Odemwingie looking to repay faith

first_img “I’m very happy that the club have shown me tremendous support after some very tough times,” he told stokecityfc.com. “I’m happy that Stoke trust my ability in helping to improve and push the team on to greater things, so I’m delighted to still be a part of that. “I have had to really push myself hard, so this new contract extension is a reward for all the effort I have put in but also for the medical staff that did a great job supporting me along the way. “I really want to repay the club for having faith in me and I’m thankful for the support that everybody connected with the club has given me. “I didn’t want to leave on a note like this, I started very well here and I want to have a good season this year, which I have every faith in doing. “Mark Hughes has big ambitions and hopefully we can do better in one of the cup competitions whilst maintaining a top-half finish.” Manager Hughes’ ambitions stretch into the transfer market where he is trying to tie up a £12million deal for Inter Milan winger Xherdan Shaqiri. Former Potters favourite Terry Conroy believes it sends out the right message. Press Association The 33-year-old has agreed a deal which will keep him at the Britannia Stadium until the end of next season with the option of a further 12 months. After making his comeback last season following eight months out with a knee injury the Nigerian is keen to give something back to the Potters. “I’m excited by the chance to get Shaqiri and it certainly shows the ambition the club has,” he told The Sentinel. “Stoke is not prepared to just deal in the lower basement but go for players like this. “Mark Hughes has been astute spending-wise up to now and you did wonder if he was going to carry on looking for bargains but trying to sign this fella gives a very positive feel to the club’s ambition.” Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie is looking to repay the club’s faith in him after signing a contract extension. last_img read more

Lady Mariners Split with Lyndon State

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014center_img Bio The Lady Mariners ended their season on a good note taking the second game of a double header on Sunday beating Lyndon State College 10-1 after losing the first game 12-3 in North Atlantic Conference action. MMA ends their season at 4-20 while Lyndon finished their regular season at 8-18.In game one, Lyndon State exploded for seven runs in the third inning, and proceeded to cruise to the 12-3 victory over the Lady Mariners. Pitcher Sara Fetterhoff (Jay, ME) kept the MMA batters off balance collecting nine strikeouts over six frames.Nicole Poland (Damariscotta, ME) collected two hits and an RBI for MMA while Dana Houghton (Lee, ME) led the team with two RBI’s. Mallery Stanley (Standish, ME) took the loss for MMA giving up 17 hits over her six innings of work.In the second game, MMA jumped on Hornets pitcher Theresa Danforth (Corinth, VT) for six hits and five runs with the first seven batters taking a commanding 5-1 lead after the first inning of play. Danforth didn’t retire an MMA batter and was replaced by Fetterhoff who finished the game. Ashley Hunt (Waldoboro, ME) led the offensive attack with two hits and four RBI’s in the 10-1 win.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMMA collected 15 hits, getting three from Megan Russell (Peru, ME) and Mallery Stanley. Kayla Higgins (Sullivan, ME) went 2 for 2 with two RBI’s and two runs scored in the win. Stanley got the win, throwing just 64 pitches over five innings of work, surrendering five hits and three walks. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest posts by admin (see all)last_img read more

ITTF Hails Nigeria over Vaulejet Para Table Tennis Open

first_imgFor the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), the tournament is another efforts by the board to make the federation an all encompass for all athletes.The President of NTTF, Ishaku Tikon who was represented by the Head of Para Section of the federation, Elderson Bankole, the idea of the tournament was to ensure that the para players tune up before the Tokyo 2020 as four of them had already qualified for the games in Japan.“We want to ensure that our athletes shape up for Tokyo 2020 and particularly the classification of the athletes which would help to throw up new players. we also thank our sponsors for identifying with the federation and supporting the tournament. we hope they will remain with us and others will join them in future,” the NTTF boss said.In his remarks, the Secretary General of Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Olabanji Oladapo, the para table tennis players have been pride to Nigeria in several tournaments and with the tournament, more players hope to come through in near future.he however, pledged the NOC support to para table tennis while hoping that the tournament would put the Tokyo-bound players in good shape.For the Head of Business and Programme, Valuejet, Temitope Ajibola, the company would continue to support sports, while pledging their unalloyed support to para table tennis.The tournament serves off on Thursday December 19 to 21 at Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.44 titles will be competed in class 1 to 10 in singles and teams event for men and women, while N10.8m will be the total prize money with the top three in each event getting cash rewards for their efforts.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram For muting the initiative to stage the maiden maiden Valuejet Para Table Tennis Open, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has hailed Nigeria while hoping that other African countries would take a cue from this.According to ITTF Classifier, El-Sayed Mehrem, the idea of hosting the international tournament is commendable as few countries in Africa has been able to stage a successful tournament.“I am impressed with what I have seen so far in Nigeria particularly the hospitality of the people. I believe Nigeria has the potential to rule the world in para table tennis considering its rising profile in Africa. I must congratulate Nigeria and the organisers for making this a reality because I have been impressed with the organisation so far and i hope this tournament has come to stay. we hope and believe it can make it to the calendar of ITTF in years to come,” the Egyptian expert said.last_img read more

