NFCA Mourns as Plateau Coaches’ Boss Dies

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Coaches Association (NFCA) has sent a condolence message to its Plateau State chapter and the state’s Football Association over the death of James Ndoma. The coach died in the early hours of thursday.In a statement signed by the General Secretary of the NFCA, Solomon Ogbeide, the body observed that the death of the coach was a sad chapter in the history of football coaching in the country.“It is with great shock we learnt of the death of Coach Ndoma this morning (yesterday). He was a brilliant young man and a committed member of our association. We pray God to give his family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss,” the statement concluded. Until his death, Ndoma was the chairman of the Plateau branch of the NFCA as well as the coach of the University of Jos and had been battling with an unknown ailment since December last year.At a point, he was relocated to his home state, Cross River but the ailment defied medication before he was brought back to Jos and admitted at the Jos University Teaching Hospital. He was again moved to Birmingham Hospital, also in Jos where he was confirmed dead yesterday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

StarTimes Splashes More Millions on Subscribers

first_imgLagos-based Vulcaniser and 43-year-old father of five, Oyegoke Sunday, who won one million Naira expressed his joy at his emergence as a winner. According to him, he had no dreams of ever winning such an amount from any company. While speaking emotionally to newsmen, he thanked the company for coming through for him and other Nigerians in such difficult times and promised to stay loyal as a customer.According to the company’s Public Relations Manager, Mr. Kunmi Balogun, “The promo will run for a total of 14 weeks. With nine weeks down, five more lucky subscribers will take home N1,000,000 weekly until July 31, while 20 customers will get a brand new 43inch StarTimes TV set.”He added that “to qualify, existing subscribers are required to pay for one month subscription on any of our bouquet while new subscribers who buy and activate new decoder are automatically entered for the draw.”So far, 180 subscribers have also been awarded one year free subscription with a total of 100 more to be picked to enjoy the free subscription in a weekly draw conducted under the supervision of the National Lottery Commission of Nigeria.StarTimes have continued to deepen its dominance in the Nigerian market with innovative moves while constantly adding engaging content in entertainment and sports, towards expanding its market share which have seen it grow its subscriber base exponentially.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram More Nigerians have continued to benefit from the ongoing StarTimes millionaire promo, with nine million Naira already given out to subscribers in the last two months.This is coming amid angry reactions to a recent price increment by other Pay TV providers in the country.So far, nine million Naira in cash have been given out to nine lucky subscribers, 45 people have won 43-inch TV sets and one year free subscription dished out to 180 subscribers.last_img read more

Syracuse field hockey becomes 1st women’s team in school history to win national championship

