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first_imgBARCELONA: Star striker Lionel Messi has touched the 700th career goal landmark after he scored from the penalty spot in Barcelona’s 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou in the ongoing La Liga.Messi, who converted a spot kick to reach the milestone on Tuesday, has scored 630 times for Barca in 724 appearances in all competitions and another 70 for Argentina in 138 caps. The Barcelona forward had scored his first goal on May 1, 2005 at the Camp Nou against Albacete, coming off a fine assist from Ronaldinho. “And from there, the story just hasn’t stopped, with goals coming on all shapes and sizes. Lots of them. Lots and lots of them,” Barcelona said on their website. In 2012, he netted 91 times, beating Pele’s previous record of 75. His 599th professional goal was a particularly stunning direct free kick that Las Palmas keeper Chichizola had no chance of stopping. His 600th goal was also a free kick against Oblak. “Messi is infinitely ambitious and still has further targets to aim for. He needs just 13 to beat Pele’s record number of goals for a single team. And with 724 appearances to his name he doesn’t have too long to go before he tops the 767 of Xavi Hernandez,” the club further said. The 33-year-old has a contract until 2021 at Camp Nou. A clause that would have allowed Messi to leave for free this summer recently expired, ensuring that he remains at the club for another 12 months. (IANS) Also Watch: Get Set Global: Assamese in UK coping with the Pandemiclast_img read more

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first_imgEvery time they meet in girls soccer, Westhill and Marcellus understand both the short-term and long-term stakes.In the short run, they just want to get the upper hand in a fierce rivalry that stretches back decades. In the bigger picture, they know that other, more important encounters might lie down the road.With both sides hungry to return to championship form in 2019, their lone regular-season meeting last Tuesday night carried more importance, and it was the Warriors getting the best of it, needing overtime to defeat the Mustangs 1-0. Two days after this battle, Marcellus got back in the win column, blanking Phoenix 3-0. A goal in the first half and two more in the second half proved enough as Sarah Hutchings, Macie Szalach and Katie MacLachlan scored, with assists going to Sara Mielnicki and Mei Lamarre.And Westhill followed up Saturday with an impressive effort at Lowville, shutting out the Red Raiders 3-0. Now it was Gangemi’s turn to strike as her pair of goals complemented one from Rudnick, with Sophia Caron adding an assist.Yet another close, low-scoring affair in the OHSL Liberty division happened last Wednesday night, only it was Skaneateles involved in that game, and it fell to Cazenovia 1-0 at Hyatt Stadium.Here, it didn’t require overtime, as Cazenovia inched in front of this Lakers clash by having Annie Baldwin score in the first half. For the rest of the game, Skaneateles attacked hard, yet could not get a shot into the net to ie.Back on Monday night, Skaneateles shut out Mexico 3-0 at Hyatt Stadium. Up 1-0 at halftime, the Lakers got away as Maeve McNeil scored twice, with Tess Peterson getting the other goal. Assists went to Maddy Ramsgard and Makenzie Miller.West Genesee had an impressive showing in last Thursday’s game at Liverpool, pulling away in the second half by scoring three times on the way to shutting out the Warriors 4-0.To lead the Wildcats, Emily Dunning scored twice, with Katrina Tessier earning a pair of assists. Single goals went to Sarah Petrus and Samantha Snyder, Julia Matticio adding an assist as Liz Croft and Caitlin Mills combined to stop all six shots they faced.Jordan-Elbridge struggled again in a 10-1 defeat to Chittenango last Tuesday as Mollie Yard had the Eagles’ lone goal in the second half. Ally Shoemaker and Sarah Martin both scored three times for the Bears.Yet J-E turned it around on Thursday to defeat Solvay 2-1, with Avery Yard and Riley Crawford’s goals making the difference. Mollie Yard added an assist as each of Marinn McKennan’s 10 saves proved important. Haley Muehl had Solvay’s lone goal.Solvay went to Hannibal last Tuesday and blanked the Warriors 4-0, with Haley Muehl dominant for the Bearcats as she netted three of her team’s four goals, the other going to Makayla Smith. Natalie Orr and Olesya Konopatskiy each got one assist.And after the loss to J-E, Solvay won again on Saturday afternoon, edging LaFayette 3-2 laregly on the strength of Taylor Clisson’s skills as she netted two goals and assisted on the other, by Muehl. Active in the net, Nancy Gonzales made 20 saves.Bishop Ludden lost, 5-0, to Bishop Grimes last Monday as Jenna Sloan and Maddie Murphy both scored twice for the Cobras. Then it took a 2-1 defeat to Cato-Meridian two days  later.