22 Sep

Nkwocha, Yobo join other African legends in COVID-19 campaign

first_imgRelatedPosts Dino Melaye is not a fool, by Azu Ishiekwene CAF ready to support Egypt with missing AFCON trophy CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 Nigeria’s Perpetua Nkwocha and Joseph Yobo have joined other African legends in the social media stay safe campaign by the Confederation of African Football in partnership with Speak Up Africa.This was revealed in a statement on the website of the continental football governing body on Wednesday. It said: “CAF in partnership with Speak Up Africa have launched a social media challenge to further raise awareness on proven COVID-19 prevention methods as part of the Stay Safe Africa campaign“The new online challenge forms part of the Stay Safe Africa campaign, which seeks to empower communities and individuals to take simple and proven preventive measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Africa.“Stay Safe Africa, launched by Dakar-based advocacy tank Speak Up Africa, brings together partners to work towards a common goal of saving lives by increasing investments and awareness to protect our continent.“This new threat will ensured access and treatment from other ongoing health threats.“As part of the challenge, influential players are inviting their peers and everyone to participate in the challenge by recording a video of them doing 19 kick ups and sharing it on social media. “To date, African football legends Ahmed Hassan (Egypt), Perpetua Nkwocha (Nigeria), Joseph Yobo (Nigeria), Karim Haggui (Tunisia) and Trésor Lomana Lualua (DR Congo) have shared videos.”The statement added that CAF Deputy General Secretary, Anthony Baffoe, has also participated in the challenge, as CAF lends its influential voices, clubs and legends to the campaign to help protect one billion Africans from COVID-19.Yacine Djibo, Executive Director of Speak Up Africa, said: “In Africa, there are currently over 157,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 4,000 deaths.“Several risk factors mean the virus can spread quickly across the continent.“A coordinated Africa-led approach to stop the spread of COVID-19 is crucial, as high population densities, communal living and the constrained access to water and washing facilities all increase the likelihood of coronavirus infections and fatalities. “We are thrilled to have CAF’s influential players and members taking part in this exciting social media challenge and raising awareness of the importance of protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.“Sport is a powerful tool to transform the continent, particularly when it comes to health initiatives.“We encourage everyone to take part in this online challenge to raise awareness and incite positive change in health practices and behavior.”Tags: African LegendscafCOVID-19 CampaignJoseph YoboPerpetua Nkwochasocial mediaSpeak Up Africalast_img read more

17 Sep

Syracuse balances preparation for playing Bryant or Siena in 1st round

first_imgIn addition to balancing final exams, Syracuse players are also preparing for two potential NCAA tournament opponents.But in the Orange’s 19-6 rocking of Colgate on Saturday, SU proved it can handle distractions and execute.“That showed me a lot about these guys, they go through the last day of classes, finals, Senior Day, and they were still able to focus on Colgate,” SU head coach John Desko said. “If we can respond the same way going forward to our next few games, it’s really going to help us.”The Orange (11-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) drew the No. 2 overall seed in this year’s NCAA tournament, and will host the winner of Bryant and Siena. The Bulldogs and Saints square off late Wednesday afternoon, and the victor will venture to the Carrier Dome for a 7:30 p.m. first-round showdown on Sunday.Syracuse has the difficult task of preparing for a matchup against a team that won’t be determined for two more days, while the players wrap up their academics.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re not sure how much information we want to give our guys,” Desko said. “We’re looking forward to finals getting over with, so the guys can focus on just lacrosse.”Syracuse is relatively familiar with each program, having played Bryant in the opening round of the tournament last year and beginning this season at home against Siena.In last season’s tournament opener, Bryant faceoff specialist Kevin Massa dominated the X. He won 22-of-23 and the Bulldogs built an early lead, but the Orange rebounded to win 12-7.Against the Saints this season, the Orange exploded with eight goals in the first quarter and cruised to a 12-goal victory behind attack Kevin Rice’s eight assists and attack Dylan Donahue’s eight goals.“With the game against Bryant last year, we were down 4-0 before we had seen the ball,” Rice said. “We know what they’re capable of. With Siena too, they had a couple guys injured early in the season when we played them and they’ve been on fire lately.”“Whichever team we play, it’s going to be a tough game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 5, 2014 at 4:02 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

