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first_imgNewly appointed technical director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Shuaibu Amodu has told the out-of-contract chief coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi to honourably resign whatever working relationship he has with the NFF so as to give the country the opportunity to reposition its football.Speaking to journalists in Abuja yesterday, Amodu said his position on the matter was anchored on the fact that ‘a coach is as good as his last game’ hence the former national team captain having failed to qualify the country for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has no business hanging onto the job.Amodu who described the embattled Keshi as a thoroughbred professional added that retaining him as the Super Eagles coach will send a wrong signal because a precedent had been set when Samson Siasia was sacked after failing to qualify the country for the 2012 AFCON.“I am of this opinion because as a coach you are as good as your last game but only Keshi alone should decide what to do. If he has a reputation he should walk out of the job but if he does not have it, he should hang on to the job. The truth is that he has failed and to keep him is a bad precedent because when Siasia failed instantly, they told the whole country that he had failed and he left and President Jonathan could not save him. What is good for the goose should also be good for the gander. That is my personal opinion”.The former BCC Lions of Gboko tactician further advised that with the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the Equatorial Guinea 2015 AFCON, the best option for the NFF is to give the National U-23team, the Dream Team all the support to succeed because the next crop of national team players will come from there.“Let me also advice that the best thing for us is to support the Dream team 6 because that is where our next set of players will come from. I am not saying that we should throw away everybody in the Super Eagles but, that is the way to go” Amodu added. He however revealed that he will be resuming officially as the NFF technical director in the next two or three weeks.–last_img read more

first_imgSecond baseman Ian Kinsler and catcher Martín Maldonado, both traded by the Angels in late July, are also finalists at their positions. Maldonado won his first Gold Glove last year, with the Angels. Kinsler won in 2016, with the Detroit Tigers.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Mike Trout, who has never included a Gold Glove award among his accomplishments, is a finalist for the award, which will be announced next month.Gold Gloves are selected by voting of managers and coaches, along with a statistical component that comprises 25 percent of the calculation. Trout is joined by Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. and Chicago’s Adam Engel among the finalists for the American League Gold Glove in center field.Bradley is likely the favorite, although Trout has significantly improved his defensive performance this year. Andrelton Simmons, who has won the award three times, is also a finalist at shortstop. Simmons won last year, and twice in the National League with the Atlanta Braves. Oakland’s Marcus Semien and Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor, who won in 2016, are also finalists.Kole Calhoun is a finalist in right field, along with Boston’s Mookie Betts and New York’s Aaron Judge. Betts, who won last year, is likely to win again. Calhoun won the award in 2015.center_img 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 Errorlast_img read more

first_imgQPR face Birmingham City at St Andrews today, with Sandro in contention for his first start since May.The Brazilian midfielder made his first appearance of the season when he came on as a second-half substitute during Rangers’ 4-3 win against Bolton before the international break.Having impressed in that game and in training since, Sandro is pushing for a starting place. Head coach Chris Ramsey was previously reluctant to select him.Director of football Les Ferdinand this week declared that Ramsey needed to “step his game up” following a troubled start to the campaign.Rangers are 11th in the Championship table and have conceded 20 league goals this season. No team in the division has shipped more.See also:QPR discuss loan deals but Sandro and Fer look set to staySandro seeks assurances but Ramsey stands by HenryBirmingham v QPR: six key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — It was just a single game, but one that demonstrated the wide gulf in terms of young talent that separates the Giants from the Atlanta Braves.Mike Soroka, a 21-year-old right-hander, shut down the Giants just like he has virtually everyone else this season in a 4-1 win by the Braves before a crowd of 29,815 at Oracle Park.Atlanta (26-22) got all the offense it would need from center fielder Ronald …last_img

first_imgALAMEDA — Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was a guest on ESPN’s “Gruden’s QB Camp” while awaiting the draft coming out of Fresno State so he was no stranger to in-depth talk about everything that goes into a modern passing game.Little did he know that when Jon Gruden became his head coach, there was a much different message.“One of the first things he ever said to me when he was the coach here was, ‘Get excited about the run game,’ ” Carr said Wednesday. “And as a young quarterback that …last_img

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tenorio says retired Helterbrand ‘hard to replace’ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion FEU guard Jasper Parker. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen Jasper Parker’s family flew from California to watch him play against University of the East, he knew he had to put on a show.Parker’s spirited efforts saw the Tamaraws take an all-important 79-63 win over the Red Warriors in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT And Parker said his family cheering him on made him play a notch better than in his previous outings.“I have to say I had a lot of inspiration today with my family here, we just needed to step up in the second half so I just felt like there had to be something done,” said Parker Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutParker finished with a season-high 18 points that went with eight assists as he led the Tamaraws to a 6-6 record.And half of Parker’s total points came in the fourth quarter where FEU outscored UE, 30-14. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Coach (Olsen Racela) has been telling me not to be afraid of taking the shot, my shots there so I just decided to take them,” said Parker.“The coaches told me I was being a little too passive so my being aggressive kind of helped the team out.”last_img read more

first_imgIndian skipper Mahendra Singh DhoniThe BCCI on Monday said Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s comments on coach Duncan Fletcher is his “personal opinion” after the national team’s captain said that Fletcher still called the shots and would lead them into next year’s World Cup.”I have not spoken to Dhoni and so the BCCI will not like to react to his comments,” said BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel about Dhoni’s comments on the eve of their one-day series against England which appeared to undermine former captain Ravi Shastri.”However, it seemed to me as his personal opinion,” said Patel.Shastri was appointed as director of cricket for the one-day series as part of a coaching shake-up following the 3-1 test series defeat. The appointment had created questions about Fletcher’s role after bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding mentor Trevor Penney were also given a ‘break’ for the series by the BCCI.Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun were made assistant coaches and R. Sridhar named as fielding coach.Shastri who played 80 tests and 150 ODIs for India said after his appointment that the team staff’, including Fletcher, will report to him.The 33-year-old Dhoni who leads India in all three formats and captained the side to their 50-over World Cup victory at home in 2011 however said Fletcher was still firmly in charge.”Definitely he (Fletcher) will lead us into the World Cup,” Dhoni told reporters in Bristol on the eve of the five-match series.”Also he is still the boss. We have Ravi (Shastri) who will look into everything, but Duncan Fletcher is the boss. It’s not as if his powers or his position have been curtailed. I don’t know what you feel from outside, but still operations remain the same. We have a few other support staff who come into the dressing room, but overall the operation remains the same,” said the Indian skipper.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari confident keeping squad togetherby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari insists he expects to keep his squad together.Solari was asked about the January transfer market and was asked if he expected to lose any players.”All of the players are part of this squad,” he told reporters.”I have no news.”What matters to me is this match, which we need to go into while humility and commitment.”Isco? He is a great player and he’ll keep making us happy.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgMikel John Obi happy former Chelsea teammate Lampard in chargeby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMikel John Obi is happy seeing former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard in charge at Stamford Bridge.The Nigerian is currently at Turkish side Trabzonspor and in an interview with the club’s official magazine, he shared his thoughts on what was happening at Stamford Bridge.”I am very happy for Frank. When we were playing at Chelsea, we are expecting that John Terry and he would be very good managers, but we were expecting Terry to reach that level first. But Lampard made a big step,” said the 32-year-old.”His arrival at Chelsea means the club are caring for their legends. I joked with him after the Chelsea move, I want to be his assistant when I retire.”I hope he will be successful at Chelsea for many more years. I also want to see John Terry in similar jobs in the future because he was our leader on the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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