FIFA ranking: Super Eagles drop one spot

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Former African champions, the Super Eagles, have dropped one place to 34th spot in the latest World governing body, FIFA, ranking for the month of August. The Nigerian side polled 1482 points as against their previous 1481 in the previous month. The Gernot Rohr lads held to a two-all draw by Ukraine in Dnipro last week also placed third best team on the continent behind Senegal and Tunisia. A win over the Seleciao of Brazil in next month’s friendly may propel the Nigerian side in the next edition of the ranking. Meanwhile, Belgium remain top of the FIFA World Ranking after an action-packed number of weeks in international football which saw 78 friendlies, 74 continental qualifiers and 60 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers take place. Although the teams in the top 10 remain unchanged, there has been some movement. France (2nd, up 1) and Brazil (3rd, down 1) have traded places, while Spain (7th, up 2) are the top ten’s biggest movers. The next FIFA World Ranking will be published on October 24, 2019.Tags: FIFAGernot RohrSuper EaglesUkrainelast_img read more

Wenger hails Gnabry talent

first_imgArsene Wenger believes he has unearthed another Arsenal gem in Serge Gnabry. Gnabry’s goal made him Arsenal’s second-youngest Premier League goalscorer – Cesc Fabregas being the youngest. Gnabry may have a long way to go before he can be compared to players of Fabregas’ calibre, but Wenger has been very impressed by the way the teenager, who was just 14 months old when the Frenchman took charge of Arsenal, has contributed. “He is surprising,” Wenger said. “He has the talent, but he has the personality on the pitch as well. “He doesn’t look timid, he looks to play with belief and, of course, talent. “Unfortunately he is another player for Germany, he’s not English. “He was one-year-old when I came to Arsenal, I can’t believe it. Now I have some players in my squad who were not born when I arrived at Arsenal. “The two players who scored (Gnabry and Aaron Ramsey) have a combined age of 40.” Although Swansea boss Michael Laudrup was disappointed at how a lack of composure had cost his side dearly in the second half, he did reserve particular praise for a young talent of his own in left-back Ben Davies. The 20-year-old was the best player on the field in a white shirt, and scored his side’s goal after linking up well with Wilfried Bony. The Wales international has picked up where he left off after an excellent first season of senior football, and Laudrup said: “It was great to see. He is a young player who is still coming forward and gaining experience. “He’s a good boy, who is very intelligent as well. It’s good to see players like that.” Swansea have already faced Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal so far this season, meaning Laudrup is better placed than most to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the title contenders. But he believes it is far too early to try to predict if Arsenal have what it takes to still be on top of the pile come mid-May. “I don’t know if they are title contenders, there have been some surprise results this weekend,” he said. “Manchester United lost to West Brom and Manchester City have lost two games away to Aston Villa and Cardiff. “So Arsenal and Tottenham are on top, but there are 32 games to play. But no-one can take what you already have on the board away from you.” The 18-year-old German scored his first senior Gunners goal in Saturday’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Swansea, and his pace and trickery proved a constant thorn in the side of the home defence. During his 17-year stint in charge of Arsenal, Wenger has been renowned for his ability to develop young players into first-team regulars. Press Associationlast_img read more