Donahue looks to benefit from balanced Syracuse attack against Bryant

first_img Published on May 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Getting to know Syracuse’s 1st-round opponent Bryant Resurgent Daddio prepares to face biggest challenge yet in Bryant’s Massa in NCAA tournament openerBeat writers predict Syracuse to beat Bryant and advance to 2nd round of NCAA tournamentMassa’s warrior-like faceoff style transforming Bryant lacrossecenter_img The Syracuse attack doesn’t pay much attention to double teams. It can’t — mostly because there are so many. But also because it’s not its nature to. Dylan Donahue often drew two while tearing through the early part of the Orange’s schedule. Randy Staats’ midseason surge moved the defensive focus onto him. Kevin Rice’s merciless operation from behind the cage has demanded as many as three defenders on multiple occasions. It’s been a revolving door — one attack draws extra attention until another gets hot. Until it shifts. Then shifts again. “We move the ball around and different guys get chances,” Donahue said. “I feel like I’m really benefiting from the way we’re playing right now.”As second-seeded Syracuse (11-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) starts its NCAA tournament run against Bryant (15-4, 5-1 Northeast) at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Sunday, Donahue’s off-ball instincts could allow him to further capitalize on his teammates’ success. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Bulldogs have the best faceoff specialist in the country in Kevin Massa and tend to take long possessions. The Orange will need to capitalize on its scoring opportunities, and Donahue, whose 55.4 shooting percentage is second in the nation by a fraction of a percent, is the perfect fit for the matchup. Donahue also leads Syracuse in scoring with 36 goals. Rice and Staats are close behind with 33 and 32, respectively. “(Rice) and (Staats) have been great this year, and that’s going to continue going into the tournament,” Donahue said. “It definitely helps when those guys are going well and I’ll be ready.”It’s hard to play a secondary role in Syracuse’s balanced offense. Aside from the starting attack, the Orange’s two-line midfield rotation features six different players — most notably Derek Maltz, Hakeem Lecky, Billy Ward and Nicky Galasso — that can score at any time. When the second line is on the field, the team plays like it has six attacks on the field.Maltz, Ward and Galasso are all former attacks and every game has the potential to turn out a different go-to option. “We like to move the ball and it can end up with anyone,” said Maltz, who moved from attack to the second-line midfield earlier in the season. “I don’t think (Donahue) necessarily flies under the radar because of that. If he is, then our offense is just something else. “But he does such a good job of finding the right spot and getting the best shot.”That was no more apparent in Syracuse’s 16-15 win over Duke in the semifinals of the ACC tournament on April 25. A game prior, Staats and Rice lit up Hobart for nine combined goals and had a hand in 11 of the Orange’s 14. So with the game tied and 15 seconds to go, the Blue Devils’ aptly keyed on the pair.Staats cradled at the top of the zone and drew the defense’s attention. Then he found Rice in the middle of the field before the Duke defense shifted to obstruct Rice’s path to the goal. Donahue just took what the defense gave him off the ball, dashing to the right doorstep before quick-sticking a Rice pass into the back of the net with less than a second on the clock – his fourth of the contest and the game-winner. “If you think about it, no one else on our team makes that kind of play,” Rice said. The NCAA tournament is familiar territory for Donahue. Last year, he was named to the NCAA all-tournament team after collecting 13 points — eight goals and five assists — in four games. Syracuse’s last NCAA tournament started with a 12-7 win over Bryant. If the Bulldogs are to avenge that loss, they have to limit the production of Rice, then Staats, then Donahue. If that’s how Bryant categorizes the Orange attack, Donahue’s sharp shooting could head the charge. “We always say we like double teams because they are good for the offense,” Donahue said. “Bad for the guy with the ball, and great for everybody off it.” Commentslast_img read more

