Dyche: Clarets hungry for more wins

first_img Written off before the start of the season, the Clarets’ prospects appeared bleak when they failed to win any of their first 10 league games. But successive victories over Hull and Stoke have taken Burnley’s points tally into double figures and lifted them off the bottom of the table. For Dyche, though, the winless run was not a catastrophe – just as two wins do not mean survival is suddenly on the cards. He said: “I don’t think it’s ever got to a stage where it’s been too affecting of the players. I think it’s been positive all the way through. We believe in that environment anyway, the culture we set here. “Of course, winning enhances that, and it just reminds the players of what they’re about. We made a fantastic habit of winning a lot last year – the challenge changed, quite simply. “I felt wins would come regardless of all the outside media angles, and they have come, but I also suggested that one doesn’t cure everything and two doesn’t – you need more. So we’re still thirsty and hungry to get more.” Aston Villa are the opponents at Turf Moor on Saturday as Burnley look to make it three wins in a row. Paul Lambert’s side are only two points above the Clarets and have failed to win any of their last eight games, although they did claim a creditable draw against high-flying Southampton on Monday. Victory could see Burnley climb out of the bottom three, but Dyche maintains that is not extra motivation, saying: “The perfect incentive is just game by game to win. “There can never be any better incentive than winning. All the rest of it takes care of itself. We’ve won two back to back, which is excellent for all concerned. Sean Dyche insists winning games will not change Burnley’s approach to the Barclays Premier League. “We’ve got two home games coming up, which we’re looking forward to. We can only take one at a time and we’ll be ready for the Villa game. That is something that we do simplify. “It was only a couple of games ago that one (reporter) said, ‘Will you ever win a game?’ The point is you’ve got to win the next one or the next one. The one-game mentality of last season has never been more relevant because this league is very unforgiving. “The freedom we do have is that the expectation on us is so low – outside of our own expectation. That changes the outlook from other teams – there’s a massive expectation on them to win. “Virtually every other team in the division – their fans, their manager, their players – will be thinking, ‘We have to beat Burnley’.” Burnley and Villa are the lowest goalscorers in the Premier League, having managed just 14 between them in 24 games. Villa have only scored twice in their winless run but Burnley have begun to find the net more frequently, with Danny Ings scoring three times in the last four games. The visitors will again be without Christian Benteke, who serves the final game of a three-match ban, while they also have injury problems in defence. There was another blow for manager Lambert on Friday, meanwhile, when assistant Roy Keane resigned to concentrate on his role with the Republic of Ireland. “There’s a big expectation on a club like that,” Dyche said. “There are some realities for them as well. They’re missing a couple of players that have become really big players for them, particularly Benteke and (Fabian) Delph. “It’s a young side maturing. Make no mistake – I think they’re a good side. I was down there on Monday and they’re giving everything. “Probably like ourselves at times, they’re trying to find that extra bit of quality and moment of clarity to score a goal and win a game. They’ve experienced it enough over the last couple of seasons to be able to do that.” Dyche welcomes back midfielder Scott Arfield to the squad after he missed the Stoke game with a knock but defender Michael Duff (calf) is a doubt. Paul Lambert has defended his decision to send striker Darren Bent out on loan despite Aston Villa’s toothless attack leaving them as the Barclays Premier League’s lowest scorers. Villa have scored just six goals all season, with forwards Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andi Weimann sharing three apiece. However, Lambert this week packed Bent off to Sky Bet Championship outfit Brighton despite fans clamouring for the proven goalscorer to be given a chance. The Villa boss has always refused to criticise Bent ever since the former Tottenham man fell out of favour during the 2012-13 season, but insists he has his reasons for overlooking the 30-year-old. Asked if Bent’s career as a top-flight forward is over, the Scot said: “No, listen, I don’t know. “Darren wanted to go out on loan about a month ago but with Christian Benteke being suspended we had to keep him here. “It gets Darren’s career going again and that’s why I loaned him to Fulham last year, to try to get him going. But Darren wanted to go himself as well. “Christian is coming back after Saturday and I think