Abia Warriors: Our Survival Destiny is in our Hands

first_img“Of course, the draw against FC IfeanyiUbah was a huge setback on our concerted efforts to beat the drop in the on-going top-flight.“We worked very hard to claim the whole three points but ended up sharing the spoils with the visitors.“After we fought hard to pick a point on the road only to come back home to forfeit two points that’s not really smiling moment for us.“However, I can beat my chest and tell whoever that cares to listen that Abia Warriors will certainly beat the drop at the end of the season.“We have our destiny right there in our hands to make or mar the survival quest in the top-flight.“We have three home matches to play on the calendar we cannot afford to toy with any of the matches if we must remain in the premier league.“We must device a measure that will see us win all the matches as well as pick some points on the road, too.“However, I’m confident we will avoid the drop once we are able to do the needful in the remaining matches,” said the former Giwa FC and Kogi United coach to supersport.com.Abia Warriors are 17th on the Nigerian top-flight log on 38 points 16 behind league leaders and oriental neighbours, Enugu Rangers.Meanwhile, Abia Warriors have condemned in strong terms, the minor skirmishes that followed thedraw with Ifeanyi Ubah while accusing fans of the Nnewi club of engineering the violence.In a statement issued yesterday in Umuahia after the club’s emergency management meeting, Abia Warriors recalled that the Umuahia Township Stadium has remained the most peaceful venue in the country as no violence had ever been recorded at the arena in the history of Nigerian football before, during or after any match no matter the result recorded.Media Officer of Abia Warriors, Igwe Onuoha, noted that FC Ifeanyi Ubah had come to Umuahia with thousands of their fans and were the ones that started a fight even at half time when their goalkeeper beat up a ball boy for an inexplicable reason and after the game in order to indict Abia Warriors Football Club.“We have lost some games and drawn others at the Umuahia Township Stadium this season and nothing happened after those matches despite the provocation by some of the officials, so what is the big deal about the draw with Ifeanyi Ubah? The statement signed by the media officer queried.Abia Warriors called on the league Management Company to monitor the activities of the officials that handle league matches at this critical period of the season in order to ensure fairness to all the clubs and so that the league will not be brought into disrepute through the activities of some overzealous referees.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Abia Warriors Head Coach, Abdul Usman Biffo, has described as huge setback the top-flight draw against oriental neighbours, FC IfeanyiUbah on Wednesday.The Umuahia Warriors were forced to a 1-1 draw by the Anambra Warriors in midweek’s NPFL rescheduled Match-day 34 clash at the Umuahia Township Stadium.Biffo said despite the dropped points in the oriental clash his side still have their destiny to survive the drop right on their palms.last_img read more

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Women of Troy dominate opening weekend

