DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoFor the first time in three games, the Badgers answered their scoring questions Sunday afternoon, but their efforts went unrewarded as they fell in their Big Ten opener to Ohio State, dropping a 2-1 decision in overtime.After being shut out 1-0 in each of its previous two contests, B.J. Goodman tallied a goal for Wisconsin, but for the fourth straight game, the team was defeated by a one-goal margin.”It’s another one of those frustrating games,” UW captain Aaron Hohlbein said. “We’ve had too many of those I think. We need to make things easier on ourselves. It was a tough game, we played well, but still, we’re not winning games.”The Badgers entered the match looking to take advantage of a fatigued Buckeye team enduring a similar spell to the skid that they have encountered. Things were looking up for them when the game went into extra time, but a good job of substitution kept the Buckeyes fresh and helped them prevail.”I thought we played pretty well, yet I still think that we can do better going forward,” head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “We’ve got to score more than one goal. We can’t let a team who’s played five games in 10 days come in and get a win.”After two days of good practice following their loss to Northern Illinois, the team looked more focused Sunday than it was on Wednesday. But while the Badgers created more chances than the Buckeyes, they still had trouble finding the back of the net.After a slow opening 20 minutes, the teams picked up the pace and Goodman gave the Badgers some early momentum with a shifty goal in the 39th minute.Ohio State coughed up the ball to the sophomore midfielder deep in their own territory. Goodman then made a move around another defender before pocketing the unassisted goal low in the far corner for his first tally of the season.”I thought he had a pretty good game for us,” Rohrman said. “He’s been striking the ball pretty well — much better than he has in the past.”Wisconsin rode that momentum into the break, but the Buckeyes tied the game in the 57th minute. OSU forward Kevin Nugent tallied the equalizer off of a low cross through the box from midfielder Ryan Kustos.The Badgers then had their fair share of chances in regulation time.Dirk Pearson got his head on a ball off a free kick, only to see it just miss the goal to the right in the 61st minute.Minutes later, redshirt freshman Victor Diaz was denied point blank by OSU goalie Ray Burse, Jr. and Goodman got his best chance of the second half in the 68th minute, but the ball sailed high over the crossbar.Then, with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation time, Christopher Ede found himself in close quarters to a goal, but Burse came up with another big save.Ohio State’s senior goalkeeper finished the game with five saves, four of them coming down the stretch in the second half.Meanwhile, UW keeper Jake Settle saw only one shot on goal other than Nugent’s strike after the half.The Buckeyes didn’t waste any time, however, capitalizing on lax Badger defense just 4:51 into the first overtime. Brent Rohrer took advantage of a turnover and two-on-one break, slipping past the defense and firing the ball out of the reach of Settle.Rohrman and the Badgers had called this game a must-win earlier in the week, but again they came up short in heartbreaking fashion.”We’ve had some really tough losses this season,” Rohrman said. “We’ve lost two by own goals and we’ve lost two in overtime. Those are things that can certainly wear at you.”Wisconsin will look to bounce back from the loss on Tuesday afternoon when the team travels to take on in-state rival UW-Milwaukee.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 20, 2014 at 12:20 am Contact Jesse: firstname.lastname@example.org | @dougherty_jesse By the end of his junior year at Roselle Catholic (New Jersey) High School, Tyler Roberson was ranked as one of the top 30 players in the country. But just a season before, he wasn’t rated as a top-15 player in Union County, New Jersey.“He didn’t really have a high level of skill in terms of ball-handling, shooting, passing,” said Dave Boff, Roberson’s head coach at Roselle Catholic. “ … He hadn’t taken that next step. He was a long, lanky 6-8 post player as a sophomore.“As a junior, he was a 6-9 guy that could play multiple positions that had skills on the perimeter and in the high post.”The latter is the player No. 23 Syracuse (2-0) is looking to utilize as it heads into a matchup with California (2-0) in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic in Madison Square Garden on Thursday. The Orange and Golden Bears will tip off at 9 p.m., and Roberson will continue a familiar growing process as a sophomore starter for SU. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt Roselle Catholic, Roberson crawled out of the paint and expanded his offensive game, which pushed him onto the recruiting map. Now the Orange is expecting him to refine that expanded game so he can contribute to an offense that needs more than just Rakeem Christmas, Chris McCullough and up-and-down guard play.