Q&A: Mark Stoops previews UK-Mississippi State

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:9988fe7d3aa68f8aa2c0abfe Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-116303-3849427192001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.“They ran the ball, what, 51 times, something like that. And a good portion of some of that yardage came late and it came on some finesse runs, some 11-personnel Q run, and things like that. So if you look at the power run game we actually improved quite a bit in that game and had some good plays and some good stops and did some good things. And, again, I know you can write it how you want, I’m not crazy. I know what good run defense looks like and does not, so certainly we all know we need to get better and improve in certain areas, but like I said, I think some of it was improved.”On Stanley “Boom” Williams condition: “Things look better, not cleared to play yet, obviously. I’ll wait until the doctors tell me he can get on the field but, I think, yeah, things are looking better. When he will be cleared to practice or play I have no idea.”On if the run defense improving make things better with a positive even in the blowout loss: “I think that was part of it. We all knew going into that game that was a big, physical football team that wanted to run the ball and they certainly did, but, again, I thought there were quite a few plays in there where it wasn’t, just constantly getting pushed around, where I thought you know, just right at the start, again, there’s a lot of mistakes we can look at in that game but we start the game with the poor kickoff return and get the penalty.“Then we get a zero-yard gain on first down, incomplete pass on second, and get the penalty. That’s just the discipline we need to continue to work and get better and get more disciplined on this team, but that penalty hurt. If you look throughout the first half, when we get the punt return for a touchdown, but we were hanging in there. We knew it was going to be difficult, not an easy task, but physically defensively we were holding up pretty well and doing some good things. Then it gets to be a little much when you’re on the field that long, and obviously some big plays that we can and will get corrected.”On if they just need more players: “Well, I’m not going to make any excuses, but we just, you know, need to find a way. As I said, going into that game you really need to play well on all sides and we certainly didn’t do that. We didn’t play good enough on any side but I thought we had a chance defensively.”On if he’s saying when he looked back on the film they were not just physically dominated: “Yeah, that’s fair to say. I don’t think we were physically dominated on the field and, again, you just look at, hey, they ran the ball for 300 yards, you’re not generally going to win a lot of games when teams run for 300 yards. We know that’s not acceptable but there are a lot of good, physical plays in there by our defensive guys. But when you make mistakes, they’re magnified. Mistakes are going to cost you games, they’re going to cost you on the road at LSU, making mistakes we did early in that game, it’s going to cost and you it’s going to be magnified. It gets out of control at that point. We can’t have that and we’ve got to coach ’em better and be more disciplined across the board.”On how Mississippi State’s corners compare to LSU: “They’re different, a different style of play and they’re just different guys.”On if the film showed any common theme to the special-teams mistakes: “Well, there’s mistakes. There’s mistakes that can and will be corrected. We’ve all made our mistakes this year, offensively, defensively, special teams. Again, they’re magnified against a very talented team on the road, and when you open the game that way, it doesn’t set the tone. That’s not what you want. So they’re magnified but they’re things that can and will be fixed. The punt return, same thing.“A little unfortunate that we hit it so good. He kicked it so well, outkicked his coverage a little bit. We had guys down there. We had, honestly, five or six guys clean, and we’ve got to do a better job of closing that gap, spreading the net and gettin’ ’em down. Once you get a talented guy started and give him some space, bad things are going to happen to us. So those are things that we can get fixed and will. We all take responsibility for that, and we’ll make the corrections and we’ll move on.”On the opening kickoff and if they intended to kick it short: “That’s something that in hindsight we would do differently. (Laughter.) So, you know, I told you that at one of my news conferences, anybody that tells you they wouldn’t do it differently in hindsight is lying. (Laughter.) It was poor execution and poor call, and we didn’t kick it where we were supposed to, either. So what we were supposed to do on the kick wasn’t there. Therefore, it magnified it. So, sure, we would do it differently. That’s one instance where we were too cute there. Again, I take that responsibility. We take that and we move on. The rest of it is just fundamental things.”On if he would have believed Mississippi State would be No. 1 when they faced Kentucky: “I wouldn’t have put no thought into that, I would have no idea. I would be going on a limb and I don’t like to do that. If you look at their quarterback and their team it’s not a real big surprise. They’re a very talented football team. You could tell they had a lot of confidence coming into the season just by the way they carried themselves at SEC Media, just listening to them with their quarterback and leadership. Dan is sixth year in the process and they have a good-looking team.