Tags: CAF Confederations Cup 2018/19CS SfaxienNam OumaRuud Kroltopvipers sc Vipers technical team have a chat during one of the training sessions recently (Photo by Vipers Media)Vipers SC Vs CS SfaxienDate: Saturday 12th, January 2019Kickoff: 4:00pmVenue: St Mary’s Stadium, KitendeReferee: Salisu Basheer KITENDE – Vipers SC will host CS Sfaxien in the CAF Confederations Cup Play-off round at Kitende, hoping to finally bury their humiliating exit from the Champions League.Vipers SC dropped from the Champions League after losing home and away to CS Constatine leading to the exit of Mexican tactician Javier Matrinez.A victory over CS Sfaxien on Saturday will help ease the growing impatience at Kitende.“We know how tough the task that lies ahead is but we will try our level best to achieve our desired goals, said Vipers coach Nam Ouma.“Sfaxien are one of the giants of the game but we have done our homework and hopefully the efforts pay off.The Tunisian Giants eliminated Green Buffaloes of Zambia 4-2 on aggregate to get to this stage and having won the Confederations Cup on four previous occasions, a play-off elimination would spell disaster back home.Sfaxien have won the Confederations Cup a record four (4) times (Photo by Agency)Coming into Saturday’s first leg, the Tunisians will be targeting a result that eases their job in the final game.“We are going to play attacking football against our opponents and i know results will be on our side, said Sfaxien coach Ruud Krol.“The only disadvantage is the artificial turf since we play on natural grass and the long trip from Tunis to Uganda has been difficult.Vipers come into this encounter after a comprehensive 3-0 win against Onduparaka FC 3-0 in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League courtesy of goals from Geoffrey Wasswa, Dan Sserunkuuma and Livingstone Mulondo.This will be a continental debut for Vipers coach-Ouma.Vipers SC medical update ahead of the encounter sees of Fred Okot still out with a Knee injury. Bashir Ssekagya is also unavailable following an injury he sustained away to Constantine in the CAF Champions League. Aggrey Madoi (Ankle injury) will also miss out on the encounter.Cs Sfaxien will miss out on Alaeddine Marzouki who scored a brace against Green Buffaloes due to suspension. Hani Amamou and Firas Chaouat are expected to provide necessary fire-power upfront for the Tunisian side while.Both teams lie second on the log and are unbeaten in their respective domestic leagues so far hence this encounter is poised to be an exciting one.A win over two legs for Vipers SC will help them book a maiden appearance in the CAF Confederation Cup Group stages.Comments
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KELOWNA, B.C. (Canadian Press) – The B.C. government is increasing funding to help local governments and First Nations prepare for and endure wildfires, floods and other emergencies.Premier John Horgan announced an additional $31 million to the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund at a news conference Friday at Kelowna’s main fire hall.He says two consecutive seasons of record-breaking wildfires in B.C. and recent flood damage to communities highlights the need for more support to mitigate, respond and recover from emergencies.Horgan says the budget for the emergency preparedness fund now totals $69.5 million.Since the spring of 2017, B.C. has allocated $1.64 billion on flood and wildfire response and recovery programs, including fire suppression and efforts to clean up wildfire risk areas near communities.Horgan says the fund will be administered by the Union of B.C. Municipalities.
