Burruchaga Reveals Argentina’s Russia 2018 Ambition

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportFormer Argentina star, Jorge Burruchaga, has revealed that the South American nation is aiming to win her third World Cup in Russia next year.The former winger who scored Albiceleste’s winning goal in the 3-2 defeat of then West Germany at Mexico ’86, told Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, Argentina was gunning for the silverware again 31 years after. In a chat with Scorenigeria.com yesterday, the Franco-German Nigerian gaffer revealed his discussions with Burruchaga at the last World Cup 2018 Draw ceremony in Moscow early this month.“I met Jorge Burruchaga at the (World Cup) draw. He told me ‘we are coming to win the World Cup,’ revealed the Eagles coach who is also aiming to make history with the three-time African champions.To show how serious the Argentines are about their ambition to win the cup in Russia, Rohr also hinted that the team’s handler Jorge Sampaoli and his crew have already secured a training base.“They have chosen a magnificent base camp and will put everything in to make it (winning the cup) happen,” Rohr stressed.To Nigerian football fans still celebrating the 4-2 defeat of the Albiceleste in an international friendly in Krasnodar, Russia, Rohr stressed that Argentina is not the same team without Messi. “We will not make the mistake of thinking that we already know them (Argentina).“We beat them in friendly Krasnodar last month, but Argentina played without Lionel Messi. And Argentina without Messi, it’s not the same team.“They let in four goals, they may not have changed much defensively, but offensively they can change everything.“Argentina are still vice-champions of the world, and had not passed away from the coronation in 2014,” concludes the coach.Like in the previous three World Cups, the two teams will clash again in the last Group D match after the matches against Croatia and Iceland.Incidentally, Messi has featured five times in matches against Nigeria, but has only scored in two of such games.The first was at the 2005 Under-20 FIFA World Cup in Holland when his two penalty- kick goals sealed a 2-1 victory against Nigeria in the final.At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Messi scored twice in the 3-2 win over a turbo-charged Super Eagles in Porto Alegre.He fired blanks in other games against Eagles. The first was the final match of the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing. He also followed up the no-show against Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup group game in South Africa and the friendly match in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2011.last_img read more

Kanu Robbed of £8,000 in Russia

first_imgFormer Nigeria Captain, Nwankwo Kanu, has been robbed of £8,000 (about N4million) in the city where Super Eagles are to play their opening Group D match against Croatia on June 16.TASS Russian News Agency reported that the money was stolen from Kanu’s luggage by the baggage handlers at the Khrabrovo Airport.“When Kanu discovered that the money was stolen when he got to his hotel, he promptly made a report and the two airport staff were detained on suspicion of stealing the money from the Nigeria legend.” Lieutenant Colonel Irina Volk, spokeswoman for the Russian Interior Ministry, said the loaders were dealing with the baggage from a London to Moscow flight.“The stolen cash was removed (from the loaders) and will soon be returned to the owner”, she said.The loaders, aged 30 and 36, face criminal investigation and could be sent to jail for up to six years.Kanu played alongside ex-Manchester United and England star Wes Brown in a FIFA legends team against a Russian legends side.The ex-Arsenal man, a former Nigerian international, did not mention the theft in speaking to the media in the Baltic city.“Kaliningrad is a very nice city with very nice people,” said Nwankwo Kanu.“ Nigeria will be a big surprise, for sure. We have good young and talented players; they are hungry for victories and want to do well – for themselves and for the country,” Kanu was quoted as saying to UK’s Mirror newspaper.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Hockey fans impress