21 Dec

San Francisco landmark: Giants community gathers to remember McCovey

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Thirty two years ago, Willie McCovey stood on the stage on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, New York and spoke about his family.At a Hall of Fame ceremony designed to commemorate McCovey’s career and honor his on-field accomplishments, the San Francisco Giants first baseman turned the tribute around and shined the spotlight on those he felt closest to.“Like the Golden Gate Bridge and the cable cars, I’ve been made to feel like a landmark too,” McCovey said with …last_img read more

19 Dec

There’s a movement you can’t ignore…

first_img7 December 2007Heavy investment in world class infrastructure, and record levels of consumer confidence, are fuelling an economy that’s shown continuous positive growth for over a decade, in a country already rated as one of the world’s most stable and easiest with which to do business*.A recent example of this is the Industrial and commercial Bank of China, whose $5.5 billion stake in Standard Bank is not only the largest inward investment in South Africa, it’s China’s biggest financial acquisition ever*.And with our economy diversifying rapidly in preparation for the FIFA World Cup™ in 2010, we’re more than ready to compete.You see, there’s a movement here you can’t ignore. Investigate it. Invest in it. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

27 Nov

FIFA World Cup 2014 match preview: Host Brazil takes center stage at World Cup

first_imgBrazil’s footbal team at a training session ahead of their match with Chile, at Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (AP Photo)The second round of the World Cup gets underway with host nation Brazil facing Chile and Colombia taking on Uruguay in an all-South American race to reach the quarterfinals. Brazil will be the first to play, in Belo Horizonte, and faces a Chile squad that has lived up to its pre-tournament expectations as a very good team that could cause few surprises. Colombia, which plays a Uruguay lineup that will be missing Luis Suarez, has also delivered so far on predictions of being a potential quarterfinalist in Brazil. Given Suarez’s absence, Colombia’s run should continue after Saturday’s game at Rio’s Maracana stadium. BRAZIL vs CHILE The statistics point to one outcome at the Estadio Mineirao: Brazil has never lost to Chile on home soil and hasn’t been beaten by its South American rival in 14 years. On top of that, Neymar is already in scintillating form for Brazil at the tournament. He scored twice in a labored 3-1 victory over Croatia in the tournament opener and struck two more to give Brazil a decisive 2-1 lead in what became a comfortable 4-1 win over Cameroon in its last group game. However, Brazil’s players – and coach – are understandably wary of a dangerous Chile side which has far less to lose than the hosts. “It’s normal to feel uncomfortable and anxious ahead of this first elimination game,” Luiz Felipe Scolari said. “We are a bit more scared and nervous… not only because this one is in Brazil. We know we can’t make mistakes, we can’t lose.”advertisement Chile’s 2-0 victory over 2010 World Cup champion Spain at the group stage underlined the potential of Jorge Sampaoli’s team, though a loss to the Netherlands by the same score maybe indicated its limits. Playmaker Arturo Vidal and livewire forward Eduardo Vargas will be the ones to watch in a game which the Chileans are clearly relishing. Vidal is coming back from injury, but there are bigger concerns over a muscle injury sustained by central defender Gary Medel. “We have a historic opportunity to eliminate the hosts,” Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo said. “It’s our longtime rival, one with a lot of titles. It’s up to us to do it.” COLOMBIA vs URUGUAY Things could hardly be going better for Colombia ahead of this match. Three straight victories and nine goals scored, playmaker James Rodriguez has been outstanding and now Uruguay’s best player, striker Luis Suarez, has been sent home. Even allowing for the absence at this tournament of its star forward, the injured Radamel Falcao, Colombia will be the favorite to reach the quarterfinals. Rodriguez, who engineered the opening two victories over Greece and Ivory Coast but was rested for the first half of a 4-1 win over Japan, will return to the starting lineup. For Uruguay, the loss of Suarez will be damaging – both technically and psychologically. His two goals in the 2-1 victory over England in Group D propelled Uruguay toward to the knockout stage and his presence in the squad as a proven match winner did much for its confidence. By contrast, strike partner Edinson Cavani has been in mediocre form so far at the tournament and will need to step up to the plate against Colombia. Playmaker Diego Forlan, named the best player of the 2010 World Cup, could be Uruguay’s best hope of a victory.last_img read more