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story This was not a defensive stalemate, despite the score. All through the 80 minutes of regulation, both teams had ample opportunities to get on the board without converting them.Both defensive units were superb, whether it was blocking shots and passes before they got into too much danger, or having the goalkeepers scoop up everything else. Westhill’s Lauren Bendall stopped all 11 shots she faced, with Marcellus counterpart Ellie Shaw earning 12 saves.The first of two 10-minute OT periods also went scoreless, but in the second OT the Warriors’ Ciarra Rudnick, off a feed from Erica Gangemi, put the ball past Shaw. That this took place on Sept. 10 was ironic because, exactly 364 days earlier, Rudnick had netted an OT game-winner when the Warriors beat CBA.center_img Tags: girls soccerMarcellusskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthilllast_img read more

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first_imgJEFF MERZ/Herald photoJocelyn Wack’s streak is now over.Wack’s NCAA record of 80 consecutive matches with double-digit digs fell short Friday night as No. 14 Wisconsin swept No. 9 Purdue at the Field House.Wisconsin’s defense was at its best, out-blocking and out-digging Purdue, but the Boilermakers’ two-setter offense spread the ball around the court, preventing Wack from hitting 10 digs.Nevertheless, Wack was anything but upset.”It was something that I was very proud of, and it was nice to have,” Wack said. “I would be upset about it ending if it was on a match that we lost, but we won.”Wack finished with just eight digs while Amanda Berkely and Jackie Simpson posted 12 and 10, respectively.”Today was an all-around game by Berkley and Jackie, and that was nice,” Wack said. “Everybody played hard, and everyone picked up their defense, and it just wasn’t my night.”The closest anyone’s come to Wack’s streak was Griselle Lopez-Pereira of Virginia Commonwealth, who Wack passed early last year, with 63 consecutive matches, and UW head coach Pete Waite believes it is one that will stand for a long time.”That was a fantastic record she set, and it’s going to be a long time before somebody beats that,” Waite said.Wack had 18 digs Sunday in Wisconsin’s win over Indiana.Carlini sidelined, DuPont steps upFor the third straight game, senior floor captain and outside hitter Maria Carlini sat out with a foot injury.Carlini suffered the injury three weeks ago at Illinois, but continued to play until leaving the Ohio State match last weekend after the second game and sitting out every game thereafter.Her timetable for return remains an unknown, though Carlini is itching to return as soon as possible.”I’m not sure [how long she’ll be out],” Waite said. “If you ask Maria, she’ll be back next match, but you could’ve said that three matches ago and she’d say that every time.”Even though Megan Mills took Carlini’s place in the starting line-up, it was freshman outside hitter Caity DuPont who replaced her spot in the rotation.DuPont, in her first matches at the Field House, got some valuable experience under her belt and made an impact in both Badger victories, recording nine kills Friday and eight Sunday.”I’m really happy I’m getting this opportunity, although we really want Maria to come back,” DuPont said. “I am just glad to be in there helping the team out.”While Carlini’s injury is definitely unfortunate for Wisconsin, Waite is happy to see DuPont and other players off the bench step up in her place.”We’re still hoping [Carlini will] come back and give us some good play, but this is great,” he said. “This improves the depth of our team and they got really tight out there as a team and stood tough together.”It’s making us deeper and better right there by getting Caity in there and getting her experience.”Field House CrowdHomecoming weekend was a big one for UW athletics, and it all wrapped up Sunday with a Badgers volleyball match against Indiana.Wisconsin made a concerted effort to make Sunday’s crowd a big one: mission accomplished.With several promotions to bring fans in, the Field House attendance hit 7,064, the 14th-largest volleyball crowd at the Field House.”I thought it was a great crowd out there,” Waite said. “A lot of high school teams and different groups … came in to watch, and our players were really excited to play in front of them.”The crowd level certainly gave the Badgers a boost, evident by the quick lead they jumped out to.Wisconsin held Indiana to nine points in the first game, tying the fewest points given up in rally scoring in school history.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 28, 2013 at 1:41 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 There had to be some hesitancy. Christian Hackenberg knew what he could be up against at Penn State — perpetual scrutiny, a thinner supporting cast and three seasons without postseason play.But it’s still Penn State. There’s still the tradition of excellence. The Nittany Lions still play in front of hordes of adoring fans that remained steadfast through scandal and controversy.That all sold the school to the quarterback, but even more important was the new man at the helm.