Gabby Agbonlahor and Andi Weimann will find their feet again in terms of goalscoring. “Charles N’Zogbia is playing pretty decently and Joe Cole is nearly fully fit. So there are certainly goals within the team, we just need to find the solutions to win games.” Lambert admits Bent’s style of forward play simply does not fit into his own ethos. He said: “I play a certain type of football and in a certain way and Gabby has been playing well up there himself, Andi can do it as well, Christian is coming back so there are three guys there that are in front of him. “There’s young Callum Robinson who’s come back after doing really well at Preston so I’ve made the decision for that to happen. “We just play a different way. Darren came to me a month ago saying he wanted the chance to play more games (and go on loan), which I agreed to do.” Benteke sits out Saturday’s trip to Brighton in the final match of his three-game ban for violent conduct against Tottenham. Press Associationlast_img read more

Van Gaal warns of tough test

first_imgManchester United boss Louis van Gaal has stressed the importance of maintaining momentum but is taking nothing for granted against Stoke. The result ensured they maintained fourth place in the table and Van Gaal now wants to make sure they kick on. The 63-year-old said: “Winning, for a top club like Manchester United, is the most important thing in a week, or in a day. “Especially when we are in fourth position in the league table you have to win, otherwise others shall overcome you. “Of course I had hoped that we would win on Saturday but we have to win also against Stoke City. “But in the Premier League nothing is easy. When you see Liverpool struggling against Stoke City – (scoring in the) 85th minute – that shows. You see Arsenal struggling against West Bromwich Albion – they could also have lost. “Every game is difficult. That is why the Premier League is exciting, because you never know. There is an atmosphere in the stadiums (that is) fantastic and the fans are always supporting their club, until the end. That is fantastic. That is why I want to work in the Premier League, because of that, the atmosphere.” United will be without forward Angel di Maria after the Argentinian pulled up with a hamstring injury early in the clash against Hull. The club are still to learn the full extent of that problem but captain Wayne Rooney is expected to be fit after banging his knee on an advertising hoarding late in the game. United are seeking a fourth successive Barclays Premier League win as they host the Potters on Tuesday night. United have been inconsistent since Van Gaal took charge in the summer but the Dutchman reflected on their most satisfactory performance to date after Saturday’s one-sided 3-0 win over Hull. Striker Radamel Falcao might also be pushing for a start after coming off the bench to play the latter stages on Saturday following his recovery from a calf injury. Van Gaal said: “He was not fit to play 90 minutes, but for 20 minutes okay. I can use him because now he has trained for a full week with the first team. He needs match rhythm.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes believes the club can cope with the injuries that are beginning to pile up. Midfielders Steve Sidwell and Glenn Whelan are the latest to join the casualty list that also includes Victor Moses (thigh), Robert Huth (calf), Peter Odemwingie (knee) and Dionatan Teixeira (broken foot). Influential centre-back Huth, who has not played a league game for a year after suffering setbacks while recovering from a long-term knee injury, is at least closing in on a comeback. The virus that swept through the training ground last week also appears to have been cleared, with Phil Bardsley back in the squad for Tuesday’s clash at Manchester United after missing Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Liverpool because of the bug. It was at Anfield, though, where Sidwell and Whelan suffered their injuries, with the latter out for up to six weeks with a grade two tear of a medial knee ligament, whilst replacement Whelan picked up a calf muscle problem and is out of the trip to Old Trafford, and almost certainly Saturday’s visit of Arsenal. Hughes said: “Steve has had a scan and it’s slightly better news because we thought he would be out for six to eight weeks. “But it’s not as severe a tear and he is now likely to be out for four to six weeks. “It’s a blow to us with the amount of games we have coming up, but at least we’re encouraged by the better news. “Glenn, meanwhile, has been checked over and it’s not a pull, which is also good news, but he’s not available for tomorrow. “These injuries of late have coincided with the illness that broke out last week, which we could have done without. “We cleared people out of the training ground which enabled us to keep it away from the majority of the senior squad. “A few went down with it, but if we hadn’t have done what we did