Super Eagles Coach, Rohr Targets Ugbo to Replace Abraham

first_imgFemi Solaja with Agency reportAfter the failed bid to lure the duo of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to join the Super Eagles last week, the team’s Coach Gernot Rohr, is set to begin another run with the quest to lure another British-born Nigerian teenager, Ike Ugbo to play for his team.According to Daily mail yesterday, it reported that the young FC Chelsea Loanee is the latest England prospect to be targeted by the former African champion. Nigeria have been running the rule over 21 year-old hotshot Ugbo who has caught the eye after making a prolific start to his loan spell at Roda JC this season.Ugbo scored his fifth goal in just eight appearances, six of which have been starts, for the Dutch side at Telstar on Friday night and Nigeria had officials at the game to watch him having stepped up their interest.The teenage forward, Ugbo was born in Lewisham, south London and is eligible for Nigeria through his parents and he has played for England at U-17 and U-20 category helping the latter squad win the 2017 Toulon Tournament.Nigeria were dealt a blow last week when Ugbo’s Stamford Bridge teammate Tammy Abraham was recalled to the England squad when they were hoping to persuade him to switch allegiance.The Premier League’s joint top scorer Abraham has featured twice for England in friendlies against Germany and Brazil but will not be tied down until he earns a competitive cap, which could come in either of the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic or Bulgaria.Nigeria’s attempts to swoop for eligible youngsters with dual nationality show no sign of slowing down and could now continue with Ugbo, having recently persuaded the likes of Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and Chuba Akpom, who all represented England at youth level, to make the switch.Ugbo has shown admirable maturity by refusing to let a bizarre pay dispute disrupt his scoring form and is determined to continue making his mark in Holland.It emerged last week that Roda had been used money sent by Chelsea to cover their portion of Ugbo’s wages to instead pay the rest of their squad last month.The situation has now been resolved and Ugbo, whose Chelsea contract expires in 2021, said: ‘I didn’t really let it affect me. I was just focusing on the (Telstar) match because it was a big game and we needed the three points so I forgot about the other stuff going on.‘The aim is to finish the season, a strong season, and hopefully get as high as possible with the team and push for the next level.‘Chelsea came out to the last game to watch me and see how I’m doing. They are really happy with me out here scoring goals and getting back to what I’m good at.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Patriots vs. Bills final score: New England secures 11th straight AFC East title with tight win