first_imgANN ARBOR, Mich. — Players dropped their sticks where they stood in favor of raised, clenched fists. Goalkeeper Jess Jecko flung her mask into the cage and smiled cheek-to-cheek. Even head coach Ange Bradley yelled and swung her arms high in the air, the most animated celebration she’d allowed herself all season.The entire Syracuse team created a mob at midfield, yelling and chanting — restraint forgotten in lieu of pure joy and unbridled excitement.The Orange had prevailed over North Carolina, the only team it lost to all season.For the first time in school history, a Syracuse women’s team was a national champion.“We want to be the first women’s team to win a national championship and we want to be the first field hockey team to win a national championship,” senior Emma Russell said. “We say that every day.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“To be the first women’s team to bring it home, it’s pretty special.”As has been the case all season, Syracuse called upon a new hero in the game’s biggest moment. On Sunday afternoon at Ocker Field, it was freshman Zoe Wilson propelling SU to victory. She started each game of the season at back, but with the game knotted 2-2, Wilson scored her first career goal off a penalty corner — a unit she hadn’t been on for most of the season.With No. 2 seed North Carolina’s (21-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) two second-half goals answering Syracuse’s two first-half scores, Wilson’s heroics put No. 1 seed Syracuse (21-1, 6-0) ahead for good.“Lo and behold, she did (score on the corner) today,” Bradley said. “She rubbed it right in my face.“… It was a good time to do it.”With the game tied at two in the second half and North Carolina playing more aggressively, Syracuse seemed to be losing its grip on a game once in its grasp.Russell and Alma Fenne put the Orange ahead by two in the first 18 minutes, but North Carolina outshot SU 6-3 in the second half and earned two corners to SU’s one. With the tide turning, Syracuse called timeout with 13 minutes and 54 seconds remaining.Exactly two weeks earlier, SU had suffered its only loss of the season to the Tar Heels in the ACC championship. Just like that match, Sunday’s game seemed destined for overtime. Bradley gathered her players — not to discuss strategy — but to encourage Syracuse to not slip once more.“It was just a matter of calling timeout, looking at their eyes and reminding them that they trained for this moment every day,” Bradley said. “… That was the message and we’re going to go out there, we’re going to get a goal and we’re going to take this home.”After the team secured a penalty corner when the ball touched a North Carolina defender inside the circle, Wilson knew the shot was hers.Despite being in “Group B” most of the season, Wilson constantly joked with Bradley that she would be on the penalty corner unit that won the national championship. In the lead-up to the NCAA tournament, Bradley brought Wilson from the other end of the field, where the head coach wouldn’t pay much attention to her, and started working her in.On Sunday, Russell inserted the ball to stick-stopper Alyssa Manley who passed to Lies Lagerweij. Lagerweij didn’t hesitate and executed the “slip left” play perfectly, finding Wilson toward the top of the circle.The freshman pulled her stick back and fired a rocket across the cage to the lower-right corner past UNC goalkeeper Shannon Johnson.“I just kept my head down and put it home,” Wilson said. “I’m really just over the moon.”North Carolina head coach Karen Shelton pulled Johnson around the 8:30 mark. After a hard counterattack upfield, Emma Lamison gave Syracuse some breathing room with an empty-netter.The sole loss of the season — at the hands of the Tar Heels — resonated with Syracuse, providing added motivation for Sunday’s game. In a season where Syracuse seemed untouchable, UNC brought the Orange back down to earth, if only for a game.Fenne remembered the quiet bus ride home from Charlottesville, Virginia on Nov. 8, when the Orange lost in the ACC championship.As the team pulled into a rest stop four hours into the return trip, the players shuffled outside and Bradley gathered them around her in the dark, cold November evening. Formed in a silent circle, the team hung on each of Bradley’s words.Fenne felt nauseous watching UNC celebrate. She still felt the same when Bradley spoke to the team outside the bus.Syracuse watched footage of the loss Saturday, but the film session ended with footage of the celebration.“This is one shattered dream,” Fenne remembers Bradley saying. “And we’re not going to have another one.”But Sunday, Syracuse kept its dream intact, and lived it. Comments Related Stories Jess Jecko’s late saves help lead Syracuse to national championship winEmma Russell sets points record en route to national championship winGallery: Syracuse field hockey wins national titleStorify: Fans react to Syracuse field hockey’s first national title Published on November 22, 2015 at 2:54 pm Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

