Sully Laiche Invited to STATS FCS Award Banquet

first_imgLaiche will be joined by senior defensive end Ron’Dell Carter of James Madison and senior linebacker Dante Olson of Montana, who topped the list of 26 finalists for the FCS’ most outstanding defensive player. Named for the Pro and College Football Hall-of-Famer and presented since 1995, the award will be handed out at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 10 – the eve of the national championship game. After missing the first two games of the season, he recorded at least one tackle for loss in each of his 11 starts and at least one sack in nine contests. Laiche earned Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after tallying four TFL, two sacks and a forced fumble in a win over McNeese. CHICAGO – Nicholls senior defensive lineman Sully Laiche received an invite to the 2019 STATS FCS Awards Banquet as one of the top three vote-getters for the Buck Buchanan Award, the organization announced Tuesday.center_img The first defensive player to be named Southland Conference Player of the Year since 2007, Laiche compiled 63 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and four forced fumbles and helped Nicholls to a second-straight conference title and automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs. The Gramercy, La., native finished the regular season as the FCS leader in tackles for loss per game (2.1) and ranked fifth in sacks per game (1.1). With 37.5 career sacks, Laiche concluded his career half a sack shy of tying the Southland Conference record and tied for fifth in FCS history.last_img read more

Croft, Ellis Take Men’s Indoor Track & Field Weekly Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Joey Croft and Stephen F. Austin’s Branson Ellis are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.Croft completed a gold-medal weekend for the Cowboys with a first-place finish in the mile at the FasTrak Collegiate Invitational in Houston, Texas, on Saturday. The sophomore led the pack with a personal-best time of 4:14.81, topping a field of 14 Southland competitors and 20 runners overall.Ellis wrapped up a first-place performance of his own Saturday at the FasTrak Inviational with an 18-5.25 (5.62m) pole vault. His vault bested a 31-man field and defeated the second-place finisher by nearly two feet. Ellis’ finish stands first in the Southland and second nationally among vaulters this season.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Joey Croft, McNeese – So. – United KingdomCroft placed first in the mile event among 14 Southland runners at the FasTrak Invitational over the weekend, setting a personal-best along the way. The United Kingdom native crossed the finish line at 4:14.81, a mark that ranks second among the league for the indoor season.Honorable Mention: Niklas Iking, Central Arkansas; Richard Kuykendoll, UIW; Jo’vaughn Martin, Sam Houston State; Timor Barrett, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Tyler, TexasEllis leapt to new heights over the weekend, clearing 18-5.25 (5.62m) in the pole vault at the FasTrak Invitational in Houston. The sophomore’s gold-medal mark ranks second in the NCAA, first in the Southland and also stands as a personal best.Honorable Mention: Christopher Welch, Houston Baptist; Nemanja Kovlijac, McNeese; Aaron Worrell, New Orleans; Clayton Fritsch, Sam Houston State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019