“He wanted to play for Bill O’Brien,” said former Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy head coach Micky Sullivan, who coached Hackenberg at the high school.Hackenberg hadn’t even been on the radar when former head coach Joe Paterno was finishing up at PSU. It wasn’t until O’Brien was hired and made Hackenberg one of his first recruiting priorities that Penn State would find its eventual quarterback of the future.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn less than two months a rookie head coach sold a program embroiled in scandal to the No. 2 quarterback recruit in the nation.“Bill O’Brien’s a special guy,” Sullivan said. “I’m very impressed with the things he does, the way he handles himself.”Lining up under center against Syracuse on Saturday could be Hackenberg, who was one of O’Brien’s top priorities when the coach first arrived on campus. Hackenberg, a true freshman quarterback and Penn State’s first five-star commit after the Jerry Sandusky scandal, could make the first start of his career when the Nittany Lions play the Orange at 3:30 p.m. at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.With the idealistic quarterback — Hackenberg’s 6-foot-4 build fits the Nittany Lions’ prostyle offense to perfection — and the mastermind head coach, PSU hasn’t missed a beat. It would have been bowl-eligible last season and is receiving votes in the preseason AP Top 25 this year.For a moment, though, everything could have fallen apart in the wake of the scandal.Running back Silas Redd, who played two years for Penn State, was the first one to go. He departed for Southern California and it seemed more would follow in droves.But most stuck with it. And then the recruits started to come.Hackenberg was the first, but Adam Breneman, the No. 2 tight end in the country, joined him nine days later. And, most importantly, they stuck with it even after sanctions came down.“I think it says something about the type of character that guy had and all the other recruits that we had that held on to their commitment despite the sanctions,” guard John Urschel said. “It’s a great place for football and there’s something special here and I think they recognize that, and I think that’s why they kept their commitments.”Hackenberg committed after the scandal broke. But before sanctions came down, for a time, he had to rethink his decision.He sat down with Sullivan and his family and went through the whole litany of pros and cons. Hackenberg’s answer, Sullivan said: “I want to go there.”“Was I surprised that he stuck with it? No. Was there wavering or questioning? I think at times, at least early on, we looked,” Sullivan said. “You know, ‘OK, what are we going to do? Do you really want to do this?’ And Christian always said, ‘I want to go to Penn State.’”Hackenberg was not available to comment because O’Brien does not allow freshmen to talk to the media.Hackenberg only arrived at PSU this summer, but immediately he’s been thrown into the fire, competing for the starting quarterback job at a Big 10 school. He relishes the spotlight, Sullivan said. Fork Union opened the season in his senior year with a game televised on ESPN. His year ended with the Under Armour All-America Game.People don’t talk as much about the scandal now as much as they did last year.“It’s nice to not have the media be talking about things other than football,” Urschel said.But Hackenberg sticking with his commitment will inevitably once again thrust him into the spotlight.“That just shows the type of guy that he is, shows his character and the things that matter to him the most,” safety Malcolm Willis said. “Now that he’s here, he’s in a battle for that quarterback spot.”But Hackenberg can only carry the Nittany Lions so far. In a best-case scenario — and assuming he doesn’t redshirt — he will play in one bowl game in his career. If he leaves early, he will never carry them to the postseason.So his arrival is as much symbolic as it is tangible. PSU has three more years before it can again be the power it once was. Once that time passes, the Nittany Lions will be in good hands.“As for the future,” Willis said, “as long as Penn State football keeps doing what it’s doing, then we should be fine.” Commentslast_img read more

