Both Ighalo and Russia-based defender Bryan Idowu were the last set of players to join the squad yesterday as all the invited 24 players trained in the evening.Stoke City star, Oghenekaro Etebo, was also amongst players that got their names on the scorers’ sheet, netting a fantastic goal.Everton player on loan to Turkish champions Galatasaray, Henry Onyekuru, as well as hard grafting Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi were also in their element in the team’s training.As usual, Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi, was fans’ favourite Eagle. He was mobbed by the adoring fans, who took selfies and chanted ‘Arsenal!The player’s father, Chika Iwobi, told SCORENigeria he was proud both as father as well as a Nigerian with the love shown his son.“Alex is loved by the nation and he also loves Nigeria,” he said.“The love of the fans is remarkable. He playing for Nigeria is a privilege and a joy for his family,” gushed the dotting dad.Another Eagles forward, Moses Simon has however called on the faithful fans of the team to rally behind Coach Gernot Rohr and his troops in Uyo on Saturday.“We all want to be part of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations,” Simon stressed.“We will take our chances in both games and give our best.“We urge our fans to wear green and white and fill up the stadium on match day,” pleaded Simon who has scored one goal in three appearances for Levante since his move from KAA Gent in August.Assistant Coach of the team, Imama Amapakabo, however warned Eagles not to underrate the Libyans who are desperate to consolidate their hold at the top of the group.He insisted that Nigeria faces a difficult game both at home and in Tunisia when Eagles battle Libya in the double header.“We know the quality of the Libyans knowing full well they sit at the top of the group. We need to respect them. We also know how important the games are and that’s why we are working very hard to achieve the best results which is winning come Saturday and then on Tuesday.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles continued their build up to Saturday’s AFCON 2019 qualifying match with Libya yesterday on a superb note. China-based Odion Jude Ighalo however stole the limelight, scoring four goals at the Nest of Champions in Uyo.With most of the invited forwards showing fantastic forms at the team’s training, the coaching crew led by Gernot Rohr may likely be faced with selection problems against the Mediterranean Knights who have been hit with their experienced Algerian coach, Adel Amrouche calling it quit. Odion Ighalo
Pistons 115, Cavaliers 113Cleveland (AP) — Derrick Rose hit a 15-footer with 27 seconds left and Detroit rallied past Cleveland.Rose, who scored 24 points, scored on a runner in the lane to give Detroit a 114-113 lead and cap a comeback that began with the Pistons trailing 110-91 early in the fourth quarter.Cleveland set up for a go-ahead shot, but Collin Sexton was called for stepping out of bounds with seven seconds left. The ruling was overturned, but Sexton’s shot in the lane didn’t hit the rim and Detroit was awarded possession on a shot-clock violation.Andre Drummond finished with 23 points and 20 rebounds, the 38th time in his career he has hit the 20-mark in both categories.Kevin Love matched a season high with 30 points, but Cleveland lost its fifth straight and went winless on its four-game homestand. The six-time All-Star pounded the court in pain and stayed down for roughly two minutes, but eventually rose with his teammates’ help and then slowly walked off unaided.X-rays were negative, but Davis didn’t return to the game. His agent, Rich Paul, said his client felt extremely sore.LeBron James scored 31 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 15, but the Lakers (30-7) didn’t exactly celebrate becoming the second team to win 30 games this season.R.J. Barrett scored 19 points for the Knicks, and Randle had 15 points and 10 rebounds against his former team. New York dropped to 0-3 on its four-game West Coast trip. Loading…Sponsored Content6 Best 90’s Action Movies From Your Childhood9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Kings 114, Suns 103Phoenix (AP) — De’Aaron Fox scored 27 points, Nemanja Bjelica added 19 and Sacramento rallied from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter to beat Phoenix.The Kings — who have won three of their last four — got big contributions from bench players Dewayne Dedmon and Trevor Ariza. Dedmon finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Ariza — who played for Phoenix part of last season — added 15 points.The Suns were led by Devin Booker, who scored 34 points and had seven assists. It was Booker’s seventh straight game with at least 30 points, which extends his franchise record.Deandre Ayton added 21 points and nine rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. had 17 points. Grizzlies 119, Timberwolves 112Memphis, Tenn. (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored 28 points, Ja Morant added 25 and Memphis rallied in the fourth quarter for a victory over Minnesota.Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 21 points, including a trio of 3-pointers in fourth. Jae Crowder finished with 14 points and eight rebounds as Memphis won its third straight.Rookie Jarrett Culver led the Timberwolves with a career-high 24 points, converting 8 of 11 shots, including 3 of 5 from outside the arc. Jeff Teague scored 18 points and handed out six assists for Minnesota, while Robert Covington scored 17 points. Andrew Wiggins had 15 points. Thunder 111, Nets 103, OTNew York (AP) — Chris Paul scored 20 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, leading Oklahoma City past Brooklyn.The game was tied at 103 before Paul made consecutive jumpers and the Nets never scored again. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander closed out the scoring with four free throws, after making a jumper to open OT.Gilgeous-Alexander added 22 points for the Thunder, who bounced back from a loss Monday in Philadelphia to win for the sixth time in seven games. Steven Adams had 10 points and 18 rebounds as Oklahoma City won without Danilo Gallinari, who rested a calf injury.Taurean Prince scored 21 points and Caris LeVert had 20 in his second game back from right thumb surgery, but the Nets dropped their seventh straight. Spencer Dinwiddie had 14 points, but he struggled early and late in a 6 for 21 night. Trail Blazers 101, Raptors 99Toronto (AP) — Carmelo Anthony made the winning basket with four seconds remaining and Portland rallied to beat Toronto.Anthony scored 28 points, Damian Lillard had 20 and Hassan Whiteside added 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who snapped a four-game losing streak in Toronto and won for the second time in 10 meetings with the Raptors.Anfernee Simons scored 12 points and C.J. McCollum had 10.Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the injury-ravaged Raptors lost for just the second time in 16 games against opponents with losing records.Oshae Brisett scored a career-high 12 points for Toronto and Chris Boucher also had 12, including 10 straight Raptors points in the fourth. Davis bruised his sacrum — the bottom part of his spine above the tailbone — when he attempted to block Julius Randle’s driving shot. He got knocked off balance and fell awkwardly to the court, landing hard on his back with 2:45 left in the third. New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis, left, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles (AP) — Anthony Davis left in the third quarter after bruising his lower back on a painful fall during the Los Angeles Lakers’ sixth straight victory, 117-87 over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
PITTSBURGH (AP)—Clint Hurdle has been hired as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ manager, saying he’s not intimidated by the franchise’s record 18 consecutive losing seasons.Hurdle replaces John Russell, who was fired the day after completing a 105-loss season—the Pirates’ worst in 58 years. CLINT HURDLE Hurdle, previously the hitting coach for the AL champion Texas Rangers, is the sixth full-time Pirates manager since the club last had a winning season in 1992.“This will eventually get done, and I don’t have a doubt it will,” Hurdle said. “I wanted to be here when it turns. … It’s a wonderful and perfect fit. It’s the right organization at the right time.”The Pirates identified Hurdle as a candidate from the start, but could not talk to him until Texas’ season ended with a loss to San Francisco in Game 5 of the World Series. He also was being considered for the Mets’ job, but was hired by Pittsburgh before having a second interview in New York, where he once played.Hurdle was attracted to the Pirates because of their core of young talent led by center fielder Andrew McCutchen, third baseman Pedro Alvarez, second baseman Neil Walker and left fielder Jose Tabata.His interview with owner Bob Nutting, president Frank Coonelly and general manager Neal Huntington was two-way — he had questions about the major league-low payroll and the commitment to winning. Apparently, he was satisfied with the answers he received.