14 Oct

Internal politics behind NWACs Sisters in Spirit shift Brazeau

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe country’s most prominent First Nations women’s organization was motivated by “internal politics” in its decision to water-down their initial support of the government’s $10 million strategy to deal with the hundreds of cases of murdered and missing Aboriginal women, says Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau.Brazeau made the accusation in a Nov. 10 posting on his Chamber Chat blog which also said that APTN National News’ coverage of the brewing Sisters in Spirit controversy has been “rife with errors and mistruths.”Brazeau said that the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) had initially issued a press release supporting the Oct. 29 announcement before raising concerns.“The fact that NWAC’s position on the funding of measures to deal with missing and murdered Aboriginal women seems to have changed since a meeting of its board of directors speaks more to the organization’s internal politics than to benefits to the community that these investments seeks to deliver,” wrote Brazeau.Brazeau also criticizes NWAC for raising concerns over the government’s demand that no grant monies go toward projects using the name Sisters in Spirit . NWAC said the demand would have a negative impact on the name recognition of Sisters in Spirit which had grown in prominence since its birth over two decades ago on the streets of Vancouver.“Should this be the aim of such investments? Should organizational profile trump provisions to help people?” said Brazeau. “NWAC readily deserves significant credit for its past and current efforts in respect of the Sisters in Spirit initiative. But it is of no justice or comfort to the families of the victims to suggest that anything linked to the announcement of $10 million in action designed to build upon the previous $5 million invested over five years represents unnecessary pain to victims’ families and communities. This is not only untrue it’s irresponsible to suggest as much.”Brazeau also said that APTN‘s coverage of the issue had been “distorted” and called for “accuracy and balance” in future reporting.APTN National News reported that the Conservatives would not allow NWAC to use government money for any projects using the name Sisters in Spirit or linked with the upkeep the organization’s groundbreaking database of murdered and missing Aboriginal women cases.APTN also reported that NWAC was given one day’s notice of the government’s Oct. 29 announcement of a so-called national strategy on murdered and missing Aboriginal women.NWAC told APTN last week that the announcement had little to do with Aboriginal women and that the organization would be asking the government for targeted funding in the next federal budget.“It continues to baffle me that in some circles, significant action on issues is met with attitude and spin designed to purposely create controversy,” wrote Brazeau. “This is certainly the case with APTN’s distorted coverage of the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s position on the recently announced $10 million dealing with the plight of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.”Brazeau said APTN’s “skewed” coverage made it “hard to get a clear sense of the real facts” around the issue.“APTN news reports are rife with errors and mistruths,” said Brazeau. “One thing is clear and needs affirmation: NWAC’s role in this matter has been pivotal. Further, it bears noting that NWAC was apprised of the announcement before it was made. They were on the podium for its introduction, and NWAC’s national office was instrumental in many of the announcement logistics, including choosing the elder who gave the blessing which opened the ceremony….“No one, especially NWAC, ‘was kept in the dark until the last minute’ regarding the announcement. Let’s be clear, the efforts of NWAC in undertaking the Sisters in Sprit initiative have delivered impetus that has directly led to the $10 million federal investments that will contribute to means that seek to overcome the tragic toll of missing and murdered Aboriginal women has had on victims’ families and their communities,” said Brazeau.Brazeau, however, does not offer details of the errors or mistruths that he says were rife in APTN’s coverage.APTN’s request for an interview with Brazeau was turned down. Brazeau’s staff say he is busy this [email protected]last_img read more