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first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 2, 2014 at 5:10 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.educenter_img Twice in two days, the Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Players of the Year proved to fans at the Carrier Dome just how talented they are.On Saturday against Duke, C.J. Fair finished with 28 points. On Sunday, the recipient of the women’s preseason award — Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas — recorded a triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.A season-high 1,312 fans were on hand to watch Thomas’ performance, as the senior led the No. 8 Terrapins (17-4, 5-3 ACC) to an 89-64 victory over Syracuse (16-6, 5-4) at the Carrier Dome on Sunday. A combination of Maryland’s speed and Syracuse’s tired legs didn’t bode well for the Orange, as the Terrapins snuck behind the Orange defense time and time again.“We’re a running team. That’s who we are,” Maryland head coach Brenda Frese said. “I thought we did a really good job of that in the first half, making a lot of easy plays, and a lot of unselfish plays. The extra pass for dump downs for layups, that’s who we are. That’s when we’re at our best, is in transition.”Three days after a tough win over No. 6 North Carolina, Syracuse was overmatched and outhustled against Maryland from the outset. Terrapins guard Lexie Brown made 11-of-13 shots from the field and scored a team-high 31 points, and guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough made 7-of-9 and finished with 17.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You’re not going to beat a team when they shoot (61.4) percent from the field and you shoot in the 30s,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “That’s the game. They just didn’t miss many shots.”The Orange jumped out to a four-point lead, but Maryland answered with a 10-0 run highlighted by a drive from Thomas straight through the SU defense for an easy two points.Much like Hillsman has done recently, he used quicker centers Briana and Bria Day to help with transition defense. Briana Day played more minutes than starting center Shakeya Leary, and Bria Day played 11. Hillsman also relied on a two point guard set of Alexis Peterson and Cornelia Fondren, hoping to combine his most explosive point guard with his most defensively adept one.Still, the Terrapins were able to grab rebounds and push the ball. If the initial Maryland rush up the floor was stopped, it still kept the SU defense on its heels.In the first half, Maryland scored eight fast-break points and 22 points in the paint, and took a 46-29 lead at the half.“They just weren’t getting back in transition defense,” Brown said. “Usually I like to stay up and get the ball, but we were getting rebounds and just throwing it ahead. Everyone was running today.”Hillsman was impressed by Brown’s play.“Lexie was incredible tonight,” Hillsman said. “She made shots that she hadn’t made all season. But she’s very capable. She’s a very good basketball player and she did everything she could to keep them in the game.”In the second half, it was much of the same. Midway through the half, Syracuse point guard Rachel Coffey threw an inbounds pass directly to Katie Rutan, who took the ball coast to coast for an easy two points to put the Terrapins up 72-44.“I feel like definitely in the second half we didn’t get back fast enough on defense,” Briana Day said. “We let up easy buckets. We tried to clog the lane. We just didn’t do a good job.”Maryland finished with 21 fast-break points and 40 points in the paint.Brittney Sykes scored a team-high 22 points for the Orange. But Brianna Butler and Taylor Ford were the next highest scorers for the Orange, with nine apiece.Said Sykes: “I wouldn’t say that we’re getting tired out. Obviously playing in the ACC takes a toll on your body…So sometimes, yeah, we are a little fatigued, but we just have to fight through it. This is the sport we love, and we’re gonna fight through it.”last_img read more

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first_imgAfter a long, successful offseason, USC’s men’s and women’s tennis teams will play their first tournaments of the fall season this weekend. The teams finished last season ranked No. 5 on the men’s side and No. 6 on the women’s and look to improve upon their accomplishments as they embark upon their 2013-14 campaigns.The men’s team will begin their season by heading to Tulsa, Okla. for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships. This year, three Trojans automatically qualified for the singles draw: senior Ray Sarmiento and juniors Roberto Quiroz and Yannick Hanfmann.Sarmiento enters the season ranked No. 8 in the nation, a career high for him.Last year in the ITA All-American Tournament, Sarmiento advanced to the quarterfinals, but a calf injury in the third set forced him to retire. Hanfmann fell in the first round, while Quiroz, who fought his way through the qualifying rounds to make the main draw, was defeated in the Round of 16.“During the offseason I played a lot of tournaments so I feel sharp and ready to go even if it’s our first tournament of the year,” Sarmiento said. “[I’m] looking forward to competing and seeing my teammates playing well too. We have our whole team pretty much playing All-Americans … so that’s great to see and it shows how deep we are as a team”Three more Trojans earned spots in the qualifying rounds of this year’s tournament: senior Michael Grant and juniors Jonny Wang and Eric Johnson.Though the qualifying rounds might be daunting, Wang promises to keep his head down and work to make it into the main draw like Quiroz did last year.