Eagles Uninspiring Uyo Misadventure

first_imgBy Duro IkhazuagbeNew Bafana Bafana Head Coach, Stuart Baxter, warned Nigerians 48 hours before last Saturday’s embarrassing 2-0 defeat of Super Eagles. Baxter said he was coming to Uyo to win. Nobody took him serious. Nigerians thought it was going to be the usual easy ride over the men from Mandela’s country. Now we know better.Instead of seating at the top of the AFCON 2019 Group E qualifying round on same three points with Libya, who took Seychelles to the cleaners, Eagles have returned to the permutation game again! Are we going to qualify or not? Miss three Nations Cup editions in a row? Clearly unthinkable but the reality is starring us in the face with Bafana Bafana victory at the Nest of Champions.Of course, Franco-German Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, who has had a jolly ride since he was appointed some months ago is seeing the other side of football crazy Nigerians. He’s getting flak here and there. Nobody wants to know this is the first defeat Eagles have suffered under his watch in nine games. The 2-0 defeat remains a nightmare of some sort.But Baxter made it clear when he was appointed weeks ago that he was not bothered by the arrays of stars in Nigeria’s camp. What mattered to him was getting the South African squad to play as a unit.On arrival in Uyo last Thursday, a confident Baxter told reporters he has the key to unlock Eagles. “We don’t have the big stars but we have a team. Every Africa nation faces the same problem but then the coaches try to balance the stars and others to make the difference.“We are not going to play defensive or careful because Nigeria has good players. We should not be intimidated by anybody. Nigeria is the favourite for this game but will South Africa be intimidated? No. We are confident in the way we are approaching the game at the moment but the players know what to do to get the job done. The players are hopeful ahead of the game but not intimidated,” Baxter warned as a matter of fact. He was ignored at our peril. Now, Rohr must have learnt a lesson or two from Baxter. The Eagles gaffer must have realised that playing in big clubs in Europe does not translate to success. In the Bafana starting 11, only two players Dolly Larenzo Keagan who plays for Montpellier in France and Turkey-based Rantie Tokelo came from outside the South African league. The reserve bench of the South Africans was also dominated by players from the PSL. What this means is that the players know themselves and have a sort of synergy. The chemistry was the same. But unfortunately, the mix of young and old players that Rohr fielded lacked the bite and that never-say die spirit that keeps Eagles going. How on earth Rohr expected his defensive midfield approach to the game to work when Eagles forward combination of Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Daddy Simon played like strangers?  Oghenekaro Etebor too appeared off duty last Saturday as most of his incursions deep into the Bafana goal areas ended with no goal. On one or two of such, Etebo blasted wide when a simple pass to Simon could have made the difference. There was nobody in the middle to hold on to the ball and do the playmaking role. John Mikel Obi’s absence clearly showed and for 90 minutes, Rohr didn’t know that his game plan wasn’t working. The Wilfred Ndidi we saw against South Africa was clearly a different chap who has become the darling of Leicester City fans.Eagles backline didn’t fare any better. By my rating, only Williams Troost Ekong stood out of the floundering pack. His pairing in the central defence with Chidozie Awazie too looked shaky for the better part of the second half. Shehu Abdullahi can be forgiven for the type of school-boy errors but certainly not Elderson Echiejile. Was he also on recess last Saturday?When Eagles team list was released, I remember pointing out that Daniel Akpeyi has not been too impressive and wondered why Rohr opted for him ahead of Ikechukwu Ezenwa of FC IfeanyiUba.  Akpeyi lacks confidence in big occasions. Again, he also does not have the type of Vincent Enyeama’s organisational ability. If he had organised his defenders well perhaps, the scoreline would have been different. Why start Akpeyi who ply his trade with Chippa United in South African against some of the players who know his weaknesses and strength having played together in the same league? Eagles need to celebrate the slim 2-0 scoreline. The embarrassment could have been more if some of the balls that hit woodwork had found the back of the net.However, rather than see this setback as the end of the rebuilding process of a formidable Eagles, I see it as a wake-up call for handlers of the three-time African champions. If Nigeria had defeated South Africa, a false impression would have been created ahead of our World Cup 2018 clash with Cameroon in August. Now, Rohr has been told that he needs to do more to earn the confidence of Nigerians back. It is obvious that the presence of Mikel, Victor Moses and Carl Ikeme cannot be waived for now. The team that played last Saturday in Uyo lacked leadership. I don’t want to believe that the preference of Onazi instead of vice-captain, Ahmed Musa, had anything to do with how the boys played. Mikel is a leader. He commands respect almost like the late Stephen Keshi as captain.The challenge posed by the Cameroonians is far greater than what Bafana brought to Uyo. The Indomitable Lions are the current African champions and would want to prove that to Eagles. What is at stake is far greater than the AFCON ticket. The Cameroonians want to go to Russia World Cup 2018 as African champions. The rivalry between both countries is legendary. With Nigeria at the top of the Group B pairing, the Lions know they need at least four out of the six points at stake for them to have any chance of grabbing the ticket. They certainly must be having a healthy laugh in Yaounde now. Their feelings would be: “If South Africa can do it, the Indomitable Lion can also.” This is the real challenge ahead of Rohr as he gets back to the drawing board ahead of the August battles in Uyo and Yaounde.A third Nations Cup miss would certainly create a problem for the game here while failing to grab the ticket to the World Cup cannot be explained with Nigeria leading the pack right from the first game. Let’s not just think about that happening as the consequent may be too hot to handle. LAST LINE….With Daniel Akpeyi’s uninspiring display against Bafana Bafana last Saturday in Uyo, agitations have started again for the return of Vincent Enyeama from retirement. It is very doubtful if Enyeama will listen to any plea for him to return. Given the manner he was treated before calling it quit. Nigerians should enjoy the memories of the former Enyimba safe hands between the posts for Eagles. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Floyd Mayweather shuts down possibility of competing in MMA

