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FIFA, CAF, NFF salute Mikel at 33

first_imgRelatedPosts Photos as Asiwaju Tinubu marks 60th birthday with wife Sanwo-Olu celebrates Sen. Tinubu at 60 Pomp, pageantry as Akran of Badagry turns 84 The World football governing body, FIFA, have joined the Confederation of African Football and the Nigeria Football Federation to celebrate former Super Eagles’ captain, John Obi Mikel, on his 33rd birthday.The midfielder, who turned 33 on Wednesday, received congratulatory messages from far and wide. Some of the messages read: “A big birthday shout out to former @NGSuperEagles captain and #AFCON2013 winner, @mikel_john_obi.“Thank you for the memories and do have a good one.”Another also wrote: “Happy Birthday to Nigeria’s retired midfielder John Obi Mikel! 2013 #TotalAFCON winner and three third-place medals winner.”Check revealed that the erstwhile Chelsea FC of England star played 88 times for Nigeria, scoring six goals in 14-year international career between 2005 and 2019.Mikel also assured Nigeria to a bronze medal win in Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He was with Chelsea for 11 years, before moving to China with Tianjin TEDA in 2017.He had also been with with Middlesbrough and Trabzonspor on a free transfer.Mikel is currently on Brazilian clubs radar and may seal a deal with Botafogo or Porto Alegre.Tags: BirthdaycafFIFAJohn Obi MikelNFFlast_img read more

Girls’ soccer roundup

first_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)center_img Latest Posts Bio ELLSWORTH — This early in the season, Eastern Maine soccer rankings give only a glimpse of what one may expect from a favorite team over the next several weeks.But in the first week of girls’ standings, published by the Maine Principals’ Association, the Mount Desert Island Trojans sit in third place in Class B with a 2-1-0 record while the 0-3-0 Ellsworth Eagles are among six winless teams at the bottom of the standings.In Class C, the 2-1-0 George Stevens Academy Eagles are ranked fifth, the 1-2-1 Bucksport Golden Bucks seventh and the 2-2-0 Sumner Tigers 10th.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe 2-2-0 Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners are placed eighth in the Class D ranks.In action this week:Sumner 1, Bangor Christian 0Katrina Hayward provided the only goal, scoring early in the second half to lift the Tigers to a 1-0 win over the Bangor Christian Patriots on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Sullivan.The Tiger defense limited the Patriots to just five shots on goal, with goalkeeper Jordan Merchant making three stops.Sierra McDonald had five saves on 13 shots in goal for the Patriots.GSA 4, DI-Stonington 1The GSA Eagles rolled to a 4-1 win over the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Blue Hill.MDI 4, Old Town 1Three goals by Opal Curless and another by Darcy Kanu boosted the Trojans to a 4-1 win over the Old Town Coyotes on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Old Town.Lauren Martin had the lone goal for the Coyotes.Orono 9, Bucksport 0The Orono Red Riots blasted the nets for nine unanswered goals in a shutout over the Golden Bucks on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Bucksport.Brinsley Chasse led the way with three goals and Becky Lopez-Anido had a pair for the Red Riots.Hermon 8, Ellsworth 0The Eagles were unable to muster any significant offense in an 8-0 loss to the Hermon Hawks on Thursday in Hermon.The Hawks got three goals from Claire Peterson and Alex Allain had two.Goalkeeper Callie Hammer had 16 saves on 24 shots for Ellsworth, and Hailey Perry made three saves for the Hawks.Bucksport 3, Sumner 2The Golden Bucks notched their first win of the season on Friday as they edged the Sumner Tigers 3-2 in Sullivan.Eliza Hosford scored twice for the Bucks and Hailey Betts added a goal.For the Tigers, Casco Haley and Taylor Merchant each scored.In goal, Bree Coombs made four saves on six shots for Bucksport and Jordan Merchant had four stops on seven shots for the Tigers.John Bapst 4, Ellsworth 1The Eagles lost their third consecutive game as the John Bapst Crusaders prevailed 4-1 on Saturday at the University of Maine in Orono.Schenck 2, DI-Stonington 1The Mariners saw their record evened at 2-2 on Saturday as the Schenck Wolverines eked out a 2-1 win in Deer Isle.Presque Isle 2, MDI 1Goals by Jodie Lagassie and Emily Wheaton lifted the Presque Isle Wildcats to a 2-1 win over the Trojans on Saturday in Presque Isle.Opal Curless had the lone goal for MDI on an assist from Maeve Geary.Jillian Flynn made 15 saves on 17 shots in goal for the Wildcats, and Keely McConomy had 13 saves on 17 shots for the Trojans.MDI 4, John Bapst 1The Trojans rebounded from Saturday’s loss to down the John Bapst Crusaders 4-1 on Monday in Bangor.“The girls were really tired after a weekend game took them to Aroostook County,” said coach Tom Savage. “They started off the game dragging. They fought through and won, but it wasn’t easy.”Junior Opal Curless, who has six of MDI’s nine goals so far, scoring once in the first half and again in the opening minutes of the second half.The Crusaders scored quickly after that, cutting the MDI lead to 2-1.But senior midfielder Maeve Geary gave the Trojans a cushion goal on an assist from Curless, and Curless added the final goal after a foul pulled the John Bapst goalkeeper from the game.last_img read more

