Sponsors of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Total, yesterday unveiled the 14 lucky customers that are beneficiaries of an all expense trip to Brazzaville, Gabon, to watch the final of the biennial competition at their corporate head office in Victoria Island.The 14 lucky winners spanned from several cities in Nigeria including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Benin and Kaduna and they will depart Lagos, Nigeria today. In his address, the Managing Director of Total Nigeria, Mr. Jean-Philipe Torres, acknowledged foot as a unifying factor in Africa.“In Nigeria, football is not just a sport but a unifying platform that breaks all barriers. The Confederation of African Football, CAF, and Total entered a partnership agreement under which the Group became the official sponsor of African football for the next eight years.“Total is supporting CAF’s 10 principal competitions; starting with the ongoing AFCON. Through this partnership, we hope to further promote youth development and strengthen ties with our stakeholders as we energize millions of people in communities across the continent,” Torres said.He reiterated that “though Nigeria is not present at the competition, Total has created excitement at our over 500 service stations nationwide through the ongoing Total AFCON Campaign where 14 lucky customers now have a chance to watch the final match in Gabon.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
New Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde MondayÂ laughed off the idea of bringing in new players, saying the best signings were the players already in the dressing room.“I’m more than happy with the way things stand,” said Valverde when pressed on the potential signing of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti.“Happy with the players, happy with their work and their attitude,” he said as his players prepare for their trip to the United States on Wednesday. “I really don’t care about any player anywhere else,” he said, knowing fans will be keen to win back the Spanish League title and indeed the Champions League, both won by their arch-rivals Real Madrid.“Even if you might argue we need back up in certain areas,” he said, adding Barcelona had no offers on the table for any of their players either.“For me, the best signings are the players I already have in my team.”He said Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, Barcelona’s attacking trident were “a huge factor in the intimidation of our rivals.”“Messi is a unique player and wherever I play him he will flourish. He will continue in the role he has always had, he’ll continue to do that very well,” he said.Over the last two seasons Valverde’s predecessor Luis Enrique had sometimes strained relations with Messi, who he pulled deeper and then pushed out to the right.“We need him both as a creator of chances and a finisher of chances, where he really makes the difference,” insisted the former Athletic Bilbao coach.“As for Neymar â€“ he’s doing very well in his current role, although we know he too could play in other roles,” said Valverde of the 25-year-old Brazil captain.Barcelona play Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid in a lightening tour of the United States next week.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Bale has taken 217 games to score 100 goals for Real Santiago Solari’s side opened the scoring when Casemiro was left unmarked and he sent an acrobatic volley flying past Jan Oblak as Atletico failed to clear a corner.Atletico levelled as Griezmann chased onto an Angel Correa through-ball to slot under Thibaut Courtois, who had toy rats thrown at him by Atletico fans. The Belgian spent three seasons on loan at Atleti from Chelsea earlier in his career.But Ramos scored his eighth penalty of the season to restore Real’s lead after Vinicius Jr had been fouled by Jose Maria Gimenez. Four of his previous seven had been ‘Panenkas’ – chipped down the middle – but this time he drove the ball into the bottom left-corner.Vinicius was replaced by Bale in the second half and the Welshman smashed a low shot beyond Oblak for his landmark Real goal in his 217th game.Atletico were lacklustre as they conceded two goals in the first half of a home game for the first time since moving to the Wanda Metropolitano in 2017 – and the fastest in La Liga at the venue.Griezmann’s goal, their one good moment of the game, came after a long video assistant referee delay, but he had timed his run perfectly.Atleti had thought they had levelled for a second time when Alvaro Morata, facing his former club, chipped Courtois brilliantly from outside the box – but the VAR team correctly ruled he was offside. Atletico had been unbeaten in 19 games before his loan arrival from Chelsea, but have lost both matches with him in the team.A red card seemed inevitable for Diego Simeone’s side, who had six players booked and it eventually came when Partey fouled Toni Kroos for his second booking.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Gareth Bale scored his 100th Real Madrid goal as they beat Atletico in the Madrid derby to overtake their rivals into second place. Casemiro put Real ahead with a volley but Antoine Griezmann equalised after scoring a one-on-one.Sergio Ramos restored the visitors’ lead with a penalty and Bale converted from Luka Modric’s pass to ensure the win. Atletico ended with 10 men after Thomas Partey was shown a second yellow.In-form Real Madrid have now won six of their past seven games, having drawn 1-1 with Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg on Wednesday and this deserved derby win moves them to within five points of La Liga leaders Barca who play Bilbao today.