then we might have been more greatly affected than we were in the end. “Hopefully now we’re over this one. “As for the injuries, you can’t really avoid them because they’re occurring in matches and they’re difficult to legislate for, even though you try to do everything correctly. “There’s not a great deal we can do about it. It’s just a phase we are going through and we’re trying to make the best of it.” After back-to-back defeats, Hughes could not have asked for a more difficult task with which to resurrect his side’s fortunes than going up against his old club who have won their last three matches. “We’ve had the two losses, but in terms of performances I’ve been pleased enough,” said Hughes. “They seem to have run into a little bit of form unfortunately from our point of view. “If we’d faced them earlier then maybe it would have been easier, but they’ve had three wins on the trot and they seem to be getting to grips with what the manager wants and how he wants them to play. “We’ll have to play very well, we have to accept that. “But in terms of confidence going into a game at Old Trafford we’re not affected because we’ve proven this year we can give a good account of ourselves no matter who we play.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Showers Bring Cooler Temps to South Florida

first_imgThey’re finally here…for now, at least.The showers and cloudy to overcast skies we are experiencing are bringing cooler, fall-type temperatures with them.Highs Sunday are ranging from the low 80s in Palm Beach County to the upper 70s along the Treasure Coast.According to meteorologists with our news partner, CBS12, we can expect a few widely scattered showers on Monday.The rest of the week should bring drier weather, with highs in the mid 80s.last_img

Me And Sourav Have Got Similar Ideas: Ricky Ponting

first_imgKolkata: They were once part of one of the biggest rivalries in world cricket, but Ricky Ponting now enjoys Sourav Ganguly’s company and is more often than not on the same page as the former India captain, as they try to end Delhi Capitals’ dry run and help them capture their first Indian Premier League title.Ganguly was roped in as Delhi’s advisor at the start of the season, raising a few eyebrows regarding conflict of interest as he is also the Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) president.Ganguly swept those issues under the carpet and is expected to be in the ‘away’ team’s dugout when Delhi take on Kolkata Knight Riders in an Indian Premier League game here.Asked how it feels to work with Ganguly, Delhi’s head coach Ponting said it’s fun.”We have got very similar ideas and views on the game which has made us work well together. I love working with him,” the former Australia captain said.”We’ve always going on well since our playing days. Since we’ve retired, we’ve caught up a couple times a year at least.”I’ve always enjoyed his company. I think all the boys have enjoyed it as well.”Ricky Ponting said Ganguly is very passionate about Delhi and his inputs will be key on Friday at Eden Gardens, a ground he knows like the back of his hand.”He’s very passionate about Delhi Capitals and the success that we’re hoping to bring to the team so we’re working well together.”He’s said all along that he expects it to be a very good pitch.”I think the reason they have been so good as the curators decided to leave it just a little bit more grass and they haven’t sort of spun as much. It has pretty good pace and bounce and the ball tends to swing a bit here as well because of the humid conditions,” Ricky Ponting elaborated on the pitch.All eyes were on Ganguly on the eve of the match as the celebrated southpaw was seen helping left-handers in the side get a hang of the surface.The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram and Rahul Tewatia are the left handers in the side and Ganguly spent a lot of time with them.According to reports, Ganguly is likely to depose in person before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ombudsman regarding conflict of interest as Justice (Retd) D.K. Jain might just want to hear him out before taking the final call.Three Kolkata based fans — Bhaswati Santua, Ranjit Seal and Abhijeet Mukherjee — in a letter to the BCCI Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer Jain alleged that Ganguly’s dual role is a case of conflict of interest, and they fear he might have it his way with the pitch curator ahead of the game.Ganguly, however, in his written reply to the Ombudsman’s notice, has categorically denied the charge. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Nikias has lofty goals for USC