first_imgEasy, breezy Bricio · Senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio led the Women of Troy with 24 kills and 18 digs in the win over North Carolina. It was her first double-double of the season, and the team went on to win the tournament. – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanOpening weekend could not have gone better for the No. 22-ranked USC women’s volleyball team. Three teams came to the Galen Center Friday and Saturday to partake in the annual Women of Troy Baden Invitational, and it was USC (3-0) that came out on top. The Women of Troy hosted two Top-15 teams, No. 7 North Carolina and No. 11 BYU, while Chicago State rounded out the field. But by Saturday night, USC was the only team left undefeated.In the season opener on Friday against North Carolina, USC displayed a new offense that stumped the Tar Heels, allowing the Women of Troy to notch their first upset win of the season with a four-set victory (25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 25-11).Senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio led USC with 24 kills and 18 digs to notch her first double-double of the season and added an ace and five block assists. However, it wasn’t just Bricio who contributed to the win.On the right side, sophomore opposite Brittany Abercrombie tied her career-high of 13 kills on a .367 hitting clip, while adding five blocks. Three freshmen also came into the game and saw a lot of action, led by setter Baylee Johnson. The Dayton, Ohio native earned the first start of her career and finished with 30 assists and 11 digs to tally her first                          double-double. Defensive specialist Victoria Garrick also nabbed her first-ever start, providing solid defense in the back row to finish second on the team with 14 digs, while outside hitter Alyse Ford recorded 10 kills in her first college game.USC’s upperclassmen made an impact as well. Senior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms finished with 10 kills on a .600 hitting clip, while adding seven blocks (one solo); junior Elise Ruddins made her debut at middle blocker and added five kills and seven blocks (one solo); junior libero Taylor Whittingham had 13 digs and two aces; and junior setter Alice Pizzasegola added 27 assists.This was USC’s fifth straight     season-opening victory, as USC avenged its only loss to the Tar Heels, which came during the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.It was a quick turnaround on Saturday morning for the Women of Troy, who had a matchup against Chicago State at 10:00 a.m. It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools, but the Cougars would prove to be no match for the Women of Troy, as USC completed a         three-set sweep (25-17, 25-15, 25-19).Bricio led the way with nine kills and three service aces for a match-high 12.0 points, while Abercrombie hit .385 and added six kills. The freshman Ford was perfect on the day, adding six kills on nine swings for a stellar .667 hitting percentage.Sophomore transfer Niki Withers saw her first extensive minutes in the cardinal and gold, hitting .455 with seven kills and a block, and setters Pizzasegola and Johnson both tallied 17 assists. Rachel Reed, a freshman middle blocker who has been dealing with injuries throughout the preseason, also earned her first career start against the Cougars. Reed chipped in four kills on a .429 hitting percentage, two aces and a team-high three blocks. Freshman outside hitter Tatum Harvey also saw action for the first time in her career, adding a service.In what was perhaps the biggest game of the tournament, USC faced off against a familiar foe in the         No. 11-ranked BYU Cougars. The last time these two teams met, USC defeated BYU at the Galen Center in the 2013 NCAA regional semifinal.In a very back-and-forth game with great defense played on both sides, USC was able to come up with the timely kills that allowed the Women of Troy to sweep the Cougars (25-23, 25-22, 25-22).In this match, the offense was only coming from two of USC’s pin hitters. Bricio once again led the Women of Troy with a whopping 25 kills on a .400 hitting clip to go with her 11 digs, three blocks and a service ace. Brittany Abercrombie put up 11 kills on a .308 hitting percentage and added two blocks of her own.Defensively, middle blocker Alicia Ogoms tallied seven blocks (one solo), libero Taylor Whittingham recorded 22 digs and the freshman Garrick added 11 digs and two aces.Once the dust had settled, it was USC that took home the hardware at the 2015 Women of Troy Baden Invitational. Bricio was chosen as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and was joined on the             all-tournament team by Ogoms and Abercrombie.USC will now gear up for their first travel trip to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to participate in the Northern Iowa Tournament held next Friday and Saturday.last_img read more

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Vavic named Pac-12 Coach of the Century

first_imgHead water polo coach Jovan Vavic was named Pac-12 Coach of the Century on Tuesday. Four of Vavic’s players, Joel Dennerley (2008-2011), Kostas Genidounias (2011-2014), J.W. Krumpholz (2006-2009) and Nikola Vavic (2010-2013) were named to the Pac-12 All-Century team.The former Trojans have a combined 13 national championships and were all named National Player of the Year during their time at Troy. They all also helped Vavic win his record six consecutive national titles.Three of the four won the Peter J. Cutino award during their USC careers, the highest award in collegiate men’s water polo. Krumpholz won the award in both 2008 and 2009 and went on to win a silver medal with Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games. Dennerley won the award during his senior season in 2011 after starting as goalie during Vavic’s first four title runs. Genidounias, USC’s all-time leading scorer, won the award in 2014 after winning three titles under Vavic. Vavic has coached 10 Peter J. Cutino Award winners during his tenure.Vavic’s son, Nikola Vavic, won four NCAA titles with his father and was named the National Player of the Year twice during his tenure.Vavic has led the men’s and women’s teams to a combined 13 national championships, the most of any coach in USC history. He led the men’s team to a record six consecutive titles from 2008 to 2013. He has won a title with both the women’s team and the men’s team in the same year four times (1998-99, 2003-04, 2009-10 and 2012-13).In addition to being named Pac-12 Coach of the Century, Vavic has been named National Coach of the Year 12 times and MPSF Coach of the Year 10 times.Vavic, currently coaching his 21st season with the men’s team, has a 472-75 overall record, winning over 86 percent of his games.Vavic’s daughter, Monica, is a senior on the women’s team and will enter the 2016 season as USC’s No. 7 all-time scorer.The 16-man roster is comprised of four Trojans, four Cardinal, six Bruins and two Bears. Stanford’s Tony Azevedo was named the Pac-12 Player of the Century.last_img read more

