World Cup ‘best thing’ to happen to a player, says Ibrahimovic

first_imgMoscow, June 14: Los Angeles Galaxy forward and former Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Thursday that the 2018 FIFA World Cup was the “best thing” that could happen to the Swedish national football team.”I retired from the national team a couple of years ago… It’s the best thing that can happen to a player, represent the country in a World Cup. It’s a moment of memory, a moment of honour,” Ibrahimovic told journalists.The 36-year-old, who currently plays for the US club the Los Angeles Galaxy, has played for a number of European giants, such as Juventus, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, over the course of his career.Ibrahimovic is Sweden’s all-time top goalscorer, having netted 62 goals in 116 matches before retiring from international football after Euro 2016 in France.The former Juventus and FC Barcelona striker also felt that Sweden is among the favourites to win the World Cup, along with the likes of Brazil and Argentina. IANSlast_img read more

Weber State looks to sweep Montana

first_imgWeber State looks to sweep Montana February 12, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWeber State (10-14, 6-7) vs. Montana (14-10, 10-3)Dahlberg Arena, Missoula, Montana; Thursday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Montana seeks revenge on Weber State after dropping the first matchup in Ogden. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 25, when Montana made only seven free throws on 11 attempts while the Wildcats hit 24 of 28 en route to a two-point victory. FABULOUS FRESHMEN: Montana’s Sayeed Pridgett, Derrick Carter-Hollinger and Josh Vazquez have combined to score 45 percent of the team’s points this season, including 45 percent of all Grizzlies scoring over the last five games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Jerrick Harding has directly created 45 percent of all Weber State field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has 46 field goals and 12 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Weber State is 0-11 when scoring fewer than 68 points and 10-3 when scoring at least 68.STREAK SCORING: Montana has won its last nine home games, scoring an average of 74.8 points while giving up 66.1.DID YOU KNOW: Weber State has committed a turnover on just 17.4 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-lowest rate among all Big Sky teams. The Wildcats have turned the ball over only 11.9 times per game this season.center_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Associated Press last_img read more

Wisconsin male and female student-athletes of the semester

first_imgA proverbial war machine rolled over the competition, while a young sniper came in with guns blazing.Despite a myriad of impressive individual efforts over the course of the spring semester, men’s basketball’s Frank Kaminsky and Annie Pankowski of the women’s hockey team stood out as the top performers and are the male and female athletes of the year.Best Male Athlete: Frank KaminskyThere’s no doubt that Frank Kaminsky was the top athlete at Wisconsin this semester. In fact, Kaminsky wasn’t just the best at Wisconsin, but was the unanimous top basketball player across the country.In his senior season at Wisconsin, Kaminsky became one of the best players to ever take the floor as a Badger, leading his team in points per game (18.8), rebounds (8.2), assists (2.64), field goal percentage 54.7), 3-point percentage (41.6), blocks (57) and was second on the team in steals (33) while playing a team-high 33.6 minutes per game.Kaminsky was the only player in Division I to average at least 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and 1.5 blocks per game.As Wisconsin advanced to its second straight Final Four, and to its first national championship game in 74 years, Kaminsky swept the college basketball Player of the Year awards. He won the John R. Wood Award, the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Naismith Trophy among numerous other Player of the Year honors from publications such as Sports Illustrated and The Associated Press.While Wisconsin rolled through the Big Ten this season en route to a regular season and tournament championship, Kaminsky was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Year and was selected to the all-Big Ten first-team.Kaminsky led the Badgers in scoring 23 times this season and hit the 20-point mark 17 times. The seven-footer also hit double figures in rebounding 14 times to add 14 double-doubles to his already impressive stat line.The Lisle, Illinois, product played his best during the NCAA tournament when he scored at least 20 points in four of Wisconsin’s six tournament games, including the final three games against Arizona (29), Kentucky (20) and Duke (21).It was a season to remember for Kaminsky and perhaps the best in Wisconsin history for all the above reasons and that’s why he’s our male athlete of the semester.Best Female Athlete: Annie PankowskiPankowski had to wait a year to play her freshman campaign, but that wait was well worth it.In what was supposed to be her freshman season in 2013-14, Pankowski tried out for the United States Olympic Team and ended up being the last cut as she failed to make the Olympic roster. With tryouts extending into the fall and the early part of Wisconsin’s season a year ago, Pankowski sat out UW’s season.But she came back strong from disappointment and left no doubt about her ability as she was voted the National Rookie of the Year on the heels of one of the best freshman seasons in UW history.Pankowski put up 43 points to lead all Wisconsin scorers and had 21 goals, the sixth highest total for a UW first-year skater. Along the way, Pankowski also netted two hat tricks, becoming only the fourth Badgers freshman to notch multiple hat tricks in a season.Late in the season Pankowski came on especially strong for the Badgers with 12 goals in her last 15 games and 18 total points over that span. Her late season output helped make her the first freshman to lead Wisconsin in scoring since Sara Bauer led UW in points in 2003-04.Her impressive scoring ability in just her first season make Pankowski the Female Athlete of the Year and a player to watch in the years to come.last_img read more