first_img1 4 57% Mario Gutierrez22 3 0 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for October 18th, 2019XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 18th, 2019FEATURES:Breeders’ Cup Memories: Skywalker and Laffit Pincay Jr. Upset the 1986 ClassicBreeders’ Cup Memories: Goldencents Sizzles His Way to His First of Two Dirt Mile WinsBreeders’ Cup Memories: Arcangues Causes the Biggest Upset in Breeders’ Cup History With His Win in the 1993 ClassicBreeders’ Cup Memories: Lady’s Secret Wins the 1986 Breeders’ Cup DistaffWORK OUTS:American Theorem (Papaprodromou) 10-18-19Neptune’s Storm (Baltas) 10-17-19Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-16-19War of Will (Outside) (Breeders’ Cup Classic) (Casse) 10-16-19Roadster (Inside) and Leading Score (Baffert) 10-16-19Midnight Bisou (Outside) and Comedian (Breeders’ Cup Classic) 10-14-19Mirth (Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf) (D’Amato) 10-14-19 ITM% 8 41% Philip D’Amato32 45% JockeyMts 17% Jorge Velez56 39% Bob Baffert24 12 $240,633 Martin Garcia31 3 1 3 26% 11 4 41% 1 4 $340,499 28% 53% 57% 0 39% $613,135 (Current Through Monday, Oct. 14) Rafael Bejarano41 20% 3 5 MANDELLA: OMAHA BEACH DESERVED THE CLASSIC 2 $385,730 Doug O’Neill53 13% 4 14% John A. Shirreffs10 33% Evin Roman30 6 $273,547 9 14 $107,204 9% 3 Mike Smith24 14% 4 7 9 3 67% 2 Ruben Fuentes42 7 $336,880 11% Abel Cedillo73 3 4 4 15 $212,013 4 2 33% J.C. Diaz, Jr.35 2 3 3 John Sadler32 4 $564,116 5 2nd $123,341 $101,323 1st $121,655 20% 4 8 3 6 10% 9 Richard Mandella21 AMERICAN THEOREM BREEZES FOR THE BC JUVENILE 8 Win% $701,502 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 16% 31%center_img Edwin Maldonado23 6 SADLER QUARTET ‘EXCELLENT’ AS BREEDERS’ CUP NEARSAll systems are go for John Sadler as he prepares for Breeders’ Cup XXXVI Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita, which will host the event for a record 10th time.“Excellent,” was the adjective Sadler succinctly rendered to describe the condition of Higher Power ($6 million Classic), Catalina Cruiser ($1 million Dirt Mile or $2 million Sprint), Selcourt ($1 million Filly & Mare Sprint) and Ollie’s Candy ($2 million Distaff).Asked if it was to his advantage for the Breeders’ Cup to be at his “home track,” the 63-year-old Long Beach native, one of the most thorough and efficient horsemen on the circuit, chuckled and said, “Well, it’s an advantage for the trainer. We don’t have to travel and all that.“I’m hoping there’s a home-court advantage, because these horses have been here and trained here.”To that end, Sadler has his Breeders’ Cup foursome all scheduled to work tomorrow, with riders firm on three for the races: Joel Rosario on Ollie’s Candy and Catalina Cruiser, and Flavien Prat on Higher Power. Selcourt was open at press time.MANDELLA DISAPPOINTED OMAHA BEACH WILL MISS CLASSICIn a perfect world, Omaha Beach would be running in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.As it is, and after negotiating through mazes just to get to this point, Richard Mandella will have to settle for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile the same day.The back story is this: Omaha Beach made a dramatic and successful return to the races on Oct. 5 after an absence of six months, capturing the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs over odds-on favorite Shancelot by powering through on the rail to win by a head.A star in the making whose popularity potential seemed unlimited, Omaha Beach was the pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 4 before an entrapped epiglottis resulted in surgery, forcing him to miss the race.That was followed by a virus and an unforeseen training incident that ultimately prevented him from resuming his racing career until Oct. 5.After pondering three Breeders’ Cup races for the past several days, Team Mandella announced Thursday the son of War Front would return in the Dirt Mile, rather than the $2 million Sprint at six furlongs or the Classic at a mile and a quarter the same day.Now, Mandella can only wonder “what if?”