“The coaches have told me they just want me to be more aggressive,” Roberson said. “I’m still getting comfortable but it feels like I’m getting there.”After averaging 2.2 points in 8.1 minutes per game last season, Roberson has started at forward in each of the Orange’s first two contests this year. But he played just 16 minutes in SU’s win over Hampton on Sunday, even as Christmas and McCullough picked up four fouls and the Pirates pounded the ball into the paint. Six players, two off the bench, played more than 20 minutes, and SU head coach Jim Boeheim said that Roberson’s minutes were reduced because forward B.J. Johnson was a better fit against Hampton’s matchup zone. Yet Roberson looked hesitant to shoot, was slow rotating in the back of the zone and wasn’t given the chance to work out the kinks. “The more minutes he gets, the better you’re going to see,” said Sandy Pyonin, Roberson’s coach with the New Jersey Roadrunners AAU team. “He has the skills and athleticism and size to be a great basketball player, if they let him go you’ll see it. “It’s a matter of what they want from him and if they want to let him go.”Boff said Roberson fits well at power forward but also plays the perimeter well. Pyonin was quick to call Roberson a natural small forward that can also play shooting guard, saying that he’s worked tirelessly on his 3-point jumper and has a future as a face-up player. And in the early going, it’s clear Syracuse is asking for some combination of those three spots. When teams have played zone, Roberson sits in the high post on offense, where he swished back-to-back 15-foot jumpers against Kennesaw State and where he started his drive for a game-sealing and-one against Hampton. With teams playing man, Roberson steps out to the perimeter to create space for Christmas and McCullough, and has made just one of six shots from outside the paint so far. “A guy like Tyler can really help us,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said after the Hampton win. “His 15-foot jumper opens up stuff on the perimeter and his ability on the perimeter gives us room inside. I think he’ll get going and it will jumpstart the offense when he does.”When Pyonin first brought Boff to Roselle Catholic, Roberson had the size and natural ability to play at the Division I level. But it wasn’t until he extended his offensive game beyond the paint and grew familiar with Boff’s system that he blossomed into a player who received offers from Syracuse, Kansas and Villanova, among other schools. Now he’s nestled into the Orange’s starting lineup and has another coach, system and team to adapt to.“I think right now he’s still a little tentative to make some plays that I think he can make at that level,” Boff said. “But I think that will come with time.” Comments
The USC fluxHome returned home to USC on Monday after it placed 10th overall in the biennial Solar Decathlon competition at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.Teamwork · The USC team provided tours for people who were interested in technical aspects or who admired the layout of the house. – William Ehart | Daily TrojanThe fluxHome placed first in appliances and third in architecture out of the 19 competing teams. The team also tied for first with all the competitors in the energy balance contest.The decathlon included teams from around the country, as well as ones from the Czech Technical University in the Czech Republic and the Vienna University of Technology in Austria.“People at the competition really enjoyed our house. They thought it was really innovative how we had a really big open area inside,” said Alec Chiu, a fifth-year architecture student who worked on the fluxHome.The fluxHome hosted a dinner for other competitors in the “flux space,” an area located in the middle of the house in front of the kitchen, with a table that could extend from 17 inches to 10 feet. The space was designed to efficiently accommodate many different activities. The entertainment room adjacent to the kitchen was also designed to be adjustable. It featured five chairs and sofas that could be rearranged into 24 different layouts.