Eagles Not Taking Egypt Friendly Lightly, Says Rohr

first_imgNigeria’s Franco-German Coach, Gernot Rohr, has revealed that his wards will not be taking their international friendly against Egypt lightly.The Super Eagles and the Pharaohs will meet in a friendly game at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on March 26.The fixture is expected to be played four days after the two teams are scheduled to wrap up their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign: Nigeria will be at home to the Seychelles in Group E, while Egypt is away to Niger in Group J. Gernot Rohr The qualifying matches are both dead rubbers, as the West and North Africa heavyweights have already secured their berths at this year’s AFCON.In addition, Egypt was on Tuesday confirmed as the hosts for the tournament (following the Confederation of African Football’s decision to strip Cameroon of the rights in November last year). The country defeated South Africa in the Executive Committee voting process 16-1 on Tuesday morning.Both Nigeria and Egypt can be considered genuine contenders for the 2019 AFCON title and the meeting on March 26 will be a key part of both camps’ preparations – something Rohr has already alluded to.“I and my assistants are not taking the friendly match against Egypt lightly,” Rohr told Nigeria’s Football Live.“In fact we are planning to win the friendly match in preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations this year.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Yaroslav Kuznetsov – On the Kiev Major and esports in Russia

first_imgYaroslav KuznetsovYaroslav Kuznetsov is a former Dota 2 pro player who now makes a living as a caster, event host and media commentator in the scene. He does this as a member of the RuHub Studio – an esports streaming and content creation studio in the CIS. Kuznetsov is working as an analyst for the Russian speaking audience of the Dota 2 tournament – the Kiev Major. With a prize pool of $3 million (£2.3m) there’s a lot on the line for the world’s best Dota 2 players.Yaroslav discussed his predictions for the Kiev Major, whether esports can hope to compete with their traditional counterparts and gave some insight into his own role and RuHub Studio. This is a guest post by freelance writer Iain Fenton. You can follow him on Twitter here. Esports Insider: Hi Yaroslav. In regards to the Kiev Major, who do you see as the main frontrunners? Yaroslav: It’s particularly hard to predict at this time! There are so many dark horses. But in my honest opinion IG, [iG Vitality] OG, VP, [Virtus.Pro] and Team Secret stand a good chance. ESI: What is your main role in the esports world? You mainly commentate and critique on Dota 2 tournaments?Yaroslav: I actually have two jobs. The first is the commentating and analysis of big Dota 2 tournaments. The second is the creation of Dota 2’s educational content for Russian-speaking users.“Russia is generally strong in esports; we have a very good team in Dota 2 and CS:GO and have a lot of good players in Hearthstone too”At the moment, my channel on YouTube has already grown to more than 550,000 subscribers. But I perform both of these jobs as a member of the RuHub studio – the biggest CIS streaming , coverage and content creation esports studio.ESI: In general what is the perception of esports in Russia? Esports are classified as a ‘real sport’ in Russia so are the top gamers seen as athletes?Yaroslav: ‘Cybersport’ in Russia is very popular, especially Dota 2 and CS: GO. Ever since the Epicenter series began to be held here, the opinion of the public and media has also improved and is no longer so negative. “There are so many dark horses. But in my honest opinion IG, [iG Vitality] OG, VP, [Virtus.Pro] and Team Secret stand a good chance (in the Kiev Major)”Despite the fact that esports is officially recognised as a sport, this does not particularly affect the life of cyber sportsmen. These changes were not so long ago, so they have not yet had much power to influence this situation. That said since 2016 in Russia we have an official national (and annual) esports cup. This is an esports alternative to something like a nationwide championship in football or hockey.ESI: Compared to other nations, how successful are Russians in esports? You mentioned Dota and CS:GO are the most popular…how would the nation fare in a World Cup situation?Yaroslav: Russia is generally strong in esports; we have a very good team in Dota 2 and CS:GO and have a lot of good players in Hearthstone too. It depends, of course, on what games would be played on this World Cup. Because, for example, Russia doesn’t have a world-class team in LoL, HotS or Overwatch, but I think Russia, one way or another would deliver a decent result at such an event!ESI: How are Russian organisational bodies and the Russian government helping with esports in the country? One oligarch recently invested a lot of money..Yaroslav: The government does not yet take an active role, but business has become interested in esports quite seriously. The esports sphere is young, but it has a solid growth potential and this always attracts investors.Relatively recently, Alisher Usmanov, one of Russia’s wealthiest businessmen, invested $100m into Virtus.pro.ESI: How popular are esports with Russians? More popular than football or hockey?Yaroslav: This question is really complicated. It is probably unlikely that anyone will be able to answer it unambiguously at the moment. The popularity of football or hockey is traditionally determined by television ratings. And esports, almost completely, is based on the internet. This means that in the end, it’s hard to put them side by side. I think, so far, esports has not yet reached the same popularity as football or hockey, but it seems to me that in the next five to ten years the situation will change and esports could be legitimately compared with them.ESI: Will esports ever compete against traditional sports or do you think esports can work with traditional sports in order for them both to increase in popularity? Are Russian businesses doing all they can to grow esports in both Russia and the world?Yaroslav: It seems to me that esports will simply become a common and everyday thing. Maybe it will eventually be included in the Olympic Games, why not? So I do not think these two need to be competitors. At the moment, traditional sports look at esports with caution, but that is simply because not everyone has yet understood what it is. New things are often perceived with hostility.“I see regulated gambling as having a very positive effect on the development of the sphere”That part of Russian business that has already come to esports is very interested in its popularisation both in Russia and the wider world. But we are only at the beginning of the road. I think in the coming years we will see many new investments and joint esports with sport and esports business projects.ESI: What age of people are esports advertisers aiming their advertisements towards? I guess the younger generation?Yaroslav: Yes, it is considered that the average age is about 20. But it is constantly growing, many older people are starting to learn about esports right now. In addition, the entire audience is growing along with esports. Thus, the average age of the audience every year increases a little.ESI: Do you see gambling as a problem in esport competitions?Yaroslav: No. On the contrary, I see regulated gambling as having a very positive effect on the development of the sphere. If a person makes a bet, then the game becomes much more interesting to them. Remove gambling from a big sport and it will also lose a huge part of its audience. Of course, gambling must be regulated by laws, I only support above board, legal and certified gambling.You can follow Yaroslav on Twitter here.For all the latest news and to check esports betting odds surrounding the Kiev Major as well as other esports tournaments, follow this link.last_img read more