Syracuse splits doubleheader against NC State

first_img Published on April 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman As soon as head coach Shannon Doepking joined Syracuse last fall, she preached to her new team that she wanted to hit for more power.On Saturday, catcher Alexis Kaiser drove a two-run shot over the fence in Raleigh, North Carolina, for the team’s 15th long ball of the season. SU has 17 regular season games remaining but have already surpassed last year’s home run total of 14.Kaiser’s home run wasn’t enough to keep pace with NC State, though, and Syracuse (16-20, 5-6 Atlantic Coast) split Saturday’s doubleheader against the Wolfpack (21-17, 3-8). Syracuse had won six of its previous seven games, and won the opening contest, 5-2, but lost the night-capper, 7-2.In the first game of Syracuse’s doubleheader, ace Alexa Romero struck out 10 batters in her 11th complete game effort. After a shaky start, Romero pitched a perfect final five innings in the 5-2 win. Romero allowed an earned run in the first inning and a home run in the second, but retired every batter she faced for the next five innings. She struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to earn the complete game and finished with 10 K’s.Second baseman Gabby Teran started the scoring for SU in the first game, as she took advantage of a wild pitch and a throwing error by NC State’s catcher. Syracuse’s offense faltered in the next two innings, but the bottom of the order strung together hits in the top of the fourth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlex Acevedo and Lailoni Mayfield singled to start a four-run burst, as Teran, Gianna Carideo and Kaiser drove runners in. Acevedo, Carideo, Kaiser and Mayfield each crossed home plate to put SU ahead 5-2. All five of SU’s runs came against Wolfpack starter Devin Wallace (2.80 ERA).In the second game, starter Miranda Hearn allowed seven runs on seven hits and five walks. By the time of Kaiser’s fourth-inning blast, her third of the season, the Wolfpack had already scored five runs. Kaiser went 3-for-6 on the day with three RBIs and two runs scored.Acevedo, who went 3-for-5 with two walks in the doubleheader, had two of Syracuse’s four hits in the second game. Acevedo extended her hitting streak to nine games.Sophie Dandola, SU’s No. 2 pitcher, did not appear in the doubleheader, but may pitch in tomorrow’s final game of the series, which starts at 12 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

AUDIO: Aisha Falode Tells NWPL Potential Sponsors, “Get The Women, Get The Family”