“Our house was just different in the sense that all the other schools had big back porches while ours focused on the interior of the house,” Chiu said.The team tried to create a similar effect to that of a big porch with a skylight above the flux space. Chiu said that many people were impressed with the spacious bathroom, which featured two sinks and a large bathtub and shower.People also asked a lot of questions about the fluxHome’s “green wall,” a vegetable garden on a wall next to the kitchen. This feature can be seen on several sides of the house, where one wall has mainly edible plants and herbs and another wall toward the front of the house showcases plants native to California.This was USC’s first year competing in the Solar Decathlon, and team members were generally pleased with their work. Chiu said that many times the fluxHome only differed from other homes in competitions by a few points, and some of those points were simply because of human error. For example, during the hot water test the team was not able to make the water quite hot enough because someone simply forgot to turn on the correct switch.Project Manager Justin Kang, an alumnus of the School of Architecture, said the home will sit in the south lot at USC until further decisions are made about its future. Currently, the house is split into three pieces, but looking in can provide an accurate sense of what it looked like while at the competition.During and prior to the competition, many people came out to see the innovative house. Teams at the Solar Decathlon gave tours to those who visited their house, and Chiu said many high school students also visited the fluxHome as part of a homework assignment. The School of Architecture even visited the fluxHome as a field trip, and students wrote essays on the project.Chiu said they learned that communication was really important when giving tours because some people were interested in technical aspects of the house whereas others simply admired the layout and features of the house. Brian Lee, a junior majoring in business administration, was fascinated by the sustainability of the house, for example.“Anything toward a green movement I think is a really cool movement just because with all the things that are going on in the world we are just trying to find a way to be environmentally sustainable,” Lee said.Rachel Martinelli, a first-year graduate student in architecture, used to attend school in Indiana. She said visiting the competition site helped her realize the advantages Southern California has in terms of sustainability.“Just the mindset of using solar panels is very different because [when] you’re in the Midwest and there’s rain so using solar panels isn’t as common as in California,” Martinelli said. “It’s a very different advantage into sustainable design coming from that sort of environment.”Chiu said that the team originally planned to donate the fluxHome to a family after their competition, but no final preparations have been made. The fluxHome will continue to sit on the south end of campus until its outcome is decided, something some students hope will come quickly.“I think the fluxHome is probably a really good idea, but I really don’t like how the debris is still lingering in the sculpture garden,” said Ethan Lillie, a junior majoring in chemical engineering.
The University of Wisconsin volleyball team (9-2) continued their road stand as they traveled to West Lafayette, Indiana, where they defeated the No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers (13-1) 3–0 Saturday night.The Wisconsin offense and hitting staff got off to an early start in the first set with the Badgers jumping out to a 13–5 run. It wasn’t just one hitter taking charge, as a cumulative effort came from Dana Rettke, Tionna Williams and Madison Duello all recording kills in the opening run.The Boilermakers attempted to creep back into the set, responding with a 5–1 run and capitalizing on Badger errors. However, the Badgers cleaned up those uncommon errors quickly, as they would respond with a 6–0 run led by Sydney Hilley getting all her hitters involved and even recording a sneaky kill of her own.Volleyball: Badgers falter in tough matchup versus No. 6 Gophers, Purdue up nextThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team had a tough start to their brutal road trip on Wednesday night. No. Read…In a set of runs, the Badgers led 23–14 before they let Purdue come back into set one. A Boilermaker 10–1 run made the score 24–23. Wisconsin, knowing the first set is crucial in gaining the initial momentum edged out the Boilermakers first set 25–23.The second set continued a competitive matchup between two of the top Big Ten teams. With Hilley recording, the first two kills of the set for the Badgers, Rettke and company took over. Taking advantage of nine Purdue errors throughout the set, the Badgers battled to a six-point win in the second set finishing 25–19.With Wisconsin up two sets to none, Purdue was facing their first home court sweep barring a comeback. Even though the Boilermakers led most of the third set, it was never by more than four points. A late 6–2 run by the Badgers tied the third set at 23 and made a shutout sweep seem increasingly likely.Men’s soccer: Badgers grind out road win over Marquette, look toward Michigan StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer (4–4–1, 1–1 Big Ten) claimed their second consecutive road win with a 1–0 victory Read…After dropping the swing point to Purdue making it 24–23 Boilermakers, the Badgers rallied back with three straight kills from Duello. Wisconsin went on to win the third set 26–24 and sweep the Boilermakers 3–0.Stat leaders for the Badgers include Rettke with 15 kills and two aces, Danielle Hart with four blocks and Hilley with a total 33 assists through three sets. Molly Haggerty also showed her versatility on both sides of the ball as the leading passer with 10 digs from the back row.After facing their fifth ranked opponent of the season, the schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Badgers. 