RelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Eden Hazard will need tests on a twisted ankle just three weeks before Real Madrid go to Barcelona in La Liga after hobbling off in his team’s 2-2 draw with Paris Saint Germain.“It’s more than just a knock,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. ‘It’s a knock on the ankle and a twist as well. And if it’s just a knock then that’s fine but if it’s a twist too.“Hopefully it will be okay with just three days rest. We will see on Wednesday. I hope it’s not a bad twist.”Hazard grimaced as he sat on the sidelines waiting for treatment.He eventually had to hobble around the perimeter, replaced by Gareth Bale who will now be even more important to Zidane if has to be without Hazard against Barcelona at the Nou Camp next month.“If we play like that every game I will sign for that.” said Zidane who was as happy with the display as he was concerned about Hazard’s injury.“His performance was spectacular,” he added.“Madrid were the better team,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel. “Madrid played like a team that have won three Champions League in the last four seasons.“Keylor Navas played very well for us. But the plus for us is that we finish top of the group.”Asked why he had not started with Neymar who was a second half substitute, he said: “Neymar has been out for six weeks. I didn’t think he needed to play this game. I have spoken to him and I took the decision for him, for his fitness.”The game turned on a refereeing decision in the first half when Thibaut Courtois was sent off and had a penalty awarded against him only for VAR to advise the referee to over-rule the decision for a previous foul on Marcelo.“I thought VAR was only to be used in the event of the possibility of a clear and obvious error,” he said.“The referee had decided that it was not a foul. I don’t think VAR should have intervened. It was a bit strange.”Tags: Eden HazardReal MadridZinedine Zidane
RelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Nigeria: We can’t breathe, by Gabriel Agbo Yes, Nigeria is collapsing forward, by Femi Adesina Kehinde Lamidi, Chairman, Media and Publicity, Nigeria Volleyball Federation, on Tuesday said the Federation had invited eight players to prepare ahead for CAVB Continental Cup. Lamidi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the Federation needed to prepare for the second phase of the Olympic qualifier. According to him, the Olympic qualifier was scheduled to hold between March 19 and 23 in Mozambique. He said the Federation would do its best to ensure that it qualified for the forthcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifier. He said: “Eight players have been invited to join those on ground. “The players and officials are expected to resume camp today at the Ahmadu Bello stadium, Kaduna “We hope this development and hard work will give us victory.” Lamidi further said Team Nigeria was drawn alongside host Mozambique, Tunisia, Zambia and Congo Brazzaville in Group A of the Olympic qualifier. NAN reports that the players invited include Hilary Simon and Emenike Ejike from Rivers; Andrew Sunday and Godwin Shekarau, both from Sazahm; and Obayomi Ogunshina from the Nigeria Police Force. Others are Peter Ibrahim, Abdulrasheed Ahmed and Babalola Hussain from Kada, Galant and Plateau respectively. NAN.Tags: 2020 Tokyo Olympic Qualifier2020 Tokyo OlympicsJapanKehinde LamidiNigeriaNigeria Volleyball FederationVOLLEYBALL
Graeme McDowell expects the cream to rise to the top during the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne but is feeling confident about Ireland’s chances. The Northern Irishman, who finished fourth in the Race to Dubai, is respectful of the Royal Melbourne course but thinks he and team-mate Shane Lowry will make it through to Sunday’s play. “You’ve really got to respect it. You really have to pay attention to what you’re doing out there because the wrong shot on the wrong line and the wrong shape at any given moment can get you in all sorts of trouble,” McDowell told the Herald Sun. Press Association “Scotty’s just one of those guys who you play with and think to yourself, ‘Why is this guy not winning every week?’ He’s that impressive,” McDowell said. “I had the pleasure, or displeasure, of playing with him in the last round of the Open championship last year, but I knew it was only a matter of time before he developed into the player that he is. “He has always been an awesome player.” The money focus at the event has shifted from team to individual honours, with 7million US dollars (£4.3million) in prize money to be divided among the 60-man field, including 1.2million US dollars (£740,000) going to the winner. In contrast, only 1million US dollars (£620,000) has been allocated for the teams event, with money only being split between the top three teams. Despite this, McDowell’s focus is on team glory. He said: “We’re big on the team element. The World Cup will always be about the winning team and we’re passionate about standing there as the winning team on Sunday night.” Meanwhile, Siddikur Rahman will make history when he tees off in Melbourne. The 29-year-old will become the first Bangladeshi player to take part in the tournament, two weeks after claiming his second Asian Tour title when he won the Hero Indian Open. “I’m really excited and I’m glad to play in this tournament. I’m proud with what I have achieved,” Rahman said. “I have received a lot of messages from my fans and friends on Facebook and emails and they are encouraging me to play well and it’s good for me and good for golf in Bangladesh.” “I feel like it will bring the cream to the top, for sure. The top players will shine and the less experienced players will have a problem with this golf course. “Shane and I are as good and experienced as anybody this week and, hopefully, we can be playing together late on Sunday afternoon. “It’s just a great track that requires a lot of strategy, a lot of positioning of iron play coming into these fast and firm undulating greens.” McDowell revealed he will approach the course in a slightly different way than would be expected. He added: “You don’t hit many drivers, maybe four or five max out there. “Like a links golf course, the wind can change this course within the space of an hour, change the character of holes when the wind switches direction.” McDowell also hailed Australia’s Adam Scott, who along with Matt Kuchar, is heavy favourite for individual honours at Royal Melbourne. Scott, currently ranked number two in the world behind Tiger Woods, has won back-to-back tournaments – the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters, with the latter held at Royal Melbourne last week.
