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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Wesley College Athletic Director and head coach Mike Drass scheduled a Football Championship Subdivision opponent for Oct. 1 simply out of necessity. But with the success that Drass and his Wolverines had on the field this past weekend, it makes sense why he says ‘we’d do it again.’Division-III Wesley defeated FCS opponent Charleston Southern, 32-20, last Saturday, during CSU’s homecoming weekend. In the first two drives of the game, the Wesley offense was pinned at its own 2- and 5-yard line, but took the ball down field for scoring drives both times. This gave the Wolverines momentum for the rest of the game.Wesley, located in Dover, Del., isn’t in a football league, and each game is scheduled individually, Drass said. In early February, Drass noticed the squad still had an open date Oct. 1, so he sent an email out to schools on the East Coast. Charleston Southern took the team up on its offer.‘We want to play 10 games, and we knew it would be a major step up from a competition standpoint,’ Drass said. ‘Our kids were excited about it, but I wasn’t looking for a I-AA team or a scholarship team. For me, we were in a position that we were going to play people who wanted to play us.’Drass wasn’t surprised by his team’s win. Some players on the team had experience playing against a team of this caliber — Wesley beat Iona in 2007, when the school still had a football program — but he knew he had to prepare his team tactfully to avoid anxiousness once they hit the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGoing into the game, the coaching staff tried to keep the excitement down to a minimum. Drass said they ‘weren’t trying to make this the Super Bowl.’ But the preparation proved difficult for the coaches, said offensive coordinator and associate head coach Chip Knapp.The film used to prepare for the game was from a game against Atlantic Coast Conference team Florida State, who demolished CSU 62-10.‘It was a bit of uncharted waters, it was hard to tell the talent level,’ he said. ‘Since there was some unbalanced play there, you prepare as you do for any other team.’Although the preparation was atypical, the typical pregame energy was evident once the team got to campus. After a 10-hour bus ride, the Wolverines pulled up to streets lined with palm trees and thousands of alumni tailgating for the Buccaneers’ homecoming weekend. As the pregame announcements began, Knapp said, the team didn’t have to get motivated for the game — because of the atmosphere, they couldn’t help but be excited.But once the team hit the field, Knapp said, it was business as usual.And that business resulted in a decisive victory for a team two divisions lower than its opponent.After the game, the 10-hour bus ride back to Dover allowed the team to soak in the victory. The feeling of satisfaction was apparent. Not to mention, the response from friends, family and other coaches who were watching along. The text messages and congratulatory phone calls were much appreciated, Knapp said.‘Normally, you hear from your family. But we were hearing from people we hadn’t heard from in a while,’ he said. ‘It made it a little bit better to win that game.’But perhaps more importantly, the game gave the players an opportunity to show they could play at a higher level — something many of them aspired to do, Knapp said. He hopes the win can help Division III shed the stigma of being the lowest level of college football.‘High school kids don’t aspire to play Division-III football,’ he said. ‘But maybe they’ll look at D-III a little bit different than they used to.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Published on October 5, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more


first_imgBefore the season, more than a month before Syracuse’s Atlantic Coast Conference debut and even longer before SU would face Georgia Tech, Scott Shafer had no reservations about his team’s need to prepare for the Yellow Jackets’ signature option.“Ever since the summer, even during two-a-days, we’d say, ‘OK, Georgia Tech. Here we go,’” the head coach said during his weekly interview on Orange All-Access on Monday.Shafer said the Orange carved out some time to prepare for GT’s option during Sunday practices throughout the year, and hasn’t been shy about acknowledging why.He’s never tried to mask the preparation as anything but a primer for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets aren’t the toughest team on SU’s schedule, but their offense is the most unique.