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather has often teased the idea of competing in MMA with posts on social media. Although it would likely yield him a massive payday, the undefeated boxer would be at a serious disadvantage if he ever decided to enter the world of mixed martial arts. Still, some question if there is a dollar amount that would drag the 41-year-old into an Octagon. The short answer is “No.”  Mayweather also shot down a return to boxing. He said he was happily retired and in the business of entertaining. He also teased that this wouldn’t be his only exhibition and that he was interested in putting on more shows like this across the globe. As far as money is concerned, Mayweather suggested that he doesn’t need the payday but is happy to “work smart and not hard” when an opportunity like this presents itself. He made it clear, however, that he’ll never put himself in a position where he could lose.In August 2016, Mayweather stopped MMA star Conor McGregor in the 10th round when the Irishman decided to step into the world of boxing. McGregor has offered to fight Mayweather under MMA rules, but The Money Team fighter said he has no desire to fight any MMA fighter under their rules.  “I’m not going into somebody else’s cage and do what they do. Everybody knows that Floyd Mayweather is a boxer. If anybody wants to fight against me, it’s in a boxing ring,” he said. MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo plus more than 100 fight nights a yearMayweather addressed the possibility during a media day for his upcoming boxing exhibition against Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa that will likely headline Rizin 14 on New Year’s Eve in Tokyo. Mayweather held court to address details regarding his three-round exhibition that will have no judges and will be fought under boxing rules. When a reporter asked why Mayweather wouldn’t allow the fight with Nasukawa to be under MMA rules, the five-weight world champion seemingly grew annoyed with the question.”Everything is always on my terms because I am the ‘A’ side,” he said. “I’m not going to fight in an MMA ring. If I do fight in an MMA ring (it will be) boxing only. Everything is my rules, my way. I work hard to put myself in the position where I call all of the shots. He may be a kickboxer, but he has to abide by my rules, simple and plain.”The retired champion said he would be earning a seven-figure payday for his exhibition and will be taking home more than most fighters who put themselves through grueling training camps for a 12-round fight.”No disrespect to Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, but I’m making more in a nine-minute exhibition (than) what they made after their heavyweight fight last weekend,” he said.  last_img read more

