Rio Ferdinand does not need the captain’s armband to spearhead QPR’s Barclays Premier League survival fight, according to Harry Redknapp. Hull boss Steve Bruce is determined not to set the bar too high for his side this season but is targeting an improvement on last term’s 16th-place finish and a run to the FA Cup final and Europe. He said: “We’ve done fantastically well over the last couple of years. We’ve never been here (in the Premier League) for two years so that is the challenge. “In my experience the second season is always the most difficult because the expectation has risen a bit. “We’ve brought in four or five players to strengthen the squad. The man thing is for the club to stay in the Premier League and that’s what we’ve got to do. “Everybody expects us to be better than we were last year and if we can manage it that would great.” Bruce expects a tough opener at Loftus Road against Redknapp’s men who will be aiming to copy the Tigers’ own survival masterplan in their first season back in the top flight. And despite predictions the London outfit could struggle, the Hull boss is particularly wary of the threat posed by striker Loic Remy, provided the Rs are able to keep hold of him in the remainder of the transfer window. “Harry has managed to hang onto Loic Remy which I believe is key for them,” added Bruce. “He’s a very good striker and no disrespect to QPR, but he is arguably the best player in the bottom half of the division with the talents he’s got.” Clint Hill remains Rangers’ official club skipper, but Ferdinand is favourite to lead the side on the field in the former Crystal Palace defender’s absence. The pairing of Ferdinand and Steven Caulker in QPR’s new-look back three could limit Hill’s starting chances this term. Redknapp said he will review the on-field captaincy on a weekly basis any time Hill does not secure a starting berth. Press Association “I haven’t really looked at a vice-captain, I’m not one that gets that bothered about it,” said Redknapp ahead of Saturday’s league opener against Hull. “Making Rio captain, would it make him any different? Not really. He would talk and boss people just the same. “I haven’t spoken to anyone, I haven’t spoken to Clint, but we’ll probably take it as it comes each week, depending on who’s in the team. “It can change. Rio’s had a fantastic impact, he’s just class around the place. “He just oozes class, he’s a top player and you can’t replace that. He’s been there and done it all, he’s won everything there is to win, so we’re just delighted to have him here. “He’ll definitely be a big influence on Steven (Caulker), I think he’ll be a big influence on all the players. “They look at how he trains, how he works: every day he comes in, works hard, lives his life right, he’s always at the front of what we’re doing in training and he’s in great condition. “He’s a model professional.”
Soccer Football – Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – Round of 16 – Nigeria v Cameroon – Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt – July 6, 2019 Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo in action with Cameroon’s Michael Ngadeu REUTERS/Suhaib Salem VOLLEYBALL OLYMPIC QUALIFIERNigeria women’s volleyball team will face Cameroon today at 7pm in a 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers in Yaoundé, Cameroon.The Head Coach of the Nigeria senior women’s volleyball team, Samuel Ajayi, said his wards will go all out when the two teams meet. Ajayi said Nigeria is in a tough group but believes that the country can make it to Tokyo 2020 Olympics.“We are no doubt in the toughest group, but for me we must remain positive and believe we can make it to Japan,” the head coach said.“We all know that Kenya and Cameroon have a lot of quality players in their team and since everybody wants to be at the Olympics, they will be difficult opponents no doubt,” he added.Coach Ajayi, who warned that Botswana cannot be underrated either, also posited that for Nigeria to actualize her dream of making her first ever appearance in Japan, all hands must be on the deck as the coaches, players and officials must all be ready to give their all to this mission.He said, “It is a collective task. We have to recognise the fact that we have good players in our team and we must be ready to give our all.“You don’t expect any easy game at this level and we must work hard to ensure we scale through at the end of the day.”Nigeria will battle North African, Egypt on Tuesday by 4pm before slugging it out with Botswana on Wednesday by 4pm.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
