Breaking: NFF adopts PPG, sets new date for league kick off

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation has resolved to adopt Points Per Game format for the 2019/2020 league season.The football body in a statement on Friday stated that the adoption of PPG was after a holistic consideration of all the issues affecting the leagues, including the status of the leagues before the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement said: “The impact of the pandemic-induced disruptions, the health, safety and movement restrictive measures in the country, the potential protocols for football resumption, the costs, the financial status of the leagues and clubs, CAF calendar and resolutions of the various leagues were taking into consideration.“The NPFL ends at current Matchday 25 and the Points Per Game (PPG) table will be used to rank the teams in order to ensure sporting merit and sporting fairness.“The names of the Top 3 (three) clubs on the NPFL final PPG table as at Matchday 25 shall be submitted to CAF to represent Nigeria in the 2020/2021 CAF Inter-Club competitions (2 slots for CAF Champions League and 1 Slot for CAF Confederation Cup).“There will be no promotion to, or relegation from, NPFL for the 2019/2020 season.”Meanwhile, the NPFL 2020/2021 season is slated to kick off from September/October 2020 and end May 2021 subject to the full reopening of the country and the approval of the health authorities. The Nigeria Football Federation has also declared the Nigeria National League 2019/2020 season, which is at Match day 3 to 5, and has been on break since December 17, 2019 null and void, saying there will be no promotion to or relegation from NNL.The NNL 2020/2021 season will start from September/October 2020 and end May 2021 subject to the full reopening of the country and the approval of the health authorities.The NFF also promised to work with the NNL, participating clubs and other stakeholders to ensure a successful fresh start from September/October 2020.The Nigeria Women Football League, the NationWide League 2019/2020 season and the Aiteo Cup have also been aborted.The 2019 AITEO Cup Winners will be presented to CAF for the 2020/2021 CAF Inter-Club competition, while Nigeria’s second slot in the CAF Confederation Cup is reserved for Federation Cup winners. The AITEO Cup 2020/2021 season is to start from September/October 2020 and end May 2021 subject to the full reopening of the country and the approval of the health authorities.All dates for the 2020/2021season to start are subject to the directives of the Federal Government in line with COVID-19 protocols.In addition, the full enforcement of licensing regulations and financial controls for the NPFL will commence from the 2020/2021 season.All clubs are required to comply, failing which they will be barred from participating.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Nigeria Football Federation will formally take the resolutions to the next General Meeting of its Congress for ratification.In the meantime, these resolutions have been formally communicated to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Social Development.Tags: CAF Champions LeagueCAF Confederations CupCOVID-19Nigeria Football FederationNigeria Nationwide LeagueNigeria Professional Football LeagueNigeria Women’s Football Leaguelast_img read more

O’Gara dropped by Ireland

first_img That performance appears to have been the final straw for coach Declan Kidney, who has named injury doubt Jonathan Sexton and the inexperience Paddy Jackson and Ian Madigan as his three fly-half options for Saturday’s game at the Aviva Stadium. Ulster’s Jackson only won his first cap against Scotland and struggled with his goal-kicking while Madigan, of Leinster, has yet to represent his country. Sexton, meanwhile, seems unlikely to feature after team manager Mick Kearney on Thursday rated his chances as “somewhat less than 50-50”. Like Sexton, locks Mike McCarthy and Donnacha Ryan and wing Craig Gilroy are included in the party despite struggling with injuries, but centre Darren Cave and under-20 back Robbie Henshaw miss out due to concussion. Ronan O’Gara has been left out of Ireland’s extended 32-man squad for next weekend’s RBS 6 Nations clash with France. The fly-half, 36 next week, is Ireland’s most capped player with 128 appearances but has been in poor form this season. After struggling against England in week two of the championship, and for Munster against Llanelli during the rest week, O’Gara’s dreadful cross-kick deep in his own half was highlighted as Ireland lost to Scotland last weekend. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Sir Des secures Punchestown Gold

first_img Press Association Over on the far side Mouse Morris’ consistent First Lieutenant, a winner at Aintree, also had a chance but the 2-1 favourite Sir Des Champs held on by three-quarters of a length from Long Run, with First Lieutenant just behind in third. Willie Mullins was winning the race for the first time in 11 years since Florida Pearl took the spoils. Sir Des Champs hung on grimly in a thrilling finish to the Bet Online With Punchestown Gold Cup as Long Run and First Lieutenant came storming home.center_img Davy Russell made a positive move down the back straight, taking up the running off Long Run at the third-last and going two lengths clear . There was not much between Sir Des Champs and Long Run at Cheltenham and yet again the pair proved they were closely matched, because as Sir Des Champs began to tire Long Run was coming hard at him after the last. last_img read more