29 Sep

The Thunder Werent Built For The Modern NBA

LeBron JamesSFCleveland136.3+1.4 Manu GinobiliSGSan Antonio5739.2+1.1 PJ TuckerSFPhoenix/Toronto3535.7+1.4 2016-17203726 Khris MiddletonSGMilwaukee3943.3+1.1 Jimmy ButlerSFChicago3036.7+2.2 Danny GreenSGSan Antonio4637.9+2.0 2013-14153039 James Ennis IIISFMemphis5037.2+1.4 Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder washed out of the playoffs Tuesday night in a 105-99 Game 5 loss, the last sigh of a frustrating 4-1 series loss to the Houston Rockets. The game followed a familiar script, with the Thunder rushing out to an early lead as Westbrook put a good and thorough thumping on the Rockets defense. But as the game wore on, Westbrook began to tire, the Houston defense began to tighten, and the OKC bench hemorrhaged an enormous number of points. As the Rockets pulled away, the Thunder had no means to make up that ground, because the Thunder cannot shoot.Oklahoma City’s glaring lack of shooting is nothing new. The team shot just 31.1 percent from 3 in the series, and that’s humiliating, sure, but it’s also not too far off of the Thunder’s regular season average of 32.7. Westbrook himself threw up brick after brick, going 13 for 49 from 3 (26.5 percent), many in the desperate fourth-quarter scrums that always seem to wrap up Oklahoma City’s games. But this paucity of reliable shooters isn’t simply because Kevin Durant left town over the summer and the team traded Serge Ibaka for Victor Oladipo; it’s the result of a yearslong failure of the Thunder to find perimeter players who fit the modern NBA landscape.For as long as there’s been an NBA analytics movement, the 3-and-D wing player has been one of the atomic units of the mathematically sound game. The role of perimeter defender and long-range specialist isn’t necessarily new. In the generation before Shane Battier was beatified by Michael Lewis in The New York Times Magazine, Bruce Bowen, Rick Fox and Doug Christie were manning the position, and before them, guys such as the Showtime Lakers’ Michael Cooper or the Bad Boy Pistons’ Joe Dumars filled the role. But now the 3-and-D guy is more in focus than ever. Which is why it might be a surprise that there are still relatively few players who fit the description.Over the last four seasons, the number of players who qualify1These cutoffs are somewhat arbitrary — they’re only meant to broadly capture the essence of the role — but if anything they stand to underestimate the number of players with the skills to perform roles other than 3-and-D. That’s because there’s a theoretically limitless number of players who fit the 3-and-D description, while rebound rate and assist rate are limited by the number of opportunities for a team, so the thresholds wouldn’t pick up a good rebounder like Steven Adams who yields rebounds to Westbrook, or a point guard such as the Spurs’ Patty Mills, who shares time with distributors like Kyle Anderson and Manu Ginobili. as a 3-and-D (hitting a breakeven 33 percent of their 3s and a defensive Real Plus/Minus of at least 12While playing at least 15 minutes per game in 20 or more games.) has lagged far behind the number of players who fit other traditional roles, such as the rebounding, defensive big man3Defensive RPM of at least 1 and a defensive rebounding percentage of at least 20 or the playmaking point guard.4Offensive RPM of at least 0 and an assist percentage of at least 20. Andre IguodalaSFGolden State936.2+1.8 The Thunder have had a lot more success finding big men — rebounding defenders like Steven Adams, or players to clean the offensive boards, like Enes Kanter — but such players are far more common than a prototypical 3-and-D guy, and even if they weren’t, a surplus of rebounding isn’t as viable as a surplus of shooting.Yet while there isn’t an abundance of shooter-defenders, they also aren’t impossible to find for a team that knows where to look. Yes, some like Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are simply good at everything. And some, like Portland’s Al-Farouq Aminu, are lottery picks who end up as just role players. But the vast majority of the players who turn out to be 3-and-D studs come from the late-first or second round of the draft, meaning every team has a chance at drafting and developing them. Here are the 20 players who fit the bill this season: Luke BabbittSFMiami1641.4+1.2 Number of NBA players in key roles, by season Solomon HillSFNew Orleans2334.8+1.5 Rudy GaySFSacramento837.2+2.0 2015-16114728 DeMarre CarrollSFToronto2734.1+1.0 Al-Farouq AminuSFPortland833.0+3.2 The NBA’s 3-and-D wings, 2016-17 Jae CrowderSFBoston3439.8+1.4 Since the Thunder allowed Thabo Sefolosha to leave via sign-and-trade in 2014, the Thunder have struggled to find perimeter role players who can both shoot from distance