“They’re going to force the defense to get eight to nine guys up there to stop this great option football that they know how to run better than anyone I’ve seen on tape,” Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn some ways, though, GT’s offense plays into Syracuse’s defensive strengths. The Orange’s secondary has struggled all season — until Saturday’s 24-10 win against North Carolina State — but the run defense ranks second in the conference behind only Virginia Tech’s.SU was again strong in that facet against the Wolfpack — no NC State rusher topped 60 yards. Syracuse’s defense also was strong in the passing game, but has been susceptible to big plays. Georgia Tech has thrown the ball more this year than it has in the past, but those big shots are still rare.“There are some indicators that can give you a run-pass key,” Shafer said, “but it’ll be a difficult task for those kids on the back end.”The Orange also faces the potential prospect of playing without Dyshawn Davis. The linebacker missed the second half of SU’s win against North Carolina State after spraining his right ankle, but Shafer said Saturday that he didn’t expect it to be serious. He didn’t have an update on Davis’ status on Monday, but said he has been undergoing treatment.Davis was walking around campus with a boot on his right foot and a noticeable limp on Monday.“It’ll be a challenge,” Shafer said of the Yellow Jackets, “but that’s why we coach and that’s why we play, so we look forward to it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more


first_img“We are not focusing on any particular game; we are getting ready to face all the teams that we have to play before the World Cup. It is the right mentality to approach the games.“I have been asked several questions about the match against England, but I tell people that the England match is very important, just like the other matches that we have to play.“What is key for us is to get into the right psychological state to confront every opposition that lie ahead, including those that will be waiting at the FIFA World Cup,” Onazi told NFF website on phone from his base in Turkey yesterday.Former FIFA U17 World Cup silver-winning midfielder Onazi, who played for Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, dismissed feelings that the team would be over-confident going into the FIFA World Cup following victories in friendlies against Argentina and Poland.“There is nothing like over-confidence. What I can say is that we are a very ambitious team and we will always be ready to play any team. Yes, we defeated Argentina and Poland, but that has not in any way generated feelings of over-confidence in the camp. We are focused and have our heads on our shoulders.“For us, humility and hard work will be the winning words going ahead. Our preparation is going on well and we are happy with that. At the World Cup, we will come up against different teams with different styles and approaches of play. It is important that we are adequately prepared and we appreciate the games that the NFF has lined up for us,” said the Trabzonspor of Turkey ace.The Eagles clash with the Democratic Republic of Congo at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, before flying to London for the match against England at Wembley.Four days later, they will trade tackles with the Czech Republic at the Rudolf Tonn Stadium, just outside Vienna.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram PRE-WORLD CUP FRIENDLIESMidfielder Ogenyi Onazi has assured Nigerian football fans that the Super Eagles will be ready for action ahead of pre-World Cup friendly matches against the Democratic Republic of Congo, England and the Czech Republic.Nigeria hosts the Leopards of the DR Congo in Port Harcourt on May 28, before a prestige clash with England’s Three Lions at Wembley Stadium in London on June 2 and an encounter with the Czech Republic in Vienna on June 6.last_img read more


first_img Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020 SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Submit Racing content and data services provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has secured a new two-year partnership with Argyll Entertainment, which will see SIS deliver its 24/7 Live Betting Channel. The channel, which will feature live streams of international horse racing and British and Irish greyhound racing, will deliver content from across six continents via Argyll’s SportNation.bet site. Philip Bell, Commercial Director at Argyll Entertainment, said: “We’re delighted to have signed this deal with SIS, which allows us to multiply the number of horse and greyhound races that we can stream to Argyll Entertainment customers online.