Update: Stave out indefinitely but not injured

first_imgThe Wisconsin football quarterback situation took another confusing turn Monday afternoon following practice, with Joel Stave remaining out indefinitely, but not because of an injury as head coach Gary Andersen had said earlier in the day. Monday morning, Andersen said Stave would miss an undisclosed amount of time with a throwing shoulder injury.Stave shut down indefinitely Update: Badgers head coach Gary Andersen told reporters after this story was published that Stave is still out indefinitely, but Read…But Andersen met with reporters in the afternoon to clear up his earlier comments. Andersen, for example, said the word “injury” was not the proper word in the statement earlier that day.“Joel is at practice. He’s at meetings. He’s in all the scenarios, as far as that stuff goes. But as far as game-prepping at this point, that’s where Joel is not with us completely 100 percent, all the time,” Andersen told reporters. “He’s at practice all the time. I don’t want to say he’s not practicing, he’s not with us because that’s not the case. When Joel feels that he can do that, he’ll be right back in that process.”The second-year head coach also made it clear that there is nothing wrong with the throwing shoulder that Stave injured in the Capital One Bowl in January.“There’s been no re-injury for Joel whatsoever,” Andersen said. “Is he injured? No. Is he ready to play right now? No.“It’s not an injury as far as him feeling like he re-hurt it, or he’s struggling or it’s a shoulder scenario. It’s him just working through getting in a position to be able to get into the game and play in a game for us.”After Andersen spoke to the media, Stave also did his best to clear up the confusion about the situation.“Physically, nothing is wrong,” Stave said. “I just haven’t thrown the ball the way I’d like to.”Despite nothing being physically wrong, Andersen said in his teleconference this morning that Stave hasn’t looked his usual self since the middle part of August. It’s hard to tell what the case might be with Stave, but tonight’s updates probably won’t be the last of it. However, Stave said the development has been more recent than that.“I’ve noticed in this past week I haven’t really thrown it the way that I’m used to or the way that’d I’d like to,” Stave said. “That’s when you start to think a little bit. You just got to get back to relax and play the game like you know you can.A report earlier in the afternoon by ESPN claimed that Stave could potentially miss the rest of the season. But when he met with the media this afternoon, Stave said he could play this weekend against Western Illinois if he had to.last_img read more

Badgers head to Mankato to take on struggling Mavericks

first_imgAfter a late season nonconference series, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team heads on the road to face struggling Minnesota State, who still has yet to record a conference win.Badgers’ freshman forward Annie Pankowski, who notched her second career hat trick this past weekend against Clarkson, will face the team that gave her the first one. Pankowski led the Badgers (19-4-3 overall, 14-4-2 WCHA) with four goals in the previous series against the Mavericks in mid-November.The Badgers outscored Minnesota State (2-21-1, 0-17-1) 16-2 in their last series at LaBahn Arena and want to continue to improve down the final stretch.“Now you have eight games left, and the main thing is to maintain what you’ve done the past three weeks and try to make some improvements in some areas where you need to improve and get yourselves ready for the playoffs,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said.Despite Minnesota State having a difficult season, Wisconsin cannot take them lightly.“I think if we start to worry about the opponent and what they are doing, or worrying about individual play, that could throw us off,” sophomore Sydney McKibbon said. “But if we stick to our game, we will be fine.”The familiarity of playing a conference opponent again helps the Badgers come out confident and strong.“We obviously know them better because we played them before and we know their style,” freshman Maddie Rolfes said. “We know what to expect, so we can go in harder and not timid because we know how they play.”A winless conference season thus far could make the Mavericks come out fired-up for the third-ranked Badgers, but Wisconsin will try not to let an upset-minded team throw them off.“Focusing on ourselves and looking at them as if we are playing Minnesota or Clarkson, or anyone else,” McKibbon said. “They are no different and we have to come out ready to play Friday night.”This last stretch of games, no matter who the opponent, will be vital in getting the Badgers prepared for a potential playoff run. For Wisconsin the goal is to win all of the games, but the most important aspect is improving in all areas to make a complete team.The puck drops at 7 p.m. Friday night for the series opener in Mankato, and 3 p.m. Saturday to close out the series.last_img read more