Giroud sends Arsenal top

first_img Press Association Olivier Giroud’s 11th goal of the season fired Arsenal back to the top of the Barclays Premier League after a scrappy win at Newcastle. There was barely a minute of stoppage time remaining when Vurnon Anita surged forward and picked out Cabaye, whose long-range strike was blocked by Laurent Koscielny, only for Sissoko to latch on to the rebound and force Szczesny to tip over a piledriver. From the resulting corner, Debuchy headed against the underside of the crossbar and the Gunners managed to smuggle the loose ball away as referee Lee Probert blew for half-time. After a tentative start to the second half, Anita caused panic in the Gunners’ defence when he clipped a cross towards lone striker Loic Remy, although between them Szczesny and his colleagues managed to keep the Frenchman at bay. The visitors were seeing plenty of the ball, but once again were able to do little with it with Mathieu Flamini’s speculative 57th-minute effort, which sailed high and wide, as close as they came to troubling Krul as the game approached the hour-mark. Pardew made his move with 28 minutes remaining when he sent on Ben Arfa for the tiring Yoan Gouffran and charged him with the task of running at Arsenal. But it was the visitors who went ahead three minutes later when Walcott floated a free-kick into the box and Giroud got ahead of Williamson to glance it past Krul. He should have doubled his tally within four minutes when, after Walcott saw his initial effort blocked by Krul and his follow-up headed off the line by Debuchy, the ball fell to him with the goal at his mercy, but he could not hit the target. Newcastle’s pushed for a late equaliser and came close when Szczesny hammered the ball at Remy and looked on helplessly as it ran just wide. The Frenchman struck with a 65th-minute header to seal a tight encounter which never really took off, although he was grateful that a glaring miss four minutes later did not prove too costly when goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny blasted a clearance straight at Loic Remy and saw the ball run just wide of the post with time running down. Arsene Wenger’s men enjoyed long periods of possession at St James’ Park, but were rarely able to make it count, and it took a set-piece from Theo Walcott, who was otherwise largely anonymous, to present Giroud with his big chance. Newcastle might have gone in at the break ahead had Szczesny not tipped over Moussa Sissoko’s blistering strike or had Mathieu Debuchy’s header not come back off the crossbar. However, they were unable to sustain the pressure as they slipped to just a second defeat in 10 league outings in front of a crowd of 52,161. Pardew was able to draft Cheick Tiote back into his starting line-up after suspension with Hatem Ben Arfa making way, but opposite number Wenger was not so fortunate as he lost Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey to injury and Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal to illness. The Newcastle manager, just as he had done against Chelsea in November, set out to frustrate the Gunners with a five-man midfield, but saw his side concede space and possession in the early stages as they found themselves pinned back. However, for all they created half-chances, keeper Tim Krul did not have a save of note to make with Tomas Rosicky shooting straight at him from 20 yards with 27 minutes gone. Santi Cazorla extended the Holland international three minutes later with a deflected effort which dipped nastily in front of him, but Giroud curled harmlessly wide 12 minutes before the break with Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini, with the support of full-backs Debuchy and Davide Santon, limiting the Gunners to long-range efforts. The Magpies had a chance to take a 12th-minute lead when Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye floated the ball over the top into Debuchy’s run, but the defender could not control with just Szczesny to beat. The Frenchman shot wide from a similar position 13 minutes later after again getting in round the back to collect Cabaye’s deep free-kick, but he was to go significantly closer as the whistle approached. last_img read more

Lifting of S. Sreesanth’s ban is happy news: Family

first_imgKochi/New Delhi: With the Supreme Court on Friday cancelling the life ban on former India cricketer S. Sreesanth and asking the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to reconsider his punishment, his family expressed real happiness over the fresh developments.Before the verdict, the cricketer’s wife Bhuvaneswari, along with their daughter, prayed at two temples near Kochi, she said.“Finally he has got justice, we wish the BCCI also will allow him to play. We are really thankful to all who have been supporting us. He has been also very keen to return to play and has been keeping fit. Just the other day while engaged in practice, he suffered an injury on his forehead,” a happy Bhuvaneswari told the media present at the family home here.Sreesanth, who is currently in Delhi, returns home on Friday evening, she added.His mother Savithiri Devi said that she has been seeing her son suffering ever since the case began. “We are really thankful to God , who has given him relief. I have seen his suffering for more than five years now,” she said.Sreesanth was arrested by Delhi Police along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on charges of spot-fixing during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).In a relief for the pace bowler, the apex court set aside the life ban imposed on him as a bench headed by Ashok Bhushan asked the BCCI to reconsider the quantum of punishment for Sreesanth.Theapex court, however, maintained that Sreesanth is guilty of betting/match-fixing. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

B.M. Soat/G.S.S.F. 4th annual costume shooting confirmed

first_imgThe 4th annual BM Soat Auto Sales/ Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) Costume Shooting match was confirmed as part of the year-end festivities.Recently, GSSF directors met at the showroom of B.M Soat Auto Sales, located at Lot 9 Croal Street, Georgetown, where Mr. Munesh Ramsaywack, Supervisor of the Marketing Department handed over the check.The GSSF committee promised the shoot will be even more exciting with invited participants expected to once again take part donning costumes of their liking, hats, wigs, paint, garb but will have to be within the safe confines of the sport.Four exciting Steel Challenge stages are expected to be set up under stringent security at the GDF Timehri Range and participants will fall under two divisions– Limited and Production.Meanwhile, prizes will be awarded to the top three shooters in each division and medals for a special category of Unclassified Beginner.last_img read more