“I noticed that a year ago. I noticed how big they were and how long and just, you know, they’re developed. They do a great job of coaching, and good things are – it’s coming together for them. They’re playing red hot, and it starts with their quarterback. He’s as talented of a guy as there is in the country. He can run it, he can throw it. He’s making great decisions and their offense puts stress on you. Like I said at the beginning of the statement, they’re well coached, they put stress on you across the board.”On if he remembers anything specific about Prescott from last year’s game: “Physically, good-looking guy, strong, leader, tough, just everything you want in your quarterback and in particular with what they do, with the dual-threat and putting that stress on you.”On if Dan Mullen’s success at Mississippi State is sort of the model for what he wants to do here: “Certainly anybody that’s having success in your league and guys you watch, certainly you look at them and see what they’ve done. I think they’ve done a nice job of recruiting and a lot of times – give them credit under the radar with some of the guys that they get out of their state, that maybe not a lot of people know about. But they have that great length and size and you gotta give them credit for developing those players. Yeah, they’re a good-looking team top to bottom.”On if he has any fear at all about the confidence of his team after a loss like that during a rebuilding process: “Yeah, you worry about it, and we need to address it, because, you know, you’re going to go through ups and downs, you’re going to lose some games. When you self-inflict against a good team – and I’m not taking anything away from LSU because they flat beat us across the board – but when you make a lot of mistakes, you can have a tendency to lose confidence. I told you, other times, speaking to you and to our team, we’ve gotten beyond the belief. Then it’s about execution and doing things and then we go out and don’t do it very well, so now we got to make sure they don’t slip back and start doubting, and it goes back to preparation and work and controlling the things we can control.”On if this is unfamiliar territory since they haven’t had a loss like this yet: “Yeah, it is this year. It’s a new team, first time we have gone through that, it is new to this football team and every team is different. So, yeah, we’ll see how we respond.”On what he hopes young wide receivers learned from LSU game: “I hope they learned how to get open versus press. That’s a physical bunch that doesn’t give you a lot of space. You have to beat ’em, you have to make plays. We can compete at a higher level. We need to be more detailed on some of our routes, and there is a lot of things we can all do better.”On if he has to guard against guys getting too psyched to play a No. 1 team: “As I have said many times I would rather say “whoa” than giddy up, so if we have a good practice and I got to hold ’em back, that will be a good thing. But the emotion, I’m only looking forward in our preparation. You certainly don’t want ’em flat walking into the building, you don’t want ’em being “down” and all those things but the excitement level and how we prepare and as long as they’re focused and they go through preparation and are mentally ready to practice every day and putting ourselves into a position to win a game that’s what I’m looking for.”On importance of a fast start for confidence: “I think it’s always important. It was important last week on the road and we fought it uphill the whole game this week, even though we were at home, we’re playing the No. 1 team in the country, you can’t fall behind, I think it’s important. If we do, we got to learn to face adversity a little better than we did last week.”On what Demarco Robinson did differently than other receivers: “He did do better, you’re right in saying that. Number one, he’s a senior. That helps. So he’s got a lot more experience playing against these big dudes that are up there locking ’em down but Demarco has done a nice job of beating people and playing one-on-ones.”On if they gain confidence from playing well at Mississippi State last year: “I think every team is different but I think, you know, I hope it helps us a little bit and we’ll see how we prepare and how we go through the week.”On if in his experience coaches tend to set the same tone after a lop-sided loss: “I’m not sure if everybody takes the exact same approach every week. I don’t know what other people do. It’s been different from the coaches I’ve been around each week. As I’ve said before, I think, you know, you have to have a good plan, but I go on my instincts and my gut a lot and they’re, sometimes right and sometimes wrong, even in making decisions on the field, you know, and that’s where that hindsight comes in. But I think, you know, with this, definitely I put some thought into the message.”On if he almost has to be an actor in that situation: “I don’t think it’s ever an act. I would never use that word to define it. It’s about making sure that you clearly define the message that you want them to hear. That really doesn’t change much for us a lot as well. Maybe how you deliver it and in those things it does, but the bottom line is we’re all going to accept our responsibility and we’re going to look at things, get it corrected and move on. So, again, we’ll see how well we respond this week.”On if he can take away anything from moving the ball at 17-3 and appearing to weather the slow start for at least awhile: “No, I don’t know if you could take much from it, because I felt like, as you know, from watching the game it was an uphill struggle from the first kickoff of the game. But I do feel like we were battling there. That’s what I was commenting on defensively for a while there. We were hanging in doing some things. And offensively we were moving it. We had 3rd-and-1, a long drive, and we missed that opportunity. That was part execution and part would you do it over? Well, yeah, because it didn’t work you would do it over.