President Buhari hails Eagles, tasks team to go for goldDuro Ikhazuagbe and Omololu Ogunmade in AbujaA solitary first half goal by Akwa United FC player, Gabriel Okechukwu, gave Nigeriaâ€™s Home-based Eagles victory over hard-fighting Sudan last night in the second semi final of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).Nigeria is to play host country Morocco who earlier in the day defeated Libya 3-1 in final of the championship on Sunday in Casablanca. The clash between Nigeria and Sudan produced so much tension that both teams ended the game with ten men each.Before kick-off, Coach Salisu Yusuf had to rue his inability to call upon first-team players Emeka Atuloma, Sunday Faleye and Emeka Ogbuh â€“ all due to injury. And 10 minutes into the game inside the Grand Stade Marrakech, goalkeeper and skipper (and big inspiration) Ikechukwu Ezenwa was stretchered out injured.Kalu Orji Okogbue, who himself had to pass a late fitness test to be eligible for the encounter, took over the captainâ€™s band and controlled Nigeriaâ€™s resistance from behind, while also launching the salvo that Anthony Okpotu knocked down for Gabriel Okechukwu to score the only goal of the game in the 16th minute.Okechukwu, who incidentally similarly scored the winner against Angola in the quarter final in Tangier last Sunday, was alive, fit and menacing throughout, and was worth his Man-of-the-Match award at the end of the game.Ifeanyi Ifeanyi was sent off from the Nigerian team for two bookable offence while a Sudanese defender, Bakri Bachir, who was the last man of the defence line for his team was also given the marching order for hacking down Dayo Ojo.Substitute goalkeeper, Dele Ajiboye, kept the Sudanese in check as his string of saves helped Eagles weathered the storm.Sudan battled real hard to draw level but found real obstacle in Ajiboye who did everything to ensure Nigeria progressed to play in the final.Even before kick-off of Sundayâ€™s battle, Coach Yusuf and his wards have made history, as this is the first-time ever that Nigeria would reach the final of the competition, having won bronze medals at the 2014 finals in South Africa.Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari last night congratulated the home-based Eagles on their victory over Sudan in Marrakesh, Morocco.In a statement, Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said Buhari joined millions of football loving Nigerians to celebrate the spectacular performance of the team which qualified them for the final on Sunday with Morocco.The statement said having keenly followed the teamâ€™s progress throughout the tournament with delight, the president commended their hard-work, dedication, discipline and indomitable spirit, which he said were truly worthy of emulation.It added that Buhari urged the players and the coaching crew to remain focused and determined as they go for Gold in the final match on Sunday.“The president assures them of the unflinching support, goodwill and prayers of the Federal Government and all Nigerians as they soar to victory,” the statement added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Leonard credits Toronto’s strategy for one of the most impressive individual playoff performances in recent NBA history (30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and a league-high 939 total playoff minutes). The Raptors took home the title, and teams took notice.”If we didn’t do that, I wouldn’t be here right now for sure.”Kawhi Leonard tells @Rachel__Nichols that the Raptors’ load management plan for him helped in the long run. pic.twitter.com/KtyxtjBJi7— ESPN (@espn) June 7, 2019MORE: When will Paul George make his Clippers debut?When Leonard became a Clipper this offseason, the team made it clear his health would be a top priority. And why not? If it worked for Toronto, why shouldn’t the Clippers follow the same path?But load management is a sensitive subject. When the Clippers announced Wednesday that Leonard would miss the front end of a back-to-back set, the debate once again took center stage.ESPN analyst Doris Burke got the fireworks started on the “Golic and Wingo” show ahead of the Clippers’ matchup with the Bucks. Los Angeles ruled Leonard out of the first game of the back-to-back, taking away the excitement of a Kawhi vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo showdown.”It is mind-boggling to me that Kawhi doesn’t want to play against the reigning MVP and he’d rather play against Portland [the next day],” Burke said. “I believe the league has a long-term problem. When it pinches them, I don’t know. But Kawhi not playing, to me, is ridiculous at this point. I don’t understand it. He is a great player. He is compelling to watch. If you’ve watched any of his games, he’s been absolutely brilliant in the fourth quarter and won them a ton of games. And the Clippers obviously have a responsibility to Kawhi and to winning and to long term.”But the league also, I believe, is and should be concerned that their best players are not playing on nights when they’re on national television. The NBA ratings took a hit last year. People tune in — we know this for a fact, guys — people tune in because they want to see the stars who are so compelling. There are few players who are this compelling