Martinez eyes January moves

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez will dip into the transfer market next month to provide cover for striker Arouna Kone and midfielder Darron Gibson, both of whom are out with long-term knee injuries. “We are going to use the window in January to try to help the team because we lost two players for the long term,” said the Spaniard. “Arouna and Darron are two very important players for us so we will try to see if we can identify one or two players that can help the group. “We have been working hard to identify who can help the group and that is what we are looking for in January.” Martinez admits his initial fears Kone would not recover from an operation to repair damaged cartilage in time to play a part in the remainder of the season have materialised. “Arouna started the first part of his recovery and it is going to be long-term, as expected,” he added. “I don’t think we are going to see Arouna this season. “If we can get him back for the final two months he will have done really well. “There was a big chunk of cartilage that had to be repaired in his knee. “In the same manner we are hoping we can see Darron Gibson before the season ends but clearly it is a long-term injury as well.” Press Associationcenter_img The Toffees boss has virtually ruled out Kone’s return before the end of the campaign with Gibson also seemingly likely to struggle to be back in the current season. It leaves Martinez’s squad short on numbers and he will strengthen when the transfer window opens. last_img read more

Morgan sticks up for Ulloa

first_img “We know we are good enough. “There are only positives you can take from Man United. It has not gone the way we wanted and we could have picked up more points.” It was Sunderland’s first clean sheet since they were hammered 8-0 at Southampton last month and they host Chelsea on Saturday. And boss Gus Poyet, who made 145 appearances for Chelsea, has challenged the Black Cats to end the Blues’ unbeaten Barclays Premier League run. “I think from now until the end of the season it is going to be like that for every single team,” he said. “Everyone is going to try to be the one to beat Chelsea first. “We have an opportunity, let’s see if we can take it. We need to be spot on, not make any mistakes, be organised and be brave on the ball so we are not defending all the time. “There’s plenty of things you need to do very well on the day but we have done that in the past.” The Foxes captain insisted the £8million record signing is not to blame for their goal woes after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland. They have not netted in five straight games with their last strike coming in the 2-2 draw with Burnley on October 4. Ulloa was ineffective again against the Black Cats and has not scored in seven games after bagging five in his first five outings. Morgan said: “It’s not just down to Leonardo on his own. It’s a team effort. We’ve all got to chip in and no-one’s scoring at the moment. “Someone else needs to score to take the pressure off him, off the strikers, off the team. I’m sure once that happens the goals will start flooding in. “He hasn’t had a clear-cut chance of late. He is still working hard for the team. His performances have been great. He’s just not getting that chance and I feel for him. “He’s working so hard for the team. His performance all round was fantastic and he set up two good chances.” The point ended a run of four straight defeats for Nigel Pearson’s side but they have not won since beating Manchester United 5-3 in September. Morgan added: “We had a tough start and did so well. Maybe other teams looked at us and thought: ‘Right, they’re going to go on and do good things.’ “That’s not been the case. We’ve stuttered since then. We need to find our confidence again, our belief. I’m sure once we start scoring again it will be back to normal. Wes Morgan defended Leonardo Ulloa after Leicester extended their goalless streak to 500 minutes. Press Associationlast_img read more

Trump Likens Impeachment Inquiry To A “Lynching”

first_imgPresident Trump likens the House impeachment inquiry to a “lynching.” He tweeted the controversial reference this morning and said Democrats are denying him due process, fairness or any legal rights. Trump added — “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here…But we will WIN!” So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2019 The African American lawmaker asked — “Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you?” Rush demanded that Trump delete his tweet. Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush fired back on Twitter, saying — “You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?”If the President wishes to learn about actual lynching, I would encourage him to read, support, & pass my bill, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, which makes lynching a federal hate crime. Unfortunately for him, there are no anti-impeachment sections.— Bobby L. Rush (@RepBobbyRush) October 22, 2019last_img read more