“So there are things that we can and need to do better in that situation. The bottom line is we didn’t make it happen, we didn’t deliver, they stopped us and that was a big turning point, because I believe there was roughly five minutes in the half there. If we get a first down, obviously that’s time off the clock and even when we got the ball back after that I believe we stopped ’em right after that, maybe a three and out. They hit a great punt and backed us up, and even then I’m trying to get out of the half. That’s what I want to do at that point. It’s been an uphill climb, it’s 17-3 on the road, we haven’t moved it well, we’re backed up, I want to get first downs and get out of the half, unless we make big plays and get movin’, of course, but I’m really trying to cut our losses at that point. And then, as we know, they get 10 more points from there and that was impossible for us to catch up from that point on.”On importance of playing well in a nationally showcased game vs. No. 1 team: “I think it’s very important. It’s important for us to play well. Anytime you’re playing a No. 1 team in the country, you’re going to have great exposure. We want to play well and represent our program and what we’ve been doing and all the hard work so it’s important for us to go out and play well.”On what Jabari Johnson has done to work his way into rotation after not playing at all last season: “He gave us size, and he’s been doing a nice job at that position, what we call the ‘Jack’ linebacker there. He’s big. He has a nice feel for it. He’s good on his feet, and we felt like we needed more size in that game. So he’s done some good things, he’s earned the right to play. So we’ll continue to rotate between Bud and Jabari and Hatcher at those spots.”On how Johnson played against LSU: “He did good. He played well, he really did.”On Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith having discipline issues playing containment on the outside at times and how they stop an athletic quarterback like Prescott: “It’s not always on them. I mean, it’s always team defense. Sometimes he may step up and then get out as well so they’re trying to get speed rush and our inside guys have to be disciplined. Thing of that sort. We’ve had our discipline issues but containing on the pass rush is not always one of those with them. It’s not always with them, let’s put it that way.“But it does bring up the point that you’re making here, that we need to have great team defense and great discipline with our pass rush. They have disciplined runs and plays where he ad-libs and makes plays. He’s very talented. Anytime it’s tougher on defenses and it’s frustrating at times anytime you play a quarterback that has the experience and feel that he does of making plays. That’s why they’re No. 1 in our league in total offense.”On if he can see the comparisons between Dak Prescott and Tim Tebow: “I could see that. I could see people making that comparison. I never played Tebow but just as a fan and watching him I could see people making it, just with Dan coaching them both. The stress that he puts on you with that offense with a guy that could do both run and pass. They’re both physical. I could see people making that comparison. Obviously that’s a great compliment to Dak, because, you know, Tebow won quite a few games.”On Mississippi State having a bye week before playing Kentucky for the fourth season in a row: “Really? We better talk to somebody. (Laughter.) Well, it is what it is. Nothing I can do about it. It’s above my pay grade.”On if he thinks the state of Kentucky could eventually have the same football success with UK and UofL as Mississippi has with Ole Miss and Mississippi State this season: “I don’t see why not. I really don’t. I feel like we’re both working extremely hard to build our programs, we both have great support, and they’ve been a very talented and good football team and we’re working our way toward that.”On if the long, explosive runs came from a specific area: “It did, and I think some depth issues hurt us as well. In fairness to a few of our players. We got to get ’em out and get ’em spelled as well. We’re certainly were we’re not as fast later in the game as we were early. That’s coaching. We’ve got to develop guys and get some guys in there to help. Give them credit. If they’re going to run it 51 times with those dudes, they’re going to break some, too. It’s not like going into the game that you didn’t think they were going to have any explosive runs. I think I guess the point I was trying to make with the power-run game if you take those explosive runs, it wasn’t that bad. We had a good dose of some good people in there and we played more physical than we had been.”On if he expects Zach West back this week: “I do