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Change in plan on Chelsea transfer, as price-quality ratio doesn’t fit…Change in plan on Chelsea transfer, as price-quality ratio doesn’t fit…

first_imgChelsea manager Antonio Conte allowed Michy Batshuayi to join Borussia Dortmund on loan in January and signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal on a permanent deal in the same transfer window. The Belgium international scored seven goals and managed an assist in 10 Bundesliga appearances. His stay at the Signal Iduna Park was cut short after he suffered an ankle injury in April.Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws claims Batshuayi is no longer a first choice target for Dortmund this summer. They appointed Lucien Favre as their new manager and he he’s looking at other options.Concerns have also been raised over the 24-year-old’s price tag and how that relates to his quality, and it looks like BVB are moving on.Dortmund would prefer to sign Batshuayi’s Chelsea teammate Alvaro Morata. The report claims the Spain international would like to leave Stamford Bridge this summer and the Bundesliga outfit have already made “contact” the ex-Real Madrid striker.This completely echoes claims from Germany’s SportBild, but HLN present it as their own information.Embed from Getty ImagesMeanwhile, Batshuayi’s future at the west London club will only be decided after Chelsea find a successor for Conte. The former Juventus coach will be shown the exit door and Maurizio Sarri is expected to replace his compatriot at the club.The leaders at Chelsea still believe that Batshuayi has a future at the English club. The player’s contract with his current employers lasts until 2021.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameChallenge Your Brain With This Must-Play Strategy Game. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond BoutiqueUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndolast_img read more

City to join Aké from Bournemouth and Torress from Valencia –…City to join Aké from Bournemouth and Torress from Valencia –…

first_imgBournemouth, who have dropped out of the English Premier League, have accepted City’s offer and will say goodbye to team center defender Neitan Ace. It is said that Bournemouth will receive less than 45 million euros for a Dutchman.25-year-old Ace last season cementēja Bournemouth club defense, but it did not save the team from relegation to the Championship. Ake scored two goals in 29 Premier League games and scored twice.Ake is a student at Feyenoord and Chelsea Academies in London. In the main team of Chelsea, the Dutch national has played only seven games, as he was mostly rented to other English football teams. In 2017, Chelsea sold Bournemouth to just under € 23 million.Manchester City have had a £41m bid accepted by Bournemouth for defender Nathan Ake – which side is getting the better deal? 🤔💰Full story…⬇— Sky Sports (@SkySports) July 30, 2020City has also reached an agreement with Valencia on the acquisition of Ferrana Torres. The transfer amount for a 20-year-old player could reach less than 23 million euros, but in addition to the contract there could be various bonuses that Valencia could receive over time.Torress is a student of the Valencia team. This season in the Spanish Premier League, the winger had 34 games, during which he was able to score four goals and return five assists. The new player currently represents the Spanish U21 national team and has not yet made his debut in the adult national team, but he is mentioned among those players who could to pave Spanish football team way towards achievements.Perhaps the most important person who influenced Ferran Torres’ decision to join #ManCity was David Silva – Torres has agreed to join because his idol is synonymous with the club – he wants to follow in his idol’s footsteps and achieve what he has done there.via @hirstclass pic.twitter.com/QYx0flh219— Man City Report 💯 (@cityreport_) July 30, 2020Resources used:https://www.skysports.com/football/…https://www.skysports.com/football/…last_img read more

‘Dhoni, I am with you on this journey’ – Suresh announces…‘Dhoni, I am with you on this journey’ – Suresh announces…

