Laudrup only focused on points

first_img If Swansea are to take the three points on Wednesday they will need to contain in-form Newcastle striker Loic Remy who has scored eight goals in his last nine appearances for the Magpies. And Laudrup revealed he was among the players he pursued during the summer. “He’s really a player. I like him a lot,” Laudrup said of Remy. “He was one of the players I was interested in last summer. There’s no doubt about that. “He is a player that I like. He has everything. He has speed, individual quality and goals.” Swansea will look to end a poor run of Barclays Premier League home form against Newcastle on Wednesday night, but manager Michael Laudrup insists he does not care where their points come from. Press Association The Swans have won just once in the league at the Liberty Stadium since Newcastle last visited back in March, one week after the Welsh club’s Capital One Cup triumph over Bradford at Wembley. While there have been just two defeats – against Arsenal and Manchester United – from the six home games so far this season, back-to-back games against Newcastle and Hull now offer Swansea a chance to rack up points on their own turf. However, Swansea have already secured three away wins this season, giving them one of the better records on the road in the division, which means Laudrup is unconcerned by the home run, and is happy to take points whenever and wherever they come. “We can’t rely on always winning away, of course, and we now have two games at home,” he said. “The last time we had that we got four points against Sunderland and West Ham, and I think at least we should have the same this time. If we can get six I will take that. “But I look a lot at the number of points, not so much where and when we get them. “I agree normally the majority of teams have to pick up more points at home and in our case it’s the other way round, but we have three away wins and we have to be happy with that. “We have 15 points. If we can get to 19 or 21 points in the next few days that will be great and we will still have four games to get more points in the first half of the season. “Of course if we can get six points from these two games then great, but if we don’t get them here and we win at Norwich, I will take that as well. “I would like to win at home every time but at the end of the day it’s about points. We are only having this discussion because normally teams get more points at home.” last_img read more

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Liverpool remembers Hillsborough victims

first_img Loved ones of those who died were joined at Anfield by players, club officials and ordinary fans among the 24,000 attending to mark today’s emotional anniversary. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989. A sombre memorial service took place at Anfield to mark 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans. As the families of those who did not return home took their places in reserved seats on the Kop for the start of the service, the crowd got to their feet as one with a roar of approval and a huge ovation from all four sides of the ground. There were also loud cheers and clapping for the gathering of past and present Anfield greats who took their seats, including current club captain Steven Gerrard, Kenny Dalglish, manager at the time of the disaster, Ian Rush, Phil Thompson, Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness. More recent stars Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman were also in attendance, along with Howard Kendall, Everton’s manager in 1989, and current Everton boss Roberto Martinez, who gave a reading. On the pitch, thousands of football scarves were laid out in the shape of “96”, donated from fans and clubs across the UK and beyond after an appeal from Liverpool FC for scarves to show a symbol of unity across fan rivalries. Some of those present at today’s memorial are witnesses in the new inquest into Britain’s worst sporting disaster, which began last month and resumes next week. The original accidental deaths verdicts in 1991 were quashed in the High Court in 2012 after a long campaign by the fans’ families. Traditional football hymn Abide With Me was sung before the names of the 96 fans were read out. At each name a light was lit, one by one, on a large piece of sculpture entitled the Band of Life, until all the lights were illuminated. Press Association As the time reached 3.06pm, the exact moment the match was abandoned while the tragedy unfolded, a minute’s silence began. In the city’s main streets and shopping thoroughfares, public transport stopped. The hum and noise from outside the ground faded as a hush fell across the city while Anfield, often a cauldron of noise, also fell into a sombre stillness. Heads bowed, some fans wiped away silent tears as they remembered the scores of lives lost. The minute’s silence ended with a round of applause, as across the city bells tolled 96 times at churches and civic buildings. The first reading was given by Martinez, who read from St John 14:1. In a short address afterwards, he said he was 15 at the time of the disaster, a football-mad kid in a football-mad family, when he heard the news. He said: “We could not believe the pain and horror that the families would get by receiving the news that their loved ones would not be coming home. Would not be coming home from a football match. How can you die by watching a football match? “That was not right or fair what happened and afterwards was not right or fair either.” To a huge cheer, Martinez added: “The authorities took on the wrong city if they thought they were going to get away with it.” He said the Hillsborough Family Support Group, which led the campaign for new inquests, was a remarkable group of people. He said: “I know, I don’t have to tell you, Everton are with you, you know that.” Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool’s first team manager, gave a reading of Psalm 23, before addressing the Hillsborough families themselves. Rodgers said his biggest inspiration as manager was each time he came to Anfield and seeing the names of the 96 on the Hillsborough Memorial. He said: “I feel very humble to be in your company. “You are the real inspiration for us. Your courage, fortitude, resilience and love for the people you lost, it’s what inspires me, every day, as the manager of Liverpool Football Club. “Thank you for the inspiration you give us all. You’ll never walk alone.” last_img read more