Teah Gant will look to capitalize on the Badgers\’ new offensive scheme.[/media-credit]Although the Wisconsin women’s basketball team returns 10 of 11 letterwinners from last year’s WNIT squad, they’ll still be bringing a new look to the upcoming season.Championed by Bo Ryan throughout his tenure as the Wisconsin men’s basketball coach, the swing offense has been a crucial part of Badger basketball for much of the past decade. Even for the women’s program, which Lisa Stone took over seven years ago, the swing tenets were a major staple of the team’s offense.This year, however, Stone and the Badgers are ditching the old and going with the new — the new being a “4-out, 1-in” offense. With 10 of the 14 players on this year’s roster listed as guards, Stone has decided to eschew the swing in favor of a more guard-friendly motion offense.“I think it just fits our personnel better,” Stone said at Tuesday’s media day. “It’s kind of simple, let’s stretch the defense, spread the floor, give people room to work, to work with each other. … And we’re excited about the fact that our players like it, too, and they’re willing to kind of work through it because it’s a little messy right now, but it’s coming along, every day.”According to Stone, the new offensive identity will focus more on “reads” and less on repetition, emphasizing ball screens, cuts to open spaces and attacking gaps in the defense. And in opening up the offense to suit the roster, the Badgers hope to improve on last year’s 54.7 points per game average, which was good enough for just eighth in the Big Ten.The offensive makeover comes a season after Stone changed the team’s defensive philosophy, a move that rendered an average of 58.3 points against per contest in 2008-09 — almost a nine-point improvement from 2007 to 2008. As is usually the case, though, the transition is happening gradually.“Whenever you go through something new, it takes some time to adjust,” senior guard and tri-captain Alana Trotter said. “But we’re adjusting well and we’re taking our steps. [This offense will] be really good for us; it gives us a lot of options with personnel who can do different things.”Senior guard and fellow captain Teah Gant, one of five returning starters for the Badgers, said while the team is still working out the kinks of the new offense, she likes the new multidimensional offensive direction.“There are a lot of different aspects to this offense that we’re working on,” Gant said. “With the open post side, there are a lot of opportunities for guards to drive. Or when other people are screening away, that gives an open lane in the middle for people to drive in. … There are just a lot of different spots that we can create offense from.”Add to the mix top-100 recruit Taylor Wurtz (Brandon, Wis.), who averaged over 25 points a game as a high school senior, and two-time first-team state selection Catie O’Leary (Janesville, Wis.), who Stone said is a “deep three-point range shooter,” and the offensive prospects of this year’s team are bright.Moreover, Stone complemented this particular group as having the “best chemistry” she’s seen entering a season, something which could amplify the new offense’s results.But before visions of Loyola Marymount’s run-and-gun offense of the late-1980s or the Steve Nash-led Phoenix Suns start dancing in fans’ heads, Stone assured everyone that controlling the ball would still be at a premium.“I have a big problem with turnovers,” she said. “And if we’re going to run and throw it out of bounds, then that’s simply not going to work for us.”
First Published: 11th August, 2020 07:01 IST WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 07:01 IST Lightning Face Blue Jackets In 1st-round NHL Playoff Rematch As if forward Alex Killorn and the Tampa Bay Lightning needed yet another reminder of last year’s monumental playoff collapse in preparing to open the first round Tuesday. As if forward Alex Killorn and the Tampa Bay Lightning needed yet another reminder of last year’s monumental playoff collapse in preparing to open the first round Tuesday.The ever-stingy, John Tortorella-coached Columbus Blue Jackets are standing in their way once again in the best-of-seven series to be played in the Eastern Conference hub city of Toronto.“We’re not focusing on last year,” Killorn said, in summing up how most Tampa Bay players have grown tired of discussing how the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Lightning were swept in four games by the Blue Jackets in April 2019. “We’re focusing on playing our game and excited for playoff hockey.”The Lightning, guaranteed a first-round berth, enter as the conference’s second seed after closing the preliminary round-robin tournament with a 2-1 record following a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.The loss proved costly for Tampa Bay, with star defenseman Victor Hedman not returning after appearing to twist his right ankle in the first period. Hedman’s status is uncertain, and the Lightning are already without captain Steven Stamkos, who has been out since sustaining a lower body injury before training camp opened last month.Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy wondered if the Lightning being confronted with a sudden jolt of adversity might actually help them focus after what happened last year. The Lightning won 62 games to match the NHL record set by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings and cruised down the stretch after clinching a playoff berth with nearly a month left in the regular season.