No. 1 recruit eyes instant impact this fall

first_imgThere could not have been a better time for the Wisconsin volleyball team to snatch the best young talent in the country.After five fruitless seasons saw them fail to reach the NCAA tournament, the Badgers will start their 2013 season with Gatorade National Player of the Year and incoming freshman Lauren Carlini on the roster.Carlini earned the honors of top-ranked recruit in the country by and All-America first team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.When Carlini committed to Wisconsin during her freshman year at West Aurora High School in Illinois, Badger volleyball was coming off one of the most successful decades in its history – the team had recently reached 12 straight NCAA appearances, including three Big Ten titles and a national championship appearance in 2000.However, Wisconsin volleyball has endured more trying times in the past six years, finishing no better than seventh place in the Big Ten since 2007, including a tie for ninth in the conference last year.Then came Carlini, and with her, the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation for the 2013 season. Now, a Wisconsin team that one year ago struggled to finish halfway up the Big Ten standings that includes some of the best teams in the country, may just have a glimmer of hope for a future return to greatness.While Carlini acknowledged the high expectations of herself to help the team, she is trying to ignore outside opinions of her potential.“I try not to put any extra pressure on myself,” Carlini said. “People are going to have their judgments and opinions, but I just want to play and do the best I can for my team.”Not only has Wisconsin struggled in recent years, but as the Badgers have slid, the Big Ten has grown to be a volleyball powerhouse with seven of the 12 league squads ranked in the preseason coach’s poll.The decline of Wisconsin and rise of the Big Ten has proven Carlini’s total loyalty and confidence in the winning tradition in Wisconsin volleyball, a key factor in her decision to play in cardinal and white she said.Carlini said she was somewhat interested in schools like Michigan and UCLA, but Wisconsin was always her top choice of colleges and the only school that she visited.Carlini even decided to play for Wisconsin after she learned that she would be playing under new head coach Kelly Sheffield and not former head coach Pete Waite, who recruited her.“Yes, I was a little shaky there for a little while, but once I got to know Coach Sheffield and the rest of his coaching staff, it was a perfect fit,” Carlini said.Sheffield said while Carlini still has a lot to learn about collegiate volleyball, her drive to win has been a key strength and infectious among her teammates.“I think she’s a complete player coming out of high school,” Sheffield said. “I think she’s a winner. I think she has this mentality about her [in which] losing never enters the equation with her.”Carlini said her teammates have embraced her and that she has felt comfortable transitioning to the UW program.“It was pretty easy contributing to the team and getting used to everyone and kind of how they work on and off the court,” Carlini said. “It’s been a really easy transition so far.” Carlini has been limited in practice recently after being plagued by a left leg injury, but Sheffield said she has stayed active in learning the game plan of the team.“She’s doing a really good job of connecting with her teammates and then just staying mindful of trying to figure out how we want to do things offensively,” Sheffield said. “She’s really been engaged.”During her senior year of high school, the 6-foot 2-inch Carlini accumulated 333 kills, 303 assists, 156 digs, 92 aces and 50 blocks in 38 games with a .462 hitting percentage – numbers convincing enough for Sheffield to put the freshman into the starting lineup as the setter, the position held by junior Courtney Thomas the past two seasons. Thomas will be transitioned to her high school position of outside hitter, a change she said she is ready for and willing to make for the success of the team.Carlini said she didn’t always excel in volleyball with ease, and admitted she was an average player in middle school. She then grew four inches by the start of high school, Carlini said. Her significant growth spurt and an added sense of mental toughness and team-first mindset helped her become a dominant player, and gave her the opportunity to pursue her dream of playing Wisconsin volleyball.“Something just ticked [in middle school] and I knew ‘this is it, I can actually do something with it,’” Carlini said. Carlini said she did not have a great sense of mentaltoughness in her earlier days of volleyball, which is something she says held her back from growing as a player. But she was able to improve her mentalstrength over time, which is something that Wisconsin as a team can learn fromin order to succeed with a first-year head coach and a challenging schedule. “My mentally when I was younger wasn’t the greatest,”Carlini said. “But once I realized you have to be a good teammate and there’s alot more that goes into [volleyball], that’s when I realized ‘this is real.’”last_img read more