and hold their own on defense. This season, Oladipo has taken on Ibaka and Durant’s spacing responsibilities (and beginning next year, much of their salary cap space) while being a worse shooter than either. In past seasons, the Thunder’s meek supporting cast could be somewhat attributed to the luxury of having Durant and Ibaka — both excellent spot-up shooters — which let the Thunder fill out the roster with more specialized (or, to put it less generously, more limited) players thanks to Durant and Westbrook’s versatility. But even that strategy eventually reached its limits late in games, when the Thunder offense would grind down to Durant holding the ball, surrounded by questionable-at-best shooters. And this season the issues have only intensified: The Thunder placed their man on the table above, sure, but only after replacing one of the best players in the league with a baseline role player.That’s because the few shooters the team has come up with in recent years have all been uniformly bad defenders. Teams can get away with having mediocre defenders who can shoot — think Kevin Love and Channing Frye on the Cavs — but not apocalyptically bad ones. In 2014-15 and 2015-16, the Thunder filled that role with Anthony Morrow, who was the functional counterweight to Andre Roberson, a superb defender who might as well be shooting with his eyes closed. Morrow shot 38.7 from 3 in 2015-16 for the Thunder but was one of the worst defenders in the league, with a defensive RPM of -3.05. This season’s Morrow is Alex Abrines, a 23-year-old out of Spain who shot 38.1 percent from 3 and made the opposing offense 4.3 points better when he was on the court. The maxim might be that a player only needs one elite skill to be useful to an NBA team, but the corollary is that he can’t be among the worst in the league at everything else to be useful to a playoff contender.These specific deficiencies showed themselves during those late-game panics against the Rockets. The Oklahoma City bench units have been lambasted for their startlingly bad numbers without Westbrook, and the shooters’ inability to play defense is a big reason why. The defense gave up 117.1 points per 100 possessions (-12.1 net) when Abrines shared the floor with Westbrook, and a shocking 147.1 points per 100 (-42.1) when he was paired with Jerami Grant, one of the Thunder’s other sort-of shooters off the bench.It’s clear that the Thunder roster cannot persist in its current state, and in the first season after losing a player like Durant, certain allowances ought to be made for holes in the team’s roster. But the persistent lack of shooting in Oklahoma City, and the persistent rostering of one-dimensional players in a league run by multidimensional lineups, is reason enough to question whether the problems facing the Thunder are ones the team is capable of overcoming. Data includes regular season games only. 3-and-D players hit 33 percent of their 3s and a defensive Real Plus/Minus of at least 1. Rebounding bigs had a defensive RPM of at least 1 and a defensive rebounding percentage of at least 20. Playmaker point guards had an offensive RPM of at least 0 and an assist percentage of at least 20.Sources: NBA.com, basketball-reference.com Kevin DurantSFGolden State237.5+1.4 NAMEPOSITIONTEAMDRAFT #3 POINT %DEFENSIVE REAL +/- Robert CovingtonSFPhiladelphia—33.3%+4.3 Trevor ArizaSFHouston4334.4+1.3 Victor OladipoSGOklahoma City236.1+1.6 SEASON3-AND-DREBOUNDING BIGPLAYMAKER PG Thabo SefoloshaSFAtlanta1334.2+2.4 2014-15184235 Patrick BeverleySGHouston4238.2+1.6 Data includes regular-season games only.Sources: basketball-reference.com, nba.com read more

17 Sep

Report Real Madrid to hand Navas a new contract

first_imgReal Madrid have reportedly decided to begin contract talks with the out-of-favour Keylor NavasThe Costa Rican goalkeeper arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2014 from fellow La Liga side Levante and soon established himself as the club’s number one.However, Navas’ has found himself benched frequently this season with Real’s new €35m arrival Thibaut Courtois now the preferred option in goal.In total, the Belgian has made 11 starts for Real compared to Navas’ seven with four of Courtois’ starts coming in the club’s last five games.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Due to this, Navas’ future had been called into question with Juventus recently being linked with a surprise move.But ABC claims that Real are desperate to retain the healthy competition between Courtois and Navas.The report adds that Los Blancos have decided to offer Navas a new one-year extension on his contract until June 2021.Navas has made 148 appearances in all competitions for Real and has won three straight Champions Leagues along with a La Liga title.last_img read more