3–2 against ranked opponents this season and 1–1 against Big Ten ranked opponents, Wisconsin’s next matchup will be pivotal in increasing both of those records.Football: Wisconsin’s path to playoff anything but unprecedentedAfter the gut-wrenching loss to Brigham Young University, it’s easy to see how one could assume that the Badger’s season Read…The Badgers will face their third ranked opponent in a row in their third consecutive road game as they travel to No. 7 Illinois Wednesday. The Fighting Illini have faced a total of six ranked opponents this season, dropping just one of those matches. The most recent loss was to No. 3 Nebraska as they will look to regain momentum against Wisconsin Wednesday night.Wisconsin will have to shut down Fighting Illini big hitter Jacqueline Quade. The 6’2” junior outside hitter sits third in the Big Ten with 4.16 kills per set and has 229 kills on the season so far.The match will take place Wednesday at 8 p.m. from Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
I don’t have a great relationship with death. I fear it as if it’s near. Heart disease has claimed lives on each side of my family. My father introduced the idea to me one morning under an awning at a beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Morning walks with my dad are often retrospective, and I fear it’s because of the lack of clarity that comes with the future. He’s healthy, but my 53-year-old father’s also certain: He doesn’t think he’ll live a long life.There’s a certain feeling of hopelessness that follows hearing that. I suffer from anxiety if I feel like I wasted a day,struggle to maintain plans and teeter with personal relationships because of it. Events like Bryant’s death further challenge me: Why does it feel so complicated that a person could be gone? Do even the people you think would never die go, too? The first basketball game I ever watched was in June 2008. The game itself is a blip in my memory: The Los Angeles Lakers played the Boston Celtics. I hardly understood the game. But I watched because my brother did. His favorite player was Kobe Bryant, so mine was too.So in a way, like he did for so many others, Kobe Bryant inspired me. I dribbled in my backyard knowing full well there was no future in basketball. But in writing this, I am still connected to the sport. There’s a remnant of what luminated off Bryant every time he took the floor, every time he improved when it looked like he couldn’t. Invincibility.But now that person is gone. So are his 13-year-old daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash Sunday morning. Bryant was just 41 years old. Sunday was a confusing, sickening, neverending day for everyone. Syracuse basketball players displayed on Twitter and Instagram that Kobe Bryant inspired them to pick up a basketball. “Ever since I started playing basketball the only shoes I would wear were Kobe’s,” SU sophomore Buddy Boeheim said on Twitter.But that’s not surprising, that a single person would create an entire basketball team’s spirit. That’s just what Kobe did. He wasn’t supposed to die this young.He was the guy you knew by his first name. He was connected to your favorite team, player, school simply because of the omnipotence of his figure. His name blurted out of your mouth when you crumpled up a loose sheet of paper and eyed a trash can a few feet away. Sunday, when you heard the news, you said his name again. But this time you were confused. You hoped you didn’t hear the name correctly.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYou heard about his daughter, Gianna, and how his everlasting connection to the sport he transcended lived vicariously through her. You heard how he inspired her career. And all I could think of is the guy who was at my games. Published on January 27, 2020 at 11:01 pm I once thought that about my dad, that he was invincible and would never go, but it’s hard to be hopeful sometimes. “It’s life,” he would say. But when life ends, do memories die, too?No. Of course, not. Not for Kobe. When the time comes, they won’t for my dad either. A person never dies if their legacy will live on forever. And that seems fitting.Kobe Bryant doesn’t die, not if we won’t let him. We’ll still call him by his first name, notice his impact on the playing style of SU’s best players, and blurt out the two syllables (“Kobe!”) that defined this generation of basketball anytime we want to make an office space an NBA arena.And maybe — just maybe — if we commit ourselves the way he did within our personal lives, we’ll reach the level of remembrance Kobe has. It will never seem real that he is gone, and maybe it doesn’t have to. Some people are truly invincible. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
