Anyansi Hails ‘Special’ Udoji, Pledges Enyimba’s Support for Family

By on September 17, 2020

first_imgChairman of Enyimba FC, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu, has described late Chinedu Udoji, former captain of the Aba team as ‘special’, while enjoining the current playing staff of the club to aspire to his legacy.Anyansi-Agwu yesterday held a meeting with the Peoples’ Elephant, and was visibly emotional as he reminisced on Udoji’s early days at the club.The address began with a minute’s silence observed in honour of the deceased Kano Pillars player, after which Anyansi charged the players to lead similarly exemplary lives. “Chinedu (Udoji) is someone I’m very proud of. Seeing the reaction of Nigeria (over his death), you begin to understand what it means for someone to be special.“His attitude to the team showed gratitude and love, right to the end. He is an example, and a lesson to you all: Use this career well, and it will lift you. Anybody can die, but your aim should be to be remembered the way Chinedu is remembered today. He left an impact on the hearts and minds of everyone,” recalled the NFF board member.Anyansi also expressed his sadness at the plight of the late defender’s young widow and children.To that end, he pledged the total support and commitment of the management of Enyimba to assuaging their loss.“As long as I remain the Chairman, Enyimba will play a big role for his family. A very big role,” he vowed.Afterward, he challenged the players concerning the club’s Round of 32 clash against Energie FC in the CAF Confederation Cup next month.Anyansi warned against any form of complacency going into the tie, and iterated his belief in the team’s ability to compete on multiple fronts.“Please do not underrate the team we are going to play. They are well motivated. They are a young team, and highly physical.“If we play ourselves out of the continent, there won’t be the moral to continue in the league. When we won the CAF Champions League back-to-back, we won the league as well. You must understand that, and be challenged by it,” he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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By on August 2, 2020

first_imgOWNER QUOTESPERRY BASS, SON OF OWNER RAMONA BASS, AVENGE, WINNER: “It’s my parents’ anniversary today, so they’re in Italy, and I know they stayed up to watch. I wish they were here, but it’s good to be here in their stead. We didn’t know if she could get the mile and a quarter, and we didn’t know if she could get the mile and an eighth in the Mabee. She surprised us there, and she got the lead here. She just cruised, and Flav rode great. (Richard) Mandella and the whole barn were incredible. She has a lot of speed and she can rate, but there wasn’t a lot of speed in the race. The Stidham horse (Zipessa) was the only other speed. As long as Avenge relaxed, we thought we’d be OK out there, and she obviously did it.” JOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, AVENGE, WINNER: “She’s getting better with each race. She really surprised me out there today. Once I let go she really got comfortable and took the lead. Honestly, that was a lot of fun and we’ll see how she does for the Breeders’ Cup; it’s a big one.” -30-center_img NOTES: The winning owner is Ramona Bass of Fort Worth, Texas.last_img read more

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By on December 24, 2019

first_imgTHE community in Killybegs is in a state of shock and disbelief this evening following the death today of a fish factory worker.The employee died after being trapped in machinery at the Sean Ward Fish Exports company in the Donegal town.An ambulance was summonsed to the scene shortly after 3.20pm. A 21-year-old Donegal man, from 6kms away, was later pronounced dead.Gardai were also there and have informed the Health and Safety Authority as a matter of routine.TD Thomas Pringle, who lives in the fishing village, said the community is coming to terms with the news.“It is an awful shock and of course my sympathies go to the family of this man,” he said. The Ward factory is a well-respected and well-known local employer. COMMUNITY IN SHOCK AFTER MAN DIES IN FISH FACTORY ACCIDENT was last modified: January 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentdonegalfish exportsGardaiKillybegssean wardlast_img read more

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Commercial rates revaluation to start in November until 2021

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgCommercial rates in Donegal are to be revaluated from November but will take two years to complete, it has emerged. Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher raised the issue of a full commercial rates revaluation for the county in the Dail, saying Donegal was one of the few remaining local authorities that have never carried out a revaluation of their commercial rates base.Pat the Cope added: “Those counties that have already had a revaluation carried out, showed in 45% of the commercial and businesses, a reduction in the number of rates paid, with some showing significant reductions. “Commercial rates are by far the most unfair tax in our broader system of taxation or local levies at present, they are viewed by business as a taxation paid while nothing is received in return, no services provided or delivered by the local authority.“Whilst the best solution for commercial rates would be to introduce a system based on the turnover of the respective business, considering the seasonality of the respective business and the volume of business transacted rather than a blunt instrument.“Currently, you are levied based on the commercial value of your premises rather than the actual throughflow or business activity generated by your business,” said Pat the Cope.“We cannot have a situation where rates become an inhibitor to growth in rural areas, costs on business must be looked at in the years ahead otherwise rural areas will suffer further business closures The Minister in his reply to my PQ stated the following: “I understand that the Commissioner intends to sign a Valuation Order to commence the revaluation of all rateable properties in the rating authority area of Donegal County Council in early November and that it is intended that the valuation date by reference to which all rateable properties in Donegal will be revalued is 16 September 2019 with the new valuation list to be published on or around 15 September 2021, and to be effective for rates purposes from 2022 onwards.Pat the Cope concluded: “This is only the beginning of a process, which hopefully will see the rates burden reduce on some of our business, and commercial premises throughout the county but long term this entire system of local taxation needs to be looked at and a fairer system introduced.”Commercial rates revaluation to start in November until 2021 was last modified: October 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Womens basketball No 12 Ohio State shooting for conference championship at Rutgers