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‘Messi Will End His Career at Barcelona’

first_img“And so we’re going to enjoy him for much longer.”Bartomeu was speaking following the Catalan club’s 4-1 La Liga win at Villarreal on Sunday evening, which saw them close the gap to leaders Real Madrid to four points.Earlier, a Sergio Ramos penalty ensured Real edged to a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao.The spot-kick was awarded following a VAR review, while Bilbao had a penalty appeal of their own turned down, leading Bartomeu to question the fairness of the technology.“I saw the game in Bilbao and although I don’t like to say it, I’ll repeat that VAR is not being used as it should be,” he said.“Since the season returned after the Covid-19 crisis it has not been equal, that has been reflected in the results and it looks as if it always favours the same team.”In response, Real coach Zinedine Zidane said he was “tired” of his side’s victories being criticised.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lionel Messi will “end his working and footballing life at Barcelona”, the club’s president has announced.President of Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, dismissed reports the Argentina international, 33, was unwilling to renew his current contract when it expires in 2021.“We are negotiating with many players but Messi has explained to us he wants to stay,” Bartomeu told Spanish network Movistar.last_img read more

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UW offense has all bases covered

first_imgSenior quarterback Scott Tolzien has been very effective in a Badger offense that boasts a lot of talent and depth at every position.[/media-credit]Forget the 83 points from Saturday. It’s hard not to; everybody from Los Angeles to New York has criticized Bret Bielema for dropping a touchdown tsunami on Indiana. Instead, look to Bielema’s comments from Thursday; the Wisconsin head coach said his offense was clicking better this season than last.It’s quite the claim, considering the Badgers led the Big Ten in total offense last season, with 416.9 yards per game, as well as scoring offense, at 31.8 points per game. UW scored 51 points against Hawaii and dropped over 40 on Michigan and Wofford. But even more so after IU, the 2010 Wisconsin offense is living up to all expectations. So does that make it a step up from the 2009 edition?“Yes. I definitely would [say so],” senior left guard John Moffitt said. “We lost two starters last year. We have the same quarterback, same running back, same O-line. I think that’s only natural, you have an experienced group; you’re expected to be producing.”Produce they shall. Wisconsin is averaging 40.2 points per game, which if it holds up, would easily surpass the program record of 34.3 points per game, set in 2005. The Badgers are averaging 428.5 yards per game, which would be just off the 455.2 yards per game mark set in 1993. But despite hiccups along the way, the UW offense is everything it was hoped to be, as a unit returning all but one starter. Wisconsin finally returned a starting quarterback in Scott Tolzien and had 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year John Clay back. The massive and talented offensive line was back and healthy, and UW returned a number of experienced wide receivers. The biggest thing about experience might be how it showed during the week, though, in addition to on the field. Multiple players have said it’s UW’s preparation in practice that has paid off come gameday, with the veteran leadership being an essential part of that.“I think so, just because as seniors, you’ve got that smaller window of opportunity, so it’s more important to you,” Tolzien said. “You’ve learned through the years how important that is.” “The older guys can set a tone with that, whereas you have group of young guys and they kind of think ‘Oh, my reputation will win this game.’ Which is not the case, that’ll never happen,” Moffitt added. “Preparation wins games.”But no matter how prepared a team is, it needs the personnel to execute the game plan. And the Badgers have the right mix of talent to form an elite offensive unit. There are not a lot of weak points on the offense. Tolzien is an effective passer who doesn’t make many mistakes. Besides Clay, UW has all-around back Montee Ball and shifty speedster James White. Nick Toon gives UW physicality at receiver, while Jared Abbrederis and David Gilreath provide speed. The tight ends block and catch, and the offensive line has shown it can handle just about any defense out there. Simply put, it’s as balanced a unit as an offensive coordinator could want.“I think we’ve got enough that you have to have the ability to do whatever you need to do and not be hesitant to go about that any number of different ways,” UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst said. But it all boils down to one thing for the man calling UW’s plays. “Talent, talent and talent,” Chryst said. “You’ve got to have players. Guys that have talent and a work ethic, and an unselfishness to do their job within the scheme of the team.”As mentioned, the Badgers aren’t lacking in that department. Left tackle Gabe Carimi is a likely first-round NFL pick, while tight end Lance Kendricks is a Mackey Award (given to the nation’s top tight end) semifinalist. But just as important as the first-string talent has been the ability of the guys further down the depth chart. The only players to start every game have been Tolzien, Carimi and Moffitt. Despite the successful 9-1 season to this point, UW has not been immune from injuries. But when Toon or center Pete Konz went down with injuries, players stepped in and the offense just kept on rolling. Konz started every game up to Saturday, but UW got big contributions from replacement center Bill Nagy.“That’s what we preach here; the depth chart’s just a depth chart,” Ball said. “You’re going to get your chance when the guy in front of you goes down.”Perhaps the biggest testament to the success of that depth, though, has been simple execution. It’s one thing to put up 50 points on Wofford. It’s another thing to struggle against good teams, as UW did in putting up a combined 23 points against Iowa and Ohio State in 2009. This season, the lowest point total UW has been held to is 20, against Arizona State. And in the big games, the big drives that were lacking in the past were there for Wisconsin in 2010. Tolzien’s methodical march down the field against Iowa at Kinnick was something Wisconsin just hasn’t done in the past.“That’s what it comes down to. In the end, execution is what gives you a chance,” Chryst said. “If you’re doing things, you’re executing. That’s what it’s all about, that’s the whole thing; if you execute, then the results take care of [themselves].”last_img read more

