Gervinho, Iheanacho lose out in Africa Cup of Nations selections

first_imgThe ditching of forward Iheanacho came after Germany-born Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr questioned the attitude of the Leicester City forward.“I think he needs to be more professional. We were not satisfied with his recent performances for the national team,” said Rohr.“It is not good enough to be funny all the time. You must show that you are serious by working hard every day during training sessions.”Once hailed as a star in the making by then club manager, Pep Guardiola, at Manchester City, Iheanacho has faded dramatically after a bright start to his international career.After netting seven times in his first 11 appearances for the Super Eagles, his last goal for the national team came 19 months ago.Iheanacho was transferred in 2017 from Manchester City to Leicester, where he has struggled to command a regular first-team place.Meanwhile, Asamoah Gyan was included in the Ghana squad just a few weeks after announcing his international retirement when stripped of the Black Stars’ captaincy.State president Nana Akufo-Addo persuaded the 33-year-old forward to change his mind and he will go to Egypt as part of a squad skippered by long-serving midfielder Andre Ayew.“My desire to help Ghana win the Cup of Nations still burns strongly,” stressed Gyan. “I remain committed to serving this great nation and the people of Ghana.”Ghana are the third most successful country in the Cup of Nations with four titles, but the last came 37 years ago.Share on: WhatsApp Gervinho, Iheanacho lose out in Africa Cup of Nations selections.Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Ivorian Gervinho and Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho were significant casualties as 11 coaches named 23-man squads for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which kicks off on June 21.A 32-year-old veteran of five Cup of Nations, winger Gervinho was hopeful his impressive Serie A form with Parma would earn him a call-up.The dreadlocked former Arsenal and Roma star — real name Gervais Yao Kouassi — scored 11 goals and was credited with four assists in 30 Italian league matches last season.Among those Ivory Coast coach Ibrahim Kamara will look to for goals in Egypt is Nicolas Pepe, runner-up to French star Kylian Mbappe in the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 Golden Boot race.Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha and clubless Wilfried Bony, who bagged a brace in a 3-1 warm-up win over the Comoros at the weekend, are among the other Ivorian attacking options.Gervinho reacted calmly to his exclusion while some Ivorian supporters were disappointed at his exclusion as the team prepares to tackle South Africa, Namibia and Morocco.Group D is considered the toughest of the six sections with only the top two finishers guaranteed places in the second round, the first of four knockout stages.“Dear Ivorians, I don’t know how to thank you for all the messages of support and affection I’ve received (since) my first call up,” he posted on social media.“Receiving your videos, photos and comments lately warm my heart.“All this has helped reduce my disappointment not to be part of the team that will defend our colours at the next Afcon (Cup of Nations) in Egypt.”– ‘Not satisfied’ –last_img read more

Zharnel Hughes eyeing Rio

first_img “If you look back at the race, I was actually in third position and then my back flared up a bit on me.” With his deep baritone unwavering, he said: “There was nothing I could have done.” Informed of his Track and Field News ranking, he said: “I wasn’t expecting it but I put in the work, and it definitely did pay off for me.” Hughes and his Jamaican coach, Patrick Dawson, a highly regarded assistant to sprint guru Glen Mills at Racers Track Club, have reviewed his 2015 efforts and are cautiously looking forward to Rio and a place in the 200m final. “As to the medal”, said Dawson, “I’m not one of those who like to count my eggs before they hatch, but it would be great to see him on the medal rostrum.” Hughes has started his 2016 programme with a 400-metre personal best of 47.12 seconds. That’s part of an effort to make the sprinter stronger. The plan also includes 100-metre races. He did only one last season and achieved a clocking of 10.15 seconds. While he is confident of lowering his 100-metre best, he is sombre about breaking 20 seconds in the 200m. “Expectations are there,” he said diplomatically. “Work is definitely being put in right now”, he revealed, with the advice that he is expecting the work again to pay off. “It’s just for me to continue to work hard, and to trust my coach and to stay injury free and to continue to climb to the top,” he said, full of hope and determination. “So definitely, maybe one day I could be the world record holder. “You never know.” Third position British sprinter Zharnel Hughes has come a long way since his first international experience at the 2010 Carifta Games. Fresh from a 2015 campaign highlighted by a fifth-place finish in the 200 metres at the World Championships, Hughes has his eyes on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is quietly confident and is expecting his hard work to pay off. In 2010, at the Carifta Games in Grand Cayman, Hughes was timid. “I was always thinking I probably won’t medal,” he recalled. He placed eighth and last in the Under-17 100-metre final won by Jamaica’s Odean Skeen, now at Auburn University in Alabama. “I just went out there and I didn’t know what to do,” he reminisced. The 6’5″ native of Anguilla is far more confident these days. World ranked at number five in the 200 metres by respected US publication Track and Field News, he said: “I just go out there with a positive mindset each time instead of having to doubt myself.” He ended his days as a junior athlete with gold medals from Carifta, the CAC Junior and Pan-Am Junior Championships and the ISSA Boys’ Championships Class One 100-metre record of 10.12 seconds. He entered 2015 with a 200m personal best of 20.32 seconds – from his 2014 season at Kingston College – and cut and carved it down to 20.02 seconds. That time and his fifth-place finish in the World final came despite a minor injury that first surfaced in the semi.last_img read more