first_imgQuarterback Josh Allen and the Bills proved Saturday they can hang with the Patriots in Foxborough, facing goal-to-go and trailing by a touchdown with less than two minutes to go.But New England’s defense got into the backfield on third and fourth downs, sacking Allen and then forcing a desperation heave that was knocked down, ending the Bills’ (10-5) divisional hopes. The Patriots (12-3) kneeled out a 24-17 win that secures their 11th consecutive AFC East championship. 5️⃣3️⃣9️⃣ @TomBrady ties Peyton Manning for second all-time on the career passing TD list! #GoPats📺: #BUFvsNE on @NFLNetworkWatch now on your 📱: to watch on any device:— NFL (@NFL) December 21, 20194:40 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Bills. Buffalo can’t do much with the short field, but it’s still 3 points. Bills 3, Patriots 0.4:36 p.m.: FUMBLE, Patriots. Rex Burkhead has a solid gain, but he’s caught from behind by Jordan Poyer, who punches the ball out. Micah Hyde falls on it and returns it all the way back to the Patriots 29-yard line. Huge swing early.. @J_poyer21 forces it out and @micah_hyde returns the fumble inside Patriots territory! #GoBills📺: #BUFvsNE on @NFLNetworkWatch now on your 📱: to watch on any device:— NFL (@NFL) December 21, 20194:33 p.m.: New England begins with on its own 21 after a poor return. The home team dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 38:52, but couldn’t always turn long drives into touchdowns. Patriots drives of 8:58 and 6:40 both ended with field goals, helping allow Buffalo to stick around.MORE: Watch select NFL games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Big plays powered the Bills offense. Allen (13 for 26, 208 yards, two touchdowns) found tight end Dawson Knox for 33 yards to get down to the 1-yard line, eventually stealing a game-tying touchdown with one second left before halftime.After entering the half tied 10-10, a 53-yard touchdown pass from Allen to John Brown midway through the third quarter put the Bills up 17-13, their first lead of the game.VIDEO: Bills-Patriots highlightsQuarterback Tom Brady (26-for-33 passing, 271 yards, one touchdown), though, led scoring drives on the following two possessions, putting New England back up. The first was one of those long series that only led to a field goal, but the Patriots reached the end zone their following trip down the field.With a successful 2-point conversion, that put Buffalo down 24-17 with 5:06 to play. Allen brought the Bills down to the 8-yard line, only to go backward from there, giving New England a win.Check out Sporting News’ scoring updates and highlights from the Week 16 AFC East showdown:Patriots vs. Bills final score Q1Q2Q3Q4FPatriots736824Bills377017Patriots vs. Bills updates, highlightsFinal: Patriots 24, Bills 177:33 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, Bills. New England sacks Allen on third-and-goal and brings the house on fourth. Allen retreats for his life and puts it up for grabs in the end zone, but it’s easily broken up. The Patriots will win the game and the AFC East.7:29 p.m.: The two-minute warning hits with Buffalo thinking over a second-and-goal from the 9.. @JoshAllenQB with a big-time throw! @BuffaloBills inside the 10. #GoBills📺: #BUFvsNE on @NFLNetworkWatch now on your 📱: to watch on any device:— NFL (@NFL) December 22, 20197:24 p.m.: Allen sneaks for the first down, barely. Took a bounce to the outside, and then a dive for the line to gain. He should’ve gotten a free 15 yards for a facemask, but the referees missed it.. @JoshAllenQB ‘s extra effort on 4th & 1 earns the first down! #GoBills📺: #BUFvsNE on @NFLNetworkWatch now on your 📱: to watch on any device:— NFL (@NFL) December 22, 20197:23 p.m.: The Bills are driving but face a fourth-and-1 on the 30.7:12 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Patriots. Rex Burkhead breaks a couple of tackles on the goal-line for a short score. New England takes the lead with about 5 minutes left, adding on a 2-point conversion from Brady to Edelman. Patriots 24, Bills 17.Rex Burkhead powers through to put the @Patriots on top! @RBrex34 #GoPats📺: #BUFvsNE on @NFLNetworkWatch now on your 📱: to watch on any device:— NFL (@NFL) December 22, 20197:07 p.m.: Edelman has returned to the game, and the Patriots are in the red zone.. @Edelman11 slips a tackle and picks up 30! #GoPats📺: #BUFvsNE on @NFLNetworkWatch now on your 📱: to watch on any device:— NFL (@NFL) December 22, 20196:59 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Patriots. Yet another long drive for the Patriots. Eleven plays, 77 yards, 6:40. But Brady gets stopped short on a third-and-goal scramble, so New England settles for another kick. Bills 17, Patriots 16.End third quarter: Bills 17, Patriots 136:40 p.m.: Julian Edelman, who ran into a DB and was down on the field for a bit, heads to the locker room eventually. He was allowed to remain in the game initially, though.6:35 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Bills. Allen to John Brown for 53 yards on the third drive after halftime. Buffalo has its first lead of the game. Bills 17, Patriots 13.SMOKEY BROWN.53-yard TD on the pass from @JoshAllenQB to take the lead! #GoBills📺: #BUFvsNE on @NFLNetworkWatch now on your 📱: to watch on any device:— NFL (@NFL) December 21, 20196:27 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Patriots. New England can’t pick up a third-and-18, and require a 51-yard Nick Folk kick to retake the lead. Patriots 13, Bills 10.6:17 p.m.: Buffalo begins the second half with possession.Halftime: Patriots 10, Bills 106:01 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Bills. Some trickery from Buffalo results in a big boy touchdown. Allen finds offensive tackle Dion Dawkins, who reported as eligible, on a throwback to tie it with one second left. Patriots 10, Bills 10.BIG MAN TD!Dion Dawkins hauls in the @BuffaloBills touchdown to tie it up. #GoBills @DDawkins66📺: #BUFvsNE on @NFLNetworkWatch now on your 📱: to watch on any device:— NFL (@NFL) December 21, 20195:57 p.m.: Huge play for the Bills just before the end of the half. Josh Allen hits tight end Dawson Knox for 33 yards, down to the 1-yard line. Was originally ruled a touchdown. Buffalo now faces first-and-goal from the 1 with 10 seconds left and no timeouts.5:53 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, Patriots. This has been a very long final two minutes, but it may finally come to an end. New England goes for it on fourth-and-1 just outside the 40, and some jet sweep action to N’Keal Harry gets blown up by Kevin Johnson.5:36 p.m.: This play from earlier in the second quarter may get some attention.Here’s Tom Brady attempting to trip Ed Oliver. #Bills #Patriots— Ryan Talbot (@RyanTalbotBills) December 21, 20195:27 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Patriots. New England uses 17 plays and 8:58(!) to go 81 yards and settle for a field goal. An illegal block penalty put Brady behind the sticks, and he couldn’t get out of it. Patriots 10, Bills 3.5:18 p.m.: The Patriots barely convert a fourth-and-1 on about the 30-yard line.End first quarter: Patriots 7, Bills 34:53 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Patriots. Tom Brady hits Matt LaCosse for an 8-yard score. Long drive that took 7:26 off the clock. Patriots 7, Bills 3.last_img read more

