Osimhen must go the extra mile to break Yekini’s record – Babangida

first_img Loading… Yekini is the Super Eagles’ leading goalscorer with 37 strikes from 58 international appearances, with Segun Odegbami (23 goals) and Yakubu Aiyegbeni (21 goals) occupying the second and third positions, respectively. Yekini reached that tally 1994 against Bulgaria during a Fifa World Cup game at Dallas’ Cotton Bowl Stadium. However, Babangida feels the red-hot Lille youngster, who currently boasts of four international goals, can break the 26-year-old record if he continues to improve. “Rashidi has done so much for the country and that is why his goal record stands to date, but this is a challenge for younger players like Osimhen,” he told Goal. “Everything is possible because this is sports where records are always broken, so why can’t Osimhen break Rashidi’s record? It is possible. “However, he must do more to ensure this is achieved. Normally, Yekini’s record is something that should motivate Nigerian strikers to put in more effort and aim at.” Osimhen has been an instant hit at Stade Pierre-Mauroy following his move from Sporting Charleroi as Nicolas Pepe’s replacement. Still in his maiden season in France, the 21-year-old has found the net 18 times from 36 outings across all competitions, while accounting for six assists. While Babangida is impressed with his form, he has tasked the youngster to not rest on his laurels, while advising him to reach for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s heights. “I watched him in the Champions League when he played against my club, Ajax even though they lost, and I must say that he is not doing badly,” Babangida continued. “I also follow him in the French league and it’s not surprising that the big clubs are coming for him. “He should never be satisfied with what he has. He should always try to play at Messi and Ronaldo’s levels which is difficult but realistic. read also:Europe’s biggest clubs scramble for Osimhen “If a good offer comes, he has to go but for now he should focus on Lille and respect his contract.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Ajax star, Tijani Babangida, has urged Victor Osimhen, to go the extra mile in a bid  to challenge Rashidi Yekini’s Nigeria record. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreFascinating Ceilings From Different Countries8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureTop 8 Best Looking US First Ladies EverTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time20 Celebs With Bizarre Hidden Talents And Skills20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locationslast_img

Herman Stutler Jr., 82, Versailles

first_imgHerman L. Stutler, Jr., 82, of Versailles passed away at 1:30pm, Thursday, April 26, 2018 at his home. He was born at Milan on August 18, 1935 the son of Herman Sr. and Dorothy Sheldon Stutler. He was married to Patricia “Patty” Jackson on July 20, 1957 and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter Cynthia Stutler of Mt. Orab, Ohio; one son Rev. Kurt (Jean) Stutler of Anderson, South Carolina; one grandson Jeremy (Danielle) Stutler of Milan; step-grandsons Michael Powell of Anderson, South Carolina and David Powell of Clemons, North Carolina; two great-grandchildren Jackson Stutler and Olivia Powell. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Wayne Stutler, and his sister Elizabeth Andrews. Mr. Stutler was a 1953 graduate of Milan High School. He attended Butler University in Indianapolis and also Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Herman worked for the Southeastern Indiana REMC in Osgood for 23 years as an engineer, and retired in 1991 as Line Superintendent. He also worked as an insurance investigator for Equifax in Versailles and in his younger days worked at the Milan Drug Store. Herman was an avid golfer and participated in league play at Milan and Holton until he was 80. He was a former Boy Scout leader and Little League coach in Versailles for several years. Herman was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and a former member of the Versailles Fire Department where he served as chief. Herman’s wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with Herman’s son Rev. Kurt Stutler officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Thursday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the South Main Chapel and Mercy Center in Anderson, South Carolina in care of the funeral home.last_img