Nap Lajoie1901, 1904, 1906451916 Frank Bolling1964231961 *Inverse rank is a player’s ranking from the bottom of the league (i.e., No. 1 represents the worst player in baseball by WAR)Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs Tris Speaker1912, 1914, 1916471907 Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels is the most feared hitter of his generation — one of the greatest ever to step into a batter’s box. He ranks eighth all-time in home runs, seventh in extra-base hits and 10th in total bases. At his peak, he won three MVP awards and was also the best position player in baseball — according to wins above replacement (WAR)1Taking the average of Baseball-Reference.com’s and FanGraphs.com’s versions of WAR. — three times (in 2006, 2008 and 2009). Pujols’s resume makes him a surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer.But this season, a new title can be assigned to Pujols: He’s the worst player in baseball.Pujols has flat-out stunk up Angel Stadium. He’s hitting .230 (79 points below his previous career average) with an on-base plus slugging 26 percent worse than league average. Even in an age of ineffective designated hitters, Pujols has easily been the worst hitter at the position that provides the least defensive value (i.e., zero value). As a result, no player has been less valuable than Pujols this year: His -1.99 WAR ranks dead last among all players (including pitchers).If he finishes the season in last place — which seems quite possible, as L.A. continues to pencil him into its starting lineup, day after day, despite his poor numbers — Pujols will become the first modern2Since MLB’s two-league era began in 1901. position player ever to be both baseball’s best and worst player at various points in his career. The worst finish by a former No. 1 player previously belonged to the delightfully named New York Yankees second baseman Snuffy Stirnweiss. Snuffy was baseball’s top position player in 1945, when many of the league’s best (such as Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Joe DiMaggio) were serving in the military. But he was also the league’s second-worst player in 1950, a miserable season that saw him hit .216 and get traded from the 98-win Yankees to the 58-win St. Louis Browns.Here are the worst finishes by WAR for position players who were also the best in baseball at some point in their career: From the penthouse to the outhouseWorst ranks (from the bottom of MLB) in wins above replacement for players who were best in the league for at least one season, 1901–2017 Bill McKechnie1913321914 WORST SEASON PLAYERNO. 1 SEASONSINV. RANK*YEAR Adam Dunn2011232004 Jim Rice1978341989 Pete Rose198341973 Fred Lynn1979501990 George Sisler1918311926 Mel Ott193871946 Albert Pujols2006, 2008, 200912017 Obviously, it isn’t good to take two wins away from a club’s ledger, relative to what it could’ve gotten from a minimum-salary scrub. That’s especially true for the Angels, who are a single game in back of the Minnesota Twins for the American League’s final wild-card berth and fighting for their postseason lives. But in a funny way, Pujols’ last-place ranking this year is also a kind of testament to how good he’s been over the course of his long, storied career.The bottom of the WAR leaderboard provides a good lesson in the difference between “ability” and “value”. Ability-wise, Pujols isn’t actually MLB’s worst baseball player — that distinction would probably go to a fringe player who was called up at midseason and rarely plays — but he has been its least valuable, in no small part because of the ample opportunities he’s received.3Pujols is third on the team in plate appearances. Simply being bad isn’t enough; in order to even get the chance to finish last in WAR, a player needs to have earned the confidence from management to let him play through a prolonged slump.That’s why, even though no former No. 1 player has sunk as low as Pujols this season, the list of league-worst players by WAR includes plenty of guys who were, at one point, extremely good at baseball. Most notably, the worst player in 1983 was the all-time hit king, Pete Rose, who — unlike Pujols — was eventually benched by the Phillies because of his poor play. PLAYERLAST-PLACE SEASONRANKYEAR(S) Rickey Henderson1985, 1989, 1990321979 Ted Simmons1984101978 Billy Urbanski1935321934 Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Fangraphs Ernie Banks1959381971 Albert Pujols201712006, 2008, 2009 Bobby Byrne1908121910 Alex Rodriguez2000, 2005, 2007102016 Alexei Ramirez2016252010 Lou Gehrig1934, 1936501939 Al Rosen1953331949 Jimmie Foxx1932, 1933491944 Lee Magee1917231918 Willie Keeler1907151904 Milt Stock1924151919 Snuffy Stirnweiss194521950 Even the worst players used to be goodBest ranks (from the top of MLB) in wins above replacement for players who ranked last in WAR in a season, 1901–2017 George Scott1968131973 Derek Jeter1999422013 Marquis Grissom2005101994 Ken Griffey1996222010 In addition to Pujols, there are a few other names on this year’s worst-players list who peaked as stars not too long ago. Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies, the second-worst player this season, ranked as high as No. 15 in 2010. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez fell from 10th-best in 2009 all the way to sixth-worst this season. And Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, who clocks in as baseball’s 26th-worst player by WAR this year, ranked third-best as recently as 2011. It takes a great reputation to be afforded such a bad season.Since signing a massive contract with the Angels before the 2012 season, Pujols has had a few solid renaissance seasons, and he was an above-average hitter as recently as last season. So it wasn’t unreasonable for the Angels to expect him to eventually snap out of his funk at some point this season. And he may well end up with 100 runs batted in despite the poor sabermetric numbers — though it would be one of the least valuable 100-RBI seasons ever. Either way, he’s just the most glaring example of a phenomenon that probably won’t go away anytime soon. As long as there are managers dreaming of a turnaround — and ones who lack any better options4Pujols’ contract, which will pay him another $28.5 million per year for the next four seasons, may also play a role. — once-great players like Pujols will always get the chance to play themselves to the bottom of the WAR charts. BEST SEASON Mickey Doolin1918251910
Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh makes a catch during fall practice Aug. 6 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Baugh has been suspended twice in his Buckeye career by coach Urban Meyer.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorOhio State redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh has been suspended, coach Urban Meyer said Monday.Baugh, who has yet to appear in a game for OSU, was suspended two games for what Meyer called “stuff” during a Monday press conference.Baugh did not make the trip to Baltimore for OSU’s game against Navy Saturday and will not suit up for the Buckeyes’ game against Virginia Tech, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday.This marks the second time Baugh has been suspended by Meyer. He was arrested in July 2013 for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and displaying improper identification. He missed the 2013 season opener against Buffalo before eventually redshirting.Baugh was cited again in January for underage consumption, but participated in spring practice.