“They asked difficult questions and I asked tough questions,” he said. “They defended the fort. … I looked in their eyes and said, ‘Are you all in?’ “he said. “And they said they’re in.”The 53-year-old Hurdle turned down a second interview with the Mets, the only other club seeking a manager.Hurdle managed in Triple-A, Double-A and Single A before going 534-625 as the Rockies’ manager from 2002-09, leading them to the 2007 World Series. Before being swept by the Red Sox, the Rockies won 14 of their final 15 games, and then won seven consecutive postseason games.Under Hurdle the Rockies finished second in the NL West once, third once, fourth four times and last twice, with only one winning season.Hurdle compared the Pirates’ situation to what he faced when he arrived in Colorado, saying “Kids in my neighborhood got beat up for wearing Rockies’ jerseys.”“I’m proud to be a Pirate, and we’re not going to back down from anybody,” he said.Hurdle inherits a team that, despite promoting four everyday players to the majors since 2009, has minimal talent surrounding it. Last season, Pittsburgh had the majors’ worst ERA (5.00), second-lowest team batting average (.242) and tied for the most errors (127).Hurdle said improving the pitching staff immediately is his top priority, and he believes there is help available outside the organization.Hurdle said he didn’t demand the right to hire his entire coaching staff, and he will consider some who currently work in the organization.He also pulled out a quote he said he has carried with him for a dozen years, from Penn State coach Joe Paterno: “You’ve got to believe deep inside you’re destined to do great things.”
Facebook183Tweet0Pin0submitted by Olympia School District Education FoundationThe Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) is proud to announce the selection of Olympia native Katy Johansson as its first executive director. Johansson, a product of the Olympia School District and an alumna of Capital High School, brings her passion for area schools and experience in K-12 education to the position.Olympia native Katy Johansson is the first executive director for the Olympia School District Education Foundation. JohanssonPhoto courtesy: Olympia School District Education FoundationAs a math intervention paraeducator at Hansen Elementary, Johansson says she has seen the power of the foundation at work in her own school.“I am excited to lead and promote an organization for which I have so much esteem,” said Johansson. “I’ve persuaded teachers on several occasions to apply for a Teaching and Learning grant to purchase books or classroom supplies that Hansen’s PTO could not finance. Last fall, I observed the Principal’s Emergency Fund in action when I accompanied my principal on a grocery shopping trip for a Hansen family in need,” she said. “I’ve heard stories from former Hansen students who, once they move across the street to Marshall, are improving in and liking math – thanks to the foundation’s Middle School Math Tutoring program. And I’ve led fifth-graders on their first-ever hike at Cispus, also funded by OSDEF, “she added.“I truly believe the OSDEF’s programs are enriching and, in many cases, transforming students’ lives.”In addition to her work as a paraeducator, Johansson also serves on the board of the Capital City Marathon Association, the Capital High School Foundation and is a parent volunteer at Hansen Elementary.“We could not be more thrilled to have Katy on board as our first executive director,” said incoming OSDEF Board President Kelsey Christensen-Abel. “Katy brings a unique mix of local roots, first-hand experience in Olympia K-12 classrooms and, most importantly, her enthusiasm for our organization and where we are headed. Her understanding of our school district, along with its teachers and leaders, is a tremendous asset as we look to expand the foundation’s programs.”Johansson will conclude her employment with the district on June 24 and will begin her new position with the foundation on July 1.The Olympia School District Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that provides programs and services to students and partners with teachers to enhance educational success and promote learning for all Olympia School District students. OSDEF accomplishes this through five different initiatives: the Principal’s Emergency Fund; OSD Teaching & Learning Grants; wreath sales that support outdoor education at Cispus Learning Center; the Middle School Math Tutoring Program; and the Performing Arts Initiative.To learn more about OSDEF and each of these initiatives, follow the foundation on Facebook, on Instagram or visit the website at www.osdef.org.