first_imgChennai: Suresh Raina has announced his retirement from international cricket following the retirement of former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Raina, 33, has announced his retirement in solidarity with Dhoni’s decision.Raina, who made his ODI debut for India in 2005 against Sri Lanka, last played for India in 2018. Along with Dhoni, Raina has laid the curtain down on his career spanning a decade and a half. Raina’s announcement was made via Instagram.‘Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it was a mesmerizing experience to be able to play with you. I join you on this journey with a proud heart. Thanks to India. Jai Hind ‘- Raina wrote on Instagram.Raina has played 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20I matches for India. Raina made his Test debut five years after making his international debut. The first Test was played in Colombo in July 2010. The last Test was against Australia in Sydney in January 2015. He scored 768 runs in 18 Tests at an average of 26.48. This includes one century and seven half-centuries. The highest score was 120 runs. He also took 13 wickets.Raina made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Dhambulla in July 2005 and was a member of the Indian team that won the 2011 World Cup. The last ODI was against England in Leeds in July 2018. He scored 5615 runs in 226 ODIs at an average of 35.31. This includes five centuries and 36 half-centuries. The highest score was 116 not out. He took 36 wickets in all these matches.He made his T20 debut in December 2006 against South Africa in Johannesburg. The last match was played in Bristol in July 2018 against England. He scored 1605 runs in 78 T20 matches at an average of 29.18. This includes one century and five half-centuries. Raina took all 13 wickets.Raina is in Chennai for a six-day camp organized by the Chennai Super Kings ahead of the IPL. On Friday, Raina arrived for the camp along with Dhoni and others. In Chennai, Raina has also posted a picture with her teammates Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and Karan Sharma.last_img read more

WMC boys hoops roundup: North Muskegon defeats Oakridge, improves to 11-1 on seasonWMC boys hoops roundup: North Muskegon defeats Oakridge, improves to 11-1 on season

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Irish Breeders Classic 2017Irish Breeders Classic 2017

first_img 4 September 2017, 13:02 Home  »  Breeding News  »  Irish Breeders Classic 2017 Irish Horse Gateway, established by Horse Sport Ireland to connect the world to the Irish horse, was delighted to be associated with this year’s Irish Breeders Classic as a title sponsor.The event took place at Barnadown Equestrian, County Wexford, and proved hugely successful. The final of the New Heights Champions Series  took place on Saturday where Capt. Geoff Curran, riding the Minister For Defence’s Irish Sport Horse Dollanstown, claimed victory on the day. Olympic rider Greg Broderick claimed the title of National Champion as the overall league winner.The final leg of the Irish Breeders Classic took place yesterday (Sunday) after the Supreme Foal Sale. The highest priced foal of the day was Lot number 1, property of Kilmashogue Stud. Pembrook Corbetts Lane (ISH) a chestnut colt by Kannan (KWPN) out of Pembrook Lady (ISH) by Guidam (SF) was bought for €17,000 by Greg Broderick. In total 15 foals were auctioned in the Wexford venue with a clearance rate of 100%.The prestigious Irish Breeders Classic final was contested by 25 horse and rider combinations. Nine of these Five and Six Year Old horses went forward to the jump off where Ger O’Neill, riding Columbcille Gypsy (ISH), claimed the win with a clear round and a time of 33.73. Kilkenny’s Eamon Murphy is the breeder and owner of the Lanaken bound Six Year Old and was there on the day to see his horse compete in Ireland’s richest young horse class.Results of the Irish Breeders Classic Final:1st Columbcille Gipsy (ISH) – 2011 mare by Toulon (BWP) out of Gipsy III (HOLST), by Grundyman (TB). Breeder/Owner: Eamonn Murphy, Co. Kilkenny. Rider: Gerard O’Neill2nd MHS Jersey Girl (ISH) – 2011 mare by Cardento (HOLST) out of Mhs Prime Time (ISH), by Quidam Junior I (KWPN). Breeder/Owner: Sinead Byrne, Co. Kilkenny. Rider: Jack Brennan3rd MHS Fernhill (ISH) – 2011 mare by Cardento (HOLST) out of Mhs Pembrook Lady (ISH), by Guidam (SF). Breeder: Ita Brennan, Co. Kilkenny. Owner: Carol Gee. Rider: Sophie Richards4th Sea Topblue (ISH) – 2011 gelding by Chacco Blue (MECKL) out of Sea Top Lady (ISH), by Lux Z (HANN). Breeder: James & John Meade, Co. Clare. Owner: Deirdre Bourns. Rider: Jenny Rankin5th HHS Fortune (ISH) – 2011 mare by Catoki (HOLST) out of HHS Daisy (ISH), by Ard VDL Douglas (KWPN). Breeder/Owner: Marion Hughes, Co. Kilkenny. Rider: Michael Pender6th Hollypark Boom Boom (ISH) – 2011 gelding by Heritage Fortunus (HANN) out of HHS Diamond Exchange (ISH), by Ramiro B (BWP): Breeder: Clare Hughes, Co. Kilkenny. Owner/Rider: Tim McDonagh7th HHS Catwalk (ISH) – 2012 mare by Cit Cat (HOSLT) out of HHS Clo Jo (ISH), by Clover Echo (ISH). Breeder: Thomas A Hughes, Co. Kilkenny. Owner: Marion Hughes. Rider: Michael Pender8th Be The One (ISH) – 2012 mare by Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet (BWP) out of Diro (ISH), by Ramiro B (BWP). Breeder/Owner: Maurice Cousins, Co. Wexford. Rider: Sophie Richards9th Could Be Anything (ISH) – 2012 mare by Olympic Lux (KWPN) out of Glenaguile Rose (ISH), by Harlequin du Carel (SF). Breeder: Michael J Ryan, Co. Tipperary. Owner: Helen Sheridan. Rider: Liam O’Meara10th MHS Baby Blue (ISH) – 2012 mare by Cit Cat (HOLST) out of MHS Broadway (ISH), by by Mister Blue (KWPN). Breeder/Owner: Michael Brennan, Co. Kildare. Rider: David MoranABOUT IRISH HORSE GATEWAYThe Irish Horse Gateway was initiated by Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) in 2013 to connect the world to the Irish Horse. It is HSI’s first point of contact for overseas clients seeking information on sourcing Irish horses and ponies for Equestrian sport and leisure. www.irishhorsegateway.ieENDS Irish Breeders Classic 2017 Tags:last_img read more