expect him back but I don’t know how at this point he will respond but I do expect him back this week.”On what they need to do to get the run-game jump-started: “It’s important, just like last week. You know, that’s where the run game is always important. We all want explosive offense, and we need that and want to throw it and will throw it, but you gotta have some balance. Look at Mississippi State, what are they, 264 to the run and 265 to the pass. Try to defend that. Makes a difference. It’s very important to be physical and to have balance. It puts a lot of stress on teams. We’ve done that well at times, and against some teams it’s a little more difficult for us because we’re trying to physically get to where we want to be. So to answer your question, it’s important to get the run game going, at least be able to have those aggravating runs, three, four, five then break one here and there. We’ll continue to work on that.”On if he’s surprised at the run game struggles considering all their explosive backs: “Like I said, it’s been good at times. Wasn’t so good last week, and you have to give credit to LSU for that. They beat us. They played more physical than us and didn’t give us much room.”On Mississippi leading the SEC in sacks per game: “Well, they have an incredible front seven, number one, and number two, they’ve been ahead quite a bit and scoring some points, so teams are going to have to take some chances and maybe drop back and pass more than they want to.”On if passing game struggles were because of LSU DBs or is Patrick Towles could have done some things better: “Certainly Patrick can play better and needs to play better. We missed some opportunities and that’s going to happen. Again, not to make an excuse for Patrick because he doesn’t need me to do that, but there are going to be some times where maybe they’re covered, then maybe they’re open and we miss ’em, either way it’s not good. So when you are off and not playing your best, again, it’s going to get magnified against a great team, especially on the road down there at LSU.”On if in a game like that he has to make those plays when given the opportunity: “You have to make those throws, yeah, you do, and we gotta catch ’em and get open and all those things and we definitely were not at our best.”On the play where Ryan Timmons appeared to not see the ball: “I’m not even sure, to be honest with you. I didn’t ask him yet or couldn’t tell.”On Ryan Timmons’ struggles: “Ryan needs to continue to improve. He needs to compete at a higher level and needs to step it up. We need him to. If we’re going to win games at LSU or if we’re going to win a game at home against the No. 1 team in the country, some of our playmakers need to step up and compete at a high level and make plays and win some one-on-one’s and make some plays. That’s what he needs to do. Again, you asked me specifically about him, there’s others, there’s all of us. We all accept the responsibility and, again, accept the things that we need to do better and that’s something that he needs to do better.”On if film showed what happened on the squib kick: “We addressed it before they went on the field. We had a good idea they were going to squib it. We had a player make a poor decision.”On if having young players in a situation helps because they can forget a loss like that more easily: “I think that goes back to Alan’s question. You know, we’ll see. I think because we got whooped and had because we made some mental mistakes, sometimes that can shake somebody’s confidence, and we’ll see how they respond. I have no reason to believe that, though. I have a good feel we’ll bounce back and prepare well and play well.”* For instant updates on the Wildcats, follow me on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. Email me at ktucker@courier-journal.com. Check out the link below for quick-hits from Mark Stoops’ Monday presser. Read on for every last word, as Stoops reviewed the LSU debacle and looked ahead to Saturday’s home game against No. 1 Mississippi State.5 Takeaways: Stoops on bouncing back, Dak and more.MARK STOOPSOpening statement: “Anxious to just get back to work today and get back on the practice field with our players after a disappointing loss. After reviewing the film, as I said in the postgame, you have to give credit to LSU. They outplayed us, outcoached us, but there are certainly a lot of things that we need to get corrected and can get corrected, so looking forward to getting back out there. Another great challenge that week, playing the No. 1 team in the country. We will have our hands full and need to play a whole lot better. So, again, need to get back out there and improve this week on the practice field.”On stopping the run vs. Mississippi State after struggling at times in run defense this season: “Well, it’s very important. Another physical football team, but not only physical, just, it’s a numbers game as well. Very well coached, puts you in some hard predicaments. Obviously the way Dak (Prescott) is throwing the ball as well, they stretch you constantly. So it is a concern. If you look back at last week, I think we did – believe me, I’m not crazy, I’ve coached defenses that were pretty darn good against the run – the good news is if you take away some of the explosive runs that can get corrected in certain spots, just physically we actually did some very good things. 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‘In the past few hours’ Manchester City are back in the…

first_imgIt had been a while since Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was constantly mentioned in the rumour mill. Now with his recent good form for Lazio, the midfielder is once again linked to Premier League clubs. Italian newspaper Il Messaggero brings a story about the Serie A side today, and claims that once again, the 24-year-old could be worth many millions to the club.The outlet says there’s a derby between Milan and Inter Milan for the player, and recent claims also add Real Madrid to the race.  And it’s also claimed that ‘in the past few hours’, Manchester City are back on track.Il Messaggero says Milinkovic had been ‘devalued’ in the past few months due to his poor form, but Lazio should now be back on believing that he’s worth €100m again.Embed from Getty ImagesUnlike Real Madrid and Manchester City, it doesn’t sound like Milan or Inter Milan could afford a €100m player, especially due to their problems with Financial Fair Play. So either Lazio are exaggerating on the price, or maybe this race is not as big as reported.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comTung Chung is actually full of single men. Check them out on this premium dating site!Dating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndolast_img read more

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first_imgJuventus star Ronaldo has shown that he is a romantic at heart as he dances with his partner Georgina on a bed of rose petals, fueling the speculation with which the couple is now engaged. Public declarations of love and romantic photos fuel rumors that the couple is officially engaged. The first obvious clue appeared a few days ago, when the Spanish model published a photo of her and Cristiano in a loving embrace, accompanied by the word “YESSSS” and a pink emoticon. The photo left many of their followers wondering if the message might be a cunning reference to her response to a marriage proposal from the former Real Madrid striker. But the main clue is nothing more than a white gold diamond ring that Georgina has placed on her wedding finger in several recent photos posted on Instagram. Meanwhile, the model shared a video in which she appears with Cristiano in a room with rose petals scattered on the floor. They hold a glass of champagne, take a few dance steps and hug. The scene is really heartbreaking as they smile lovingly at each other. “We’ll definitely get married one day. That’s my mother’s wish, too. So one day. Why not?” – Georgina said earlier during an interview on the program “Good Morning America”. Maybe her mother’s wish will come true soon, if her latest posts on social media suggest something. This is not the first time Rodriguez has sparked rumors of an engagement, as he showed off another jewel in June. The star of the former Manchester United and Real Madrid and Georgina Rodriguez is enjoying one of the most romantic summers since their courtship began four years ago – at least that’s what it looks like from the photos the couple shared on social networks in the last few weeks. The lovers visited hot sun spots, including Saint Tropez and Ibiza. They travel in a luxury yacht for 5.5 million pounds, which has five cabins and six bathrooms, owned by the footballer. Ronaldo and Georgina also spent time in Monaco and Mallorca.last_img read more

