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Eguaveon Emerges Winner of Panenka Spot Kick Challenge 2

first_imgA  bus driver, Blessing Eguaveon, has emerged winner of the 2nd edition of Panenka Spot Kick Challenge at the iconic Estadio Krypton, Benin City, Edo State.The event which recorded another memorable spectacle filled with innovative thrills, entertainment and panache, was flagged off by a customary kick-off by the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, HRH Crown Prince Ezelekhae Ewuare.The Panenka Spot Kick Challenge is a sports reality entertainment show which involves a last man styled penalty challenge between 11 pre-designated contestants with the winner parting with the prize money of N100, 000.00.The penalty kick challenge matched the pre-event hype and audience expectations as the battle to be the last man standing was one filled with suspense, drama, twists and near misses.The challenge lasted five rounds with one of the notable misses coming from the winner of the first edition, Hassan Akar, making an early exit in the first round. In the end, Eguaveon emerged as the last man standing after five grueling rounds of penalty kicks.There was no shortage of entertainment as the second episode also saw new innovations such as the fans taking part in football technique contests and quizzes with fantastic prices from sponsors and affiliates. There were also performances from local dance crews who entertained and delighted the crowd with robust displays amongst other innovations.Speaking on the success, the founder and head of Team Panenka, Mr. Osahon Austin Aimiuwu expressed satisfaction at both the level of entertainment and increased participation for the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Four things we learned from Manchester City v Liverpool

first_imgSane’s ninth goal for City this season came after he also played an important role in unhinging Liverpool’s defence in the build-up to Sergio Aguero’s opener.Stones’ great escapeDespite dominating the early stages, City were just 1.12cm away from suffering a potentially game-changing self-inflicted wound as John Stones atoned for his mistake in dramatic fashion.With City backing off too far as Liverpool launched their first serious attack, Salah had time to pick his pass to Sadio Mane, whose shot hit the inside of the post.City defender Stones reacted with a panicked clearance against Ederson and the ball cannoned off the goalkeeper towards his own net.It looked certain to be a farcical own goal but Stones scrambled back to hook clear of the approaching Salah.Liverpool claimed it had gone in, but goalline technology showed that a tiny portion of the ball — just 1.12cm according to Premier League statistics — hadn’t crossed the line, meaning the decision to play on was correct.“I heard it was tight. I’m just happy it didn’t go over the line! Those sort of things can change a game,” Stones smiled.By such small margins are titles won and lost.Aguero haunts Liverpool againSergio Aguero has feasted on Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium and once again the Reds had no answer to City’s lethal finisher.Aguero’s 40th minute opener extended his streak of having scored in all seven of his home league games against Liverpool.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City reignited their Premier League title challenge with a crucial 2-1 win over leaders Liverpool on Thursday.Leroy Sane’s superb second half strike handed Liverpool their first league defeat this season and moved the champions to within four points of Jurgen Klopp’s side.Here are four things we learned from the seismic showdown between the two leading title contenders:Sane makes his pointA season that started with Leroy Sane’s future at City in doubt is no longer a tale of woe for the German winger, who underlined his vast potential with the blistering winner that kept the champions’ title hopes alive.Frustrated after being left out of Germany’s World Cup squad, Sane began City’s first three league games on the bench and was then left out entirely for the trip to Newcastle amid claims Pep Guardiola was concerned by the youngster’s focus in training.The close-season signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester was another impediment to Sane’s progress.“It is the toughest situation I have to handle,” Guardiola said at the time.“When Sane plays he has to play well. I am pretty sure of that.”But the 22-year-old gradually regained Guardiola’s trust and returned to the team, although it wasn’t until October — when he scored four times in five games — that Sane really showed his true colours.Since then, Sane has been much closer to the buccaneering force who played a major role in their title success and City have opened talks over an extension to a contract that expires in 2021.Selecting Sane, who was signed from Schalke in 2016, for the key clash against Liverpool made it clear Guardiola had no further doubts.His faith was rewarded in the 72nd minute as he drilled a brilliant low strike past Alisson Becker and in off the far post.last_img read more