Man United ready to move for Barcelona hero as contract talks stall

first_img 1 Manchester United are readying a move for Jordi Alba after discovering the player is unhappy he has not been offered a new contract at Barcelona.The 29-year-old has thrilled with the Spanish champions since 2012 and has been one of the best left-backs in world football. Barcelona ace Jordi Alba will be wanted by several top clubs should he leave the Catalan giants. center_img The Spain international is ready to commit his future to the club as he is keen to keep playing at the Nou Camp.But, according to Mundo Deportivo, Alba has not been offered a new contract yet and he is not happy.The defender is frustrated at the lack of talks – despite the fact he will have just 18 months left on his deal come January.That has caused Manchester United to pay attention to Alba’s situation, in case he decides to leave.The Old Trafford club are still on the lookout for a left-back and the Spaniard would be high on their shortlist.last_img read more

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES RORY!

first_imgSPORTS commentator and journalist Charlie Collins was on hand to make sure Rory Kavanagh’s recent retirement from county senior football didn’t pass unnoticed.Charlie was at the St Eunan’s Presentation Dinner Dance in Mount Errigal Hotel last night as the Letterkenny club celebrated brining senior, reserve and U21 county titles to the parishes.The club presented Rory with a picture of him in action against Mayo in the All Ireland Final in 2012 to mark his retirement from inter-county football.  THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES RORY! was last modified: January 24th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:PresentationRory KavanaghSt Eunanslast_img read more

Warburton insists Forest have the quality to stay up

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesNottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton insisted his side have enough quality to stay in the Championship after a 2-0 defeat at QPR left them in serious danger of relegation.Wins for fellow strugglers Blackburn and Birmingham left Forest one place above the drop zone, ahead of Blackburn only on goal difference.It means the former European champions, who are at home to Ipswich next weekend, must at least match Blackburn’s final-day result in order to stay up – Rovers are away to Brentford.Warburton said: “We had to expect other teams to win. We know what we have to do. We’re at home and our focus is now on preparing well and getting a good performance.“It’s up to us. We’re at home, we can’t control what happens away from us, and we have enough quality.“It’s an honest group of players we’ve got, I can’t question their work ethic, and I want them to get their rewards.“They’re professionals. They know what’s involved. They have a responsibility to themselves, their families, the supporters and the club – we all do.”Second-half goals from Conor Washington and former Forest defender Joel Lynch ended QPR’s six-game losing run and ensured the R’s will stay up.Forest created a number of chances, particularly in the final 25 minutes, but were unable to find the net.Warburton added: “We have been in it (danger) for a number of weeks now and every time they’ve played the players have had the talk of the threat of relegation and I’ve been saying they’re handling the pressure very well.“But we’ve got to take our chances. We looked more desperate and hungry to score after we conceded and we had chances and didn’t take them.“The game is about goals. You can have all the possession in the world but you have to take your chances when they come.”   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cardinal Newman uses big first half to beat Fortuna in 2016 season opener

first_imgFORTUNA >> It didn’t take long for the new-look Fortuna High football team to find out why Cardinal Newman is so highly touted.Led by senior quarterback Jordon Brookeshire and his four first-half touchdown passes, Newman led from start to finish in a 45-12 win over Fortuna, the reigning Big 5 champions, on Friday night in the first game of the 2016 season for both schools.“We knew, I knew, scheduling this game that it was going to be a tough one. We weren’t going to back down from that,” said …last_img read more