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Class of 2018 4-star guard Jalen Carey commits to Syracuse

first_imgFour-star guard Jalen Carey committed to Syracuse on Wednesday night, he announced in a video on Twitter. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCarey visited Syracuse on Sept. 8 and had an in-house visit from SU head coach Jim Boeheim a week later, his father told Zagsblog.com.The Class of 2018 commit, ranked No. 34 by ESPN, chose the Orange over Connecticut. He cut Miami after the Hurricanes were included in the NCAA bribery allegations last week. Carey had also been offered by Kansas and Villanova before cutting the two teams in his final three.The 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard from Immaculate Conception (New Jersey) High School is listed as a point guard on 247sports.com but a shooting guard on ESPN. If no Syracuse players get injured, transfer or leave for the NBA Draft, Carey will join Tyus Battle, Frank Howard, Howard Washington and Elijah Hughes in the backcourt.Carey is SU’s third commit in 2018 and second in the top 40. He joins Buddy Boeheim, son of head coach Jim Boeheim, and No. 9 recruit Darius Bazley. A year after not receiving a top 100 recruit, the Orange has added its second in 2018. Comments Published on October 4, 2017 at 6:14 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturcocenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Rex Culpepper diagnosed with testicular cancer, will undergo chemotherapy

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 23, 2018 at 11:16 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 UPDATED: March 24, 2018 at 9:49 a.m.Syracuse quarterback and special-teams player Rex Culpepper has been diagnosed with testicular cancer and has undergone immediate surgery, per his Instagram.The caption on the Instagram post reads: “#100 hours of treatment coming soon (over the next 10 weeks.) I hope to be back in ‘Cuse next week.”In the post, Culppeper wrote he will undergo 10 weeks of chemotherapy due to the cancer spreading to lymph nodes in his abdomen. He added his condition is “highly treatable.”Culpepper missed Syracuse’s last two spring practices, according to syracuse.com.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCulpepper completed his redshirt freshman season for Syracuse in the fall. The Tampa, Florida native played in four games as a quarterback. He also spent time on the kickoff return team for the Orange. Commentslast_img read more

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Stefanie Slekis runs Olympic Marathon Trials 4 weeks after giving birth