“We don’t want to get comfortable like last year,” Vasilevskiy said. “For sure, we’ll have some urgency in there in the first round.”Seventh-seeded Columbus, meantime, advanced following a 3-0 win over Toronto in a decisive Game 5 on Sunday to settle a rollicking preliminary round series.The Blue Jackets showed resilience in a series in which both teams rallied from three-goal deficits, including Columbus’ 4-3 overtime loss in Game 4, in which Toronto scored three times in the final four minutes of regulation.Though the Blue Jackets are playing two games in less than 48 hours, captain Nick Foligno believes Columbus might have an early edge in having already played meaningful games.“I fully anticipate the Lightning to be ready to play. This is for real now,” Foligno said. “And I guess you can say we’ve been playing that kind of hockey for a little longer. But they’re a well-coached veteran team that understands what they’re up against.”CHANGESLightning coach Jon Cooper dismissed comparisons to last year’s playoffs by noting the changes to each teams’ rosters.Tampa Bay’s late-season additions included forwards Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow and defenseman Zach Bogosian. They also signed free-agent forward Pat Maroon, a member of the Stanley Cup-winning champion St. Louis Blues in 2019.The Blue Jackets made significant offseason changes, after losing forwards Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel as well as starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in free agency.SPECIAL TEAMSThe Blue Jackets were 0 of 14 on power-play opportunities against Toronto, and haven’t scored a power-play goal in their past eight games going back to the regular season.“Yeah, we need to get it going. It’s been a struggle,” Tortorella said. “If we keep on thinking about succeeding in this here, we need to get that straightened out.”Columbus penalty killers went 11 of 13.The Lightning converted 2 of 5 man-advantage opportunities, and allowed one power-play goal on 11 chances.R-E-S-P-E-C-TTortorella doesn’t believe his Blue Jackets get enough respect because they play a tight-checking style which doesn’t generate much offense.“That’s something we’ll keep internal. It’s kind of an inner fire for us,” Tortorella said. “It (ticks) me off as far as how sometimes we’re perceived in our market and all that. But you can’t get caught up in perception. It’s a tough way to live if you worry about perception.”MOMENTUMCooper wondered if his team might initially be a step behind the Blue Jackets.“It’s hard to replicate what they just went through. Like, we can’t do it,” he said. “None of the games we played were do or die.”Aside from injuries, however, Cooper noted the Lightning should be more rested.PLAYOFF EXPERIENCEThe Lightning are making their 12th playoff appearance, sixth in seven years, and won the Cup with Tortorella as coach in 2004.The Blue Jackets are making their sixth playoff appearance and fourth consecutive under Tortorella. Their series victory over Tampa Bay last year was the first in franchise history. Associated Press Television News LIVE TV FOLLOW US Written By COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US
Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Jordan Levin – SG DigitalSG Digital has unveiled its new ‘OpenGaming’ end-to-end digital ecosystem, seeking to deliver industry incumbents with the most flexible, content-rich and robust gaming engine.Adding OpenGaming to its operator systems portfolio, SG Digital details that it has developed the industry’s most sophisticated content aggregation technology, which will provide clients with a new wave of immersive gaming experiences supplied through one seamless integration.OpenGaming’s content inventory will give clients access to +2,500 games, supplied by SG Digital’s global network of in-house and third-party studios.In addition, SG Digital’s new system will support partners with engagement-rich features running across OpenGaming’s network including jackpots, free-rounds, tournaments and peer-to-peer gamingJordan Levin, Group Chief Executive of SG Digital, said: “Our vision is to change the way people think about player experiences through interaction-rich platform features seamlessly stitched into ground-breaking games. OpenGaming takes our passion for great games and builds in layers of multi-studio features to drive a new revolution for our industry. It kicks opDylan Slaney – SG DigitalDylan Slaney, SG Digital’s SVP Gaming commented: “When we talk to players, they tell us we’re competing for their time alongside other aggregation platforms in the media, mobile, and console gaming worlds.“With the launch of OpenGaming, which now includes our award-winning OGS content aggregation platform, our OpenPlatform (OPS) player account management system, and our unparalleled library of world-class multi-studio content, our teams and partners have risen to the industry’s challenge and created a breakthrough entertainment ecosystem.” Submit Share Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020
Draw for BiH football Cup Semi-finals in senior and junior category will be held on 5 March at noon in the premises of Football Federation of BiH in Sarajevo.The following teams have qualified to semi-finals: Sloga Doboj, Široki Brijeg, Zrinjski Mostar and Željezničar Sarajevo.After the draw for seniors, at 12.15 there will be a draw for Youth Cup of BiH, and the semi-finalists are: Borac Banja Luka, Slavija Istočno Sarajevo, Sloboda Tuzla and Široki Brijeg