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MLAX : Syracuse uses invert offense to counter opposing defensive schemes

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Syracuse’s most effective option right now against opposing defenses isn’t to beat them but to give them headaches. Stump them, and force them to make fast decisions.Searching for a way to jumpstart his offense, SU head coach John Desko began employing an inverted offensive scheme, something that has always been in the playbook but has become an effective option to counter an inconsistent attack. It puts a fourth attack on the field instead of a midfielder to play behind the cage. Defenses then have to figure out whether they should keep a close defender or long-stick or short-stick midfielder on him. They also have to determine whether to fall into a zone and force outside shots or continue to play man-to-man.In between the time they make that decision, the No. 18 Orange’s (7-7, 3-3 Big East) shooters look to benefit. It’s a strategy that’s worked this season since Desko started using it regularly.‘The defense, it keeps them on their toes,’ Maltz said. ‘It’s tough. That’s one thing that’s definitely working for us. It’s messing up opposing defenses a little bit and we’re going to try to keep taking advantage of it.’Syracuse’s offense still looks unbalanced too often. The Orange failed to score for close to 40 minutes at Notre Dame on Saturday, putting itself in a hole too deep to climb out of and eventually falling 8-6. While Syracuse occasionally breaks through defenses with ease – evidenced by its 19-6 blowout over Rutgers – it still struggles to carry that efficiency from game to game and certainly for long stretches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen SU lost to Georgetown on April 21, it entered the game coming off a two-game winning streak in which it scored a total of 32 goals. The Orange hasn’t scored in double digits since defeating Hobart 13-12 on April 17. Tommy Palasek, who leads the team with 19 goals, said the offense has generated chances, but it’s struggled to capitalize at times.‘We have the right schemes. We have the right players. Coach has given us the right scouting reports on them,’ Palasek said. ‘So, I think we’ve just got to go into the game and execute and play at a higher level on offense and do the right things.’That includes throwing in the inverted offense when needed, and typically, it has worked. Either Kevin Rice, Collin Donahue or Billy Ward has become the fourth attack to take the spot behind the goal. Maltz said when the offense is working properly, the attack playing at the back of the offensive box will beat the defender 95 percent of the time.Syracuse is limping into the most critical time of its season. The Orange’s poor first-half showing against the Fighting Irish turned to a strong second half, but by then, it was too late. Now it faces a Villanova team that is stocked with quality shooters who make up an aggressive offense.Before going to Notre Dame, Desko said it was time for his offense to play a full 60-minute game and take advantage of the holes the defense leaves.‘We’re going to have to make the most of our opportunities,’ Desko said. ‘If we can get transition opportunities, we’ve got to take them, and we’ve got to take good shots.’If there’s any consolation when the offense starts faltering, Desko can at least call on a fourth attack to add some pressure to the opposing defense and to put a fire under the offense.It might not be ideal for the Orange to still be searching for answers to score consistently at the conclusion of the regular season, but it’s heading to Villanova for the Big East tournament as an enigma.In a way, though, that’s what SU wants. If defenses can’t decide on how to stop the Orange’s scorers, the team will be able to exploit the defense for scoring opportunities.At least, that’s what Syracuse is hoping.Said Maltz: ‘We’re just trying to change a couple things up, and it’s really working for us.’cjiseman@syr.edulast_img read more