‘Kid was depressed’: Naomi Osaka in first clay quarterfinal after ‘rough months’

first_imgJapan’s Naomi Osaka reacts during a break as she plays against Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh during their round-of-16 match at the WTA Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on April 25, 2019. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP)World number one Naomi Osaka defeated Hsieh Su-wei 6-4, 6-3 in Stuttgart on Thursday to reach her first career clay court quarterfinal and admitted she had been left “depressed” after a “rough few months”.US and Australian Open champion Osaka, who lost to Taiwanese veteran Hsieh in Miami last month, secured a place in the quarter-finals against Croatia’s Donna Vekic as she launched her preparations for Roland Garros.ADVERTISEMENT “She’s a really tricky opponent. You never really know what she’s going to do.”Osaka needed 84 minutes to dispatch the unconventional Hsieh, ensuring she will hold on to top spot in the rankings for at least another week.She is less than 200 points ahead of Simona Halep in the WTA rankings, although the Romanian pulled out of this week’s tournament with a hip injury.Top seed Osaka fought off the only two break points she faced, in a lengthy service hold for 2-all in the opening set, before breaking Hsieh in the following game.That was sufficient to wrap up the first set, and a Hsieh double-fault handed Osaka a break to start the second before she closed out victory with another service break in a performance that featured 22 winners and just 16 unforced errors.Osaka will meet Vekic, a 6-1, 7-5 winner over Daria Kasatkina, for a spot in the last four, while Latvian seventh seed Anastasija Sevastova defeated 2017 champion Laura Siegemund 6-4, 6-3.Sevastova will meet third-ranked Petra Kvitova next.Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit eased past Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-2, while Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens took down Belinda Bencic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.German number one Angelique Kerber, who won here in 2015 and 2016, takes on compatriot Andrea Petkovic later. “Definitely I’ve put a lot on pressure on myself and found it hard to deal with in the first few tournaments.“Now I start trying to have fun out there, which is what I did before I was number one.”Osaka, 21, broke Hsieh three times in total to beat Hsieh for the second time in three attempts this year, having also defeated her on the way to lifting the title in Melbourne.“I did feel like I am in control, but I also felt she is taking more risks than me,” said Osaka.‘Tricky opponent’ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The Japanese star arrived in Stuttgart, where she last played as a qualifier in 2017, after suffering early exits in her last three tournaments.Osaka has admitted the difficulty of dealing with the trappings of fame and becoming the world’s top player in recent months, a period which saw her split with coach Sascha Bajin after the Australian Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I am really grateful for everyone that has been really positive towards me. It was really rough the last couple of months. The kid was depressed out there.”“If there is one positive thing that I can say about myself, it is that I learn quickly,” said Osaka, who reached the last eight of a tournament for the first time since her coaching split. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Spurs overcome big night from Jokic to force game 7 vs Nuggets PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton midfielder Ward-Prowse baffled by ref call: He admitted contact

first_imgSouthampton midfielder Ward-Prowse baffled by ref call: He admitted contactby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse says he left baffled by the ref’s decision to wave away a penalty claim in defeat to Manchester City.With the scores level and half time approaching, Ward-Prowse was denied a penalty when he was nudged by City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko in the box, before cruelly deflecting Raheem Sterling’s low cross past Alex McCarthy just moments later.“I was disappointed not to get it,” he said of the spot-kick. “It was a good ball from Jack (Stephens) and I knew that if I took my first touch across him I could get into the box.“When there was contact and it’s impeding my chances of scoring, I had to go down. “The referee says there was contact but didn’t give the penalty, which didn’t make any sense. He’d have to book me for simulation, which he didn’t, so no decision was made.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more