This article was first published in the July 26-Aug. 2, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. Also there, along the Avenue of Memories (Route 537), is Oceanport’s evolving new municipal complex. Borough police are already headquartered there and a new Borough Hall is planned. A small park was recently added, comprised of monuments relocated to the more accessible location from other fort areas, joining the Greeley Field World War II monument. In the middle of the Parade Grounds is Cowan Park, where the American flag flies. Cement stanchions connected by iron chains border the space. The Parade Grounds front Russel Hall, a former U.S. Army administration building that now houses several businesses and the county’s new Veterans Services satellite office. Flanking the grounds are new townhomes and apartments under construction in buildings that once served as Officers Housing. The entire area is part of the fort’s largest designated Historic District, housing U.S. Army buildings representing different architectural eras of the fort’s almost 100-year history. “FMERA received a letter from the mayor requesting transfer of property from Greeley Field and Cowan Park to Oceanport,” confirmed Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, July 18. “We receive a number of requests and letters from people seeking fort parcels. We review them in accordance with our Redevelopment Plan.”Steadman noted that such uses are “quite common” elsewhere in the United States, hosting youth and family events. “It’s a really great use,” he said, adding, “FMERA hasn’t determined how Cowan Park and the Parade Grounds will be used. Oceanport may not be entitled to it. We could contract with a private company that would maintain and operate the fields. There’s quite a bit of thought on how Greeley and Cowan could be used and owned. We hope to resolve that in six months to a year.” By Laura D.C. Kolnoski |OCEANPORT – A proposal to utilize Fort Monmouth’s former Parade Grounds for local sports fields has entered the review process following a written request by borough Mayor John “Jay” Coffey, but officials warned answers could be months away. The high-profile site inside the fort’s Oceanport Avenue entrance is currently designated as historic/open space. No structures can be built there.Coffey submitted a letter outlining his proposal to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), the state/county/local agency charged with selling off the fort’s 1,127 acres spanning three towns – Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls. Coffey, an attorney who was working in Bayonne, was not present and no other Oceanport representative attended the July 18 FMERA meeting. Reached in California via phone July 23, Coffey called the site “a centerpiece” of Oceanport that should be serving all borough youth and parents. A National Register of Historic Places nomination was prepared for the district and submitted in 1983 after fort buildings were surveyed to determine their historic significance by the Army Corps of Engineers and New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office. A total of 136 fort buildings, structures and objects were identified as eligible for listing on the National Register. While the Parade Grounds were never listed as the nomination was not “technically complete,” it was determined eligible. Steadman said such nominations are generally considered finalized. “Some properties remain in the nominated stage indefinitely,” Steadman explained. “As with all properties within the historic district, that’s the way we’re treating it. It’s in the pipeline and will be considered in the future. There are so many projects ahead of it in the queue, we just haven’t gotten to it yet. I can say we will do what’s best for the historic district and what’s best to support and facilitate the fort’s redevelopment.”“Oceanport’s plan is exclusionary,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian Burry, the county’s FMERA representative. “Why not put benches there and let the public enjoy it? I’m not opposed to soccer fields. We have enough fort acreage to be able to find someplace else.” Burry chairs FMERA’s Veterans Sub- Committee and initiated the establishment of the fort’s new Veterans Services Office opened this spring. She and other members said they only learned of Coffey’s proposal by reading about it in The Two River Times. Steadman said there are other sites in Oceanport that could potentially be used for sports fields. “Oceanport has a very limited amount of green space like that and existing parks are not optimal for sports fields,” Coffey said, adding, “The uses (sports and historic/open space) are not mutually exclusive. The Marching Grounds can be multipurpose. Since play time is limited, other activities could be held there in addition to sports. Having it lined for soccer doesn’t preclude other types of events. I understand the historic significance of the site. I also understand that playing fields are hard to find. The Marching Grounds were used for athletic events when the Army was there. It’s perfect for soccer and lacrosse.”“As each fort property is sold, it officially goes on the local tax rolls,” Coffey continued. “Those acres are part of Oceanport. The sole purpose of FMERA is to transfer those properties.”