Examining Ravens’ 2020 class of free agentsExamining Ravens’ 2020 class of free agents

first_imgThe start of free agency is just under two months away with the Ravens entering the offseason sooner than anticipated after a franchise-record 14-2 regular season that ended with shocking disappointment in the divisional round of the playoffs.The Ravens currently have an estimated 2020 salary cap commitment of just over $166 million to 41 players (not including pending free agents or players recently signed to reserve-future contracts), according to OverTheCap.com. The 2020 salary cap has not been officially set, but it’s projected to rise from $188.2 million in 2019 to an estimated $200 million.General manager Eric DeCosta seems likely to create additional cap space by extending, renegotiating, or terminating the contracts of a few veteran players. That list could include the likes of safety Tony Jefferson, offensive lineman James Hurst, and defensive back Brandon Carr, who all have 2020 cap numbers that may exceed how the Ravens value their services at this point. Pro Bowl left tackle Ronnie Stanley is a logical candidate for a long-term contract extension as he’s set to carry a $12.866 million cap figure in his fifth-year option season.Below is a look at Baltimore’s 2020 class of free agents:UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTSThe Ravens will have the opportunity to extend any of the following unrestricted free agents before they may officially sign with any team beginning March 18 at 4 p.m.LB Josh Bynes – The 30-year-old was one of Baltimore’s best in-season signings in recent memory and graded sixth among linebackers by Pro Football Focus, but long-term solutions will be explored.DT Justin Ellis – The 350-pound run-stopping lineman was a healthy scratch in three of the last four regular-season games, but the status of other defensive linemen may help his chances for a return. OL Hroniss Grasu – His second stint with Baltimore led to him being a game-day reserve late in the season, but you’d expect the Ravens to aim to improve their interior offensive line depth.OLB Matthew Judon – The Pro Bowl selection will be paid lucratively by someone, but does the lack of depth at this position force Baltimore to step outside its financial comfort zone to keep him? DB Anthony Levine – Though still a special-teams standout, the 32-year-old played in just 17 percent of defensive snaps as his particular role in the dime package diminished in 2019. OLB Pernell McPhee – A torn triceps ended what had been a productive start to his ninth NFL campaign, so McPhee returning in a situational role at a cheap price seems plausible.WR Chris Moore – The 2016 fourth-round pick hasn’t developed into the deep-threat wide receiver some hoped he would be, but he’s been one of Baltimore’s best special-teams players since his arrival.ILB Patrick Onwuasor – Considered an ascending player poised for a 2019 breakout, Onwuasor struggled at the “Mike” and saw his role diminish as the year progressed, leaving his future in doubt. DT Domata Peko – The 35-year-old left open the possibility of playing a 15th NFL season, but Baltimore would probably prefer more youth and long-term upside for this position group. DT Michael Pierce – Pierce worked his way back into shape after well-documented weight problems in the spring and is in line for a substantial payday despite not having a standout contract year. DB Jordan Richards – Until being deemed a healthy scratch in the playoff loss to the Titans, Richards was a regular on special teams and only turns 27 later this month.WR Seth Roberts – He ranked third among Baltimore wide receivers in snaps and blocks well, but his costly drop in the first half of the playoff loss reinforces the need for more play-making ability here.OT Andre Smith – Signed as a depth piece last week, the former Cincinnati Bengal and 2009 first-round pick has 98 career starts under his belt and probably isn’t in the organization’s long-term plans.CB Jimmy Smith – In an ideal world, Smith would re-sign as part of an outside trio including Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey, but his likely asking price and injury history are deterrents.WR/RS De’Anthony Thomas – He showed little as a returner and was flagged for blocking after calling a fair catch in the playoff loss, a costly penalty he committed more than once this season.S Brynden Trawick – An elbow injury limited him to just six games, but the 30-year-old is a good special-teams player, which always leaves the door open for a return to Baltimore.DE/OLB Jihad Ward – Coaches and teammates spoke highly of the 25-year-old edge defender this season, making his return to be part of the rotation quite possible at a reasonable price.RESTRICTED FREE AGENTSThe following players have accrued three years of service and have expiring contracts. The Ravens can tender each with a restricted free agent offer, but other teams may then sign that player to an offer sheet. If that occurs, Baltimore has the right to match the offer and keep the aforementioned