Adam Silver mulling whether older NBA coaches should be on bench when season resumes

first_imgThe NBA is closer to resuming its season with key dates being revealed, but one issue that remains is what to do about older coaches and staffers who are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus.As the league heads to the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla., to resume the season, commissioner Adam Silver has expressed concern for some of those older coaches, such as Gregg Popovich, 71, Mike D’Antoni, 69, and Alvin Gentry, 65. NBA RETURN: What to know about 22-team format”There are people involved in this league, particularly coaches, who are obviously older people,” Silver said during an interview on TNT on Thursday night. “We’re going to have to work through protocols, for example, and it may be certain coaches may not be able to be the bench coach.”They may have to maintain social-distancing protocols, and maybe they can be in the front of a room, a locker room, or a ballroom with a white board, but when it comes to actual play we’re not going to want them that close to players in order to protect them. So those are all issues that we are continuing to work through.” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, president of the NBA Coaches Association, said he spoke with Silver after the interview.”The health and safety of our coaches is first and foremost. It’s entirely possible that an NBA coach in his 60s or 70s could be healthier than someone in their 30s or 40s,” Carlisle, 60, said in a statement obtained by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “The conversation should never be solely about a person’s age. Adam assured me that we would work through this together to help determine what is both safe and fair for all our coaches.”Carlisle added in the tweet that Silver told him he had “jumped the gun” with his comments to TNT.last_img read more

Rigged? Rangers ball blooper at NHL Draft lottery leads to conspiracy theories, jokes

first_imgThe second phase of the NHL’s draft lottery took place on Monday night, with the Rangers ping-ponging their way to the No. 1 overall pick.The lottery was already considered controversial as the Rangers — who played in the qualifying round of the NHL playoffs — likely nabbed phenom Alexis Lafreniere with the top overall pick. The conspiracy theories were ramped up when the Original Six squad’s ball got selected. MORE: Who is Alexis Lafreniere? Canadian forward consensus first-overall pick in 2020 NHL draftFirst off, the guy dropping the balls into the machine did the Rangers’ a little too quickly before commissioner Gary Bettman could verify the logo. He had to pull it back out.Seems legit… 🙄 #nhldraftlottery— 𝗠𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝘄𝗮𝗿𝘁 (@realmikeystew) August 10, 2020Twitter then of course weighed in on the weight of the ball, the paint — everything, really — regarding the Rangers getting the franchise’s first-ever No. 1 overall spot since the universal draft was adopted in 1969. Here’s a strong sampling, including a tweet from the one and only Roberto Luongo:New York Rangers ball looks a little heavy 🤔— Strombone (@strombone1) August 10, 2020I don’t like how that guy dropped the rangers ball in there. Rigged??— Tony DeAngelo (@TonyDee07) August 10, 2020OK, we had some fun today. I hope none of you actually believe the NHL rigged the lottery for the Rangers. Here, allow me to present the most compelling evidence available that the NHL has no idea how to fix a lottery drawing:— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 10, 2020listening to the sound of the ping pong balls clacking together to determine that the rangers ball made a slightly lower pitched clack, therefore was heavier, proving the nhl draft lottery was in fact rigged— James Duffy (@TwoTurtleDuffs) August 10, 2020Penguins didn’t win the lottery.. shits rigged @ThatsHockeyTalk— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 10, 2020Was the Rangers ping pong ball weighted differently? They “happen” to win the lottery after this?!? Only one he “dropped”. Wow! 🤔🤔🤔— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) August 10, 2020Jokes aside, this is now NHL lore. Like, the Crosby thing was always innuendo, because it happened behind closed doors. This was on live TV. I both love and hate this, but mostly love it.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 10, 2020 They may not have hit the levels of Sidney Crosby-to-Pittsburgh from back in 2005, nor the New York Knicks’ “frozen envelope” fiasco of 1985, but they were quality.last_img read more