Fantasy Baseball Trade Value: Zack Wheeler, Brandon Lowe among buy-low, sell-high candidates

first_imgFantasy Baseball Trade Value: Stock risingJ.P. Crawford, SS, SEA – Crawford is a former first round pick and he was ranked as a top-20 prospect every year from 2015-2018. He made his debut in 2017 at age 22 and he struggled to a .214 batting average across 70 at-bats. He then struggled again in 2018 posting the same batting average, but across 117 at-bats. His struggles at the pro level led to him being shipped to Seattle (from the Phillies) via trade this past offseason. He made his debut with the Mariners on May 10 and he has hit .310 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 33 games for them. Keep in mind, this kid is still just 24-years old and we may have given up on him too soon. While is .396 BABIP is far from sustainable and he does have regression coming, there are some things in his profile that show a player on the rise. Both his hard contact and soft contact rates have improved each year and they are currently 35.1-percent and 17.0-percent, respectively. Nothing to write home about, but they are solid and it’s a positive sign that they are improving. His best mark is his 30.9-percent line drive rate, which would be the fourth best in all of baseball if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. It’s important to keep expectations in check for Crawford, but he is a player on the rise and one we should be aware of. Jeff McNeil, 2B, OF, NYM – McNeil has hit for a fantastic batting average his entire pro career and this year is no different as he is currently hitting .348 (best in all of baseball). While that high of an average gives you fantasy relevance on its own, his counting stats have left a bit to be desired as he had just two home runs, zero steals, 17 RBI, and 21 runs scored through 51 games while hitting .335. However, over his last 20 games he has been doing it all, hitting .378 with four home runs, three steals, 17 RBI, and 16 runs scored. His strong play landed him a spot on the NL all-star roster, not bad for a kid that was drafted in the 12th round and didn’t make his MLB debut until he was 26. If we take a deeper dive into his profile there are a lot of positives that stand out. His 12.2-percent strikeout rate is 13th best in baseball and his .412 OBP is fourth in baseball. His 12.6-percent soft contact rate is in the top-30 and he has a solid 39.8-percent hard contact rate (up over nine percent from last season). He is a bit of a throwback player with grit and grind, compared to today’s era of homerun-or-bust baseball. Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM – Wheeler has a 4.51 ERA this season, but anyone who has followed him or watched him pitch, knows he has been much better than the ERA shows. His 9.61 K/9 is the highest mark of his career, but his 67.2-percent LOB is by far the worst mark of his career. A higher strikeout rate should lead to an improved LOB rate, not a worse one.  His line drive, ground ball, and fly ball rates against all look exactly the same as they did last season when he posted a 3.31 ERA. Add it all up and it leads to him having a FIP and xFIP in the threes and showing us how he has been unlucky. Well, it finally looks like things are starting to go his way a bit. In his last two starts he has totaled 13 innings and given up just two earned runs while facing two tough offenses in the Cubs and Phillies. Wheeler has ace-caliber stuff with his 97-mph fastball (second highest among starting pitchers) and 92 mph slider. There is no reason to believe that he won’t have a strong second half. Fantasy Baseball Trade Value: Stock fallingBrandon Lowe, 2B, TB – Lowe was having a fantastic season, hitting .293 with 15 home runs and 44 RBI through 63 games, but there a lot of things in his profile that were concerning, like his strikeout rate that was above 35-percent at the time and his BABIP which was above .390 at the time. It now appears that the regression that his profile was pointing to is finally hitting him, over his last 12 games he is hitting .136 (6-44) with zero home runs, three RBI, and 19 strikeouts. His BABIP has dropped to its current .373 mark, which is still far higher than where it will most likely finish. His 41.6-percent hard contact rate and 11.6-percent soft contact rate are both strong, but when you’re striking out in more than a 1/3 of your plate appearances it’s going to be