at this stage in their careers.””Kawhi not playing, to me, is ridiculous at this point. … To me, the league has a problem.” @heydb addresses the impact of Kawhi and other stars missing nationally televised games. (via @GolicAndWingo) pic.twitter.com/r4uSAy684g— ESPN (@espn) November 6, 2019Burke’s point of view isn’t out of bounds. The NBA depends on big names to generate ratings. It’s a league that leans on star power more than any other sport, particularly during a regular season that is often deemed as irrelevant.But the media and basketball fans can’t have their cake and eat it, too.Players are judged on one thing and one thing only — championships. Charles Barkley is regularly mocked on TNT by Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal because he retired without a title. James Harden is viewed as just another great statistical player incapable of carrying a team to a championship. Past or present, the rings conversation reigns supreme.For fans hoping to see a star in their city, the disappointment is understandable. NBA tickets aren’t cheap. Families pay an arm and a leg to watch players like Leonard just one time in a year. When organizations decide to rest their stars at the last second, it can be a major blow to paying fans.But what do they value more? An enjoyable regular season experience in November? Or witnessing the best of the best battle it out on the biggest stage and lifelong fandom finally paying off in May and June?What must be decided now is how the NBA views the new trend. And it seems that the league is just as conflicted as the rest of us.The NBA initially accepted the Clippers’ reasoning for why Leonard missed Wednesday’s game.NBA spokesman Mike Bass on Kawhi Leonard: “Kawhi Leonard is not a healthy player under the league’s resting policy, and, as such, is listed as managing a knee injury in the LA Clippers injury report. The league office, in consultation with the NBA’s director of sports medicine..”— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 6, 2019Bass continued: “…is comfortable with the team medical staff’s determination that Leonard is not sufficiently healthy to play in back-to-back games at this time.” https://t.co/UfoVeWC513— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 6, 2019MORE: Doc Rivers rants about new coach’s challenge ruleThen one innocent statement altered the league’s stance on the situation.”[Leonard] feels great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “But he feels great because of what we’ve been doing. We’re just going to continue to do it. There’s no concern here. But we want to make sure. I think Kawhi made a statement that he’s never felt better. It’s our job to make sure he stays that way. That’s important.”But he played a lot of minutes in the playoffs last year. So, it’s not a health thing really. It is in some ways. We want him to just keep feeling better and getting better.”So it’s not a health thing, but also, it is? Rivers’ comments forced the NBA to quickly change its tone with a $50,000 fine.Remember, NBA doctors evaluate the medical info provided by the Clippers. The league doesn’t take the team’s word that Clippers aren’t violating resting rules. Essentially, Rivers is trying to be supportive of Leonard in public — and it comes at cost of $50K for franchise. https://t.co/CmXSGXVIwh— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 8, 2019″For me, I’m on [Rivers’] side, you know what I mean?” Leonard said when asked about the league fining the organization. “I’m a Clipper. He’s my coach. That’s just disappointing. It feels like they want players to play if they’re not ready.”Load management is a confusing idea for all. On one side, the NBA wants to be seen as a league that supports its players and doesn’t wander into dangerous territory by publicly doubting the legitimacy of an injury. On the other, allowing stars to sit is terrible for the fan experience and the NBA’s TV partners.Regardless of how the league handles the issue moving forward, load management is here to stay. As long as it’s all about the “Larry O-B” trophy, the NBA’s elite will continue to sit during the regular season and prepare for the playoffs. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich may have kicked off the load management era, but Kawhi Leonard is the poster boy.In his first and only season in Toronto, Leonard played in just 60 of the Raptors’ 82 regular season games. From a fan perspective, it was hard to stomach. There’s no arguing with the results, though. “I got to do what makes me healthy and is going to help the team be successful, and that’s me being able to play basketball games for us,” Leonard said.The fans won’t like it. They won’t be waving “load management” flags at their favorite arenas. But they might just enjoy the end result.And isn’t that the only thing that matters?