player. If the Ravens elect not to match, they would receive compensation based on which restricted tender they offered that player.There are three different tenders — the values won’t be set until the 2020 salary cap is finalized — that can be made: a first-round tender ($4.407 million in 2019) would award the competing team’s first-round selection, a second-round tender ($3.095 million in 2019) would fetch the competing team’s second-round pick, and a low tender ($2.205 million in 2019) would bring the competing team’s draft choice equal to the round in which the player was originally drafted. For example, a restricted free agent selected in the fifth round would be worth a fifth-round pick if given the low tender. If a player went undrafted originally and is given the low tender, the Ravens would only hold the right to match the competing offer sheet and would not receive any draft compensation if they chose not to.With less-heralded restricted free agents, the Ravens often elect to forgo a tender and will attempt to re-sign them at cheaper rates.The original round in which each player was drafted is noted in parentheses:OL Parker Ehinger (fourth) – The 27-year-old was active in four of the last five regular-season games, but signing him to anything more than a league-minimum deal would be surprising.C Matt Skura (undrafted) – The second-round tender seemed likely for the starter before a serious knee injury in late November, but the Ravens gambling with the low tender isn’t impossible now.EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTSThese players have less than three years of accrued service and can be tendered a contract for the league minimum based on their length of service in the league. If tendered, these players are not free to negotiate with other teams. The Ravens usually tender all exclusive-rights free agents with the idea that there’s nothing promised beyond the opportunity to compete for a spot. Exclusive-rights tenders are not guaranteed, meaning a player can be cut at any point without consequence to the salary cap.OL Randin Crecelius – After spending 2018 on the practice squad, the former rookie free agent sustained a concussion early in training camp and was placed on IR at the end of the preseason.RB Gus Edwards – The second-year backup to Mark Ingram averaged 5.3 yards per carry and would start for plenty of teams around the league, making him a great value to the organization.DB Fish Smithson – The 25-year-old Baltimore native was signed late in the preseason and ended up on IR just a few days later.,The start of free agency is just under two months away with the Ravens entering the offseason sooner than anticipated after a franchise-record 14-2 regular season that ended with shocking disappointment in the divisional round of the playoffs.The Ravens currently have an estimated 2020 salary cap commitment of just over $166 million to 41 players (not including pending free agents or players recently signed to reserve-future contracts), according to OverTheCap.com. The 2020 salary cap has not been officially set, but it’s projected to rise from $188.2 million in 2019 to an estimated $200 million.General manager Eric DeCosta seems likely to create additional cap space by extending, renegotiating, or terminating the contracts of a few veteran players. That list could include the likes of safety Tony Jefferson, offensive lineman James Hurst, and defensive back Brandon Carr, who all have 2020 cap numbers that may exceed how the Ravens value their services at this point. Pro Bowl left tackle Ronnie Stanley is a logical candidate for a long-term contract extension as he’s set to carry a $12.866 million cap figure in his fifth-year option season.Below is a look at Baltimore’s 2020 class of free agents:UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTSThe Ravens will have the opportunity to extend any of the following unrestricted free agents before they may officially sign with any team beginning March 18 at 4 p.m.LB Josh Bynes – The 30-year-old was one of Baltimore’s best in-season signings in recent memory and graded sixth among linebackers by Pro Football Focus, but long-term solutions will be explored.DT Justin Ellis – The 350-pound run-stopping lineman was a healthy scratch in three of the last four regular-season games, but the status of other defensive linemen may help his chances for a return. OL Hroniss Grasu – His second stint with Baltimore led to him being a game-day reserve late in the season, but you’d expect the Ravens to aim to improve their interior offensive line depth.OLB Matthew Judon – The Pro Bowl selection will be paid lucratively by someone, but does the lack of depth at this position force Baltimore to step outside its financial comfort zone to keep him? DB Anthony Levine – Though still a special-teams standout, the 32-year-old played in just 17 percent of defensive snaps as his particular role in the dime package diminished in 2019. OLB Pernell McPhee – A torn triceps ended what had been a productive start to his ninth NFL campaign, so