very difficult to hit for a decent batting average, barring an extremely lucky BABIP. There’s a reason his xBA to this point is a lousy .234. This is someone I would sell high on before his average drops even further down. Jake Arrieta, SP, PHI – Arrieta is a shell of his former self and this is not really a player you want to own outside of deep leagues. He should help out in wins, but that’s about it. He currently has a 4.43 ERA and that number is actually lower than his FIP, xFIP, and SIERA. His strikeout rate continues to plummet and his current 7.03 K/9 is his lowest mark since 2011. He is giving up hard contact (37.9-percent) at the highest rate of his career while inducing soft contact (16.8-percent) at the lowest rate of his career. Over his last six starts he has a 6.15 ERA, with 42 hits against, nine home runs, 14 walks, and only 22 strikeouts across 33.2 innings pitched. He has given up 18 home runs this season, which is more than anyone in the National League. Again, this is not someone worth owing in 10-teamers and there may even be better options in 12-teamers.  Scooter Gennett, 2B, CIN – Gennett is off to a rough start since returning from IL, going 2-for-12 with zero extra base hits and three strikeouts. Of course, that is a very small sample and it shouldn’t have his stock any lower, but we all know how impatient fantasy owners can be and if he can struggle for another game or two it may create a buy-low window that you should be ready to jump on. Keep in mind that his last two seasons have been fantastic as he has compiled a .303 batting average, 50 home runs, and 189 RBI across 295 games (1045 at-bats). This is someone I would be targeting to acquire before he heats up and it’s also important to keep in mind that this Reds lineup is probably the best that he has been a part of (which could mean more RBI and more runs scored). Fantasy Baseball Stock Watch: Potential waiver wire pickupDrew Pomeranz, SP, SF – Pomeranz has been awful this season with a 6.25 ERA and 1.72 WHIP across 15 starts, but he is someone that was a pretty good pitcher from 2014-2017 and he is still only 30-years old. Outside of one start against the Dodgers on June 19th when he got hammered for seven earned runs, he had a fantastic month of June. Across his other four starts in the month, he compiled 20.0 innings while giving up just two earned runs and striking out 30! He has a 10.94 K/9 for the season and that is an impressively high number and one to take note of. He has a .370 BABIP against this season which is very unlucky and a big reason why his xFIP is only 4.42, compared to that awful ERA he has. I am not saying to run out and grab this guy in 10-teamers, but he is someone that could have deep league relevance (or use as a streamer) the rest of the way and people do not realize it. Keep in mind that he gets to pitch half of his games in Oracle Park, which ranks as a top-five pitchers park. Michael Wacha, SP, STL – Wacha, much like Pomeranz, has been awful this year, pitching to a 5.30 ERA and 1.60 WHIP. His struggles led to a demotion out of the Cardinals starting rotation, but since returning to the rotation on June 10th, he has pitched pretty well; in that span he has made four starts and compiled a 3.13 ERA while striking out 14. Keep in mind that Wacha went 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA last season and had four seasons (out of six) with a sub-3.50 ERA prior to this season. The peripherals on Wacha this season are far less pretty than they are for Pomeranz though, as he really hasn’t been unlucky, but just bad. However, as mentioned, he does have a solid track record and he is pitching well of late. I wouldn’t really recommend adding him anywhere yet, but keep an eye on him and see if the success continues. Though not intended, this week we are taking a look at a few veteran pitchers who have had mixed results this season and some left-handed middle infielders. Like any Stock Watch Report, it’s important to take note that while a player can have a rising or falling stock, it doesn’t always mean that it is a rise or fall that we should believe in. A player with a rising stock can be someone we believe in, while someone else with a rising stock is someone that has been lucky and you should try to sell high on. A falling stock can work just the same, but in an opposite way. Without further ado, let’s dive in! MORE: Fantasy Alarm PRO toolslast_img read more