All the United gossip: Ibrahimovic hope, £60m blow and Mata seeks assurances

first_img 1. United hopeful Mourinho can lure Zlatan to Old Trafford? – The Telegraph report their understanding that the Red Devils are interested in signing the out of contract Ibrahimovic. While the striker’s agent has insisted no decision has been made over his future, United are reportedly confident they have the right manager at the helm in Mourinho to lure the superstar to Old Trafford. 3. Juan Mata wants assurances over his future? – Mata was sold by Mourinho at Chelsea in January 2014 and there is doubt over his future at Old Trafford now the Portuguese has taken over. The Spaniard’s advisers, the Daily Mail report, will speak with Mourinho over what role their client will be given next season. 5. Long-term target Kroos commits future to Real Madrid? – In March, the Daily Star claimed the Red Devils were planning a £40m bid for Kroos in the summer transfer window. The Germany international, however, appears to have ended hopes he may be available by saying he doesn’t ‘have any worries’ over his future at Real Madrid. 5 2. Antonio Conte won’t consider selling Willian? – Before Mourinho’s appointment was confirmed, reports claimed the Portuguese was planning a £60m raid on former club Chelsea for Willian. The Daily Mail have since stated the Blues’ incoming manager Antonio Conte will not listen to offers for the Brazilian, knowing the decision might upset the club’s supporters. 5 5 5 4. United told to buy John Stones by former player – Ex-Everton and United defender Phil Neville has encouraged Mourinho to bid for Toffees defender John Stones. Speaking to FullTimeDEVILS, Neville said, ‘He’d cost a lot, but forget the cost. I was at Everton when he signed from Barnsley, and straight away I thought, ‘he’s a Man Utd player’. It looks as though it’ll be another summer of heavy spending for Manchester United.Now Jose Mourinho has been confirmed as the club’s new manager, Ed Woodward is expected to hand the Portuguese a large transfer kitty to transform Louis van Gaal’s struggling squad.But who is being linked with the club? Is there any more news on possible target Zlatan Ibrahimovic?Check out the latest transfer rumours on Manchester United by clicking the arrow above, right. 5last_img read more

Willian gives update about his Chelsea future after Community Shield defeat

first_imgAfter only minor training following his World Cup exertions for Brazil, Willian came on as a substitute in Chelsea’s 2-0 Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.And following the Wembley clash, he insisted his future remained in west London as he targets more trophy glory.“I’m happy here,” he told Chelsea TV. “I’m happy to play here at Chelsea so I’m looking forward to playing well and win titles. 1 Chelsea midfielder Willian in action during the Community Shield. Most Popular Premier League News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT silverware Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BEST OF Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas predicted And he added the arrival of Sarri has motivated him further as he returns to domestic action.“When you arrived under a new manager you have more motivation,”Willian said.“After holidays you are fresh mentally and you try to do everything that is possible to win games and win titles. We go for it this season.”Willian has confirmed that Barcelona made a move for him but a switch to the Nou Camp has never been on the 29-year-old’s mind.“I always made it clear that what I wanted was to stay in the club,” he said, speaking to ESPN Brasil.“The only club I knew that really made an official offer for me was Barcelona.“But I have my head here and I intend to continue in the club unless the club wants to sell me. But my head is here in the club.”center_img Chelsea star Willian has reiterated he is happy at Stamford Bridge, despite a summer of speculation about his future.The Blues winger has been linked with moves to Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United this off-season but appears intent on playing a big role in new manager Maurizio Sarri’s plans. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack latest Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions revealed smart causal gameday cracker England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP impact ALTERED last_img read more

