RelatedPosts African Games: Sand Eagles captain urges teammates to be focused Ex-Captain of Super Sand Eagles condoles with Agbo’s family Assistant Coach of Super Sand Eagles, Agbo, is dead There were much upsets on Day 2 of the ongoing COPA Lagos tournament as the Super Sand Eagles lost to the defending champions, Terranga Lions of Senegal, 2-5. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Eagles lost to the Lions in an intense match. The last match of the Day 2 saw the Eagles conceding two goals in the first half of the game and managing to pull one back in the same first half. The Senegal team continued their dominance as they pulled another goal to extend the lead before Nigeria’s Emeka Ogbonna pulled one back for the Eagles, after which Senegal doubled the lead in a seven-goal thriller. The first match of the day between Kebbi BSC and Gidi Sharks also had a 13-goal harvest as Gidi Sharks recorded 8-5 scoreline against Kebbi BSC to bag the second win of the tournament. The second match of the day between the tournaments whipping boys, Pepsi FA, and Ghana’s representative, Sunset Sports, also had a record win of 18 goals. The Sunset Sports handed the Pepsi FA 15-3 defeat. The third match between the world champions, Brazil and England, also recorded a wide win margin as the Samba Boys handed the Three Lions 6-2 defeat. The Brazilians dominated the game, leaving England to rue the second defeat of the tournament after a 3-7 whipping by Nigeria. Nigeria’s Godwin Zaki, in an interview on the sidelines of the match, said his team would like to put the result behind them to focus on the last match against Brazil. Zaki said: “We need to put this defeat behind us to focus on the all-important match against Brazil tomorrow, if we want to take anything out. “Tomorrows match is a must-win for us. “We need to move on.”Tags: COPA LagosSuper Sand EaglesThree Lions of England
Sam Allardyce arrived at Sunderland having been left in little doubt as to the task ahead of him. Press Association The Stadium of Light has been a graveyard for Sunderland’s hopes in recent seasons. They have won just 14 of the last 61 Barclays Premier League games they have played on home soil, and that has proved hugely damaging. With points on the road difficult to come by at the best of times, the Black Cats must make more of what has at times in the past been a fortress for them if they are to get themselves out of trouble. DEFENSIVE FRAILTY If one word sums up Allardyce’s management style, it is “organisation”, and his ability to set up a team to be difficult to beat could go a long way to determining how successful or otherwise he is on Wearside. His attention to detail will prove invaluable as he attempts to shore up a defence short on pace in the middle and lacking in experience out wide to stem the tide of goals which has seen the club concede 18 times in just eight league outings to date this season. BRITTLE CONFIDENCE Sunderland’s recent record suggests that, if the opposition scores first, they will not lose, and that is down in part to confidence. Not since their trip to Chelsea on April 19, 2014, when Samuel Eto’o fired the home side into a 14th-minute lead, have the Black Cats come from behind to win a league game with Connor Wickham and Fabio Borini’s penalty doing the trick that day in the midst of Gus Poyet’s great escape. That is something Allardyce must change as a matter of urgency with the side he inherited from Dick Advocaat having squandered a 2-0 lead against West Ham to draw 2-2 last time out. REINFORCEMENTS Advocaat was openly critical of the club’s recent recruitment policy in the wake of his departure, voicing his belief that the current squad is simply not good enough. What is clear is that the six quality signings he wanted during the summer did not arrive with the likes of Yann M’Vila, Jeremain Lens and Ola Toivonen having hit the ground running, but others not. There is little the club can do before January, other than look at the likes of out-of-contract players such as Kevin Nolan and Carlton Cole – who are well-known to their new manager – but January could be a very important month for them. JERMAIN DEFOE The Black Cats effectively spent around £6million on former England frontman Defoe when they did a swap deal with MLS side Toronto as Jozy Altidore headed in the opposite direction in January, handing the newcomer a lucrative pay packet and a remit to fire them out of trouble. He currently has six goals in his 23 appearances to date for the club, a return which reflects the way in which he has been used, particularly by Advocaat, who more often than not played him wide in a three-man frontline. Most of Defoe’s success throughout his career has come playing centrally off a big man and it remains to be seen where and how Allardyce will use a player who is potentially his most potent weapon. Here, Press Association Sport considers some of the major issues in the new manager’s in-tray as he looks to turn the Black Cats’ season around. HOME SICKNESS