Wednesday December 11th Local Sports

first_imgMASON CITY — The Newman girls used a 21-8 third quarter on their way to a 58-44 win over Nashua-Plainfield in Top of Iowa Conference East Division basketball last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Lauren Andrews had 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench while Kealan Curley added 15 to lead the Knights.. The Newman boys picked up a 66-63 over the Huskies. Three players scored in double-figures for the Knights, with Sammy Kratz leading the way with 19 points. Noah Hamilton added 14 while James Matthews had 13. Both Newman teams are now 2-2 on the season and will travel to West Fork on Friday. AMES — The first of two nights of Cy-Hawk basketball in Ames begins tonight with the women’s game. The Hawkeyes and coach Lisa Bluder will be in search of their fourth straight win in the series.It will be the last Cy-Hawk game for Mason City native and Hawkeye senior guard Mackenzie Meyer.Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly says rivalry games often feature the unexpected hero.Fennelly on what this series means.You can hear the Iowa-Iowa State game on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at 6:45, with the tipoff from Hilton Coliseum slated for 7 o’clock. MASON CITY — NIACC’s head baseball coach Travis Hergert is heading to professional baseball. Hergert has accepted a position as the Philadelphia Phillies’ assistant pitching coordinator. Hergert was 260-146-1 in his seven seasons at the helm of the NIACC baseball program and led the Trojans to three NJCAA Region XI titles, three NJCAA North Plains District titles and three trips to the NJCAA Division II World Series. Hergert took over the NIACC baseball program in 2013 and led the Trojans to the NJCAA Division II World Series in his first season as head coach. The Trojans also qualified for the World Series in 2015 and 2016. Hergert was honored with the 2013, 2015, and 2016 American Baseball Coaches Association/National Junior College Athletic Association Division II North Plains District coach of the year and won the 2-year college coach of the year by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association in 2013, 2015 and 2016. During Hergert’s tenure as head coach, eight players have heard their names called in the MLB Draft. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa women at Iowa State — pre-game 6:45, tipoff 7:00 MASON CITY — A day after climbing to the #1 spot in the national rankings, the NIACC men’s basketball team received a national honor as being one of the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Teams of the Week for the fourth week of the basketball season. According to a release from the organization, the Trojans were selected because of their 11-0 start to the season and climbing to the #1 ranking in the Division II junior college poll this week. The other schools recognized were Ohio State in NCAA Division I, Dallas Baptist in NCAA Division II, The College of Wooster in NCAA Division III, and Indiana Tech in NAIA. BOULDER, COLORADO — Spencer Haldeman stole a pass and raced down the floor for a tiebreaking layup with 49 seconds remaining and Northern Iowa hung on to beat No. 24 Colorado 79-76. Northern Iowa defeated a ranked team for the first time since topping No. 25 Wichita State 53-50 on Feb. 13, 2016. The Panthers had lost their previous seven encounters against ranked opponents. AJ Green and Trae Berhow had 20 points apiece Tuesday night as Northern Iowa improved to 9-1. Colorado fell to 7-2.center_img — girls basketball from last night#13/1A Saint Ansgar 50, #4/2A Osage 49 (OT)Belmond-Klemme 66, Eagle Grove 32#8/1A Bishop Garrigan 88, Lake Mills 28Central Springs 47, North Butler 39Forest City 47, North Union 26New Hampton 54, Charles City 45Riceville 60, Valley Lutheran 6Rockford 65, North Iowa 39West Fork 42, Northwood-Kensett 20West Hancock 77, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 43 SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Minnesota Twins finalized a $20 million, two-year contract with suspended pitcher Michael Pineda and a $4.25 million, one-year deal with catcher Alex Avila. Pineda went 11-5 with a 4.01 ERA in 146 innings over 26 starts for the Twins in 2019. He was suspended for 60 games by Major League Baseball on Sept. 7 following a positive test for a banned diurectic. He will finish the suspension at the start of next season. Avila spent the past two seasons with Arizona and hit .207 with nine homers and 24 RBIs in 164 at-bats this year. MASON CITY – NIACC freshman Sierra Morrow has been selected as the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference women’s basketball player of the week for the week of Dec. 2-8.Morrow, a 6-foot-2 freshman from Minneapolis, recorded her second career triple/double in the No. 2 Lady Trojans’ 84-81 overtime victory over No. 5 Lincoln Land last Saturday. Morrow recorded a career-high 29 points with a career-best 17 rebounds and 12 blocked shots.For the week, Morrow averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game in three NIACC victories.Morrow leads NJCAA Division II with 61 blocks.Morrow was also the league’s player of the week for the week of Nov. 1-10.NIACC (12-0) returns to action Dec. 28 at the Illinois Central Holiday Tournament in Peoria, Ill. — boys basketball from last nightCentral Springs 55, North Butler 47 (OT)Charles City 57, New Hampton 45Eagle Grove 47, Belmond-Klemme 39Forest City 66, North Union 37Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 61, West Hancock 51Riceville 53, Valley Lutheran Cedar Falls 16West Fork 63, Northwood-Kensett 49last_img read more