“The only disappointment in all this,” the Hall of Fame trainer said on another picture-perfect morning at Santa Anita Friday, “is that I missed the opportunity to prepare him properly for the Classic, and I think that’s where he deserves to be.“But I thought it would be unfair, having just a short (six furlong) sprint into him, to try and make up that much ground within a month. So I think a mile is a perfect fit.”If all goes well after the Breeders’ Cup, plans call for Omaha Beach to run in the Grade I Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs Dec. 26, traditional opening day of Santa Anita’s “Big Meet,” followed by his farewell in the $9 million, Grade I, 1 1/8-mile Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25, 2020.But if Mandella and the colt’s fans had their druthers, Omaha Beach’s racing career would continue beyond that.“Spendthrift Farm has purchased rights to his career as a stallion, so at this moment, plans call for him to be retired to stud after the Pegasus,” Mandella said. “Saying that, I’m hoping the two sides can get together and come up with a new plan.“My vote would be to race, because racing needs a star.” ‘OLD WARRIOR’ TRIBALIST FAVORED IN CALIFORNIA FLAGWith a race under his venerable belt and hopefully a better trip in the offing, Tribalist should improve for Blake Heap in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf. He is Jon White’s 9-5 morning line favorite.Tribalist, an eight-year-old Tribal Rule gelding, was a close fifth in the Grade II Eddie D. Stakes against open company Sept. 27, beaten only 2 ½ lengths, his first race in two months.“He just didn’t have a very good trip last time, so we’ll try again,” said the trainer, alluding to a four-wide journey into the stretch, after which he was outkicked down the lane.“He’s doing well,” Heap said of Tribalist, who due to soft tissue issues has had only 13 starts in his career, none beyond 6 ½ furlongs. “He’s an old warrior.”The California Flag, one in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses, goes as race six on an eight-race program with a 12:30 p.m. first post time.The field: What a View, Tyler Baze, 3-1; Tribalist, Flavien Prat, 9-5; King Abner, Martin Garcia, 7-2; Castle, Abel Cedillo, 6-1; My Friend Emma, Silvio Amado, 8-1; Portrando, Ruben Fuentes, 10-1; and Grinning Tiger, Heriberto Figueroa, 8-1.General Interest was scratched.DELAHOUSSAYE, MCCARRON RELIVE DRAMATIC 1993 BREEDERS’ CUPWith the Breeders’ Cup World Championships coming to Santa Anita for a record 10th time on Nov. 1 and 2, memories of great performances from years gone by are bound to be rekindled. Decided by a scant nose, the 1993 Distaff, which involved a pair of Hall of Fame distaffers and four Hall of Fame horsemen, occupies prime real estate on anyone’s stroll down Memory Lane.It was Nov. 6, 1993 and two of the greatest jockeys of all time, Eddie Delahoussaye, aboard the Neil Drysdale-trained Hollywood Wildcat, and Chris McCarron, aboard the Ron McAnally-conditioned Paseana, did battle the length of the stretch, with Hollywood Wildcat prevailing by a nose in one of the most dramatic finishes in Breeders’ Cup history. What made the result even more compelling was the fact Delahoussaye lost his stick inside the 16th pole.“They were both very accomplished fillies going into the race,” said Delahoussaye (who had won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint earlier in the day with Cardmania) by phone from his home in Lafayette, La. “We both broke good and my filly was real comfortable. I made the lead entering the stretch and I had horse left, but I could hear McCarron just outside of me and I knew it was her (Paseana) and she was the one I was afraid of. At the eighth pole, we both really took off. I wasn’t sure if I was gonna hold on. We were head-and-head going down the last sixteenth of a mile and naturally, I uncocked my stick probably about 70 yards before the finish line and I blew it . . . As I said back then, I even lost my composure.“I knew I had horse and I said, ‘Uh oh, are we gonna get there?’  