first_imgThere are many similarities between President Steven B. Sample and President-elect C. L. Max Nikias — both are electrical engineers, gifted fundraisers and positive personalities — but Nikias intends to make his own, distinct mark on the university when he takes over the top job in August.Moving on up · C. L. Max Nikias, the current executive vice president and provost, will become the 11th president in university history when President Steven B. Sample steps down from his post in August. – Gary Fung | Daily Trojan “You cannot clone President Sample,” Nikias said. “But by far the best way to honor his legacy is by taking a great university and making it even greater.”Nikias, currently USC’s executive vice president and provost, was named the university’s 11th president on March 11. He will take over the presidency August 3, following in the footsteps of his mentor and one of the most successful university presidents in recent memory.Sample will not be an easy act to follow, Nikias acknowledged. Under Sample’s leadership, USC shot up in the rankings as its endowment grew, admission rate dropped and prestige rose. Sample has also been widely recognized as one of the most accomplished and respected figures in higher education.Still, Nikias said he sees it as a challenge and a duty to live up to the reputation Sample has built for USC.“There is an old proverb that says, ‘Stepping into the shoes of a legendary figure, you have to accomplish twice as much in order to be considered a success,’” Nikias said. “For USC, of course, we’re going to need to achieve twice as much. [Sample] will expect nothing less from me.”To help accomplish that, Nikias plans to undertake several specific initiatives, including working to enhance the caliber of the graduate and professional student bodies, accelerating USC’s transformation into a residential university, weaving the global experience into the curriculum and bringing USC’s medical enterprise to the highest level.His first step, however, will be to help the school grow financially.“By far the most important thing for me as president after August is to work very hard and prepare the university within 12 months to announce a new fundraising campaign,” Nikias said.Nikias’ predecessor is known for his extraordinary fundraising abilities; during his time at USC, Sample led the most successful fundraising campaign in higher education history to date.In a previous interview with the Daily Trojan, Sample said he considered Nikias to be a talented leader.“He does a terrific job, he’s an outstanding leader, so far as I can tell … I know a lot of people in the business, [and] I think he’s the best provost I’ve ever known,” Sample said.Ultimately, Nikias said, his goal is to cement USC among the ranks of the elite.“Having accelerated the momentum of the university and building and securing the Sample legacy and its achievements, [I want] USC to storm into the pantheon of undisputed elite universities. That’s what I would like to be my legacy,” he said.Nikias, who has been President Steven B. Sample’s second-in-command since 2005, was considered by many to be a shoo-in for the top spot. Still, the Board of Trustees formed a search committee, which included trustees and senior faculty members, and enlisted the help of a prestigious higher education consulting firm in trying to find Sample’s successor. The committee considered 75 candidates and interviewed seven — all presidents or provosts at major universities — but in the end, the unanimous consensus was that Nikias was the right man for the job. The official announcement came March 12.“Max is a remarkable and inspiring leader, a brilliant scholar and the best possible person to lead our university forward,” Board of Trustees Chairman Ed Roski Jr. wrote in an e-mail to students announcing the decision. “Because of what he has already accomplished at USC, and his bold and exciting vision for the future, he was the unanimous choice of the search advisory committee.”The announcement was an exciting one for Nikias, who said he felt ready for a presidency but could only hope it would be at USC, where he has worked since 1991.“To be a president of a private, research university is something that I felt one day I really wanted to be,” he said. “Whether it was going to be USC or somewhere else or course that you never know until the end.”He now knows his future will be at USC, and Nikias said he could not be more excited.“In the whole space of higher education today, this is by far the very best job,” he said.Nikias is eager to begin is work and intends to dive right in come August 3.“The biggest challenge is not to make the mistake and say, ‘Oh, we’re going to pause. Oh, we’re going to get some rest before we take the next step,’” he said. “But if we come in and we really accelerate the momentum … I don’t see any challenges.”There is still some time before Nikias will get to start creating that momentum, but he said he is excited for the months to come, which he plans to use to talk to students, faculty, alumni and staff.“It’s going to be the best time I can have at USC, these next four months,” Nikias said.In the end though, Nikias said he’s most excited about the chance to use those conversations and ideas in his new role as president.“To materialize the aspirations of the Trojan Family and their dreams — that’s very special,” he said.Editor’s note: A version of this story ran online Friday, March 12.last_img read more