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Atoning

first_imgYes, I admit I am a weakling. Ask my good friends and family and they will attest to my lack of physical strength. I’ve made a second career of avoiding exercise, albeit a poor one. It’s a job without payoff or benefits and while I might have been working hard at avoiding hard workouts, my body has paid the price. I was tone deaf.But not any longer. A few weeks ago I began my latest mission — strength training and cardio workouts with my personal trainer Jenny Costello. Everyone should have someone like Jenny. She cares about my nutrition and how I feel overall, she motivates and inspires me. I was at a point in my life where it no longer made sense to avoid a structured exercise routine. Hiring Jenny made complete sense. It was an investment in me — in my well being.Jenny and I were a natural pairing from the start. And knowing how I love a good story, Jenny had one. A resourceful person, she made a career change from finance to fitness so that she could be closer to home to care for her young children. She turned her passion into a business. I love that kind of story.My recent dedication to fitness has helped in all areas of my life. I’m enjoying more of what I took for granted for many years: preserving the precious gift of living well. We all deserve this.Here’s to progress.For more information about Jenny Costello’s personal training sessions and boot camps, call (732) 778-2385.Please e-mail me at emccarthy@tworivertimes.com.last_img read more

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Walton’s heroics not enough as Fernie Ghostriders steal 3-2 overtime victory over Nelson Leafs

first_imgNow that Nelson’s top offensive threat Patrick Martens has gone the way of Junior A — after signing earlier this week with the Langley Rivermen — the Leafs will look to another Kootenay International Junior Hockey League All Star to carry the weight of the team.Goalie Andrew Walton came close to packing the Leafs on his back, stopping all but three shots fired at him by the Fernie Ghostriders.However, the third shot proved to be the back breaker as Zach Traverse scored a power play marker with two minutes remaining in the first overtime period to spark the Riders to a 3-2 victory over the Leafs Thursday in the East Kootenay City.Facing this former Rider teammates for the first time since the Castlegar native led Fernie to the Cyclone Taylor Cup Final in April, Walton looked every bit like the game breaker Nelson traded for during the off season.Fernie out shot the Leafs 12-3 in the opening period and took a 2-0 lead on goals by Brendon Mangone and an extra-man marker by Austin Evans.But that would be all the scoring the Riders could manage on Walton during regulation time as the 20-year-old backstopper nailed the door shut despite Nelson being out shot 21-13 during the next 40 minutes.The stellar play by Walton gave Nelson a chance to get back in the game and the Leafs managed the feat with a second period goal by Colton Malmsten on the power play and Max Mois with six minute remaining in the third.The overtime loss concludes a six-game stint away from home for Nelson, finishing the away schedule with a 1-4-0-1 mark.The Leafs, falling to 13-8-0-2, return home Saturday to face winless Grand Forks Border Bruins at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Bruins lost 14-2 to Beaver Valley Thursday.The win increases Beaver Valley’s lead to four points over Nelson in Murdoch standings.The Leafs are two points in front of third place Castlegar Rebels, idle Thursday. Castlegar has played four fewer games then Nelson.ICE CHIPS: Andrew Walton was named the game’s first star. . . .The Leafs dipped into the minor hockey leagues to bolster the defence as Cole Arcuri was called up for the game in Fernie. The call-up was due to a rash of injuries to the defence . . . The game also saw the debut of two recent additions for Nelson on the blueline, Eric Spring and J.J. Beitel. Spring came to Nelson in a trade from Kelowna Chiefs while Beitel was signed after being released from Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL. Beitel registered an assist on the goal by Max Mois.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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San Beda cruises to 8th straight; Bolick ejected after scuffle

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLooking an unstoppable behemoth, San Beda continued its tear with a 72-58 rout of St. Benilde Tuesday for an eighth straight victory in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The win, however, was overshadowed by an endgame fracas where Carlo Young tackled a driving Robert Bolick down on a fastbreak with 2:28 left.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Bolick led San Beda with 14 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds before getting ejected, while Davon Potts had his best game this season with 12 markers, four boards, two dimes, and two steals.Javee Mocon also had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds for the 9-1 Red Lions.Clement Leutcheu paced St. Benilde (2-8) with 25 points and 15 rebounds, as the Blazers suffered their fourth straight defeat.The Scores:SAN BEDA 72 – Bolick 14, Potts 12, Mocon 10, Soberano 8, Tankoua 7, Cabanag 5, Noah 5, Bahio 4, Carino 3, Adamos 2, Doliguez 2, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Tongco 0.ADVERTISEMENT Brady not thinking of ’08 injury as he prepares for Chiefs LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img ST. BENILDE 58 – Leutcheu 25, Domingo 8, Sta. Maria 8, Pili 5, Castor 4, Belgica 2, Dixon 2, Naboa 2, San Juan 2, Johnson 0, Young 0.Quarters: 17-18, 41-28, 63-41, 72-58. View comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Things escalated quickly under the basket which led to a disqualifying foul on Young and the ejection of Bolick, who was seen retaliating by the referees during the replay, and Clint Doliguez, who entered the playing court.After the game, a fuming coach Boyet Fernandez expressed disgust with how things were handled during the commotion as he came to Bolick’s defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Where was the closed fist? Check the replay!,” he argued. “You have to see that. The other team only had one foul and we already had six fouls. Then you throw out a player that was tackled. I hope the commissioner will see that. It is unethical,” said Fernandez.“We were up 14 points and then you tackle the other player? Why penalize that guy who did not even punch? My God, that’s wrong. I hope the commissioner will see that. It’s already a won game already.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Snake scare at Games Village after dog menace