Actually, I probably didn’t even need the whip . . . It was a helluva horse race from the top of the stretch . . . Normally, I’m cool as a cucumber, but that day, it just freaked me out, letting go of that whip.  As you know, all the races I rode in my last 20 years, I very seldom used the whip . . . I guess it’s like a crutch; you just have it and even though you don’t use it, it gives you confidence having it. It was very close, but I thought I had won.”Favored at 6-5 in a field of eight, Hollywood Wildcat, who was foaled on Feb. 4, 1990, was by Kris S., out of the Mr. Prospector mare Miss Wildcatter, and paid $4.60 to win. Trained by Neil Drysdale, she carried 120 pounds and was owned and bred in Florida by Irving and Marjorie Cowan.Paseana, an imposing six-year-old mare bred in Argentina who had won the 1992 Distaff at Gulfstream Park, carried 123 pounds and was the second wagering choice at 5-2.“She always ran her best races when she was in front turning for home, but she was a mare that didn’t have to be in front,” said McCarron from his home in Midway, KY.  “She had good tactical speed and always stalked very comfortably. Eddie dropped his stick and I remember I caught hell back in the Jocks’ Room, because Eddie told everybody, ‘I knew it was Chris, so I just threw my stick away!’”In the heat of battle, was McCarron aware of Delahoussaye’s miscue?“Yeah, I saw it go,” he said. “I thought, ‘Well, I got him now’ . . . But it was just a ding-dong battle and both of those mares gave everything they had . . . When we hit the wire, I was pretty confident I had finished second. It was close, but it wasn’t so close we couldn’t determine it. I just remember it was a very tough pill to swallow.”And, yet another great moment in Breeders’ Cup history at Santa Anita.XPRESSBET FIRST CALLXpressbet First Call is a weekly handicapping and analysis podcast focused on the top Thoroughbred racetracks in America. It features industry veterans Jeff Siegel as the lead handicapper and host Jeremy Plonk. To listen to this weekly podcast please visit:https://www.spreaker.com/show/xpressbet-first-call FINISH LINES: American Theorem, runner-up to Eight Rings in the American Pharoah Stakes on Oct. 27, worked six furlongs for George Papaprodromou in a bullet 1:14.60 this morning for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 1; Donna Veloce, prepping for the Juvenile Fillies the same day, went five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 for Simon Callaghan; andClassic outsider Seeking the Soul covered five furlongs for Dallas Stewart in 1:00.60. “This was his main work today,” Papaprodromou said of American Theorem, a son of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. “He’ll have one more and we’re ready.”  . . . John Shirreffs plans two more breezes for Zenyatta Stakes winner Paradise Woods prior to the $2 million Distaff on Nov. 2. “I’m happy with where we’re at,” the trainer said . . . In somewhat of a rarity, with 15 wins from 53 starters, leading trainer Doug O’Neill has more victories than leading jockey Abel Cedillo (12 from 76 mounts) . . . Veteran California horseman Ed Moger Jr. has horses entered in five of the eight races at Golden Gate Fields today . . . Trainer Bob Hess Jr. and Santa Anita morning line oddsmaker Jon White will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 11:20 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the XBTV studio. 59% 24% $138,136 42% 5 Tyler Baze18 0 43% 18% 0 4 11% 13% 60% DELAHOUSSAYE, McCARRON RECALL 1993 BC DISTAFF $643,993 54% $227,262 44% 13% 53% 3rd $253,983 3rd Money Won 48% 4 47% 52% 2 8 $622,389 1st 5 $181,666 3 25% 23% 5 9 13% 3 29% 6 TEAM SADLER SET FOR HOME FIELD BREEDERS’ CUP 21% Peter Miller25 Richard Baltas34 Craig Anthony Lewis11 5 9 TrainerSts ITM% Simon Callaghan14 Geovanni Franco36 5 Win% 3 $808,390 3 $304,290 2 $235,272 Aaron Gryder17 4 Tiago Pereira32 5 53% Flavien Prat43 7 $199,749 Money Won 31% Jeff Mullins23 $162,157 3 14% 17% Drayden Van Dyke41 8 TRAINER SEEKS ‘HEAP’ O’ LUCK IN CALIFORNIA FLAG 21% $175,332 17% 7 6 6 2nd 4 3 4 $584,738 30% 7 3 4 $360,073 44% 45% 27% 3 2last_img read more