first_imgWhile most Badger fans were glued to their TVs this past weekend, I was busy making an eight-hour trek to North Dakota. At least I think that’s where I was — driving to the city of Grand Forks, I got the feeling I was driving through Eastern Europe.I made the drive because I have wanted to make that road trip ever since I began covering the Badger men’s hockey team. But more specifically, I wanted to see how Wisconsin fared on the road at the palace that is the Ralph Engelstad Arena.I was not disappointed in either of these aspects — if the Badgers can play that well on the road against a tough rival team they are going to be scary, and the Ralph, with its gigantic relic organ and wide array of bubble hockey games, is just one moat short of a castle.But the trip also strengthened my opinion that the Badger hockey faithful are the best college hockey fans in the country.Prior to the weekend, my only hockey road trips had been to Albany, N.Y., and Grand Rapids, Mich., for the NCAA tournaments the past two years. It was the national tournament, of course fans were going to be there.But I didn’t know what to expect at North Dakota, so I didn’t really anticipate a whole lot. Boy was I surprised.Whether it was my wide eyes at seeing the Ralph for the first time, or my strengthened focus due to a tighter deadline, I didn’t really notice it Friday night, but the Badger fan base — relegated to an upper corner of the arena — was both amazing and amusing to me when I took notice Saturday.Thanks to three first-period goals by the Badgers, the Sioux fans were stunned and silent. Take note, however, that North Dakota could have been up 3-0 and its fans might have been half as loud as a Kohl Center crowd with UW trailing 5-0 late in the game.When one of the guys keeping official stats at the game told me that the stadium was great, but that the fans weren’t quite up to speed, that may have been the understatement of the year.Regardless, when the Badger fans started out with a hearty chant of “Lets go red” in the first period, their voices rung out louder than the North Dakota fans.I would compare it to two high school student sections arguing over who has more spirit. You know what I’m talking about. One section starts the chant and the other section doesn’t respond and the first section thinks it’s hilarious. So they do it again, and usually on the third try, the second section responds and yada, yada, yada …But I digress — the Badger fans got at least three “Let’s go red”s in before the Sioux student section realized what was going on and tried to muffle it with “Let’s go Sioux.”That was only the beginning.Other chants, after the fourth goal, included “Robbie Earl,” “1, 2, 3, 4 We want more … ,” and my — and the Badgers’– favorite: “We want ice cream.””We could hear the ice cream [chant] … that was pretty funny,” senior winger Ryan MacMurchy said.In case you don’t know, if the Badgers score five goals in a win at the Kohl Center, all fans in attendance get free Culver’s ice cream.Let’s just say that the small corner section would have made the student section’s father-figure, Phil, quite proud.The fans were loud and they were tasteful — something lacking in student sections such as the one at Badger football games.But while Wisconsin football fans are notorious for being a good traveling fan base, it’s time the hockey fans got some credit.The Kohl Center fans are one thing. Wisconsin continually has not only the largest crowd — numbers aren’t everything, as North Dakota showed — but I would venture to say the largest and most electric crowd in the country.To take that energy on the road and out-yell the hometown crowd is another.The players know how important the fans are.”There’s no doubt about it that Wisconsin Badger fans are the best in the country,” MacMurchy said. “It’s just so great playing at home because you know they’re going to be into it the whole game. It’s never kind of dead like it is [other places] sometimes.”Our fans are the best part about our team, and when you hear them in an away rink it makes us smile inside and keeps us going.”If the Badgers can continue to play like they are, come tournament time teams are going to be in trouble. Not only will this team be a threat on the ice, it will have a threat off of it.If a few dozen cheering fans can ring through on the road more than eight hours away, think about the environment that opposing teams will face if the Badgers go to the Green Bay regional of the NCAA tournament or the Frozen Four at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.It’s something that teams across the country can only hope they don’t have to think about.last_img read more

USC baseball wins two of three in season’s first Pac-12 series

first_imgLast weekend, the baseball team played its first Pac-12 series of the season, taking two of three games against Washington State at Dedeaux Field.The Trojans started off the homestand with a major bang, as they defeated the Cougars 12-3 off of 15 hits in the Friday opener. Five different players in the lineup recorded multiple hits, while senior Corey Dempster led the way with three RBIs on his birthday.“I was just trying to be more patient in the box,” Dempster said. “I decided to let the ball get to me and then be aggressive early and then with two strikes, really bear down and try to stop chasing pitches.”Washington State led 1-0 on an RBI double in the second inning, however the advantage would not last long. In the bottom of the third with the bases loaded, Dempster launched a double to right field sending all baserunners home. After that game-changing swing, the Trojans’ offense was a runaway train. They would go on to score seven runs in the next two innings.“[The pitcher] was coming at me with fastballs, and I was fouling them off,” Dempster said on his big hit. “I was just under them and I was trying to think of an adjustment, trying to get more on top. He threw another fastball away, and I just went with it. I was trying to get the ball deep and I did.”USC carried over its momentum from an explosive Friday game into Saturday. This time, the hitting proved the difference once again as the lineup produced 11 hits en route to a 4-2 victory. Freshman catcher Blake Sabol recorded his first career highlight play with a two-run stand-up double in the second inning. In the bottom of the third, Dempster continued his hot streak with an RBI single to extend the lead to 3-0. He went 3-of-4 on the game with one run.Pitching was also a strong suit for USC on Saturday. Junior Brad Wegman got the start after uneven performances in his previous four outings. This time Wegman was strong on the mound, giving up just one run in six innings with five strikeouts. His record improved to 2-2 on the season with a 5.06 ERA.In the third and final game of the series on Sunday, the Trojans were unable to replicate their previous performances from the plate. Washington State pitcher Cody Anderson was excellent from the mound, throwing eight innings and striking out six batters.After the Cougars left the first inning with a 1-0 lead, senior Cris Perez tied the game up with athird-inning solo home run that was launched to left field. Washington State would respond with a run in the fifth to reclaim the lead. In the seventh inning, the game was broken open with a Cougar home run and sacrifice fly that extended the away team’s lead to 4-1. Pitchers Marrick Crouse and Solomon Bates gave up two runs apiece.After going 2-1 against Washington State, the Trojans are 12-7 on the year. Next, they face UC Irvine on the road this Tuesday before returning home for a series with conference foe Arizona State.last_img read more