McPhee returning in a situational role at a cheap price seems plausible.WR Chris Moore – The 2016 fourth-round pick hasn’t developed into the deep-threat wide receiver some hoped he would be, but he’s been one of Baltimore’s best special-teams players since his arrival.ILB Patrick Onwuasor – Considered an ascending player poised for a 2019 breakout, Onwuasor struggled at the “Mike” and saw his role diminish as the year progressed, leaving his future in doubt. DT Domata Peko – The 35-year-old left open the possibility of playing a 15th NFL season, but Baltimore would probably prefer more youth and long-term upside for this position group. DT Michael Pierce – Pierce worked his way back into shape after well-documented weight problems in the spring and is in line for a substantial payday despite not having a standout contract year. DB Jordan Richards – Until being deemed a healthy scratch in the playoff loss to the Titans, Richards was a regular on special teams and only turns 27 later this month.WR Seth Roberts – He ranked third among Baltimore wide receivers in snaps and blocks well, but his costly drop in the first half of the playoff loss reinforces the need for more play-making ability here.OT Andre Smith – Signed as a depth piece last week, the former Cincinnati Bengal and 2009 first-round pick has 98 career starts under his belt and probably isn’t in the organization’s long-term plans.CB Jimmy Smith – In an ideal world, Smith would re-sign as part of an outside trio including Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey, but his likely asking price and injury history are deterrents.WR/RS De’Anthony Thomas – He showed little as a returner and was flagged for blocking after calling a fair catch in the playoff loss, a costly penalty he committed more than once this season.S Brynden Trawick – An elbow injury limited him to just six games, but the 30-year-old is a good special-teams player, which always leaves the door open for a return to Baltimore.DE/OLB Jihad Ward – Coaches and teammates spoke highly of the 25-year-old edge defender this season, making his return to be part of the rotation quite possible at a reasonable price.RESTRICTED FREE AGENTSThe following players have accrued three years of service and have expiring contracts. The Ravens can tender each with a restricted free agent offer, but other teams may then sign that player to an offer sheet. If that occurs, Baltimore has the right to match the offer and keep the aforementioned player. If the Ravens elect not to match, they would receive compensation based on which restricted tender they offered that player.There are three different tenders — the values won’t be set until the 2020 salary cap is finalized — that can be made: a first-round tender ($4.407 million in 2019) would award the competing team’s first-round selection, a second-round tender ($3.095 million in 2019) would fetch the competing team’s second-round pick, and a low tender ($2.205 million in 2019) would bring the competing team’s draft choice equal to the round in which the player was originally drafted. For example, a restricted free agent selected in the fifth round would be worth a fifth-round pick if given the low tender. If a player went undrafted originally and is given the low tender, the Ravens would only hold the right to match the competing offer sheet and would not receive any draft compensation if they chose not to.With less-heralded restricted free agents, the Ravens often elect to forgo a tender and will attempt to re-sign them at cheaper rates.The original round in which each player was drafted is noted in parentheses:OL Parker Ehinger (fourth) – The 27-year-old was active in four of the last five regular-season games, but signing him to anything more than a league-minimum deal would be surprising.C Matt Skura (undrafted) – The second-round tender seemed likely for the starter before a serious knee injury in late November, but the Ravens gambling with the low tender isn’t impossible now.EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTSThese players have less than three years of accrued service and can be tendered a contract for the league minimum based on their length of service in the league. If tendered, these players are not free to negotiate with other teams. The Ravens usually tender all exclusive-rights free agents with the idea that there’s nothing promised beyond the opportunity to compete for a spot. Exclusive-rights tenders are not guaranteed, meaning a player can be cut at any point without consequence to the salary cap.OL Randin Crecelius – After spending 2018 on the practice squad, the former rookie free agent sustained a concussion early in training camp and was placed on IR at the end of the preseason.RB Gus Edwards – The second-year backup to Mark Ingram averaged 5.3 yards per carry and would start for plenty of teams around the league, making him a great value to the organization.DB Fish Smithson – The 25-year-old Baltimore native was signed late in the preseason and ended up on IR just a few days later.last_img read more