Orange volleyball remains undefeated, off to best start in program history

first_img Published on September 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_iseman Hayley Todd has been a part of some very good teams during her career at Syracuse. But after Tuesday’s win against Niagara, this year’s Syracuse squad appears to be that special kind of team. The type of team that can make adjustments on the fly. The type of team that can immediately regroup at the most crucial times. The Orange hasn’t remained undefeated thus far by accident. ‘We knew it was just little things that we could clean up on our own,’ the senior outside hitter said. ‘Volleyball’s all about mistakes and whoever makes less mistakes. It was really just about us getting the dust off a little bit.’ If that’s all it took, the Orange couldn’t have been that dusty. Off to its best start in program history, Syracuse (13-0) beat Niagara (5-7) 3-0, taking the sets 25-20, 25-19 and 25-20. SU hasn’t lost a set since Sept. 3 against North Texas at the Samford Tournament. Since that point, the Orange has won 27 consecutive sets.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Despite the score getting close at several times throughout the match, the Orange maintained its composure to keep the Purple Eagles from ever having a chance to win a set. But starting off the first set on Tuesday, it looked as if that streak might be broken. Syracuse lost the first two points of the first set with unforced errors, hitting two shots out of bounds. ‘We had a lot of unforced errors,’ Orange assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. Once the Orange got warmed up, there wasn’t any looking back. With the score at 8-7, middle blocker Lindsay McCabe placed a perfect shot into the corner of the Purple Eagles’ court to tie the score at eight. Todd followed that up with a kill to make give SU the 9-8 lead. Todd finished up with a team-leading 12 kills. Niagara retook the lead later in the first set to make it 18-17. But a full body dive for a dig by defensive specialist Sarah Hayes set up a kill for sophomore Laura Homann that tied the score at 18. That play turned the momentum in favor of the Orange, and just like that, SU figured everything out. Just as an undefeated team does. ‘They’re really self-motivated to do better and push themselves,’ LaMarche said. ‘They knew that they could play better than how they started.’ SU started off the second set on an 8-1 run, highlighted by two digs by Noemie Lefebvre that set up kills by Todd. Just like they did in the first set, the Purple Eagles started to make a comeback and got the score to 19-18. But that would be as close as they’d come. Once again, the Orange showed it doesn’t get rattled with a tight score. If anything, players step up to make sure the situation doesn’t get any worse. A kill by Lefebvre gave the Orange a four-point cushion at 22-18, propelling SU to win the set. The Purple Eagles made it close again late in the third set, getting the score to 21-19. But Todd made a kill, and Lefebvre followed that up with one of her own to make the score 22-19. That was enough for Syracuse to pull away for the victory and remain unbeaten. Throughout the entire match, the Purple Eagles never really beat the Orange defense. Instead, it was the Orange’s own inconsistency that gave Niagara some points. ‘Against those kinds of teams, our worst enemy is ourselves,’ Lefebvre said. ‘Tonight, we had a little trouble with our consistency. Other than that, we were still able to stay focused and not panic that we were making a little more errors.’ Those errors could be far more costly against tougher opponents. That’s something SU hasn’t forgotten. And having not begun its conference schedule, the Orange isn’t about to let its undefeated status take control. Because even with an undefeated record, Syracuse still knows its toughest opponents lie ahead. ‘We’re 13-0, and that’s great,’ Lefebvre said. ‘But we haven’t played a Big East team yet, so we shouldn’t sit on it.’ Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