Guardiola insists Mourinho is NOT washed up despite uninspiring Spurs start

first_img“Periods for managers are up and down — everyone has it. You have seasons with good and bad periods.“For some 15 or 20 years, Jose has been there all the time and that must be respected.“But when you win a lot of titles and then the moment you don’t people think, ‘Ah it’s not good’.”When Pep was in charge of Barcelona and Mourinho managed Real Madrid, the pair had some memorable clashes.Yet that epic rivalry never really resurfaced when Mourinho was United chief and trying to knock City off their perch, and the pair lived just around the corner from each other.Guardiola smiled: “I’m sorry for you. I know you were looking forward to it but, I’m sorry, maybe we are older and more experienced.“Every time we played United when he was there, people were never talking about how we were going to play or how he was going to play, who was going to win.“It was just about my press conference, did I say something or did he say something.2“But I’m sorry, I told you, it didn’t happen.”Meanwhile Guardiola revealed City’s offer of a new deal for winger Leroy Sane remains on the table.Reports in Germany suggest the winger, 24, is having second thoughts about a move to Bayern Munich, which has been on the cards for the past year.The Etihad chief would love him to stay, but admitted: “I don’t have any new news, I’m sorry.“I would like to tell you but…. you just have to ask Txiki Begiristain.“The last information I had was that we made him an offer a long time ago and he didn’t reject it. So after that I don’t have any news.”most read in sportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticSane returned to first-team training this week after missing the whole of this season with a cruciate knee problem.The German will now need a couple of weeks to get his fitness back up — meaning the game after City’s winter break will be in his sights.Pep said: “Sane started to train with us, good news, and he moves surprisingly really well. It was nice to see him back.”Jose Mourinho has great fun interviewing himself about transfers at Tottenham press conference PEP GUARDIOLA made a strong and surprising defence of old sparring partner Jose Mourinho.Some critics have suggested the Special One is past his sell-by date having struggled in the past few years.2 Guardiola and Mourinho enjoy a more cordial relationship today than in years gone byCredit: AFP or licensorsHis Manchester United reign ended disastrously and Mourinho’s first few months at Tottenham have not produced the bounce Daniel Levy hoped for.Yet he found an unlikely ally in Sunday’s opponent Guardiola — even though the pair were fierce rivals during their time managing in Spain.Manchester City chief Pep claims the Portuguese should be judged on what he has done throughout his career, rather than the past few months and years.Ahead of their North London clash, Guardiola said: “The value of Jose, a manager with a lot of experience and a lot of success, is not to be judged on one season, or 1½ seasons.“The guys who don’t judge his career on 15 or 20 years, it’s because people don’t understand anything. I know we get judged for the last game, the ideas we have or something we do.“But I try to judge my colleagues not on one season, but over ten or 15 years, a long career. That gives more value.last_img read more

Bath fined for releasing Faletau

first_imgFaletau was allowed to feature in a 24-22 victory over the Springboks at the Principality Stadium on December 2 despite the Test falling outside World Rugby’s international window.Bath had been aware that sanctions could be imposed for giving the number eight the green light to line up for his country.The Premiership club on Wednesday confirmed they have been slapped with a fine and called for a change of regulations.Bath chief executive Tarquin McDonald said: “We understand Premiership Rugby’s position on this, and have subsequently worked proactively with them to swiftly achieve a fair resolution.”We believed this situation would change, that has not yet happened and we have therefore come to an appropriate settlement with Premiership Rugby.”However, we continue to believe that there is appetite for change and that this ongoing conflict between the club and international calendars is not good for players, clubs or unions.”We continue to support the objective of a solution for the separation of club and international calendars in a way which benefits players, clubs and unions, and brings an end to situations such as this.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: Wales number eight Taulupe Faletaulast_img read more