Bayern demolish Lyon

first_img(BBC) – Bayern Munich’s relentless march through this season’s Champions League continued as they brushed aside Lyon to book an 11th appearance in the final of the competition and a showdown with Paris St-Germain.The German champions have barely had a glove laid on them in Europe this season, with this their 10th straight Champions League win – equalling the record for winning streaks in the competition set by Real Madrid in 2015 and Bayern themselves in 2013 – as part of a 28-game unbeaten run stretching back to December.And Lyon simply did not have the ability or the approach over the 90 minutes to buck that trend.The French side will be left to rue two missed opportunities in the opening quarter, though, with Memphis Depay shooting wide after running clear before Karl Toko Ekambi struck the upright from close range after cutting in from the right.Moments after the latter effort, Serge Gnabry moved infield and fired a stunning opener for Bayern, who never looked back.Gnabry also scored the second, with a much simpler finish, following up to tap in after Anthony Lopes had blocked Robert Lewandowski’s scuffed effort from point-blank range.Ekambi could have made matters interesting had he been able to find a way past Manuel Neuer after being set up by Houssem Aouar, but the chance went a-begging and Lyon’s belief with it.Philippe Coutinho saw a finish ruled out for offside before Lewandowski had the final word, scoring for the ninth European game on the bounce with a header – his 15th in the competition this season.Bayern’s win ends their run of having lost the previous four Champions League semi-finals in which they had appeared. It also keeps them on course for a treble of trophies in Hansi Flick’s stellar debut campaign as coach.Sunday’s final promises to be a thriller, pitting arguably the best side in world football against one of the planet’s finest forward lines.Bayern’s remarkable 2020 continuesIt is hard to come up with any fresh superlatives for this Bayern side.After the stunning 8-2 demolition of Barcelona in the last eight – which had pundits and fans alike purring and sent the Spanish club seemingly into meltdown – today’s game was always going to feel somewhat anticlimactic, despite it being at a later stage of the competition.The German giants rode their luck a bit early on but once they got their noses in front the tie was only going one way.Against Barca it was Thomas Muller and Coutinho scoring doubles, here it was Gnabry with polar opposite finishes – one a solo screamer, the other an unmissable tap-in.Gnabry’s goals mean he now has nine Champions League goals this season, has eight in his last eight matches in the competition and has been directly involved in six goals in his last four.He is second in the scoring charts only to Lewandowski, who has 55 goals in 46 games this season and becomes only the second player to score 15 or more Champions League goals in a single campaign after Cristiano Ronaldo (who has managed it on three occasions).Lyon made to pay for missed chancesLyon finished seventh in the curtailed Ligue 1 and were expected by many to last just one more Champions League game when the tournament resumed on August 7.But through a mixture of stubbornness, quick, ruthless counter-attacking and possibly some underestimation from their opponents, they were able to shock Italian champions Juventus and Premier League runners-up Manchester City.Bayern, though, are not as fallible as the French side’s previous victims.If Lyon were to stand a chance then scoring first was imperative, and with a bit more composure from Depay and Ekambi – making the most of the space in behind Bayern’s high defensive line – they would have done just that.It was a particularly tough night for Ekambi, who also missed a glorious chance to redeem himself and restore his side’s hope in the second half.Lyon have still have not reached the final of a major European competition in their 70-year history, but they have at least reminded people that there isn’t only one club in France.last_img

Just keep shootin’: Bennie Boatwright’s work ethic and patience have him primed for success