first_imgChairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League board, Aisha Falode, is hopeful that by next season there would be sponsorship deals in place for the Nigeria Women Premier League.It has been the craving of stakeholders and fans of women’s football in the country and it will definitely come as a big relief considering the financial burden clubs have had to endure so that they can prosecute matches in the league.After taking over the leadership of the board, Falode made clear their intention to make the league more attractive and now she believes that “opportunities in the women’s game” have become visible.“When you have new innovations, the issue of compliance becomes difficult. Once we were able to explain to them (the clubs) what the vision was, it was easy for them to comply,” said the member of the CAF Media Committee and CAF Match Commissioner.“And as from next season we just hope that now that we have been able to put everything together as a package, the brands will begin to see that indeed there are opportunities in the women’s game.“The asset which the women bring to the brand which is an invaluable asset that once you get the women you have the family and the family is the core of our motto for women’s football now.”The 2016/17 Nigeria Women Premier League will come to an end at the Super Four Championships scheduled for 11-16 September 2017 in Benin City, Edo State. RelatedAUDIO: Aisha Falode Explains NWPL Super Four PostponementSeptember 8, 2017In “NWL”Eddy GnahoreJune 30, 2017Similar postAUDIO: How Benin became host city of NWPL Super Four.October 4, 2017In “Nigeria” Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Former Black Stars, Kotoko striker Opoku Afriyie dies in Kumasi

first_imgFormer Black Stars striker, Opoku Afriyie, has died.Afriyie, whose immense ability in front of goal earned him the nickname ‘Bayie’, reportedly died on Sunday in Kumasi.Although no cause of death has officially been announced, reports suggest that the 65-year-old had been unwell for some time.Opoku Afryie, admired throughout his professional career for his wonderful finishing ability, was one of the few players to play for Ghana’s two biggest clubs; Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.His time at the Kumasi club was probably more significant as he captained the side and he went on to become the club’s team manager in 2003, a job he later took up for the Black Stars as well.Opoku Afriyie in his playing daysHe was top scorer in Ghana’s top-flight twice in his career; in 1979 and two years later in 1981, when he led Kotoko to the league title.Afriyie made his mark for the national team as well playing in Ghana’s 1978 AFCON-winning team and scoring both goals in the final as Ghana won the cup for keeps against Uganda.He also scored in Ghana’s opening group game at that tournament; a 2-1 win over Zambia.Afriyie was ranked the eighth-best player in Africa in 1982.last_img read more

UCLA expected to move on from TCU’s Jamie Dixon, report says

first_imgDixon, 53, studied under UCLA coach Ben Howland. He coached Pittsburgh to 11 NCAA tournament appearances in 13 years before moving on to TCU in 2016, where he led the Horned Frogs to one NCAA tournament appearance in three years.The Bruins have been crowned national champions 11 times, but haven’t reached the Final Four in more than a decade. To make matters worse, they haven’t won a national championship since 1995.UCLA parted ways with head coach Steve Alford back in December. It went on to finish the season 17-16, missing the NCAA tournament.TCU went 23-14 and lost in the fourth round of the NIT. Jamie Dixon might not be the frontrunner to become UCLA’s men’s basketball coach after all.Dixon reportedly agreed to leave TCU to join the Bruins, but negotiations have hit a snag. UCLA must pay an $8 million buyout to acquire the coach for next season, which is too steep a price to pay for the Bruins, according to an L.A. Times report. UCLA close to hiring TCU’s Jamie Dixon as next basketball coach, report says TCU’s Jamie Dixon mum on UCLA speculation Attempts were made to lower Dixon’s buyout price, but the report states TCU was unwilling to be flexible. So UCLA may be forced to pursue other candidates.Other notable names involved in Bruins coaching rumors include Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin, St. Mary’s Randy Bennett, and Texas’ Shaka Smart. Related Newslast_img read more