Stanford ends soccer’s unbeaten streak

first_img“In every position of the field they’ve got quality,” McAlpine said of the Cardinal. “They have  a chemistry about them that’s very good and when you have that is difficult to break down and difficult to deal with.”  Although the final score indicated a close game, Stanford dominated statistically throughout the match. The Trojans had trouble dealing with Macario as sophomore goalkeeper Anna Smith faced 26 shots and was forced to make eight saves in the game. Sophomore forward Penelope Hocking fights with a Stanford defender for the ball in USC’s loss at McAlister Field Saturday. (Yannick Peterhans | Daily Trojan) The No. 3 USC women’s soccer team fell to No. 2 Stanford Saturday at home in a tight 3-2 battle for its first loss of the season. The Trojans are now 7-1-1 on the year.  The Trojans also notched 20 fouls while Stanford had only 10, and USC also received three yellow cards in the second half. Meanwhile, the Trojan offense only got off six shots — their lowest total of the year — with only three shots on goal.   The loss will set USC back in the hunt for its first outright Pac-12 title, while Stanford will have a headstart in taking the conference crown for the fifth year in a row.  The goal put McKeown back at the top of USC’s season leaderboard, but her position alone there was short-lived. Hocking tallied a goal of her own off a pass from graduate defender Natalie Ward just two minutes later to tie her teammate with 8 goals. The bright spot for the Trojans, as has often been the case, was the continued success of Hocking and McKeown. Their two scores in the first half were vital in keeping USC in the game, but they were unable to pull another one out of the bag during the second half.   “It’s an opportunity for us to really check ourselves … and figuring out how to be a little bit better in terms of the small moments in the game that could’ve changed the game,” McAlpine said. “We played a little bit frantically.”center_img For Stanford, the win is proof that its loss to unranked Pepperdine was a fluke and that it is still the powerhouse it was to start out the season. As for USC, the team is likely to drop a few spots in the rankings, and each Pac-12 matchup from now on will carry extra significance because it can’t afford to lose many more games.   However, after Hocking’s goal USC was stymied by Stanford’s defense for the rest of the game — and the Trojans’ 2-1 lead quickly evaporated. Macario scored the equalizer after dribbling through USC’s defense four minutes later. She notched the eventual game winner to close out the first half on a shot that bounced off the left post and in.  “I think both teams were a little fatigued by the time the game ended,” said head coach Keidane McAlpine of the dropoff in action during the second half.   USC tied it up just six minutes later thanks to the partnership of junior forward Tara McKeown and sophomore forward Penelope Hocking, which the Trojans have relied on all season. Hocking slid the ball in perfect position for McKeown to fire it into the back of the net off one touch. The second half was like a whole new game, and the scoring was over.  All of the scoring was concentrated in the first half of the match. The Cardinal struck first after junior forward Madison Haley headed in a long free kick by junior forward Catarina Macario.  USC will now play two more tough Pac-12 opponents as it travels to Arizona to play Arizona State Thursday and Arizona three days later. Both teams are quietly having solid seasons, and those games will be must-wins for the Trojans if they want to keep their Pac-12 hopes in strong position.last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Celtics refused to include Jayson Tatum in Anthony Davis offer

first_img Why the Pelicans just became one of the most exciting NBA teams Tatum said in January when there was speculation he could be traded for Davis: “Yeah, I’d trade me too for Anthony Davis.”The Celtics and Lakers were believed to be the front-runners in acquiring Davis. But the Boston Globe reported Friday that the Celtics were hesitant to extend an offer with their best assets because of uncertainty surrounding Davis’s long-term future in Boston. It had been speculated that if Davis went to Boston, he would play out the final season of his contract and then opt to become a free agent. Related News NBA trade news: Lakers land Anthony Davis for huge assortment of players, picks Davis’ dad, Anthony Davis Sr., made it clear in February that he didn’t want his son to play for Boston. He was concerned about the team’s lack of “loyalty” because of former star Isaiah Thomas.”They can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year,” Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, told Sports Illustrated earlier this week. “I mean: If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual (obligations) and we would go into free agency in 2020. I’ve stated that to them. But in the event that he decides to walk away and you give away assets? Don’t blame Rich Paul.”Davis, who averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds in 56 games during the regular season, led the Pelicans to a 33-49 record. New Orleans missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons. After Anthony Davis was traded from the Pelicans to the Lakers as part of a blockbuster deal, more details about New Orleans’ negotiations with the Celtics have emerged. According to The New York Times, one reason Los Angeles landed the big man was because the Celtics refused to make Jayson Tatum available in Boston’s offer.  LeBron James reacts to Anthony Davis trade: ‘Just the beginning’ The six-time All-Star told the Pelicans in late January that he didn’t plan to re-sign with the franchise when he could opt out of his contract after 2019-20, and he asked New Orleans to move him. The Pelicans were in negotiations with several teams (including the Celtics and the Lakers) before February’s trade deadline but failed to make a deal.last_img read more