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Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 81-76 victory over Wake Forest

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 24, 2017 at 10:20 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse got back to .500 in Atlantic Coast Conference play on Tuesday night with an 81-76 win over Wake Forest (12-8, 3-5 ACC) in the Carrier Dome. The Orange (12-9, 4-4) ended its two-game losing skid with the victory thanks to key performances from Andrew White and Taurean Thompson. SU also picked up its first close win in conference play, which was much needed.Here are three takeaways from the game.Relying on WhiteWhite carried the Orange’s offense with 27 points on 6-of-15 shooting. In the first half, he hit four 3s and was the only SU player in double figures at the break. While he often found opportunities on the perimeter to hit the deep ball, he also forced a couple of shots after picking up his dribble and not having any other options with the ball. White grabbed five rebounds, once flying across the lane to corral a missed 2-pointer.White is the Orange’s leading scorer and he lived up to the billing on Tuesday night. But Syracuse’s reliance on him reflected an issue that has plagued SU all year. No one else on the Orange stepped up in a big way and offensive production fell on White’s shoulders.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith 13 minutes left, White caught a pass at the top of the key from Tyler Lydon and drove inside. He drew a foul and hit both free throws. He hit another two free throws with just under seven minutes left to tie the game at 59. He came through in the clutch again with a monster 3-pointer to put Syracuse up, 71-68 with just 75 seconds left.The Orange never trailed from that point on.John Collins proved his worthThe Wake Forest power forward was named the ACC’s player of the week after the Demon Deacons beat Miami and North Carolina State. Collins averaged 24 points and eight rebounds in those two games.He repeatedly beat Syracuse with offensive rebounds and putbacks at the rim. Collins finished with a stat line of 23 points 12 rebounds.But in the second half, the Orange limited Collins from getting easy looks inside. Thompson and Tyler Lydon split second-half minutes at center, limiting the Demon Deacons’ paint touches, a point that Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning emphasized before the game.With over three minutes left, though, Collins scored four straight points to pull the Demon Deacons within two of the Orange, 67-65.Thompson gives Syracuse a sparkThe freshman forward scored seven points in the first four minutes of the second half. He converted on two alley-oop layups and also hit a mid-range jumper. But when John Gillon tried to toss up another alley-oop, the ball flew too high and hit off the backboard.Thompson has been productive on offense all season and he showed a glimpse of what he’s capable of in the beginning of the half. But with SU trailing by three and 15 minutes left, he forced up a contested jumper at the end of the shot clock. When he subbed out for Tyler Roberson a possession later, SU head coach Jim Boeheim spoke with him on the sideline.Late in the second half, Thompson shined again. He rejected a shot at the end of the shot clock forcing a turnover from Wake Forest to keep Syracuse down by three. Minutes later, he clogged a passing lane and gave the Orange possession. On the opposite end of the court, he converted an and-1 to put SU up 67-61 with just over four minutes left.With three minutes left, Thompson missed two free throws. Mitchell Wilbekin hit a 3-pointer on the other end, giving Wake Forest a pivotal one-point lead. Thompson grabbed a huge rebound with under 10 seconds left and sunk two free throws to ice the game. Commentslast_img read more