“Given the host of first-class international racing action on the horizon, the deal comes at the perfect time to secure the best possible experience for our customers when it comes to watching both horse and greyhound racing from around the world at any time.”Punters will be able to access coverage from over 33,500 greyhound races per year, which will be broadcast each week from the UK and Irish tracks including Monmore and Mullingar. This will be complemented by coverage from over 19,000 international horse races from over 80 different racecourses.The channel will be delivered via a “Watch & Bet” format, providing around-the-clock frequent short-form betting events, which will help to optimise bettor engagement and dwell time, and drive betting revenues.Sandra McWilliams, Sales Director at SIS, said: “We’re thrilled to be delivering our new channel to Argyll Entertainment, an operator with a flair for innovation which is breaking into varied markets worldwide. Our 24/7 Mixed Racing Channel will offer Argyll’s customers quality betting events every three minutes, and we’re confident it will drive engagement and increase betting revenues.”last_img read more


first_imgHAVEDZI 5-0 AFRICAN ANGELSChampions Havedzi Mighty Warriors marked the start of their title defense with a 5-0 thrashing of hapless African Angels. It was an uninspiring first half of very few goal mouth actions but the second half of the game was a complete contrast of the first with Eugene Dekpey scoring the first hat trick of the season within a space of 10 minutes. The third half saw further damage inflicted with Eugene grabbing his fourth of the game before Freeman Nyadedor completed the emphatic victory. The result will be viewed by many as a statement of intent by the defending league champions in their quest to retain their crown. SUNSET SPORTS 3-0 TESHIE UNITED Sunset Sports followed up in the manner of their rivals with a 3-0 thumping of Teshie United. The former Champions had never lost a game against the Teshie side and the victory ensured that the streak continued. Tibo Agbese registered the first goal of the game in the 3rd minute before Michael Sema scored a brace in the 14 and 28th minutes to put the game to bed. There were a few nervy moments at the back though for them – instances that will spark debate and comparisons with their rivals, Havedzi as to who is better poised for the league title this season.  LAYOCA 2-3 DANSOMANThe Accra derby between La Yoca and Dansoman was expected to thrill fans who had trooped to the Arena and it certainly did not fail to excite with sizzling display from both sides. Ezekiel Botwey and Frederick Okessi’s goals in the 5th and 7th minutes gave Dansoman and early two goal cushion. La Yoca were keen not to go down without a fight as they pulled one back through star man Moses just a minute afterward. Dansoman’s two goal lead was however restored with Frederick Okessi grabbing his second, Isaac Ofori again reduced the deficit to one as his team pushed for the equalizer but try hard as they did it wasn’t to be as Dansoman emerged victors in the first derby of the campaign with the game ending 3-2.Wuo Gb33 7-0 Winneba GiantsThe biggest result of the day saw Wuo Gb33 annihilate Winneba giants by seven goals to nil. The La based side were heavy favourites for the win and they served the fans with some delectable football with Edmund Sintim finding the net four times. Two-time goal king Richard Osa also ensured his name was on the score sheet with Leonard Mensah and Razak Nii Odamte completing the rout. NIMA BSC 0-3 GOLDEN EAGLESGolden Eagles picked up from where they left off last season with a 3-0 trouncing of Nima Beach Soccer Club. The Eagles were on a complete rampage and could even have scored more but for their profligacy in front of goal. Aminu Moro scored the first for the Eaglez in the sixth minute before going on to miss glorious chances in the game. Hohan Joshua scored twice in either sides of the first and second session to give the eagles their first three points of the campaign. SEA LIONS 2-1 TEMA UNITED Sea Lions were made to work hard for the three points as they beat Tema United by two goals to one. The game for large sessions looked like it would be the first drawn game of the season after early goals by both sides in the fiftth and sixtth minutes. Kwabena Gustavo’s close range effort in the dying embers of the game however was enough to give the Lions the 3points and their first win of the season. ADA ASSURANCE 4-2 NUNGUA UNITED There were concerns about what kind of performance the 2012/2013 runners up were going to put up this season after their disappointing campaign last term, but all those issues were put to bed with their inspiring 4-2 thumping of Nungua United. Joseph Lawer netted a brace in the opening two minutes of the game to set the victory in motion. Ebenezer Laryea got one back in the fourth minute to give the lads from Nungua some hope of a comeback, but those hopes were quickly dashed as Lawer got his third and fourth goals. Ebenezer Laryea scored his second that ended up being a consolation for the Nungua team.GULF POWERS 1-0 TEGBI YOUTH In a game that was heading goalless, Frederick Kwevi scored a last ditch winner to hand Gulf powers a winning start to their campaign. Both sides will however be the first to note that there will be more work for them to do if they are to cause any real stirs this season especially Powers.‏RESULTSLAYOCA 2-3 DANSOMANGULF POWERS 1-0 TEGBI YOUTHNIMA 0-3 GOLDEN EAGLESADA ASSURANCE 4-2 NUNGUA BSCSEA LIONS 2-1 TEMA UNITEDHAVEDZI 5-0 AFRICAN ANGELSWUO GBEE 7-0 WINNEBA GIANTSSUNSET SPORTS 3-0 TESHIE UNITEDlast_img read more