‘DT’ columnists discuss Pac-12 tourney

first_imgQ: Which USC players need to step up to help USC advance?Freedman: Ariya Crook. The Trojans’ long-ball shooter has made less than 33 percent of her shots in seven of her last eight games. That won’t be an issue against Arizona, but USC will need to capitalize against the poor shooting defense of Arizona State (43.7 percent allowed, 11th in the Pac-12) in the quarterfinals if they beat the Wildcats. USC won’t be going to the NCAAs without a win over the Sun Devils, and if Crook has another 4-for-15 performance, the Trojans will be hard-pressed to do so.Lee: The biggest contribution for the Women of Troy should come from the low post — senior forward Cassie Harberts. Harberts has been dominant in the low post this season, averaging 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds this season, and junior forward Alexyz Vaioletama will be expected to help anchor frontline scoring to give more opportunities to junior guard Ariya Crook. Crook, who led the Women of Troy in scoring in 13 of 30 games this season, will benefit from a balanced attack and stretch the floor for USC’s other shooters.Nourian: Well, of course the team is going to need strong performances by their star players in Cassie Harberts and Ariya Crook, but the X-factor will be the one they call ‘X,’ in junior forward Alexyz Vaioletama. ‘X’ has had a breakout year, doubling the output from her sophomore season and, most importantly, she played her two best games of the year against both Arizona teams where she led the team in scoring in both games. It is apparent that ‘X’ has grown and gained more confidence with a little guidance from head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke.Selbe: Not the most original answer, but the Women of Troy will go as far as senior forward Cassie Harberts will take them. Harberts leads the team in points, rebounds and blocks, and that type of presence down low remains the team’s biggest strength. USC was able to get by the Wildcats without much production from Harberts earlier in the season, and likely will be able to again should she struggle once more. But if the Women of Troy want to make a legitimate run, Harberts will need to be at her best. Q: How do you think USC matches up against Arizona, its first round opponent?Burton: USC should blow past Arizona. The Women of Troy looked much better this past weekend (albeit against the lowly Rocky Mountain schools) than in the previous month or so. If they regain their early-season form when they started out 7-1 in conference, they could knock off No. 4-seed ASU in the second round, reaching the magic number of 20 wins.Hanley: It might be an unpopular opinion, but I am not certain that USC is the matchup nightmare to Arizona that many have claimed. Though some stats from the teams’ January meeting give the impression that the Women of Troy will dominate, I’m not so sure. For one, USC turned the ball over 18 times against the Wildcats in January. They edged out a comfortable win, but Arizona’s ball-hawking guards will once again be a forced to be reckoned with for Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and the Women of Troy. Another disheartening stat from January: senior forward Cassie Harberts only managed eight points, well below her season average. Without an 18 point and 50 percent shooting performance from junior forward Alexyz Vaioletama, it’s not out of the question to think USC could have lost that game.Nourian: The Women of Troy match up really well with Arizona, especially down low and this was apparent the last time the two teams met in Tucson when USC jumped out to a 42-23 second half lead and hung on to prevail 54-45. In this game, USC out-rebounded the Wildcats 44-33. Both forwards Cassie Harberts and Alexyz Vaioletama, who had a game-high 16 points in their last meeting, need to take advantage of their size should the Women of Troy wish to advance. They also need to learn how to hold a lead should they build one early. After a season that included memorable highs and devastating lows, the USC women’s basketball team heads into the Pac-12 conference tournament in Seattle hoping for one last shot at an NCAA tournament berth. Head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke’s Women of Troy could sneak into the big dance with a marquee win, possibly over No. 4 Stanford in the third round, but would have to win the entire event to make anything certain. Daily Trojan sports columnists Nick Burton, Jacob Freedman, Euno Lee, Darian Nourian and Sports Editor Will Hanley discussed the team’s first-round matchup against Arizona and its chances going forward.The “X” factor · Junior guard Alexyz Vaioletama’s 18-point effort carried USC to a 54-45 