CEDAR FALLS — After a near upset at Iowa State, the Northern Iowa Panthers now get set for their home opener against Southern Utah. The Panthers have won four of the five games in the series but the Thunderbirds won the last meeting in 2017.That’s UNI coach Mark Farley who does not believe there will be a letdown after a hard fought game in Ames.Quarterback Will McElvain passed for 228 yards in his first start and Farley felt the redshirt freshman played well.Farley says McElvain needs to be better in the pocket.Farley says that is the next step to becoming a complete quarterback.Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 4 o’clock EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — After signing Kirk Cousins to a fully guaranteed contract last year, the Minnesota Vikings have given their quarterback even more to work with this time. There’s a new offense being implemented, with plans for more time under center and a higher volume of play-action passes. There are high draft picks at center and tight end, too. This season will surely be a crossroad of sorts for both Cousins and the Vikings, their trajectory toward that elusive Super Bowl victory inescapably intertwined. IOWA CITY — Offensive lineman Kyler Schott is quickly becoming Iowa’s latest walk-on success story. With Cole Banwart sidelined with injury and tackle Alaric Jackson going down with a knee injury Schott entered the game and played well in a win over Miami of Ohio. The redshirt sophomore could get his first start at right guard in the Hawkeyes Big Ten opener against Rutgers.Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has not been surprised by Schott’s success.Ferentz say Schott worked hard to get into the lineup.Kickoff between Iowa and Rutgets is scheduled for 11 o’clock Saturday morning, with the pre-game show starting at 9 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts knows the Boston Red Sox are running out of time to be patient.The reigning AL MVP homered on the first two pitches he saw from José Berríos on Wednesday night, collecting four hits and five RBIs in all to help Boston beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2.The game was delayed 47 minutes at the start by a rainstorm, then two Twins outfielders took the wrong positions for the first inning.It got even stranger at the end.Willians Astudillo was hit on the forearm while swinging in the ninth, and he was initially called out before returning to complete his at-bat. Then plate umpire Ramon DeJesus was hit on the left hand by a pitch, sending his pitch counter flying; while the Boston trainer was tending to him, second base ump CB Bucknor ran off to the umpire’s room to get a chest protector and was still missing when the game resumed after DeJesus decided to stay in the game.Bucknor returned for the next batter.Meanwhile, Minnesota put two on with one out before Brandon Workman got Nelson Cruz on a game-ending 1-4-3 double play. The AL Central-leading Twins, who had won seven of eight, fell to 5½ games ahead of second-place Cleveland in the division. MASON CITY – The NIACC volleyball team dropped a 3-2 decision to DMACC in its Iowa Community College Athletic Conference opener Wednesday night in the NIACC gym.DMACC won 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 15-10.In the fourth game, the Lady Trojans jumped out to a 15-0 lead and held on for the five-point win to force the fifth and deciding game.NIACC was led by sophomore Kennedy Meister with a career-high 29 kills. She also added 21 digs and two assists.Also for the Lady Trojans, Shelby Heston had 10 kills and eight digs, Bri Powers had 19 digs, Tessa Sienknecht had eight assists and nine digs, Kayla Lentz had 21 digs, Becca Steffen collected 33 assists, 21 digs, seven kills, five ace serves and two blocks and Alexa Loftus had 14 digs.NIACC (6-3 overall) returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Rochester Community and Technical College Yellowjacket Invitational in Rochester, Minn.
An Alberttown, Georgetown, resident was on Tuesday afternoon arrested at Mabura Police Check Point, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) after he was found to be in possession of an unlicensed .32 Taurus semi-automatic Pistol with 12 live matching rounds.The 40-year-old man was reportedly in a motor vehicle when it was stopped and searched by Police ranks at the check point. He is expected to make his court appearance by the end of the week.Only recently, the Police stated that a total of 55 illegal firearms were taken off the streets up to the end May, when compared to 64 for the corresponding period last year.The majority of guns seized were pistols – 33 in total. Most of them – 27 – were reportedly confiscated by ranks in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara).