RelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia has unveiled former Super Eagles’ Assistant Coach, Imama Amapakabo, as the club’s new head coach.The unveiling of the new coach was performed at the Umuahia Township Stadium, Umuahia on Wednesday. Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the elated coach expressed confidence on the ability of the Umuahia Warlords in making maximum impact in the league next season.The former Rangers International of Enugu tactician pleaded for support from all and sundry, saying the task of taking Abia Warriors Football Club to the next level is collective.Amapakabo led Rangers International of Enugu to their first league title win in 2016 after 34 years.He was Assistant Coach to the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Imama signed a two-year contract with the Abia Warrior team. He promised to work tirelessly to lead the team to glory in the new season.Tags: Abia WarriorsImama AmapakaboRangers InternationalSuper EaglesWorld Cup
“We’re going through a patch where it’s a bit more difficult, but part of a successful season is how you deal with that,” the Frenchman said. “The spirit of the players is unbelievably focused. There’s a great desire. “But let’s be serious: if after the first game against Aston Villa I’d told you we’d be top of the league at Christmas, you’d have told me I was absolutely mad. “We are where we are. The last three games have been a bit more difficult, but we have played Everton, Man City and Chelsea.” Arsenal were unable to break down a stubborn Chelsea and Wenger believes the 6-3 loss at Manchester City played on his players’ minds. “We have to find a way to sort that problem out,” Wenger said. “I feel we were a bit edgy because we conceded six goals at Man City and it played a part in our heads at the start of the game. “The fact that Chelsea gave us that problem, we want to be strong enough to deal with that.” Arsene Wenger is content with Arsenal’s Christmas Day position level on points with Barclays Premier League leaders Liverpool despite being frustrated by the goalless draw with Chelsea which ended the Gunners’ hopes of taking sole possession of top spot. Press Association Decisions went against Arsenal as John Obi Mikel and Ramires escaped serious punishment for high tackles on the ankle of Mikel Arteta. Mourinho believes referee Mike Dean had a good game; Wenger disagreed. The Arsenal boss said: “I don’t think he had a great game at all.” Wenger declined the opportunity to elaborate and did not criticise Dean for failing to take clear action on Mikel’s tackle. “I have to watch that again on television,” Wenger said. “On the pitch it looked bad, but the referee was in a good position.” Wenger felt Arsenal deserved a spot-kick in the first half when Willian appeared to trip Theo Walcott. He said: “I think it was a penalty. Honestly. If I’m wrong, I apologise. “I’ve not seen it again, but it looked like a penalty. They defended well, were well organised, and we didn’t find our zippy movements to play between the lines as we can.” Mourinho was content with a point, but Wenger wanted more. He added: “Overall, they were happy with a point and we weren’t. But we couldn’t take our few chances we created. “We dropped two points tonight and that’s what we want to focus, to win the next game (at West Ham) on Boxing Day.” Arsenal began their league campaign with a 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa which saw Wenger’s position come under scrutiny. Wenger’s men are now without a win in four games, but trail Liverpool in the standings only on goal difference.
After playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season, the 38-year-old Crawford signed with Phoenix, his eighth team in 19 NBA seasons, a day before this season began.He’s contributed veteran know-how and on-court production since, scoring in double figures in five of the last seven games, including draining his 10th career game-winner in an upset of the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 23.Rivers said it’s all par for the course that Crawford’s playing on.“Jamal’s gonna play until he’s 55 … even when he retires, he’ll be in a rec league somewhere scoring 50,” said Rivers, who also credited Crawford for being one of the players who got the Clippers organization “on the right track.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates CRAWFORD HOMECOMINGVeteran guard Jamal Crawford will lead the last-place Phoenix Suns into Staples Center on Wednesday for a meeting with his former team.Crawford was a fan favorite among Clippers fans for five seasons, a span in which he twice was named Sixth Man of the Year.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PLAYA VISTA — Clippers fans in L.A. might be crowing about the fact that their team is in first place, but the Clippers themselves say they aren’t paying any attention to the Western Conference standings, nor to any of the “noise” stirred by their surprise ascension.They’re not even tempted to, said forward Tobias Harris, surmising that even if they did, “we could be about three losses away from 10th place, so …”At 13-6, the Clippers were, as of practice Tuesday morning, technically .002 of a percentage point ahead of the Golden State Warriors (15-7). They also were one of seven teams within 2-1/2 games of first place.“We showed after the last 15-20 games that we can be a very good team,” veteran center Marcin Gortat said. “But we can’t forget there’s 60 more to go. Let’s not get excited. “I’m very confident about setting screens for people,” the 6-foot-11, 245-pound Gortat said. “These guys know that if I’m gonna set a screen, they’re going to be open and it’s up to them to use that screen. Particularly, Tobias Harris was really good the last week. He knows that every time I set a screen, he’s going to be pretty much butt-naked open.”Rivers said he couldn’t comment on the center’s colorful description: “I don’t know what that is,” but that he agreed with his assessment: “Yeah, Marc is a great screen-setter.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “I’ve been on the teams that played well, and 15-20 games in we were thinking about which team we’re going to play in the playoffs, from what position we’re going to play. The next thing you know, you barely make the playoffs from an eighth spot. So you’ve got to slow down and calm down.”“I don’t even count record,” said Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, repeating what’s become something of a mantra. “I just thought we were gonna be good, and I think we are. And I think we’re gonna get a lot better.”EXACTLY HOW OPEN?Rivers could be right, with chemistry continuing to build between his players, including Gortat and Harris – who said he received messages congratulating him from just about every teammate when it was announced Monday he’d been named Western Conference Player of the Week.Harris said the player of the week honor was a testament to the Clippers’ 3-1 record between Nov. 19 and Sunday. It’s also a reflection of his improved production on pick-and-roll plays – and that is a testament, Harris said, of being able to wield the Polish Hammer.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“Part of that is a lot of those good looks have come from Gortat setting those screens,” said Harris, who is averaging a team-best 1.15 points per play post-pick, according to ESPN.com’s Kirk Goldsberry. “I mean, I watch the film and guys are way off just because of how hard he sets screens, so that helps me out a whole lot.”