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first_imgSka music takes on HollywoodReggae hits Hollywood as Singer Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band attend the 7th annual Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) in November. The Ska group is turning heads and making a name for Caribbean music by earning a nomination for ‘Best Reggae Album’. The nomination comes less than a year after the release of the group’s debut studio album ‘Internationally’, which include hit singles “Fire Fire”, “Kingston Salento”, and “Original Style” feat. Sean Paul & Gentleman.Stephens told reporters “Wow! God is truly amazing! We are overwhelmed to have earned our first nomination at the HMMA Awards. I am fired up about how things are going with us so far.” from his home in Kingston, Jamaica.“This first nomination is a special moment in my music career that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I would like to thank our fans, especially those here in Italy, the rest of Europe, Jamaica, the USA and Canada. We also thank our management team for believing in us.” said Ska Nation Band member Papa Leu.The 2016 HMMA awards visual mediums including film, TV, movie trailers, commercial and music videos for both mainstream and independent artists. Artist and composers from around the globe are reviewed and selected to take part in this event. The awards event features live music performances, celebrity appearances, award presentations, and a dinner banquet.last_img read more

Darragh Kenny crowns incredible weekend for Ireland with Florida Grand Prix win

first_imgHome  »  General  »  Darragh Kenny crowns incredible weekend for Ireland with Florida Grand Prix win Darragh Kenny crowns incredible weekend for Ireland with Florida Grand Prix win Tags: OFFALY-born Darragh Kenny completed a remarkable weekend for Irish Show Jumping in The United States, with victory in the four-star $216,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix, at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida tonight (Sunday).Kenny was one of just five riders who made it into the jump-off, as many of the 50 starters struggled to negotiate the demanding first round course. The result was Kenny’s second win in the last fortnight with the Sergio Alvarez Moya-owned Red Star D’Argent, an 11-year-old stallion who only arrived in the Irishman’s stable after Christmas.The Irish rider was third to go against the clock and he produced a breathtaking round to stop the clock a full two seconds faster than runner-up Roberto Teran from Colombia. Kenny’s round pushed the two remaining riders to the limit, including British Olympic Gold medallist Ben Maher who had to settle for fourth after finishing with four faults.Darragh Kenny also collected the Niall Grimes Memorial Trophy, as the leading Irish prize-winner of the weekend in Wellington, while The Irish Sport Horse Limestone Grey added to his growing reputation with a 12th place finish in the Grand Prix class with Italy’s Lorenzo De Luca.Ireland’s underage riders had earlier scored a hat-trick of podium finishes in Grand Prix classes at the Palm Beach arena, while on Friday, Ireland claimed a superb Nations Cup win, forcing the home team from America into second place.Speaking afterwards from Florida, Irish Team Manager Robert Splaine said:“This has been a simply outstanding weekend, crowned by Darragh Kenny’s victory. To win at this level is always difficult but to win the two biggest classes on offer here in Florida is just incredible – and testament to the talent we have in Ireland. It was also fantastic to see our Irish Children On Horses, Juniors and Young Riders standing on the podium after almost every class here this weekend and they have been wonderful ambassadors for our country. I would like to thank all the owners of our horses without whom this incredible weekend would not be possible.”Darragh Kenny and Red Star D’Argent 6 March 2016, 22:31last_img read more