Ronayne praises side ahead of campaign opener

first_imgShane Ronayne made his comments with the Premier on the brink of starting their 2017 Lidl National League campaign.Tipp’s opening Division 3 fixture is away to Wexford on Sunday.The boss is delighted with how the panel have applied themselves… Tipp FM will have updates on the match in Enniscorthy, which gets underway at 2 o’clock on Sunday. +last_img

McIlroy criticises US Open for cutting back rough

first_imgMcIlroy says players should deal with what’s thrown at them – especially as the fairways are so big. Rory McIlroy’s criticised organsiers of the US Open golf for cutting the rough back at the Erin Hills course.Parts of it had been described as “unplayable” because of the thick, long grass.The second major of the year starts tomorrow.last_img

DNR expects exceptionally busy traffic on lakes and rivers this Memorial Day

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Lakes and rivers are often full on Memorial Day, as many people get their boats out for the first time.Iowa DNR boating law administrator Susan Stocker says the desire to get out on the water is probably going to be higher than normal this year. “And I do believe, based on what’s been happening around Iowa stay at home orders, what have you, I think it’s going to be exceptionally busy,” Stocker says.Stocker says you should continue to follow social distancing rules on the water and only allow your immediate family in the boat. “That means the people that you’ve been hanging out with at home,” Stocker says, “and so, that is one of the key things.” She says when you are at a fuel dock or loading and launching your boat, continue to maintain the six feet social distancing.She recommends avoiding some of the traditional things people do, such as landing on a sandbar and gathering — or doing what’s called “rafting.” Stocker says that’s when two or three boats tied up together to form a raft. “That is truly discouraged also — because you are not social distancing, you are not six feet apart and you are not staying away from people that you haven’t been staying at home together in the same household,” Stocker says.Stocker says the standard rules still apply whenever you are boating.“Everybody needs to have a wearable life jacket that fits them in the boat. And we strongly encourage everybody to wear the life jacket,” she says. “Similar to a seat belt when you are riding in a car — you have no idea when you might be involved in an accident — so having your life jacket on is the best practice.”Life jackets are required to be worn by anyone under 12 when the boat is moving. Stocker also reminds everyone that you can be stopped and arrested for drunk boating. “The effects of alcohol are greatly increased because you have the wind out there, you have the sun beating down on you, you have the glare of the sun off the water,” Stocker says. “What’s really, really crazy is that all these individuals are surrounded by water — but yet they are not drinking water — so they are dehydrated also. The effects of alcohol are greatly enhanced.”Stocker’s final piece of advice is to plan ahead. “Because everybody is feeling really, really antsy regarding cabin fever — we need to have some patience at the boat ramp. So, make sure that you have all of your items and gear in your boats and ready before you get to the boat ramp to launch,” Stocker says. She says continue to follow the social distancing requirements at the launch area as you start and end the day.last_img read more

Three English players named in Astor Trophy team

first_img Three English players have been named in a strong Great Britain & Ireland team for this year’s Astor Trophy at Royal Colwood in Canada.Lily May Humphreys was an automatic pick as one of the leading two GB&I players on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking and she will be joined by British Women’s Amateur champion Emily Toy and Alice Hewson who won the recent European Ladies’ Amateur Championship at Parkstone.The fourth member of the team is Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey who earned the second automatic place via the World Rankings.Humphreys from Stoke-by-Nayland is the youngest member of the team at 17 while Hewson (Berkhamsted), Mehaffey (Royal Co. Down Ladies) and Toy (Carlyon Bay) are all 21.The Astor Trophy is contested once every four years between teams representing Australia, Canada, GB&I, New Zealand and South Africa. Each country is represented by four players with each country contesting foursomes and single match in a round robin format.This year’s match is to be played at Royal Colwood on Wednesday, 28 August to Sunday, 1 September.Photo: Credit to Vicki Head. 31 Jul 2019 Three English players named in Astor Trophy team Tags: england women, Lily May Humphreyslast_img read more