first_imgThe Commonwealth Games organisers continued to wallow in criticism as stray dogs, last-minute work and the discovery of a snake in one of the apartments in the Village on Sunday drew howls of protests from the visiting teams. Some 60 members of the Scotland team and a 50-strong Welsh contingent finally moved into the Village, but expressed displeasure at the unfinished facilities.Scotland’s chef de mission Jon Doig, who had arrived last week, said: “We arrived here earlier otherwise our athletes would have had a tough time in the Village. We could identify the problems at the right time. But there are still things that need to be fixed,” he said.Another team official said stray dogs continue to pose a danger. “This is very strange for us and it poses a threat for the athletes as well,” the official said.A top South African diplomat warned his country’s athletes would not put up in the Village after a snake was discovered in one of the rooms reserved for them.South African high commissioner Harris Mbulelo Mejeke said the athletes wouldn’t stay in the Village until everything was in place. ” A snake can be a threat to the lives of our athletes. Very disappointing.Basically, the basement was full of water and the staircase was damp. If snakes are found, we can’t ask our athletes to stay,” Mejeke said.Botswana complained about lack of cleanliness in the apartments. “There is a lot of construction material lying in our rooms. Besides filthy bedsheets, bathroom fittings do not work. They are not clean. It is unlivable,” chef de mission of Botswana, Tuelo Daniel Seruftho, said.advertisement”We are coordinating with the Games Organising Committee officials and efforts are on to put things in order,” he added. “Our athletes will be here by Tuesday. They will stay here only if the rooms are ready. Otherwise, we will arrange accommodation in hotels.”Trinidad and Tobago officials praised the facilities, but said their team would stay in hotels for the time being as finishing work remained. ” The facilities are excellent, but there is still work to do.This is similar to a big Indian wedding.But what bothers us are the mosquitoes.There is a fear of dengue,” said John Melow, a team official.last_img read more

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Golovkin-Lemieux Fight Sold Out

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Three years ago, Gennady Golovkin was largely unknown outside hard-core boxing circles. In two months, he’ll take on David Lemieux in an HBO pay-per-view fight for their four combined middleweight title belts at a sold-out Madison Square Garden.Although the Kazakh star’s charisma and his Canadian counterpart’s passionate fans played roles, Golovkin’s reputation for violent knockouts is the biggest reason these fighters have already sold more than 15,000 tickets. Only the cheap seats are left in New York’s famed arena for the Oct. 17 fight.Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) said he won’t allow his soaring stardom to distract him from the goal of unifying every middleweight championship.He already holds the WBA 160-pound title, the WBC interim title and the IBO belt, while Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) is the IBF champion.“Right now is an interesting time for me,” Golovkin said before a packed news conference in downtown Los Angeles, his adopted hometown. “I don’t lose motivation. My goal is all the middleweight championships. This is a big year for me, and next year will be even bigger.”It’s tough to get much bigger than a title unification fight at Madison Square Garden, where Golovkin will try for his 21st consecutive stoppage victory.Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, deliberately set the ticket prices slightly lower than other high-profile New York fights to entice fans — and they responded even more aggressively than he expected, guaranteeing an eventual sellout.Golovkin and Lemieux also will make their debuts as HBO pay-per-view headliners on a card featuring vaunted Nicaraguan flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez against Brian Viloria.The pay-per-view decision rankled some Golovkin fans who have tracked his rise from relative obscurity in Germany to major bouts in New York and Los Angeles in the past two years.Yet Golovkin’s camp made a major financial offer to entice Lemieux into the ring after years of getting turned down by champions and well-known stars wary of Golovkin’s power and skill.“This is the first time anybody would agree to step in the ring with Gennady when they had something to lose,” said Loeffler. “I figured it would sell out (Madison Square Garden), but the response now, that exceeds whatever we thought. With every fight, he grows.”Golovkin’s stateside rise also led to a spike in his popularity back home in Kazakhstan, where he’s greeted as a hero whenever he returns.“I’m not a hero,” Golovkin said. “I’m a regular man. I’m a boxer.”Sure, GGG. On his last trip home to visit his mother, Golovkin stopped in at a soccer game and got a raucous, lengthy standing ovation from the crowd of 30,000 when it realized he was in the arena.Golovkin is even getting recognized regularly in Los Angeles, where he moved with his wife and young son. Although the champ doesn’t mind the attention, he doesn’t invite it, either.“I go to kindergarten, and I go to the gym,” he said with a grin. “That’s it.”Lemieux said he didn’t hesitate to take the biggest test of his career, and he could land legions of new fans with his brawling, relentless style. He claimed the vacant IBF title in June by knocking down Hassan N’Dam four times in a decision win.“What’s a better time than now?” Lemieux asked. “He’s at his best. I’m at my best. I’m confident in my abilities. I’m not scared of him. He’s a smart guy. He knows what he’s in against, but he’ll be surprised by my power.”Golovkin and Lemieux got along well during a three-city publicity tour this week, exchanging compliments on the dais before laughing at each other during the staredowns. Golovkin also enjoyed the chance to be around Bernard Hopkins, a partner in Golden Boy Promotions, which backs Lemieux.Those good feelings will evaporate in October when Golovkin goes after the victory that would move him to the next level of stardom in his meteoric three-year rise.“Right now, I more understand Bernard and what he did,” Golovkin said of Hopkins, who famously made 20 consecutive middleweight title defenses. “I promise an amazing show. Everybody understands this is a new step to the story.”(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Asiad medals will change perception about bridge in India: Rajeev Khandelwal