first_img Published on March 8, 2020 at 9:55 pm Contact Skyler: skrivera@syr.edu | @skylerriveraa Relation to SU Current StudentEmployee of SUAlumniParent of Current/Former StudentLocal CNY ResidentOther Sign up for The Daily Orange Newsletter Email Address * But 48 hours before the trials, Slekis woke up and ran 2.5 miles — her only run since giving birth. Two days later, she was one of 700 men and women lined up at the start line in Atlanta.“Oh my god, I’m going to do this,” Slekis thought to herself.Before the race, Slekis spoke with two other qualifiers who ran the race pregnant and told them her story. When she ran the Louisiana marathon while pregnant, she received two types of cheers from spectators: one for participating and another when they realized she was expecting.At the trials, Slekis figured they’d wonder why she neared last place with no visual sign of pregnancy anymore.Instead, the cheers increased as she fell behind near the end. “It was deafening,” Slekis said. “You couldn’t even hear your watch at the mile markers.” She went on to finish 389th with a 3:14:00 time, the latest finish added to a running career that’s spanned more than a decade. The Olympics in 2024 remain an ultimate goal. So is winning a marathon.But in the moment, none of that mattered. She just wanted to enjoy the race with her family. Comments * * indicates required Stefanie Slekis wasn’t supposed to give birth for another month, but as she drove to pick her husband up from the New Orleans airport on Jan. 29, the contractions started.The Nicholls State University cross country coach and former Syracuse long-distance runner had cruised through her second pregnancy without complications and stayed active by running regularly. Just 10 days earlier, she completed a marathon in Louisiana and was slated to race in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials four weeks later.The pair turned around and drove to a nearby hospital for tests. When Slekis went into labor, one thought remained in the back of her mind.“If I have the baby now maybe my midwife will let me start the race,” Slekis recalled.Others asked the same question. You can make a seven-day turnaround, a coaching friend joked in December when Slekis’s due date was Feb. 18. Be careful, a running reporter warned when Slekis hinted she planned to complete the full Olympic trial marathon. Slekis ran just 2.5 miles after giving birth before beating the cut-off time at the Marathon Trials by exactly one minute. She was one of 13 former Syracuse runners who raced in the event and finished second-to-last among those who made the cut, but still completed the whole 26.2-mile course in Atlanta with her newborn child present.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I knew that it was really difficult at the end with minimal training, my goal was just the under that cut off time,” Slekis said. “And then obviously I had to be a little bit more ambitious.”Slekis initially qualified for the trials by running a 2:42:24 at Grandma’s marathon in Minnesota last June. Even though she started coaching college runners after graduating from Syracuse, Slekis maintained a personal running career on the side. She was the first recruit that signed when Chris Fox and Brien Bell became the head and assistant coaches at Syracuse in 2005. “Patient zero,” Bell called her.Slekis’ specialty was half and full marathons, and last fall she ran two half marathons while pregnant. In January, she ran the Louisiana marathon 35 weeks pregnant, finishing fifth in the women’s category.“I was surprised at how fast I was,” Slekis said.Slekis decided to run at the Olympic Trials after she confirmed that there weren’t any major risks in her running while pregnant. Courtesy of Stefanie SlekisWeeks after giving birth, Slekis’ friend brought up the idea of running at the Olympic trials. Slekis ran the option by her midwife. Since she hadn’t suffered any setbacks while running pregnant, Slekis was told there weren’t any major risks in running.Her original due date was 11 days before the trials, so Slekis ended up having more time to prepare. Friends urged that she could participate in the event, but she still laughed at what seemed impossible.“I kinda just accepted the reality that I had qualified for the trial but wouldn’t get to run with my due date being February 18th and the trials being February 29th,” Slekis said. “There was just no way.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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TXODDS lands sponsorship deal with PDC player Daryl Gurney

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Low6 targets millennials with PDC Picks June 4, 2020 Share Stats Perform locks up ‘Big May’ by adding esports and darts content  April 30, 2020 ATP Tennis makes virtual sports debut with IMG ARENA March 30, 2020 Just over a month after confirming its first ever sponsorship deal with British boxer Tommy Langford, TXODDS has announced a new deal with darts player Daryl Gurney.Gurney, who is in the top 20 on the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Order of Merit for 2017, will be showcasing the TXODDS logo on his chest for the biggest televised tournaments.The Northern Irishman enjoyed a breakthrough weekend in Barnsley last month after beating Kim Huybrechts 6-3 to claim his first ranking title at the Players Championship Seven and a prize of £10,000. This followed on quickly from his run to the semi-finals of the Coral UK Open in March.Gurney said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have landed this sponsorship deal with TXODDS, which makes the world of difference to me with my aim of breaking into the top 16 of the world in 2017.”TXODDS commented: “As a British company, TXODDS enjoys all British sports and wishes to promote its support and interest in them. This sponsorship will complement the free tournament previews from our darts expert, who will also be reviewing all of Daryl’s games on the TXODDS website.”In December 2016, Gurney reached the quarter finals of the World Championships for the first time after beating Mark Webster. He departed in the last eight to eventual winner Michael van Gerwen.last_img read more