first_imgBennie Boatwright takes a jump shot during a game. After two injury-riddled seasons, the captain is back to prove himself in his final season as a Trojan. (Tal Volk | Daily Trojan)Bennie Boatwright has never turned down a workout.Even now, as a senior, the men’s basketball captain will prove to his father, Bennie Boatwright Sr., that he is working out — even late on a Friday.“It’s a Friday night. Everybody’s out doing their thing,” Bennie Sr. will say.“Dad, you don’t think I’m lying?” Boatwright will respond, with a picture of the gym where he is working out. Boatwright’s efforts are indicators of a work ethic that he has exhibited since childhood, one that he continues to carry as he enters the final season of his college career, hoping to rebound from a serious knee injury that has kept him from game action since February. The injury relegated him to watching from the bench last season as the Trojans were fleeced of a spot in March Madness before bowing out early in the NIT Tournament. It also denied him the chance to declare for the NBA Draft.“[NBA teams] are going to question your durability,” he said. “I want to come back … and have a healthy season.” Boatwright is itching to be back, to lead his team as the veteran most likely to be drafted next summer.“I haven’t played in so long. I go back and watch my own film to remind myself how I played,” Boatwright said. “It got to that point.” When healthy, Boatwright was one of 50 college players named to the preseason Naismith Trophy watchlist for the nation’s top player. He is the type of athlete today’s NBA coaches drool over. He is 6-foot-10 with range, a solid 3-point shot, the ability to put the ball on the floor and a much-improved defender from his freshman year.“If he has a good senior year, he’ll be a first round pick easily,” Bennie Sr. said. But to head coach Andy Enfield, the NBA is not the focus — “We don’t even discuss the NBA.”Instead the discussion is focused on Nov. 6: the night USC opens its season against Robert Morris at Galen Center. For Enfield, Boatwright needs to get his timing back, needs to play in a game before any discussion about the future.Senior captain Bennie Boatwright has missed 26 games over the last two seasons due to injury and will be a gametime decision Tuesday. (Daily Trojan file photo)Work ethicBoatwright grew up in Mission Hills, just 50 miles north of USC. His father, now retired, was a cop working at the Los Angeles Police Department for 34 years. Boatwright would work around Bennie Sr.’s schedule to get shots in, whether that was 6 a.m. at the park, 2 a.m. at the police academy’s court or at midnight in the family’s backyard — neighbors be damned.“They started calling the police on us,” Boatwright said. “So we had to stop [shooting] super late.” But he still shot, and shot a lot – 500 to 1,000 times a day. Form shots, one-dribble pull-up jumpers, holding the follow through. Again and again and again.“You’re not going to shoot three times a week,” Bennie Sr. said, “and expect to be good.” Marcus Lovett, who trained Boatwright from when he was just nine years old, said Boatwright’s worth ethic from an early age allowed him to be pushed to the limit.“I’ve never had Bennie object to anything since I’ve ever known him,” Lovett said. There’s also the physical aspect: the part that nobody can teach. When Lovett first met him, Boatwright was already bigger, faster and better than the rest of the kids. By his teenage years, Boatwright was 5-foot-11. For Lovett, Boatwright was a can’t-miss prospect.“When you get to the pros, they’ll teach you the other stuff,” Lovett said. “Your height, which you can’t teach, and that stroke – you either have it or you don’t.” Alex Parker, who became on of Boatwright’s mentors as a child, also worked with current NBA veteran Trevor Ariza.“I just could tell by [Boatwright’s] body movement he was going to be special,” Parker said. “He had a natural touch.” Choosing USCBoatwright starred at Village Christian High School and  had a fair number of offers from big-time colleges:  Arizona, UCLAand Kansas, just to name a few. And then there was USC: a then-fledgling program in Enfield’s first season as head coach.“Bennie took a chance to come to a program where he thought the players that came in together could make a difference, and he certainly has,” Enfield said. Enfield landed what turned out to be a stellar recruiting class – Boatwright, along with Jordan McLaughlin, Elijah Stewart and Chimezie Metu, a quartet that led USC to two straight NCAA tournament appearances.Associate headcoach Jason Hart, who played a crucial role in recruiting Boatwright, said he knew Boatwright wanted to stay close to family in Los Angeles. He kept in touch with Boatwright through high school, and made a case that the forward could come in to USC and play right away.“He read more