The Norwich v QPR quiz

first_imgQPR face Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday. Test your knowledge of the recent history involving the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-16]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Junior High Rodeo competition gets underway at state finals

first_imgRed Bluff >> The 2017 California Junior High Rodeo State Finals got underway Thursday and Friday with a shooting competition Thursday and the first rodeo events at the Tehama District Fairground Friday.As of noon Friday, Miley Bunting of Red Bluff, District 1, had won the first go of Barrel Racing; Wyatt Smith, District 3 won the Tie-Down Roping and Wyatt Roseberry, District 5 won Boys Breakaway Roping. The second go starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds.The first event, the .22 Light …last_img

Warriors 3 Things: What we learned in the last-minute loss to the Thunder

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.1. It doesn’t feel like it right now, but deep down, in the places people don’t talk about at parties, we all know that Monday night’s outcome was the best possible outcome for the Warriors, right?The Baby Dubs — down Draymond Green, again — played well, again, opening up a lead as large as 15 points against the Thunder Monday night at Chase Center, and then gave it all back and a bit more, losing 100-97.For some …last_img

US mission helps out in rural KZN

first_imgHealth workers in KZN will receiveassistance from US specialists.(Image: Ambulance)MEDIA CONTACTS• Chris MaxonCorporate CommunicationKwaZulu-Natal Department of Health+27 83 285 0567RELATED ARTICLES• Rural health gets R9m boost• Malaria cases halved in SA• Massive HIV-testing drive for SA• Swaziland to wipe out malariaBongani NkosiAbout 50 US healthcare volunteers have arrived in KwaZulu-Natal to offer specialist services in some of the province’s disadvantaged rural areas.The group, invited by the Seventh Day Adventist Students Association (SDASA), is here for a week to help out in communities such as uThungulu, Jozini and uMkhanyakudei in the far north of the province and other areas.“They want to make a contribution to largely disadvantaged communities,” said Chris Maxon, spokesperson for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, in an interview.The team – which includes doctors, dentists, eye-care specialists, nurses, psychologists and physiotherapists – represents the United Hands Project, an NGO formed in 1995 that enables US healthcare professionals to travel abroad to offer free medical care to people in need.Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, MEC for health in KwaZulu-Natal, will welcome the delegation on 26 July 2010 at a ceremony at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. The volunteers will take up their posts the following day and work with local practitioners in state clinics and other facilities run by the health department.“They’ll be augmenting what the department is doing,” Maxon said. “They’ll be putting up tents and visiting our clinics.”The aim of the week-long mission is to reach out to as many residents as possible, the department said. “Depending on conditions, in a community where a clinic is far away, they’ll come with a mobile clinic.”‘Spreading the light’Dhlomo said the volunteers will literally and figuratively enlighten some of KwaZulu-Natal’s rural areas, because they’ll assist community members with eyesight problems.“The team of healthcare workers coming to the province will help those partially blind and awaiting cataract surgeries, to see more clearly,” said Dr Dhlomo in a statement.“There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it,” he added. “They will really spread light in the rural communities of our province.”Members of SDASA and local residents will also be involved in the project. The association’s Advocate Boyce Mkhize said they will run week-long awareness programmes to promote healthy lifestyles among the rural population.They are hoping to draw many volunteers from the Seventh Day Adventist church and the community, Mkhize added.last_img read more

My 2014 Balance Sheet

first_imgAnother year ends, and it’s time for an accounting.AssetsI practiced patience, empathy, and compassion more often and more consistently.I massively improved my ability (and willingness) to listen.I spent more time with my family (but this goes in the debit column too, since it wasn’t enough).I helped more people succeed and overcome their challenges.I exercised more consistently than I have in many years.I worked harder to improve my writing and my speaking.I got much better at saying no to small things to make room for bigger things.I gave more to the charities that I support.I trademarked my L4VC™ methodology and started the process on my Building Consensus methodology.I wrote and posted here every day, marking 5 uninterrupted years, with the exception of the 13 days I spent in Tibet in 2010.I formed a mastermind group with 5 other hustlers and learned from each of them.DebitsI let work get in the way of publishing my 1st book and two programs I could have launched in 2014.I moved too slowly and missed some opportunities.I was too often distracted, and sometimes overwhelmed with work. Mostly unnecessarily.I ignored two areas of my life that I still need to improve.I still spent too little time with family.I spent too little time with my friends.I didn’t read nearly as much as I need to.I missed many opportunities for down time and time to reflect.last_img read more

13 days agoRodri says workload hitting Man City campaign

first_imgRodri says workload hitting Man City campaignby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri says their workload is hitting their campaign.Pep Guardiola is aiming to win his third league title in a row with the Blues, but City have made their worst start to a league campaign since he took charge of the club in 2016. Asked to explain their losses in the league, he told ESPN: “I won my first title as soon as I arrived [Community Shield], so that [start] was good.”I think people have to be aware that there is a lot happening: we have had a lot of players out, it is difficult because we play every three days in three competitions and we are playing with more or less the same players.”What’s done is done.”We have to realise that we are doing things wrong, and we have to fix it. We have to be calm: it’s the start of the season, we have recognised that we have had our problems, and we improve.”Also, in football there are many things you can’t control. We hope we can get important players [back from injury] and when they do, that will be good for the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more