CAF U23 AFCON: Current Olympic Eagles “Better Team” Than 2015 Champions – Okechukwu (AUDIO)CAF U23 AFCON: Current Olympic Eagles “Better Team” Than 2015 Champions – Okechukwu (AUDIO)

first_imgOlympic Eagles captain Azubuike Okechukwu believes that Nigeria’s current U23 national team is more talented than the team he captained to the trophy at the 2015 U23 AFCON in Senegal.Then 18-years old, Okechukwu was handed the armband by former coach Samson Siasia and was pivotal in Nigeria’s unbeaten run to the title.He has again reprised his role as captain of the U23 Olympic Eagles and comparing both sides, the Istanbul Basaksehir midfielder said the present crop who lost 1-0 away to Sudan in the qualifiers and are in danger of missing out of the 2019 U23 AFCON in Egypt are a more talented side than the 2015 set.“In the old team we didn’t have this type of talent but we had this enthusiasm, we wanted to fight to win every game but this bunch also, we have a lot of talent and with time we will see what this team can do but I think this is a better team,” the 22-year old told newsmen at the team’s Asaba base on Monday.They, however, will have to prove their worth when they take on Sudan later today in the return leg of the 2019 U23 AFCON qualifiers at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.And although the Olympic Eagles overturned a 2-0 away deficit to Libya at the same venue in the previous round, Okechukwu believes Sudan’s defence will be much harder to breach especially if they score the first goal.He, however, maintains that the defending champions are well prepared to beat Sudan and secure passage to the U23 AFCON in Egypt.“I think the team is prepared, we are working on scoring goals which I think by God’s grace that we are going to score, so we are prepared.“1-0 is very difficult, they will come and try to defend and if they get a goal, then it will be difficult for us.“But for me, 1-0 is even more difficult than even the 2-0, but we are going to try to keep our balance and score our goals and make sure we qualify.”RelatedU23 AFCON: Imama Amapakabo Gets Okechukwu, Awoniyi boost for ZambiaNovember 11, 2019In “Africa”U23 AFCON: Ahmed Musa Charges Olympic Eagles To go For Win In SudanSeptember 2, 2019In “National Team”CAF U23 AFCON: Scoring First Key To Defeating Sudan – Taiwo Awoniyi (AUDIO)September 10, 2019In “National Team”last_img read more