“[A qualifying match is] just like another match. No added pressure,” Wang said. “I’m just focused on doing my best and enjoying the experience because it’s my first time in Tulsa.”This season, the Trojans welcome two newcomers in Robbie Bellamy and Nick Crystal. Though the freshmen won’t be competing in the season-opening tournament, they are bound to make an impact soon, as they have six teammates ranked in the ITA Top 100 to learn from.Some of the USC’s women’s team will head to Berkeley, Calif. to compete in the Cal Nike Women’s Invitational, while others will remain Los Angeles to play in the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades this weekend.Junior Sabrina Santamaria enters the fall season ranked No. 1 by the ITA. Last year, she was knocked out in the Round of 16 at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships, but bounced back and played a nearly undefeated spring season. She enters this year’s tournament as the top seed.Santamaria also represented the United States at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, this summer, making it to the gold medal match, in which she fell to a player from Japan.“I’ve had some really great competition over the summer,” Santamaria said. “It’s my third season so I have gained a lot of experience and momentum from a really great season last year”Santamaria’s impressive singles play is matched, if not exceeded, by her success with doubles partner junior Kaitlyn Christian, with whom she won the 2012 NCAA Women’s Doubles Championship. Christian and Santamaria, who sit atop the preseason doubles rankings, look to repeat as champions of the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships this year.While Santamaria and Christian look to continue their dominance, Brynn Boren is simply aiming to make a name for herself at USC. The senior transferred from Tennessee at the end of last season and will make her debut for the Women of Troy this year. Based on her No. 19 preseason singles ranking, it’s safe to assume Boren will immediately contribute to the team’s success.The men’s and women’s teams are stacked with talent and appear poised to continue their perennial success this upcoming season, and this weekend will set the tone for the year.Follow Aubrey on Twitter @aubreykragenlast_img read more

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first_img 10 months ago French probe into Paris Nov. 2015 attacks has finished Written By Devarshi mankad Last Updated: 22nd October, 2019 19:13 IST Here’s The Emblem For 2024 Paris Olympics — A Combination Of 3 Symbols Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 has unveiled its new emblem which brings together three iconic symbols connected to sport This will be the first time that the emblem for the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games will be the same. In a statement, Coordinator for the Paris Olympic Games Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant said, “I congratulate Paris 2024 on the launch of their new emblem. It perfectly reflects their vision and desire to put people at the heart of the Olympic Games Paris 2024. The combination of the gold medal, the Olympic flame and Marianne brings together the values, history and French touch that will make these Olympic Games truly special.”The Paris Olympics are scheduled to take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024.READ | Tiger Woods Targets Gold Medal At The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020READ | Roger Federer Announces Decision To Play In Tokyo 2020 Olympics A combination of three symbols 10 months ago ‘Not-so-happy’ Lovlina now aims for an Olympic medal after WC bronze 🥇🔥🇫🇷La médaille, la flamme, Marianne.Voici le nouveau visage des Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques de #Paris2024The medal, the flame, MarianneHere is the new face of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of #Paris2024 pic.twitter.com/6VvsItrql6— Paris 2024 (@Paris2024) October 21, 2019 I am the new emblem of #Paris2024 pic.twitter.com/Oykq6SQnnv— Paris 2024 (@Paris2024) October 21, 2019 LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img READ | Tokyo Olympics 2020: India To Have 1st Ever Olympic Hospitality HouseA statement on olympic.org describing the three symbols said, “The flame invites us to dream, to engage and to come up with new ways of staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It reflects the unique energy of the Games, which bring people together and drive solutions forward.  