Football: Q&A with excited early-enrollee Madison Cone

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin football team added 28 members between scholarship players and preferred walk-ons on National Signing Day Wednesday.One of them is cornerback Madison Cone. The North Carolina native is one of seven early-enrollees — meaning they graduate high school early and join the program early — and met with reporters Wednesday afternoon at the McClain Center on campus.Here’s a Q&A from part of the three-star recruit’s media session:Q: How early in the process of recruiting did you know that you wanted to get at a place early and get a head start on things?A: I kind of been knowing since my freshman year. I knew some early guys that did the early enrollment process. Talking to them, they only had good things to say, so it was something I decided that if the opportunity came, if football was meant to be, that I was going to leave early.Q: How can [defensive backs coach] Jim Leonhard make you better this spring?A: Talking to the guys, I’ve heard nothing but positive things about him. He knows a lot about the game. He’s very detailed. That experience behind him. Him being an undersized DB like myself, I know I have a lot of different techniques and things that I can do. I’m just looking forward to jumping in and learning from him as much as I can.Q: What’s your goal for spring ball?A: Compete. That’s what the coaches have talked to me about — just come in and compete, compete, compete. So I’m just gonna come, I’m gonna lay it on the line and I’m just going to see what happens from there.Q: What did you know about Wisconsin until they started recruiting you?A: Honestly, nothing. Honestly, when they first offered me, I called my parents to tell them but in my mind I’m like, ‘Man, I’m not going up there, it’s cold.’ I was like if I go far from home, I’m probably gonna go down south. Honestly, in North Carolina, when you think Wisconsin, everybody you talk to like, ‘You gonna freeze to death.’ When you come up here and actually see the place, it’s not like that at all. That’s what I tell people back home.Q: Jack Coan said that when he committed here, his friends were saying, “Why is he going someplace where all it is is cornfields?”A: If you haven’t been here, that’s, I guess, how people see Wisconsin. Like I said, a lot of people haven’t been here to see this. So when they think Wisconsin, I guess it’s known for cornfields and cheese … People ask me the same thing. Why Wisconsin? Why Wisconsin? And I tell them, I could sit here and talk to you all day [about it]. I’m like, ‘You gotta come up here and check it out yourself.’Q: This is a big group of guys that are enrolling early. I know you’ve only been around each other for a couple days, but how is your connection? How is your bond?A: Honestly, I’ve only been with these guys a couple of weeks but it feels like I’ve been with them for a year already. Just the time we spend here working and in our apartments, we’ve made bonds. We went out to eat together. I feel like I might know more about these guys than their friends back home.last_img

McGill says future of Ladies Football in Tipp is bright

first_imgDonegal native Gerry McGill takes over from John Leahy in the role and has plenty of experience.He was involved with the Dublin Ladies football team when they reached the All Ireland final in 2009 and 2010.McGill was a selector and coach for the Tipperary Senior Football team in 2012 and 2013 and also held similar roles in 2013 and 2014 with the Tipperary Under 21 Football team.last_img

Keyamo Asks IGP to Arrest and Prosecute Giwa for Inciting Disturbances

first_img“Kindly note that, there is no court order anywhere mandating the said Chris Giwa to take over any office or duties of the NFF.“In a brazen and blatant disregard for the rule of law and pending court orders, the said Chris Giwa has gone on air to announce the purported dissolution of various committees and the state executive committees set up by the NFF,” stressed Keyamo.He insisted in the petition that the combined effect of the foregoing actions of Chris Giwa “is the creation of crises and instability in Nigerian football management which has led to the intervention by FIFA.“In its intervention, FIFA declared Chris Giwa assertion as a false alarm and directed Chris Giwa to desist from such actions. Despite FIFA’s intervention, the said Chris Giwa has continued in his actions,” the lawyer to the NFF declared.Keyamo therefore wants the IGP to intervene owing to the sensitive nature of football administration in Nigeria, physical and violent altercations are bound to occur if Chris Giwa is permitted to continue overheating the polity. “We are, therefore, by this petition urging you to arrest and prosecute Chris Giwa for inciting disturbances.”To ensure peace at the Glass House Keyamo wants the IGP to take decisive steps to forestall breakdown of order at the football secretariat.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeIn order to forestall the breakdown of law and order at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) secretariat in Abuja, solicitors to the FIFA-recognised Nigerian Football Federation led by Amaju Pinnick has asked the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to arrest and prosecute Chris Giwa.In a petition sent to the IG on Thursday, a copy of which is in possession of THISDAY, lawyer to the NFF, Festus Keyamo, said yesterday that Giwa who is claiming to be the duly elected president of the football federationhas threatened to take over the Headquarters of the NFF while citing a non-existent court order in that respect.“The said Chris Giwa has indeed taken steps to carry out that threat by bringing thugs and physically attempting to force his way into the Headquarters of the NFF on Friday, April 8, 2016.last_img