Impressive Ings Leads Southampton Past Hapless NorwichImpressive Ings Leads Southampton Past Hapless Norwich

first_imgNorwich City face the prospect of a swift return to the Championship after they marked Project Restart with a 3-0 defeat to Southampton at Carrow Road.Saints forward Danny Ings opened the scoring in the 50th-minute after a goalless first-half and teed up Stuart Armstrong to add a second four minutes later.Former Norwich man Nathan Redmond then rounded up the rout in the 79th-minute to compound Daniel Farke’s woes and leave The Canaries firmly rooted to the foot of the Premier League.The defeat leaves Norwich with 21 points, six points from safety having played a game more than their nearest rivals.Indeed, no team with 21 points or fewer after 30 games have stayed up in Premier League history.Southampton’s win was the first in a decade at Carrow Road and puts daylight between Ralph Hasenhuettl’s charges and the relegation places as they bounded up to 13th on the log with 37 points – ten clear of the drop.Just like on Wednesday, the players mirrored the actions of Manchester City, Arsenal, Sheffield United and Aston Villa in observing a minute’s silence for victims of the coronavirus pandemic and took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.A tepid first half devoid of chances exploded in the second half with Ings particularly impressive.The forward hit the woodwork when he should have done better but atoned for the miss with a classy finish to put the Saints ahead.He then turned provider for Armstrong to double the lead before Redmond put the final nail in Norwich’s coffin with a third.The second-half goal glut was the first time Southampton have scored three second-half goals in a Premier League game since February 2014 against FulhamNorwich have been poor at the back all season and going by the evidence on Wednesday, the coronavirus-induced break has not made things better.Norwich manager Daniel Farke has now lost 19 of his first 30 Premier League games (W5 D6) with only Graham Taylor (21) and Mick McCarthy (26) losing more of their first 30 games in the competition.Relatedlast_img read more

NRG Esports expands deal with Turtle BeachNRG Esports expands deal with Turtle Beach

first_imgGaming audio and accessory brand Turtle Beach has announced an expansion of its deal with North American organisation NRG Esports.The deal, which was initially announced in January, originally only covered the Chicago Huntsmen, NRG’s Call of Duty League franchise. Image credit: Turtle BeachRELATED: Chicago Huntsmen finds peripherals partner in Turtle BeachThe expanded agreement will see more of NRG’s teams and players welcome Turtle Beach as their official gaming audio partner, while ROCCAT, Turtle Beach’s PC brand, is now NRG’s official gaming accessories partner for keyboards, mice, and other PC peripherals.Outside of Call of Duty, NRG fields teams across a variety of titles, including Apex Legends, Fortnite, and Rocket League. The team has previously received investments from the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Tiesto, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, and Marshawn Lynch, many of whom participated in a multi-million dollar funding round in 2017.Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez, Co-CEO of NRG Esports, spoke on the expansion in a release: “I’m thrilled to bring NRG, Turtle Beach, and their new PC brand ROCCAT together this year. I have such an incredible history working with Turtle Beach and wanted to bring that legacy with me as I started my new journey with NRG.”As well as providing NRG Esports’ teams with gaming gear from both the Turtle Beach and ROCCAT brands, the companies will work closely together in order to “create a wealth of unique, engaging, and fun content for fans.” Additionally, NRG’s players’ insight and competitive knowledge will be used to help mould future Turtle Beach products.RELATED: Turtle Beach partners with Mossad “MSdossary” AldossaryJuergen Stark, CEO of Turtle Beach, also commented on the deal: “We’re excited to continue providing our best-in-class gaming headsets to Hector and NRG and look forward to working together to show PC gamers why ROCCAT is the PC brand they should be paying attention to.“Hector’s been part of the Turtle Beach family for years, and now with both Turtle Beach headsets and all our ROCCAT PC gaming accessories, we can continue working with him to provide more of NRG’s players with the best gear, and will be able to create more great content for gamers on all platforms.”Turtle Beach announced the acquisition of ROCCAT in March 2019, in a move which Stark said was “a dynamic and strategically important deal for Turtle Beach,” in a statement at the time.Esports Insider says: Turtle Beach’s expansion of its deal with NRG Esports will see it vastly increase the potential audience that it can reach through its marketing. It’s also a clear signal that its existing partnership with the Chicago Huntsmen has shown promise moving forward.ESI New York 2020 – Find out morelast_img read more