WAFU Cup: Falcons Overcome Ghana in Penalties to Reach Final

first_imgWith Ghana failing to capitalise on their early chances in the opening 15 minutes, Nigeria came alive and almost found an opener through Rafait Sule in the 33rd minute.In the second half, both teams missed several scoring chances and neither side could find the back of the net before the end of regulation time.It took kicks from the penalty mark to separate both teams as the Super Falcons avenged last edition’s semi-final defeat to the Black Queens.For Ghana, it was a disappointment as they failed in their quest to defend the title they won last year.Earlier, Ange Koko N’Guessan and Mariam Diakite were on target as Cote d’Ivoire secured a 2-1 comeback semi-final win over Mali to reach the final.The match had to go into penalties after the match ended goalless in regulation time.Alice Ogebe, Chidinma Okeke and Amarachi Okoronkwo all converted their penalties.Falcons goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie saved one of the penalties of the Black Queens.The Falcons will now face host team, Cote d’Ivoire who defeated Mali in the first semi-final clash 2-1 in the final Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Falcons Nigeria’s Super Falcons are through to the final of the WAFU Women’s Cup after eliminating arch-rivals and cup holders Ghana 4-2 in the semi-final match played at the Parc des Sport last night.Thomas Dennerby’s side will now take on the hosts in the final of the competition after defeating the holders on penalties.Mercy Tago’s ladies made a fine start to the game as Mukarama Abdulai dashed into the area to shoot but Evelyn Nwabouku made a block to divert it behind for a corner.last_img read more

Blue Jackets hire Rick Nash as special assistant to GM

first_imgRick Nash is back in Columbus.The former No. 1 overall pick was hired by the Blue Jackets as a special assistant to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, the team announced on Thursday. MORE: Despite Blue Jackets’ historic season, John Tortorella looking to the future #CBJ have announced several promotions in the hockey operations department as well as the hiring of former captain Rick Nash as special assistant to the general manager.https://t.co/p2GNkV6YU2— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) June 13, 2019″It’s come full circle,” Nash told BlueJackets.com. “Even though I loved my time in New York, Columbus was always home. It just feels like this is the way I should cap off a career is moving back here and working with the Jackets.”Nash played 15 combined seasons in the NHL for the Blue Jackets, Rangers and Bruins. Ongoing symptoms from a concussion suffered in March 2018 forced Nash to retire from professional hockey in January.The six-time All-Star is Columbus’ all-time leader in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258) and points (547).last_img read more

Champion finish for Lancashire’s Oliver Clarke

first_img10 Sep 2016 Champion finish for Lancashire’s Oliver Clarke Lancashire’s Oliver Clarke birdied the last two holes on the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa to score a one-shot win in the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions tournament. He pipped Dorset’s Bradley Cox (Broadstone), who was playing his first England event; while Wiltshire’s Jake Bolton (Ogbourne Downs) climbed into third place with his closing three-under 70, the low round of the day. Clarke, 18, (image © Leaderboard Photography) is an England boy international who signs off from junior golf with this win and he said: “This is great, I couldn’t ask for more. “I’m especially happy for the county because they’ve been so good to me over the years – I’ve been playing for Lancashire since I was 11.” He finished the 36-hole tournament on one-over after rounds of 74 and level par 73 – despite a continuous downpour and lack of sleep. “We couldn’t get here in time for a practice round,” said Clarke, from Hillside. “We left at 3am this morning and I couldn’t sleep on the way down so I played on about three hours sleep. “I was expecting to be half decent in the first round but I thought I might lose energy in the second – but I didn’t.” After this morning’s round Clarke was three behind Cox, who opened with two-under 71, and the afternoon round developed into a battle between the pair. Clarke caught the Dorset player with birdies on five and six but dropped back with a triple bogey on the 13th after getting into trouble with a bad drive. Cox, who was playing ahead, was soon finishing his round and signing for a two-over total. Behind them George Gill from Warwickshire was also well in contention. “I realised I needed to get it in gear and somehow I managed to do it,” said Clarke. He birdied the long 14th despite having to play his second shot from well below his feet, then he holed a 12ft birdie putt on 17, before pulling off a remarkable up-and-down for a winning birdie on 18, chipping out of a dip and from under a tree to 10ft. This was Clarke’s only appearance at the Boys’ Champion of Champions – although he has held the Lancashire title before, in addition to the county U14 and U16 championships. On the previous occasion he qualified he was unable to play because he was representing England in Canada. Runner-up Bradley Cox (Broadstone) was a little disappointed with his second round 77 but he said: “It was tricky out there, everything was soaking and I’d only had about 15 minutes between rounds.” He went on: “It’s a good day’s work, it’s my first England event and to come here without expectations and to finish as I have is really good, I’m over the moon.” Cox, 18, has played golf for only four years, turning to the sport after he was ruled out of football by injury. “I wouldn’t change it now,” he said. Meanwhile Jake Bolton staged the comeback of the day, scoring three-under 70 this afternoon to improve on his first round by 10 shots and take third place. “This morning I missed fairways and didn’t hole any putts. This afternoon I was a little bit more aggressive, but not overly, and I knew that if I shot three or four under I would move into the top five.” Bolton and Danny Daniels (Essendon) who finished sixth are among four players flying off tomorrow to represent England in the Canadian International Junior Challenge. George Gill (The Warwickshire) dropped back into fourth place after a double bogey on the 17th proved costly. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more