first_imgMumbai, Sep 6 (PTI) Bridge player Rajeev Khandelwal, who was part of the Indian mixed team that clinched a bronze medal in the Asian Games, believes that the success will help change perception about the sport. “I think, the first major thing is that it (the medals) is going to change the perception of people. Because people thought bridge is a card game and card is taboo in India and most people were not allowed to play bridge,” Khandelwal told reporters here. He along with his wife Himani Khandelwal and Hema Deora, who were also part of the mixed team that won bronze, were felicitated by the Bombay Gymkhana here. “We wanted to train people but we cant, because their parents would say ‘taash khelene laagega beta, yeh koi game hai kya’ (child will stat playing cards, is this a game). “Nobody understands that it is an intelligence game rather than gambling. Everybody associates Bridge with gambling, but because of medals that we have got, things will change and people will start recognising it as a sport, rather than a gambling thing,” added Khandelwal. India returned from the Asian Games with a gold and two bronze medals in bridge, after the sport was for the first time introduced in the continental showpiece. Echoing similar views, Deora said bridge was more like a mind sport. “After acquiring these medals (at the Games) and after Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) also having tweeted about it, it has become aware that it (bridge) is not a gambling sport, but a mind sport and it’s like chess.advertisement “So people are becoming more aware and realising importance of this game and I am sure it will be picked up much faster and better,” said Deora. The trio was presented with mementos for their feat. PTI NRB AHlast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea loanee Mount tells Hudson-Odoi: Better to be playing regularly

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea loanee Mount tells Hudson-Odoi: Better to be playing regularlyby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea loanee Mason Mount has urged young players to move aboard amid Bayern Munich’s interest in Callum Hudson-Odoi.Hudson-Odoi is reportedly weighing up a move to Bayern Munich after the Bundesliga giants submitted four bids for the winger.Mount, currently with Derby, spent last season on loan with Vitesse and believes the experience of playing overseas can help young footballers.”I would say to all young players game time and experience is the most important thing,” Mount told talkSPORT.”For me to go out on loan and play in a top professional league and gain experience, rather than sitting in the Chelsea Under-23s.”I didn’t want to do that, I’d already had a year playing Under-23s and I felt that I needed to move on and test myself away from England.”It was the best decision I made because I went out there, gained so much experience and playing time, and that set me up moving on.” last_img read more

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Ohio State LB Darron Lee Doesn’t Understand Why Michigan Brags About Its Success In The 90s

first_imgDarron Lee tweets message bashing the Michigan 1990's teams.Darron Lee Michigan DissIt’s been a while since Michigan’s football program was truly elite. Since the 1990s, probably. Two decades ago, the Wolverines won a national championship (1997), five Big Ten championships and had a winning record (7-2) against rival Ohio State. Since then, they’ve had a couple really good seasons, but success on a national level (and against the Buckeyes) has been inconsistent at best. Ohio State sophomore linebacker Darron Lee doesn’t understand why the Wolverines think they can brag about what happened 20-something years ago. Never knew why the TTUN always talked about the 90’s like anyone remembers…or cared but hey gotta cling to something right?— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) May 19, 2015Michigan’s game against Ohio State – the first Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer meeting – is set to occur on Nov. 28. We can’t wait for it.last_img read more

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