The defending champion had hoped to improve on his opening-day 69 after admitting he was struggling with jet-lag, but he ended up having to settle for the same score on Friday after an eventful 18 holes that included an eagle, six birdies and six bogeys. The world number one, who was two shots off leader Jordan Spieth overnight, started off with successive pars but after that he only parred three of the next 16 holes as he struggled to build any momentum. Press Association Rory McIlroy found consistency to be a fleeting commodity during a roller-coaster second round at the Australian Open but will still go into the weekend just one shot off leader Greg Chalmers in Sydney. He dropped shots on the third, fourth – when he found water – and seventh, while recording birdies on the fifth and ninth as he reached the turn in a one-over-par 36. McIlroy started the back nine with another par on the 10th, but that was his last of the round as he embarked on a remarkable mixed run of scoring that included four birdies, three more dropped shots and also an eagle on the par-five 14th. The 25-year-old was left to wonder what might have been after the round, and told www.pga.org.au: “I felt like I had an opportunity today to maybe shoot a good one and put a little bit of space between myself and the rest of the field but it didn’t really pan out that way. “I had six birdies and an eagle today. You eliminate the bad stuff and the bogeys and all of a sudden you turn that into a low score. “I was happy with how I finished obviously, I was four-under for the last five holes and came back well and still in a good position going into tomorrow.” All that left the Northern Irishman on four under for the tournament and in a four-way share of second place alongside Adam Crawford (69), amateur Todd Sinnott (67) and Conrad Shindler (68). Australian Chalmers is setting the pace at the midway point on five under after following up his 71 with a 66 – including a birdie on the last which saw him claim the outright lead – while Spieth slipped back to three under after only managing a 72. World number three Adam Scott, who was edged out by McIlroy on the 72nd hole last year, also carded a 66 as he bounced back in style from his 74 on day one to sit on two under par.
Sakho limped off during Sunday’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with West Brom with a thigh problem and reports on Tuesday suggested the Senegal forward was out for three months. But the exact prognosis is still to be determined after Sakho was injured stretching to shoot into the side-netting during the second half at Upton Park. Striker Diafra Sakho will undergo a scan on Wednesday to determine the extent of his thigh injury, Press Association Sport understands. West Ham boss Slaven Bilic said afterwards: “It doesn’t look good. It’s a big blow for us, he’s a key player.” His is the third injury to hit West Ham’s attacking resources after playmaker Dimitri Payet and winger Enner Valencia were hurt against Everton earlier this month. “You can see injuries in every club and to be fair the number who are missing is not a lot, but the ones missing are key players who play in the same position,” added Bilic. “Valencia, Payet, and now Sakho. It is very hard to replace them.” The Hammers play Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday. Press Association
The quarterback and his wife run the Brees Dream foundation, which has spent tens of millions helping to fund charitable endeavors in New Orleans and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast. Most of those efforts have focused on improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as health and wellness for children and seniors.___The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23. It was an inevitable decision but still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to ready the historic venue for its first 500 under new ownership. A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work” that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus.___The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The San Diego Padres planned to play “God Bless America” at empty Petco Park at 1:10 p.m. PT Thursday, which would have been the scheduled time for first pitch of their opening day game against the Colorado Rockies. The German Football League, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said it fears many clubs could face financial collapse if games can’t resume.Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “in these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders.”___Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.The French champion’s jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front. That total is $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament. The NCAA says $50 million of the payout will come from its reserve fund. A $270 million event cancellation insurance policy will be used to pay off a line credit that will cover the remaining distribution.___Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is donating $50,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund.Elway’s personal donation follows a $500,000 donation by the team. IndyCar was supposed to resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard.___Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks.Castellano tested positive as part of a physical that officials at Gulfstream Park mandated as a prerequisite before being cleared to ride in Saturday’s Florida Derby. Castellano says that he has not had “known contact with anyone that has tested positive.” Nadal and Gasol say they have made donations and urged others to follow their lead. Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas quickly said he would pitch in.Nadal says “I believe that we are who we are in large part thanks to your support and now we have to be there for you.”Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the virus.___Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the world university triathlon championship in Hungary has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Olympic mixed relay qualifying race had already been relocated to Valencia from Chengdu, China, and was scheduled for May 1.A World Cup event in Valencia had been scheduled for the next day. It’s the seventh World Cup race to be postponed.The International Triathlon Union says it will try to find new dates for both.The university worlds were to be staged on June 27-28 in Kecskemet.___ “Whatever is the fairest,” Jordan Staal said. “Everybody would kind of accept that.”___Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, will donate $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the rapid transmission of the coronavirus in the state.Brees, who posted his pledge on a social media account on Thursday, says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities like Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver about 10,000 meals per day to people in need.Brees says he hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” adding, “Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.” The Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field through at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order through that date.Packers officials said the closure would continue until that order expires or until a superseding order is issued.This closure also applies to the Packers’ pro shop and the Packers Hall of Fame as well as any team-run public activities in Titletown, a complex of shops and restaurants near the stadium.Packers officials said Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have essential personnel in place for non-public operations of the facilities. Most of the other Packers personnel will continue to work remotely as duties permit.The Packers had announced March 13 they were closing their businesses to the public for two weeks. This move continues those closures. ___Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says he wouldn’t mind if the NHL went straight to the playoffs if the season is able to resume.“You try to get in as many games as you can … but wouldn’t mind starting right at the playoffs,” Crosby said on a video conference with media members Thursday.Crosby was joined by Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Crosby joked that everyone was looking at him for an answer about what he’d prefer about the resumption of the season after a pause for the coronavirus pandemic.Opinions vary on what’s next for the NHL, especially because there were 189 games left in the regular season and not all teams had played the same amount. Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield expressed “deepest condolences” to Reed and his family in a release and said the program is there to support them. Satterfield added, “This horrible virus has affected so many people, and it’s even more difficult when it touches someone in the UofL football family.”Reed caught eight passes for 145 yards in 13 games in 2017 and played in two contests the next season. He returned to Louisville this spring after transferring to Iowa Western Community College.___Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol have launched a campaign to encourage donations in the hope of raising 11 million euros ($12.1 million) to help Spain fight the coronavirus.The tennis and basketball stars said in videos posted on social media that they are supporting a Red Cross fundraising effort to help with the public health crisis. March 26, 2020 Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement: “Year after year, Coloradans have supported our Denver Broncos, and today I am beyond proud to thank the Denver Broncos for their support of Coloradans in our time of need.”The Broncos also donated 100,000 meals to the Food Bank of the Rockies and jointly hosted a personal protective equipment drive at their stadium last weekend.Elway said he wanted to support hospital workers, doctors and nurses who are the front line in the coronavirus pandemic. Elway mentioned his son-in-law, who is a doctor in Sacramento, California. “They truly are the warriors,” Elway said.—AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reporting from Aurora, Colorado.___ Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “now that we are not playing soccer, to return to doing so we need to win together the most important match against coronavirus.”Italy has nearly 75,000 infections and more than 7,500 fatalities from the virus.___Real Madrid and Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.The soccer club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They will then be distributed by government authorities to hospitals. The Latest: Padres to play “God Bless America” at Petco Park Castellano last rode on March 15, when he had two mounts at Gulfstream. He returned to New York to see family afterward and was scheduled to ride at Gulfstream this weekend.It’s unclear if Castellano could have ridden at Gulfstream this weekend even if the physical had not found that he has the coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order earlier this week calling for anyone who flies to Florida from New York City or the surrounding areas to self-quarantine for 14 days.