Construction company backs Malalaua league

first_imgOwner of Dekanai Constructions company David Fallon with his project manager Jim Taparu, also the patron of the association, were excited to support young sportsmen from the province.”Dekenai has a very good name in the community, employing 600 staff and we will continue to support the locals,”Fallon said.His company was excited about the new Malalaua to Kerema road construction and sees a huge potential for the province and the country as a whole to tap into the vast resources.Competition president George Lare and his vice president Emmanuel Oii were on hand to receive the dummy cheque and were full of praise for the company for the timely support.Mr Lare said the money will be used to purchase trophies and medals for the winning teams in the grand final in November.The rural competition is made up of young boys from the two LLG wards of Taure and Lakekamu areas in the East Kerema district of Gulf Province.President Lare thanked Dekenai Construction and said this was the first time a company had come forward to support the village competition after numerous requests for funding to the Gulf Provincial Administration and member for Kerema Richard Mendani were unsuccessful.”We started with 12 clubs at the beginning of the competition,but due to financial difficulties the number of teams dropped to ten clubs,” President George said.The competition since affiliating to the PNG Rugby Football League in the country had to conform to the high standard set by the national body to ensure all clubs registration fees were on time for the competition proper to kick off earlier this year.The competition is now into its tenth year of competition and has struggled through the years with no funding from the provincial government and the frequent  flooding from the Taure river during the rainy season which bursts the river banks, seeing  the whole station go under water and the games forced to stop.Malalaua is situated on a flat low lying area surrounded by swamps and during wet season the small station struggles to deal with the flooding.This year the venue had to relocate to Terapo Catholic Mission station as it is a central location for the teams to access the venue and on higher, more stable ground. The Malalaua League has A and B grades, mainly youths aged  17 and 18 years, who take up rugby league to stay away from the pressures of alcohol and drug abuse with the aim of making it to the Gulf Isapea team in the Digicel Cup. The association consists of 3 teams from east Kerema, 2 from coastal and the rest from Mailovera villages including Iosipi Kangaroos, East Kerema Broncos, Pisu United and Terapo Roosters who are hot favourites to make it to the grand finals. The Malalaua Rugby League Grand Final is scheduled in the first week of November.Picture Caption: (from left to right) David Fallon, Jim Taparu, George Lare, Emmanuel Oiilast_img read more

Bromwich, Hampton charged for dangerous throw

first_imgThe two players attracted the attention of the NRL match review committee from the Round 15 Dragons-Storm clash on Saturday night.The Storm duo were charged for a 34th minute challenge on Dragons centre Euan Aitken, but a previous good record means the pair can escape suspension with an early guilty plea.last_img

Team ENB stands united ahead of PNG Games

first_imgThe team held its bonding day on Saturday, mainly to bring all sports men and women of the Province together.“Bonding meaning that we are together, united,” said the provincial youth and sports representative, Philip Tale.“We are one big family who will represent this province,” added the deputy team manager, Alois ToBata.The occasion on Saturday became an opportune time for the Team ENB management officials to give the sports men and women their expectations of them, as well as share with them words of encouragement.Their aim was to get the team focused and ready for the 2016 PNG Games in November. Team ENB is prepared to improve in all sporting codes this year.“We are the team to beat. There is no reason why we can’t win these games,” said ToBata.Athletes were warned that strict disciplinary measures will be taken in tackling problems amongst athletes.ENB will be sending a total of 600 athletes to participate in 17 sporting codes. Sending the entire team to Kimbe would cost a total of K2.5 million; K1.9 million of which the provincial government will provide. The management team now has been tasked with the responsibility of raising and or securing another K600,000.Another two briefings will be held, similar to the one which was held last Friday.The second briefing is scheduled for next Friday and will be held at the Vunapope Archdiocese Hall.Between the times scheduled for the second and third briefing, Tale told athletes that the management team will also be taking time to personally approach the different sporting codes to have talks with them.The short program began with a word of prayer that was led by Nevill Aporo and ended with a team chain prayer.(Team ENB during their chain prayer on Saturday.)last_img read more