With its feminine traits, the Paris 2024 emblem pays tribute to a woman who is a French national symbol known around the world. She embodies the revolutionary spirit that infuses the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games. She encapsulates the desire to bring the competitions out of the stadium and into the heart of the city. A familiar figure who is everywhere in the everyday lives of French people, she is also a reminder that these Games will be Games for everyone, Games that will belong to the people. Her face is also a homage to female athletes and a nod to history, as it was in 1900 at the Olympic Games in Paris that women were first allowed to compete.” The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 has unveiled its new emblem in host city Paris on Monday. READ | We Are Confident Of Qualifying For Olympics: Midfielder Sushila ChanuIt was revealed following an innovative launch ceremony, which saw over 700 runners – led by Olympic and Paralympic medallists including Renaud Lavillenie, Nantenin Keita and Sarah Ourahmoune – run different routes around the centre of Paris and Seine-Saint-Denis, forming the outline of the Paris 2024 emblem. The emblem was then revealed in full on a giant screen at the Grand Rex cinema in Paris at 08.24 pm.  First Published: 22nd October, 2019 19:13 IST 10 months ago Tiger Woods targets gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 WE RECOMMEND According to reports, the emblem embraces the shape and colour of the most beautiful medal of all to express one of the core values of sport — striving for excellence. The new design brings together three iconic symbols connected to sport, the Games and France – the gold medal, the Olympic and Paralympic flames, and Marianne.  10 months ago Boxing coach: Military Games to help in Olympic qualifier preparation COMMENT FOLLOW US 10 months ago Tokyo Olympics 2020: India to have 1st ever Olympic Hospitality Houselast_img read more

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first_imgAccording to Dikko, young talents have gained exposure in competitive atmosphere provided by the tournament and have also enjoyed the benefits of traveling to other parts of the country.“The competitive atmosphere has been good for the young players and they can now look forward to the level next of their career.“The tournament is organised in consonance with international football rules and is thus a rich learning platform for the teenagers to become accustomed with organised football rules”, remarked Dikko.Adepoju on his part pointed out that the Nigeria cadet national team, the Eaglets have players from the last edition of the tournament.In his words, “the tournament has produced players for the present U-16 team, the likes of Akinwunmi Amao, Olusegun A., Divine Nwachukwu were picked from the last edition as part of the team that represented Nigeria in the Africa Cadet Championship in Tanzania”.“It has really brought about discoveries of raw talent from grassroots, thanks to LMC and LaLiga for putting up this great initiative,” Adepoju further remarked.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in collaboration with Spanish Football League (LaLiga) over the last two weeks organised a tournament for U-15 players of all the 24 NPFL clubs, tagged NPFL/LaLiga U-15 Promises.The tournament is a product of the partnership between the two leagues and, the Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko, insists it has greatly contributed to development of the country’s future players.Former Nigerian international, Mutiu Adepoju who is an Ambassador of LaLiga also appraised the tournament and concluded that it has yielded fruits for football in the country.last_img read more

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first_imgMORE: Irving acknowledges being short-temperedHayward scored more points Tuesday than he had in his first five games after the All-Star break combined (26). Boston was 1-4 in those games.Two of the points against the Warriors came on a fast-break dunk after a steal in the third quarter as the Celts were wrapping up the contest. Gordon Hayward had been playing like a bottom-of-the-rotation man prior to Tuesday. He looked like a Sixth Man of the Year against the Warriors.The Celtics forward delivered 30 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench, helping to spur Boston to a 128-95 rout of Golden State in Oakland, Calif. The loss was the Warriors’ worst of the season. Hayward finished 12 for 16 from the floor against the reigning champs; in his five previous games, he was 8 for 26 from the field.center_img “I understand it’s one game,” Hayward told reporters, per ESPN.com. “You are going to have ups and downs in the season. I’ll try to build off the things I did correctly tonight, and the next time you have a bad game, try to learn from that one.”He’ll try to keep the momentum going Wednesday when the Celtics play the Kings in Sacramento.Boston will need this Hayward during the final month-plus of the regular season and the NBA playoffs. The Celts are in a battle for home-court advantage in at least the first round; they’re fifth in the Eastern Conference, 2 1/2 games behind the fourth-place 76ers.last_img read more