first_imgLet’s inherit True Parents’ tradition and become leaders of the providence who pioneer a New Age Unification Movement – Japan: In their lives of dedication for liberating Heavenly Parent, saving mankind and realizing world peace, True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind have constantly paid attention to the providence and the humanity’s future by making preparations under all circumstances.In this respect, True Parents appreciated attitudes of the Puritans who headed toward ‘the new world’ in search of freedom of faith. In spite of terrible hunger and illnesses on their way, they kept seed grains to be planted the coming year. Having arrived in America, they first built a church, then a school, before they built their own houses. It was this spirit that became a condition for Heaven to bless America, True Father applauded.After True Parents moved to the USA in the 1970s for the world-level providence, they trained young members directly, even encouraging some of them to attend well-known American colleges to become future leaders for America and the world.In this era of Cheon Il Guk, True Mother has inherited the True Father’s aspiration of promoting its foundation with far-sighted plans for the providence. One of them is an educational program for the Second Generation as next-generation leaders. Called ‘Top Gun’ program, it was initiated in September 2013 through a 21-day leadership training in Korea. In line with this program, 84 youth gathered for the first Top Gun Japan Workshop last October. Then, from January 13 to February 2 this year, the second Top Gun Japan Workshop assembled 43 youth leaders under True Parents’ immediate attention at the Chiba Training Center.“Become Top Guns to fulfill Heaven’s will at this turning point in providential history”Younger than the previous participants, this workshop included 17 people in their 20s, 21 people in their 30s and 5 people in their 40’s. In terms of their affiliations, 30 people came from the Seonghwa Students and Youth sections, 7 from CARP and 6 from the HQ. Many of them could get to know each other. Three women took part for the first time.The participants of the first Top Gun Workshop were active in the fields. The Top Gun members, though rather young, have set high goals for True Parents in the public ministry, constantly encouraging and guiding those around them. In order to emulate, and surpass, such a model set by the first workshop participants, the second group did challenge a new program.In opening the workshop, President Eiji Tokuno of the Unification Church of Japan said: “This important Top Gun Workshop, in which Heaven and the spirit world have invested so much, will influence your lives.” He mentioned about ‘Five conditions to become leaders of Cheon Il Guk.”In direct charge of the workshop, Vice President Tomihiro Tanaka said: “We are through great challenges as we move toward VISION 2020. Please empower yourselves and get reborn in this workshop!”Offering heartfelt words of encouragement, Mrs. Hae-ok Lee, wife of Chairman of Japan’s Blessed Couples Federation, testified about her association with True Parents. “After forty years of life of faith, I am still struggling. But there is the unchanging conviction within me, that is; human beings cannot but be saved by the Principle. Compare our church with 2,000-year Christianity, and you can find many things that we have not inherited yet. Nonetheless, whatever religious background, even an atheist, anyone can be saved by understanding the Principle.”She further pointed out the value of the Principle from a new angle: “I came to understand that we have the eternal parent; our life does not end on earth; and the life afterwards is the true life!”Rev. Yong Cheon Song, Chairman of Japan’s Blessed Couples Federation, paid visits to the workshop twice. Emphasizing Top Gun’s mission and Heaven’s expectations, he said: “This workshop will become a turning point in the providential history. Let us renew our views of faith, providence, the church in the Cheon Il Guk era, making a start towards a new goal.”In the closing ceremony, he stated, “Heavenly Parent and True Parents have called on all of you to play leading roles in pioneering the new era. Please renew Japan and the world. Let us realize VISION 2020, and become Japan’s Top Guns who will fulfill Heavenly Parent’s desire and will!”last_img read more

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