win over Arizona last month. Vaioletama, who only averages 8.5 points per game, will have to step up in this week’s Pac-12 Tournament. — Ricardo Galvez | Daily Trojancenter_img Q: How far will the Women of Troy make it into this year’s conference tourney?Burton: Out in the second round to ASU, again just missing the NCAA Tournament. Still a great start for coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke.Freedman: Semifinals. The Trojans should handle Arizona, and while Arizona State topped USC by eight at Tempe in January, the Lady Sun Devils are coming off an unimpressive sweep up in Oregon. The Trojans should use the confidence from their two-game Rocky Mountain road trip, and sail into the semifinals before falling to Stanford and give the NCAA Selection Committee a tough decision to make come selection time.Hanley: As clichéd as it is, USC’s performance in this tournament will entirely depend on which USC team shows up to play. Will it be the team that took down Cal on the road to cap a stretch of nine wins in 10 games, or the team that lost six of their next eight? It looks like the team is turning things around, finishing off the season with road wins over Utah and Colorado. I think the team will squeak past Arizona and use the momentum from that big win to overpower Arizona State. Could the Women of Troy upset No. 4 Stanford after that? Judging by USC’s five-point loss in the two squads’ last meeting and the general malaise that accompanies a conference tournament, it’s certainly possible. Still, I don’t see it happening. The National Invitational Tournament is calling.Nourian: USC has proved that they can play with any team in the Pac-12 at their best, but we have also seen them have letdowns against teams that they should have beaten. I am confident they will beat Arizona, but their second-round matchup against Arizona State is a toss-up. The last time the two teams met, the ranked Sun Devils won at home in overtime. Both teams shot the ball extremely well that game, shooting over 50 percent from the field, but the Women of Troy could have easily won had they made their free throws. They went 9-20 from the stripe while the Sun Devils got to the line 34 times and made 28 of them. I truly believe that USC will win this game to move on to play, unfortunately, the conference’s No. 1-seeded team in No. 4-ranked Stanford, led by Pac-12 Player of the Year Chiney Ogwumike. I think the end of the road in the tournament will come against the Cardinal.last_img read more

NERVE WRACKING: Formula 3 driver suffers horrific crash, car flies in the air before getting shredded into pieces

first_img Written By WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Narayan R As seen in the video, the car of Sophia flew in the air and crashed into a huge board outside the track. The magnitude of the accident was soc much that the car was broken into pieces, and the wiring surrounding the outside part of the track was shredded.READ: Five-time F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton Issues Clarification On ‘Poor India’ CommentAll the injured were immediately taken to the hospital, and fortunately, they all had sustained not much serious injuries. Sophia, who was feared to be the worst affected, took to Twitter to let people know that she is fine. “Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into Surgery tomorow morning. Thanks to the @fia and @hwaag_official @MercedesAMGF1 who are taking great care of me. Thanks to everybody for the Supporting messages. Update soon,” her message read. WATCH US LIVE 1 year ago Chetan Bhagat Asked His Wife To Leave Him Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Him; Here’s What She Replied Car racing is one of the most toughest sport around, given the kind of danger a driver faces when he goes out racing. Driving the car at a speed of 150kmph or more, and even a slight touch can cause the biggest of destruction.A number of accidents, both serious and fatal, have been witnessed over the years in the sport. Be it Nascar, Bike rally or Formula 1, accidents are prone to take place, given the competitiveness in which driving takes place. LIVE TV Last Updated: 18th November, 2018 21:15 IST NERVE WRACKING: Formula 3 Driver Suffers Horrific Crash, Car Flies In The Air Before Getting Shredded Into Pieces In the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, German driver Sophia Floersch suffered a devastating crash, which not left her injured, but also a fellow driver, two photographers and a Marshall 1 year ago Amritsar Blast: AAP leader HS Phoolka accuses Army Chief Bipin Rawat of ‘orchestrating the attack to prove his statement’ COMMENT First Published: 18th November, 2018 20:54 IST 1 year ago Punjab on high alert, security beefed up at the Amritsar airport On Sunday, one such accident took place which was nerve wracking to say the least. In the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, German driver Sophia Floersch suffered a devastating crash, which not left her injured, but also a fellow driver, two photographers and a Marshall.last_img read more