— Reporting by AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami___Louisville says the father of junior wide receiver Corey Reed Jr. died Wednesday morning from coronavirus in an Atlanta hospital. Corey Reed Sr. was 43. With the season delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Padres planned to play the song “as a symbol of solidarity with our resilient country and all of you during this time of crisis,” the team said in a social media posting.The Padres also said they would partner with Phil’s BBQ, a local chain with a concession stand at Petco Park, to provide lunch for UCSD Healthcare and San Diego Blood Bank employees and volunteers.Some Padres players have been using Petco Park for workouts since Monday. They are limited to small groups and must follow social distancing guidelines.___The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June’. Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 virus.Civic groups, businesses and individuals are donating much-needed masks and any material that can used to make protective gear for doctors and nurses.___Four German soccer clubs have pledged 20 million euros ($21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to stay afloat after games in the country were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros ($13.7 million) in as-yet undistributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros ($8.2 million) from their own funds. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, giving them extra income. A soccer exhibition between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Soccer United Marketing, the wing of Major League Soccer that was promoting the match, said Thursday the federations will attempt to reschedule the game before the World Cup in November 2022.___The Italian soccer federation has offered up its hotel and auditorium for people having their health monitored amid the coronavirus outbreak.The facilities outside Florence are normally used by Italy’s national soccer teams and also host high-level courses for coaches and sporting directors. The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.___The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria.The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended. The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick on Tuesday inaugurated the Federationâ€™s newly â€“composed Audit Committee and the Technical Study Group at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja, declaring them â€œcritical panels that have much to contribute to Nigerian Footballâ€™s development.â€The NFF supremo poured encomiums on Executive Committee member, Otunba Sunday Dele-Ajayi, who heads the Audit Committee and will celebrate his 60thbirthday next week, saying â€œOtunba is a fit and proper person for the role given his huge experience in the financial sector and his calm, collected and matured disposition.â€œThe Audit Committee will complement the efforts of our external auditors, PriceWaterHouse Coopers and much is expected of them.â€ Pinnick also declared that the Technical Study Group would function as a committee, collating, analysing and putting at the disposal of the Federation, data and new thinking that can enhance the rapid development of the Nigeria game.â€œThe Chairman, Alhaji Abba Yola needs no introduction. He is someone who has seen it all in sports administration and we thank him immensely for accepting to serve Nigerian Football in this capacity. In due course, members of the Technical Study Group will be attached to the various National Teams to impact on those teams.â€Otunba Dele-Ajayi promised that his committee would work in tandem with the external auditors to enhance even further the reliability of NFFâ€™s financial records, for the good of the game. He thanked the NFF for the opportunity given to the members to serve.On his part, Yola said: â€œI commend the NFF for coming up with a panel like the Technical Study Group. We will work as a group and with the Technical Committee, and in the interest of all the National Teams, including the U13.â€NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi urged the committees to route their reports through the proper channels without making public their recommendations, while also thanking them for accepting to serve the nation.Also at the occasion were NFF Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme; Mr. Taribo West (Vice Chairman, TSG); Mr. James Peters (Member, TSG); Coach Bitrus Bewarang (Technical Director); Ademola Olajire (Director of Communications); Suleiman Tegina (Deputy Director, Audit) and; Tunde Aderibigbe (Head of Protocol).Audit Committee: Sunday Dele-Ajayi (Chairman); Mohammed Alkali (Vice Chairman); Shariff Abdullahi (Member); Abubakar Ladan (Member); Yahuza Adamu (Member); Ayodeji Alabi (Member); Ezra Godit (Member); Ogheneochuko Ambakederemo (Member); Imama Tukur (Member); Isa Matori (Member); Suleiman Tegina (Secretary)Technical Study Group: Abba Yola (Chairman); Taribo West (Vice Chairman); Bernard Ogbe (Member); Augustine â€˜Jay Jayâ€™ Okocha (Member); Tijjani Babangida (Member); Victor Agali (Member); Tunde Adelakun (Member); Adegoke Adelabu (Member); James Peters (Member); Clement Nwankpa (Member); Ibikunle Solaja (Member); Yusuf Dauda (Member); Ubale Yusuf (Member); Sule Gwagwarja (Member); Godwin