Heisler: Everyone’s gearing up for big LeBron James derby, including LeBron

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Happily for the Lakers, with two maximum slots already saved and tradable prospects, they have the most flexibility to bring in the most faves. As James’ presumed favored destination, they’re now the favorite to land James among NBA people.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Here’s how it looks.• Everything starts with what James wants. Opinions abound. With the Cavs reportedly intent on getting something and willing to take on salary, half the league can create enough room to sign LeBron as a free agent.• It’s not Cleveland. If he was staying, the press people wearing a path to his entourage’s door would have been issuing hourly bulletins on all the communication back and forth as LeBron and the Cavs planned their future before the draft.Instead, radio silence.• Whoever gets LeBron is turning over the franchise to him. Happily, he’s already hard at work on behalf of whoever it turns out to be!Related Articles What about LeBron?The Warriors won the title, the NBA had its draft … yada, yada, yada … but in the big story on Action News, just seven days until LeBron James is a free agent!Not that everyone’s necessarily waiting until midnight of July 1, even if the NBA keeps sending out memos on tampering, according to an Eastern Conference GM.“Meanwhile,” said the GM, “LeBron is doing what we does – calling players on other teams he wants to play with.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThere have been no specific reports, but there’s no mystery about who’s involved. At this point, the surprise would be finding out some fave LeBron has kept secret.Kawhi Leonard.Chris Paul.Paul George.George might be third but looms as the likeliest sidekick for James with the fewest issues … younger (he just turned 28) and healthier than the 33-year-old CP3 … easy to bring in as a free agent with Kawhi under contract to the arch-rival Spurs. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs If it’s the Lakers, a prospect or two would be ticketed to Cleveland … with Lonzo Ball in special peril because with LeBron accustomed to assuming his playmaker role.The possibility reached the sensitive ears of … you know who … Lavar Ball, who railed, “It’ll be the worst move they ever made.”Yeah, Lonzo for LeBron. Who would want that?Happily, Cleveland is warmer than Lithuania, where LaVar and sons spent the winter, although, like the Lakers, Vytautas Prienai wouldn’t let him take over their team, either.Unfortunately for those of us yearning for the end of LaVar’s Laker career, the Cavs, who must be aware they can get Lonzo, used their No. 8 pick for Alabama point guard Collin Sexton, whom they surely regard more highly after Lonzo’s struggles as a rookie.Lonzo probably stays, and, if James comes, gets to handle the ball when LeBron kicks it to him on the weak side … but he had better start knocking down those jumpers — in the exhibition season – or the Lakers will find a better shooter (assuming LeBron doesn’t already have one in mind.)• The Lakers’ wish list starts with LeBron and Kawhi.Duh.• The Spurs will resist trading Leonard to the Lakers, at the minimum.  After decades of covering this stuff, I’m used to saying this is likelier than that, but I have no idea where Kawhi will end up.However, the Spurs’ intentions, with the bad news having only begun to sink in, are easy to anticipate. Coach Gregg Popovich went hat in hand to San Diego last week for his long-awaited talk with Kawhi in the hope of wooing him back. Everyone said the talks were “good” –  until more reports that Kawhi had asked to be traded again.Two days later, all but confirming the worst, Spurs GM R.C. Buford noted, “None of us would wish we are where we are.”Not that this means that they will now let Kawhi decide their fate as well as his.If Popovich, the Spurs’ boss, likes the idea of rebuilding around Lonzo, Brandon Ingram and/or Julius Randle, a deal would not only be possible but quick.Otherwise – far likelier – the Lakers, who will be moving at warp speed to lock things down, will turn to the next name on their/LeBron’s list.• Houston, we have a … oh, you’ve heard that one.As likely a LeBron destination as the Rockers are, they have no young players to send the Cavs (no, Clint Capela’s not going anywhere.) Even if LeBron decides on Houston, the Cavs could fight him on making a trade, hoping that he turns to a team with more to offer.As with the Lakers and Spurs, if that just slows the process down, it’s less likely to happen.• Boston has a problem, too. GM Danny Ainge is interested, but with sign-and-trades no longer possible, he would have to gamble on re-signing Kawhi in a year.Ainge has the best prospects and the highest No. 1 picks to offer, but he has to factor in the risk of winding up with nothing.The Celtics have a longstanding dislike of players who don’t treasure being there, like Sidney Wicks, whose stay – in the 1970s – is still remembered with loathing.Without assurance from Kawhi – which he doesn’t seem to want to give anyone but the Lakers – it’s hard to see Ainge staying involved.• The Clippers could get in the hunt for Leonard.No one talks about them … but what if Popovich is willing to trade Kawhi to them, which wouldn’t be like pairing him with LeBron on the Lakers … and would take DeAndre Jordan with one year on his contract … and Kawhi decides it’s his best option after finding out he’s not Laker-bound?All we’ve heard, second-hand, since the sphynx-like Kawhi has inexperienced, inaccessible advisers — including an uncle – is that he wants to come home to Los Angeles.The Clippers were here last time I looked, technically, anyway.Welcome to the summer of 2018: Megastars. Many moving pieces. No time. Coming soon.last_img read more