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Thank you for your input. +18 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 303 weeks ago Thank you for doing the leg work and presenting this additional information. Too bad it didn’t ease any of my reservations with this particular candidate. Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down G Sugar · 303 weeks ago Let’s be very careful. Don’t prejudge. We didn’t sit in on the interviews and negotiations. That’s what our representatives are for. And they did a good job. We need to make sure we don’t present a “contentious” environment here. Let’s all work together and move forward. Things will be different. And that’s not a bad thing. Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Lynda Soria · 303 weeks ago Were we not able to find anyone locally that had worked with Mr. Collins and the City Council in the past? It is my understanding that we have someone locally who might be very interested and keep the interests of Wellington close to his heart. Whenever you hire someone local, it gives the feeling that we are all on the same page i.e.: wanting Wellington to grow, etc. Report Reply 1 reply · active 303 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Rocko · 303 weeks ago Wellington does not need Mr. Eckert. It is time for the City Council to reopen the application phase for a new City Manager. We presently have an outstanding Interim City Manager. There is no hurry to fill the position. Let’s do it right the second and vet the candidates more thoroughly. Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Guest · 303 weeks ago Tracy a very good article! Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Guest · 303 weeks ago Tracy: If Mr Eckert does not succeed at Cityhall? Do we really have to pay him at least $100,000 buy out? I can see why Florence, Oregon had their concerns over Mr Eckerts requirement of a 1 year buy out of his contract! Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Concerned · 303 weeks ago Is roy Eckert damaged goods? First impressions are so important, should we have so much doubt day one about someone so important to the future of wellington? Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago -10 Vote up Vote down faganlover · 303 weeks ago Is Wellington really in a position to be “snobby”? Get over it people, I wouldn’t blame this man if he walked. It’s a washed up town and he was willing to try and help maintain, if not move forward. The city council is starting to mimic the school board. Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down WHSMOM · 303 weeks ago Great information Tracy…thanks for digging deeper and letting us know some other things about Mr. Eckert.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down GI_52 · 303 weeks ago With the information in this article why would you even consider intervieweing let alone hireing this guy?? If you do sounds like your looking for pending law suits. Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments In Wellington Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer announced after two 15-minute executive sessions on Sept. 2 that three candidates were being interviewed including one from Kansas, one from Texas and Eckert.In a letter written on Sept. 24 to Stallbaumer that was leaked to Sumner Newscow, he had formally withdrew his desire to be city manager in Wellington. Eckert’s chief concerns in the letter was the financial package as it relates to expenses in Wellington and the possibility of turnover at the April council election. Three city council members and the mayor will be up for reelection.On Oct. 7, Stallbaumer confirmed to Sumner Newscow that Eckert had reconsidered, and the council was still in negotiation. He also stated the Kansas candidate had withdrawn his name from consideration. In the Sept. 24 letter, Eckert said the offer was for $95,000. The resolution to be voted on Tuesday will be for $100,000.Follow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Google the words “Roy Eckert” and you will find Wellington’s leading city manager candidate has had an eventful year.The Wellington City Council will vote Tuesday on a resolution to hire Eckert, a former county manager at Montrose, Colo., as Wellington’s new city manager to replace Gus Collins, who resigned in May.If the city adopts the resolution, it would authorize Mayor Roger Stallbaumer to sign the agreement for the city. If Eckert signs, he will enter into a city manager’s agreement commencing on Nov. 10, 2014 and terminating on Dec. 31, 2016 (see specific terms here). He will be paid an annual salary of $100,000 on a bi-weekly salary of $3,846 over the year plus other benefits.The council interviewed three candidates that were chosen amongst 53 applicants in the five month city manager search process. Eckert, in turn, has also been looking at other city manager positions in at least two communities, both in Oregon. Eckert has also been named in a lawsuit by a former employee for the county of Montrose. Also, more details about his resignation as county manager in Montrose has come to light based on the area’s media sources.