COACH’S VISION: Sarah Cooper’s lacrosse IQ makes her a top defensive asset

first_imgAlong the sideline at the Lax for the Cure Tournament, Butch Marino and Sarah Cooper couldn’t decipher the offense on the field. It was the summer of 2015 in New Egypt, New Jersey, and college coaches packed the stands scouting the country’s best club teams.Marino’s TLC Red team had already won its semifinal earlier in the day and was looking to scout potential championship opponents. The Long Island Yellow Jackets, running a similar backer zone that Marino’s team deployed, neared an upset by the Hero’s Tournament Lacrosse Club.Marino, a member of the 1994 gold-medal U.S. men’s lacrosse team, couldn’t figure out how Hero’s was beating the Yellow Jacket zone. Yet Cooper, his zone backer, saw what her head coach couldn’t.“(Cooper) said, ‘Hey, Coach Butch, do you see Hero’s? Every time they’re on offense, every single time, they’re skipping the second pass,’” Marino remembered. “Which is smart: ball movement is the key to beating a backer zone.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRather than make the simple pass to the closest teammate, Hero’s would use that attack as a dummy — launching the ball over the decoy to another attack — and make it an almost-impossible amount of ground for the backer to cover. In TLC’s championship victory that same day, Cooper led a defense that Marino said “rocked” Hero’s, holding them to just one goal.“All you,” Marino said to her after the game. “That was all you.”It’s Cooper’s mental ability to read the game and make changes “on the fly” that made her the top defensive recruit in her class, head coach Gary Gait said. She caused a team-high 33 turnovers despite being the only first-year starter on defense and enters 2020 as the reigning ACC freshman of the year. But if Cooper and the Orange want to achieve their national championship goal, she knows she’ll have to take her game to another level. Still, it wouldn’t be Cooper’s first time making a sophomore surge.,Six years ago, Cooper emerged from the shower in her Lutherville, Maryland home and saw the email she had been waiting for. It was from her high school — the Catholic, all-girls Notre Dame Preparatory School — announcing who had made the varsity and junior varsity rosters.Then-freshman Cooper quickly scrolled through the varsity roster, scanning for her name. It wasn’t there. When she found her name on the JV list, she wasn’t upset for long.“I never try to be super hard on myself,” Cooper said, “because that’s when I get too nervous and make a mistake or not play how I want to play because I’m putting too much stress on myself.”ND Prep head coach Mac Ford admitted it was a mistake to omit Cooper from the varsity team that year, but he and Cooper agree that a year on JV aided her development. While several of Cooper’s freshman friends languished on the 46-girl varsity team without much playing time, Cooper excelled.Her calm approach is somewhat famous in the Syracuse locker room, and she admits teammates have caught her dozing off before games. Cooper dislikes music with beats that pump up other players, instead opting for slower songs that clear her mind.It’s a balancing act for Cooper, who admits her humble and “unassuming” demeanor, as Ford puts it, has sometimes led her to be overly tentative on the field. In her sophomore year at Notre Dame, Ford rectified his error from the prior year, making Cooper an immediate varsity starter.She would always make the right call. She was like our coach on the field.-ND Prep coach Mac FordAt first, Cooper was nervous. She ran away when she thought someone was about to throw her a pass. Even though she displayed superb skills in practice, Cooper preferred to fade out of the spotlight and into the background during games. One day, Ford had seen enough and pulled her aside.“Hey, you have as good of stickwork as anybody. You should be handling the ball and clearing the ball by yourself,” Ford said to her.“And all of a sudden, everything clicked for her,” he said.Cooper, whom Ford tabbed the “consummate teammate,” said she realized her hesitancy was harming her team, which was the last thing she wanted. From then on, Cooper played with the poise of a veteran, making suggestions to the Notre Dame coaching staff just like she had with Marino at the Lax for the Cure tournament.During Cooper’s junior year, Notre Dame was down big to Bishop Ireton (Virginia) High School and Lexi LeDoyen, now one of Cooper’s roommates at SU. When Cooper subbed out, she told Ford and the coaching staff they needed to switch from zone to man-to-man. Cooper said she had just gotten a feeling it would work, and as Ford recalls, she took LeDoyen in man and shut her down.“She would always make the right call,” Ford said. “She was like our coach on the field.”Part of Cooper’s advanced mental abilities comes from her relentless approach. Marino recalled taking his daughter Alex — Cooper’s current teammate and roommate — to St. Paul’s Prep School in Brooklandville, Maryland on days TLC didn’t have practice. Often when they arrived, Cooper was already there, working on her game alone with the goals that were up year-round. Before she had her driver’s license, Cooper begged her parents to take her to practice an hour early.Cooper said there were times this past fall when she’d forget they had off days. She’d follow her normal routine, waking up early to be at the facility an hour before non-existent 8 a.m. practices.“I’d be looking around like, I have the first (parking) spot at Manley, this is awesome,” Cooper said. “And then I’d be like, ‘Oh, we don’t have practice today.’”Even when she remembers it’s an off day, Cooper can’t stay away from lacrosse completely. Sometimes, she’ll ask a teammate to go and work out or play wall ball. Last fall, when each player was sent their login to SU’s new film system, Cooper immediately signed in and began scouting the upcoming season’s opponents. She sifted through the different offenses, the attack players. The games were still months away, but that didn’t mean Cooper couldn’t start.Cover photo by Molly Gibbs | Senior Staff Photographer Comments Published on February 6, 2020 at 1:28 am Contact Alex: | @alexhamer8,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

Hyypia: Ibišević is an excellent striker

first_imgCoach of Bayer Leverkusen Sami Hyypia, whose team is fighting for the Champions League and victory over Stuttgart, said that he is worried about the match.Hyypia added that he is particularly worried because of Vedad Ibišević, who scored 10 goals this season, and added that Ibišević is an excellent striker and one of the best players of Stuttgart.Vedad Ibišević (28) is a BiH footballer who plays as striker for VfB Stuttgart.  In 2008, he was awarded the Idol Nacije award for the Bosnian Footballer of the Year in 2008.last_img read more