Syracuse played best when down a man in its 10-6 win over Notre Dame

first_img Published on April 2, 2018 at 10:39 pm Contact Matt: Syracuse head coach John Desko spent much of Saturday’s contest pacing up and down the sidelines with his hands raised, trying to get the officials’ attentions over penalty calls.The opposing end looked like a mirror image. His counterpart, Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan, did the same, except his frustration was due to a lack of execution from his players.“I can’t think of a lot of opportunities where the mistake wasn’t ours,” Corrigan said after the game. “We didn’t execute … (Syracuse) did fine.”One area where No. 8 Syracuse (5-3, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) did more than just “fine” in its 10-6 win against now-No. 12 Notre Dame (5-3, 0-1) on Saturday was in man-down situations. Entering Saturday’s contest, SU ranked 58th in the nation in defending man-up opportunities, giving up goals on 45.8 percent of all chances. On Saturday, the Orange held the Fighting Irish scoreless on eight man-up situations totaling five-and-a-half minutes.“It’s a momentum changer,” Syracuse short-stick midfielder Nick Martin said. “When you get a couple stops it’s almost like a goal.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHeading into the contest, SU volunteer assistant coach Steve Scaramuzzino spent all week going over Notre Dame’s offensive sets in their man-up units. Every day, the five-man unit of Martin, Nick DiPietro, Tyson Bomberry, Marcus Cunningham and Nick Mellen grinded through those sets, Martin said, preparing for UND.On Saturday, after receiving no penalties in the first quarter, the Orange was penalized twice in the second period. The first came on a Jamie Trimboli slashing penalty with the score tied at three with just under eight minutes left in the second period.Once on the man-up, Notre Dame’s Mikey Drake ran out across the middle, 15 yards in front of SU goalie Dom Madonna and fired a shot on the low right post. Madonna quickly dove across the net to save the shot and clear the ball, negating the man-up chance.Seven minutes later, Tyson Bomberry was flagged for unnecessary roughness, his third penalty of at least one minute in the last two games. Syracuse played the last 49 seconds of the half a man down. With the seconds dwindling down and Notre Dame’s top scorer, Ryder Garnsey, closing in on Madonna, defender Nick Mellen deflected the ball, leading to an SU possession.In the third frame, Notre Dame earned two more man-up opportunities. The first ended in a shot wide of the net that Syracuse gained possession on, and the second ended in a crease violation that led to an Orange goal and a 6-5 SU lead.“There were just too many missed plays on our part,” Corrigan said. “Ten could’ve easily been six and six could’ve easily been 12 for us, but it wasn’t. So they win.”What made it so difficult for Notre Dame to score on its extra-man opportunities was Syracuse’s ability to spread out and collapse it’s zone quickly.The five-man unit forced Notre Dame to pass the ball around the perimeter of the zone. The Fighting Irish struggled to create separation from a defender on either side of the crease, and any time a Notre Dame player tried to break the zone with a run or pass through the middle, multiple defenders collapsed to force either a turnover or a rushed shot.One player who SU focused on specifically was Mikey Wynne, as he’s had success attacking the crease, Martin said. The plan was simple. Martin faceguarded Wynne, locking him off from getting the ball and forcing Notre Dame’s other players to beat a four-man zone of Mellen, Bomberry, Cunningham and DiPietro.The Irish didn’t. Of the eight man-up opportunities, four ended in turnovers. Seven of Notre Dame’s nine man-up shots sailed wide of the net.Despite the fact that the penalty numbers shouldn’t have been so lopsided, Desko said, his defense pulled through.“Defensively I thought we were terrific,” Desko said after his team’s win. “We hoped that we could get to double figures and hold them under.”Prior to Saturday, the only team that Syracuse held to under 10 goals was Binghamton in both teams’ season-opener. In that game, the Orange held the Bearcats to four goals. And against Binghamton, Syracuse won 82.8 percent of faceoffs as opposed to 42.1 percent on Saturday. Binghamton is currently 3-9, while Notre Dame entered the Dome as the No. 7 team in the country.Syracuse entered this season with the idea that defense would be its strength. While that hasn’t held true through the team’s first half of the season, against Notre Dame, the Orange found the defensive intensity it’s searched for all of 2018. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