With Joe Flacco joining Drew Lock on injured reserve, the Broncos head into Sunday’s game against the Browns with two quarterbacks, Brandon Allen and Brett Rypien, who haven’t thrown a single pass in the NFL. Allen is a 27-year-old, fourth-year pro from Arkansas who becomes Denver’s sixth starting quarterback in the post-Peyton Manning era when the Broncos (2-6) host the Browns (2-5). His backup is the nephew of 1992 Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien and was promoted from the practice squad Friday when Flacco went on IR with a herniated disk in his neck. The quarterback that general manager John Elway really needs to get on the field is Lock, according to the arguments raging on airwaves and social networks. That way, he can see what he has in the rookie before diving into next year’s draft.It’s a safe bet Elway will draft another quarterback in sixth months whether Lock, a second-rounder out of Missouri, plays this season or not, whether he lights it up, stinks it up or shuts it down. The Broncos appear headed for a prime draft slot and Elway owns seven picks in the first four rounds and could have as many as a dozen selections once the compensatory formula is factored in. Awaiting NFL teams in April is a QB-rich class featuring the likes of Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason, Joe Burrow and Jordan Love, among others.The Bengals (0-8) decided this week to bench Andy Dalton so first-year coach Zac Taylor can see what he has in fourth-round pick Ryan Finley, and the Redskins (1-7) are giving first-rounder Dwayne Haskins his first start Sunday at Buffalo, but that’s because Case Keenum is still in concussion protocol.Finley and Haskins may very well be the future of their franchises. Finley has been getting live reps in Cincinnati, unlike Lock, whose sprained thumb in the preseason landed him on IR and stunted his growth as a pro QB, prompting Elway to declare he’s not ready to return to practice. Lock has been limited to virtual reality training and classroom work. Once he returns to practice this month, he’ll resume his transition from the shotgun and spread he ran in college to the pro system that calls for him to line up under centre, progress through reads while backpedalling and refine his footwork and release points. Lock was eligible to return to practice Oct. 14, but the Broncos delayed a decision in case they got back into contention and needed to activate players at other positions from injured reserve.Because they’ll have a 21-day clock upon Lock’s return to practice to decide whether to activate him or not, Elway said he didn’t want to burn the upcoming bye week during that window, so Lock won’t return to the practice field until Week 11. Not that any of this will prevent Elway from grabbing another QB next year.Taking Jimmy Clausen in the second round in 2010 didn’t prevent Panthers GM Marty Hurney from drafting Cam Newton No. 1 overall the following season. When Brett Favre was penning his Hall of Fame career and returning the Green Bay Packers to prominence in the 1990s, GM Ron Wolf was stamping his own ticket to Canton with his scouting philosophy on QBs: There’s room for only one to start but you can never acquire too many. In Favre’s peak years, Wolf selected a quarterback in seven of eight drafts between 1992-99, not only to keep the game’s premier passer on his toes but to polish the newbies for roles as a backup or trade bait. Among the extra arms he acquired were Ty Detmer, Mark Brunell, Matt Hasselbeck and Aaron Brooks, all of whom became starters elsewhere.Since drafting Tom Brady in the sixth round in 2000, Bill Belichick has drafted 10 more quarterbacks even as he and Brady have won six Super Bowls together. Among them are Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett. Garoppolo is 16-2 as a starter and he has the 49ers off to an 8-0 start, the NFL’s only unbeaten team outside New England, where Brady also is 8-0. Brissett has prevented the plunge so many predicted for Indianapolis after Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement last summer, and he has the Colts (5-2) atop the AFC South.While Lock awaits his turn, Allen gets his first start Sunday since leading the Razorbacks over Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl on Jan. 2, 2016. That came 66 days before Manning called it a career and sent Elway on an unremitting search for a worthy successor as he shuffled through Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler, Keenum and Flacco. As Elway said at last year’s NFL scouting combine, “Believe me, I’m not done swinging and missing. Misses don’t bother me. We just have to figure out a way to get it right. That is what we are working on.” Written By LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US First Published: 3rd November, 2019 13:56 IST WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 3rd November, 2019 13:56 IST Up In Arms: Elway Still Searching For Broncos’ Quarterback With Joe Flacco joining Drew Lock on injured reserve, the Broncos head into Sunday’s game against the Browns with two quarterbacks, Brandon Allen and Brett Rypien, who haven’t thrown a single pass in the NFL. COMMENT Associated Press Television News
WORLD CUP 2018NFF plans friendly with EnglandFemi Solaja with agency reportArgentina and Manchester City forward, Sergio Aguero, has tagged Nigeria as the least headache of the South American nation in the Group D pairings of the World Cup 2018. Despite the 4-2 defeat suffered by the Albeceleste in last monthâ€™s friendly against the Super Eagles in Krosnodar, Russia, Aguero told Argentine publication, Dobleamarilla, yesterday that he respects Croatia and is still wondering on what to expect from Iceland.The Manchester City star, in what appears a mind game, dismissed Nigeria as a team not to be worried about.Aguero described Nigeriaâ€™s victory in that friendly as â€˜accidentalâ€™ aided by his absence in the second half of the match due to the exhaustion that led to his unconsciousness and hospitalization.He told the publication that he only asked about what happened after he regained consciousness. Aguero insisted that Argentina lost because the players were thinking more about him in the hospital.â€œThat happens sometimes, because it was because they thought of me, they were scared. I do not know, â€œstressed Aguero.On Croatia, Aguero said: â€œCroatia has a great midfield. They have Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, there is Perisic who plays outside and heâ€™s very fast. Croatia is a bit more complete.â€He continued: â€œIceland is one of the debutants, they do not play badly, they are a very organised team and they have (Gylfi) Sigurdsson, who is the one who drives the team. We play them first; they are therefore the most important game for us. They will not be easy.â€On the overall, Aguero said it was good that Argentina was not tipped as one of the top favourites to win at Russia 2018.He believes that the pendulum of victory is likely to swing in the directions of France, Germany and Brazil.â€œItâ€™s good that they do not take us as candidates (for the trophy),â€ concludes the Man City forward.In a related development, the Super Eagles are to play a pre-World Cup friendly with England, UK-based Skysport reported yesterday.Skysport quoted the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mohammed Sanusi, to have confirmed the proposed game.However, there is no confirmation from the English FA on the match.â€œWe plan to play a friendly against England in June, before the World Cup,â€ Sanusi told Skysport, stressing that the venue and other details of the match were still to be worked out.Both nations will feature at next yearâ€™s World Cup in Russia, with Gareth Southgateâ€™s England paired to play Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G.Nigeria last played England at the 2002 World Cup in Osaka, Japan on June 12, 2002 in a match Coach Adegboye Onigbinde had to ring changes from the earlier line-up of Nigeria in the preceding matches with Argentina and Sweden.Vincent Enyeama was handed his first World Cup cap in that game.Before then, the Super Eagles had played a friendly with England on June 16, 1995 at the Wembley when Amodu Shaibu made his managerial debut with Nigeria. Eagles lost 1-0.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Ivorian has been linked with a move back to Chelsea this summer as Jose Mourinho looks to in a quality striker.Jose Mourinho believes that Didier Drogba will return to Chelsea one day, saying that the Ivorian is a important figure in the clubs history, Goal.com reports.Drogba has been linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge this summer, with Jose Mourinho on the look out for a top class striker to lead the line at the Blues next season.The Ivorian spent eight highly successful seasons at Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles and also winning the Champions League during his final appearances for the club.Drogba is now playing for Turkish club Galatasaray but Mourinho believes that the striker will be back at Stamford Bridge in some capacity in the future.“He is a player and he is a winner and he enjoys his game and I almost had a heart attack because of him,” Mourinho told the Telegraph. “Let him enjoy a good couple of years of football but, after that, he is loved in this club by everyone and that’s very, very normal. I think one day he will have a Chelsea future.”Mourinho is desperate to sign a top quality striker this summer, with Wayne Rooney thought to be his main transfer target.However, if Chelsea do miss out on Rooney, Mourinho may consider bringing Drogba back to the club as a short term solution to the Blues problems up-front.