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Brendan Curry’s overtime winner lifts No. 12 Syracuse over No. 2 Duke, 9-8

first_imgSU won the ensuing faceoff. Desko took a timeout and with no shot clock, Curry took the ball and paced across the top of the alley before flying down the right side and whipping a shot off the pipe. For a second, it felt like the Orange’s third-straight comeback was not to be completed. Curry had missed 11-straight and Duke’s stout defense surely allowed the best remaining chance. The Blue Devils’ offense only needed one shot. Instead, Syracuse kept attacking and Curry kept shooting. His first goal all afternoon secured SU’s biggest win of the year and kept ACC title hopes alive. CICERO — Syracuse midfielder Brendan Curry took 11 shots and missed all of them.His 11th, with less than 15 seconds left in regulation of an 8-8 tie, whizzed from his right side across the face of Duke goalie Turner Uppgren, zipping off the corner where the crossbar and opposite post meet. As the white rubber ball careened skyward, Curry looked back, half raising his arms in exasperation. Published on March 24, 2019 at 4:15 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Commentscenter_img AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut working on the goal line to Uppgren’s right a few minutes later in overtime, Curry pushed toward the crease, jumped, raised his stick and pushed the ball into the net. The roughly 5,000 fans at Bregman Stadium erupted into a frenzy as Curry’s orange and white clad teammates mobbed him.“It did get tough towards the end, like, ‘C’mon,’” Curry said, “but Nate found me and luckily I buried it.” Curry said.Curry’s lone goal Sunday, an overtime winner on his 12th shot, dispatched No. 2 Duke (8-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) 9-8 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School and kept No. 12 Syracuse (5-2, 1-1) alive in the ACC. Despite scoring only three goals through the first 51-plus minutes, the Orange burst to life in the final seven and a half, scoring six of the last seven goals to force overtime and win.Prior to this season, since joining the conference in 2013, the Orange were 14-5 against the ACC in the regular season. In the two seasons prior to 2019, Syracuse went a perfect 8-0 in the regular season ACC play. In a conference of five teams, even one loss can prevent a regular season title. A 15-14 loss to Virginia in overtime in February effectively eliminated SU’s margin for error in its conference slate.In the past two games, the Orange have gone down early, made runs and provided fourth-quarter heroics to sneak away with wins. SU has erased four goal deficits the past two weeks against Johns Hopkins and Rutgers, respectively. Earlier this week, players and John Desko warned against digging the same hole against Duke. The No. 2 team in the country wouldn’t afford the same opportunities to come back. The Blue Devils defense was too good, their offense too relentless to play from behind. But at halftime on Sunday, it was a similar scene. Duke’s bench happily marched to the locker room, a 6-2 lead in hand and a man-up to start the second half while the Orange slogged off the field. The Blue Devils were on a 3-0 run and SU didn’t score again until Jamie Trimboli snuck a shot past Uppgren in the third quarter, after a nearly 29-minute SU drought.“In general I thought it was a bit of a sloppy game,” Desko said. “But then we came alive when we needed to.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorDuke cobbled together its own offense while burying Syracuse’s. Quickly, the Blue Devils ran out to a 3-0 lead, leaning on star defenders Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris to lock off SU’s attacks and generate turnovers.All through the first half, whenever the Orange worked the ball inside — to Bradley Voigt, Nate Solomon or Stephen Rehfuss — a stick or body came thrashing, knocking the ball free and jump-starting Duke’s offense. Despite outshooting the Blue Devils 20-19 in the first half, the Orange’s quality chances were rare. Through most of the game, the best consistent look SU’s offense generated were outside shots from Curry on alley dodges — his shots that weren’t easily saved sailed over the cageOut of halftime, the game slowed to a crawl. Syracuse scored the only goal of the third quarter. Holding possession, leading 8-4 with about six minutes remaining in the game, it seemed the Blue Devils were happy to sit on their lead and constrict SU out of the game. Then Syracuse parlayed a Duke penalty with 6:19 remaining into a man-up goal 33 seconds later to make it 8-5. A Van Raaphorst push with 4:12 left was punished by Voigt to make it 8-6. A turnover less than a minute later and SU trailed by one with 3:15 to play. All the while, Desko said, the Orange adjusted to stay away from the crease — a vortex where the Orange coughed up possession all game — and create more space to facilitate offense. “We cleaned out the crease and just had one player in there and that probably changed their slide package,” Desko said. “In a hot game like this, when you do that, the defense has to adjust and it takes a little time.Hunting a tie, the Orange’s offense worked, sending the ball deftly from stick to stick until Rehfuss leaked out to the left of Uppgren. After the game, Rehfuss said he noticed the space and his defender slouching off so he naturally drifted. Nate Solomon found him with a pass and Rehfuss lowered his stick to shoulder level, picking the upper-right corner — Uppgren’s weak side — sending the packed bleachers into hysterics. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Players ready to go all out for promotion, says Kearns