New assistant coach Madison Drescher making an impact for Syracuse

first_imgThree months ago, Madison Drescher had no clue she’d soon be making the 22-hour and 1,500-mile drive to Syracuse. Drescher knew she wanted to get into coaching after graduating from Oklahoma. She “tested the waters” on becoming a graduate assistant, but ultimately never found the right opportunity, she said. Back in Southlake, Texas, she even began looking at high school teaching jobs that would also allow her to coach volleyball. That search ended when Oklahoma assistant coach Jake Barreau texted Drescher asking if she was still looking for a job. Barreau told her it was at Syracuse, and soon after Drescher spoke with SU assistant coach Derryk Williams. A week later, the 22-year-old landed her first college coaching gig. “A lot of praying went on,” Drescher said. “But I knew that if I wanted to go into coaching, a power-five school, assistant coach right out of school was something I knew I couldn’t pass up.”Drescher has brought her playing and coaching experience to the Orange, where she’s become a resource on and off the court. Drescher is expected to be a key member of Syracuse’s (3-4) coaching staff following the departure of associate head coach Erin Little, who was named head coach at Cortland in late March. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDrescher admitted the quick transition from being a player to assistant coach will force her to learn on the fly. So far, Williams said she’s adjusted well, which “is not always easy for people to do.” Still, this isn’t Drescher’s first time coaching. In the summer of 2016, Drescher coached Oklahoma Elite Volleyball Club, a club team for girls based in Norman, Oklahoma. Drescher said her mindset was more “Why not?” while coaching Oklahoma Elite, given she did not have many plans that summer. At the beginning of the season, some of her players didn’t know how to serve but eventually improved to the point of hitting aces. That “rewarding” experience made Drescher want to pursue coaching as a career, she said.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital EditorAfter Drescher’s junior year at Oklahoma, she had surgery on a shoulder injury which plagued her since she was 16. As a result, she appeared in only six matches during her senior year as her shoulder never fully recovered. Accepting a decreased role during her senior season was tough at first, but it also presented another opportunity for Drescher to coach, this time by mentoring Oklahoma’s younger players. She’s brought that skill from Norman to Syracuse. “It’s awesome just having her on our team in general,” senior Aliah Bowllan said. “Because I would say in comparison to having an older coach, it’s really helpful to have someone younger that can connect with us more.”As a coach, Drescher has primarily been working with the middle blockers, where her recent playing experience helped demonstrate skills SU’s coaching staff is looking for, such as arm swing on hits, Bowllan said. While Drescher has made a difference for SU players on the court, Bowllan said Drescher has been equally as impactful off of it. Drescher is closely involved with the team during study hours and has become an outlet for players to talk about any issues they may be having on the court, or in their personal lives, Bowllan said. At times, Drescher said it’s been difficult to not become the “friendship coach,” as she aims to establish strong relationships with players, while still expecting them to meet the standards the coaching staff expects of them. Having just concluded a playing career that dates back to when she was in third grade, Drescher has seen the various impacts of coaches, particularly the negative impacts of coaches who constantly berate players. When Drescher sees players make a mistake, she reminds herself not to get mad, remembering that she would make similar mistakes a year ago at Oklahoma. “I just know as a volleyball player I went through a lot mentally and physically,” Drescher said. “I know it’s hard, especially when you’re 18 years old coming in and getting so much demanded of you.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 24, 2019 at 10:18 pm Contact Alex: | @alexhamer8last_img read more

Bealham signs new deal with Connacht

first_imgThe 24-year-old Australian-born Ireland international has signed a deal that will keep him with the western province until 2019.Pat Lam’s side begin their defence of the title with a home tie against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday September 3rd.last_img

Intelligence first – EveryMatrix launches new GamMatrix CRM System

first_imgShare Ebbe Groes, EveryMatrixUpdating the market, industry platform and software provider EveryMatrix has announced the launch of its brand new GamMatrix CRM Agent System.Initially unveiled at ICE 2017, the intelligent CRM system aims to dive client retention and player engagement metrics by utilising a number of real-time data points combined with refined user variables attributed to player behaviour.EveryMatrix clients will benefit from better-targeted customer messaging and further segmentation of their player databases through in-play engagement and analysis of user gaming habits.The technology suppliers, development team states that the intelligent system will lead to optimise performance with mproved marketing ROI and reduced customer churn throughout its partner network.Ebbe Groes CEO of EveryMatrix commented on GamMatrix CRM Agent System “Having access to features, such as customer intelligence, predictive analytics or content recommendations, operators will be able to identify each customer’s importance as well as what offer and content fits each. With this wealth of data at their disposal, our clients can better customize their marketing campaigns to address players’ needs and find new ways of targeting the desired player group.”The GamMatrix CRM Agent System launch is second major launch of 2017 by EveryMatrix, who at ICE 2017 displayed its new OddsMatrix sports betting platform StumbleUpon MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Submit Share Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Cyprus bookmakers report 14% drop in GGR for Q2