The Badajoz Sports Club, this Thursday seeks to achieve the pass to the eighth of the Copa del Rey, a feat that he already achieved 18 years ago after eliminating Recreativo. One of the great architects of the good moment that the Badajoz is going through is its technician, Mehdi Nafti The Franco-Tunisian, who arrived at the club in October 2018, is, together with President Joaquín Parra, the leader of a project aimed at the club pacense arrive as soon as possible to the Professional Football League. Those who know Nafti highlight his personality and his total empathy with the players, as he made clear on November 4 with explosive statements in defense of his squad: “They can kill me that I don’t care, but whoever touches a hair of my players tore my head.” There are those who do not hesitate to call him the ‘Mourinho of Second B’. Badajoz is not only one step away from the knockout stages of the Cup final, but is also in fourth position of the Group IV of Second Division B, just three points from Cartagena, who leads the classification and who defeated last week 2-1. Nafti bases his approach on the defensive strength (second least thrashed of his group) and on carrying the weight of the matches. Although the most commonly used tactical scheme is 4-4-2, it also sometimes uses 4-5-1. The good work of Nafti at the head of Badajoz It has already attracted the attention of superior teams. In fact, he was one of the candidates Lugo had to replace Eloy Jiménez.
The Government of Liberia in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has launched a 4-year program aimed to reduce teenage pregnancies in the Southeastern counties. According to an UNFPA statement, the Swedish Government funded “Empowered and Fulfilled Program” will complement other ongoing reproductive health, gender and livelihood related projects supported by UN agencies in Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Maryland and River Gee counties.The program is expected to build on achievements made at both national and targeted county levels on young people’s sexual reproductive health and rights. The program seeks to contribute to a reduction in teenage pregnancies through supporting increased access and utilization of sexual reproductive health and family planning information and services by adolescents. The implementation of the program will, accordingly, be led by line ministries including Health; Gender, Children and Social Protection; Education; Youth and Sports; and Internal Affairs. It will be in collaboration with the Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia (PPAL), Action Aid Liberia, Federation of LiberiaYouth (FLY), Inter–Religious Council of Liberia, National Traditional Council of Liberia and BRAC-Liberia.Speaking at the official launch on February 24 in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, the head of Development Cooperation and Chargé d’Affaires at the Swedish Embassy, Ms. Elisabeth Harleman, said adolescent girls and boys need access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health information and services, especially outside the urban areas, if there must be a reduction in the rate of teenage pregnancies in the country. According to Ms. Harleman, discussing sexuality for and with young girls and boys is still considered difficult, with few information, education and communication outlets involving young people themselves. “Sweden’s global experience from supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights shows that in order for young people to be able to take advantage of education and work, and to contribute to economic growth, young people must be given the opportunity free of coercion, violence, discrimination or the risk of becoming involuntarily pregnant or being infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections to have a responsible, satisfying and safe sexual life,” she said.She lauded local authorities, traditional leaders as well as key stakeholders from the four southeastern counties for their support for the program.On behalf of his colleagues, Grand Gedeh County Superintendent Peter L. Solo declared that local authorities would work collaboratively to ensure the reduction in teenage pregnancies in the southeastern region. “Our traditional and religious leaders will be the principal mechanisms that we will use to go into our communities to establish and reinforce the need for collaborative efforts in reducing teenage pregnancies in the region,” Superintendent Solo declared. He called on the youth to join the process of educating their peers – discouraging them against early pregnancy.“We must all sensitize the people and discourage teen pregnancies so that the girls can have a better education and fulfilled lives,” the Superintendent said.The launch followed a tour and the holding of inception meetings with a cross-section of traditional and local leaders and community members in the region. The meetings, which were led by the various line ministries, were aimed at understanding factors responsible for early pregnancies, barriers to SRH (sexual and reproductive health) by adolescents in the region as well as deriving local solutions to the issue. Among key issues identified by the people were: poor parental guidance and care; sexual abuse of adolescent girls by their teachers and influential community members; and the lack of sexuality education in schools and in the homes between parents and their children. They stressed the need for sexuality education in schools and the provision of family planning services with ease of access and the reinforcement of the justice system to punish perpetrators of violence against teenage girls and sex offenders, especially adults who impregnate underage girls. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)