By on September 28, 2019

Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell attacks the lane against Maryland on Feb. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporterNo. 12 Ohio State (24-5, 14-1) has one obstacle in its way before the Buckeyes can officially call themselves Big Ten regular-season champions. That obstacle is Rutgers (6-22, 3-11).Rutgers is on a nine-game losing streak, having not won a game in over a month, and currently sits 13th in the conference standings. With a Buckeye win on Sunday OSU will claim the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament and win the regular-season conference crown for the first time since the 2009-2010 season.However, senior forward Shayla Cooper said that the Buckeyes refuse to be complacent looking forward to Rutgers. “Coach (Kevin McGuff) is getting after it. In his speech after the game he was excited, but then he said ‘You got to stay focused for what’s next, we’re not done yet,’” she said.OSU beat the Terrapins 98-87 on Monday, ending Maryland’s 14-game winning streak and handing the Terps their second loss of the season. The Buckeyes shot over 60 percent from the field and over 55 percent from 3-point range in the contest. In OSU’s last eight games they have scored at least 87 points. Junior forward Sierra Calhoun reaffirmed McGuff’s focus after the Maryland win.“Coach McGuff said after the game ‘You know that was a great win, but we still got another one to take care of Sunday,’” she said. Although Rutgers record does not make the case for being a formidable opponent, McGuff said the Scarlet Knights won’t be overlooked.“They’re a tough, rugged, physical team,” he said. “They throw a variety of defenses at you and they play well at home. They have a lot of pride, and they know what we’re playing for and I think they’re going to do whatever they can to stop that.”McGuff added that the “process” has been a main focus for the Buckeyes throughout the season, even more so now given the implications of Sunday’s game.“Stay focused at what we do at practice and how we prepare for games,” he said. “Just keep consistent routine and make it about the process. That’s what we’ve done all year, and that’s what has allowed us to improve as a team. That will allow us to be successful on Sunday if we have a great process between now and then.”After Monday’s emotional victory over No. 2 Maryland, the Buckeyes have had to refocus with Rutgers being the only thing in the way of obtaining the top seed in the Big Ten tournament. Cooper said a day-by-day approach has kept her and the team focused on the road ahead and not dwelling on past successes.“This year we’re just looking forward to the next game,” she said. “Maryland was a big win — I celebrated for the night — but when I woke up I’m like, ‘Alright, what’s next?’”OSU and Rutgers tip at 3 p.m. in Piscataway, New Jersey. read more

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Sullinger Matta prove to be Big Tens best

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You should ignore what this year’s Big Ten awards list tells you, because this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament made something perfectly clear: Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Thad Matta are the best player-coach combo in the conference. Despite laying claim to the conference’s top coach and top player — as named by the media and Big Ten’s coaches — Purdue was upset in the second round of the conference tournament, and for the second time in as many weeks, the Boilermakers fell two games shy of a Buckeye conference crown. Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson, who earlier in the week was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Year, scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Boilermakers’ second-round matchup with Michigan State, but his effort wasn’t enough to keep the Spartans from picking up the win. Conversely, Sullinger scored 20 points and pulled down 18 boards in OSU’s second-round overtime victory against Northwestern. When the moment mattered most, the Buckeyes depended on the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, who scored 10 points in overtime and connected on 16 of 18 free throws in the game. And, thanks to his team picking up the win, Sullinger kept on playing, as he averaged 16.3 points and 14 rebounds over three games — all OSU wins. But Sullinger doesn’t deserve all the credit for the Buckeyes’ weekend success. Matta, who less than a week ago was passed over in favor of Purdue’s Matt Painter as the Big Ten Coach of the Year, led the Buckeyes to their second consecutive Big Ten Tournament title, the third of his career. When it came to the conference awards, however, Matta was hurt by what he does best: recruiting. The Buckeyes boast four returning starters from last year’s Big Ten championship team, and added two incoming McDonald’s All-Americans before the season. Nevermind that recruiting is part of the coach’s job — his team is supposed to win, and people don’t get rewarded for doing only what’s expected of them. Painter, however, benefited from having his best player, Robbie Hummel, tear his ACL before the season. Expectations were lowered, so losing the conference title by two games was not a disappointment, but rather an accomplishment. Hummel’s injury also deserves some credit for Johnson’s Player of the Year award. Getting Purdue’s top player out of the way opened the door for Johnson to lead the conference in scoring en route to earning the Player of the Year award. Sullinger, on the other hand, was punished for playing with superior talent surrounding him. Apparently, leading your team in scoring and rebounding while playing alongside three other All-Conference selections is viewed by the voting coaches and media as a negative, not a positive. But Sullinger and Matta gladly will take a pair of conference titles over a pair of individual awards any day. And if this weekend wasn’t enough, the Buckeyes have another three weeks to show why they have the best coach and player in the conference — if not the nation. read more

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Wrestling Ohio State and Penn St has become rivalry over recent years

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No. 3 Micah Jordan celebrates a last-second takedown that won him the bout against North Carolina State University’s No. 4 Justin Oliver in the 149-pound bout of the Ohio State vs. NCSU dual meet at St. John Arena. Jordan won the bout by decision, 6-5. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternEvery year, both Ohio State and Penn State have this duel circled on their calendars.Recently, a rivalry has formed between Ohio State and Penn State with some of the most talented wrestlers in the country, and this year is no different. Penn State leads the overall series with a record of 20-12, and currently have a three-duel win streak against the Buckeyes.  As a veteran, Ohio State redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, knows what the rivalry between the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes means on the mat.“ It would mean so much, at least to me. A lot of the young guys haven’t been in there and experienced that kind of intensity when we wrestle [Penn State], said Moore. “[Penn State] has beaten us a lot and we have beaten them sometimes, and it would be really big for us to get a win.”No. 6 Ohio State will host No. 1 Penn State, following a 19-18 Nittany Lions home win a season ago, with an anticipated energized crowd and expected sold out St. John Arena to try and stop the losing streak against its rival. Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said his team is excited for a chance at redemption..“I think the crowd speaks to the madness of the event, and hopefully it will sell out,” Ryan said. “We lost a close one last year, and we definitely want this one.”  Ohio State and Penn State have gone toe-to-toe in nationals, the biggest stage in collegiate wrestling, the past eight years. Penn State has won seven NCAA championships in those eight years, while Ohio State has won one, finishing runner-up to Penn State two years in a row.Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, the No. 17 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, said payback is on the team’s mind.“We have a salty taste in our mouths from last year because they got the better of us,” Smith said. “I’m just really looking forward to the [duel].”When Ohio State and Penn State square up on Friday, there will be five former or defending NCAA champions competing, which has become a common occurrence in their recent duels..Penn State redshirt senior Bo Nickal, No. 1 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, has won two-straight NCAA titles, and has won 90 of 93 career matches. “197 is the Mack Daddy match,” Ryan said. “That is the one that is a No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup and it should be fun to watch.”Ohio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds, won the NCAA title at 174 pounds, as a true freshman in 2016, who has 109-18 career record.Penn State redshirt senior Jason Nolf and redshirt junior Vincenzo Joseph, No. 1 at 157 pounds and 165 pounds, respectively, are currently both two-time defending NCAA champions.Ryan called Nolf “one of the elite college wrestlers in the last 50 years.” Penn State junior Mark Hall, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, won the NCAA title in 2017, and has a career record of 63-4.With 17 of 20 wrestlers in this duel being ranked, Ryan said that this duel is something that fans of all sports should be watching.“If you can’t get fired up for this [duel] then you should find something else to do with your time,” Ryan said. read more

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Rob Edwards rejoins Wolverhampton Wanderers as head coach

By on September 18, 2019

first_imgRetired Welsh international footballer Rob Edwards has returned to Wolverhampton Wanderers as the coach of the U23 squad.Edwards was also an interim manager of the first team in 2016, where he made 111 appearances as a player between 2004 and 2008. The 35-year-old left AFC Telford United in May after just one season, leading them to a 14th-place finish in National League North.“Rob Edwards has come through a recruitment process and we are delighted to welcome him back to the club, as our Under-23 lead coach,” Wolves academy boss Gareth Prosser told reporters via Sportsmole.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He will be assisted by Sean Parrish and the rest of the performance team and will be tasked with leading the Under-23s on a daily basis. Rob has the development of players at the heart of everything he does.“I am sure he will fit back into the club very quickly to continue the development of our young players. There is no doubt the standard of football at this club has risen in the last 12 months and we all have the responsibility to ensure our players hit these new standards.”Edwards had five Wolves players on loan at Telford last campaign, including Aaron Hayden and Aaron Simpson.last_img read more

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