In an effort to recognize the importance of teaching, the Rossier School of Education partnered with 2tor, Inc — a company that provides online education along with universities — to create an innovative platform to show appreciation for teachers, using new media.The website, “My Teacher, My Hero,” was launched in conjunction with the Rossier’s new Masters of Arts in Teaching online course, MAT@USC. The website allows people to upload videos of themselves thanking their teachers and emphasizing the importance of the profession.“[It] shows people who are considering becoming teachers how important and impactful the profession is,” said Margo Pensavalle, associate professor of clinical education.The purpose of My Teacher, My Hero is two-fold, said Jeremy Johnson, 2tor chief technology officer. The site is run by MAT@USC and 2tor and is a vehicle to promote the new program and show interested applicants how to receive more information.The site hopes to “help raise the status of teachers in our society” by hosting numerous videos from “leaders in film, entertainment, and politics that are speaking about how their teachers impacted their lives,” Johnson said.Contributors who have already uploaded video to the site include Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, musician Sean Paul, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and president of HBO Entertainment Sue Naegle.The creators of My Teacher, My Hero are hoping to get site visits from students, teachers and young children alike. The site will recognize teachers and show that people appreciate what they contribute. Johnson also wants parents and young children who visit the site to see the incredible impact teachers have on society.They want to “show people that being a teacher is a rich [and] rewarding profession” and prospective teachers “should not feel as though others will not respect them,” Johnson said.2tor chose to use video as a mechanism to recognize teachers because “video allows you to touch and feel something a little more acutely and be a little more involved,” according to Johnson.The video submission process is user friendly, and social media tools make it simpler to share video. 2tor set up links to Facebook, Twitter and an email form to “make [uploading a video] easiest as possible.”The onus is on the video submitter to share the video with the public and email it to their teacher, if they so choose, Johnson said.USC students recognized the value of demonstrating appreciation for great teaching, but there were mixed opinions on whether they would actually upload videos.“I’ve had good teachers, but not enough to put a video online,” said Jayson Kellogg, a sophomore majoring in philosophy.Freshman Ann Jankowski, however, said she would upload a video for her favorite teacher in high school that wasn’t liked by many other students.“I adored her and I want to show her that people care and she deserves to be acknowledged,” Jankowski, a theatre major, said.
A strong second-half performance from Waterford propelled them to a 2-19 to 0-15 victory over the Premier County in the U21 provincial decider, which was played at Walsh Park.The Déise made a positive start to the opening period too and it took Tipp until the 11th minute to register their first score – a point from Andrew Coffey.The Nenagh Eire Og man got a second shortly afterwards and William Maher’s side drew level by the quarter-hour mark courtesy of Conor Lanigan. There was nothing in for the next 10 minutes until the home side got the first goal of the night through Stephen Bennett, who beat Brian Hogan after Patrick Curran’s free went slightly awry.There were protest from the Tipp management that Bennett was in the square but the officials didn’t change their original decision to allow it.The Premier got another point from dual star Josh Keane just before the break and trailed by 1-6 to 0-7 as the teams headed for the dressing rooms.Austin Gleeson, who was arguably Man of the Match, got the first two scores of the second-half.However, Tipp didn’t wilt and were level after 45 minutes courtesy of Keane’s point.The match turned decisively in the eventual winners’ direction shortly afterwards when substitute Peter Hogan found the net after being set up brilliantly by Stephen Bennett.Try as they might the Premier County couldn’t pull back the deficit and Waterford claimed their first provincial title at this grade since 1994.