first_imgThat’s according to manager Liam Kearns, who made his comments after Tipp defeated Offaly in their fourth match of the campaign.The Premier County have three more matches to play in order to try and secure a place in Division 2 next year.Kearns says his players will give it their all in an effort to achieve that aim.last_img

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NPFL Team to Tour Spain, as La Liga Opens Office in…

first_imgPresident of La Liga, Javier Tebas listed the benefits of the three-month-old partnership with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) when he formally opened the La Liga office in Nigeria located inside the Corporate Headquarters of the League Management Company (LMC) in Maitama District, Abuja.The La Liga President afterwards spoke at a media conference where he restated the Spanish League body’s commitment to making the five-year commercial and technical partnership with the NPFL a success.He recalled that he led a delegation of La Liga officials to Nigeria in April to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the LMC and noted that “we are here today to open a LaLiga Office in Nigeria in furtherance of that understanding”. According to Tebas, the benefits of the partnership would be attained in phases citing the coming tour of Spain by a select All-Star team of NPFL players.In listing the benefits of the partnership, the La Liga President stated, “We have made good progress in the three months of the understanding signed between us and Nigeria football league and in a few weeks, an All-Star team from Nigeria will tour La Liga and we are taking care of the travel and accommodation of 40 members of the team.“During this tour, the team will play three matches in Spain and will be watched by the Directors of top La Liga clubs who make decisions and this may result in some Nigeria League players being invited to the clubs. We also will be sending experts to interact with NPFL Club Managers and share knowledge and also send coaches to work at the grassroots academies for development of youth football,” Tebas added.He also assured the audience made up of the LMC top executives, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Board members, NPFL Club Chairmen and the media that with time, “LaLiga clubs would also visit Nigeria to play friendly matches…yes, Barcelona can come to Nigeria and that will mean that the NPFL is a big league.”Tebas said the partnership is providing opportunities for mutual benefit of both leagues and concluded, “I am sure that by the time the first five years of the partnership ends, LaLiga and NPFL will be bigger.”Ambassador Alfonso Barnuevo said he was happy to see Nigeria and Spain extend cooperation to football and predicted that there is a bright future ahead.“As Spanish Ambassador, I have to express my satisfaction that one of the strongest institutions in Spain, and probably one of the best known worldwide, La Liga, has established an office in Abuja. I see a bright future ahead,” the Ambassador remarked.Chairman of LMC, Shehu Dikko in a closing remark expressed appreciation to the La Liga partners and took time to list some of the breakthroughs the LMC has made in recent months, citing a letter of commendation from FIFA on the league’s governance structure.“We are delighted by some of the modest achievements we have attained and want to thank La Liga for the partnership and their decision to open an office here. More importantly, we believe more can be achieved with the support of all stakeholders”, Dikko remarked.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Alanson man charged with sexually assaulting girl under 13 years old

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOnaway, Mich. — An Alanson man is behind bars after sexual assault of a girl under the age of 13.The man was living with the girls family in Onaway at the time of the assault. Michigan State Police arrested 19–year–old James Knapp after a four month investigation. A worker at the Department of Health and Human Services contacted the MSP Gaylord Post to report that child may have been victimized.Troopers found enough evidence to  have Knapp charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and one count of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree.Knapp was lodged in the Presque Isle County Jail on Tuesday. He was also arraigned in the 89th District Court where the judge assessed a $200,000 cash bond. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 89th District Court, Alanson, Crime, Department of Health and Human Services, MSP Gaylord Post, Onaway, presque isle, Presque Isle County Jail, Sexual AssaultContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Wednesday, April 24Next Senior Living: A new, free program that can save liveslast_img read more

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