CHAN 2014: Hearts of Oak Captain and three others dropped from final squad

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak midfielder and captain of the team  Moro Abubakar is among  four players axed  from a Kotoko-dominated Ghana final 23-man squad for this month’s Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament in South Africa.The three other players who were also axed from Ghana’s team for the tournament for home-based players are Heart of Lions experienced midfielder Edmund Owusu Ansah, Ebusua Dwarfs striker Richard Gadze and Wa All Stars defender Joshua Otoo.The squad is dominated by players from Ghana title holders and league leaders Asante Kotoko who provide eight players to the final squad including their central defensive pair of Kwabena Adusei and Abeiku Ainooson.FA Cup winners Medeama have three players in the squad including their goalkeeper Foli Adade who had has some experience with the senior national team the Black Stars.Two players each were selected from New Edubiase and AshantiGold while Hearts of Oak, Liberty Professionals, Wa All Stars, Dwarfs, Berekum Chelsea, New Edubiase, King Faisal and Hasaacas all have one player each in the squad.Coach Maxwell Konadu had to take the difficult decision of excluding these top players from his final squad because of the tough competition in the team but it was expected that Kotoko player will dominate the squad as they have shown to have the best players in the local over the past two years. The biggest beneficiary of the tough squad named by the coach is impressive Kotoko striker Seidu Bancey who got a late call-up to the team after missing November’s GOtv WAFU Cup title success because of injury.Since returning from the setback Bancey has maintained his form and impressed the coach which resulted in the decision to include him in the final squad.Konadu, who released his team for the tournament on New Year’s day, kept faith with three top scorers from the Premier League as Bancey, Sulley Mohammed and Samuel Afful all make the squad.The home-based national team are based in Windhoek, Namibia for their pre-competition preparations.Ghana are paired in Group C with Libya, Ethiopia and Congo for the tournament reserved for only home-based players of member nations. The 16-nation tournament will kick-off on 11 January and finish on 1 February 2014.Final squadGoalkeepers: Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars) Foli Adade (Medeama) Isaac Amoako (Asante Kotoko)Defenders: Godfred Saka (Aduana Stars), Tijani Joshua (AshantiGold) Francis Morton (Ebusua Dwarfs) Kwabena Adusei and Abeiku Ainooson (Asante Kotoko) Nuru Sulley (Hearts of Oak) Alfred Nelson (Liberty Professionals)Midfielders: Michael Akuffo, Jordan Opoku, Richard Mpong and Yahaya Mohammed (Asante Kotoko) Jackson Owusu (Berekum Chelsea) Theophilus Anobaah (Medeama) Aseidu Attorbrah (New Edubiase) Latif Mohammed (AshantiGold) Strikers: Sulley Mohammed (King Faisal) Kennedy Boateng (Medeama) Paul De-Vries Asare (Wa All Stars) Samuel Afful (Hasaacas) Seidu Bancey (Asante Kotoko)last_img

