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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_imgThe Mexican had snatched the lead with a superb effort in Friday’s Seeding Round and went on to join a list of only 8 divers who have won an event in Red Bull Cliff Diving history. It was a stunning display of diving in Mostar’s old town on this red-hot Saturday afternoon. 12,000 fanatical spectators saw fellow Mexican Sergio Guzman score the first ever podium finish of a wildcard, coming second from the 28m-platform atop Stari Most bridge. In the season’s first competition not dominated by Britain’s Gary Hunt, America’s David Colturi completed the podium.One day after his 26th birthday and after Mexico’s rising star started closing in on the podium’s top spot during the last competition in the Azores, Jonathan Paredes took the day’s high score (480.90pts) for the first time in his World Series career. Another premiere followed in second position with 24-year-old Sergio Guzman (471.05pts) being the first invitee to finish that high in the rankings in only his fourth World Series appearance. David Colturi (470.60pts), who sneaked into the final of the top-8 as the lucky loser, pulled off a score of 10 with an outstanding last dive – with 154.00pts the highest scoring dive of the competition – to secure 3rd place.After 5 wins in a row and for the first time this season Gary Hunt missed the podium with a 5th place; however, the ‘brilliant Brit’ secured his 5th overall victory with two stops remaining. With 650pts Colombia’s Orlando Duque – 7th in Bosnia and Herzegovina – is now only one point ahead of today’s winner in the season standings. Former Olympian Blake Aldridge fell behind in the overalls after losing his head-to-head battle to wildcard Anatoliy Shabotenko and is now in 4th (620pts). With two more competitions to come, David Colturi sits in 5th (560pts) and with only the season’s top five athletes automatically qualifying for a 2016 season, a thrilling climax can be expected.From a place where diving has been a tradition for more than four centuries the World Series moves on to Polignano a Mare, Italy, for the season’s penultimate stop in four weeks’ time, where the Women’s World Series champion will be crowned.QUOTES FROM THE WINNERSJonathan Paredes (MEX)It was a really difficult start to the day for me. I was unwell and threw up before my first dive. I was thinking “just do my best” and it worked. To win here, in this town that is mythical, I’m just feeling happiness right now. I said after Azores that I want to be in the top 3 of the series, so I will try to do my best in Italy and Spain to do that.Sergio Guzman (MEX)I’m so happy because it’s the first time that a wildcard has made the podium. I can’t believe it. It’s a pleasure to be here because of the tradition of jumping from this bridge. Thank you World Series for the invitation. I’m looking forward to the next competition now in Italy.David Colturi (USA)It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster for me, starting off so well in Cartagena, and then the last two stops in Copenhagen and Portugal not going my way. Coming here to Mostar, with such a great tradition and passion for diving, it was a really special moment. So many people, such a great atmosphere. Coming through as a lucky loser I didn’t look at the other scores, but I knew I could hit that last dive. Such a cool moment ending up on that podium next to Jonny and Sergio. Sergio coming in as a wildcard and getting 2nd, how cool is that?! I’ll get some good rest and recovery and try to finish strong in the next two events.last_img read more


first_imgThe main wooden roof section for the Olympic Gymnastic Centre in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games is seen in Tokyo Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. The new Tokyo 2020 Olympic venue is halfway completed. On Wednesday engineers raised a massive wooden roof section, one of five sections that will top out the 20.5 billion yen ($180 million) building. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — Attention Simone Biles: They’re building a venue in Tokyo where you can add to the four Olympic gold medals you won in Rio de Janeiro.The 2020 Olympic gymnastics venue is halfway completed and should be finished by this time next year.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew On Wednesday, engineers raised a massive timber roof section, one of five curved sections that will top out the 20.5 billion yen ($180 million) building, which designers describe as being shaped like a wooden bowl.“Japan’s wood culture will be communicated through the venue,” architect Hidemichi Takahashi said through an interpreter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWood has been traditionally used in Japanese housing, and religious shrines and temples.Each of the five wooden sections weighs 200 metric tons, or 200,000 kilograms (440,000 pounds). Officials said the wood used in the roof is larch, a conifer in the pine family. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Doncic, Smith lead Mavs past Wizards to stop skid View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ The venue is located in the Tokyo Bay region in an area known as Ariake. The area will also have Olympic venues for tennis, volleyball, BMX and skateboarding.Located close by in the bay region are also venues for triathlon, marathon swimming, beach volleyball, swimming, water polo, archery, 3×3 basketball, sport climbing, hockey, equestrian, canoeing and rowing.Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee have been criticized for leaving behind empty, unused venues in Rio de Janeiro — where Biles was among the stars of the games — and earlier this year at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Tokyo organizers are using a mix of new, old and temporary venues, hoping to avoid the stigma of creating white elephants.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The section raised on Wednesday was lifted from the ground at a glacial pace of about 9 centimeters (3.5 inches) per minute, so trying to see the movement was like watching clock hands barely move.“By using wood instead of steel, the weight of the roof is cut in half,” Takahashi said.The venue will also have timber seating “to give fans the feel of the warmth of wood,” Takahashi added.Officials said all the wood in the venue is Japanese. There has been some controversy about the origin of wood used in the new Olympic Stadium, which is under construction in central Tokyo.The gymnastics venue will seat about 12,000 and will be used for 10 years after the Olympics as a convention center by the Tokyo metropolitan government. After that, plans call for the building to be razed.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

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