ASSIST KING MANCHESTER, England (AP): It speaks volumes about Manchester United’s current plight that a 0-0 draw at home against a team languishing just above the Premier League’s relegation zone represents an encouraging sign of progress. That’s how far a mighty club has fallen, with the stalemate with Chelsea on Monday appearing to give some breathing space for under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal. Lose to manager-less and relegation-threatened Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday, though, and United will put Van Gaal even closer to the brink. The record 20-time English champions are winless in their last eight games in all competitions, marking their worst run of form since 1990, and have collected only three points from their last six league games. Almost as worrying for United is that the team has scored only one goal in its last four home games. Van Gaal may say he enjoys the backing of the United board, and has backtracked on previous comments that he could quit as manager, but there might be no way back if Swansea leave Old Trafford with three points. Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has 16 assists so far this season, and is only four off the Premier League record held by Thierry Henry. Ozil must like his chances of getting even closer on Saturday when his table-topping side hosts Newcastle at Emirates Stadium. Henry, one of Arsenal’s greatest players, set the record in the 2002-03 season and believes it will get broken by Ozil. “The guy is just amazing,” Henry said. “Finally we’re starting to see what type of player he can be. It’s his vision, he always puts the ball where you need it. He sees everything, and when you play with a player like that, anything can happen at any time.” Arsenal are ahead of Leicester on goal difference, with Man City three points back in third place. PLAYING FOR OUR FUTURE Put simply, 2016 has to start better than 2015 ended for the Dutchman. “If anything, we are all playing for our own futures as well,” United defender Chris Smalling said, with the team having fallen five places adrift of the Champions League places. On paper, Swansea looks the ideal opponents for United to get back to winning ways: No manager following Garry Monk’s firing on December 9, one place above the bottom three, only one away win – against last-place Aston Villa – this campaign. Yet the Welsh club has won its last three games against United, all 2-1, including a home-and-away league double last season. What Van Gaal must ensure is that United play the same way as against Chelsea, when his players were more positive, took more risks with their passing and looked to play more forward. United’s fans could see the team was trying and seemed to warm to Van Gaal and his players. But how long will the goodwill last? “Inside of the club, the players are willing to fight for every metre, the manager is willing to fight, the members of staff are willing to fight and the board is very confident in the staff and the manager,” Van Gaal said. Above sixth-place United, the top four is separated by just four points heading into the second half of the season. It is the most unpredictable of title races, with surely few predicting that Leicester and Tottenham would be in the Champions League positions at the turn of the year.
From left: Alphonso Egan, Amadu S. Dolleh, Jah Walker and Lawrenzo Robinson are held for the murder of footballer Theo Weeks’ mother, Lydia Lewis WeeksThe Liberia National Police (LNP) has forwarded to court five suspects for their alleged connection to the brutal murder of Madam Lydia Lewis Weeks, mother of Liberia national football team player, Theo Weeks.Prior to being murdered a fortnight ago, Madam Weeks resided at the R-2 Community in Margibi County, but reportedly became the victim of armed robbery. Her assailants allegedly shot her death.In a press release on Wednesday, April 14, 2019, the LNP said suspects Alphonso Egan, 19, and Amadu S. Dolleh, 38, were charged with criminal facilitation, having aided the consummation of the crime of murder, while suspects Jah Walker, 23, Tito David, 24, and Lawrenzo Robinson, 35, were charged with criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, and murder, following an investigation into each of the factors associated with their alleged involvement in the death of Madam Weeks.“Three of the suspects gained entry through the victim’s kitchen window; shot her before they made away with one black flat screen Samsung TV, valued at US$1,500; one black Microsoft phone valued US$520, one HP Laptop, and an unspecified amount of cash (United States and Liberian dollars),” the release, signed by the LNP director of communications, H. Moses Carter said.Carter said during investigation, it was established that suspect Alphonso Egan, alias ‘Teddy-Ride,’ provided a pistol, which was used in the commission of the crime, while suspect Amadu S. Dolleh, alias Adebayor, admitted to purchasing of the black flat screen Samsung TV, and the black Microsoft phone from the suspects.“During the investigation conducted with suspects Jah Walker, alias ‘Jah,’ Tito David, alias ‘petit marine’ and Lawrenzo Robinson, alias ‘Power More’, they also admitted to the commission of the armed robbery and murder. As such, they have been sent to the Margibi Magisterial court for prosecution,” Carter said.He said Madam Weeks was pronounced dead on arrival at the ELWA Hospital shortly after the incident occurred at 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.Criminal facilitation and aiding in commission of crime are in violation of Chapters 10 and 12, section 10.2 and section 12.5 of the revised penal code of Liberia, while criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and murder are in violation of chapter 10. 15 and 14, section 10.4, sub-chapter C, section 15.32 and section 14.1 of the revised penal code of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)