Clippers fan treasures ‘pass’ from Patrick Beverley, which resulted in $25,000 fine

first_imgFor nearly two decades, Jared Green has been equally staunch in his support of the Clippers, like his brother Derick, a “huge fan” since the days of Ken Norman and Keith Closs and “the worst draft pick in history” Michael Olowokandi.When he started dating Jillian, then a casual Lakers fan, he told her, half-jokingly, that they’d never be able to get married unless she switched allegiances, so she “converted and now she loves the Clippers,” he said.At home, the Green children, Cooper and Riley, aren’t allowed to use the word “hate” to describe how they feel about homework or any of life’s general maladies. There’s one exception: They can use it in reference to the Lakers.So Wednesday morning, when Jared showed 10-year-old Cooper video of Beverley sending the ball into the stands and then told his son to go peek in his office where the ball was sitting on a desk, the youngster quickly tried to claim it.Dad told him: “You can touch it, but don’t bounce it.”Cooper will join Jared at the Clippers’ Nov. 6 game against the Milwaukee Bucks, where Jared anticipates the team’s invigorated fan base will be as energized as it was Tuesday, when a raucous Staples Center crowd was split between fans for both teams.“This was the first year where Clippers fans fought back,” Jared Green said. “When Kawhi was at the line and Lakers fans were booing him, Clippers fans were screaming, ‘M-V-P.’ And when Kawhi welcomed fans to the game and Lakers fans were booing, we were cheering him on. In the past, the Clippers fans would’ve been super-quiet.”Perhaps the most tell-tale sign of the Clipper contingent’s bolstered enthusiasm: “This is the first game I’ve been to – and, personally, I liked it – that we had so much energy that not only did I not hear Clipper Darrell, but we didn’t need him.”From his vantage point on the sideline, Clippers coach Doc Rivers enjoyed the atmosphere too.“Laker fans were very loud early,” Rivers said, with a nod to the reaction to the Clippers’ early deficit. “And then … our fans took over from that point on. I loved it.“I was thinking I hope when we play them, on their floor – which is just a stupid statement in a lot of ways – we have some of our guys there too.”Those who come to the L.A. teams’ next meeting on Christmas probably shouldn’t, however, expect Beverley to gift them a ball on their way out. “Then everyone around me was high-fiving and fist-bumping and asking if they could touch it. It was so cool.”Green said he was fairly certain Tuesday that Beverley would pay for doing it.“My feeling was, No. 1, I know you can’t throw the ball into the stands without getting a fine, so I told my wife, ‘He’s going to get fined 25 grand tomorrow,’” Green said. “And she’s like, ‘Oh yeah, whatever.’“And when it happened, I thought, ‘Well, the guy just got a new (three-year, $40 million) deal,’ although he did take a discount. I do well, but not quite that well, so I didn’t have a great feeling of remorse. But my wife immediately sends me a text: ‘That (stinks)!’“Then unbeknownst to me, she went on Instagram or Twitter and wrote him a quick little ‘Thank you, sorry you got fined,’ and he responded back.” Beverley – whose relationship with the fans has led to a program that sets aside $10 tickets at each home game – posted three apologetic, explanatory tweets soon after news of the fine broke, including one that featured a screenshot of Jillian Green’s message below his own comment: “It’s ok. I won’t change!!!” Sure, Jared Green could have sold his pair of tickets in Section 108, Row 9 and made $5,000. But there was no way this long-suffering Clippers fan would pass on the opportunity to see Kawhi Leonard’s debut Tuesday in the team’s season opener against the Lakers.Nor would he fumble a “perfect pass” from Patrick Beverley when the game ended, an enthusiastic gesture from the Clippers’ fiery guard following a 112-102 victory over the Lakers.It was Green, owner of a home remodeling business and a Clippers season ticket-holder for 19 years, who was on the receiving end of the celebratory fling from Beverley, which resulted in a $25,000 fine from the NBA, the league announced Wednesday.“I saw him throw the ball and, I gotta tell you, the ball traveled fast,” Green said by phone Thursday. “And it was just a perfect pass, right into my hands. I stood there, put my hands up, I don’t even recall moving – and boom. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img