•••••His time at MontroseMontrose is a town located on the western slope of Colorado with a population of 19,132 people. Eckert was a county manager for 16 months starting on Jan. 2, 2013 and ending on May 16, 2014.According to a Dec. 16, 2012 article in the Western Slope Watchdog, Roy “Rick” Eckert is a self-described “Army Brat” who was born in Colorado Springs. He came to Montrose from a 25-year background of executive experience with municipalities and counties, mostly in Alaska, Alabama, Georgia and the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. He was also a city management consultant for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service for the University of Tennessee, as well as the Director of City Governance and Senior Program Manager for the CH2M Hill Engineering Company, where he was on assignment in the United Arab Emirates.He was hired in Montrose for $112,000 per year.In an article written on Wednesday, April 30 of the Montrose Press, Eckert announced his resignation after “nearly a week of rampant speculation from community residents concerning his departure.”In a news release Eckert stated: “I have enjoyed working with the best employees. In my opinion, they are Montrose County’s greatest assets.” He thanked the community for welcoming him and his wife, Jan, “with open arms.”On May 2, the Montrose Press reported that Eckert sent a letter to the County Commissioners stating he resigned because of “constant, non-stop contention within the community.” He stated the Daily Press editorials played a role in the level of contention and the lack of civility he saw in the way public business was conducted.Eckert’s letter was released after the Daily Press’ filed a Colorado Open Records Act requesting the document. The county considered it a personal record which the Daily Press disagreed. It was released with Eckert’s permission when the open records request was filed.“I have dealt with issues that were more controversial in nature in other positions that I have held, but never as many as we seem to have here, and never as many at the same time,” Eckert wrote in the three-page letter that informed commissioners he would resign on May 16, the Daily Press reported.In an Western Slope Watchdog article dated Monday, May 26, Eckert was awarded a severance package exceeding $115,000 including four months of pay not required by his contract.The commissioners  stated in an explanatory letter: “It appeared that his concerns about the contentious nature of the county may have created health issues for him as well as impacted his family. We felt it was in his best interest and the interest of the county that he resign.”According to the Western Slope article in exchange for Eckert’s agreement not to sue Montrose County, the commissioner gave him 10 months of severance pay, vacation pay and money for health insurance. The lawsuit On June 24, 2014 in U.S. District Court, Eckert was listed with the Board of County Commissioner in a civil action suit by plaintiff Stephanie Barnett in Montrose County. The complaint in the civil suit alleges that Eckert was overseer of over 300 employees of Montrose County and Barnett was employed from Nov. 27, 2007 to March 15, 2013. She was the Internal Services Director at the time of her dismissal.The suit alleges Barnett met with Eckert on Feb. 19, 2013 and told him she was pregnant and expressed concern over the impact of high levels of stress with her pregnancy. She and Barnett had allegedly met to discuss the possible transition to part-time employee, the complaint said. However, nine days later on March 15, 2013, Eckert informed Barnett that the Internal Services Division was being dissolved and her services were no longer needed, the complaint said. Barnett is suing for pain and suffering the lawsuit said. Oregon job prospectsAside from Wellington, Sumner Newscow knows of two other jobs that Eckert had applied – both in Oregon. Eckert was a candidate at Cannon Beach, Oregon in the northwest tip of the state. He was one of the top four candidates for the job where a public meet-and-greet forum was held before that council went into executive session to name the winning candidate. That job eventually went to Brant Kucera, out of Pennsylvania, who starts in mid-November.Eckert also applied and was offered the job at Florence, Ore. a coastal town of 8,466 people in the west-central part of the state at the beginning of October. He was offered the job for $120,000 a year and a compensation package according to the Siuslaw News.According to a statement issued by Florence City Hall on Oct. 11 it stated: “The council had offered Mr. Eckert what they believed to have been a very fair compensation package, but could not meet his requirement for a severance clause,” in case he was fired without cause.Mayor Nola Zavier told the Siusaw News “My thinking at this point we are so close to the election that all of us may hold off until after the election,” who also expressed her surprised and disappointment when Eckert had bowed out. The city has a charter ordinance where a city manager must be replaced in six months and it is close to deadline.last_img read more