Nine-man Spurs stunned, Cardiff relegated

first_imgThird bottom Cardiff are four points behind fourth bottom Brighton with only one game remaining, ensuring they will join already relegated Huddersfield and Fulham in the second tier next season.The Bluebirds will make an immediate return to the Championship after last season’s promotion, their fate sealed by a dismal run of nine defeats in their last 11 league games.It won’t be a season fondly remembered by Cardiff, with their relegation coming after the tragic death of striker Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash en route to Wales before he had even played a game for the club.“They’ve tried hard. We’ve shown limitations today and that’s why we are where we are,” said Cardiff boss Neil Warnock.In their first season back in the top-flight, Wolves moved a step closer to sealing an impressive seventh place finish as Leander Dendoncker clinched a 1-0 win over relegated Fulham.Belgian midfielder Dendoncker netted in the 75th minute at Molineux to give Wolves a third successive win.Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are four points clear of eighth placed Everton, who only have one game left, and six ahead of ninth placed Leicester, who have two matches remaining.If Manchester City win the FA Cup final against Watford later on May 18, the team which finishes seventh will go into the Europa League qualifying rounds next season.In the 88th minute, Fulham provided an historic footnote as Harvey Elliott was sent on to become the Premier League’s youngest ever player at 16 years and 30 days.English midfielder Elliott, born in April 2003, surpassed the previous record set by former Fulham player Matthew Briggs, aged just 16 years and 65 days in 2007.Marko Arnautovic ended his 11-game goal drought with a brace in West Ham’s 3-0 win against Southampton at the London Stadium.Share on: WhatsApp Spurs stunned. PHOTO via @premierleagueLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Mauricio Pochettino insisted on Saturday that nine-man Tottenham won’t let a “cruel” 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth ruin their bid to finish in the top four and reach the Champions League final, while Cardiff were relegated after their 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace.Tottenham’s South Korea forward Son Heung-min was sent off for a needless push in the closing moments of the first half and Argentine defender Juan Foyth saw red for a studs-up lunge soon after the interval.Pochettino’s side looked like they would hold on for a point as the match entered stoppage-time, but Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake ended third-placed Tottenham’s stubborn resistence to delay their attempt to guarantee a place in the top four.A win at Dean Court would have achieved that aim, but fourth-placed Chelsea will now go above Spurs if they defeat Watford and Arsenal, currently fifth, will move to within one point of their north London rivals if they beat Brighton on Sunday.“Of course it is difficult to get something positive. We made a massive effort,” Pochettino said.“We need to move on. We have ahead two finals. It is in our hands. If it does not happen we will be proud because nobody expected Tottenham to be in the position they are today.”Tottenham’s ninth defeat in their last 15 games in all competitions means they need to wait for Sunday’s results to see if they need to win their final Premier League game of the season at home to Everton on May 12.It was the worst possible preparation for their bid to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the Champions League semi-final second leg at Ajax on Wednesday.“We are fighting six teams. It’s impossible for all six to get the top four, whatever happens I will feel proud and whatever happens in the semi-final I will be proud,” Pochettino said.Cardiff needed a win to have a realistic chance of beating the drop on the last day of the season, but they were out-classed by Palace in south Wales.Wilfried Zaha put Palace ahead in the 28th minute before Martin Kelly’s own goal three minutes later gave Cardiff hope.– Elliott makes history –Michy Batshuayi restored Palace’s lead in the 40th minute and Andros Townsend made it three after 70 minutes, with Bobby Reid’s 90th minute goal little consolation for Cardiff.last_img read more