The Yankees won the opener 9-2, behind a strong pitching performance from Domingo German — who allowed two runs in seven innings to run his record to 14-2 — and the bat of DJ LeMahieu.Almost an afterthought as an offseason free-agent acquisition, LeMahieu is now considered an MVP candidate. New York fans don’t have a vote, but they chanted “MVP!” at Yankee Stadium.WOW! DJ LeMahieu with his second home run today, #Yankees lead 7-1! #YANKSonYES pic.twitter.com/63Q2aKxOEo— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 3, 2019Meanwhile, Red Sox ace Chris Sale’s perplexing struggles continued as he yielded eight earned runs in 3 2/3 innings, most of the damage coming in a seven-run fourth inning.Manager Alex Cora was ejected for arguing with home-plate umpire Mike Estabrook about pitch calls, and after being pulled, Sale also spoke his mind and was ejected.After losing their sixth straight in the opener, the frustrated Sox held a players-only meeting between the first and second games.“It was to get us back on track,” Mookie Betts said afterward (via the Boston Globe). “It was a group decision.”Sale added: “When things come up, you have to address it.”The team meeting didn’t help. The Yankees, behind a pair of home runs by shortstop Gleyber Torres, won the nightcap, 6-4, running Boston’s losing streak to seven games.The Yankees sweep didn’t come without a price — the team has lost the services of Edwin Encarnacion, who suffered a broken right wrist after being hit by a pitch in the first game. He is now the 15th Yankee on the injured list, and the team has had 25 players on the IL this season. It certainly hasn’t hurt them in the standings.Studs of the NightAaron Sanchez, making his debut in an Astros uniform, no-hit the Mariners through six innings, striking out six. The former Blue Jays star walked two batters and threw 92 pitches before giving way to the bullpen for the combined no-hitter in a 9-0 victory.Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler pitched a complete-game gem in a 4-1 win over the Padres, striking out 15 batters.Dud of the NightRoyals starter Danny Duffy gave up eight earned runs and four home runs in 4 2/3 innings in an 11-3 loss to the Twins.HighlightsRonald Acuña walks it off for the Braves in the 10th inning against the Reds. Saturday’s doubleheader offered a microcosm of many things that have gone right for the Yankees and wrong for the Red Sox this season.New York (71-39) swept the doubleheader to move eight games up on the second-place Rays and 13 1/2 ahead of third-place Boston. If the Red Sox entered this series still entertaining hopes of catching the Yankees … sorry, it’s time to refocus on a wild-card spot, and the defending World Series champions are now 59-54 and trail by 5 1/2 games in that race. Good ñight, everybody!#ChopOn pic.twitter.com/HVP9psUjPf— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 4, 2019Newly acquired Mets starter Marcus Stroman makes a great play to cut down speedy Starling Marte at home plate.An amazin’ play by Marcus Stroman!08/02/2019 #LFGM #Mets pic.twitter.com/Y2AVhh1PIc— 🍎 BIG APPLE METS ⚾️ (@BigAppleNYM) August 4, 2019What’s Next? Nationals (58-51) at Diamondbacks (54-56), 4:10 p.m. ET — The Nationals currently hold one of the National League’s wild-card spots, while the Diamondbacks are very much in the mix. Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin (9-5, 3.23 ERA) has plenty of incentive in this matchup — he pitched for Arizona his first six MLB seasons before moving to Washington as a free agent last offseason. He’ll face Taylor Clarke, who has pitched extremely well his last two starts (11 1/3 innings, two earned runs, 13 strikeouts against the Yankees and Orioles).