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Expansion hungry Superbet launches first Polish betting properties

first_img Submit Share Romanian betting group Superbet enters the regulated Polish gambling market, detailing that it will lunch approximately 50 betting points/agencies across the nation by the end of 2018.Superbet, Romania’s largest bookmaker secured its approved Polish retail betting license in October 2017 and will become the only foreign-owned betting enterprise to compete within the Polish market.Updating the media, Vlad Ardeleanu General Manager of Superbet Romania detailed that the bookmaker would initially expand its services within the cities of Warsaw, Katowice, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan and Gdansk.A key corporate initiative for 2018 and beyond, Superbet’s Polish operations will be launched by former Fortuna Entertainment executive Aleš Dobeš, recently appointed Superbet Poland CEO.Outlining its intent on becoming a major player within Poland, Superbet has further disclosed that it will support the launch of its betting points launching a nationwide advertising campaign featuring former Poland and Liverpool FC goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek.Industry analysts will be keeping a close eye on Superbet’s Polish progress, as the market’s 2016 tax reform proved too restrictive for former retail incumbents Olympic Entertainment and Fortuna who withdrew from the market in 2017.Polish market entry forms part of Superbet founder Sacha Dragic enterprise strategy to expand the bookmaker beyond its home market of Romania.In its update, Vlad Ardeleanu confirmed that Superbet plans for further retail launches in Serbia and Slovakia, inbound for 2019. Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more

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FIFA gives Nigeria Monday deadline

first_imgFor the umpteenth time this year the world football governing body, FIFA, has given Nigeria a deadline to avoid suspension from international football.Confederation of African Football President, Issa Hayatou, has warned that Nigeria is in danger of being banned by FIFA by Monday (today) after a court sacked the recently elected Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee. Indeed, it was explained that the Super Falcons were allowed to play the AWC final match against Cameroon on Saturday after a plea was made to FIFA executives led by Sepp Blatter.Last Thursday, the Federal High Court sitting in Jos gave a ruling setting aside the NFF elections of September 30 in Warri which had ushered in the new Exco. The court ruling has angered FIFA officials who had warned that the country would be banned if there were any further interference from any civil court on purely football matters.Hayatou told the Minister of Sports Dr. Tammy Danagogo in Windhoek, Namibia that they were fed up with events in Nigeria.He said, “I (Hayatou) had to plead passionately with FIFA President, Mr. Sepp Blatter not to take action on Nigeria on Friday, because Nigeria was in the final of the African Women Championship and a ban on your country would have been bad for the competition and our sponsors. We all heard the news of the court ruling on Thursday, and the football world is angry with Nigeria. That is the truth.“The FIFA letter that came to your Federation before the elections of September 30 was very clear about an automatic suspension should there be any interference with the political process, and after the elections went ahead, we all thought you had settled your issues.” The PUNCH learnt that at a meeting that had in attendance Danagogo; Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Namibia, Ambassador Biodun Olorunfemi; Nigeria’s Deputy President of the CAF Appeal Board, Amanze Uchegbulam; CAF General Coordinator, Paul Bassey and CAF media committee member Aisha Falode Hayatou made it clear that Nigeria would be suspended if there was no improvement by the start of the week.“I appealed to FIFA to give until Monday for Nigeria to put its act together. After that, there is absolutely nothing I can do. It is all very disappointing because we have over 50 national associations in Africa, but a big country like Nigeria is the one always giving us the biggest headache.“If Nigeria no longer wants to be part of the football world, then so be it.”NFF president Amaju Melvin Pinnick was stopped by security operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on his way to Namibia on Friday night with the sports minister.FIFA has warned that If Nigeria gets suspended, they will not revisit the matter until their 65th Congress on May 29, 2015.last_img read more

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Asamoah Gyan: The Chinese League is growing at a faster rate

first_imgGhana captain Asamoah Gyan says he feels vindicated following the massive signings made by Chinese clubs during the transfer window.Big names such Ramires, Jackson Martinez, Alex Texeira and Gervinho have all moved to the Chinese league. To some Ghanaian football fans, it was a refueling of an old upset. They could not live with the reality of their national team captain leaving the English Premier League for the Arabian Gulf League and now China.“I said it before that I might bring exposure to that league, I went to the UAE, it was the same, lots of talks and criticisms when I moved there,” he told Joy Sports“But as I always say the top leagues started from somewhere and that is the same way the Chinese league is always picking up.“Lots of players are coming in and I think next year it will be more and that we should expect more surprises next year but I believe the league in China is really getting better.” Gyan missed Ghana’s double header against Mozambique due to injury. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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