Grange School Wins Zenith Bank/Ikoyi Club Swimming

first_imgGrange School at the weekend emerged the champions of the Ikoyi Club 1938 Inter-school Swimming Gala for Secondary Schools.The competition sponsored by Zenith Bank saw Grange toping with 240 points after amassing 12 gold, 11 silver and eight bronze medals. British International School finished second with 170 points which comprise eight gold, seven silver and two bronze medals while Children’s International Schools came third with 80 points after winning five silver and six bronze medals.15-year-old Nulia Nwokolo was the star athlete for Grange as she won four gold medals in 15-16 years butterfly girls; backstroke girls; freestyle girls and freestyle relay girls.In some other individual awards, Amaka Kanu of XFactor team won the best overall female with Omooluwani Obatoyinbo of BIS going home with the best overall male award.Individual per age category goes to Adewole Adekoye of Grange as the best 11-12 male while the female was won by Amaka Kanu of XFactor. The best 13-14 male goes to Obatoyinbo of BIS as Feechi Odinkalu also of BIS won the female category.Olaseni Adekeye and Nwokolo of Grange won the best 15-16 male and female respectively.The Chairman, swimming section of Ikoyi Club 1938, Segun Adekoya, appreciated the sponsors, Zenith Bank, and the parents for a successful competition over two weekends.The primary schools edition of the competition was held towards the end of January.Adekoya promised that some of the students would be monitored as the club continues to build brilliant children good in academics and sporting activities.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes: Wednesday, October 28, 2015•12:57 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of currency in the 300 block W. 7th, Wellington.•1:18 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of tools and jewelry by a known suspect in the 1200 block N. Cherry, Wellington.•3:10 p.m. Alejandra D. Zavala, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for child restraint violation.•3:51 p.m. Shane D. Butler, 30, Caldwell was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration and failing to signal a turn.•3:51 p.m. Dustin L. Hoss, 34, Wellington, a passenger, was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•5:03 p.m. Officers took a report of a civil standby in the 300 block N. B, Wellington.•10:04 p.m. Officers took a report of a vicious dog in the 300 block S. H, Wellington.last_img read more

Missing Opening Day? Strat-O-Matic is simulating the 2020 MLB season

first_imgThe 2020 Baseball Season Simulation Starts Today! Check our website https://t.co/pq4NwhPuRs at 2:00 pm ET for Opening Day results! Thank you @fox5ny! #BaseBall #BaseballLife #MLBOpeningDay #MLBTheShow20 #MLB #boardgames #MLBTheShow #MLBDraft #baseballisback pic.twitter.com/deOdCAevnc— Strat-O-Matic (@StratOMatic) March 26, 2020OPENING DAY MEMORIES Weird night at Shea | Chilly day in Atlanta | Mark Buehrle being amazingFor now, it’s one of the more interactive alternatives while the MLB season is postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Fans can help select lineups via Strat-O-Matic.com, where they can also check stats, lineups, standings and more, every day at 2 p.m. ET. Each MLB player has a card, but those injured won’t be included in the games. However, simulations can project when players will be healthy, so current injured stars like Justin Verlander and Aaron Judge have an opportunity to be a part of simulations later.Strat-O-Matic already put several polls on Twitter and its website, urging fans to vote on lineups, starting pitchers and more.Who would you pick to be the #Rangers Opening Day starter against the #Mariners in the #Strat2020Season?ICYMI- Strat to Sim 2020 Season: https://t.co/y22dbXpjYJ @Evan_P_Grant#MLB #MLBTheShow20 #FantasyBaseball #MLBTwitter #GlobeLifeField #TexasRangers— Strat-O-Matic (@StratOMatic) March 23, 2020So for those who don’t own a copy of “MLB The Show 20” or don’t feel like dusting off their copy of “MVP Baseball 2005,” maybe this is the avenue for you. Until then, we wait for the real Opening Day. For those pining for baseball, Strat-O-Matic has you covered.The gaming company known for its card- and dice-based probability games is helping baseball fans quench their thirst for The Show while the season is suspended by simulating the 2020 MLB campaign until the first pitch of the real Opening Day, whenever that is.last_img read more

Sharpe happy for VMBS Youth Award

first_imgJamaica’s junior tri-athlete, Llori Sharpe, says her ambition is to represent the nation at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.”My ultimatum is to make the next Olympic Games and represent the country in the triathlon,” Sharpe told The Gleaner after she copped the Victoria Mutual Building Society Youth Award at the RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of 2016 Awards at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston last Friday.”It was very surprising when I saw my face on the screen. I immediately realised that people are taking notice,” she said in response to being awarded the VMBS Award.Sharpe, who is a 16-year-old St Andrew High School fifth-form student, came to prominence after she finished 18th of 56 competitors in action last September, at the World Junior Championships in Mexico.She completed the 750 metre swim in 10 minutes and 55 seconds, the 20 kilometres bike race in 34 minutes and 38 seconds and the 5K run in 21 minutes and 40 seconds. It was the first time that Jamaica was sending a representative to the event and Sharpe was the only competitor from the Caribbean.Sharpe started in the sport as a 15 year-old in 2015.”I started as a swimmer, also did long-distance running and took on cycling. Now, I am very serious about triathlon,” she said.last_img read more