Fauci says anti-quarantine protest could prolong the lockdown

first_imgDr. Anthony Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is warning the public that anti-quarantine protest could backfire and actually prolong the pandemic.He spoke to Good Morning America on Monday stating that he understands the shutdown has affected many other aspects of people’s lives, but opening the country too early could cause bigger problems:“I think the message is that, clearly, this is something that is hurting from the standpoint of economics, from the standpoint of things that have nothing to do with the virus,” Fauci said. “But unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery, economically, is not gonna happen.”“If you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re gonna set yourself back,” Fauci continued. “So as painful as it is to go by the careful guidelines of gradually phasing into a reopening, it’s going to backfire. That’s the problem.”At least 20 states including Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia  have seen protest in the last few days demanding that the government reopen some parts of the economy.Many of those protesters were seen without protective gear and standing in close quarters.Despite Fauci’s concern President Donald Trump urged state representatives who are have seen protest to “liberate” their residents stating that the restrictions are “too tough.”last_img read more

Kansas City Chiefs beat San Francisco 49ers 30-21 to win Super Bowl LIV

first_imgAdvertisement 8wtsv0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4alWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eatbp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9lWould you ever consider trying this?😱wg1aCan your students do this? 🌚xaj9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Kansas City Chiefs have now become the Super Bowl Champion after fifty years. Patrick Mahomes led Chiefs defeated San Francisco 49ers 30-21 to win Super Bowl 54.Advertisement SB LIV took place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. In the fourth quarter, Chiefs were down by 10 points. However, a surge from Mahome’s offence and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter led the Chiefs to their first win in half a century.Advertisement Mahomes didn’t look like his usual self in the second and third quarter as she threw 2 interceptions. Mahomes completed 26 of 41 passes for 286 yards. He scored two rushing touchdowns in the process.Damien Williams ran for 133 yards and scored two touchdowns in the process. Meanwhile, other running backs like Tyreek Hill ran for 105 receiving yards and Sammy Watkins for 98 receiving yards.On the other hand, a big reason behind such a victory from Chiefs is because of the head coach Andy Reid. The 61-year old has coached for 21-years. He spent 14-years being the head coach of Philadelphia Eagles and 7-years coaching the Cheifs. Under his tenure, the Eagles and Cheifs have collectively reached the playoffs 15 times. He also has 207 regular-season wins and 14 playoff wins. This is only his second SB win. His previous came in 1997 when he coached the Green Bay Packers.“I’m humbled by it,” Reid said during Super Bowl week. “Very humbled by it. I have great guys here. Friends likewise around the league. Been doing it a long time. This is about this team, the guys that have worked so hard to get where they are. The players, the coaches, the organization. It’s a team effort even getting to this position.”US President Donald Trump also took to twitter to congratulate Cheifs on their victory.“Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game and a fantastic comeback under immense pressure. We are proud of you and the Great State of Missouri. You are true Champions!,” Trump tweeted.ALSO READ:NBA Recap, 13/3/19 – LeBron and Lakers cruise past Bulls Advertisementlast_img read more