Sarajevo Mayor took over the “Flame of Peace” at the Olympic Stadium in Rome

first_imgThe “Flame of Peace” was handed over by Raffaele Pagnozzi, Secretary General of the European Olympic Committee and Josef Lib, a member of the EOC Executive Committee and President of the Coordination Commission for “EYOF 2019”.Mayor Skaka was also welcomed by Francesco Saverio Terruzzio, representative of the maestro Michelangelo Pistoletto, in cooperation with the Italian Embassy in Sarajevo. Before the start of the European Youth Olympic Festival EYOF 2019 in Sarajevo and Eastern Sarajevo from February 9thto 16th, mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka took the “Flame of Peace” at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.Organized by the European Olympic Committee in Rome, Nenad Vukovic, the mayor of East Sarajevo, took over the Plamen of Peace.In this way, the “Flame of Peace” begins its journey to Sarajevo where it will be lit at the ceremonial opening ceremony on February 10th at Olympic Stadium “Asim Ferhatović Hase”.“The flame of peace now goes to Sarajevo, the city where it belongs. Our city nurtures all the values ​​of Olympism, everything that this flame brings with it. Get an olive branch and this flame is a great honor that I share with peoples and citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Sarajevo as a universal message of peace and progress, “said Mayor Skaka.last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University and TwinStar Credit Union unveil the TwinStar Court…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University and TwinStar Credit Union proudly unveiled the newly named TwinStar Court, inside Marcus Pavilion, home to the Saint Martin’s men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams.Marcus Pavilion, which just commemorated its 50th anniversary last year, is the home court for Saints basketball and volleyball. Beginning with the upcoming athletic year, the court inside Marcus Pavilion will be renamed the TwinStar Court for the next five years.“We are proud to have our athletic programs and the University associated with a community-based financial institution like TwinStar Credit Union,” said athletic director Bob Grisham. “I feel this speaks to their desire to be connected to an athletic program that promotes student-athlete balance as well as athletic and academic success. TwinStar’s commitment in sponsorship and support has taken our athletic programs to another level, matching other institutions around the country.”Jeff Kennedy, CEO of TwinStar Credit Union, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership. “One of the guiding values of TwinStar Credit Union is community commitment. We are happy to partner with Saint Martin’s University—which has a similar commitment—as the sponsor of the TwinStar Court. TwinStar is dedicated to working with and supporting organizations throughout the region that make a difference through education and financial empowerment initiatives.”Saint Martin’s is enjoying one of the most successful periods in the athletic program’s history. Under head coach Alex Pribble, the Saints men’s basketball team had an NCAA-era school record 25 wins, reached their first GNAC Championship game and NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the round of 32.Women’s basketball hired Christy Martin in the summer of 2017, leading the Saints to a three-win improvement, and the first GNAC Freshman of the Year in program history. Volleyball set a school record in wins and staged an exciting five-set stunner over Central Washington for the first time since 2002.With the support of TwinStar Credit Union, Saint Martin’s aims to continue its success inside one of the most difficult conferences in NCAA Division II. The financial support provided by TwinStar not only affects Saint Martin’s 200-plus student-athletes, coaches and staff, but also the tens of thousands of community members who attend SMU events every year.In 2020, Saint Martin’s will celebrate its 125th anniversary as an institution of higher education. The University has long occupied a central role in the Lacey community, and the partnership with TwinStar only strengthens that connection. Support from TwinStar is critical for the University and Saints Athletics, and highlights the longtime partnership between TwinStar and Saint Martin’s.last_img read more