MLAX : Syracuse defense makes crucial stops late; Orange forced to fight for win against SJU

first_img Published on March 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm NEW YORK — St. John’s had one final chance to tie the game, holding the ball in the final minute. Syracuse’s defense buckled down and made the crucial stop to preserve the lead.Syracuse goaltender Dominic Lamolinara made one crucial save and on the game’s final possession, the St. John’s attack unit struggled to find space in front of the cage and the clock hit zero.‘I thought (the defense) did very well,’ head coach John Desko said. ‘although St. John’s generated a couple of good shots in there where either a goalie positioning or a check at the last second directed the ball away from the goal.’The Red Storm took advantage of its man-up situations throughout the game, converting three of its five opportunities. But down the stretch, the close defense of Brian Megill, David Hamlin and Matt Harris prevented St. John’s from getting any good looks around the goal in the Orange’s 9-8 victory on Saturday.Syracuse was 21-of-22 on clears on the afternoon, including a ground ball pick up by Megill late in the first quarter that he took all the way into the attacking zone before finding midfielder Kevin Drew on the right side for a goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMegill pumped his fist as he earned his first career point to give SU its first lead of the game.But down the stretch is where the defense made its mark. They knocked the ball free twice on the Red Storm’s final possession. And the remarkable effort with the game on the line, coupled with a vital save by Lamolinara, iced the game for SU.‘He’s a goalie that doesn’t panic and some goalies in a tight game they’ll tend to guess and move like that,’ Desko said of Lamolinara, ‘and he didn’t and made some good saves.’No overlooking of St. John’sIt wasn’t supposed to be quite this hard. St. John’s is good, but it wasn’t expected to play right to the level of the No. 6 Orange.Syracuse’s game against the Red Storm did fall in between two powerhouse opponents. Last weekend, the Orange fell to No. 1 Virginia 14-10 down in Charlottesville, Va. Next week, SU takes on No. 2 Johns Hopkins on the road in Baltimore.So, this game against the Red Storm had ‘trap game’ written all over it.After SU’s 9-8 win on Saturday, Desko said his players’ minds might not have been completely on this game.‘We have the Blue Jays (next) week, so I think we were thinking about the last game, thinking ahead a little bit,’ Desko said. ‘And my hat’s off to St. John’s, I thought they played very well.’The Orange maintained earlier in the week that it wouldn’t overlook St. John’s. Syracuse beat SJU last season in a 20-6 rout, and the Orange believed the Johnnies would have a chip on their shoulder because of that loss.Syracuse’s minds never appeared to be where they should. SJU goalie Jeff Lowman made high saves all game, so to combat that, Desko pleaded with his players to shoot low.Scoring for Syracuse was a challenge. And because of that, St. John’s played right with Syracuse for the entire game.The SU players said they didn’t overlook SJU. Their performance on the field — despite the win — showed otherwise.‘The only disappointing thing was how we performed mentally,’ Desko said.SU earns 1st Big East winSt. John’s took Syracuse to the brink of defeat in each team’s first Big East contest of the season.But the Orange emerged with a crucial conference victory. This season especially, conference games have extra meaning with the inaugural Big East tournament in May. Four of the Big East’s seven lacrosse teams will earn a bid to the tournament, which will take place in Villanova, Pa.The Big East currently has three teams ranked in the Top 20, and St. John’s isn’t one of them. It would be a shocker if Syracuse isn’t among the top four teams, but a win over the Red Storm was important to start the conference slate strong.‘Of course in the conference our first win, just glad to get our first win out here against these guys,’ SU attack Tim Desko said. ‘The game, the way went, it’s good for our young guys to learn from it too to be in a close game like that early in the season.’cjiseman@syr.eduadtredin@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Unruh scholarship will honor former USC provost

