2021 Nations Cup: Ex-international, Akanni warns Eagles against complacency

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Ex-international, Waidi Akanni, says Super Eagles’ 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Benin Republic in Uyo, Cross River, on Wednesday, is a must-win match.Akanni stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday.“We must take the campaign seriously by getting everything right; it should be a must-win against Benin Republic.“Anything short of a win or even a draw wouldn’t be so fantastic. The players must have the mentality of winners and they must also guide against underestimating any team.“The mentality of underestimating your opponent has brought even the world best teams crashing.“Going by their (Benin Republic) performance at the last Nations Cup, we must take them seriously. Like I always maintain, football is evolving,’’ he said.The 1972 Munich Bronze Medallist said that the Ahmed Musa-led Eagles should learn to create and effectively utilise all scoring chances to be in a comfortable position.“Not only creating scoring chances but also converting them to goal is important.“The most vital thing is to get the needed point. More so, we are playing at home; we should take advantage of home support,’’ the former Lagos State Football Association Chairman said.He advised the players to play as unified team to outscore their opponent.“Collectively, they must play as a team. The Captain of the team, Musa, should encourage his teammates to focus on collective glory rather than individual hype.“Winning as a team is the main thing we need to focus on, I wish Super Eagles all the best,’’ Akanni said.The Super Eagles will open their campaign for a place at the 2021 Cameroon Nations Cup, as they host the Squirrels of Benin Republic at Godswill Akpabio Stadium Uyo, Cross River, on November 13. Tags: 2021 Nations CupSuper EaglesWaidi Akannilast_img read more

Deputy shot 14-year-old who stole vehicle in St. Lucie County

first_imgA 14-year-old suspect was shot by a deputy according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.Authorities are investigating a deputy-involved shooting in which a 14-year-old suspect was shot after ramming a deputy’s patrol car. The incident took place on Thursday morning near King Orange Drive and Mura Drive after a deputy spotted the stolen vehicle in which the suspect was in.“When our deputies pulled into the apartment complex where the vehicle was located, the driver ignored all commands to stop and exit the vehicle and instead rammed one patrol vehicle before fleeing toward another deputy then crashing through a concrete wall,” said Sheriff Ken Mascara in a written statement.Sheriff Mascara said the deputy feared for his life and therefore opened fire, hitting the suspect in the leg.Police later located the suspect and was transported to the hospital for treatment.No further details have been released.last_img read more

Two Tracy’s Karate Teams Win State Championships

first_img Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — More than 200 competitors from Maine and Canada vied for trophies at the recent Maine Team Karate Championships hosted by Tracy’s Karate-Ju-Jitsu of Ellsworth.Teams of five members — men, women and children on each team — competed at Brown Belt and lower levels with a separate division for Black Belts. At least six wins were required to be crowned grand champions. The event also included “kumite” individual sparring events featuring winners from previous tournaments competing for grand championships. Earlier in the day, students of the year were recognized from the eight dojos in Tracy’s Institute of Self-Defense, and awards also were presented for best attitude, most improved, most dedicated and most supportive parents. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest posts by admin (see all) admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Biolast_img read more