first_img Share Publishing its quarterly report for the second quarter of the year, the National Betting Authority of Cyprus has revealed a 14% drop in gross gaming revenue (GGR) for Class A (retail) and Class B (online) licensees. The report, which includes the publication of the financial results and quantitative data for the period April – June 2019, noted a tough trading period with retail-facing licensees taking the greatest hit. The combined comprehensive income for both Class A and Class B bookmakers showed a 4% increase between April-June 2019, reporting a combined figure of €176m compared to €169m in 2018. However, the retail licensees marked a decrease of 12% in comprehensive income compared to the same quarter of 2018.Online licensees reported an 18% jump in comprehensive income in comparison to Q2 2018, with figures recorded as €107m. The GGR for Class A bookmakers for period decreased and reached a total amount of €12m, denoting a decrease of 14% in comparison to the same quarter of 2018. Meanwhile the GGR for Class B bookmakers for the period between April-June 2019, reached a total amount of €6m, resulting in a 15% decrease compared to the same period in 2018.During Q2 2019, the number of Class A bookmakers remained the same as Q1 2019, with six bookmakers holding licenses. The number of Class B bookmakers decreased, however, from 10 to nine since Q1 of this year.This comes as the National Betting Authority reported a ‘significant increase of 1656%’ in the number of online gambling sites that had been blocked by the regulator since the same period in 2015, when the country’s blocking procedure was introduced.Included in the interim report, 9624 sites are reported to have been blocked during Q2, compared to 548 sites blocked in Q1 of 2015. Furthermore, the number of blocked websites increased by 8%, compared to the first quarter of 2019, with 893 illegal websites added to the list. Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit OPAP supports public health networks with direct response programme April 15, 2020 Share Cypriot football seeks betting levy for development programmes June 25, 2020last_img read more

UCLA job search: Jamie Dixon, Mick Cronin emerge as two top candidates, report says

first_img Kentucky’s John Calipari on loss to Auburn: ‘Never entered my mind we weren’t going to win’ Dixon, 53, previously reached the Big Dance 11 times in 13 seasons at Pittsburgh.Meanwhile, Cronin took over at Cincinnati in 2006-07 and has been one of the most consistent coaches in college basketball. His teams have won 20 or more games and made the NCAA Tournament in each of the last nine seasons.Bruins officials recently met with Cronin, according to the report.Cincinnati AD Mike Bohn says he’s eager to retain Cronin: “We want him to be our coach.”Bohn confirmed that he is talking with Cronin and working on a new contract “as we do virtually every year.”UC athletic director Mike Bohn on Mick Cronin: “We want him to be our coach.” Confirmed he is actively talking/working on contract with Cronin “as we do virtually every year.” #Bearcats— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) April 1, 2019UCLA wants to hire a coach by the end of this week, the report says. The Bruins reportedly reached out to John Calipari, but he agreed to a “lifetime contract” with Kentucky on Monday. Kentucky, John Calipari agree to lifetime deal: ‘Where else would I want to coach?’ UCLA may be down to two final candidates for its coaching job.TCU’s Jamie Dixon and Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin have emerged as the school’s two top targets, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.center_img The school narrowed its focus to those two after “a bevy of more coveted coaches expressed no interest, were eliminated through the school’s vetting process or declined to be interviewed until after the Final Four,” the report says.Dixon has been at TCU since 2016-17. He guided the program to its first NCAA Tournament in 20 years last season and has compiled a 68-40 total record. The Horned Frogs will take on Texas in the NIT semifinals Tuesday. Related News UCLA will consider St. Mary’s Randy Bennett, Texas’ Shaka Smart and former Suns coach Earl Watson if Dixon and Cronin turn down the job, according to the report.The program parted ways with Steve Alford in December after the Bruins started the season 7-6. He was hired by the school before 2013-14.last_img read more