first_imgThis semester, the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics will be awarding the first-ever Elizabeth Garrett Award, which will grant funding for an internship to an exemplary female student at USC who excels in academics, public service and leadership.The Unruh Institute is dedicated to bringing together the academic and practical world of politics through courses in applied politics, speaker series and an extensive political internship program. The Elizabeth Garrett scholarship is the newest award that has been established this year in memory of the late Elizabeth Garrett, former provost of USC and president of Cornell University who died in March from complications of colon cancer.Dan Schnur, the director of the Unruh Institute, worked with Garrett closely for several years while she served as the provost of USC. They served together on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, she guest-lectured during many of his classes, and Schnur and Garrett worked together to develop the Institute’s scholarship program.“When Beth passed, everyone at the Unruh institute agreed that something should be done to honor her memory,” Schnur said.Garrett promoted the institute’s cause by truly bridging the gap between the classroom and the real world of politics, Schnur said. Her academic writings influenced political reform and she continuously applied her academic brilliance to challenges that existed in an off-campus, politically charged environment.“I had the privilege of knowing Beth Garrett and calling her a friend,” Schnur said. “We want to make sure future generations of USC students can learn from her extraordinary excellence in leadership, academics and public service.”For the past several years, the Unruh Institute has awarded an increasing amount of money to students who wish to pursue civic-minded internships that might not offer competitive levels of pay.To encourage these students to pursue the internships of their choice, the Unruh Institute provides internship scholarships which can help a student pay for housing, travel or other related expenses.The institute has also made a conscious effort in recent years to enable the participation of students from diverse backgrounds in all internships.When Schnur first came to USC, he noticed that there was a two-tier hierarchy for summer internships in higher education throughout the nation.Students who came from families who could comfortably pay for tuition had the opportunity to intern at places like the White House, Congress or the United Nations.Students who struggled financially, however, often had to accept internships with local city offices so they could save money to help pay for tuition. Under Schnur’s leadership, the institute worked to create the internship scholarship program to make sure all students could participate in any internship of their choosing.“This past year, we were able to award over $100,000 of scholarship money to students for the first time, and considering our annual award amount has been growing steadily for the past many years, I expect we’ll be able to award even more next year,” Schnur said.Scholarship opportunities are available for students pursuing civic-minded internships in a wide variety of ways including political campaigns, advocacy work, local, state or federal government offices, political journalism and more.last_img read more

Syracuse football releases injury report before matchup against Virginia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 13, 2016 at 7:20 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Syracuse released its pre-Virginia Tech injury report Thursday night. The Orange (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) takes on the No. 17 Hokies (4-1, 2-0) at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday.Here’s what the injury report revealed:Left tackle Cody Conway was left off the injury report after missing the last three games. On Monday, Babers said one player out of Conway, center Jason Emerich and right guard Omari Palmer could return this season. Since Conway is evidently that player, Emerich and Palmer are likely done for the year. Emerich and Palmer also missed the last three games. Right tackle Michael Lasker has been filling in at left tackle for Conway.Cornerback Cordell Hudson is listed as out. The Syracuse secondary has already been decimated by injuries and freshman Carl Jones will likely start in his place, aside other starting corner Corey Winfield.Hudson is fourth on the team with 35 tackles and has one of the team’s four interceptions.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlso out is freshman outside receiver Devin Butler. He was added on the kickoff return over the last two games and has seen playing time in Syracuse four and five wide receiver sets. Butler has just two catches on the year for 14 yards.Freshman defensive end Josh Black was left off the injury report after apparently tweaking his ankle against Wake Forest last game.Here’s the complete list:ProbableNoneQuestionableNoneDoubtfulNoneOutWR Devin ButlerOL Keaton DarneyOL Jason EmerichDB Cordell HudsonOL Omari PalmerOut for the SeasonDB Antwan Cordy (forearm)DB Juwan Dowels (knee) Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse-Pittsburgh football set to kick off No. 26 at 12:30 p.m.

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse is set to kick off against Pittsburgh at Heinz Field Nov. 26 at 12:30 p.m. The game will broadcast on the ACC Network. The Panthers just upset then-No. 2 Clemson, 43-42, in Death Valley.Last season, SU lost 23-20 to Pitt on a last-second field goal by Panther kicker Chris Blewitt. (Blewitt kicked the 48-yard game-winner against Clemson on Saturday.) The Orange (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) needs two wins to guarantee bowl eligibility with two games left on its slate. SU plays No. 17 Florida State on Saturday and Pittsburgh the following week.If the Panthers win out, they could potentially catch and tie North Carolina, who lost to Duke on Nov. 10, and Virginia Tech on Oct. 8.Pitt would need the Hokies and Tar Heels to drop each of its final conference games. Virginia Tech plays its final ACC game against rival Virginia (2-8) and North Carolina plays in-state foe North Carolina State for its conference finale. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on November 14, 2016 at 2:11 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more

The Final Word: Syracuse cruises to 70-54 win over Colgate

first_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text On Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) got its first win of the season, defeating Colgate (1-2) 70-54.Center Bourama Sidibe had a career night, recording 12 points and 14 rebounds on 6-for-6 shooting. Joe Girard III came off the bench and sparked Syracuse with his playmaking, recording four assists in 19 minutes. After the game, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said Girard will be the Orange’s starting point guard going forward.Here’s what our beat writers had to say about that decision and more from Wednesday night’s game: Published on November 14, 2019 at 1:17 amcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more