Iwobi Picks Eagles over Arsenal

first_imgThe youngster has been in fine form for club and country over the past few weeks with his performance last weekend against Watford catching the eye. Iwobi scored a goal and made an assist as the Gunners beat Watford 4-0.Nigeria won the Olympic football gold in 1996 in Atlanta with a squad that had Iwobi’s uncle Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Victor Ikpeba.Current Under-23 coach Samson Siasia, was in charge at Beijing 2008 as Nigeria won the silver, losing the final to a Lionel Messi inspired Argentine side.The ‘Dream Team’ won the Africa U-23 Nations Cup in Senegal to book a ticket for the Rio Olympics with Siasia in-charge.The former FC Nantes striker will look to go one further than he did eight years ago in China.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s newest kid on the block, Alex Iwobi will likely miss Arsenal’s start to the 2016/17 season after indicating interest to play for Nigeria at the 2016 Rio Olympics this August.Iwobi, who made his international debut in the 1-1 draw with Egypt in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna last month wants to line up for Nigeria’s Olympic side in the football event the commences on August 3.Arsenal begins the season ten days after the Olympic tournament starts and if Nigeria gets to the final, Iwobi will still be in Brazil by August 20, a move which might pop up a club vs country clash.last_img read more

Clippers can’t beat depleted Heat, have nine-game home winning streak snapped

first_img“We just got our (butt) kicked,” Williams said. “We didn’t play hard for four quarters.”To add insult to the situation, Rivers was called for a pair of technical fouls within 15 seconds in the fourth quarter and was ejected. He seemed shocked by the second technical and left the floor with a shrug and 7:17 on the clock. Assistant Coach Rex Kalamian took over on the sideline.“I can’t explain them,” Rivers said. “I was saying (the call) was awful. I didn’t know you get a (technical) foul when the official is on the other side of the floor.“But listen,” he added, “we played poorly.”The Heat shot 43.5 percent from the floor and finished 13 for 39 from 3-point range. The Clippers made only 37.1 percent of their shots and went 7 for 29 from deep.“This is a bad loss for us,” said Tobias Harris, who led the Clippers with 20 points on 8-19 shooting. “They stumped us with the zone and we were unable to make shots or get stops.”Harris also picked up his second technical foul in as many games, this time for signaling for a replay following a Bam Adebayo tip-in.“We’ve got to keep our composure,” he said. “It was rough, three (technical) fouls. We were frustrated and they blew the whistles.”The Heat controlled the first half, building a lead as large as 13 by shooting 9 for 22 from deep (four of those 3s belonged to Wade) and 22 of 24 from the free-throw line.The Clippers, meanwhile, made only four of their 17 3-point attempts in the first half, though they did convert 18 of their 20 free-throw looks.Not everything fell in Miami’s favor early. Already without Josh Richardson — who was a game-time scratch due to right shoulder impingement — as well as Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, Wayne Ellington and Dion Waiters, the Heat lost Johnson with about five minutes left in the first quarter.Johnson suffered a left hip contusion, the team said. Although X-rays were negative, he did not return, leaving Miami with eight active players. Johnson had eight points in his first start this season before he went out.The Clippers got back in it with a 25-15 run to close the second quarter, including Harris hammering home an authoritative dunk — and drawing a foul — off a quick pass from Beverley off an inbound play with 1:37 to go. Harris celebrated with Montrezl Harrell-esque emotion, hollering and clenching his fists before making the free throw to draw the Clippers to to 58-55.A Williams lay-in and free throw followed by an Avery Bradley layup and the Clippers were up 60-58, which represented their first lead since they were up 6-5.A couple more 3-pointers by Wade (and a free throw by Derrick Jones Jr.) gave the visitors the halftime advantage, 65-62.The Clippers pulled even again in the third quarter on a Harris jumper that tied it 85-85. A 3-pointer from Mike Scott made it 88-85, but Miami recovered and took a 91-90 lead into the final quarter.“Usually we bring intensity, energy, defense and we didn’t bring these three things tonight,” said forward Danilo Gallinari, who finished 12 points and 10 rebounds. “These three things are our DNA; if we don’t bring it every night, we can lose every game.” PreviousLos Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, left, dunks as Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Miami Heat forward James Johnson, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, of Serbia, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, shoots as Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Heat won 121-98. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, right, of Italy, shoots as Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Heat won 121-98. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, left, dunks as Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, passes the ball from the floor as Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem tires to get it during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, passes the ball as Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, right, shoots as Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Miami Heat forward Rodney McGruder, left, and Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander go after a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace, right, shoots as Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Mike Scott defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, left, shoots as Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Miami Heat forward James Johnson, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, of Serbia, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, drives past Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, left, dunks as Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 15Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, left, dunks as Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It figured to be a game of attrition. The home team with one of the NBA’s best benches would, eventually, have the upper hand on the team with only nine — actually, after the Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson first-quarter hip injury — eight players available.But with chants of “Let’s Go Heat” emanating from the Staples Center crowd, Miami wouldn’t go away and, confounded by a zone defense, the Clippers failed to find a rhythm and floundered.Against an Eastern Conference foe on the second game of a back-to-back, the Clippers missed 3-pointers, gave up 3s, got out-hustled, outrebounded and then unraveled all the way in the fourth quarter.And they lost — 121-98 — falling for the third time in four games and for just the second time at home this season, snapping a nine-game Staples Center winning streak. “There were so many fundamental breakdowns tonight that will never allow you to win the game,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. “If we don’t come and play with great intensity and play hard, we’re not like some of the other teams. They can still win, (but) we’re just not one of those teams. For us, our energy and how we play is part of what we have to do to win. And we just didn’t do that tonight.”Dwyane Wade delivered for his vocal contingent of fans in his final visit to play the Clippers before he retires (the Lakers host the Heat on Monday, Wade’s last scheduled stop in L.A.)He became the 15th active player to play 1,000 regular-season games, and commemorated the occasion by scoring a game-high 25 points, shooting 5 for 10 from deep.“He’s still Dwyane Wade,” said Lou Williams, the Clippers reserve guard who had 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting. “Kobe (Bryant) had 60 in his last game. These guys have super powers, bro. You like to see it on TV, but they’re gonna get you sometimes.”The Clippers (16-9) appeared flat and out of sync for most of the game, especially in the final quarter, when the Heat (11-14) outscored them, 30-8 — after going on a 21-2 run to start the quarter.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