10 years of the Togolese machine gun attack

first_imgAmong the wounded was Obilale. So serious that they came to him for dead. The goalkeeper survived and had to face up to eight important operations to return to lead a life as normal as possible. As he explains on the BBC, everything changed at that moment. “I went back to study, took out my titles, worked and wrote a book,” he acknowledges. Now, try to improve the lives of children with more needs through football. A football that, at least at the institutional level, left him aside until relatively recently. His companions, according to this British chain, did not. Not even his captain, Adebayor. Nor other legends of African football like Samuel Eto’o or the Ayew brothers who supported him throughout his recovery and subsequent years. A tournament with one less teamAfter the attack, the Togolese government decided that the team would turn and leave the African Cup although Several players tried to oppose by ensuring that the best tribute was to play the tournament.Finally, security prevailed and the team ran out of the Africa Cup. Days later they tried to be readmitted in the tournament but the CAF did not allow it. The team wanted to return to fight for theirs and honor the memory of those who lost their lives on that fateful bus trip. “For 42 minutes we only heard shots. Everywhere. I only heard my friends scream but I couldn’t move or do anything.” This is how Emmanuel Adebayor narrated last April in Daily Mail one of the worst moments of his life, the shooting of the Togo national team bus on January 8, 2010.Ten years ago, Togo’s team was on a relatively quiet trip from Pointe Noir, in Congo, where they had prepared for the tournament, to Cabinda, Angola, headquarters where they began to play the group stage of the Africa Cup.The bus crossed the border between Congo and Angola and there, the Angolan security forces joined the convoy. A few kilometers later they would cross a forest and hear a first shot that would start a shooting with machine guns of more than half an hour. This attack would be claimed by the Front for the Liberation of the Cabinda Enclave, a group that fights for the independence of this area belonging to Angola.That day Amelete Abalo, technical assistant, Mário Adjoua, bus driver and Stan Ocloo, press officer died. The death of Adjoua in the first minutes of the attack caused the bus to stand still and that the bus could not even attempt to get them out of the ambush. Ocloo was shot down while, unfortunately, he recorded a video of the quiet arrival of the players to the country celebrating this tournament. During the attack, all the team threw themselves on the floor of the bus and held on as they could. Several were injured. Adebayor, team captain, narrated what happened. “As captain, I told everyone to call his family. I called my wife. I was pregnant and told him the names I wanted for my son if he was a boy or a girl. He replied that he didn’t understand anything and I said ‘I’ll call you later if I’m still alive, “he confessed. FRED TANNEAU & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Kodjovi Obilale, wounded goalkeeper, rests in a hospital in Lorient, France, in March 2010.FRED TANNEAU (AFP)last_img read more

Rubi: “Falling before Real would be a very hard blow”

first_imgBetis coach Rubi analyzed the shock that his team will play this Sunday against Real Sociedad and detailed the keys to winter planning that left two new players on their squad. The second round, in liza: “We have reinforced the squad and now it has more level, more means and more possibilities. They are for immediate performance because they are contrasted players, they will be seen getting better and better. ”Need for improvement: “It was a poor first round, 24 points are few for what we deserved. We go for all in the second round, I will not consider the points to get because this changes a lot. But it is true that Betis must win many games and make a great second round. ”About Guido Rodríguez: “The sensations are good. He had a very busy 2019 match but he arrived very well and did not lose the form in those days. He is seen back with a ball and is a player who can help us a lot. ”Once before Real: “I have a team in mind with several possibilities. Change the team if in the end you have Nabil or you don’t have it. The important thickness is what you all know. Does everyone fit? For me the important thing is that there are more possibilities and the players will demand more from each other. I have to try to be fair with decisions, with performance and what I want is to win games. I ask you to be team players. When it’s their turn not to play and wait, they fight to get in and cheer on the team. They will not always play the same“ Final against Real: “In case of defeat it would be a very hard blow. It is a match in which you depend on yourself to cut distance with that rival. We know we were hurt there, they were better than us and we want to show that we can be better. There can also be a draw and that would not leave the final situation as to not entering Europe. ”Odegaard: “He has made a first lap of luxury, it was a joy to see him play football as a rival. It costs me nothing to say. We don’t want to suffer it and hopefully it’s not a great Odegaard. ”Quique Setién: “The first thing is to say that I’m not a lover of coach changes, is always the one who knows his staff best. I want to convey to Valverde all the best, I also wish the best to Setién. What I want is for Betis to do better than the other teams. Rumors? There was already a lot of talk about that, but I’m not sure of anything. Our performance was irregular, if I had to come Quique or come another, because that was not my thing. What I intend is that the people who judge us trust what we are doing. If there are not two good results, there will always be doubts. ”Departures: “What is tickets I do not think there is any forecast. If there were any way out, which I don’t see today, I could change that. The market can always change everything. I don’t know that any management is very advanced. ”last_img read more