Enakhena (Member); Mike Idoko (Member); Chukwumah Ubah (Member); Bitrus Bewarang (Secretary)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Value Jet airlines, one of Nigeria’s safest airlines with a 100% safety record has thrown its weight behind the Remo Secondary Schools Athletics Championship which began thursday at the Gateway International stadium in Sagamu.The competition,organised by the Falilat Ogunkoya Sports Foundation is for secondary schools in the Remo division of Ogun state and it will serve as a veritable platform to discover talents that can be groomed in time to represent Ogun state at the National Sports Festival holding in Benin,Edo state in March/April next year and those that can be groomed to reprsent in the future.The brain behind the event, Falilat Ogunkoya is grateful to Value Jet and its owner,Kunle Soname for backing the competition and believes the talents discovered at this competition will forever be grateful to Soname,also an Remo indigene for giving them the opportunity to be noticed. “This is a dream come true for me and I am grateful to Mr Soname for identifying with our objective which is to give boys and girls in the Remo division of Ogun state the opportunity to showcase their talents.“Through his company,Value Jet, the first Remo Sceondary Schools Athletics Championships is a reality,’said Ogunkoya,the reigning African 400m record (49.10) holder and two-time Olympic medallist.Ogunkoya is also delighted that the South West Athletics Association has identified with her.“Schools from the six south western states of Nigeria have been invited for the South West Athletics Relays to add colour to the competition,’said Ogunkoya who remains the only Nigerian athlete ever to be ranked number one in any event following her number one ranking in 1998 after winning the 400m event at the Grand Prix Final in Moscow,Russia.Some of the Southwest schools that have indicated interest are:Brightville College Ibadan,Ayodele Comprehensive College Oyo,Progressive College Modakeke,Trailblaizer College Ilesa,Aquinas College Akure,Oyemekun Grammar School Akure among others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has “no doubt” his team can secure a return to the Champions League.The Foxes, who won the Premier League in 2016, have made a slow start to the resumption of the campaign, drawing twice and losing at Everton.But a 3-0 home win over Crystal Palace on Saturday leaves them in third place. “We have to stay in this period and focus on the next game,” Rodgers said. “Hopefully by the end of the season we achieve the objective and the dream.”Leicester are a point ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea, with in-form Manchester United two points further back, having won three successive league games.The Foxes, who finished ninth last term, last played in the Champions League in 2017 when they reached the quarter-finals, after their Premier League title win under Claudio Ranieri.Rodgers, who took charge in February 2019,says his team has the capability to return to Europe’s elite competition. “There’s no doubt, we have shown over 33 games our talent,” he said. “OK, we’re maybe missing some players but as a squad we’re very focused on achieving it and we’ll fight to the final whistle.“What the players have done has been remarkable. I’m pretty clear on that and getting the perspective of it all.”Leicester host Manchester United on the final day of the season but next travel to Arsenal on Tuesday, with Mikel Arteta’s seventh-placed side looking to extend a run of three successive league wins.“They are very well organised, look to play how Arsenal supporters want them to play and he has made some really good steps,” Rodgers said. “They’re on the back of three good results and we’ll look forward to the challenge.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 20, 2019 at 8:05 pm Contact Anthony: email@example.com Isaiah Stewart, a 6-foot-9 center and five-star recruit, announced his verbal commitment to Washington Sunday night. He chose the Huskies over Syracuse, Duke, Michigan State, and Kentucky. A Rochester native and current player at La Lumiere (Indiana) High School, Stewart is ranked No. 5 on ESPN’s top-100 for 2019, and No. 6 by Rivals and 247Sports. He is a member of Albany City Rocks AAU, and played alongside current SU forward Buddy Boeheim and 2019 commit Joe Girard III. However, Stewart also has a close relationship with Washington head coach and former SU assistant Mike Hopkins. Hopkins first recruited Stewart when Stewart played in Rochester, at McQuaid High School. He developed a close personal relationship with Stewart’s family, even though NCAA recruiting regulations restricted Hopkins from speaking directly with Stewart until his junior year.Some even joked that Hopkins had his own parking spot outside of the McQuaid gymnasium, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara became the main recruiter after Hopkins’ departure. “Stewart is special because he owns a post-up game, along with a sweet, short, face-up game,” Paul Biancardi, ESPN’s National Recruiting Director, said. “A strong center who embraces playing big inside the paint and thrives at out-running his opponents.”SU may have missed on Stewart, but the Orange are actively recruiting another center. Qudus Wahab, a 6-10 big from Oakton, Virginia, plans to announce his college decision on Jan. 30. The Orange’s 2019 class has four signed players thus far, including Brycen Goodine, Girard III, Quincy Guerrier and John Bol Ajak.