FAVORED FOOTSTEPSINBRONZE TAKES $60,000 DREAM TEAM ALLOWANCE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER BEJARANO; CALLAGHAN TRAINEE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:37.94

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 4, 2015)–Favored Footstepsinbronze saved ground at the rail and went on to a comfortable 1 ¼ length win under Rafael Bejarano in Thursday’s $60,000 The Dream Team allowance feature at Santa Anita, as he covered one mile on turf in 1:37.94.Owned by Adam Richey and trained by Simon Callaghan, the 4-year-old Irish-bred colt bested seven rivals as he improved his overall record to 7-3-3-0. Off at 2-1, he paid $6.20, $3.40 and $2.60. With the winner’s share of $36,000, Footstepsinbronze increased he earnings to $152,250.“Coming into the stretch, I definitely wanted him to switch off his left lead, but he didn’t want to,” said Bejarano, who sat a close third before splitting horses two-wide at the top of the stretch. “In the last sixteenth though, he did switch and he showed me a big kick.”(Bejarano, who entered the 24th day of Santa Anita’s Spring Meeting atop the jockey standings with Tyler Baze at 23 wins, picked up his second win on the card).“I was a little worried about how slow the turf has been playing but he looked so great in the paddock,” said Callaghan, who has had Footstepsinbronze for all seven of his starts. “I knew he was going to run a good race. He’s been training really well…We’ll probably wait for Del Mar and look for an overnight stake now. He’s only getting better and he likes Del Mar.”Next to last early, runner-up Jules Journey finished well and just held Texas Ryano off by a neck for the place. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Jules Journey was off at 7-2 and paid $4.60 and $3.00.With Joe Talamo up, Texas Ryano was last early and closed with a rush toward the middle of the course to finish third, 1 ¼ lengths clear of pacesetter Home School. Off at 5-2, “Tex” paid $2.80 to show.Ridden by Felipe Valdez, Irish-bred Home School bounced to the lead and set fractions of 25.03, 49.64, 1:13.35 and 1:25.57.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 4 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. for simulcasting from the eastern time zone.last_img read more

“My son told me that he has talks with Arsenal”

first_img“I called my son after hearing the rumors and he told me that the rumors are true. “The speaker is Jacob Partey, Thomas’s father. He does it in Entsie at Tru FM and confirms not only Arsenal’s interest in signing his son but also contacts. “He told me that they are having talks between him and Arsenal. It all depends on the offer that Atlético demands“He added. Some statements that, However, shortly afterwards the soccer player’s representation agency, JJ Sports, came out to deny, with the approval of the player. “It is totally false that we are negotiating with Arsenal”, They replied forcefully. Everything remains the same with Thomas, which continues without signing the renewal offer with a millionaire salary and clause proposed by the rojiblanco club in October. His release now costs 50 million, a trifle for a superclass. Far from the three-digit armor, one hundred million, with which Atlético intends to arm him. Hence, the statements of the player’s father concern both the club and the fans with phrases like this: “What they are discussing now is how Atlético will release him” Thomas’ death for Cholo would be a near-fatal injury. Basic footballer in his scheme, irreplaceable, last season when he shared midfield with a footballer from whom as many hopes as Rodrigo Hernández hung, Simeone was clear with the directive when from the City of Guardiola the siren songs began that ended by take it to the Premier. “The undisputed is Thomas“This season even more. But, according to the statements of his father, his continuity is more in the air than ever. Jacob Partey, even talked about how he sees him with the Arteta team shirt.”If Arsenal does well, they have a large following in Ghana. I will be happy if you decide to move to Arsenal“The Champions, keyAtlético needs to qualify for the Champions League, a competition that this season has already reported more than 70 million euros in revenue, but wants to be in the position of having to sell one of its stars to survive. Stars that the Premier wants. Stars called Saúl (especially; United loves him), surnamed Partey (Arsenal). The statements of the father of the latter alert the Metropolitan Wanda that he has one of his priorities in the coming weeks: that Thomas sign that renewal He has been waiting on his table since October, clinging more to the denial of the player’s representation agency than to the words of his father. Because the rumors from London do not stop increasing. Arsenal, as revealed by Daily Mail A few months ago, he would have already made a bid of 50 million for Thomas while Simeone prays that nothing happens.last_img read more