Jarryd Hayne effect

first_imgFRU chief executive officer Radrodro Tabualevu, while applauding former Fiji Bati fullback Hayne’s selection, said it was the best news ahead of the Flying Fijians tricky opener against home team England at Twickenham.Radrodro said the FRU was confident that Hayne’s transition from professional rugby league to American Football together with all his achievements as a professional sportsman was an inspiration for the Vodafone Flying Fijians.”His achievement thus far is remarkable and manifests a nothing is impossible attitude,” he said in a media statement.”Jarryd is challenging all of us to strive beyond our comfort zone.”He is a champion and an example.”Radrodro said Hayne’s achievements sent out a strong message to locals involved in different sports around the country that if they had the right attitude then ‘sky is the limit’.Hayne played for the Fiji Bati in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.Dubbed the Hayne-plane for his stylish celebrations after scoring tries in rugby league, the son of former Fiji Bati centre Manoa Thompson has also played for the Australian Kangaroos in international rugby league.FNRL board member Tomi Finau said Hayne was a role model for local players.”FNRL is very happy and pleased to learn that the former Vodafone Fiji Bati has been selected,” he said.”It was a big decision for him to leave NRL in the pinnacle of his career and pursue American Football. Our hope is that all players in the Vodafone Cup aspire to work hard and be like Hayne. If players put their mind to what they want, they can be successful.”Someone who was once part of the Bati has gone so far, we’re really pleased with his achievement,” Finau said.Meanwhile, Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee has enlisted retired Irish referee Alain Rolland to help his team in the run-up to the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2015 against England.Rolland spent time with the Flying Fijians at their training ground, London Irish RFC, Sunbury-on-Thames, on Friday in a continuation of a relationship that began at the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) earlier this year. The main focus has been to improve the team’s technical awareness to cut down on the number of penalties awarded against them.”At this level a high penalty count can be very costly,” said McKee, adding he was concerned about Fiji being penalised for infringements in rucks.McKee revealed that the Fiji coaching team first spoke to Rolland before the PNC final against Samoa on August 3 which was “very beneficial”. Fiji won that match 39-29 with 12 of Samoa’s points coming from penalty conversions by Michael Stanley.Rolland’s relationship with Fiji has continued in the run-up to RWC 2015. He worked with the team ahead of their warm-up match against Canada at Twickenham Stoop on September 6.”In the Canada game our penalty count was only seven which was a significant decrease from what we had before,” said McKee.McKee added that the team had been working on aspects such as rolling away from tackles and staying on their feet.”It’s just one of many things that we do to make sure that players are very clear in the requirements of the game.”last_img read more

Celades took his character in the match against Barcelona

first_imgIn the almost five months that Celades has lived on the Valencian bench, it has been found that he is not an excessively temperamental person. The coach transmits tranquility from the band and in his appearances also exposes his calm character. Nevertheless, Last Saturday against Barcelona, ​​the most active Celades of the whole season could be seen.The game was key for the Valencianistas because they wanted to improve the image, in addition the rival favored a meeting with high pulsations. The master remained calm for much of it, but Gil Manzano’s decisions ended up causing him to show a character never seen before in Mestalla. In the 42nd minute the Catalan began to alter when the referee cut off Ferran’s counterattack Torres after having previously given the law of advantage. The technician, making fuss, he supported his people to talk with the referee shouting “tell him, tell him”.And when Gil Manzano annulled Paulista’s third goal, Celades no longer gave credit. Both he and Ruipérez Marín, the fourth referee, spent more than two minutes conversing intensely, although the explanations should not have convinced him since at the end of the meeting he declared in the press room that “there are times when there are doubts about things and it would not be bad to receive explanations.”last_img read more

Love: “Messi has been huge”

first_imgAnalysis: “The first part we played very well. Leo has been at a great level, has scored four goals. He has had the opportunity to score and has been huge once again. We played quite well. With 3-0, then it is normal that we have slowed down in the second part. “ Vidal: “He is not an extreme, but today he has played very open and has given us breadth. He has played quite well with and without the ball. He has been very involved, has played easy, gives a lot of work and helps a lot to the center of the field. you can say nothing against it because its performance is magnificent. “Braithwaite Debut: “He has played 20 minutes and has been very good. His movements, his unchecking. He has pressed up. They have been 20 minutes of many things and very good.”Real Madrid. “We depend a little on them, but we have to think about us. I hope he doesn’t win, but we have to think about our matches. Little by little, many points remain and it’s difficult for all teams to win every game.”last_img read more