Nebraska senior wide reciever De’Mornay Pierson El (15) evades an Arkansas State defender. Credit: Courtesy of Hannah DePriest | The Daily NebraskanLocation: Lincoln, Nebraska2016 record: 9-4 (6-3 Big Ten)Head coach: Mike Riley2017 record so far: 1-1Record vs. OSU since 2007: 1-4What has happened thus far in 2017There has been no shortage of scoring for Nebraska and coach Mike Riley in the first two weeks of their season. In Week 1, Nebraska fought off a second-half surge by Arkansas State to win 43-36 in the final seconds. The script was flipped in Week 2 when Nebraska traveled to Oregon and trailed the Ducks for most of the game, only to see its second-half comeback fall short, 42-35. Impact playerIt’s difficult to find a more dangerous player on Nebraska’s roster than senior wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El. Pierson-El has recorded six catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns so far this year. The former freshman All-American at punt returner ranks third among active players in the country in career punt-return yardage. After an electrifying freshman campaign in 2014, Pierson-El sustained a knee injury that appeared to slow his production in his next two seasons. The versatile weapon is poised to return to form at full health and replace the production lost by graduated receiver Jordan Westerkamp, while continuing to be a mainstay in the return game. StrengthsThe Huskers’ backfield houses two very different playmakers in junior quarterback Tanner Lee and sophomore running back Tre Bryant. Lee has stepped in to replace longtime quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. and has shown flashes of why he was a highly touted transfer from Tulane. Lee has thrown for 490 yards and five touchdowns on the season. Bryant has 299 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 51 carries. WeaknessesNebraska’s defensive efforts have not exactly been encouraging this season for new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco. Giving up 78 points in two games might be somewhat of an outlier due to playing two nonconference opponents with up-tempo offenses, but Nebraska has still allowed six touchdowns and 780 yards this season through the air. The secondary has been scrambling since senior cornerback Chris Jones tore his meniscus in July. Jones was honorable mention All-Big Ten last season.
Jesse Lingard believes he deserves a better pace statistic inside the newest video game from the FIFA franchise25-year-old Manchester United footballer Jesse Lingard took it personally when he saw his personal stats on a leaked FIFA 19 image.The Electronic Arts (EA) Sports video game is coming out soon, but Lingard saw his statistics and he didn’t like them.So he did what anybody would do and ranted about it on Twitter.“I’m telling you something now, yeah. FIFA need to up my physicality to 99 and they need to up my pace to 84,” Lingard wrote on Twitter as reported by The Sport Bible.“Nah, actually, 95. You know why? Because I’m rapid. And I swear, I’m probably fastest…”Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Lingard has been with the Red Devils since he started his professional career in 2011.The attacking midfielder has been loaned to Leicester City, Birmingham City, Brighton, and Hove Albion and Derby County during his [email protected] up my pace too ??♂️? #JLingz pic.twitter.com/Xuf4ZSHVot— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) September 5, 2018
Napoli defender Raul Albiol praised Carlo Ancelotti’s squad rotation after earning a vital win against fellow top four contenders Lazio.Napoli were missing key players in Kalidou Koulibaly, Lorenzo Insigne, Allan and Marek Hamsik but still won 2-1.And Albiol who acknowledged a different approach from former boss Sarri credited Carletto’s tactical nous.“We knew it would be difficult with our first Serie A game after a long winter break, but we got the win,” Albiol told Football Italia.Ancelotti is fuming at the state of Napoli’s changing rooms George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Carlo Ancelotti is fuming about the clubs failure to complete renovations at the clubs home stadium including the changing rooms.Most managers complain about a…“It’s an important victory because since the start of the season, the Coach has put his faith in all the players and it showed tonight. Many who hadn’t played as much were still ready when called upon and that is crucial.”Napoli break further away from Inter in second place and await Juve’s result against bottom of the table Chievo on Monday.“We have to stay on our path, keep working and stay close to Juventus. We know they are on a remarkable march, but all we can do is win our games, wait and see.”