U-20 WORLD CUP FALLOUT.Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaPlayers of the national Under-20 female team, the Falconets were the victim of the cash squeeze plaguing Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as they were left stranded yesterday in their Serob Hotel in Abuja following the failure of the federation to cough out transport fares and allowances owed them. The Falconets returned to Nigeria on Wednesday from Papua New Guinea after their early exit from the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.THISDAY learnt last night that federation officials led by General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, haggled for more time with players to raise the transport fares of N20, 000 per player but the Falconets insisted they would not vacate their hotel rooms unless they were paid all their bonuses and allowances.Sanusi pleaded with the players to see reasons with the federation which was cash strapped and could not pay the transport fares and allowances.THISDAY further learnt that the harsh financial times made things difficult for the team as they survived on a zero-budget in Papua New Guinea in the Pacific region.“NFF secretary pleaded for more time to raise money for the transport fares to enable us return to our clubs. They told us that we will not be evicted from the hotels as they earlier threatened but pleaded for our understanding as there was no money to offset our bonuses and allowances for now,” one of the players who did not want her name in print confided in THISDAY yesterday.Further checks revealed that NFF travelled to the island country without money while accounting officials meant to accompany the team on the trip were dropped at the last minute because of lack of cash.The players complained of poor kitting as they were only provided with two top jerseys, one short and no underwear tights for the competition.No top official of the federation was willing to speak on the matter when THISDAY sought their opinion.“What do you want me to say? Are you a stranger to the poor funding problem we have been battling for some time now? It is only the intervention of the federal government that can bail us out of the present cash squeeze. I pray it happens before our next game against Cameroon in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers otherwise, it will not be a funny story,” laments the top federation official who spoke to us on condition of anonymity last night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The B&H Paralympics team will take part in the Winter Paralympic Games in the Russian city of Sochi.This will be the team’s second appearance at the Games, and two athletes will represent B&H, alpine skiers Ilma Kazazić, who will carry the B&H flag at the opening of the Games and Senad Turković.At the press conference, the President of the B&H Paralympics Team Mustafa Demir emphasized that a good result is expected of the B&H team.‘’We hope for good results from our athletes. Everything is ready for their travels and performances. The only problem until now has been the lack of snow, due to which they were not able to best prepare for this. However, we believe that the organizers of the Games in Sochi will create the best possible conditions’’, said Demir.Kazazić said that she will give her all to achieve a good result, but that the lack of snow on the mountains in B&H significantly impeded preparations for the Games.Turković said that he always goes to win, and will give his maximum in Sochi. Turković is the only competitor in Sochi with both legs amputated, and on 13 March he will compete in the Slalom, and in the Giant Slalom on 15 March. Ilma Kazazić will compete in the Giant Slalom on 16 March.The B&H Paralympics Team will depart for Sochi on 4 March.(Source: Fena)
The list can be seen below.1. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)2. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)3. David De Gea (Manchester United)4. Joe Hart (Manchester City)5. Tim Howard (Everton)6. Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)7. Asmir Begović (Stoke City)8. Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)9. Tim Krul (Newcastle)10. Vito Mannone (Sunderland) According to the statistics which includes the number of received and prevented goals and number of other variables on “command”, the Bleacher Report has ranked the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. On the list, there is also BH goalkeeper Asmir Begović.“Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) is probably one of the best players that the manager of Stoke City has available. He was one of the most deserving to win ninth place last season, the biggest success in almost 40 years,” was stated in the report. (Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)
After an uninspiring first half at Hunter Stadium on Sunday, the Panthers and the Knights were locked at 6-6 at the break.But Penrith dominated the second stanza, leaving the Knights to extend their club record losing streak to 15 games.It also puts Newcastle into the top 10 on the all-time longest losing streak list.The Knights enjoyed 60 per cent of the possession in the first half, but despite repeated opportunities they could not crack the Panthers’ line.Instead, it was the Panthers who opened the scoring, with winger Josh Mansour crossing untouched in the 12th minute after some good lead-up work by Waqa Blake.The Knights hit back after 30 minutes when Brendan Elliot plucked a Trent Hodkinson bomb out of the air and raced over.But that was as close as the Knights got as they capitulated in the second half to let the Panthers run in six unanswered tries.Matt Moylan broke the deadlock in the 44th minute when he ran off a Peter Wallace pass and touched down under the posts.From there the floodgates opened, with Blake (55th minute) and Tyrone Peachey (59th minute) each beating some flimsy Knights defence to take the score out to 18-6.Penrith continued to dominate the Knights up the middle of the ruck and made them pay on the edges, with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak scoring a second-half double and Josh Mansour scoring his second as the siren sounded.The Panthers have now won four out of their past five matches and have leapfrogged the Titans into seventh spot on 26 points.AAP