How a few kickboxing lessons redefined Kendall Coleman’s pass rush

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Kendall Coleman’s parents spend their Sundays rewatching the Syracuse game from the day before. Coleman’s mother, Nikki, noticed her son is quicker off the line this year. With his body lower to the ground, he bends smoother toward the quarterback. He’s surgical with his strikes.After 1.5 sacks in his first 20 games at Syracuse, Coleman focused on his pass rush this offseason. He increased his flexibility by rehabbing an injured shoulder, studied offensive tackles and focused on the minute details of rushing the quarterback. But he didn’t know how those things connected. Everything came together 643 miles from the SU campus during a family bonding session, where Nikki introduced her 6-foot-3, 266-pound pass rusher to kickboxing.“Kendall is a guy that studies a lot,” Nikki said. “And I think going to that class with him, showing him some movements and how to move his body and his hands, I think that sticks with him.”Six games in, Coleman sits tied for seventh in the nation with six sacks for Syracuse (4-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast). The junior defensive end said after two years of primarily stopping the run, he spent the last offseason fine-tuning his pass rush. The uptick in production is tough for Coleman to explain because one thing didn’t change. Everything did. He never focused on pass rushing before. And in an offseason full of weight lifting, deeper opponent analysis and the shifting away from the run-first mindset, a workout with mom remains the quirkiest nuance.“This is the first year that I’ve really started to grasp and figure out my body type,” Coleman said, “and how I move versus these guys and what they’re doing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLaura Angle | Digital Design EditorIn Syracuse’s loss at Florida State last season — a team Coleman tallied two sacks against in 2018 — Coleman registered one quarterback hurry. Early in the fourth quarter, Coleman’s pass rush failed. When an offensive lineman punched out at Coleman, he tried to rip around him, but he wasn’t low enough. When he was stonewalled running downfield, he scrambled back inside but spun out of the play.Coleman admitted he hasn’t always studied tackle movements. He said in past years he didn’t bring his lower half with him. Tackles didn’t have to adjust to his movements. Coleman failed to turn the corner on a tackle headed for the quarterback, he said.When Coleman came home for a brief period in July, his sister, Kourtney, and Nikki wanted family-oriented activities. Nikki suggested the trio attend classes at iLoveKickboxing in Carmel, Indiana. Coleman initially declined. “He’s practical,” Nikki explained. He didn’t want Nikki paying $30 for a membership he’d use once. But Nikki and Kourtney convinced Coleman to attend an orientation class where the former three-star recruit stood out immediately.“And I was like, ‘Oh God, this guy could eat me for breakfast,’” said iLoveKickboxing Assistant Manager Tarrin Cooper.Cooper worked Coleman through his opening day routine, which is significantly lighter than a normal day of training.At 5:45 a.m. two days later, Coleman and about five other clients in the class began with what iLoveKickboxing calls SHIIT (Super high intensity interval training) for 15 minutes. After the circuit of burpees, pushups, mountain climbers, situps and various other core exercises, the group stretched for seven or eight minutes.Then came the principles that directly correlate for Coleman. The class practiced punch and kick combos on a heavy punching bag for three minutes at a time. Initially, Coleman smacked the bags too hard to combo, Cooper said. Cooper instructed him to unleash less power with each punch to throw more rapidly. With each combo, Coleman’s lower body corresponded with the movements of his upper half. If he threw a left hook punch, he stepped with his left foot.In pass rushing, the concept is called “bringing your hips through,” Coleman said. In the third quarter of Syracuse’s 30-7 win over Florida State, Coleman’s quick fake to the inside led to a rip move outside. As his left arm cut through, his left leg swung simultaneously past the Seminoles’ left tackle. He stepped with his left foot, which squared Coleman’s hips to FSU quarterback Deondre Francois and ended with a sack.“I tried to have him string together his combos,” Cooper said. “From this combo into the next combo. It helps with form overall.”Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerAfter the heavy bags, Coleman worked on his hands. In one drill, a partner holds their hands shoulder-width apart, with their gloves serving as targets for the other boxer. While Coleman punched, the class emphasized locking in on a target. After each punch, boxers are taught to reset their hands and feet. The back and forth movements reminiscent of ballet dancing are also common in pass rushing.On the first drive of the second half against Clemson, Coleman stepped four times before making contact with offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt. Left. Right. Left. Right. Coleman’s lanky frame appeared nearly elastic. At the fourth step, with his feet evened up, he punched Hyatt’s shoulders with both arms and ripped through his outside shoulder en route to his first sack of the afternoon.“A defensive end is going to use his hands to get off the block or get off the line fast,” iLoveBoxing instructor Kyle Miller said. “Teaching him how to not just punch hard but bring his hands back, just as fast for those quick trigger muscles … that helped him a lot as well.”After less than a week of boxing training, Coleman returned to Syracuse. He said the kickboxing made him think more about how his body moves. He’s since kickboxed in the SU weight room several times, despite not finding teammates willing to join in.“For other guys, the stuff that they needed to work on was more oriented toward the bags on the field,” Coleman said. “And the stuff that that I needed to work on had me on the heavy bag.” Published on October 10, 2018 at 10:45 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44center_img Commentslast_img read more

Safe Babysitter Class Set up for Preteens

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA babysitter educational class was set up this week to give teens an open invitation to learn how to be a safe sitter. The class was held at MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena on Wednesday with 8 attendees. The first day of summer meant more learning for some.The class was set up for the teens to learn how to become a safe sitter when watching a child, and the stages of childhood. Sitter instructor Alecia Dietz said the students were interested in becoming babysitters for preschoolers and school aged kids.“They learned about the different 4 age groups, and how to handle them, and with the diaper changing and exploring what kind of age group that they’d like to baby–sit for and what responsibilities they would have,” Dietz said.Usually students who participate in the safe sitter class are between the ages of 11 to 13 years old. 13-Year-Old Phineas Imhoff said the class helped him learn skills in case of an emergency.“I have learned how to help if an infant is chocking, several ways to deal with kids and some other things. I also learned ways to help out with my younger brother if he gets hurt,” Imhoff said.Dietz said parents would be pleased with the future sitters of Alpena.“I would say that I’d be able to trust them because they have the skills to keep the child safe. If there were an emergency they would know how to handle it. Especially with the first aid skills and management skills. The CPR is the most important part, because you know that you can trust them with a child’s life,” Dietz said.The students even guided me on skills they learned throughout the day. Hopefully parents will feel at ease knowing that their child are in the right hands with these future babysitters.If your young teen is interested in becoming a sitter there will be more classes available in the future.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Babysitters, MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena, Safe SitterContinue ReadingPrevious More Details Emerge in Child Abuse CaseNext Celebrating International Yoga Day: Learn the Origins of Yogalast_img read more