ATHLETICS: Record Number Of Athletes To Make Nigeria “Giant Of Africa” At U20 African…

first_imgNigerian athletes will prove that the country still is “the giant of Africa” at the 14th African Athletics Confederation U18 and U20 African Championships which began yesterday in Abidjan the capital of Ivory Coast according to the technical director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Sunday Adeleye.Nigeria’s team of 96 athletes is the largest of any country in Ivory Coast and represents the largest ever number to represent Nigeria at the U18 and U20 African Championships.Adeleye told busybuddiesng.com that the AFN, despite being plagued by financial difficulty (the sports ministry refused to fund Nigeria’s participation at this championship and Nigeria’s contingent made the journey to Ivory Coast by bus), made the decision to send a record number of athletes to the championships in order expose them to conditions that will help accelerate their development.Nigeria missed out on the last U18 and U20 African Championships held in Algeria in 2017 because of financial constraints and Adeleye using the excuse of lack for not competing at these age-grade meets would mean the AFN will be shortchanging the athletes at a vital stage of their development especially as many of them will never get another opportunity to compete at this level.     “We are actually doing this [sending 96 athletes] because you can go to senior competitions as many times as you can but you can’t always go for junior [competitions] because you surpass the age and then the generation,” Adeleye said.“If this generation misses this one again because the Nigerian team we have been losing out in the Junior competitions we’ve not attended the Juniors in about two series because of lack of funds. Even now we still have the issue of lack of funds so are we going to continue saying there’s lack of funds for almost a decade saying we are not going for this competition? No.“So we came about agreeing that let’s go with these athletes let’s expose them because they need exposure. This is the bedrock of Nigerian track and field athletes’ performance this is where we must start from. If we don’t expose these athletes, then when do we expose them?”“A lot of them will never be eighteen again after this year, a lot of them will never be eighteen again after next month. So that is why we’ve said we are going with this large pool to expose these athletes because [it helps us for the Olympics in] 2020, then give them that confidence.”With Nigeria returning to the competition with such a large number of athletes, Adeleye says it is time once again for that Nigeria still is “the giant of Africa” in athletics.“Our target is to go there and of course do Nigeria proud and do ourselves proud and of course to show our dominance in Africa: that we are still the giant of Africa and that, of course, we are still good in what we know how to do best which is sports.”Relatedlast_img read more

Pochettino Fears Spurs Sack

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has conceded he could be out of a job if results do not improve but said he tries not to pay too much attention to speculation over his future.Spurs have made a poor start to the season with three wins in nine Premier League games so far and head into Tuesday’s Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade at the bottom of Group B.Tottenham began their European campaign with a draw at Olympiacos before being comprehensively beaten 7-2 in London by Bayern Munich. They were also held to a 1-1 draw by bottom-of-the-table Watford in the Premier League at the weekend.“Our performance is not as good as we can deliver,” Pochettino told reporters. “Of course we need to improve. On the other side there are all of the rumours that happen at any club when you don’t win but it doesn’t mean they’re true.“I understand this business. I’m 47 – why do you think I don’t have grey hair? Because I don’t pay attention to any of this. I only pay attention that we need to improve our performances.“If we don’t improve our performance, what is going to be the result? It’s always the same in football and you are thinking the same as me.”The Argentine, who is contracted to Tottenham until 2023, has transformed the club since taking over in 2014, turning them into regular Champions League contenders.He led Spurs to the Champions League final last season, where they lost to Liverpool, but said he was not surprised by his position being called into question after a few poor games.“That is football, I’m not surprised. It’s normal,” Pochettino said. “Football is always about winning today and tomorrow. What happens yesterday is gone and we apply this philosophy here.“You need to think about winning today and tomorrow… If I think too much ahead and I don’t win, then these rumours don’t surprise me.”RelatedMourinho Not planning Wholesale Changes At SpursNovember 22, 2019In “England”Spurs Open To Selling Eriksen To Premier League RivalsDecember 19, 2019In “England”Mauricio Pochettino Chastises Himself For Unacceptable BehaviourFebruary 26, 2019In “England”last_img read more