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Thank you for your input. -13 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 226 weeks ago They say 17% of all accidents are account of alcohol, that leaves 83% of the other accidents are caused by sober drivers. So you tell me, which is more dangerous on the roads, the 17 drivers that are legally over the limit or the 83 drivers that are stone cold sober? I’m not sticking up for the drunks but shouldn’t there be more speakers that survived sober driver accidents. Hard telling how many people out there, like old ladies that are on “granny tranny’z” which make them drowsy are out there driving. So if some want to go by the odds, I’ll take my chances with the drunks. Report Reply 1 reply · active 226 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down SCCDAT · 226 weeks ago In 2009 we had 2 young kids killed in alcohol related crashes. If we can prevent any more of these happening in Sumner Co. then we are going to keep preaching to the kids the dangers of underage drinking. We are not talking strictly about accidents we are talking about the binge drinking and the poor decisions one makes when under the influence of alcohol. You take your chances Turkeyleg we will keep informing the public to hopefully protect everyone from your philosophy. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Just saying · 226 weeks ago Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol impaired driver (drunk driver). This is one (1) death every 53 minutes. in 2014, 9,697 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic related deaths in the United States. This does not account for the lives that were totally changed that weren’t fatalities. Statistics say nearly 3/4 of the students (72%) have drank (more than a few sips) by the end of high school. More than 1/3 (37%) drank by the 8th grade. *****These Town Hall meetings are great. Several years ago we took our teens to one. They were impressed….it has and did leave a positive impression.***** The meeting told how communities and the Commissioners could help as a whole working together. Several left an impression: 1) Do NOT sponsor Beer Gardens at your local events (such as Wheat Festivals)…do not block off public areas to allow drinking. For the city itself not to involve itself promoting drinking. That was the year our City Commission..sponsored the Beer Garden at the Festival…as well as an interest in one local tavern. Just saying… ***A 13 year old pointed this out…if you think they do not notice….you are dead wrong. Report Reply 0 replies · active 226 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Michelle · 226 weeks ago It’s not the undersge drinking it’s all parents n adults who drink n get behind a wheel. Parents are suppose to be example not to drink but when parents drink then the kids will to or peer pressure if people drink stay home or if at. Bar call a friend these kids like the saying monkey see monkey do so let’s all take responsibility not drink n drive. Report Reply 0 replies · active 226 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow â€” Â Underage drinking is something that is a cause for concern everywhere. In an effort to raise awareness, a town hall meeting will be held Wednesday, April 13 at Memorial Auditorium from 6-9 p.m.Free hotdogs, chips, and water will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a powerful message from speaker Jared Estes, survivor of a deadly drunk driving accident, which killed his young wife. After more than 50 surgeries to save his life, and defying medical odds, Estes is alive and well and has decided to “fire back” by becoming a public speaker and telling his story.“I think it’s important to raise awareness in the community that there is underage drinking, and there are organizations who are trying to help contain and prevent it,” said Darin Goodrum, Sumner County Community Drug Action Team (SCCDAT) Coordinator. “We’re not going to stop it, but we can raise awareness, which is what it’s all about.”The event is sponsored by the Sumner County Community Drug Action Team, or SCCDAT, in partnership with the Sumner County Law Enforcement Underage Drinking Task Force, and is funded by a state grant.SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency, encourages having Town Hall meetings every two years to help raise awareness of underage drinking.The Wellington City Council members will be participating in the event, as well as the local high school S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter, which School Resource Officer James Yunker is in charge of. There are about 60 students involved in S.A.D.D. at the high school, and they will be doing a lot of volunteer work for the event. Mayor Shelley Hansel is a representive of SCCDAT and will emcee the event.“I think it’s very important,” Hansel said. “Underage drinking is not just a high school or parent or student issue, it’s a community issue, and one that we all have to take ownership in. Our businesses, our community leaders, all of us need to send a clear message that Wellington and Sumner County will not tolerate underage drinking or those who condone it.”Local law enforcement, as well as those from Oxford and Belle Plaine, will have drunk driving simulator goggles, and other equipment, for attendees to try out.“Our focus group for the meeting is 4th grade to high school age,” Goodrum said. “Statistics prove that kids take their first drink of alcohol at age 11 or 12.”The SCCDAT and S.A.D.D. groups will pass out cards for students to fill out and sign for a chance to win some great prizes, including hover boards, lap tops, head phones and gift cards.Follow us on Twitter.