FIBA Reaffirms Kida as NBBF President

first_imgAmadu Musa Kida The Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) has again reaffirmed Amadu Musa Kida as the president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).This was contained in its latest letter dated 18th December and addressed to the Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC), Chief Tunde Popoola.Popoola had written to the apex world basketball governing body on the need to clarify who between Kida and former NBBF President, Tijani Umar who is also laying claim to the coveted post, was eligible to vote at the NOC elective AGM which held yesterday in Yola. FIBA through its newly appointed Secretary General, Andreas Zaglis in their response said “FIBA has communicated with the board of Mr Kida concerning the affairs of the NBBF since July 2017 and has organized FIBA events with the same board’s assistance.”“Besides, FIBA notes that good progress is being made in regularizing fully the NBBF-FIBA relationship, which remains an internal matter of the basketball family, since the NBBF is not suspended and enjoys full rights as a member,” FIBA continued.FIBA explained that having earlier received a letter from the NOC recognizing the board elected on the 13th of June 2017 in Abuja and the recent memo of the Federal Ministry of Youth Sports Development revalidating Kida and his board, the international body has deemed it fit to accord the board all the necessary recognition.The latest letter which finally put paid to insinuations in different quarters over who is in charge of basketball administration in Nigeria expressly named Kida who recently bagged a doctorate degree in Credit Management.The letter granting Kida (or a validly nominated delegate of his) therefore nullified the earlier erroneous pronouncement of the NOC Electoral Committee chaired by Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima that no board had been recognized by FIBA as the legitimate basketball federation.In his reaction on the FIBA letter, Kida called on all basketball stakeholders to join hands and contribute meaningfully to the growth of the game.He said despite the recent landmark achievements recorded by the board since its assumption of office, more ground could have been covered especially at the home front if not for the incessant distractions caused by dispute over its leadership.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Mike Trout, Tyler Skaggs remain confident after ugly loss to Tigers

first_imgPreviousDetroit Tigers catcher John Hicks and relief pitcher Reed Garrett, right, celebrate after the final out of the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Detroit won 10-3. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)The Angels’ Mike Trout walks back to the dugout after striking out in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Tigers in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT, MI – MAY 8: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Comerica Park on May 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher (6) celebrates his solo home run with Mike Trout (27) in the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT, MI – MAY 8: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prepares to bat during the third inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 8: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fouls off the ball during the third inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 8: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim heads for the dugout after striking out against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Comerica Park on May 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 8: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning at Comerica Park on May 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT, MI – MAY 8: Ronny Rodriguez #60 of the Detroit Tigers doubles during the fifth inning to drive in a run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Comerica Park on May 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Brian Goodwin dives but doesn’t reach a Detroit Tigers’ Ronny Rodriguez two-run triple in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, left, scores ahead of the throw to Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy in the third inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani walks to the dugout after striking out against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs stands on the mound with catcher Jonathan Lucroy after giving up a double to the Tigers’ John Hicks, not pictured, during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game in Detroit. Skaggs gave up eight runs in 4-2/3 innings in the Angels’ 10-3 loss. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs watches from the bench in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani reacts after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Noe Ramirez throws in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels’ Jonathan Lucroy celebrates his solo home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT, MI – MAY 8: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fouls off the ball while batting against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning at Comerica Park on May 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 8: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches from the dugout after grounding out against the Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning at Comerica Park on May 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Detroit Tigers catcher John Hicks and relief pitcher Reed Garrett, right, celebrate after the final out of the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Detroit won 10-3. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)The Angels’ Mike Trout walks back to the dugout after striking out in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Tigers in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)NextShow Caption1 of 21The Angels’ Mike Trout walks back to the dugout after striking out in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Tigers in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)ExpandDETROIT — Mike Trout and Tyler Skaggs had ugly games on Wednesday night, and each returned to the clubhouse with the same message.Don’t worry.Trout went hitless and struck out three times and Skaggs gave up eight runs in the Angels’ 10-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers.Trout, who is now hitting .213 over his last 47 at-bats, then headed to the indoor batting cage for a 15-minute session with the hitting coaches. He emerged drenched in sweat and still brimming with confidence, insisting that he knew exactly what was going wrong. Just moments after that rally ended, Skaggs took the mound and began to let the game get away. He hit Nicholas Castellanos with an 0-and-2 pitch, an ominous start to an inning in which Skaggs would give up two more runs to expand the deficit to 4-1.After a perfect fourth when it seemed Skaggs had righted the ship, he gave up four straight two-out hits in the fifth, and all led to runs. He was charged with eight runs, seven earned.The performance was a jarring turnaround after he’d given up just two runs in 11 innings in his previous two starts, since coming off the injured list.Although Manager Brad Ausmus suggested Skaggs was having a little trouble gripping the ball on the cold, windy night, Skaggs refused to accept that reason.“I’m not going to make excuses for myself,” he said. “Some days you’ve got it and some days you don’t.”This day, he was so far from “having it” that he didn’t seem to have any trouble just wiping it away.Related Articles “I’m just as confident if I give up 10 runs or no runs,” he said. “I know I’m a big league pitcher. I know I can go out there every five days and continue to keep it rolling. Just small bump. I’m back in Minnesota (on Monday). That’s what I’m focused on now.”With the game out of hand, about the only drama was whether Albert Pujols would pick up the RBI he needs to reach 2,000. Pujols hit three flyouts, including one that was a few feet short of being a three-run homer, and a groundout. Although Pujols is now 0 for 14 since he picked up his 1,999th RBI with a homer on Saturday, Ausmus said he’s “hit some balls hard.”Ohtani, on the other hand, did not. He struck out twice, grounded out and got hit right on his protective elbow guard. While a pitch hitting anywhere near his surgically repaired elbow could be cause for alarm, the guard apparently works so well that Ohtani said he didn’t even feel where he’d been hit.Ohtani, who is 0 for 7 after two games against left-handed starters, said through his interpreter that there’s progress: “The pitches I’m swinging at, I feel like my timing is getting better.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “My setup was not right,” he said. “My front side is flying open. It’s an easy fix. … If I fly open, I’m late, and my swing is long. In any swing, if you lose your front side, you’re in big trouble. Everything is up and out, so it’s an easy fix.”Back in the third inning, with the Angels trailing 2-1, Trout came to the plate in an ideal spot. The Angels had runners at second and third and one out, with Trout at the plate and Shohei Ohtani on deck.Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd went right after Trout, even though there was a base open, and he struck him out.“I had a bunch of pitches to hit and tonight I didn’t feel real good at the plate,” Trout said. “I didn’t look right. I didn’t feel right.”After Trout struck out, Ohtani grounded out, scuttling the rally. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more