What does this Super Cup mean, mid-season: “It is always an opportunity to compete for important things and we value everything. We understand it as an opportunity to continue growing as a club and as a team.”2014 Super Cup: “I remember that moment perfectly, especially because we won. I am happy to be able to be in an important competition that the club has and hopefully we can behave.”Format: “We have to adapt to what the FEF proposes and we seek to solve it. There are semifinals where there was not before and a game that was not there before. We are clear about the concept. Having to travel that did not happen before. Trying to win which is the only thing that will count for the end. “Joao Felix: “Each player has a different personality, each player needs a different time. We try, within the mistake that we will surely make, to succeed in the way of how to reach each one of them, how they live it with enthusiasm, emotion. Apart from having talent they need commitment. When feeling comes because they are playing at Atlético, things go out alone. For João, Savic when he arrived, Koke and Saúl as boys. I don’t speak proper names but rather a way of life. “How do you rate the moment your team arrives and rival tomorrow: “Barcelona has individualities that can break any job and we arrived at a good time although with things to improve. Tomorrow’s game is very good for us. Playing against the best teams in the world makes you stronger. You must turn on the alarms from the first minute. “Koke: “Well, wanting to play. Hector has been competing very well. Saul, Thomas, Hector, everyone is fine and that’s where he will be. I have doubts as to who can start. The four will participate.” In front of Barcelona, how do you expect the match?: “Unlike the League. There is a direct elimination and only one result. You have to win. The two teams with their characteristics and their tools will seek that goal. LaLiga allows you a draw or situation that this competition will not give you and there is only one result, which is to win. “Low rival, can they condition?: “We will have to comment on the coaches of the other teams, those affected. In the world, when they play Madrid, Barça, Atlético, they don’t ask who played but how the game came out. There will be a winner and it’s the only thing that matters “.The impact absence Costa in this Super Cup: “We have Costa down for several games. He is a very important player for us. He gives us internal competition and offensive strengths but the whole team has worked very well in his absence. As for the game: it is a qualifying match where each one will seek with his weapons to reach that result. “ The Barcelona and the Atlético de Madrid face tomorrow in the second semifinal of the Spain Supercup in Saudi Arabia Today, the protagonists have passed through the press room to analyze the confrontation and discuss the state of their teams. Simeone stressed the importance of the competition and the moment of Joao Felix:
“Ligue 2 is a very interesting competition. It has a lot of young players with a lot of potential. It surprised me. I never thought it would be so competitive.” Mario González, Clermont player The end of the football season in France left big losers, but nobody can lament more than the Clermont Foot 63. The team Mario Gonzalez, the only Spanish footballer in the French Second Division, was completing one of the best seasons in his memory. Fifth after 28 days, the ‘reuge y bleu’ squad still dreamed of moving up to Ligue 1. “We, Troyes and Ajaccio are the big losers, but we cannot do anything. It’s a shame because we were in a great dynamic“González analyzes.And so it is. If we only consider the last 15 days of Ligue 2, Clermont Foot 63 would lead the standings with two more points than Lorient. The club located in the Auvergne region had only lost one of its last 15 league matches. The rest of the results, nine wins and five draws that placed Mario González’s team as a serious candidate for promotion. “I had found my place when the competition was suspended due to the coronavirus,” laments the Spaniard, whose goals gave his team two separate wins against Nancy and Lorient. “It would have been fair to play, but there is no use regretting it. It’s time to keep working and prepare for the next campaign, hopefully it will be just as good or better“admits González, who” would have rushed to the maximum to try to finish the season. “” We deserved more, but it would have been difficult to find a solution that pleased everyone. Our president, Ahmet Schaefer, proposed to dispute at least the promotion play-off. The club has worked until the last day to reach a term that would not harm us, but the decisions that have been taken have been others, “completes Mario.Despite the disappointing end of the course, Mario González values ”very positively” what has been his first soccer experience abroad. The man from Burgos suffered three injuries that led him to miss 10 Ligue 2 matches, but ended up contributing with three goals that meant six points in favor of Clermont. “I adapted very quickly and, although the injuries cut my rhythm, since January I feel super good. I am at a great level and, although it is a pity that I cannot continue showing it, I will work to do much better next year”, he values a Mario surprised by the level of Ligue 2: “It is a very interesting competition. It has a lot of young players with a lot of potential. It surprised me. I never thought it was so competitive“