Mikel Obi Cries In Public After Receiving Life-Threatening Messages From Fans

first_imgFormer Super Eagles Captain and Trabzonspor midfielder John Obi Mikel broke down in tears in a post-match interview while alleging racist attack on him and his family after his side beat Fenerbache 2-1 in a Super Lig game on Saturday.He stated the threats were also directed at his girlfriend Olga Diyachenka and four-year-old twin daughters.Read Also: New Super Eagles Jerseys Unveiled By Nike“A lot has been said about this – the issue of racism but since I’ve been here, my team and colleagues at Trabzonspor have been very nice to me, there’s not been any issue.” he told Turkish TV.“After the game on Saturday, I started getting messages on my Instagram, even my girlfriend getting instant messages of racism and hatred.“Very scary messages towards me and my family and kids. There’s no place for this.“I don’t think this should be happening and I think these people should be held responsible. They shouldn’t be allowed to come to games.“I’m very disappointed with this – especially my girlfriend, my family, my kids. They are only four years old, why do you talk about my kids?“I am very sad about this, it’s a very disturbing time for me.”Read Also: Ighalo Took Pay Cut To Play For Man Utd, Reveals Reason For No 25 JerseyTrabzonspor announced they had filed a criminal complaint against individuals who allegedly racially abused Mikel.‘Racism is a shelter for (the) helpless and ignorant.” The club stated on their official Twitter page.Racism is a shelter for helpless and ignorant. We condemn the racist attacks against our player Obi Mikel after the match against Fenerbahçe and we bring to the public attention that a criminal complaint has been filed against the assailants. #WeStandwithObi #SayNoToRacism pic.twitter.com/QSOgPI9fZ2— Trabzonspor_en (@Trabzonspor_EN_) February 3, 2020“We condemn the racist attacks against our player Obi Mikel after the match against Fenerbahce and we bring to the public attention that a criminal complaint has been filed against the assailants.”RelatedEXPOSED: Truth About Mikel Obi’s Trabzonspor ExitMarch 20, 2020In “Europe”Mikel Obi Reveals Knowledge Of Father’s Kidnap Ordeal Before Crucial Argentina GameJuly 3, 2018In “Africa”Nigeria vs. Zimbabwe: Captain Mikel Obi Applauds Super Eagles Performance in AsabaJune 9, 2019In “National Team”last_img read more

Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads not guilty in alleged bar groping incident

first_imgPhoto by Bauzen/GC Images(NEW YORK) — Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pleaded not guilty Thursday to one misdemeanor count each of forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree.The plea came in a New York City court after the 51-year-old Oscar winner surrendered to police earlier in the day at the NYPD’s 25th Precinct in Harlem. The charges stem from the actor’s alleged groping of a woman’s breast inside Manhattan’s Magic Hour Rooftop Bar last Sunday night, a claim Gooding denies. The complaint itself asserts Gooding “forcibly touched the sexual and other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading and abusing such person, and for the purpose of gratifying the defendant’s sexual desire; the defendant subjected another person to sexual contact without the latter’s consent.”TMZ posted video Thursday afternoon they say was taken inside the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar, which they also claim shows Gooding touching the breast and thigh of his accuser.However, Gooding’s attorney, Mark Heller, claims surveillance video from the establishment from the night in question will exonerate his client. Gooding’s next court date is scheduled for June 26.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

American charged after mock IED found at Toronto airport

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — A 58-year-old American man was charged with mischief after a “mock Improvised Explosive Device” was found at Toronto Pearson International Airport Thursday, according to police.The mock IED was discovered during screening of the traveler’s suitcase at a Toronto preclearance facility, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement. The agency said it paused all traveler processing while Canadian Air Transport Security Authority officials swabbed the device for explosives. CBP said the device tested negative.The man was scheduled to depart on United Airlines flight 547 to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, according to CBP, which added that the plane was inspected and both travelers and baggage were screened again. The plane sat on the tarmac as passengers waited on board.Police in Peel, Ontario, told ABC News that the man who was charged has been held by authorities ahead of a bail hearing scheduled for Friday. An officer declined to provide ABC News further information about the man.The flight was scheduled to depart at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, but was delayed nearly seven hours before taking off.Peel Regional Police provide law enforcement for the airport, located in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside Toronto. CBP provides immigration, customs and other inspections at the airport for travelers planning to enter the United States.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more