WHS homecoming parade starts soon. Fall Festival activities begin Friday

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2014 Wellington Fall Festival will be held Oct. 3-4 in conjunction with the High School Spirit Week and WHS homecoming which is September 29-Oct. 4. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with the parade downtown. The pep rally and bonfire will follow at the Wellington High School.The students have been holding their Spirit Week activities throughout the week and businesses have decorated their store fronts and windows to show their Crusader Spirit as well. There is a prize of $50 in Wellington Bucks to the best decorated business. The WHS Homecoming game will be held on Friday against Andale.  Prior to the game, the Chamber will host a tailgate party right outside the stadium entrance which will include the 25th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Teams will pre-make their chili and then bring them down to Sellers Park on Friday to be judged and sampled.Tasting kits for the chili will be sold for $2 with a bottle of water costing $1 extra. Folks are encouraged to come down and hang out before the game, taste the various chili and then cheer on the Crusaders to beat the Andale Indians.Then….On Saturday the Barbecue Cook-off will get underway in Sellers Park by the Railroad Museum along with all the other activities including the Chamber Salsa Challenge, the Alzheimer’s Walk, the fundraiser food court, arts and crafts, kids games and bouncy’s and a lip synch contest by the Young Professionals.The Bank of Commerce has graciously signed on as our Premiere Sponsor! The Chamber officials and members appreciate their dedication and commitment to the Chamber and the Crusaders!last_img read more