play with, and the 13-day rule for destroying them.Bioethics: Democracy in vitro (Nature). In this Book Review, “Insoo Hyun weighs up a treatise exploring the ethical deliberations surrounding embryo research.” The book is Experiments in Democracy: Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics,  by J. Benjamin Hurlbut (Columbia University Press: 2017).US science advisers outline path to genetically modified babies (Nature). This related bioethics story should sound alarms. “Modified human embryos should be allowed if researchers meet strict criteria, says long-awaited National Academies report.”Safe and ethical ways to edit the human genome (The Conversation). Rosa Castro gives 10 guidelines for avoiding the ethical qualms about a brave new world of “designer babies.”First results of CRISPR gene editing of normal embryos released (New Scientist). It’s coming. The Chinese have already started. Is the world ready for direct editing of the human genome? Can ethics keep up with the technology? This liberal news service doesn’t seem overly concerned about it. It’s a way to cure deadly genetic diseases; isn’t that a moral thing? It always starts out that way, but eugenics waits in the wings. What happens to those born with the genetic disease? How will they be treated? Read about other issues, such as “mosaicism” – editing that doesn’t fix all the bugs.last_img read more